I decided to perform a little challenge for myself in coming back to EQ2. I cleared out a character slot and rolled a brand new character. I meant to put her on a new server to avoid the tempation to twink but I goofed and she ended up on Crushbone with my others. I'm trying to level, as a new person, via what is available to me as FTP. No mercs (even though I have the feature and the oh-so-OP 10 year reward ones), no twinking. After puttering around for a while, I'm finding it's not really possible. Not without access to selling on the broker. You see, level 1-20 adepts, handcrafted, anything that might remotely be an upgrade, is more than 1p per item. That is insane. I can't sell anything on the broker, so between what I've gotten from quests and selling trash loot I've managed to scrounge up 4g in 14 levels. I know broker access is one of the few FTP restrictions but it makes this game at this point in its life completely unplayable for someone that doesn't already know someone/have a guild that is willing to hook them up. And I can't make money by selling on the broker unless I sub or buy SC, and the point of my challenge was to truly play as a FTP player. I'm going to have to break my self imposed rule but I'm trying to do it without using my high level toon's money, so thankfully I have a mid-60's level sage for spells, and I think I have enough levels on tailor on someone to make her some armor. This isn't a call for any nerf, or changes to the FTP model - like I said I know there needs to be SOMEthing that makes it worthwhile to sub, I just didn't think it would be so bad this early on. I only have taken a few months off, didn't think the low level attunable gear market would triple in cost. Even if I did have broker access I wouldn't pay 1p for an adept. I'll tell you what though, it is a ton of fun going into Forest Ruins, Oakmyst, and the Caves and having that fear of "is Grubdigger up?" With my newbie armor and app1 tank pet I wasn't able to take on the named unicorn (level 11) until I was level 13, and that was a pretty nail biting fight still that involved much rooting and recasting of my dead pet. It's so sad to see these zones empty though. Not sure how long I'll be able to go on since I can'tr truly be self-sufficient but we'll see.