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EverQuest II: "Rat Bastard"
Posted: Monday November 15th, 2004 by

You know, I had some alternate text for today's comic... but it completely sucked ass. So, I scrapped it all (except the punchline) and brainstormed.

It didn't take long to expand on the idea of Kerran vs. Ratonga race relations, or the lack thereof.

The funny thing is though, there is NO PvP in EQ2. No /duel. No consentual. No nothing. So, it just struck me as funny that the Ratonga can taunt Mr. Cat Man all he wants and there's nothing the Kerra can do about it.

Of course, when I started doing the comic, I didn't know there WASN'T any PvP. I had to hit the EQ2 forums and look it up. Then I talked with Scott "Gallenite" Hartsman, just to get confirmation that there was no form of PvP at all. He told me, "We [SOE] debated putting it in, but didn't want just 'here, go hit each other'! We didn't want something we couldn't plan or maintain properly. Better to focus on the main game."

And, given EQ's track record with PvP, I can't say I disagree with the decision. Hell, Scott said it best when he told me, "It'd be cool to do a ruleset from the ground up the right way. But only if we knew we could do it without screwing it up." And, that straight-forward approach to answering questions is exactly why I like talking with Scott.


As far as the comic goes, I don't think it requires too much explanation. But, for the uninitiated EQ has a race of Cat People called Kerra, and a race of rat people called Ratongas. And despite there not being any PvP in EQ2, I figured the comic worked on a visceral level. Having no method of retaliation though... just makes it all the better, in my opinion.

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