I seriously suggest for all of those who think about coming back to EQ or have an itch to play EQ again that if you come back. Come back to EQ Mac.
Get yourself an old Mac if you don't have a Mac already or build a Hackintosh and check it out (I currently use a PowerBook G4 and a Hackintosh, I box on other people's accounts if needed). It's locked down at PoP and almost really at the point where Agony left EQ in the first place.
I've been playing there with a guild called Vintage http://www.eqvintage.com
who is playing it progression styles. We are only up to Kunark but it's fun shit running around in gimpy gear, wiping on a Fear break-in or a bugged Plane of Sky island and shit like that. It's a blast from the past and hell it's not like you'd be that far behind if you started tomorrow. It's cool feeling like you accomplished something difficult when you kill Venril Sathir for the first time (again). Shit, I even took the boat from Oasis to Timorous Deep to The Overthere when we first started in Kunark (shit took at least an hour lol).
Anyways, just throwing it out there bitches. You know what my name is if you do make the leap so look me up and I'll touch your naughty bits.