With the opening of the new Lockjaw progression server, life on Ragefire settled down enough for me to log in at prime time, and even find, eventually, all the moss snakes (who no longer seem to kick much, darn it) and black wolves I could want to destroy. After an hour of grinding, and thanks to a buff cast on me by a passing cleric, I made it a little bit into level 2. Couldn't afford any upgrades… couldn't afford to craft, either.
I don't know why grinding didn't bother me as much back in 1999… but of course, I only did the grind once. Once my first "real" character, Etha the druid, got going, every character since started off with the best gear I could find or craft. I'd have all my new characters in at least Sol Ro quest armor or Sol B stuff (I spent lots of time in Sol B).
Soooo… instead of working on a rogue (I explained earlier, she was my sixth character in the original, classic EQ), I should be working on an effective solo class, like a druid or a ranger. Recap what I did before I fell into my first guild, United Norrath Coalition, somewhere around level 20, and actually had other people to group with on a regular basis.
But then… well… haven't I done all this before? I spent eight years in EverQuest. What exactly is doing it all over going to accomplish? I dunno.