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What was your first MMORPG experience like?

Hello and greetings fellow Ashes community members. 

I am Skriptchaz and my earliest memory of mmorpg was a korean game called mu-online. It was your standard click style Diablo like game with heaps of people to converse and mingle with. From there i went on to WoW vanilla which changed the way i saw video games and became my first addiction. I was so absorbed by WoW's huge fantasy world that is became my second home for many years. Ashes of Creation has once again given me a chance to feel the very same excitement i once gotten from those early days of WoW and i hope it will be an experience i could share with my kids in years to come :)
How was did your love affair with mmorpg's begin?
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    I hale from the very early days of EverQuest.  Until then I had never encountered a gaming world that open and huge.  Way back before fast travel, when just getting around the world could be an adventure in itself.  Especially if you had the bad luck of trying to pass through Kithicor forest after dark.  The community was amazing, I still have friends I talk to 18 years later from all over the place.

    Sadly no other game has captured that wonder EQ did. 
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    When I discovered the genre I downloaded 2 MMORPG's at the same time, both from Aeria games... (yeah I didn't know how shit they where yet  :D ) Eden Eternal and Shaiya. I first played EE, But I wasn't impressed at all, and almost decided to delete everything. Then gave Shaiya a go anyway, and boy I am so glad I did. I fell in love with the game. Looking back it really wasn't that special of an MMO, WoW-clone nr. xxxxxxx, but I just loved the aesthetic, and I still have a lot of fond memories to it. Once I learned a little bit more about MMO's in general and Shaiya in particular, left the game and looked for something better... I have tried a lot of MMO's since, with the help of thelazypeon's video's, and that is how I ended up here eventually :) I hope AoC will be my "permanent" MMO.
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    ty hravik and GaFl4Ever for sharing your stories. I love the idea of no fast travel as you pointed out hravik, it will indeed be an adventure all to itself. I will say it now, that AoC will definitely be my permanent mmorpg from now on.
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    ArchivedUserArchivedUser Guest
    edited June 2017
    My very first MMO, was runes of magic.     My hubby liked his XBox games, I never really got into those.  So when I read an article somewhere about a free way to enjoy games I played.  And I was hooked from there. It was f2P, ( i now prefer sub games) but it was like Hey  this is fun. I played it for myseIf, and I still see each zone clearly in my mind, It was my first real MMO game.   Now I'm a gaming addict. I love the new experience i feel with each new MMO, my gaming community, and the thrive to be better at it than I am.
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    You're welcome Scriptchaz, it was a pleasure to go on the feels train again...  
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    hravik said:
    I hale from the very early days of EverQuest.  Until then I had never encountered a gaming world that open and huge.  Way back before fast travel, when just getting around the world could be an adventure in itself.  Especially if you had the bad luck of trying to pass through Kithicor forest after dark.  The community was amazing, I still have friends I talk to 18 years later from all over the place.

    Sadly no other game has captured that wonder EQ did. 
    Everquest was also my first MMO experience. I miss my Iksar monk :'(
    My brother gave me a high regen tunic (I think it was the Fungus Covered Scale Tunic) and leveling with it was a blast.

    EQ was such a mixed bag. I had amazing experiences with groups and raids. And, the exploration was exhilarating. I also remember the adrenaline rush I experienced when I ran into rare mobs that only spawned once every 1-2 weeks (IRL time).

    On the other hand, I remember the bad experiences such as corpse runs, wipes, and mob trains. Also, there was one time a Wizard offered to teleport me and then left me stranded on a remote corner of Odus (which was already an obscure continent compared to the others). But, that experience wasn't all bad because I had to explore zones I wouldn't have gone to otherwise (I wouldn't have played as an Erudite, so I wouldn't have gone to Odus) and I ended up having to go back by boat.

    Ultimately, nostalgia is a powerful force, and even the negative memories feel like positive memories looking back on them. 
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    Ty Mykkala and Solarion for your stories. i always thought that f2p was the way of the future, but i guess i was wrong... for now lol, but i so wish i had played EQ1, i hear so much about it, but i guess its the same feeling when you come across your first mmo anywhere. It maybe different games, but its how they all immerse you into a world you never knew is what makes it magical in a way :)
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    ArchivedUserArchivedUser Guest
    edited June 2017
    Lineage. I think a friend burned it onto a disc for me or something. All I remember is it was shady. I installed it onto my spanking brand new, state of the art Windows 98 Dell computer. 

    I loaded up the game, logged in and made a character. But everything was in Korean, an I had no idea what to do, so just ran around with a sword and killed stuff for hours. I didn't know about quests (nor could i have read them if I had) and pretty much never left the starter area. 

    My buddy eventually straitened me out, i purchased a legit copy of the game (in English) and I was hooked. I joined a guild that was mostly Russians for some reason, all I remember is I couldn't understand anything they typed. Basically I was their pet American. They would feed me treats and I would do tricks like say "howdy". (No joke, literally they had me do this and gave me gold for it.)

    After a while I started playing other games, including Lineage 2, which I loved even more, but I still hold a special place in my teenage heart for old school Lineage. 
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    Skriptchaz I know you'd think f2p would be the way to go, but it's gotten to the point where these "convenience items" are things that use to be standard game play.  Bag space  you only get, if you're lucy, ten slots.  Now lets add weight to that equation, only fifty pounds.  You want more? convenience,   will explain it as Realizm, or immersion,  You want special mount speed.. ok convenience, special XP potions, convenience, what else can we say is convenience .. I'd rather SUB 15 a month than pay like the 50 they expect for convenience.
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    Karthos hahahaha, love it. from korean to russian aye. now thats a story for the kids lol
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    @Skriptchaz
    Aye, I think everyone has a soft spot for their first MMO. The feeling of immersion is almost entirely unique to the genre. I imagine that VR will reinvent the meaning of "immersion" in the near future, so I hope we get to experience that evolution as well  B)
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    ArchivedUserArchivedUser Guest
    edited June 2017
    Mykkala i totally agree with you. but i do see some potential in f2p if done properly. Take Pokemon Go for example. If they hadnt stuffed it up with all the lag and lack of things to do, that game would have had so much potential to make revenue with advertisment and so on. I agree that atm the f2p has more then a few problems with how its used in so many games, but with what Pokemon Go has proven, its something that can make massive waves if managed well. :)
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    Solarion, omg, i was thinking that too when ocular rift and other VR started coming out. Now thats an upgrade im very keen to see for myself, maybe one day it will be like Sword Art Online anime lol
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    @Skriptchaz
    Then we better hope there's a way of combining VR with exercise machines and nutrient injectors or we'll all just waste away lolol.
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    ArchivedUserArchivedUser Guest
    edited June 2017
    Well... Rappelz had me brainwashed.
    But I have no regret, because as 8~9 years old, if I had grown up with real life people I'd easily end up like them, all apes humans around me act the same. 

    I'd like to get brainwashed again by Ashes of Creation because society today is even worse.
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    AIice i hear that. That why mmorpg in general is so addictive. Takes you out of an unstable world and places you in a world where you have more control over what happens to you and what you want to do. Lets get brainwashed together aye lol
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    Solarion, omg, i was thinking that too when ocular rift and other VR started coming out. Now thats an upgrade im very keen to see for myself, maybe one day it will be like Sword Art Online anime lol
    Without the "dying in RL when you die in the game" nonsense I hope...  :p
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    GaFl4Ever lets hope so, though it would really make the gaming experience one you will never forget aye lol
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    Killing worms outside of Maradon in Knight Online, not knowing how to loot.
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    AeonAuron hahahaha, sounds like something i would have done during my first mmo's as well :P
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    @Solarion

    Dark Elf warrior myself.  One of my most mildly annoying memories about that was constantly being mistaken for a Shadow Knight.  I could literally be dual wielding my warrior epics, and someone would invariably ask me why I didn't have my pet out.   :D
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    ty hravik and GaFl4Ever for sharing your stories. I love the idea of no fast travel as you pointed out hravik, it will indeed be an adventure all to itself. I will boldly state it now, that AoC will definitely be my permanent mmorpg!
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    Ty Mykkala and Solarion for your stories. i always thought that f2p was the way of the future, but i guess i was wrong... for now lol, but i so wish i had played EQ1, i hear so much about it, but i guess its the same feeling when you come across your first mmo anywhere. It maybe different games, but its how they all immerse you into a world you never knew is what makes it magical in a way :)
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    AIice i hear that. That why mmorpg in general is so addictive. Takes you out of an unstable world and places you in a world where you have more control over what happens to you and what you want to do. Lets get brainwashed together aye lol
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    Ty Mykkala and Solarion for your stories. i always thought that f2p was the way of the future, but i guess i was wrong... for now lol, but i so wish i had played EQ1, i hear so much about it, but i guess its the same feeling when you come across your first mmo anywhere. It maybe different games, but its how they all immerse you into a world you never knew is what makes it magical in a way :)
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    AIice i hear that. That why mmorpg in general is so addictive. Takes you out of an unstable world and places you in a world where you have more control over what happens to you and what you want to do. Lets get brainwashed together aye lol
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    How was did your love affair with mmorpg's begin?
      One evening with several friends at a local diner Two fella's kept trying to give me a CD and encourage me to play Diablo.  Saying over and over I had no time for such nonsense I soon found myself sucked into the nether and joining them and their kids.  That piqued the curiosity and when EQ1 came along I was sucked right in without my friends who at that time became overly busy!  
      The shock, the curiosity, the feeling of being alone in an untamed world.  I could hear and feel the rain drops, dampness surrounded me in a cloak of gray fog. I remember yelling to the spouse, "OMG OMG this is feeling too real!"   That may have been the last full sentence I spoke to him for a long while!


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    For me, my first taste of MMORPG was old runescape as my PC could not run any games sadly. But I have been playing D&D for years and other pen and paper role play so I'm very used to the community 
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    CylverRayne wow. i could feel exactly what you went through. its like you were watching me too when i first played lol. i would remember my heart beating when i stumbled across new monsters or became lost. i think i lost contact with so many friends because of that too lol. #thenooblife lol
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    nagash, thats pretty cool. always felt jealous of my friends who played DnD. i could never figure out how to get into it. too complicated for me lol
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