This spring is truly worth celebrating. We’ve all made it through a nasty winter full of chaotic weather the likes of which we haven’t seen in a very long time. Spring has always had a special MMO place in my heart because it is when I started playing my first MMO. I spent so many hours chained to my desk next to my open window with a crisp but friendly breeze gently flowing over me as the sound of rain hit the ground nearby that to this day on rainy spring days I fondly flash back to those nights.
Unfortunately I haven’t been able to fall in love with an MMO since my first couple. Now days I rely on my memories since I’m unable to recreate the above scenario, or at least I thought I was. I’ve been MMOless for a couple of years but I haven’t loved one for around 7. I can’t believe I’m still here! 7 long years of disappointment after disappointment, lie after lie, marketing swerve after marketing swerve. I’m like the Ric Flair of MMO players. I’ve had em all and never settled on one because brother, Wooo, none of them can hang with the Blogerboy Tierless Time Woooo! (ok maybe not)
A year ago Camelot Unchained funded and I’ve been shadowing it ever since; longing for it’s launch with the hope that it fills the MMO void that I’ve lived with for so long. Silly me, I should know better. For seven years I have looked away… to the future, to the horizon. Never my mind on where I was. What I was doing. It wasn’t until I was reflecting on the year that Camelot Unchained was that it hit me...
Camelot Unchained development WAS my MMO! It gave me that Ol’e MMO feeling again. The community, the excitement and anticipation of the unknown, the progress. It didn’t just make a year that I played no MMO feel like I did, but over time I grew quite fond of CU. What started as a spiteful alliance against MMO Inc, a belief in second chances, and anticipation for some fun PVP had evolved into something more.
I have no illusions, CU may or may not maintain it’s “feel” after launch but right now, as I write this, the amount that I contributed feels like a splash in the pond for the return that I’ve gotten and it’s just the beginning of what they have in store for us! (BSC days anyone?) CSE has lived up to it’s promises, stayed the course, and managed to form the intangible but often sought after connection with a player base that goes far deeper than any quest, battle, or hype trailer ever will. Smedley recently said SWG vets could finally come home and he was right, but it wasn’t to H1Z1, this SWG vet currently resides in the land of Camelot, it just took him a while to realize that his visit had turned into a permanent residence.
Thank you CSE, CU Community, and Mark Jacobs for helping me find what I thought I never could again. I don’t know what the future holds, but for the first time in a long time I’m not looking to it, I’m residing in the present with Camelot Unchained and it’s development and I feel right at home.