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An Everquest Giveaway!!
Posted on December 21st 2017

           For all of those out there who don't check the EQ forums very often - I am hosting a holiday giveaway this year! I'm giving away 5 different sets of collectibles (one of which was kindly donated to me) as well as some of the more rare TBM collectibles which grant Hero's Journey and Hero's Vitality.

           Since I play on Firiona Vie - only players on that server are able to participate in the giveaway. All you have to do in order to get your free stuff is leave your character's name on the EQ Veteran's Forum "A Merry Firiona Christmas" thread I created or on the official page of the giveaway.

           I'll probably continue the regular collectible giveaway as long as I have collectibles to give away. I'll stop giving away the more rare TBM collectible sometime after New Years. If you're reading this sometime in 2018 and wondering if you can still get some free stuff - just post on my official page of the giveaway and wait patiently. There's a good chance I can still send you some of the collectibles when I get a free moment =)

           Stay safe this holiday season everyone and happy holidays!

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Massive EQ Updates to Leveling!!
Posted on December 21st 2017

EQ Leveling Guides

           As promised I have been diligently working to push out Everquest updates for everyone over the past month. It's been a lot of work but things are moving rather quickly. You may have noticed if you've visited the /eq/leveling page it's been completely changed into what's shown above.

           I actually do have a Ring of Scale leveling guide basically entirely complete atm but I haven't added an RoS button yet or updated the EoK one because I would like to release the leveling guide officially once I get more guides for that expansion pack.

           Right now I am working on making all of the locations displayed in my leveling guides as accurate and up to date as possible. Over the past week I have been adding in meticulous details to each location to really set these new guides apart from my older ones. To give you an idea of what I mean - most of my guides have mini guides which describe how to reach that location... Take this 'How to reach Old Sebilis' guide as an example.

           In addition to that I have added a significant amount of detail to many different leveling locations which really make them more of a zone guide than a leveling guide! If you'd like a few examples check out my Kunark Old Sebilis Guide, Classic EQ Lower Guk, OoW Wall of Slaughter and OoW Riftseeker's Sanctum also both got a total make over.

           I'm adding details like this to each zone that I know well enough to do so. It's a TON of work but I believe that people will really enjoy these guides and use them for more than just leveling once I am through with making them.

           The last big announcement I have to make is I have decided once I am done with my leveling guides I am going to fully update my Tradeskill guides for each and every expansion pack as well. This will be a massive undertaking though - one I am just not sure I can even finish. Well, I know I can finish everything except EoK/RoS tradeskill guides... which are the ones I would like to write the most!


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The Introspection Podcast Episodes 0 & 1
Posted on December 6th 2017

           As some as you know from reading my past updates I was pondering the idea of starting a Podcast recently. Well, it's come to fruition! I have released the first two episodes of this podcast today and if they are well received I will continue with the project in the future.

           Episode 0 is about how I saved the world last week. Ahem, I jest. Episode 0 is an introduction to the podcast, what to expect from future episodes and my plans/ideas of where to take it. This is mostly just an announcement/news episode without much actually content.

           That's why I also put out Episode 1 which is about Loot Boxes and what their role could possibly be in the future of gaming. Loot Boxes have been in the news almost every day over the last few weeks due to EA and Star Wars Battlefront 2 so I decided to discuss this in my first episode since it goes hand in hand with what I want this podcast to be about.

           As you can see the podcast is named "The Introspection Podcast" because primarily what I would like to accomplish with this podcast is to think more deeply; in most cases aloud, about things that are currently going on in the world or things that interest me.

           If you enjoy what you hear on the podcast please like the video(s) and leave me a comment - right now more than ever I am looking for viewer feedback. Positive, Negative - I wanna hear your thoughts that way I can improve my content in the future!!


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Everquest Updates Are Finally Here!!
First posted on December 1st 2017


PoP Leveling Guide

The Everquest Updates to my website have finally begun! Rejoice EQ fans! Rejoice!

           I'm going to add as much information as I possibly can this time around while doing EQ updates. I have noticed that out of all sections on my website the EQ traffic is dropping off most - which is likely since I don't have much useful information for players on Live and Phinigel.

           Phinigel is kind of hard for me to add guides for since I have never done GoD or OoW in era. I've done tons of OoW but never while it was current, ive just plowed through the zones... GoD I know next to nothing about... I will learn all I can with Lockjaw but it's going to take a long while before Lockjaw enters OoW which will put a delay on having truly great guides for those expansions.

           Luckily I know a lot of HoT/SoD and RoF and beyond I know plenty. This likely means you should expect many more guides for Live EQ than the TLPs over the next few months. I will add more to this update when I have more to say, including links to recently finished guides of mine.

           Those of you interested, I have created a Patreon for myself over the last week and I will hopefully be putting out videos in the upcomming weeks of different content that I don't want to spoil yet. If you like my work just keep an eye out =)


TLP Updates:

Planes of Power Leveling Guide


Live Server Updates:

Seeds of Destruction Leveling Guide

Rain of Fear Leveling Guide

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Everquest Plans & Retro Updates
Posted on September 27th 2017

Gauntlet Guides

           Summer is finally starting to come to a close... the harsh months of winter are almost upon us - what better way to spend the colder months than sipping on hot cocoa and reliving that nostalgic experience from long long ago. Those of us in Everquest know all about this already!

           I have been playing a lot on Lockjaw these last few weeks and will continue to do so until much later in the game. Expect sporadic EQ updates throughout all the different expansions. There is a TON of work to be done but I am getting to it! I plan to do some major EQ updates late this year and early next year.

           Also as many of you have been able to tell I have been working quite a bit on my Retro guides and that will continue for the rest of this year and a lot of next year. I go into more detail about this in the extended version of the update that you can read below by following the link..

           However the TL;DR version is a lot of the older MMORPGs that I used to write guides for are dropping in population so signifigantly (Swtor, The Secret World, World of Warcraft) and some have even died entirely (Warhammer Online). If I am going to keep this website running for the forseeable future it needs to make more money.

           I absolutely loathe the idea of asking for donations constantly in updates and I have considered making a Patreon but I don't really know what it is I could offer for constant donors. If any of you have any ideas then please leave a comment by following the link below.

           Additionally if you have any comments about this update, guides I should write or a problem you found with an existing guide; please leave me a comment! I am trying to integrate disqus into my website better but that also involves everyone using it more!


Continue to read the full update here

Have Something to say? Join the discussion for this update (or start one)!

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Major Website Updates and More!
Posted on July 30th 2017

           Salutations everyone! As you can see I am trying a new layout for my front page as well as a new layout for the rest of my website! I still have to work out some of the kinks. However I think I am going to try to change the front page to this layout from now on.

           Moving on to what this update was actually about... I am massively updating a huge amount of guides on my website. The two main ones gettings updates right now are my Everquest guides and my Super Nintendo Guides. The main EQ guides getting revamped are the Leveling Guides (Classic - PoP) and Tradeskill Guides for all future expansions post SoD.

           To get started let's take a look at some of the Everquest Guides!

Everquest RoF Baking Guide
Everquest RoF Brewing Guide
Everquest RoF Pottery Guide

           If you view some of those guides you can see they also link back to previous expansions that I have finished guides for. For example Pottery recommends you take a different route if Chronal Resonance Dust is cheaper on your server than Planar Energy Shards. All of the other Tradeskill guides do the same and as time goes on I will only increase the possible different routes to follow.

           Those of you who use my TLP leveling guides may have noticed recently too that I made each location clickable all the way up until Luclin. It links to a page that has a map for the location and I go into some detail about what you can find there and what you can hunt there for XP.

           Take a look at my Classic Leveling Guide and click on a location yourself for an example! It's important everyone update their bookmarks and find the new guides/updated versions through my navigation bar at the top of the website. A lot of the older guides are going to be made out of date in the upcoming months and I am unsure if I should remove them that way people only use the new ones... Or what.

           Anyway before I talk about my Super Nintendo updates I would like to take a minute or two and talk about how you guys can help me out. I hate asking for money but I strongly feel that the future of websites like these is in viewer support... not in advertising. I have considered doing a patreon or kickstarter thing but I really have nothing I can offer - that I can think of anyway.

           I gave early access to my Everquest guides as a perk for donating last time and I don't think that something I would always want to do. A premium service like Allakhazam or EQresource has crossed my mind - but I really suck at figuring out what should be charged for and what shouldn't be! Those of you who don't wanna spend any cash or can't - you could always help me out by liking/bumping my posts on the EQ forums for advertising! Post 1 - Post 2

           As it stands right now, I wouldn't be able to keep the lights on for my website if I ran just on donations alone. The few donations I do get.. Man you guys are the best. Especially a few of you, I see some reoccuring names and it's always a pleasure - I am glad to have helped you out enough in returning to Everquest that you thought of me!

           My point is that I would like to find a way to make Almar's Guides more financially sustainable in the future. I may experiment with some different methods, like the ideas I listed above, or I may start a Bi-monthly video series covering EQ content or Retro content and see if people donate more from more interaction.

           Moving on, for those of you only interested in EQ can stop reading here, don't worry - there will be many... MANY EQ guides to come in the future. I've been having a lot of fun on the TLPs reliving the PoP era. I only expect to play even more as time goes on!!




           As for my Super Nintendo updates... Let's take a look at what I have been up to! The screenshot on the left is the before picture of Biker Mice from Mars (weird game name, right?). The picture on the right is the after! As you can see from the pictures I am adding in pictures to help with the SNES guides I have and to spruce them up a bit.


           There's a few more games that got a complete make over like that one. Zelda A link to the past is getting a complete facial and I am even adding in some of my own hand written guides for that game since it's getting good views. I am going to go through each SNES game I got and take a few pictures to make things look better than they do now.

           I mean just look at the screen shot below! Marvelous! At least I feel that way - compared to the absolute crap they looked like before!! A friend best described their look as "A notepad document with navigation buttons" and sadly it was true. Hopefully though from here on I can provide both semi-ok looking guides and guides filled with the best information!!

Aladdin Guide Page






I've come through on my end of the deal and revamped Almar's Guides into primarily an EQ website!

I would very strongly like to hear any and all feedback towards my new layout! I worked about 3 months on/off on the layout figuring out exactly what I wanted it to look like as well as the color scheme. I also had to plan the layout of the Nav bar pages and things like that. This layout is the result of many days pondering and tweaking my old one.

Moving forward I am going to be reorganizing my EQ guides based on Expansion and ripping apart my old sections. I won't damage the pages as they are now for anyone who has bookmarks to them... But I very likely will be rewriting a majority of my EQ guides that haven't been updated in years.

The Everquest revamps will be sporadic and small over the course of the year. I have been putting most of my time and effort into retro guides primarily because I need this website to at least be able to pay for itself. The retro section has brought in a lot of new blood and it's been a blast for me to write those guides and to experience those old memories, much like it is playing EQ.


If you are a big fan of my EQ work, please consider donating to help keep Almar's Guides alive and to help me pay for all of my accounts on the TLPs - if you can't afford to donate, turn off your ad blocker! That's honestly even better than donating!!!


I would also accept Krono donations for anyone ingame who would like to help pay for my accounts. One of the biggest things holding me back from writing more guides on the TLPs is the fact that half my month is spent farming Kronos to afford my box team. If I had more time to experiment in locations/do what I want to do - you'd get more guides!!


For Krono donations please parcel them to

Almar on Firionia Vie or

Almar on Lockjaw


Any and all donations are greatly appreciated!!!




Just realized I was using 2016 as the date for all these entries. Jeeze thanks for telling me guys.

I don't have much to say here but I want to link to some of the newer Retro guides I have written/am in the process of writing. Mainly so google picks them up but also because usually I get a few viewers that click through my new content. Which actually helps more than you'd think it does when it comes to google caching things. So, if you're one of those viewers, you dah man!

Persona 3 FES Walkthrough (Ps2)

Dark Cloud 2 Walkthrough (Ps2) - not yet finished, about 80% done it mostly needs formatting.

Kingdom Hearts Walkthrough (Ps2) - Finished but it's a text based guide entirely. I actually hated Kingdom Hearts this time playing it which is surprising since I loved it so much as a kid.

I don't know what game(s) I will be doing next but I am currently playing Grandia II. It doesn't seem like there are many guides I can write for that game though. I mostly write guides for games with a lot of sidequests or side activites as far as retro goes.

I think I will be doing some EQ guides soon too for TLPs covering quests. I'll also push another round of updates to the leveling/farming guides since I have been learning locations over the last month or two. Should be an interesting Summer!






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