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MMO Memory Box: EverQuest 2 ~ #Blaugust Day 15

This is part of the Blaugust series!

Even though I didn’t have too much experience with EQ1, I bought into EQ2 at launch. Why?

Ratonga.

The game let me play a rat, and that was enough for me. So instead of being at WoW launch, I was at EQ2 launch, a little sad that my little rattie had to be a “bad guy,” but content to play a rat.

The whole good vs. evil thing was really played up back then. The original box had two sides, even, one that showed Overlord Lucan D’Lere…

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And the other side that showed Queen Antonia Bayle.

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EQ2’s packaging gave off an air of grandiose confidence in their newest game in the EQ series. I mean, look at how…

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…many…

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…foldouts…

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…this box had. On both sides, even!

The box contained a whopping 9 installation discs. Plus a bonus disc and a multi-disc Starter Kit of some sort. All in this nice little fold out disc thingy with a cute disc holder.

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I’d never seen a game that had 9 discs for installation before. Wow!

I made a lot of good memories back in EQ2, and still have and play characters that I rolled from back in the era. While I was still a pretty solo player, the happy thing about EQ2 was that it had content for folks who wanted to group, but was also very much solo-able… something I was looking for in a game, but was much more rare in games of that time. This was one of the games that I came back to on and off over the years, and fully embraced the F2P conversion.

I remember working up my little ratonga through the different class quests of the time, getting her to become an assassin. Years later, before Ratonga became a neutral race, I betrayed Freeport to realign and become a Swashbuckler. At that point, the EQ2 stats said that Swashie Ratonga made up 2% of my server’s population. I was so proud. 🙂

I still love playing my Swashie Rat from time to time – mostly to mess around in events and housing. I’ve kitted her out with wings to fly and gave her the free boost to level 90… though I haven’t really played her much and have no idea what kind of build I should have for her. That’s okay, though. I have my memories and I can still visit her whenever I like.

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