Hands on: Rain of Fear

ZAM adventures through a preview of EverQuest's 19th expansion.

It’s always nice to go home after spending a little time away. It was that same sense of belonging that the loading screen for EverQuest: Rain of Fear inspired in me when I took part in a guided tour of the new expansion.

I admit it has been a while since I ventured into the vast world of EverQuest, but I still had a big daft smile on my face as the strains of Jay Barbeau’s sweeping theme swelled in the nerd center of my heart.

With a band of plucky journalists and SOE devs, I was part of an intrepid venture into the various new zones of Norrath; places tainted and warped by the shards of fear, pieces of the fallen god Cazic-Thule that have rained down across the lands – hence the title of the expansion.

It is simply staggering that EverQuest is up to its 19th expansion, there are few – if any – MMOs that can boast the richness of content and history contained across the huge, sprawling landscapes that comprise EQ. Rain of Fear promises all new places to explore, as well as new twists on classic, beloved characters and areas.

The zone of Shard’s Landing is intended to be a hub for EQ adventurers, its purple portals leading to other areas awash with mobs and treasure.

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From here we hailed the local denizens – devoutly listening to the local, somewhat unnerving preacher, before moving on to tour some of the other areas of interest.

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# Nov 30 2012 at 12:07 PM Rating: Decent
Wen is there going to be a list of Progression through the Rain of Fear going to be put up on Zam. It sure was helpful with all other expansions.
Is it just the pictures?
# Nov 16 2012 at 1:27 PM Rating: Good
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Looking at the pictures here and at massively it looks to me like these zones are just plain ugly, especially compared to the last couple expansions. Is it the pictures? I got a beta invite just dont have the time to see for myself.
Is it just the pictures?
# Nov 21 2012 at 3:10 PM Rating: Decent
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It's not really supposed to be pretty and clean cities like VoA was. The theme of RoF is the corruption of the land by the fear shards. If something is corrupted, chances are it's not going to look pretty and clean. (:
Great update
# Nov 16 2012 at 11:05 AM Rating: Good
Zam, great update thanks or this. Love the collection and slayer quests. One part I was missing from EQ2

Edited, Nov 16th 2012 12:08pm by Loweball
Great update
# Nov 16 2012 at 1:15 PM Rating: Decent
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You're welcome, thanks Lowe.
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