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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Neat Little Things in EQII

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Sometimes, we're so focused on combat and leveling that we might miss out on a cool little feature of EQII. I happened across one the other day.

Now, I don't know how many times I've run through Qeynos Harbour. Let's just say if I had a gold piece for each time, I'd be riding a magic carpet right about now. But I never really noticed the giant clock before. It's just south of the entrance to Castleview Hamlet.

Then, last night, I was running by it and the thing started chiming. I did a /time and sure enough - it was just past the hour (in game time). Game time moves pretty fast, so I actually sat there for an in-game hour watching the gears move and waiting for it to chime again. Very cool. It even has an inscription saying it was a gift from the people of Ak'Anon.

Obviously this has nothing to do with gameplay, but I just want to acknowledge that someone who cares about immersion took the time to code this and put it into the game.

On a similar topic, I'm pretty sure the moon and stars in EQII are on a sophisticated calendar but that's just a guess. If anyone knows for sure, let me know.

Some of the NPC dialogue is also kind of neat if you take the time to read it. A new writer on
EQII Vault named Catharsis covers some of it in this article, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I recommend her second article as well.

Does anyone else have a cool little EQII feature they would like to share?


Blogger Anskiere said...

(I didn't really mean to delete this the first time)
Just about anything you could ever want to know about the EQ2 Norrathian Sky.. *plays the Richie Truxillo song in the background*.. can be found on this thread in the eq2 forums:

1:01 AM  
Blogger Aggro Me said...

Wow, that is an awesome thread and exactly the type of stuff I was talking about. Thanks, Anskiere.

1:15 AM  
Blogger strixus said...

I've always loved that clock. There are so many wonderful little details in this game. *smiles* Even the seagulls are good touch.

3:09 AM  
Anonymous Ynoga said...

Wasn't the same clock (well sort of the same) in Qeynos in EQ1? If I remember correctly there was a vicious urban myth that kept going around for several years about it somehow being connected to the Clockwork Dragon. Can't for the life of me remember how it went though :)

4:27 AM  
Blogger Anskiere said...

I can vaguely remember rumors going around that a clock was connected to that dragon. I never actually saw the clock, since in all my years of EQ1, I went into Qeynos a total of like.. three times. Maybe I'll log in and check it out

(I spent most of my days[free fun time] pestering the freeport militia, and hanging out in that bar in the Knights of Truth part of FP.)

8:51 AM  
Blogger Mr.X said...

I love the sounds in the Peat Bog. The crickets chirping and bugs buzzing make me feel like I'm in the middle of a hot humid swamp and totally gives immersion. For that reason alone I like it the most of all the newbie zones.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Anskiere said...

oohhh.. crickets. I seriously have to turn down ambient sound in places with crickets, because the sound of crickets drives me CRAZY. I am totally not joking (I wish I was) but for some reason, I absolutly can't stand it. Same with snoring. roaar!

11:41 AM  
Blogger warm_machine said...

I'm glad someone else likes the little things too aggro me! heh

Here are some of my fav's:
The frost breath and snow flurry's in Everfrost, the falling cinders in Lavastorm, and the creature sounds in Nektulos.

BTW, anskiere, that link blew me away, thx!!!

11:58 AM  

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