Hello again all. I hope all of you are having a great Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day is a day of rememberance of people in our past and honoring their memory. I thought for my weekly post this week I would keep with the tradition of Memorial Day and remember players of mmo's who have through their actions in-game have achieved a place in mmo history whether it be famous or infamous. One thing these players have in common is that they used no exploits or cheats to make a name for themselves, but instead merely played the game within the given peramters in essence they out played the game itself, or the players within it. So with out any further babble let's take a trip down memory lane shall we.
Fansy the Famous Bard- Everquest
Back in its peak EQ did a little experiment by creating a no rules PvP server names Sullon Zek. This server was createed for the hardest of the hardcore PvPers siding good against evil alignments and was soon known as EQ's "penal colony". The only rule on the server was written in the code making charcters level 5 and below invulnrable to PvP to give new players a chnace to get a hang of the game before getting destroyed by other players. As I said before the server was set up good alignments vs evil alignments and it soon becam apparent that the good guys were outnumbered. Some estimates had the server around 90 perent evil and the good guys soon found themselves backed into a corner.
And along came Pansy. Pansy understood the aforementioned level 5 rule and also understood that Bard's were the best class for kiting and training large mobs of monsters at other players as well as the good guys were seriously outnumbered. So began Fansy's reign of terror on the citizens of Freeport. Fansy could be seen srpinting through mid to high level zones with a mob of ususally sand giants (high level creatures) in his wake and no player could do anything about it. Soon the persecutors became the victims and began petitioning the GM's about Fansy. The only problem was Fansy was not breaking any rules since it was a no rule server. After a period of time the GM's actually instituted a rule which ended Fansy's reign of terror, but his memory remians as one of EQ's most memorable players and MMO's first terrorist.
Ahseron's Call:Shard of the Herald- Shard Vigil
During Asheron's Call's height of glory there was an event known as the "Shard of the Herald" this was he culmination of a series of events where 6 shards were destroyed by players which brought new and more powerful items into the game world. The Shard if the Herald was the last of these shards. Turbine decided to spice thinsg up a bit by making players swear allegence to the demon Bael'Zharon (whic is the demon that would be released once the shard was destroyed) thus making players flagged for PvP. The payers then could wither go and destroy the shard or try to defend it. Most of the shards on other servers quickly fell except for one, and that one was on the Thisltedown server. Players on this server organized what is known as 'The Shard Vigil" and defedned the shard from would be attackers 24 hours a day. These player's defense of the shard was so stalwart that the developers had to include lore which allowed them to create NPC's which they controlled to help players break their lines and shatter the shard. Impressed by this the developers rewarded the player's with a statue comemerating their efforts. My hats off to the players who stood thier ground and made the devs have to cheat in their own game in order to win.
The Guiding Hand Social Club- EvE Online
The Guiding Hand Social Club is a group of mercenaries in the world of EvE online who specialize as contract killers of characters in the game. At one time the GHSC took a contract for the asassination of the leader of Ubiqua Seraph known as Mirial. After 12 months of planning and agents of the GHSC infiltrating Ubiqua Seraph into high ranking positions within the Corporation all was set into motion. One of the GHSC double agents led Mirial into an ambush and at the same time other agents were given the call sign 'Nicole" and stole creits and ships out of the Corporations safe holdings which they had gained access to. The best part is that everything they did was completely legal in the game world. I honor these members not for what they did, but for the 12 months of dedication to a plan that they saw to the end, and for out playing the players. Who does stuff like that. I was going to only name two of the key players, but in my opinion the entire group deserves a kudos for the long standing coordianted effort which garnered the game and themselves a ton of publicity as well as their entry into MMO history.
Rainz- Ultima Online
UO was the first love for many on this site. Back int he day during a stress test in the late stages of Beta Lord British was making appearences in the game and giving speeches. In case you didn't know Lord British was the in game toon of UO's creator Richard Garriot, and the monarch of the world of UO. Now most of you know that Devs in game characters are invulnrable to any damage so it is a fruitless gesture to attck them and so the devs thought until they arived at the town of Minoc. At some point during Lord British's visit in MInoc some mayhem started in the crowd which led to a quick server crash. When they came back up Lord British was not flagged as invulnrable by accident and a player known as Rainz launched a wall of fire at Lord British which actually killed him. The result was hysterical laughter being typed across the town. My hat's off to Rainz you killed the unkillable I guess that means you beat the game. On a side note Rainz was subsequently banned for abusing exploits in the game outside of this incident.
Dentara Rast a.k.a Cally- EvE Online
Dentara Rast a.k.a. Cally in game was the creator of the Eve Interstellar Bank. This bank allowed players to invest money and offered interest in return for thoer investments. Falming wars raged on in the EvE forums with player claiming it as a fraud and other claiming ti as legit. In the end the nay sayers were proven correct when Cally took off with an estimated 700 billion worth of in game currency. It is considered to date the largest pyramid/ponzi scheme in the history of MMO's. In the end the developers conceded that he did not violate the EULA and his actions were legal by all game standards. His actions garnered the game and himself alot of press, and by my standards the title of the most infamous charcter in MMO history.
Well that's all I've got. With so many MMOs and so many servers I am sure we will see more great players emerge just as I am sure that I mised a few in my list. Feel free to mention any player or groups of player who did famous or infamous deeds in the comments down below I'd love to hear what you think as always. Thnks for reading.
Until Next Time,