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Posted on Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by DrAg0r to r/retrogaming | Story Time! | 61 points

What was it like?
Do you remember your character's names and type?
Do you have particular memories of the game and interactions between players?
How expensive it was to be a MMORPG player back then?

I'm thinking about games like Ultima, Meridian 59, The Realm Online, EverQuest, Archeron's call...

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@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Sablesweetheart | 12 points | Reply

Dragonrealms! Text based MMORPG.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by DrAg0r (OP) | 2 points | Reply

I was thinking more about graphical ones but I'm curious anyway, can you tell me more? How was it like? What was your character?

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Sablesweetheart | 2 points | Reply

It's been so long, but it was...interactive in a way that visual games. There was a real sense of learning how you could interact with NPCs, environments, and other players.

Because it's text based, it used very, very little memory, which means the designers could program in a VAST level of interactivity.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Bahariasaurus | 3 points | Reply

You can go play a MUD right now if you want! http://ancient.anguish.org/

Been playing off and on since it opened in 92.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by DrAg0r (OP) | 1 point | Reply

Good to know. I do not plan to play again "seriously" to a mmorpg because it's really time consuming, but I may try it out of curisosity for an evening or two.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by CantFindMyWallet | 3 points | Reply

I used to play Gemstone 3, and then I think Dragon's Gate? I remember you could access them through AOL.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Glaw_Inc | 2 points | Reply

prep 225

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by DingoGlittering | 2 points | Reply

OMG my dad was always playing gemstone 3 on his laptop and then would stay up all night grading papers 🤣🤣🤣 guess the apple doesn't fall too far...

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by axelei | 1 point | Reply

Was it science based?

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Sablesweetheart | 1 point | Reply

It was magic, I played it casually, bit my best friend like, lived in Dragon Realms for most of her teens.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by wrel_ | 8 points | Reply

I tried to get into Dragon Realms a few times. They had strict rules against IP violations for some reason; you couldn't name yourself after an existing character in any IP. I was of course being a dipshit and named myself Mageta Thelion (after Mageta the Lion[gatherer.wizards.com], the Magic card). In the middle of playing, a GM caught me and role-played me into purgatory. It was something like:

"You are surrounded in a cloud of smoke. When the air clears, you find yourself in a room with no windows or doors. In front of you is a pedestal with a book on it. You approach the book. It reads: "DragonRealms: Terms of Service". You assume you were placed here because your name violated the naming rules, and your only way out is to read the book, sign the agreement, and to change your character's name to something that does not violate the rules."

I genuinely couldn't do anything till I agreed to having my name changed.

Once I actually started playing, all I remember doing was killing a LOT of rats in the shipyard because I couldn't figure out what else there was to do. My friend had the entire map committed to memory and would give me instructions to things that I am sure were helpful to someone who knew what the hell they were doing, but I was not that person. They would tell me "Ohh, youre in the ship yard? Go West, West, North, West, North to sell your rat tails, then head South, South, South, West, South to buy a better weapon, then head East, North, East, East, South, East, East and farm those fairies for a better XP."

I would usually get lost in the first five seconds and give up and play something else.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Sablesweetheart | 2 points | Reply

I mean, props to them for at least weaving it into the game experience.

I really wanted to engage with it more, probably could really well now, but as a teemager my brain was too fragmented to do it.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Other_SQEX | 11 points | Reply

Back in my day, we called them MUDs. I used to play one, I think in 10 years I logged something like 4k hours, but much of that idle waiting for quest timer to run out every 30 mins.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Sablesweetheart | 6 points | Reply

Thank you! We haven't heard or read the term MUD in so long, and you are right!

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Separate-Succotash11 | 3 points | Reply

Yes! Multi User Dungeon.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by eruciform | 47 points | Reply

I got sucked into ultima online in its first month or two. Hard. I barely did anything else, total addiction behavior. Uninstalled it and never touched another mmorpg ever again. The end. Not sad, just something I know I need to avoid. Everyone has something like this.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by DrAg0r (OP) | 9 points | Reply

Woah congrats for having the mental strengh to acknowledge it and stop.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by smulz | 20 points | Reply

Before UO came out, I was getting so hyped for it as a 14 year old. I went to sign up for the closed beta but discovered I was too late. So what did I do? I went to every geocities UO fan site and looked for any identifying info of the website owner who was in the beta. I finally found one who listed his name and address. So I emailed Origin Systems support informing them that I was this person and that I was moving to my actual address. I never heard back.

A month later I got my white, cardboard envelope in the shape of a CD box. It worked, it fucking worked. And I felt horrible. Clint Sturgeon, if you're reading this, I'm so so sorry.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Clint_Sturgeon | 18 points | Reply

I've been tracking you all this time..... It's cool man, I forgive you.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by smulz | 4 points | Reply

Ahahahaha, I love this.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by NicTheGarden | 7 points | Reply

Omg geocities , you brought me back brother

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by SharkMilk44 | 2 points | Reply

>I finally found one who listed his name and address.

Man, that dude just was not worried about getting stalked.

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by scientist_tz | 4 points | Reply

After playing a lot of UO, I made a conscious decision not to play WoW. I’m glad I did. I would have gone too heavy on it.

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by gardobus | 1 point | Reply

This. UO had me and a couple friends hooked for a LONG time. It was a great time but WoW was out of the question. Recently installed UO on my Steamdeck to see how it ran. Other than it being a kb & mouse game on a handheld, it runs amazingly. 60fps even.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Horzzo | 20 points | Reply

Played EQ back then (still do sometimes). Have my original Kainzzo characters still. Wizard was my first character. There was a strat called quad-kiting where you snare 4 mobs and nuke them down. It was still dial-up internet and when anyone called me it would kick me off the internet. Of course that would kill me in-game and cost me a lengthy corpse run and exp loss. I would get so mad I would throw chairs. Good memories.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by xXsaberstrikeXx | 2 points | Reply

Raptors in Timorous Deep were my favorite.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Horzzo | 2 points | Reply

Oh yeah those were fun. The Othimir in CS were great also. I made some bank selling their armor.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Bobodahobo010101 | 3 points | Reply

I remember playing neverwinter nights on AOL- that was mid 90's i think.

It was a version of the TSR games out at the time, like pools of radiance

Pretty fun - the feeling of wonder because you could talk to the people you were playing with was strong.

I remember creating an evil spell caster and everytime we got in a battle i would cast a fireball on my party- lololololol

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by DrAg0r (OP) | 1 point | Reply

I played Neverwinter Night but later, in the 2000s. There where a warhammer roleplay server, I was a halfling trying to discover new food recipes. Most people didn't even knew that halflings where a part of warhammer's lore.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Seawolf_42 | 8 points | Reply

Early to mid 90s, spent a lot of time on BBS doors games like Trade Wars 2002 and Legend of the Red Dragon. Didn’t get into some of the earliest MMOs due to being into a lot of the Quake mod games, but was all in on Evercrack for a bit.

Still remember my EQ wood elf character, the TRAIN TO ZONE warnings about mobs chasing folks and the need to get out to survive, having to run back to my body after dying to get my stuff back, bugs being frustrating like being zoned in above ground then dying from the falling damage instead of zoned in at the boundary at ground level. I still have some screenshots from the game which helped keep some memories fresh in the decades since.

I’d haul my PC over to a coworkers house where we found up to 6 people could share a phone line to play. When folks zoned it was a little rough. Pretty much my entire work team was playing, including our manager. Even got to the point we’d discuss the game a bit during our weekly team meeting.

Asheron’s Call I didn’t get into as much, some of us tried it after aspects of Everquest were wearing on us.

Dark Age of Camelot comes to mind for some fun 3 sided PvP, though my hardcore PvP days came out in Shadowbane. Now that game has some of the best MMO memories for me, as I played on the one RP server. This shard has some really dedicated players and the developers rewarded everyone by running server wide events. One in particular ran for 4 days over a weekend, and had 3 different factions of players participating. It ending with my guild helping the god we worshipped and him showing up in our player built city to be subguilded for a time. We had a good chunk of the server coming after us for that, and the devs were mass rezzing us to keep up the fight since we managed to destroy some devices that were dampening our gods power initially.

And then WoW came out.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by DrAg0r (OP) | 2 points | Reply

Things can become really awesome when the mod team is big enough to carry interresting events like that.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by am0x | 1 point | Reply

WoW never had that “wow” factor to me like Everquest did. That game was like living a second life. WoW just felt like a game.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by bubbabrowned | 10 points | Reply

I played Ultima Online in the Philippines back in the day. Not quite the 90s but rather early 2000s. It was a local shard, but popular enough that it was always packed.

I was an assassin- an experience that no other game has ever replicated to this day. I remember going on a quest with a random group, going dungeon crawling, then slaying a Balrog (or I think it was Balron in UO?) at the end of it.

I notice that some members of the group had run away during the fight, so I immediately turn on stealth mode. I then proceed to loot the monster and pickpocket my entire group and nope the fuck out of the dungeon.

As I’m running, still in stealth mode, I see text pop up onscreen. The party that stayed was fuming. They had no loot to grab, and a bunch of treasure they had on them was gone. And since multiple people left the dungeon, they had no idea who did it.

Of course, later on, someone broke into my little Ultima Online house via lockpicking, poisoned me, and stole a bunch of my stuff. Karma is a bitch.

Months after, I met up IRL with that party I stole from, and we started our own shard. They never found out what I did.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by PacDanSki | 4 points | Reply

Love little stories like this, I played phantasy Star online which had a great community on the Xbox but never really experienced the big open world mmos properly.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by DrAg0r (OP) | 1 point | Reply

Hahaha


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Jfonzy | 5 points | Reply

My first MMORPG was Ragnarok Online, not quite 90’s

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by DrAg0r (OP) | 1 point | Reply

I played RO a bit, but way later, I enjoyed the retro vibe of it, while everyone was playing WoW and making fun of me for playing such a "bad looking" game.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Jfonzy | 1 point | Reply

Yeah, I enjoyed the art as well. I mainly kept to myself and just kept grinding and grinding. I think I was an assassin or something and was trying to get the ultimate atk speed/crit build


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Glaw_Inc | 5 points | Reply

Messed with Ultima but never got into it, was never a series I latched on to.

Gemstone 3 and a small bit of DR would have been the majority of my original time in an MMO. GS3 especially during the Vvrael invasion and Lord Terate running around, sometimes rescuing people from doom and sometimes obliterating entire towns. Text has many disadvantages, but it has many advantages in creating the most interactive events a game can have. Was a special time. I didn't start until after the Ice Age but played with many who were there for it, including items carried over from it.

Then Everquest. I could probably write novels about this one, but was there from the Phase 2 beta, playing on my dual Voodoo2 SLI rig. High Elf Enchanter on Mithaniel Marr. Was the 3rd to hit level 50 (the cap) and was part of the first groups to break fear and then hate plane... well we'd call them raids today. The game was wholly unfair and unforgiving and dying while in a loading screen, or because someone aggroed 50 mobs and was running to escape at the zone line not caring that the train also murders everyone it passes. Getting hit by a ghoul in Oasis of Marr that would Root (immobilize) you, and then you can't move as you watch a sand giant 20 levels over you wander in your direction and then murder you.

Expensive? No more than today really. The bigger deal was having the proper hardware and hopefully a cable modem, because 32400bps was not good enough for raiding, for the most part. Nothing like seeing everyone freeze and then unfreezing and watching the Maestro kill you. "All hail Innoruuk, our lord and master!" That just made me remember when Cazic Thule in fearplane would target, what I remember being random, someone in the zone and they'd just die.

Player interactions were part of the game, as it lacked any matching mechanics in the game. Sales Bazaar was mostly in Northern Freeport on Mith Marr, but I know most servers had it at the cave in.. hmm I can't remember the zone name just outside Freeport. Going into Lower Guk, the top end dungeon, and having to shout, "Which camps are taken". When grinding exp (or loot) you'd camp in one spot and your puller would go fetch mobs to bring you. I remember more than once abusing the magic pot where mobs would walk up to you but not attack.

The world, was massive. Walking across it would take.. I want to say hours but that may be memory remembering how long it was. You had to use a skill to know what direction you were facing, no in game map so you memorized the zones, and having to know which zones connected to which.

There was a zone between Freeport and, Highhold Hold(forget the name exactly), Kithicor Woods. It was a complete waste of a zone, by the time you'd want to use it for exp it was a bad choice, except maybe for the halflings. So they had an ingame event, I'd want to say near Halloween, where it was invaded by much higher level army of the undead, which they left in there after the event ended. It became a fairly dangerous zone to travel through where you'd hug the wall and pray nothing saw you.

So many other things that could be discussed, but it was mixed with a full time job and college so the lack of sleep induced is also likely warping some memories.

Everquest was the transition from the old to what will be the future, so it will always have a special part in my mind. It had mechanics I likely wouldn't accept today but I do miss as it felt like you were existing in the world, and not just fast traveling to every destination. Most players today will never know that or see the appreciation it has, because it's a time waster where nothing is happening. For good or bad, that loss is there.

Shame Dark Age of Camelot was 2001, because that one would be an equally long novel of memories.

I can't confirm it was true but I also think the first MMO game, to use the name, was Subspace. On the box it said that (or close enough), and had the tag line, "Meet people from all over the world, then kill them" or there abouts.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by DrAg0r (OP) | 3 points | Reply

This is exactly the kind of comments I was hoping to have. Thank you for sharing :)
Oh and feel free to talk about DAOC if you want.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by thespaceageisnow | 2 points | Reply

I was mega addicted to Everquest for awhile. It was a magical experience and I don’t think anything has come close to it. Stopped playing because it was taking up all my time. Played EQ2 a bit but it didn’t have that same magic.

I am looking forward to Monsters & Memories[monstersandmemories.com] which is being led by a Lead Designer on Everquest and looks to really try to recapture that spirit.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Bort_Bortson | 7 points | Reply

My first MMORPG was a text based MUD called Dark Castle that you would dial in via a terminal. It was how I learned to type fast and make basic macros. The game got corrupted during a server move and that was that, circa 1998 or 99. It's still up but the world has changed completely from what I remember.

So moved on to EverQuest right after the first expansion, Ruins of Kunark came out. It was fine for dialup and an amazing time waster, played it for about 2 years, but never had the time or dedication to get any further than just a bunch of level 20 characters. Eventually wound up in 2004 going to play EQ2 for about 2 years before finally being completely burned out on the whole genre lol.

I forget how to spell it but it was the last new or low pop server at the time Zebzuruk or something. I had Barbarian warriors and shamans, High Elf Conjurors, Iksar Monks. It was fun.

The mud was free but you could wire them egold to support in return for platinum. EverQuest was the month to month and dial up, so $9.99 a month plus whatever the isp was. Now back then the local city run isp had a demo account called test drive but didn't ever change the password or have a time limit or user account limit so I got dialup for free lol.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Monsterclip | 24 points | Reply

I played so much EverQuest. I think by the time I quit (and sold my account for $1800) I had over 365 days of playtime (according to the /played command, which accounted for things like camping mob respawns while I slept, etc. But I doubt it was off by much).

So yeah, I remember a lot. Vivid memories of taking my Ranger, Hexador, into Lower Guk and Plane of Fear and dying, then spending the next few hours trying to get my body back. All the while losing xp as I die over and over. Brutal.

One of my favorite memories is getting my Necromancer, Nunya, to Plane of Michief. I bound myself at the entrance and spent a week or more just exploring this weird zone by myself. Rarely anyone would show up because it was so hard to get there. It was such an odd place and it was eerie being so alone in a typically very populated MMO.

Lots of memories of raids, different zones and dungeons I would grind... I could probably draw a bunch of locations from memory.

I often think about the game. I don't think I've ever experienced anything else like it, and probably never will again.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Glaw_Inc | 13 points | Reply

>I often think about the game. I don't think I've ever experienced anything else like it, and probably never will again.

This is the hardest thing to try to explain to current MMO players. EQ felt alive. The world was massive, it took time and effort to get anywhere. "Where" you were when you started a session meant a lot depending on where your friends were. Finding a druid or Wizard to teleport you to save you the run across Karana.

Hell levels, which I don't know if it was true or not that were due to how the game rounded experience or such. 30-35-40-45 took forever.

Having to "con" monsters, to see what level they were, and if they were aggro or not.

While I wouldn't think I'd be interested in a game like that today, I have fond memories of it and think it makes me enjoy something that I won't get to experience again all the more. FFXI went a long way to repeating the EQ experience but in a much more refined way.

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by DiscordantMuse | 1 point | Reply

I still con mobs to see if I can take em lol.

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by DrankTooMuchMead | 1 point | Reply

On yeah! I forgot about con

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by akennelley | 4 points | Reply

>I often think about the game. I don't think I've ever experienced anything else like it, and probably never will again.

We'll never truly get that feeling again.

Signed: Victorlance Riftwalker, Paladin of Rodcet Nife

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Monsterclip | 5 points | Reply

I was on RN, too! BROTHER!

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by akennelley | 5 points | Reply

You speak the old magic....

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by DrAg0r (OP) | 1 point | Reply

Impressive!

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by leonffs | 1 point | Reply

That’s like 20 cents an hour!

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by redcc-0099 | 2 points | Reply

Have you checked out Project 1999, The Al'Kabor Project, or any other emulation servers? I got the itch for old school EQ several months ago and started characters on TAKP. Played race-class-deity combos I hadn't before. Took a break from it, but I'll be back to it in the coming weeks, I think.

ETA: you can triple box if you choose to on TAKP. There isn't a large population of players, especially for the lower levels - unless you, allegedly, stick to the zones in the leveling guide(s) out there.

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by Monsterclip | 3 points | Reply

I have looked into Project 1999, but hadn't heard of the others.
I installed "latest" EQ a few years ago and played for a month or so.
It's just not the same as it used to be. Not because of the game necessarily, but because I'm not the same, my life, the gaming landscape, etc. I actually have a career now, a wife, other obligations. There are tons of great games to play.

I really just want to be 19 again with nothing to do until my shift and my whole guild is online. :)

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by redcc-0099 | 1 point | Reply

>I installed "latest" EQ a few years ago and played for a month or so. It's just not the same as it used to be.

It really isn't with how many expansions are out now and the direction it went, or at least started in, after 2012 or so. The expansion with Mercs and all the microtransactions have made it another F2P, but it can scratch that nostalgia itch for me since I haven't done more than a few microtransactions since they went the F2P route.

>because I'm not the same, my life, the gaming landscape, etc. I actually have a career now, a wife, other obligations.

/Nod makes sense

>I really just want to be 19 again with nothing to do until my shift and my whole guild is online. :)

Simpler times! Back then were you on dialup or a faster connection?

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by Monsterclip | 2 points | Reply

In 99 I think we had DSL. I was a big shooter player (Quake, etc.) so I needed the fastest that I could afford! Which wasn't much, lol.

Have you heard much about Pantheon MMO? Wondering if it can bring back the magic a tiny bit, but also been checking in on it for years so... /shrug.

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by redcc-0099 | 1 point | Reply

Nice! I played Phantasy Star Online (Dreamcast), Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo 2, and EQ the most online over dialup and then cable Internet.

I think I've heard/read about Pantheon. On r/project1999 I've seen another game mentioned, Monster Memories?, that looks like it might be in the same vein as old school EQ.

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by Monsterclip | 2 points | Reply

I just looked up Monsters and Memories - wow, that's basically a fan remake of EQ in the same style. Interesting.

Pantheon looks like a little more polished and a new thing, but still probably not as big budget as I might crave.

I wonder if Riot's MMO, if it ever comes out, will scratch any similar itches.

 

@ Thursday, September 21st 2023 by redcc-0099 | 1 point | Reply

Yeah, it looks interesting for sure. Speaking of a fan remake of EQ: https://youtu.be/3YxHnc-8K_4

I'll have to look into Pantheon again at some point.

I'm not sure I'm familiar with that one.

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by DrankTooMuchMead | 3 points | Reply

I remember eventually trying to play alone all the time so I didn't have to share exp. But it would often result in dying alone. I found this forest that had easy kills for good exp. But I would constantly be ambushed by these high level brownies. No wonder I never saw anyone there.

 

@ Thursday, September 21st 2023 by CortanaRanger | 1 point | Reply

i quit when my game stats said my total play time was 3 years.

 

@ Thursday, September 21st 2023 by Monsterclip | 2 points | Reply

Ouch. Yeah, that /played command was not my favorite haha.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by michaelfiber | 4 points | Reply

I played Acheron's Call a bunch. I remember loving the exploration to find the materials to create spells. I had a really really good time with that. Also if memory serves there was a portal system for jumping around the map and I ended up writing out guides so I could get places by traveling portal to portal.

I really enjoyed the game a ton. It felt I was really exploring something.

There wasn't a ton of other players which I didn't really mind honestly. It made the world seem bigger to not have crowds of people on top of each other.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Old_Sweaty_Hands | 3 points | Reply

LOVED AC!!!!

Just beeing able to Run anywhere and not worry about zones or anything. I ran from Wei Jou allllll the way east on the map. IIRC it took me all day to do it lol

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by DrAg0r (OP) | 1 point | Reply

Oh it was that huge, great!

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by MrKooops | 4 points | Reply

Then you where on the wrong server, I cannot remember how mine was called but there were ALWAYS tons of people online.
made friends which I still call friends. good times!

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Seawolf_42 | 3 points | Reply

Oh yeah, that portal system was also a creative solution to player overcrowding. Too many players in the same part of town overloading the server running the space? Portal storm time!


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Dutch31337 | 2 points | Reply

EQOA xp debt was fucking brutal, especially when they introduced class mastery.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by HeywoodJaBlessMe | 3 points | Reply

I played Meridian 59 with a friend, we thought it was amazing. I remember basic MMO tasks like killing giant Ants and finding treasure in a cave hidden behind a waterfall.

Character name was my friend's traditional DnD char name: Tsorion Reltnor

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by petreussg | 1 point | Reply

I was looking for this one. Couldn’t remember the name.

I played that first free level so much, but couldn’t get my parents to pay for a subscription.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by theoneburger | 5 points | Reply

I got into RuneScape in 2004. In my country that was still the 90s.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by ExplosPlankton | 4 points | Reply

I wanted to play everquest and bought it but my computer at the time didn't have a graphics card. My first mmo ended up being dark age of Camelot in 2001. Wasn't expensive or my parents woulda said no.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by DrAg0r (OP) | 1 point | Reply

Well I have a similar experience, I had a friend in high school who was really into DAOC but I knew I would not play it, my family was still on dial up internet with like, 3 hrs a month of internet lol, so it was impossible. That plus my parents would never have paid a subscription fee just for a game.
My first online RPG was not a MMO, it was Neverwinter Night.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by KickAggressive4901 | 2 points | Reply

Closest I got to that experience was the original Diablo. I had friends who disappeared into EverQuest and never came back, so I have since steered clear of MMOs on general principle.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by ShallowGraveforRain | 2 points | Reply

I played an lotr text based MMORPG in the early 2000’s but I can not remember the name of it. It was something like Evendell or another lotr sounding name. I loved it, I was an elf and always felt like I was walking into the Rivendell set from the films when I played. Le sigh


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by shoeboxchild | 2 points | Reply

Not the 90s but mid 2000s

A buddy of mine and I played the hell out of Sherwood Forest online, maybe the simplest “mmo” ever

Bascially it was a single dungeon with endless floors and you just tried to keep going deeper. You’d do a floor, loot the whole thing and level, and come back to town and then go back in

We tried to game the system by diving into floors deeper than our level to get better gear for hours crouched around a computer. His mom would need the phone so we’d have to stop and would just watch cow boy bebop I believe and play Pokémon

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by DrAg0r (OP) | 1 point | Reply

Hey I played that game I think! Was it on a website called maidmarian?

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by shoeboxchild | 2 points | Reply

Yeah!

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by DrAg0r (OP) | 1 point | Reply

it's still running apparently :)


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by FarOil1599 | 1 point | Reply

had a friend call it EverCrack. never played it myself


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by dac2u | 2 points | Reply

So much time spent playing UO. My brother saw me playing, thought it was stupid, then I told him all the people around me were real people. Then I got destroyed by a PK. My brother was hooked. We ended up getting about 6 or 7 people all playing together and had an amazing 2 years gaming together.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Negative-Squirrel81 | 3 points | Reply

I played Ultima Online at launch and it was total anarchy. Absolute lawlessness, with PKers basically chasing anybody with a pulse around the major cities. Couldn’t even kill woodland animals for exp because they were hunted to extinction.

After a few weeks of trying to like it I ended up uninstalling it and didn’t give MMOs another chance until FFXIV.

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by Parlett316 | 1 point | Reply

The free for all atmosphere was the allure of that game for me. No game since has had that magic.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Dunkelregen | 2 points | Reply

Do I remember my EQ (main) toon name? Of course I do, he's me (Dunkelregen).
Although I'm not a half-elf ranger anymore.

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by PSNEnters1st | 2 points | Reply

I caught an Obi Wan Kenobi reference here


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by buddhamanjpb | 2 points | Reply

Not quite 90's but I remember playing Anarchy Online in 2001. What an amazing experience back then. Playing a game with such a massive world was pretty unheard of. That game was light years ahead of it's time.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Daedicaralus | 1 point | Reply

Anyone remember Rappelz? Not even close to the best game, but I loved the skill tree variability and multi-classing, the combat was pretty fun without being overly complex or punishing, and it ran well even on weak machines for the time. The game is, perhaps shockingly, still up and supported, despite being 17 years old at this point.

Also played shitloads of Lord of the Rings Online, which is still alive and well; though, last I logged in, there were a small but very vocal group of MAGA fascists spamming chat with their disgusting, racist vitriol.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Illustrious_School_4 | 3 points | Reply

I played UO basically the first week it came out. It was unlike anything else and honestly to this day there hasn't been any feeling quite like it. There was no borders, boundaries, or rules. There was no way to learn what to do or how to play it other than by playing it. It was chaos. The wild west. You'd work your butt off gathering resources to get enough loot to kill a goat and skin it and some thug would roll you and take everything. But, it felt like possibilities...or something. Like...it felt so close to perfection. The game flew too close to the sun.

Later on I played Asheron's Call. I bought it very early on and installed it on a snowy night where I got all cozy and tried it out. It wasn't the same.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by thelatestmodel | 3 points | Reply

I played a lot of MUD2 via BT's Wireplay service in the UK from about '96 to '98.

Proper old school text based MUD, and Wireplay provided a very basic GUI that added icons for a lot of common commands.

It was actually awesome, very difficult to actually reach the higher levels due to permadeath and PVP killing. Amazing, whimsical world with very vivid and well written descriptions of all the locations and lore. Combat was absolutely heart-in-mouth stuff, you had to take risks with your character to actually gain experience, and death was never far away.

The feeling of losing a character that you'd actually put a decent number of hours into and got to a decent level (i.e. a magic user of Necromancer / Warlock sort of level) was very grim. Those few words for Game Over - "not updating persona" - could hit hard. I had one Warlock ever and it was devastating when he died.

A privileged few even managed to level up to Wizard, which essentially meant becoming immortal and being made a member of the mod team, with the ability to do just about anything, including permanently killing other players at will with the Finger of Death. I believe this also required approval from existing Wizards because of the power it conferred.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by MagusPerde | 3 points | Reply

The original Neverwinter Nights through AOL like 1995-96 was amazing. Never experienced anything like it, and have barely found anything that was as great of an experience since then.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by DrAg0r (OP) | 1 point | Reply

I played Neverwinter Nights but waaay later in the 2000s, it was my first online RPG in fact.
There are still servers running btw.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Sparrow1989 | 2 points | Reply

I know it came out in 2001 but I still play my original RuneScape character. Also did some EverQuest but was to young to understand it.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by HouseMDx | 3 points | Reply

Loved UO for a few years (played the beta and second age and met some amazing people). Put way too much time into my character, Owen Greylock. The beginning of the end was due to glitches where people would get you killed by the guards in town and all your stuff could be looted off your corpse. Had a really bad week where someone made the game glitch and think I tried to steal something in town and guards whooped my sorry butt multiple times (I lost almost everything I worked for over the previous year).

Eventually penniless and destitute, I ran through towns with just a sword and loincloth spouting gibberish and challenging people to duels...until my sub ran out.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by DrAg0r (OP) | 1 point | Reply

Aw that's sad


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by MrKooops | 2 points | Reply

End of the 90s Asherons Call - it‘s still running I think, but was killed by its successor which was shit lol.
it was a great game with a fantastic setting and amazing gameplay. Still wish they would update it with modern graphics. Developer was Turbine and my main character was named Xira :)


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Sarothias | 3 points | Reply

Everquest! I was 16 or 17 when I started it kinda timewise near the middle of vanilla.

My first character I created also stayed my main. I didn't make any alts or anything until I'd hit max level at the time for the first expansion lol.

Mine was a Half Elf Ranger who worshipped Tunare as I recall. Name was Sarothias. So many fond memories of camps in Crushbone, Highhold Keep, Sebilis and more lol. Long nights spent from level 50 onward with typically the same people. We all got to know each other quite well between camping together for hours each night or being in guild raids.

I remember getting a second phone line installed specifically for this just so phone calls wouldn't ruin things or if others needed to use the phone anyway.

IDK. I played it from near start as mentioned for several years, through the Ykhesha and Planes of Power expansions before life made me stop due to some family issues I was having at that point. Didn't get back into MMO's for a few years and when I did it was World of Wacraft cause of my roommate was playing it and wanted me to join. Played that from end of Vanilla for about 12-13 years maybe before I finally stopped.

I had fun with WoW but honestly it never ever ever compared to my time in EQ. The game just felt alive for lack of better words. So many players, the constant chat in the East Common tunnels, always something to do or somewhere to explore. Everything took so much time to get to that the journey truly was part of the experience. So much ambience to listen to! Not to mention each class having it's epic weapon quest (which I completed for both swords!).

I did play it again briefly a few years back on a new time progression server and had a good time for awhile.

To this day I still use the name Sarothias as my main characters name in RPGs and forums and such when given a chance (if their is a canon name for a character that can be changed I leave it be though. Prefer dev given names).

lol I will admit it was a bit of an exhausting time though haha. Working part time at the trade school I was attending, classes afterwards in the evening and then EQ all night.

Side note to this day when I work sometimes I listen to this playlist of ambience and music. Always have a fondness for the Kelethin music in particular:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist...


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by LiteUpX_ | 1 point | Reply

I got so addicted to EverQuest. The only way out was to sell my account.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by stang54 | 2 points | Reply

I played so much Everquest, 400+ /played days on multiple characters. Server was Veeshan (later merged with Luclin) Original character was an Ogre Warrior names Gasmaster that I regrettably sold after maxing at level 65. I ended up getting an account from a friend, a wood elf Rogue named Nelus, maxed all AA's on him and several othercharacters. Did some end game content and made some great friends IRL along the way. Sadly got into hacking, ended up mad some toxic comments in game and it went downhill. I learned my lesson, but I ended up quitting shortly after WoW was released.

One of my favorite in game moments was seeing Furor (Alex Afrasiabi of Blizzard infamy) wielding his glowing warrior epic swords when they first came out, he was like a God.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by ghaleon1965 | 7 points | Reply

Does Phantasy Star Online count? I spent more than 200 hours on that game. I got it when it first came out on the Dreamcast. My main character was a male human hunter. I also used a male human ranger, a female human magician, and a female elf hunter.

You paid the cost of the game upfront and as long as you used the modem to make a local call you didn't have to pay any more.

On that game you visit the same areas over and over, get loot (what I valued most was weapons), and cooperate with other members of your party.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Kuildeous | 2 points | Reply

I suppose I played MMORPGs in the '90s, but they were called MUDs at the time.

But certainly not the same experience as those fancy games like EverQuest. It was interesting checking that out for the first time at a friend's house. I didn't get into modern MMOs until Star Wars Galaxies, which was after the '90s.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by javaeclipse30 | 2 points | Reply

EQ was my first (didn't progress far), anarchy online (very buggy but fun), dark age of Camelot (fun but I rage quit), some Asian grind one (started with "R"), and some buggy Microsoft one that maybe closed after a year (thought it was asherons call but can see it lasted more than a year).

I also played MUDs - godwars by kavir and some of the clones that came after it. Used zmud and scripted all the quests, PvP and exping without getting caught


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Impressive-End-2510 | 4 points | Reply

Meridian59 I was a scrub who got murdered on the beach by a random pker named Muffin.

Uo I did not do much, got pked there too

Eq I was a god among gods

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by DrAg0r (OP) | 2 points | Reply

Sorry but it's hilarious that you still remember the PK name, and that the name is "Muffin".

Damn you Muffin!


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by am0x | 3 points | Reply

I played EQ and WoW (but only WoW for a little while). EQ was life changing. I’d never seen a game like it.

The GM’s on servers would hold their own events and stuff. If you saw a high level character with epic items, they would have a crowd around them because they were so hard to get.

The GM on my server released the most powerful dragon that roamed all the areas and would wipe out entire zones. Like 2 weeks later, a few different guilds teamed up and took it down. They were legends. If you saw anyone from that guild, they were like a celebrity.

Then there was a guy in my guild that solo’d a dragon that usually took 60+ people to kill. He was not only a legend on our server, but all the servers. Teknoe Destructo was his name. I think the video is still on YouTube to this day.

Then I played wow, and it just felt like everyone was the same. There were no legends. Everyone has the best gear and it just felt flat.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by DrAg0r (OP) | 1 point | Reply

Woah I found the video[www.youtube.com]. I love MMORPG legends stories.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by am0x | 2 points | Reply

Oh my god that’s it. I remember it so well because the goalie on my soccer team at the time was really into that song in the video that goes, “My balls! your chin!” No one else had heard it before but I had from the video.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by riqueoak | 2 points | Reply

Like many people, my first MMO was Tibia, but it was too hardcore for me at that age. The first MMO i really got sucked into and grinded for years and got some friends a to join me was Knight Online, which has never been too popular.

 

@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by DrAg0r (OP) | 2 points | Reply

First time I hear about Tibia, it's still running apparently and they reached 100k players in 2020.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Lobstrous | 2 points | Reply

I played Everquest on a Net Zero account when I couldn't afford both internet and a subscription and it was...not as pleasant as it could be. I then played off and on since release taking even like 5 year breaks but still coming back up until about a year ago on Progressive servers. A remastered OG Everquest with better play and camera controls would be amazing. There's some aspects to the old MMOs that got really lost in the modern QoL zoom zoom WoW style shuffle that I wish developers would examine more. The social aspects, camping drops, long quests, different raid paths, unique character classes with specialized roles, just a lot of the actual role playing aspects feel so thin now compared to then. It wasn't all roses but the zones of EQ just felt more like a real place even with the dated graphics. An aside - I'm aware of Pantheon holding onto those roots and it looks great but I lost hope of it actually getting a release years ago.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by TechBliSTer | 3 points | Reply

My father's friend was really into Ultima Online. We probably would have checked it out our selves, but we never had access to internet where we live that would have worked for online games. Even when we did get 3Mb Down DSL it wasn't good enough anymore.

Anyway my dad's friend would always play Ultima Online as a female character and would always accept the help and free handouts everyone would give him thinking he was actually a girl. Still makes me laugh.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by msshirow | 3 points | Reply

Gizmo MUD player here! It is even still running! I remember using a program to control 4 characters at a time. All the macros and triggers you would code. Played long enough to have a “god” created and even created an area. Well I redid the newbie zone but it was fun in the day. All the colored texted zooming by like the matrix. Those were fun days playing till the wee hours.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by xizidor | 4 points | Reply

My first MMO character was a Highlander Paladin in DAOC. Names Xizidor which. I still use to this day. DAOC required grouping to level for most classes so met lots of folks. I remember venturing out into the RVR area and getting one shot by a stealthed archer. It was so cool.

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by femalien | 2 points | Reply

No MMO since has managed to capture that RvR magic from DAoC.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by losbullitt | 3 points | Reply

Ultima. Id grind some cave for 3k gold, mine, then rinse, repeat. It was fun for a while, but my ultimate goal was to get a small fort or a castle but ended up with a lame ass tower.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by ExpectedBehaviour | 3 points | Reply

I played Dark Age of Camelot, which I know is technically not a 90s MMORPG (it came out in 2001), but it worked over dial-up so it definitely counts as old.

I played in the Albion realm as a fire wizard (Gryffindor, don't judge me) and a necromancer (Slytherin, I said no judging). I think it was something like €12 a month at first? I played it off and on for years too, up until the original New Frontiers expansion came out, which I felt rather ruined some things. And also World of Warcraft was on the horizon.

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by DrankTooMuchMead | 1 point | Reply

Was looking for another DAoC player! I remember feeling like while Everquest was more fun with magic instead of melee, DAoC was the opposite, making melee fighters more fun. But that's just my opinion.

When I look at YouTube videos of DAoC, I see that they completely remade it. The trolls looked completely different later on. I was playing it like the first year or so.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by jennifer1911 | 3 points | Reply

I played Dark Age of Camelot for years. Is that old enough? I don’t remember much other than the big group battles.

Before that I played the text based MUD Ancient Anguish. That was peak gaming.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by redcc-0099 | 2 points | Reply

I played EQ for like 5 years, started in 2001, before switching to WoW with some college buddies. I started playing on dialup with one phone line, then we had a second phone line I hogged probably, at least, 80% of the time, then we got cable Internet and it was even better!

A few things I'll never forget:
  1. $15/month that I was spoiled on for one account -my parents paid for it, and a 2-3 years in I started a second account that I paid for.
  2. Having 8 character slots per server per account. I didn't want to start fresh on a different server, so on the same server, Tunare, I'd transfer gear to alts, delete a character, and start a new one. I didn't do this with higher level characters; the one I recall most doing it with is my warrior that I got to...35? 39? And started a paladin with.
  3. Getting my epic 1.0 on my Beastlord. Multiple turn ins to and item retrievals from NPCs out in zones you'd explore and fight monsters in and in towns. The parts I remember most from this process was being out in one of the jungle zones, I don't recall there being just one - but there could've been, and waiting for the 48 or 72 real life hours spawn timer on this quest NPC to elapse so I could do a turn in for my character's epic. The NPC spawned, I accidentally hit the button for my character to kick him, he retaliated, my pet killed him in one attack round (it hit him 2-4 times and proced its combat spell that was a nuke/DD spell), and I had to wait for the NPC to spawn again. Didn't fuck it up and kill NPC the second time and my Beastlord still has his epic 1.0. I haven't bothered to get his other epic(s).
*4. Trading Magic the Gathering cards with another player via snail mail. What a time.

*5. Using a session simply to get my character somewhere and then log out.

*6. Dying after leveling up to enter a zone without being flagged for it and then not being able to enter again because you went down a level from the exp loss. I recall Torden, the Bastion of Thunder requiring players to be level 62 or 63 to get in without being flagged. I had hit 62 or 63 on my Beastlord and died in there from a train that went over my group. Couldn't get back in until a Cleric or Paladin did a 90-96% rez on my corpse so I got most of the experience back and leveled up as I was brought back to my corpse by it.

As I mentioned in a reply to another use, several months back I started characters on The Al'Kabor Project emulation server. Playing there scratches the nostalgia itch much better than playing on Tunare with my Beastlord Shaman combo does.

ETA:
Added items 4, 5, and 6 to my list.
Back then, EQ1 was essentially a chat room/social setting taking place in an MMORPG. Echoing another person, where you were in the game world from session to session could vary drastically and, even after some of the later expansions' means of faster travel, it took time to get to places. You could die on the way and then have to make the trip at least one more time.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by SpikeBreaker | 3 points | Reply

I played Ultima Online for years on an unofficial server: it was a thriving community, full of initiatives, hundreds of users, rival factions and a lively forum. There were people online at ANY time of the day and the night.

It was like living an alternative life (maybe it was the true life at the time), but I have no regrets. It was a really fun time and I feel kind of nostalgia for it.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by nekoken04 | 2 points | Reply

I play the same rogue character with the same name in every MMO that supports it. My original Everquest character still exists to this day but has been mothballed for a long time. I created her the week after launch on March 23rd, 1999. At one point I was the only known dark elf who could walk around in the human cities without being kill on sight. I sure don't miss some of the old mechanics like losing XP if you died, having to return to your body to loot your gear, spam talking to somebody to learn a language, and crap like that.

I blame Everquest for really getting me into PC gaming. I had to buy a TNT graphics card because my ATI Rage Pro couldn't handle it very well. After that it was all downhill, playing each first person or over the shoulder camera MMO that came out and buying expensive new graphics cards every couple of generations.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Intelligent_Berry_18 | 3 points | Reply

Legend of the Red Dragon! My first online multi user dungeon! Text based dial up fun, later available with RIP Graphics!


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by Jack_Burton_Radio | 1 point | Reply

Click on the water. Believe it or not, you're fishing. Do that five hours a day and you can afford a boot.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by YoungInoue | 1 point | Reply

UO then EQ. Missed a few years of IRL experiences. Great games though. Happened later with WoW beta up until early wotlk. Years of logged hours on each when /played. They were great then but not something to revisit as the experiences was a ~you have to be there~ sort of thing.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by YoungInoue | 1 point | Reply

UO then EQ. Missed a few years of IRL experiences. Great games though. Happened later with WoW beta up until early wotlk. Years of logged hours on each when /played. They were great then but not something to revisit as the experiences was a ~you have to be there~ sort of thing.


@ Tuesday, September 19th 2023 by YoungInoue | 1 point | Reply

UO then EQ. Missed a few years of IRL experiences. Great games though. Happened later with WoW beta up until early wotlk. Years of logged hours on each when /played. They were great then but not something to revisit as the experiences was a ~you have to be there~ sort of thing.


@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by MercuryMorrison1971 | 3 points | Reply

I was a kid back then and didn't really get deep into MMO's until WoW came out, but I played a little Ultima Online. The real story here is that my dad in the same game had a borderline cult following of people he gave real life advice to.

He even earned the title “The Advisor” by all of his peers at the time. His character is also featured in a picture for the game in the Guinness book of world Records 2000 because the photo used was a high profile wedding he attended with Lord British “Richard Garriot”.


@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by _genepool_ | 2 points | Reply

I played them all. Was lucky to be a beta tester for almost every MMO from Ultima Online through Star wars.

My favorite character was my EverQuest one. Griven - human cleric of Innoruuk on the Fennin Ro server. Played in a roleplaying guild and then a raiding guild.


@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by Wild_Calligrapher_27 | 2 points | Reply

I used to love text-based Diku MUDs played over telnet!


@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by _Bee_Dub_ | 3 points | Reply

I played EQ as a Wizard on the Karana server. It was quite the experience. I landed in a rather hardcore guild that was run by a major asshole. He was very effective. Outside of that, I enjoyed the wonder of it. The sheer time it took to explore and the loss of experience and possibly items if you messed up made the world seem real. My college roommate got very addicted to EQ and failed out of college; his dad picked him up disgusted by it all.

I managed to collect some pre-raid gear that was later removed from the game. It made my account very valuable and I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to walk away cold turkey with some cash.

I later starting playing Dark Ages of Camelot on the Merlin server as a Albion Body Sorcerer. This game was lightening in a bottle. Three factions all at war with each other; each faction was balanced like rock/paper/scissors making you hate the faction that could easily beat you. Those damn dirty Hibs!

I was really good at my role and a few people on my alliance had my home phone #. Getting called at 2am to protect our relics from a Hib/Mid raid - and being successful at it! Amazing.

To geek out for a minute, each faction had a group mesmerize (stunned for up to 60 seconds, broken on being damaged - could mez an entire army with one cast). Albion Sorcerers had the longest range mez. It wasn’t perfect there were a few ways to pop out of it. I loved leading a squad and getting a far out group mezzed and dead.

We can’t go back to these games. We are not the same people.

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by curiocritters | 2 points | Reply

"We are not the same people."

Beautifully put.

Thank you kindly for the memories.

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by Glaw_Inc | 1 point | Reply

Warhammer Online could have been DAOC 2.0 and they went and screwed it up and tried to copy everything from WoW.

My original DAOC Sorcerer was the spec that lowered...vitality or whatever it was called there. Mind spec sorc if I recall. Until they fixed the bug, the top end vitality spell would wrap a value and lower everyone's HP hit by it to very low values making them easily one shot by anything.

Mind spec was fun too, charming a goborchend in Emain and watching it murder party's of level 30 players being where they shouldn't be.

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by DrAg0r (OP) | 1 point | Reply

Oh yeah, having somehow proof that you are important for other player experience of the game, it must be really great.


@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by Thrashtilldeath67 | 2 points | Reply

Not really the 90s but I remember playing runescape back in the mid 2000s


@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by Knives530 | 2 points | Reply

Played EverQuest for a few years. What a thrill I'd never experienced a game so massive , hell no one has. I still go back once a decade or so and visit the old zones I love it


@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by spankminister | 1 point | Reply

I played Door Games on a couple of BBSes like LoRD, but never really got into them. The first game I REALLY fell hard into was Moosehead, a DikuMUD that a couple of friends got me into. I can still remember the thrill of making a wrong turn into a room with mobs way above my level, or pkilling in the PvP zones like Guild street.


@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by sardu1 | 2 points | Reply

I played EQ for 3 years. No story since this comment will get burried.

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by DrAg0r (OP) | 1 point | Reply

Well I understand. Thanks anyway.


@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by 5spikecelio | 3 points | Reply

I played tibia on its prime. Back then everyone teenager in my city played. We literally had famous high lvl in my city, everyone would discuss strategies of hunting and lvling. I remember going to a friends house almost every weekend to train my combat skills while afk watching movies. Everything was a mistery, there were barely no wikis and the game at the time was no pay to win. It was a really magical time which the only thing i regret is not having played runescape instead of tibia because runescape nowadays is an amazing game while tibia is a macro transaction hellscape in which every damn aspect of the game is monetized, from exp to healing potions. I have found memories of connecting to a radio website specifically for tibia players in which people would shout out players and offer musics for everyone listening and chatting. Amazing time, never gonna have auch experience again


@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by DrankTooMuchMead | 2 points | Reply

Played Everquest (Evercrack). The game took so long to level up, and in between battles you had to just sit (meditate) for like 15 min to recharge yourself faster. And half the time some kind of critter would sneak up on you and kill you. Then you were spawned in some far off town with none of your stuff, and you had to go back to the dangerous area essentially naked to "loot your corpse."

I stopped losing interest when I would kill things for an hour, die, lose all that experience as punishment for dying, and then spend a bunch of time finding your corpse. You even lost a level when you died sometimes.

Some people would have a really hard time finding their corpse and would have to ask people for help.

It was really hard to get money. You had to do a trade to make money. I would make jewelry and sell it. The material got increasingly expensive, and you had to practice to level up that skill. Sometimes it would just say, "your attempt to make this has failed" and the material would just disappear and you would be broke.

Everquest sucked balls. What made it compelling was that it was like the first popular MMORPG so it was a novelty for everyone.

Our language changed and our in game text communication became a mess of abbreviations.

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by Boylamite | 1 point | Reply

My guild wiped on a raid boss and had to hire a monk to feign death/drag every single person's corpse to the entrance. It took like an hour

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by DrankTooMuchMead | 2 points | Reply

Wow, this brings back memories. Memory unlocked. I remember the group cheering on a guy that had to do this for everyone. I'm pretty sure it was in a cave.

I remember sometimes high level guys would just kind of watch over and check on low level groups for exactly this reason. Usually they would just do it without having to be hired though. They loved the positive attention, usually saying something like, "I remember being in your shoes."


@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by DrankTooMuchMead | 2 points | Reply

I remember taking the boat sometimes in Everquest. You could get drunk in the game and your character would like slide back and forth for awhile.

Well, I put most of my stuff in the bank so I wouldn't have to loot my corpse later, and took the boat to East Commonlands (which we called EC). I got on the boat and stood around for awhile, waiting for the boat to cross. It took something like 15-20 min with nothing to look at.

So I got drunk to pass the time, only the boat made some kind of turn because I slid off the boat. The I swam for a long time, seeing an island, I swam to that. Finally arriving, I was so curious, but something just walked up and killed me in one hit. I think it was like a mermaid or something.


@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by SteiCamel | 2 points | Reply

I sleep under my Everquest quilt every night. Most of what I remember from it is the major social aspect which seems to just be non-existent in modern MMORPGs. I could spend a whole day just mulling about in the common zones with people, not worrying about leveling up or anything.

The fact that you had to actually make a journey to get to other cities, possibly dying and losing all your stuff, made it feel like a real adventure. I remember I started an Ogre and made the trek all the way to the Wood Elf city, then had to continue slaying orcs until the guards eventually accepted me and didn't kill me on site. That was a proud time. It wasn't really the same after Planes of Power added in the teleport points.

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by Glaw_Inc | 2 points | Reply

Had a dark elf that could walk into Kelethin. Except the banker, he was on a High Elf faction for some reason and would attack.


@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by abyssea | 2 points | Reply

I bought Asheron's Call and really had no idea what I was doing. I hug out in a house, that I don't think was mine, explored a lot and killed crabs on the beach.


@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by RaynOfFyre1 | 2 points | Reply

Dark Age of Camelot. Guinevere server. Albion Paladin. Tank spec. Cycling chants like a mother fucker. God I miss that game.


@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by CammKelly | 2 points | Reply

Farming gold by providing buffs in EQ. Whilst I appreciate that modern MMO's are usually less grindy, I did appreciate the value different classes brought in EQ.


@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by V1k1ngVGC | 2 points | Reply

I farmed in MapleStory at the time where you had to play everyday for 8 hours in order to level up once per every two weeks.


@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by rdrouyn | 2 points | Reply

I played Ultima Online during the late 90's on a 56k modem. I built several crafting/trade characters and would spend time exploring and finding resources. I tried to avoid PvP as much as possible but it was inevitable in UO. Every time I would go too far into the world, I would get ganked by some kid with a fast connection. It was painfully slow to try and escape from combat, especially if your connection started to lag. Your character would start stuttering and the game would desync rather easily under heavy lag. World of Warcraft had better net code when dealing with slower connections.

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by DrAg0r (OP) | 1 point | Reply

It must have been really frustrating

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by rdrouyn | 2 points | Reply

It was still fun though. But yeah, any area with heavy traffic would cause serious lag spikes and disconnections at times. Going to the bank during peak hours was a risky endeavor. My connection also limited how far I could get into the game. No high end raiding for me. But that was fine since I was pretty casual about the game.


@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by DoctorMario1000 | 2 points | Reply

I played EverQuest for about a week then my mom paid the monthly bill for 5 more years unknowingly after I left for college 😖


@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by Arisalis | 2 points | Reply

I played this game in the late 90's https://www.odysseyclassic.info/

It felt like the original legend of zelda where you go screen to screen but you could pvp other players and farm enemies and level up. I remember back then the server could only have like 50-100 people according to the developer and when he would put the server up you felt lucky if you got in before the server filled up. I remember waiting certain days just to get on and play.

 

@ Wednesday, September 20th 2023 by DrAg0r (OP) | 1 point | Reply

Oh wow originally written in VB6 haha it's the first programming language I learned in my IT studies. (Though TI-Basic was the first I learned on my own before).
It's great to know that someone made a mmorpg with it.


@ Thursday, September 21st 2023 by lookmomitsapoor | 1 point | Reply

Spent 1000s of hours on the og everquest. Those were good times.


@ Thursday, September 21st 2023 by Seawolf_42 | 2 points | Reply

Oh, fun internet/tech tidbit about how popular EverQuest was when it came out, and how small the internet still was back then compared to now both bandwidth and people wise.

>Andrew Sites, an assistant producer, remembers getting phone calls from friends telling him that EverQuest players were lined up out the door at retailers hoping to buy a copy. That was his first clue that EverQuest's servers were about to be destroyed by a flood of eager players. "You have to understand things were way different to how this stuff works now, where we have all these fancy administration tools and everything," Sites says. "At the time, we had a datacenter and all the servers were like desktop PCs and they were in these racks, and we had to cram as many as we could in there because you had to pay for more space. We found if you pulled the little rubber feet off the bottom you could squeeze in one more row of PCs, which were the EverQuest worlds at the time. There was no remote administration hardware. It was literally 144 serial cables to each of the worlds connected to one PC with a switch box and a monitor."

>When EverQuest's servers first went live, they quickly crashed. To keep EverQuest online, three employees would sit in that freezing cold network room wearing parkas and manually reboot the servers. "Keeping that game up when you didn't know what you were doing, which we didn't, was very hard," Smedley says. "Back then there was no one with launch experience. We were just making it up as we went along."
>Few, if anyone, could reliably play EverQuest that day. Smedley, Sites, and the networking team were left scratching their heads until they finally discovered the source of the problem. "One of our network programmers had done his math wrong and it meant we were using eight times more bandwidth than we thought we were," Smedley laughs.
>EverQuest was using a network managed by a local service provider called UUnet, also used by several major San Diego corporations. But demand for EverQuest was so much greater than Verant Interactive had planned for that it was exceeding the physical limits of the internet pipeline into San Diego. As a result, not only could thousands of players not explore Norrath, several massive corporations had their networking operations accidentally sabotaged. "Once you go over the limit, it basically boots everyone off the network," Sites explains.
>Days ticked by as Smedley and crew desperately tried to assuage the growing frustrations of their players and negotiate for better internet access, but UUnet would have to physically lay more cable between San Diego and Los Angeles first. That would take weeks. Meanwhile, a rotating team of three parka-wearing employees took eight hour shifts rebooting crashed servers for days on end.
>Fortunately, UUnet was able to reroute traffic and free up bandwidth as an interim solution while they expanded their physical pipeline, and players were finally reliably able to explore Norrath for the first time.

From https://www.pcgamer.com/breaking-the-internet-the-story-of-e...


@ Saturday, September 23rd 2023 by Ill_Number_6870 | 1 point | Reply

The nexus


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