While many gamers will absolutely love Sony's new "Progression" Everquest server, many others will yearn for something more authentic. Luckily, Project 1999 has been up and running since 2009 now, and is a near perfect emulation of classic Everquest. Amazingly, the team behind Project 1999 has painstakingly revived classic Everquest, even down to adding in zones like the Temple of Solusek Ro, the Planes of Fear, Hate and Sky, and taking away infamous drops like Rubicite and Manastones - all on a timed schedule aimed at emulating Everquest's original patches.
Sounds good right? Well it gets better, as Project 1999 is completely, 100% free to play. It runs off of the Everquest Emulator program, or EQemu for short, which is a free and legal download found here. EQemu and Project 1999 do require a copy of Everquest Titanium to play, which can be found at discounted prices on the internet or even at some electronics stores. Outside of the initial price of EQ Titanium, there are no subscription fees, in game-purchases, or mandatory donation drives.
But how is this server legal in any way, shape or form? Well, according to the senior programmer of P1999, Rogean, "Yes it is legal, because A) We do not distribute copyrighted files, B) We do not charge people to play, therefor we are not making any sort of money or profit off of the intellectual property of SOE, and C) SOE Grants, in their user agreement, a license to utilize Everquest names and art, to all accounts in good standing". Since players must own a copy of Everquest Titanium to play P1999, there is no illegal distribution of game content from one hand to another. Rogean and his team simply modify - in most cases deleting - the content of the EQ Titanium pack to best emulate the classic game.
One last note about Project 1999 - the community on this server is mature and friendly and expects all players to be the same. Earning a bad reputation is easy to do, and the development team has and will ban players that do not adhere to the rules of the server. That said, most experiences within P1999 are enjoyable and exciting.