Blaugust Day 4: My First Day in an MMO

My first day in an MMO was eventful to say the least. In fact this entire story will take place in just the first hour, okay, maybe two if you take character customization into account.

The year was 1999, MMOs were still brand new things. After seeing my then boyfriend playing Everquest I realized that my dream of playing games with other people was about to come true. So I took the 80 miles round trip it took to get to a Best Buy and I got my copy of Everquest. Getting it installed was a breeze but I very quickly hit my first snag. What server do I play on? Making it even more difficult were these strange letters next to the server names. PvE and PvP. What did they mean? I had no idea. For some reason it never crossed my mind to look it up either. Instead I tried to work it out in my head.

The first P well that obviously stands for player, meaning me. That seemed easy enough. I understood the v meant versus as well. But it was those last letters that had me all mixed up. Eventually I thought I had worked it out. After going through dozens of possible words, I knew for a fact the E stood for everyone. That meant I’d be fighting other players! I didn’t want that. So, I quickly rolled up on a PvP server not ever working out what that second P stood for.

Whoops.

It didn’t take me long once I logged in to work out I’d made a terrible mistake. I got attacked by a player. Instead of trying to fight I ran. I kept running until I found a group of people. They happened to be roleplayers though I had no idea what that was at the time. They very swiftly dealt with the person who was chasing me and explained to me where I’d gone wrong. So thank you random roleplaying heroes! I quickly deleted that character and made my very first main character in an MMO, Dystia.

Sadly my time in Everquest was short. When the first expansion was released there was an upgrade to the system requirements and I no longer met them. But I look back on my time in the game fondly. I was even in my first in game wedding with my first friend in an MMO all because I stood under the Wood Elf city and yelled out “Bored girl looking for bored boy.”

 

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This blog post is part 4 in a month long blogging initiative called Blaugust. It was also prepared ahead of time because I’m headed to Gamescom for nearly a week. Though I will make every effort to blog while at Gamescom I’ve prepared enough posts to get through the convention. If you’d to know more about Blaugust head over to the official Anook page.

Blaugust Day 3: Game Recommendation Speed Round

Yep, it’s one more day of game recommendations and also one more day until we leave for Germany! Why? Because they’re easy and I’ve been busy getting ready to go away for a week.

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Previously I talked about my recommendations for the various business models for MMORPGs and a MOBA. This time there will be more games recommended for a variety of different interests.

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Blaugust Day 2: More Game Recommendations!

Yesterday I actually thought I would get a lot more recommendations in than I did. This has sort of worked in my favor however as I’m writing more than one blog post a day so I don’t have to worry during Gamescom. So if you’re looking for my recommendation on the best subscription based and buy to play MMORPGs head over to yesterday’s blog because we’re moving ahead!

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Blaugust Day 1: Game Recommendations from the Editor of an MMO Website

There’s something I see on Reddit quite often that I usually feel compelled to answer, people asking for tips on which MMO they should play. I feel that my job as Editor in Chief of MMOGames.com puts me in a unique position. I get paid to keep up on the industry, play these games, and give my opinion. With that in mind here are my recommendations for MMOs, MOBAs, and other online games.

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August is the Month of Blogging!

Even though I’ll be in Germany for nearly a week of this month I’ve decided to take part in a blogging initiative called Blaugust. It’s mostly being done by game bloggers. Because I write about games for my day job I don’t often write about them for myself. But I’m going to dedicate at least 1/3 of this month talking about games. And I’m not counting the time I’ll be in Gamescom because that is just something totally different.

So I suppose the big question to start off with is, what am I playing these days?

The answer is, not a whole lot. I’m subscribed to ESO, but the game seems pretty dead, which I have to say is impressive. I started to get back into Guild Wars 2 again but the push to log in isn’t really there like it used to be. And of course there is The Secret World which I write about for MMORPG. So while I have games, and I do play them none of them are really games I would say “yes, I am playing this.”

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I miss the days when friends didn’t have to ask what game I was logged into they knew exactly where to find me. I had that for a good run in Guild Wars 2 but the Scarlet story was just so bad. And it wasn’t like you could just ignore it. So after suffering through months of crappy stories, farming for loot all day, and not getting to do our own stories Jonathan and I walked away. We came back again about two weeks before Season 2 started. We kept playing right up to the weekend before Episode 2 and then just stopped again. I keep meaning to go back, we’d like to see how the story is going. I’ve not heard anything but great things about it. We just…haven’t.

I also played an R2 Game called Shadowbound for an upcoming review on MMORPG. Spoilers: it is terrible. As an industry standard it is an unofficial rule that you should at least play up into the 20s level range. This, in theory should give you a good idea of what the game is like. I got to 20 in that game in less than a half hour. Needless to say I had to keep playing. I was barely out of the tutorial at that point. Anyway, I won’t spoil the rest of the review for you. You’ll just have to keep an eye out for it on MMORPG in the next couple of weeks.

Red GM text says: We need to clean the floors so we are unpluging the servers.

Red GM text says: We need to clean the floors so we are unpluging the servers.

Why am I taking part in Blaugust? I always start out these sorts of things then end up not finishing them. I’ve tried to do NaNoWriMo for several years now, there was a Blogathon I wanted to take part in a few years ago that seems to have just disappeared. I suppose the only thing I’ve ever actually completed like this is Extra Life. I’ve done it three years in a row. But I’m not going to do it this year. While I’d love to continue to take part they’re no longer supporting hospitals outside of North America. And sure, there are international hospitals in North America that treat kids from all around the world, but it really is hard to get support for somewhere that is an entire ocean away. So fundraising is difficult. That being said, it wouldn’t take a whole lot to convince me to take part. There have already been a lot of requests for the City of Heroes team to return, and I have been the leader of that. So…maybe you’ll see me here asking for donations sometime soon.

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This entry has been day 1 of the 31 day blogging initiative Blaugust. If you’d like to find out more about it, read blog entries from others, or join in you can find out more information by going to the initiative’s page on Anook.