Samanna's New Reference Desk!
When I started playing EQ in 2001, it was a much different world. Information was hard to find, and I wound up with (figuratively) hundreds of little notes about how or where to do what in-game, including hand-drawn and printed-out maps. As I collected this info, I decided to post it online so that others would not have to reinvent the wheel. That evolved into Samanna.net, the class forums and plenty of game information.
After having raided through Prophecy of Ro (2006) and played casually into The Buried Sea (2007), my work and income changed drastically, and I had to stop playing and eventually even let the site go and the domain expire.
Fast forward to December, 2022, and the urge to play returned. Most of the advice for new or returning players that I could find essentially said:
- Start a new character.
- Do the tutorial and beginning quests.
- Take Defiant Armor as it drops.
- Get only the most important spells (and later AAs) every 5-10 levels.
- Get to within ~20% of max level (at this writing, max level is 120 and people are advised not to focus on gearing up until the 80s).,
- Get to max level and then grind a LOT of AAs (at this writing, there are four characters on Magelo tied with 74,377 AAs).
That's all well and good, and I understand that getting from 1 to 100 may only take a month or two, but there were still many questions not easily answered - to some extent due to updates causing conflicting information.
Since writing that, I've given up boxing in live and now I just play an Iksar Shaman on Yelinak.
So, again, this guide will be primarily for me, and I'll probably grow it as my experience grows. If you really need to message me with some addition, correction, or whatever, I'm Lord_Davo on Reddit. I do want to /cheer both Fanra's EQ Wiki and The Firiona Vie Project, which are exactly what I'd have liked Samanna.net to have evolved into... if things had been different.
The following pages are from a backup taken around February 2007 (around when The Buried Sea came out), and might be of interest to folks, especially on progression servers or emulators. The file names should give you an idea of the content. The shtml menus don't work, so this is your navigation tool.