Community Spotlight

So on the EQ2Players website, they’ve been having this feature, where they pick a random player of the game, and ask them some questions about their lives, and about their experiences with the game. I thought it was a neat little questionaire, and I thought “what the hell?”, I’ll fill it out myself. 

  • Real life first name: George
  • Main Character name: Thalinos
  • Server: Butcherblock
  • Guild: Wrath of Opie

Where in the real life world do you live? I live in Southern California, in a small (but growing) town in Riverside County.

What type of work do you do? I’m a Security Officer at the local casino.

What got you into gaming and what sort of games do you like the most? My Dad introduced me to gaming when I was around three, giving me my first video game system, the original NES. Later I played the Sega Genesis, the Saturn, and then hopped on board with Sony, grabbing a PSX. Also owned a PS2, though I moved onto computer gaming since. My favorite types of video games aside from MMOs (of course), are First Person Shooters, Real-Time Strategy, Fighting and Racing games.  

What other hobbies or activities do you take part in, other then playing EQII? I enjoy reading a good book, watching movies at the theater or at home, listening to music, playing chess, playing cards, and of course I love hanging with my friends and sharing a drink. 

What other MMOs have you played? I played EQLive for about 6 months. Then I heard about EQ2, and once I picked that up I haven’t wanted to jump into another MMO. I have tried WoW at a friend’s, and yeah, it sucks. LOTRO looks intriguing, but I haven’t the time for more than one MMO at a time. 

How long have you played EQII? Almost two years now. I started in March of ’06, shortly after KOS was released.

How long is your typical gaming session when playing EQII? Typically I play at least 2 hours, but have been known to stay on as long as 8. Really just depends on what I might have to do instead of playing the game. 

What does a typical EQII day consist of for you? Finding whatever way possible to make some forward progression. Since my main has been capped (Adv/AA) for quite some time, I usually focus on alts.

What was the race and class of your very first character? My very first character was a Kerra Shadowknight. I had a bit of alt-itus from the beginning, and no character made it much past level 30 without being deleted for another. Until my Paladin that is.

What is your highest level in EQII? My main is level 70 with 100 AA.

What race and class is your main character? A Dwarf Paladin.

What do you like the most about the class you have chosen for your main character? The versatility. I can tank every group instance/dungeon in the zone, I can spot heal myself (yes, during combat) if a healer is lagging, and I’ve out DPS’ed DPS classes. There isn’t a role I can’t fill with my Paladin, and it was a great journey throughout the levels.

Does your main character worship a deity? He’s been with Marr since EOF release. 

How did you choose your main character’s name? It was just something I pulled off the top of my head, and it looked and sounded good.

Which classes in EQII have you NOT played? As I said before, alt-itus hit hard early on, and I’ve tried every single class in the game. But, obviously not many of them made the cut. The only level 70 I have is the Paladin, though my Brigand is in T6 at the moment.

What is your favorite expansion? EOF hands down, but that could be trumped by ROK. EOF was awesome because it added something for everyone, not just the high-enders. There’s so much to do in EOF that I still think there’s things I never did.

What is your favorite zone? Probably have to go with Unrest, mainly because it’s the longest most involving dungeon outside of a raid zone. It’s also 100% original. Unlike many of the KOS zones, where they all start to look the same after a while. 

What is your favorite npc? Don’t have one of those.

Which expansion do you like the least? DOF. This expansion has a look and feel that I’ve never really cared for. The middle-eastern themes have been present in other fantasy mediums, but I don’t think it really has a place. It seems somewhat tacked on, and the questlines are pretty annoying. The sole saving grace is shimmering citadel and poets palace, two zones I did enjoy. 

Which zone do you like the least? I can’t narrow that down, because expansion zones kick the crap out of old-world zones. So really, I dislike the old game. Maybe a revamp is due? 

Which npc do you like the least? Blood Talon. Just because he always is up when you don’t need him, and takes FOREVER to spawn when you do.

What is the most platinum you have ever spent on purchasing a single item for one of your characters? Somewhere around 15 plat, and it was for a master.

Do you have an item you no longer use but keep around for nostalgic reasons? Any of the HQ items. My main has done all but one of them. Now they just decorate my house. 

What do you like best about EQII? The fact that it’s always kept my attention, you get some social interaction, and there’s always something bigger and better for you to obtain that keeps you going.

What do you get out of playing EQII? A sense of acomplishment. And more importantly, a way to keep in touch with family and friends who play the game, but that I don’t see in person too often.

Describe your best experience from playing EQII? Creating and Running a guild with my Dad, one of my best friends, my girlfriend, and some other online friends. It was a blast while it lasted. 

Do you run or work for an EQII Fan Site? No, but obviously I blog about the game pretty regularly.

And that’s that. I think maybe some of the other members of the community should do this as well, but I’m not going to go as far as to tagging anyone. If you feel motivated to do so, then go for it.

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