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July is on SOE

Fussing around with that musical clip has sort of snapped me out of my Neverwinter Nights 2 related stupor. I realize I need a bit of a break from the game, but what? My Age of Conan account is expired and I don't plan on renewing it. My City of Heroes account will soon follow, my burnout having reached such depths that I suspect nothing less than the unofficial Champions Online sequel will suffice.

At first, I honestly considered giving Final Fantasy XI another spin, as you can now get all four expansions for $20. Just then, Sony Online Entertainment may have come to my rescue. In my email box is a dynamite offer: As a former subscriber in good standing, I'm able to try out both EverQuest 2 and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, for free, until July 31st.

I can afford free, but I still have a few reservations. I've painted myself in a corner in EverQuest 2, lodging myself neatly between classes I don't want to play, having bored of soloing yet not knowing enough people to get into an easy group. As for Vanguard, they've some nice features, but I wish they did more with dynamic content. This is just my history with the games, and I'll reserve true judgment until I've given them both a fair try in their current state.

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