I'll be streaming this game when it releases, by the way, on my twitch channel:
I've found what could possibly be the start of something awesome.
There's this new, custom EQEmulator server releasing on March 1st which is called Enlightened Dark: Ascension, and it's shaping up to be one of the coolest things I have ever played in terms of custom EQEmulator servers.
I am no way involved in the server's development, I simply asked to check it out because there was so much work put into the concept.
Enlightened Dark: Ascension - Home
The feature list is as follows:
- -Entirely revamped class system. There are 8 classes with entirely new skills and abilities. None of these classes resemble the original EQ classes in any way, but they all play in a familiar way to veteran EQ players.
- -Custom stats system. Each class benefits from stats differently, and stats upgrade your character's raw potential in different ways than in traditional EQ.
- -Gear customization and upgrades via tradeskills. This means that you can customize the procs and specialize your classes' gear in the way you want to play them.
- -Gear upgrade system. Some items can be upgraded to increase their base stats, from +0 to +9. Some items are more expensive to upgrade than others, like your class charm. The higher you go, the harder it gets (I think?)
- -The skills/stats work intertwined. Some skills, like the Lancer's shield bash, is dependent on the shield's AC. Since shared bank is enabled, you can give your Lancer a shield with a high AC amount as a form of twinking.
- -There are only four tradeskills as of the alpha I was playing, and each one is tailored to a specific type of item. Crafted gear seems to have more aug slots than non-crafted gear. There's a potion making class, and an independent tradeskill from all the other 4 called Tinkering which allows for adding raw procs to items.
- -Mobs have special 'grades' to them. Elite NPCs are meant for a group (I was able to solo some of them if I was careful enough) and there are world bosses which will take a full group or more. There are also underling NPCs which have no special tag and are meant to be soloable.
- -Level cap of 50. EXP rate slightly higher than PEQ's exp rate, but matches the pace of the progression system. I was impressed at how well this flows in.
- -I haven't gotten this far, nor were there enough testers online, but there is supposedly instanced group content as well for specific level ranges. Not all content is instanced though.
- -There's sidequests in each area in addition to a 'Main Story' quest line.
My personal thoughts is that this server, at first glance, seemed boring and another EQ-with-custom server. But once I got out of the starting area and started using skills, I was very impressed and shocked at how well everything was put together.
The EXP rate flowed into the rate of tradeskill materials you obtained, and I felt like my character was visibly gaining power as I got new gear. Some of the skill effects on the class I played, Archer, were some familiar EQ skills, some not.
For example, Endless Quiver is granted at level 1, and your arrow has a damage/delay amount to it that gets better with drops. There's also small mana skills like Shoot, which gives a burst of damage at the expense of mana. Then I leveled up a bit, got some new skills, and felt more powerful.
I had a bow/arrow drop in the starting area from random NPCs, and that plus the stats from my gear and skills upgrades made my damage visibly higher. It feels a bit like WoW in a way, but that's not always a bad thing.
The class list is similar to TERA's class setup, and is as follows:
- Lancer -> Dragoon
- Knight -> Crusader
- Champion -> Myrmidon
- Blackguard -> Assassin
- Archer -> Hunter
- Mystic -> Prophet
- Sage -> Sorceror
- Priest -> Archon
If you are looking for a classic EQ experience, then stay away from this server, it won't be appealing to you.
But if you are looking for something new and fresh done in the EQ engine, give it a try. It caught my attention for sure.
Also, get the Underfoot EQEmu client from PirateBay if you are going to be trying out this server. It's required for some of the zones.
Last edited by Secrets; 03-01-2014 at 01:34 AM.
Server is live preemptively, trying to get my stream up, lol.
It's pretty good so far - I have no complaints, and it's new, and kind of fun.
What is the population like so far? Did it just open on Friday then?
let me know how it is. looking for something new to do. so bored with EQ Test atm I'm considering subbing my wow account (terrible idea; please save me)
Im down for trying it. Will install my 18th copy of EQ on the computer when I get home
Meh not going to bother with this. They only allow two characters per IP so only being able to play 1 toon with my husband does not sound appealing. Hopefully this will change in the future but kills my interest for now.
I started a priest - Nylab in game.
It seems like a cool start to a game, given a few years It could really keep some people around I think. Im only level 7-8 and have only seen two zones but... its fun
Thanks for the help, Secrets!
In the same guild as Secrets. We have about 10+ people on all the time. It's really fun. I advise coming to the server if it sounds interesting at all. Try and get a higher tier weapon from someone if you're starting out, it will make a huge difference. Send me a message in game and I'll see what I have.
Ripcord here, fun stuff but its getting a bit laggy. and they just jacked up mob movespeed in all zones, no more 100mob pulls
Made a guy here, named Nulolan will be on most of the night if I have fun.
Keep everything once you get some bags for the bank and yourself. A DS will fast track you through the pointless shit as always. in order to hail and do quest hails you need to be right on top of mobs or quest givers. Like directly on top or super close, thats really my only gripe.
Last edited by Alasliasolonik; 03-04-2014 at 05:36 AM.
they did away with the IP limit, you are still only allowed to play 2 chars max, and 1 additional non-combat in bazaar to trade, but for people like lindz now 2 people in a house can both 2-box as far as i understand it. just dont have them all autofollowing one char, or have the husband/wife playing all 4 when the others at work or something :P
Been having fun here, have a Champion and Mystic in the mid 20's atm. Just wish there was a way to reset the trade-skill you chose.
Im pretty damn excited to give this a try. I read about it while I was out of town working this week. First day back and the server is down which is super upsetting.
I am also having a tough time getting the modified UF client working. I made a fresh install and unzipped the files from the servers website and I am getting a weird error. I am trying using the Steam version of UF now see if that helps.
edit- Fixed it, the steam version worked, now if the server would come back up!
Yeah dunno wtf is up with the server right now, kinda sucks.
Anyone have a guild I could join? Champ and Mystic are 40 now, getting a little lonely though lol.
Going to give it a shot. I presume the world is the same but the classes are the big difference? Also, looks like you can two-box, so that's nice.
Everyone should try this and give it a chance. Once you have all your abilities this is an absolute blast.
I just got level 12 on my lancer last night, started farming my first elites. The flow of everything together is pretty amazing, crafting, quests, elites and what not. Can't wait to try the instances.
Is there any reasonable way to get Secrets of Faydwer without torrenting it? I checked Steam and didnt see it
UF has the beat compatibility for this server apparently, and the UF coversion only works on newer clients just fyi. Well worth the trouble I promise you
Spent about an hour trying to set it up. I'm surprised there isn't a guide to connect. People who have only played P99 and aren't very familiar with EQemu are going to have problems getting on without some directions.
It has to be uf or newer then uf with the conversion files from the website. Also the new eqgame.exe or whatever in the zipped server specific files seemdd to cause me issues so I didnt use it. I just modified my own the way it says to on eqemu.
I beleive the only filea that were causeing me issues with the older clients whers the UI files. Once I had ths UF client installed I had 0 issues making it work. It was the exact same as setting up p99. You just need UF instead of titanium.
Last edited by Grumpus; 03-13-2014 at 02:51 AM.
So who all is playing here? Ill be home tomorrow and would be nice to get in a guild and soms instance groups this weekend.
My character is Wilt, level 13 Lancer.
I ended up getting it to work. I used a UF package found down at the bay that is meant for The Grand Creation server. I extracted the zip of required files from the website to my EQ directory (minus the eqgame.exe, if I used that it would break). Then I pointed the eqemulauncher to the new directory. Works fine.
I played for about 5 minutes then quit. I don't care about some lame story and I don't want to run around exploring some temple to start. Just remove that part of it and start us outside next to things to grind on. I just don't have the time for searching out NPCs in unknown layouts at level 1.
That part shouldnt even take 5 minutes....not even sure how you had the patience to get it installed to quit so quickly
Maybe if I could find an UF client somewhere I would.. but no luck so far on teh piratez sites.
Unfortunatly im out of town right now or could pm you the link.
There is info floating around about underfoot downloads. I got hooked up threw PM on the forums of another eq emu that uses underfoot. Do some research and see what servers run it and ask around.
Okay, got it working.
Rolled a lancer, name's Morph.
Still trying to figure out how the upgrade / crafting / tinkering shit works, but having fun so far.
The upgrading and stuff is deeper than it looks. Ill be on friday night, my lancers name is Wilt if you have any questions
hi, i can't get the game working. got it unzipped/patched(w/o new eqgame) and i'm not sure what to do next. do i need to convert with the uf client from pb? what am i missing?
ok i'm just missing that program then. i forget from where to get it
Got up to lvl 15 on the lancer and upgraded / crafted some gear. Feel a lot stronger now, before I was struggling to kill mobs, now with my new spells and gear I can kill mobs 10 levels above me.
Having fun so far!
So I made it to 50 on my Lancer about a week ago. I still feel like there is tons to do and i'm still having a blast. I feel like every time I play even if its a couple hours (even at level 50) I get tougher/more powerful. It's really addictive getting stronger and stronger on this server. Its hard to explain but the way gear and upgrades progress feels very satisfying.
While farming level 50 content I started to put aside things for a twink. I made a Mystic. Honestly even more fun then playing my first character. Twinking has been a blast.
If you haven't tried this yet you need to.
New content has already been added since I started playing about 3 weeks ago. The GM Wrath communicates with the community very regularly and takes input to heart and fixes bugs and things very quickly.
The only thing this server needs is a larger population so please try it out.
My characters now are Wilt (Lancer) and Berimbolo (Mystic) send me a tell if you need a hand.
Oh and if you need a Underfoot client send me a PM
Still having a good deal of fun here, wish more people would give it a whirl since low population really only thing going against it. My champion just got his heroic weapon last night, second one on the server so pretty stoked about that!
If anyone comes back or decides to give server a go, be sure to shoot Nulolan a tell and I will help anyway I can.
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