Everquest has been getting progressively friendlier towards new players (sometimes to the chargrin of older players who had to walk uphills in the snow three miles just to hit a giant rat with a broken stick) but still has a bit of a learning curve. Should you decide to play it, make use of the numerous online resources available to help yourself out. The AllaKhazam link given is priceless as are the offical Everquest message forums.
The game itself is simple when broken down. Really, it’s all about killing things, taking their stuff and using it to kill bigger things. Rinse and repeat. Eventually, you reach a point where you get together with a bunch of others to kill really, really big things and take their stuff. It’s dressed up in game lore, quests, etc but that’s the crux of it. What makes the game worth playing (in my opinion) are the other people you interact with to compliment each other’s abilities to kill stuff and take their loot. The focus of the game is Player Vs. Environment – you and others against computer controlled monsters in a variety of settings, though there are a couple dedicated Player Vs. Player servers. Yeah, some of the people are serious twits and some people will make you wonder why you’re paying money to deal with them, but it’s a huge game world and there’s plenty of places to go when someone is being a dink.
Everquest is owned by Sony Online Entertainment, a division of the same Sony who makes TVs, distributes movies, etc. The game has 420,000+ subscribers all paying their $13 a month. So I don’t think they need to resort to creditcard fraud to pay their electric bills.
Should you decide to play or just want more information, drop on by the AllaKhazam forums where I post under the same name as here. There’s a fair amount of trash talking between regulars there, but I’ve yet to see an honest newbie question go unanswered and people unwilling to help.