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EQual Perspectives #20
Sun, 18 Apr 2010 21:36:00 GMT [download/play]

Welcome to EQual Perspectives, Episode 20. This show was recorded on April 16th of 2010 and is the 20th episode in the venerable podcast devoted to Everquest II.  The show’s host Troy & Karen talk about Everquest; including talking about the ongoing squabble with Celestian, playing of Shadow Knights, old content can be just as fun as the the new zones, changes to the AA line, guild raiding, and the big shocker that Karen tells the audience: Brenlo is no longer with Sony.  Sit back and listen to the show.

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Episode #20 - Duration: 01:04:11 - Released: Sun, 18 Apr 2010 21:36:00 GMT
Episode #19 - Duration: 01:08:56 - Released: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 23:07:00 GMT
Episode #18 - Duration: 00:46:21 - Released: Sun, 28 Feb 2010 23:12:00 GMT
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Episode #15 - Duration: 00:53:26 - Released: Mon, 21 Jul 2008 00:40:00 GMT
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Episode 20 Discussion Thread

'Hah!' by Celestian
Submitted on 2010-04-19 05:55:20 CST
Not listened to the episode yet but the show notes made me laugh a little. Not trying to squabble, I really would like for the facts to be straight is all.

Look forward to listening, hopefully you're not so blue this week!

'AA's and stats' by Celestian
Submitted on 2010-04-19 20:41:08 CST
The stats from AA's on the first tree were folded into the abilities. If you mouse over the AA for the "old" strength line top ability you'll see that you get +strength as well as whatever the other ability is.

The very top ability in the AA tree, for my enchanter it's mana flow, you can spend 10 points in it and it gives you +primary stat and +stamina as well (I believe, can't recall exactly).

Enjoy your EQ2 vacation Troy, I took one myself and came back better for it.

PS: just to clear some confusion up, my post on episode 18 comments page was for episode 19 since Brent did not have a page for episode 19 setup. I think I mentioned that in the subject of the post.

Anyway, good show, enjoyed listening. If you do want to yell at me in person feel free to contact me and if my RL and in-game raid schedules permit I'd be happy to be the punching bag on the show.

Brenlo will be missed by me if he's the one that has turned the game into what it is today.

'How would you feel if you heard some one cheer, After finding out you was no longer with the company' by AlikSteel
Submitted on 2010-04-28 18:47:02 CST
To most of the people that did more than just play the game, Brenlo was the hart and soul of the game. He did a lot more than just work for SOE, He enjoyed playing the games. And he wanted to make it as fun as it could be for every one who played.

No one knows right now what was happening behind the walls of SOE, So we can't say who did what. We all know that the last guy(sorry for the life of me, I can't remember the guy's name right now) before Brenlo was killing the game. Or at lest that is the way it looked, Once again, Who knows what was going on behind closed doors. We do know that SOE became the LITTLE brother to the PS3,2,1 of the Sony company. Maybe it all falls on them, And what ever happen to the last guy, Happened to Brenlo. God help this new guy.

Thinking this is just one more sign, That is telling us to run to the hill's when it comes to BIG MMO Companys. I know it's all about the money to them, As it would be if it was my money that was tied up in it, But damn, It seems as if they are doing every thing they can to kill what we all loved about the games in the first place.

I am sad to see Brenlo go and hope where ever he lands, It works out for him.

Yea, Troy, I love ya man, But no more podcast about games you don't know any thing about. You have a real bad love / hate relationship with EQ2, And it goes back a few years. Maybe you need to let some one that likes the game do the show.
Maybe Karen and her Husband.

'Alik Must have woke up thinking he was king' by Shalimar616
Submitted on 2010-04-29 01:44:43 CST
Alik, I am a bit taken back by your recent critical statements about the show and the people that listen to it. EQual Perspectives is exactly that -- Perspectives on the game from myself and Karen's opinion. If you don't like them, either join us on the show or sit down and shut up.

I for one did not think he added anything to the game. As a game designer he was an utter failure. I wish Scott Hartsman would return and add the fun back into the game. I only hope the new guy concerns himself more about adventure than goofball quests that bring tittering from the 12 your old crowd.

I will also determine when I will do my next show, and not you. And as you blather on about me not knowing anything about the game, make sure you don't fall into your own stupidity.

'Can't We All Just Get Along?' by Jmo
Submitted on 2010-04-29 04:02:26 CST
It seems the last two episodes here of EQual Perspectives have gotten a bit of a fiery response in the comments. I usually only comment when I feel that there is something that needs to be said, or added to the discussion, but in this case, I think both of you (Alik and Troy) need to step back and take a deep breath. You guys are friends from what I've been able to tell, and these comments towards each other seem very pointed and hurtful.

I like our little community, and can't sit back and watch fights break out on the inside. There were some low blows in both these posts, and on Twitter. Come on you two, remember that regardless of what any of our opinions are about the games, it's not worth being spiteful towards each other, and possibly ruining friendships over.


'I never stay angry' by Shalimar616
Submitted on 2010-04-29 10:57:35 CST
Good idea Jeremy.

I never stay angry. We do have such a good community here and I look forward to Karen's and my next podcast.


'Looking for a Co Host for Runes of Magic' by Shalimar616
Submitted on 2010-04-29 11:42:04 CST
I am working on drafting up a new show for EQual Perspectives for the game Runes of Magic (hey, nothing says that EQual Perspectives has to be only about EQ). Anyway, if anyone out there would like to be on a podcast and also plays Runes of Magic, let me know.


'Heart and soul?' by Kasar
Submitted on 2010-05-05 23:44:48 CST
Brenlo was a community manager. As a producer, he was still a community manager.
I'm not bashing him for not having a vision or plan, it really wasn't the role he should've been in. That he was put there only reflects on how little Smedley cares about EQ2, even if it has let him fund development on other games.

Since SCE controls SOE and things haven't been particularly positive since that was announced, hopefully the new producer can establish himself in spite of the corporate environment.

'Revisiting EQ2 and I am correct' by Shalimar616
Submitted on 2010-06-05 12:23:33 CST
I recently had the chance to return to EQ2 for three days, and the first thing I wanted to try was adjusting my AA and verify if stats were indeed folded into the first line of each tree.

I am correct and Celestian was wrong in that the old statistic AA trees give NO stat gains. To further check, I watched my character sheet as I added 6 points into the first ability of the old Strength tree and my stats never changed.


'I see where the confusion may occur' by Shalimar616
Submitted on 2010-06-05 13:26:58 CST
Looking again the AA tree, I do see where some may be confused from what was in the game and what is there now. If you do select the first non-related statistical AA ability you can get a minor tweaking of some stats, but only two specific abilities not of your choice and both are weak.

Prior to the last expansion, each of the specific statistic AA trees had their own bonus applied -- significant bonuses. That first ability was nothing more than a pure statistical advantage.

Perhaps this is where they are getting confused -- but this is not in any way close to the original ability and is nothing more than a token modification.


'Good god' by noemoclub
Submitted on 2010-07-20 19:22:36 CST
Troy, you are one whiney bitch.

How about you get a podcast and stick with it, stop talking about three boxing, learn to socialize and raid in an MMO and people might have more respect for your play ability.

What you are is a solo playing douchebag that complains about raids and instances and having to do work other than exploring and acting like some reject from a high school drama club while in game.

You are a casual whinebag that thinks everything should be handed to you with a minimum amount of effort. The type of personality that spells doom to MMO's that used to require skill.

'Way to necro a podcast AND cross the line!' by Jaye
Submitted on 2010-07-21 02:45:08 CST
Yikes, way to completely abandon all sense of reasonable debate and tromp across the line of appropriate commentary! Troy and I might not share the same views on EQ2 but at least we could end a debate with a high five and a promise of beer. Might wanna dial the rage down a bit, ya?