I played the game from release until RoK, on and off as I played WoW and FFXI at the time as well. What did you like most about EQ2 when you played it? For me it was the dungeon crawling in parties. EQ2 used to handle the whole "The journey is the destination" thing very well. Dungeon crawling was rewarding and no other game offered a similar experience. I loved EoF and the number of open world zones to explore with a group of strangers. I always thought it was much more rewarding to get a good item from an open world dungeon than an instance like in WoW. I haven't been able to find enjoyment in the game in recent years, I dont know anything about retail but it sounds like a complete joke. I did try the progression TLEs but the experience was ruined by unbalanced classes and itemization. It really sucks not being able to play the game I used to like so much.