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I seem to recall spending far too many moons staring into this blasted spellbook as I "meditated" and regained my mana stores. SOE's EverQuest, along with the rest of the genre, has come a staggeringly long way since the early days of punishing and tedious gameplay elements like meditation. And yet MMO veterans keep looking back. Call it a result of unrepentant nostalgia if you like, but players stormed EQ's new Fippy Darkpaw progression server this week in the hopes of gaming like it's 1999 -- so many players, in fact, that SOE had to clone a second progression server to keep up with the demand. Is this the start of a new wave of retro MMOs and classic shards, or will new shinies lure all those players back to the future?
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