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Almost in Faydwer

Well, it's was the beginning of the month and I wasn't entirely broke yet. This, of course, is in open defiance of the natural order of being a gamer, and was prone to change just as soon as boredom hit... and so it did today. For whatever reason, City of Heroes wasn't amusing me.

So began the twists and turns that lead to me to the nearest purveyor of fine computer games. Though I was initially planning on Battlefront 2, I decided to find something else after deciding Battlefront 2 is probably a bastion of exploits and l33t d00ds. I still had 16 days on my EverQuest 2 subscription, so I took the plunge on the Echoes of Faydwer EverQuest 2 expansion.

The $40 purchase included the core game, Desert of Flames, and Kingdom of Sky. There was no compensation for having already purchased Kingdom of Sky or the core EverQuest 2 client. Registering my key with SOE went well enough, but the client updating proved awkward as I needed both Desert of Flames and Echoes of Faydwer content installed. The included DVDs wouldn't read for some reason, and so I was in for an hour and a half patch download at cable speeds.

My first attempt to log in failed in a very interesting way. I found myself at the character selection screen looking at somebody else's characters, both less than level 6. I thought perhaps that somebody had hacked my account and promptly changed my password. Then the patcher wanted to download another hour or so of files, but reconsidered and made it 5 minutes when I aborted that and did a full file scan. Logging in again revealed my proper characters again, so I'm left clueless as to why I was looking at somebody else's character's before. Login server glitch or incomplete client bug? In any case, my password was overdue for changing, it's just a pity it took me nearly two hours to be able to log in again with my characters.

Despite putting about 4 hours of effort into the game today, I'm still not in Faydwer. It wouldn't have been hard to walk over to Thundering Steppes and take the boat, but I got distracted with quests, and besides once I get there any quests under level 20 or so won't be available. If I wanted to go there right away and soak up 100% of the Faydwer content, I'd probably have started a new character. I very nearly did that, but discovered that Human Monks are not welcome to start there. Maybe I'll start a half-elf Monk, or something else entirely - I did delete the necessary characters to do that.

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