Although there are hordes of people eager to break ground in EverQuest Next Landmark, there are others who just can’t seem to get on board and would rather wait for EverQuest Next. Is there hope for the Landmark-avoidant?
Dear Wise Druid,
My friend - I’ll call him Timmy, although his name is a lot dorkier (sad but true) - is an old EQ player who’s been hanging out with me since 1999. My high elf cleric fought bravely beside his dwarf paladin for many years before we moved on to other games. Now, I’m super excited about EverQuest Next, and so is Timmy. But I’m also stoked about Landmark. Timmy...not so much.
Timmy sees Landmark as nothing more than “EQ Minecraft,” and he has no interest in Minecraft. I’ve never played building games, either, but I think Landmark looks like a lot of fun, and I can see it providing hours and hours of entertainment while I wait for EQNext. I would love it if my good friend would join me, but he’s being a stubborn dwarf. Is there anything you can say to encourage him to give Landmark a try?
My Dearest Lonely Cleric,
First, I think you need to accept that it’s okay for Timmy to not like Landmark. For some of us, it’s not going to be the type of game we want to play, and that’s fine. Perhaps your friend isn’t being stubborn so much as expressing a preference, and that preference is to wait until EverQuest Next launches.
That said, I was once a Timmy. When I first heard about Landmark (even before it was announced, because we press are lucky like that sometimes), I sort of shrugged my shoulders and said, “Meh. Okay. Whatever.” I figured I’d take a peek at it, of course, so that I could stay informed and maybe even kill a little time before EverQuest Next neared launch, but I wasn’t sold. Then I started reporting on the game for EQHammer and my opinion did a 180-degree change. I went from “Whatever” to “Wow! This could be fun.” So, perhaps there’s hope for Timmy if only we can get him better informed.
Here are some of the things that sold me:
I’ll freely admit that I didn’t know whether I would enjoy Landmark when it was first announced, but now I find myself looking forward to it more and more for the reasons I’ve listed above. The biggest reason, though, is something less tangible - it’s the feeling of adventure Landmark stirs in me. SOE will be handing us a great big sandbox when alpha begins, hopefully in the second half of January but no later than February 28th.
If this doesn’t work on Timmy, then leave the poor dwarf alone to pine for EverQuest Next in peace. There’s only so much you can do. Meanwhile, see you in the worlds of Landmark soon!
Yours very truly,
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Karen became hopelessly hooked on EverQuest when she wandered into Norrath for the first time, immediately fell off one of the Kelethin platforms, and had to ask a Bard to find her mangled corpse. She's gained a few skills since, and logged more hours than she cares to count playing all kinds of MMOs. The EverQuest franchise remains her favorite. Relying on her druidic wisdom, she pens a weekly column, Ask the Druid, every Thursday. Send your questions to her at shayalyn [at] tentonhammer.com.
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