BBBBAAAARRRRRKKKK!!!! You humans will pay for ruining our homeland!!! GRRRRRRRR!!!!! Fippy Darkpaw of the Sabertooth Clan will slay you all! BARK!

This is what YOU could be hearing in a few short months! Long before Hogger ever thought about terrorizing Elwynn Forest, Fippy Darkpaw was em-BARK-ing on his one gnoll crusade against the heavily armored, much higher level Qeynos guards in EverQuest. When I took this screenshot of him this morning, the zone was empty. It won’t be empty long.

EverQuest will be opening a new server come this March. It’s looking like it will be named after one of EverQuest’s most famous mobs, Fippy himself.

The new server will take players back to 1999 — no expansions, no transfers in or out, none of the little helpers that SOE has put in to help boost people to high level in as short a time as possible. Corpse runs? Back in. Death waiting around every corner? Back in. The need to be part of a community to progress? Back in, we think.

SOE hasn’t finalized the specific rule set yet, but they claim they’ll release the details once the server is officially named.

They last opened progression servers several years back, two of them, and expansion were opened by players as they completed certain specified tasks. When the servers caught up to the present day, they were folded into the regular server communities.

If you have EVER said, gosh, I’d like to go back and relive those great times when games were exciting, or if you missed out on EverQuest and always wondered what it would be like to play the game when there were thousands of other people around with whom to adventure and raid — this is your chance, maybe your LAST chance.

So, vote for the server name, and clear your calendar for about six months starting in March. This could be your last chance to experience EQ from the start.

11 Responses to “EverQuest: Fippy Darkpaw NEEDS YOU!”
  1. Hudson says:

    Wow, 99% of current MMO players wont know what to do!

  2. Bhagpuss says:

    I played on the last Progression server when it launched. Got to the mid-30s and it was a lot of fun. I have, however, started new characters on new servers in Everquest more times than I have any hope of remembering. I used to make it a policy of starting afresh on every new server as it launched, which is how i ended up with my highest characters split across half a dozen servers.

    If there wasn’t much going on elsewhere I would be very tempted to jump in yet again. Okay, be honest, I *am* very tempted. But the timing isn’t right, clashing as it does not just with Rift but also with DCUO and the Velious expansion for EQ2, all of which I have bought or will buy.

    Going to go and read about it though.

  3. […] great little article by Tipa over at West Karana alerted me to the fact that SOE are launching a new Everquest server in March. Coinciding with the […]

  4. […] Tipa has alerted me to the fact that there is a new EverQuest progression server opening in March.  An old school, going all the way back to ZERO expansions.  It will be time-locked instead of progression based, so will hopefully feel much like the game did back in the day. […]

  5. Mojeaux says:

    I’m all over this! I’ve always wished for a true progression server and I guess now is that time. I played the original since about 3 months after it went live and for 4 or 5 years after that only getting one character (an enchanter) up to max level before leaving the game. Loved it.

  6. Rob says:

    I would love it if us bloggers and blog readers could get together again similar to how we did with the Nostalgia guild. Do you have any plans or desire to spearhead that kind of thing again? If so, you have my Axe! ( I plan on rolling a dwarf … or maybe a Halfling. ) I would love to see a bunch of us come together and make the most of this opportunity.

  7. Mojeaux says:

    Oooooo! What Rob said. EQ is no fun without a good group of folks to play it with.

  8. […] Tipa, the purveyor of West Karana informs us about the new progression server and it’s possible […]

  9. […] lot of people are moving back to Everquest. Some out of boredom, some in preparation for the new Fippy Darkpaw server. I have a couple of friends that are always asking “Hey, wanna go back and play EQ?” My […]

  10. […] weighs in with a bit of EverQuest nostalgia too. Clearly I am not the only vet who read about the progression server set to debut in March and started pining for the old days. (Correction: Wilhelm of TAGN popped in to point out the linked […]

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