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Hm. I'm thinking about purchasing EverQuest: Lost Dungeons of Norrath from eBay. Before I do, I want to know a few things.

On the box, it says that it's only playable on US or European servers. So, does that means it's only restricted for US/European users? Or are they just servers based there?

Also, do you reckon I'll be able to handle it "normally" on my machine?
Intel Pentium III Processor at 864/866 MHz
384MB RAM (Maybe I'll get more, upto 512 if possible)
Graphics Card? Well.. I don't exactly know what sort I have. Is NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400 there Card? If not, I used to run similar MMORPGs that worked alright, if not, would work excellent with a faster system.
Madow wrote:
On the box, it says that it's only playable on US or European servers. So, does that means it's only restricted for US/European users? Or are they just servers based there?

On most MMORPGs, the country you're in doesn't affect which servers you can connect to. I assume EQ is the same.


Also, do you reckon I'll be able to handle it "normally" on my machine?
Intel Pentium III Processor at 864/866 MHz
384MB RAM (Maybe I'll get more, upto 512 if possible)
Graphics Card? Well.. I don't exactly know what sort I have. Is NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400 there Card? If not, I used to run similar MMORPGs that worked alright, if not, would work excellent with a faster system.

Check the system requirements (Google for them). EQ is fairly old, so I reckon you'll probably be OK, but definitely look for the system requirements.

NVIDIA GeForce2 MX is indeed the name of a video card.
In response to Crispy (#1)
Crispy wrote:
Check the system requirements (Google for them). EQ is fairly old, so I reckon you'll probably be OK, but definitely look for the system requirements.

Hm. I seem to be alright with required specification, I'm a little behind with the recommended though. Looking at the two, I can see a huge difference in specs, so I doubt that I'll handle it properly, I'll see though.

(I'm looking at the Lost Dungeons of Norrath specs if that makes it different)

NVIDIA GeForce2 MX is indeed the name of a video card.

Is GeForce 2 MX/MX 400 better/equal compared to NVidia GeForce 1/3?

Edit: Okay, I'm trying out Escape to Norrath, I think it's a 14-day trial. Anyways, a question popped into my head. Do you need all the expansions in order to play? Or just the first few?
In response to Madow (#2)
Most expansions (this is just knowledge from WoW and CoH, never played EQ) come with the game and are installed when you run the game. Usually, the newer expansions don't come with the game, you have to buy them.
In response to Madow (#2)
Madow wrote:
Is GeForce 2 MX/MX 400 better/equal compared to NVidia GeForce 1/3?

GeForce 3s are better than GeForce 2s. There was no "GeForce 1" as such; the predecessor to GeForce 2 was called GeForce 256 (just to be confusing):

GeForce 256 < GeForce 2 < GeForce 3

Some GeForce 4 cards are better than GeForce 3 cards; but some are worse. Specifically, the Geforce 4 MX cards (the "budget" cards from the GeForce 4 line) are basically rebadged GeForce 2 MX cards with slightly higher specs:

GeForce 256 < GeForce 2 < GeForce 4 MX < GeForce 3 < other GeForce 4

There have been four more generations of cards from NVIDIA since GeForce 4, so you're a little behind the curve. ;-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NVIDIA_GeForce has more info.
First, the original Lost Dungeons of Norrath software release did NOT come with EverQuest. You will not be able to play it by itself. Maybe they released a newer retail box that had the original included, but last I checked it wasn't.

Second, when you say you're buying it form eBay... is it used? It comes with a serial key that is good for a one time only use to enable an EverQuest account for the expansion. I'd never ever buy used MMORPG software.

https://store.station.sony.com/digitalDistribution/base/ detail.jsp?SKU=EQPLT-DD-SW1005-EQPLAT

You'd probably be better off getting that. It includes the original EverQuest (required) as well as the first 7 expansions. Note that there are... well, I lost count, probably around 14 expansions total, so you'll still be somewhat limited in what you can do with other people. Check out http://everquest.station.sony.com for details on the other expansions. I think they have another package you can buy that includes everything.


And no, it's not restricted to US/European users. Just where the servers are located. Lots of foreign people play on them, and some servers are treated as the "unofficial" server for certain languages. Back when I played (about 4 years ago) Karana was mostly French speaking, and the Nameless (server I was a Guide on) had a strong Taiwanese influence.

LDoN is a very small part of the game. When it first came out it was really popular, you could go to the LDoN base camps and easily find a group for a dungeon crawl. At any one time there were 20+ people hanging around the camps looking for LDoN groups. Last time I checked in with things though, it seemed pretty dead.

I can't really tell you much else about the game though, cause I've been gone from it for a long time. I played it for 8 years, but now my thing is EverQuest 2 (which there is no way you'll be able to run smoothly on your computer, sorry).
In response to Zagreus (#5)
Zagreus wrote:
I can't really tell you much else about the game though, cause I've been gone from it for a long time.

Your assessment is pretty much spot on.

LDoNs now are dead, except as a 'fun' thing for level 75s to blast through 3-man on hard, to try and make a record.

You're going to need a few key expansions to do much in EQ1:

Kunark, Velious, Planes of Power, Gates of Discord and then the last 3 expansions which were released.

Kunark and Velious just because they are unforgettably classic and you're bound to want to go there sometime (whether to level up, get certain drops, complete the Dain IV ring signet questline and do the ring wars, duo Avatar of War, solo in the Plane of Growth, etc).

Planes of Power because it provides a central hub of transportation still useful today; it also has lots of solo/group content for 60 - 70, and is relatively 'easy' compared to newer stuff.

Gates of Discord, because if you're going to raid the guild is probably going to want you to do the raid trials in that expansion to gain permanent boosts to your resistances.

The latest 3, because thats typically where people reside (up to latest 4 or 5 if the newer ones have been particularly tough).
In response to Zagreus (#5)
Hm. Thanks for all the input everyone, itÂ’s much appreciated =)

Firstly (This is in reply to Zagreus), yes I believe this one includes EverQuest, as it's seen in the picture and as described. All expansions most likely didn't include the original EverQuest on its first release. And yes, it is new in its original box, un-punched and with the serial key.

Secondly, yes, I was aware of the fact that LDoN was one of the few expansions first to be released and that even with this one expansion, won't compensate for all the newer features in all the other ones. I decided to think about getting this because I wanted to start from the start, I wanted to experience EverQuest by itself, and then unfold the expansions as I get to the point of expanding my gameplay, and also LDoN amused me.

Thirdly, yeah, there'd be no way in hell that my computer could possibly run EQII. That's why I only wanted to get the original EverQuest and one of the first few expansions. I downloaded the trial, Escape to Norrath and yet it's incapable of running completely smoothly.

Lastly, I don't know yet, but I might think about getting EverQuest later on. Seeing all the cost overall.
In response to Madow (#2)
You can upgrade a computer extremely cheap now.

For about 450 bucks I could build a system that could run any game out there. Of course this assuming I'm comfortable with overclocking the cpu, which I wouldn't be okay with during the summer.