Wow... I can actually find people to group with again. I actually see people in the same zone as me from time to time. What's going on here!? Have I survived a server consolidation I was not aware of?
Oh! Of course! Rise of Kunark released. And with that, the throngs of game hopping MMO players return back to EQ2 to see what is new and brush off the dust from their neglected alter egos. For me personally, it is always refreshing to see a healthy crowd back in the game. It means grouping, a rejuvenated economy and hooking up with friends long absent from guild and server. Overall, my RoK experience has been great! I rolled a Sarnak Necro, currently level 12 and have enjoyed the opening content in Timorous Deep. The quests have been fun and varied enough to hold my interest. Sure there are still the token kill and collect quests, but the devs seem to have come up with clever ways of injecting just enough uiqeness to make these interesting enough to wade through.
My main, Jose has been exploring Kylong Plains, Karnor's and the Fens as much as possible. With luck, I'll ding 71 this weekend. Hurray! Finally I should be able to make up some seriously lost ground on the other Monks playing on the Guk server... I was in the top 25 back when the game launched and have slipped pitifully down into the *ugh* 200s!? Anyhow, the high level content has also been fun. The content does appear to be tipped slightly towards soloers. This is a huge plus in my book as I had a tough time wading through the high 60's in KoS by myself. I have also had an easy enough time getting into groups from time to time with the increase in players on the server.
Overall, the expansion has been great. I am seeing renewed levels of interest and enthusiasm in the game not seen since a few months after it initially launched... This has been the most rewarding aspect of the expansion over all.
Looking forward to many more months of EQ2 in the future!