How would you suggest that be done? What "advancements of the MMORPG Genre" in particular do you feel allow a game to cater to an almost exclusively casual / social player? You are definitely amongst a very small minority of the current EverQuest playerbase, there used to be a very large social / casual community on most servers but over time they simply left the game, there was always content for casuals to play through & still is but they just stopped playing the game for a whole ton of different reasons. The demographics of the game have shifted immensely over the past 20 years & now the population is essentially distilled, while most of the people like yourself stopped playing years ago, a much higher percentage of the hardcore raiders stuck around. TLP servers run at an accelerated unlock schedule, I think that they are simply not suited to players who are very casual & social but do not like to do group progression or raid in era, if you can't hack the faster pace you will inevitably fall behind everyone else & get left behind. What kinds of character advancement are you looking for from EverQuest? Character Power is found in "hard" numerical things: Levels, AA, Gear & Augments Character Power is also found in "soft" things: Knowledge, Skill, Organisational Ability, Leadership Then there are Cosmetic things that allow you to differentiate your character from others in the world, mounts, weapon ornaments & gear ornaments which can all be combined to create a signature look. Group Gear from House of Thule onwards is perfectly suited to the grouping game & to group progression, you only need raid gear if you raid, getting that gear is pretty straightforward. You say you hate raiding, then you whine about being excluded from content which requires raiding - well in fact that criticism of the game has been addressed, since the group missions from 80 onwards feature the same creatures, stories, & sequence of events from the raids of each expansion cut down in difficulty & some reduction in mechanics in order for a group to experience it. You may be best served by looking for a guild on a LIVE server that does cater for casual players, Lions of the Heart on Xegony is a well known example of such a guild, yes they raid too but they aren't forcing players or expecting them to raid, can play as you like there. Unless EQ releases a no-raids server, which is super-unlikley as raiding is such a huge part of the game & people who refuse to raid at all are a very tiny niche set of players these days, you are really going to have a bad time on TLP.