Friday, July 29, 2011

Hunter's Lodge

The new housing options are now available on the Marketplace in EQ2.  Anyone who knows me will know that I have been getting a little bit excited about the ‘blank canvass’ islands that are going to be available to purchase. I had heard that they were going to be based upon Temple Isle in Tenebrous Tangle, and was pretty made up about that. Even if they had removed all of the temples and ruins, it would still be an awesome place to create some structures. But when my Bro shouted up the other night to let me know he was checking them out and “it’s just a big flat island really with a waterfall”, I was a little perplexed. Where was my Tenebrous Tangle island? Wishing to see this with my own eyes I hopped over to South Freeport to take a gander. And he was right!

Yup, that’s all it is. A big flat grassy island that looks like it is flat enough for a ball pitch. There is a waterfall too, coming from an island way way above your head in to a tiny pool. That’s your lot. There is nothing more. So, my enthusiasm well and truly deflated I put away my hopes of having a cool island of my own and Mere and I decided to head off and quest some.

I was disappointed with the islands truth be told. As Mere and I discussed at the time we are absolutely sure there will be some amazing creations on these islands and in just a short space of time we came up with some great ideas. A Country Club & Spa, A Football Pitch, Mini Golf & amusements are just a few. There is a huge amount of potential there for development and perhaps moving out to the other very distant islands you can see. But, it’s not for me. I wanted nooks and crannies, little valleys and tranquil pools. Woods and streams. So, I decided I wasn’t going to move house. I am keeping Voltaans Gorowyn home but am revamping the outside area. Out goes the under construction ‘Fort Brakkarg’ with just the Wall of Bone remaining to protect my little property and in comes the new falling down cottage I am building for Voltaans home. Well, it’s not falling down just yet, but it has got a tree growing in to the construction somewhere! I’ll add piccies of the building site later. It’s going to be a labour of love and will probably take me some time as I dislike using the layout editor for anything further than changing the angle of an item which I have had to do already to get the slope of the roof tiles. Piccies and more after the jump..

As for the adventuring side of the game, as ever Mere and I have been having a blast progressing the RoK questlines and it now seems that we have pretty much tied everything up in Fens of Nathsar and are ready to move fully in to Kunzar Jungle. We’ve already been there a couple of times to get involved with the Kurn’s Tower access quest and to do just enough to not get killed in Jinisk. We needed to complete the Kurn’s access quest to gain a lot more faction with the Bellywhumpers, so that we could then purchase the item needed to return to Rillis with to complete the Bellywhumper quests part of the Fens timeline. Actually i think that’s the first time I have bothered to get those last few Burynai quests. I usually just get bored then move in to Kunzar early.

Kunzar has a crazy amount of quests. You look at your completed journal for quests in Kylong and Fens and each probably range between 80 and 90 quests completed. I was checking my Kunzar ones the other day on Voltaan and I have 104 completed and I know I haven’t yet done them all.  There is just so much to do there.  I like Kunzar Jungle. It doesn’t seem as large as Kylong, Fens or Jarsath and I reckon probably is the smallest overland zone in the RoK expansion. But I do like it. It has some fun questlines and interesting areas and storylines. It also has some really fun things, like the title reward ‘Rubble Rabble Rouser’. Useless, but fun! It also has some great outdoor areas such as the City of Mist and some lovely mob surprises walking around, sometime nicely Epic. I do really like the zone and especially like Sebilis as a shared zone.

It doesn't look like I will be doing too much Kunzar stuff currently though as Merecraft is going to be  away from game for a little time with the family. In the mean time I'll be putting the final touches to my Hunter's Lodge. As promised, here are some pics of the construction in progress.

Be well.

1 comment:

  1. Looking great mate. Can't wait to see the finished article :)