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  Suraknar

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Joined: 12/26/07
Posts: 808

*Everyone dies, not everyone really fights*

7/02/12 7:20:06 PM#21

I did not think that Pokket was old enough to have played Ultima Online...

Which server were you on Girl?

- Duke Suraknar -
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ESKA, Playing MMORPG's since Ultima Online 1997 - Order of the Silver Serpent, Atlantic Shard

  Theocritus

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Joined: 7/15/08
Posts: 3613

7/02/12 7:23:46 PM#22

     UO had some incredible features, but also had tow that completely ruined it for alot of us: FFA PVP and a terrible communtiy..........COmbine FFA PVP with a legion of ganking jerks and you have one terrible game regardless of what other features it offers......For many of us UO wasn't even playable until Trammell came along.

  Loktofeit

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Joined: 1/13/10
Posts: 11916

Currently playing EVE, SMITE, Wildstar, and Combat Arms

7/02/12 7:32:44 PM#23

Mmmm... reapers. 

 

IMO, the site needs more blogs or articles of this nature. Cool stuff. 

  mcrippins

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Joined: 7/01/07
Posts: 967

7/02/12 8:07:31 PM#24
Originally posted by Theocritus

     UO had some incredible features, but also had tow that completely ruined it for alot of us: FFA PVP and a terrible communtiy..........COmbine FFA PVP with a legion of ganking jerks and you have one terrible game regardless of what other features it offers......For many of us UO wasn't even playable until Trammell came along.

I always get confused when reading things like that. Trammell actually defies what UO was supposed to be. It was supposed to be a world where when you walked out of town it wasn't safe. You had to be smart and use your brain. It wasn't supposed to be a carebear land where you can go wherever you want and nothing will hurt your poor innocent soul. It was a game of consequence, and if you didn't use your head, you would feel the wrath. Those who learned are those who thrived. 

Then the developers heard the cries of the few who could not learn. They created your safe haven so you could run around and frolic in your invincible version of the world. It also destroyed every fun aspect the game had to offer. 

You probably think I was some rampant pk'er. When in fact I was not. My clan and I would have amazing battles against the servers most notorious pks. Sometimes we would win, other times we wouldn't. It was amazing fun, but at least you got your way. 

  Kappadonna

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Joined: 6/05/11
Posts: 70

7/02/12 8:11:46 PM#25

Great story, Pokket. I always love UO firsts! The game was so unique that everyone's first few steps into Britannia were different - and some down right hilarious. 

I started in 1997, the first day UO was released. I remember creating a character in Britannia and I had no idea STR=HP, so I had like 25hp or so as most everyone initially did from balancing their stats. I was on the outskirts of Britannia south of the stable, and I ran into a guy who looked like Robin of the Hood; green, feather brimmed hat, slacks, boots, white shirt, and sash(for some reason I thought sashes were cool looking). He asked if I had any clothes, which I responded "Nope", so he took me to the tailors and then crafted me a set of clothes just like his. I then learned you could "dye" clothing ... which to this day is still one of the better UO features not to mention MMO features in general. So we both dressed like Robin Hood and went north. As we took a few steps north we started noticing a ton of ghostly figures "oOOoooOOOOooo"ing and a lot of naked corpses. Next thing I know this guy was shooting rapid fire fireballs at us (which I later discovered to be a bug) and PKed both of us instantly - looting our helpless corpses of our newly fashioned clothes! The PK was named Baba MonKey who was one of the top PKs on the Atlantic shard the first few months/year UO was out.

It took me a few months but by the end of UO's first year, I was finally no longer a noob! I had befriended some PKs and had a little fun doing it until the Reputation patch. After the patch, UO became a far improved experience and from 1998-2002, it notched itself as not just my favorite MMO of all time, but my favorite game of all time. 

Some of my best stories are during that time period ... but those are tales for another day over some beers (or mugs of ale!) :) 

  NightCloak

Novice Member

Joined: 11/06/07
Posts: 456

7/02/12 8:20:41 PM#26

I hated Trammel. I liked it much better when you could kill or be killed on a whim. When seeing someone pop on your scren in a dungeon mid-fight always made your heart skip and you wondered if they were going to help the monster, you or move along.

I loved how "wild-west" it felt in that there was no law other than group consensus. It was just good fun.

  Demensha

Novice Member

Joined: 8/13/04
Posts: 67

7/02/12 8:43:06 PM#27

Good read, tho you didnt name your character. Look forward to next installment.

On a side note , whats this i hear you played past age of shadows? FOR SHAME. Here catch....Cor por   Cor por

  mcrippins

Elite Member

Joined: 7/01/07
Posts: 967

7/02/12 9:58:32 PM#28

Vas Ort Flam, Cor Por, Hally Hit, Kal Vas Flam

  GettCouped

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Joined: 3/15/12
Posts: 30

7/02/12 10:23:21 PM#29

This doesn't seem to be about Ultima Online.  More of a story.  Cool writing tho.

  Pokket

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Joined: 1/30/11
Posts: 80

Conquering tomorrow, one today at a time.

7/02/12 10:47:13 PM#30
Originally posted by Demensha

Good read, tho you didnt name your character. Look forward to next installment.

On a side note , whats this i hear you played past age of shadows? FOR SHAME. Here catch....Cor por   Cor por

In Vas Mani - Vas Ort Flam - In Nox - Cor Por

Age of Shadows wasn't too bad IMO. I enjoyed Samurai Empire, as well. After all... I was a dismount archer tamer. I had spirit speak, archery, taming, animal lore, Busido, Resist Spells, etc... I had such a weird skill set. Most of which weren't maxed, but I faired extremely well.

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  Yellowbeardd

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Joined: 12/12/07
Posts: 83

7/02/12 10:54:31 PM#31

You are trying to hard to be artistic and makes the reading boring.

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7/03/12 12:50:14 AM#32

Ahh yes the good old days!. was sorta fun but was nothing special. I remember playing utima 7 blackgate though and loved that game way back in the day. so when UO was found by me I went nuts.

I also remember dropping stuff and making blockades. I admit I was a freshman and was high allot at the time. UO lead to to in time SWG were old raph was  making cool stuff. i had numerous conversations with him way back though. 

Amazing pokket played UO!

anyways, good read.

  Yellowbeardd

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Joined: 12/12/07
Posts: 83

7/03/12 1:20:20 AM#33

Trying toooo hard at being artistic . and it's leaves the reader bored , and don't delete the comment , ever hear of construcive critism? If not you will never be a good writer.

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  ZoeMcCloskey

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Joined: 7/14/05
Posts: 1121

INTJ, fun is fun except when it's not

7/03/12 3:17:29 AM#34

nod

  Ballantin

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Joined: 8/26/09
Posts: 2

7/03/12 3:19:30 AM#35

Ultima Online was my first MMO...

I started to play on the old times, when only Felucca was there, when you need to take care of when and where you are going, and recall runes are a must!!! And i remember the amazing and bloody fights.

When AoS came, and after stacking some artifacts, i joined a PK guild (if you was in Europa server, maybe you remember AI), and i was all the time on Felucca either, contributing to keep this wild side of the world the way it should be :) Old times that i like to remember, this game will be on my heart forever...

When WoW was released, most of my clan leaved to join the new Blizzard game, so i did it too, but i maintained my UO active for another year or so. I some times feel the need to reactivate it, and maybe i will some day.

  marcust

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Joined: 12/12/03
Posts: 438

7/03/12 6:07:56 AM#36

My UO tale as Marcus Alberton.

Please note I do not host this site and take no responsibility for it.

http://looter.4t.com/57.htm

Playing: Lotro, DOTA2, ESO, Darkfall
Also played and worth mentioning: UO, WoW, Lineage2

  KaitarBesh

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Joined: 1/27/08
Posts: 207

7/03/12 6:56:50 AM#37

Ok, I'm sure this will get deleted like the last bits of criticism from her other articles - some "writers" can't take critism,  but here goes.

 

* Lay off the cliche' approach. This was a very predictble and nothing here grabbed the reader. It has nostalgic value for old UO players, but the writing itself is stale, relies on a "story arc" that is -entirely- predictable and not very witty.

* Learn what paragraph and sentence structure are and use it. Your paragraphs are far too long and ramble about several subjects at once. They need to be broken into much more coherent form - state subject of paragraph - write sentences directly related TO that subject - start a new paragraph for the next subject.

* The diary approach is not the best method of writing if you can't pull it off well and with originality. You're doing neither here. Try something else.

* Stop trying so hard to be "cute" in your writing.  It comes across as ditzy and even arrogant via Snooki style.

* Take some writing lessons. READ a book. If you want to write well you need to read more than game review articles. Expand your vocabulary. Stop relying on your looks and "cute" factor to get you a paycheck- it doesn't work in the real writing world.

 

  Hodo

Advanced Member

Joined: 6/05/08
Posts: 559

7/03/12 7:18:11 AM#38

This is when people used to actually ROLEPLAY their online character, or avatar, not just power level and grind through life in search of the next hot loot or end game zone.   I have come to the conclusion games like Ultima Online arent dead, the players that played them are.    Now the gaming market is flooded with kids and I am not talking age.  These are people who dont know what it is to truely play a roleplaying game MMO or pen and paper.  They have had everything handed to them in life, and only want the end game content.   They dont want to work at it, play the game, be part of the game world or story.   They create names like "beefmarine" or "Godly", "1337zor" or some other bad gamer tag that shows no imagination.   They often come from such places as 4Chan, SomethingAweful.com, or the old AOL chat rooms.  

 

I realised that many of us "oldschool" gamers arent chasing old games, we are chasing a different class of players to play with, mature people not children.

So much crap, so little quality.

  Betaguy

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Joined: 12/31/04
Posts: 2571

Some folks are like Slinkies, totally useless but great fun to watch when pushed down stairs

7/03/12 8:26:07 AM#39
Originally posted by Talonsin

You honestly dont look old enough to have played UO.  At least not when it was in its prime.

She obvously did not play 10 years ago when it was in its hayday...

  Samhael

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Joined: 5/28/04
Posts: 604

7/03/12 1:36:44 PM#40
Originally posted by KaitarBesh

Ok, I'm sure this will get deleted like the last bits of criticism from her other articles - some "writers" can't take critism,  but here goes.

 

* Lay off the cliche' approach. This was a very predictble and nothing here grabbed the reader. It has nostalgic value for old UO players, but the writing itself is stale, relies on a "story arc" that is -entirely- predictable and not very witty.

* Learn what paragraph and sentence structure are and use it. Your paragraphs are far too long and ramble about several subjects at once. They need to be broken into much more coherent form - state subject of paragraph - write sentences directly related TO that subject - start a new paragraph for the next subject.

* The diary approach is not the best method of writing if you can't pull it off well and with originality. You're doing neither here. Try something else.

* Stop trying so hard to be "cute" in your writing.  It comes across as ditzy and even arrogant via Snooki style.

* Take some writing lessons. READ a book. If you want to write well you need to read more than game review articles. Expand your vocabulary. Stop relying on your looks and "cute" factor to get you a paycheck- it doesn't work in the real writing world.

 

Very well and politely said.

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