I’ve said this before, and I’m sure I’ll say it again – EQ2 caters to such a large scale of players, it’s astounding. It also happens to be one of the major reasons I keep returning to the game. It offers solo content, group content, raid content, player housing, and a dedicated craft system that caters to players who may not feel like adventuring. I spent most of my time in game yesterday working on the craft portion of things. There are numerous quests for players to do if they are pure crafters (or crafters combined with adventurers) and DoV introduced some awesome crafting chains including a heritage quest for a prayer shawl. The shawl requires faction work with the Forgemasters of Thurgadin which is a daily quest that players can do. I’ve been working on it slowly.
I have 6 out of the 9 crafters at level 90, each with the earring of the solstice completed but only one has competed the crafter weapon that came from the Sentinel’s Fate crafter chain. Eventually I’d like to get them all that item. I also (along with help from a guild mate) finished off the Clockwork Rescue craft instance yesterday – there is one such instance every day of the week, and there’s a weekly solo craft mission (all given out on the Isle of Mara).
Since I was a 90 crafter with the harvester cloak completed, I finally (after much procrastination) headed off to the Isle to visit with Qho, who wanted me to harvest for him – again. I left for Odus, and after much harvesting, and then dragging the little child around Velious, and then buying him a 6 plat souvenir (expensive!) I was the proud owner of my first pack horse. This horse works like a guild gatherer, you set it to collect supplies for a particular tier and two hours later you collect those supplies from it. I’m eager to begin tinkering on a few of my characters (what can I say, I’m a bit crazy) and I’ve got my pack horse out collecting supplies for T1 at the moment, since it’s always hard for me to find loam.
I didn’t kill a single thing, and it was a great way for me to earn achievements for quest completions, and I earned a lot of coin, some great house items, and a few recipe books. I got to explore the Fortress of Drunder which is impressive – and also picked up some heirloom recipe books while I was there. Thankfully the crafting instance dropped a Ry’Gorr pattern book for me, and I’m just missing one more.
The only other game I’ve played that matches EQ2 in their dedication to crafters (that was also an adventure game, not simple a crafting game like a Tale in the Desert) is Vanguard, which has a complex crafting system and some amazing quests in game. I think that games that recognize the desire for these sort of things are wonderful, the homeshow channel (/join antonia_bayle.homeshow) is always bustling with people talking about their decorating endevours, the craft channel always full of questions, comments, and laughter. They remind me why I love these games so much.
Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!