I've played EQ1 for 21 years or so, off and on, and have recently been playing EQ2. My GF got me to try it and I'm either missing something or not understanding game design. It doesn't seem to matter what class I pick, as a casual player. It seems as if the only difference is whether I want one set of blinking bars or another. No class seems interesting because nothing seems to set them apart. Is that by design? I don't have to learn any of the names or what the buttons do, because they blink for me and I learn that button 1 does 10hp or 100hp and button 2 opens button 3 Death has absolutely no impact (at least up to level 50, where I'm almost at with a BL); resurrection happens automatically, and if I pay for DB cash (Pay to Play?), then I can rez right there, no waiting at all. Is there any negative aspects of dying, or does it matter at all? I've raided dungeons solo because groups seem to be non-existent at lower levels. I've died a couple times and have had no problem working through them if I take my time. Do the challenges scale with more characters in the group? I don't have to travel the map at all. I can get on a horse, griffin or click on a shiny blinking thing and just click on another part of the city and I'm there. Is that because people are sick of running 2 minutes in a city? I guess I just don't get why a new player would choose to play if over 50% of the world is auto-bypass and there's no fear of dying, especially if the player is casual. It seems as if EQ2 has become, or has always been, a WoW clone with even less consequences of failure. So far, I've not felt challenged in anything, so no incentive to actually try for anything. Am I missing something? I've followed the quest lines and outside of a few deaths, I've not really seen anything difficult to make it feel like an accomplishment As a looooong time EQ player, I want to like this game; however, every single time I log on, I almost immediately log off. My Wizard hits as hard as my ranger who hits as hard as my BL, who... then, you throw on mercs and man, it's so damn easy... what am I missing?