Return to Norath Day 2

March 13th, 2009.  Day 2.


After 3 days they (Sony)  finally restored my character because the previous server I was on (Stormhammer) no longer existed.  I called them and at first they were wanting to charge me $50.00 a character to transfer.  I argued that there was no way I was going to pay 200 bucks (I had 4 characters I wanted back) to play a game that I left several years ago.  I further went on to argue that it was not my fault their business was so poorly run that they had to shut down the server I was on, and furthermore that if they did charge me, I’d simply cancel the account and move on again.

I told the guy, Eric was who I spoke with, that I was excited to return, but after shelling out $40.00 to play, there was no way in hell I was going to spend another dime.

He forwarded everything to a GM and 2 hours later all of my characters were restored.  To that end I must applaude Sony for doing the right thing.


Okay, so here I am in the world again.  Seems I’ve got some items to claim.  Among them is a book that can teleport me to the Plane of Knowledge.  Evidently tjis area is new, I can teleport here then teleport anywhere else.  That’s pretty cool.

Okay, so I start off running after a pig-wark or bulwark, or something like that.  Looked like an anteater on really tall legs..  I cannot kill it so I run.  Of course I create a train behind me because I cannot find a town.  I inadvertantly press the ‘M’ key and bring up a map.  Ah!  Nice!  I see the town!

I decide to head towards it, I can remember from long ago that the guards would kill whatever was after you.

They failed to move from their posts so I had to keep running until I zoned.  Ahh Zones.  Yes, this game makes you wait as you cross from one zone to another.

Okay, so now I’m in a town.  I’ve got 143 Platinum on me, and no clue what I need to buy.  I keep finding merchants that want to sell me plans to blacksmith or sew.  I don’t give a crap about any of that, I want weapons!  I want armor!

I find none.

I then find a swimming pool.  Jump in, I soon find that I cannot get out!

Holy crap, I remember this bug now.  So many areas in the game that if you were too small, you were stuck.

I tried my book, “you cannot cast while swimming!”


I tried the looking up and jumping technique.  No luck.

Looks like I’d have to drown just so I could rez.  I went online to see what other solutions there may be.

I found nothing.

20 minutes goes by, I’m just wasting time at this point, trying everything I can to get out of this stupid water.

Then I remember about the book.  I teleport to the Planes of Knowledge, find a portal to Freeport, head over to the commonlands, head north into a valley (going through 2 more zones), and come fact to face with a zombie!

I swing!  He casts a spell (zombies can cast spells???) and does 201 damage to me.  Hold up, what??  Zombies can cast some badass spells???  Next thing I know the zombie has 5 skeleton pets and some kind of dinosaur on me.

I die.

I resurrect, but lose some experience while doing so.

All in all, I’m not happy with my first official day of returning to Everquest and playing.

I’ll give it a little more time tho.



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