I just received an email from the folks at SOE. Here ’tis.
A few months ago I unsubscribed my Station Access due to budgetary concerns, which meant that not only did I lose access to Everquest 2, but also to Vanguard and Everquest 1.
Since then I’ve dabbled back in LotRO, but haven’t really done much gaming at all apart from finally completing Fable 2 on the XBox 360, and spending a few minutes playing Forza, also on the XBox.
It looks like this account reactivation is limited to rerolling on the Fippy Darkpaw server. This server is a progression server, which take the player back to the original release of the game, without any of the expansions active (if I’m not mistaken.) As players reach certain in-game goals, the expansions will be added one at a time.
I have to admit to being very tempted. The problem of course is that this offer is only available for 11 days, from the 10th of Feb to the 21st, which doesn’t leave a lot of time. The fact that this is a progression server makes me wonder if all the niceties that EQ has added over the years (in terms of removing the grind) are still in the game, or if it will take weeks to get past level 10. Worth having a look just for that I think.
Still, it’s free, so I can’t argue with that. I like free.
Update: That’ll learn me to improve my reading comprehension. The Fippy server doesn’t open until the 15th, which only leaves 6 days to explore the new server. In the meantime, the existing servers are available to use.