Some how the cat learned how to set the alarm this morning, Sunday. So it’s 6:30 am and I’m up. Not a big deal, went to bed early last night. Low and behold my server is actually down for a one hour patch. Little surprising. However, yesterday there was talk of a corrupt data base file that was preventing Antonia Bayle from being online without numerous issues. I’m hoping that this patch is addressing that. Yesterday the server was down for about two hours with huge issues trying to log in and endless hanging “receiving zone info” messages. Not good business for a Saturday on the most populated server in Eq2.
Yesterday I managed to finish off the Kylong plains quests and max my faction in Teren’s Grasp with both the warden and the troubador. Out of all the characters I’ve been playing since RoK released, I’m having the most fun on the bard by far. She’s close to 73, gaining lots of faction, quest items, upgrades and goodies along the way. Once I’d completed them I wanted to head to Fens of Nathsar and start my quests there. However, the lag was horrible. Three instances of the zone was up with 80+ people in each, and I could barely move without having it bounce me around and having all my combat skills taking 5x the normal amount of time to go off. Frustrating to say the least. Understandable, but still annoying. I’ve heard so many people complaining about various things that I’ve turned off the 70-79 channel just to avoid it.
I’ve been having a blast chattering away to Tipa on her various alts over the past few days. I have to admit I love the community that blogging has shown me. Kilanna is also around (though a little less then usual) and I enjoy our girl talks. Calreth has been busy in his guild, but from time to time he remembers the little people (grins). I also still poke Mrrx on the Bazaar server. Saylah hasn’t been around for a little bit, but I’m sure she’s doing fine and dandy. What a great community we have hmms? There’s of course a lot more bloggers, but those are the ones I keep in fairly good contact with on an almost daily basis. There’s always Cordanim as well (us canucks have to stick together) but he’s been having issues with his UI and hasn’t been in game too much yet. I think he’s playing WoW with a friend as well (even though his blog doesn’t reflect that, yet!).
I left Fens for Kunzar Jungle, and started questing there with Shadowgeist last night. Lots of orange mobs but with the burly shadowknight tanking things went down easily enough. I dropped my defense song for dove song since things were orange and I hate resists, you’d be surprised, the song makes a difference at such a high level. I get annoyed with people who don’t play bards and who ask me to drop certain things for them and play other things. Like the one dps in the mage group who wants haste when I have 0 concentration slots left (different now that I have 1 free one from my self buff, although I used to drop my self buff anyhow on raids for extra buffs). I dislike that the majority of Antonia Bayle considers bards to be the “auto follow” class, where there’s no work involved and you can simply play one on auto follow. Bards are fantastic. Bards who know how to play their class are amazing. I know the top bards on my server, and know why they enjoy their class. I just wish other people gave ’em a chance a little more often. We’re not buff bots, and played right (troubador at least) can easily lock down adds with mez, take one add out of combat with a short duration charm, increase the dps of a group significantly as well as numerous other stats. Anyhow, enough of my ranting, it’s time to play!