So I started out as a mage, enchanter, and ultimately illusionist. My wife, meanwhile, made and deleted a host of characters. We've been in one guild so far, which was extremely unsatisfying.
In the process of leveling my enchanter, I became very frustrated. I had a fair number of quests that I wanted to complete, but all of them required groups to kill mobs. Since my wife wasn't at a comparable level, and I was either effectively or actually guildless, I had to join or more often create pickup groups.
After the N+1th time doing this and accumulating debt, frustration, and entries on my /ignore list.. my favorite one being the follow who joined a group, whined incessantly until we helped him kill mobs he could've soloed, and then left once we killed them for him. Jerk.. and fairly typical, except for the whining and the ease of the mobs. Anyway, after N+1 times doing this and similar experiences on my wife's part, we went out and bought WoW.
Um.. wait.. no we didn't. None of the stores around here had it available that particular weekend. So we needed to do something to entertain ourselves til at least, say, Tuesday. No point in placing an order online, it still wouldn't arrive before then.. okay.. so now what do we do with our weekend?
We decided to see if a change in approach would improve things. We made new characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and played them in lockstep. We'd do all the quests we possibly could, using the fact that being a tank/healer combination we had all the group we needed.. and if we needed more, the only real addition would be DPS classes.
Furthermore, we refused to do any delivery quests. If the job didn't involve killing something, it was for someone else.
..we're still playing EQ2. We no longer have any serious desire to go play WoW. The characters are level 18 and doing a couple quests in Stormhold right now - we've done quests pretty much the entire time, plus or minus a couple levels we spent farming mobs that weren't scarecrows in Antonica.
So, all of this has been background for an actual question/discussion/whathaveyou.
How does anyone play this game without having regular competent groupies (ie, people you can play with night after night) and remain sane? I'm scared to even log the illusionist on for anything but crafting. I'm not at all sure what we're going to do when and if the paired characters ding 50.. even a guild might not help, since you need someone close by in level.
And lots of luck doing the less-popular quests. Archer Woods is camped from dusk til dawn, but Stormhold apparently only exists for most people because the armor quests force them to go there.
And incidentally, if you're in a really chatty, fun, intelligent Qeynos guild on Everfrost, do let me know.