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Hogcaller Inn (General)  » EQ1- How were you introduced to the game? How old were you, experiences you had?.

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2/05/13 9:35:54 AM#21

I was 19 and a sophomore in college. A few weeks before it came out, my friends mentioned that they had been reading up on Everquest and that everyone should get a copy ASAP and all play together. For my first character, I made a Human Monk. I remember that my justification for this was that only Humans could be Monks, and I had a habit of deliberately choosing questionable race/class combinations in MUDs. So for this game, since we were all going to play for a long time, I wanted to make sure that I had a viable character.

I remember that there was an /ooc channel and pretty much everyone could be counted on to use it for out-of-character conversations. I would correct people if they used /shout to ask about game mechanics, and I wasn't alone in doing so. I also remember being disproportionately upset about people making new characters and outfitting them with high level equipment. To me, this was no less cheating than using a hack program or a dupe bug, since there's no legitimate way that character could have gotten that weapon themselves.


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2/05/13 9:38:33 AM#22
I saw the box at an electronics store in early 2000 and thought what the heck I'll give it a try.....It took me quite awhile because my experience with a previous MMO (UO) was so bad I really didn't think I was going to like the genre.

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2/05/13 9:42:00 AM#23

I was a senior in high school and a friend introduced me to it and Neverwinter Nights, which were my first roleplaying experiences. I was sucked in by the classic adventure feel and the charming music. My friend played a Druid and I started a Mage, which I realized wasn't the best choice. I love the seemlessness of the game and the feel of the world and its people. Overall, it set the stage for my love of MMOs and roleplaying games in general.


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2/05/13 9:44:03 AM#24

I started playing October 1999, but didn't really get heavily into the game until just after Kunark was released. I had a wood elf warrior at the time, and was ridiculed heavily because thats when stats for your race mattered haha. It would turn out to not be a big deal later, but I caught so much flack for that tanking for groups.

I was about 15-16 years old at the time. My mom's new fiance at the time introduced me to the game, and I remember my very first character was a human warrior and I ran around freeport for hours killing rats and beetles before I realized I could leave to the commonlands. Then I tried a wood elf druid, and ended up with the wood elf warrior. One of the best guilds I have ever had in any game was the first one I had in EQ on Emarr. I remember the most excited I got was when I finished my full crafted set and had an ssoy and lammy on my warrior. Gods I was uber for the time period, at least that's what I told myself :)


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2/05/13 9:44:25 AM#25
Great question and entertaining thread! I had always been more or less on the forefront of the "internet" revolution, so Im thinkin I must have been in my late 20's early 30's. The whole idea of finally being able to play with another human in a virtual world was both revolutionary and just pretty damm cool at the time. UO was awesome untill you realized players were hacking/exploiting every bug and loophole. Managed to get into the beta test for EQ, and I was totally hooked. Then you had no walk-thrus, no database of info. You figured it out together.In EQ I have met people whom I remember to this day and we had actually gone thru quite a few games together. My best memory was camping j-boots, had to give up my log in info to my boys, because it was THE camp you did then. 23.5 hours later, I was in posession of jboots! Then, it was an accomplishmentmiss you boys! sorry :)  The whole exploration thing was just so amazing. To see/do stuff nobody else had done. So word to my boys...yeah..we dove off the avaiak tower in the commons!!! AND lived to tell about it :) And frack you Holly Windstalker!!!!

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2/05/13 9:53:24 AM#26

I was 37 years old. Not sure where i saw the game at. I lost years of my life to it tho. Was the 1st  3d virtual world for me. I had bein playing several MUDs on AOL at the time.

Me and my son, who was 11, played it for nights on end. Good times!


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2/05/13 4:40:06 PM#27

I started playing sometime in the late spring of 1999, shortly after it was released.  I was 29 and EQ was my first MMO experience.

I had actually heard about Ultima Online from somebody and I was very intrigued about the whole 'persistent world' MMO concept.  I decided to go to a local game store, probably EB Games to buy it.  But the person at the store persuaded me to by EQ instead of Ultima Online, stating it was less 'laggy'.

So I bought Everquest, installed it and began playing.  I was IMMEDIATELY hooked and still remember my first hours of game play vividly... I rolled a Wizard, found my way out of Felewithe (sp?) and into the newbie zone.  It was night, people were running for their lives back to the guards outside the city... I was hooked for the next 5 years.


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2/05/13 4:46:47 PM#28

1999, I was 38.  Standing in my partner's office he had the office TV tuned to CNN.  They were talking about people selling EQ gear on ebay for _real cash_ money.


My thought at the time...  MMOs?  I'll stick with LAN parties.


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2/08/13 11:22:16 AM#29

I started in 2001 when I was 15. A guy at our local hobby store who me and my friends played Warhammer 40k with came in on our gaming day and told us about it. He came in and said he had no desire at the moment to play 40k because he was stuck on that game. I didn't have a computer at the time, but my friend did and got it not too long after and started a Wood Elf Druid. I'd go over and watch him play and got hooked, got my dad to (finally) pick up a PC and I started a Wood Elf Warrior on Bertoxx.

Was basically hooked instantly. I remember when I was level 7 or so I traveled to Freeport to hunt in North Ro. I kept a No Drop thing of desert sand just to show that I had been there, kind of like a souvenir. I leveled a lot slower than my friend did, who was pushing more towards the higher levels and the raids where I liked to get groups for obscure places and see what was around at times.

Played until Omens of War nearly came out, got into an up and coming guild during the Planes of Power expansion and lucked out a bit getting officer and part time raid leader. Led raids a few nights a week, upped to 6-7 days a week when the leader took a little break from the game. Was pretty proud of that time, pushed our guild into Ssra and a few first kills there along with our first Burrower Beast kill. Sadly, had a falling out with the guild and never really found another home. Tried a few upper guilds like my friend's that he was in that were doing elemental planes, but didn't complete the recruitment process and just kinda faded away from the game. Never did find another game that was even close to that no matter how hard I tried, so have been thinking about coming back recently.

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2/08/13 1:22:30 PM#30
I think the magazine was called PC Xtreem somting like that.  They had a trail demo in June 1999.  I tried it was hooked like crack.  I still am but I stoppped playing a few years ago.  I looking for the next EQ maybe that will be EQ Next.   I was 18 when it came out i swear for 3 years I didnt sleep.  I loved the leraning curve and the challenge.  I loved that it took me close to a year to reach max level the first time on my Half Elf Ranger.  I loved my name Dien Alot.  I tried to recover my account but sonys been a bitch.


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2/08/13 1:24:26 PM#31


Still the 2nd best MMO ever made.

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2/08/13 1:38:43 PM#32

I was 12 years old. My parents had just bought a new family PC from walmart. I was stoked. I had to check out this things gaming power! So I asked around on some internet forums what the best game out at the time was. Everquest came up repeatedly.

I went to Wal-Mart with my mother. We saw Everquest there, bought it, got it home and then realised you needed to pay monthly to play a game?! No way!

So I traded it to my friend for Diablo 2. 

Ended up not liking Diablo 2, he had never registered EQ so I traded it back and convinced mom to let me play EQ. 

Hated EQ for a week or so. Forced myself to play it because it took so much convincing to get to that point.

Fell in love with EQ, never found another MMORPG like it since then. I'm 25 now.


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2/08/13 1:48:44 PM#33
I started playing EverQuest in 1999 when I was 18.  I was playing Ultima Online at the time and a friend of mine kept asking me to try EQ.  So after a few weeks of him bothering me almost daily about it, I decided to give it a try.  Really glad I did, because it was a great game and I was hooked.   I ended up playing EQ for about 5 years.

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2/08/13 1:52:43 PM#34
I remember thinking I'm never going to play this game past 1 month because no game deserves a monthly fee. 2 years later I realized how dumb I was.

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2/08/13 2:01:18 PM#35

I was playing UO at the time, and they introduced new land masses and other things, and their servers seemed to really stressed from it, and the rubberbanding was horrible.  I really like UO, but I was fed up with the lag/rubberbanding, so I knew EQ was coming out, so decided to have me and my girlfriend (now wife), give it a go.


I played a necromancer, and my gf played a enchanter.  I stayed away from the biggest raiding guilds, was more of a 2nd tier raiding guild member.  I found their was too much backstabbing, me/me/me, and general drama in the top 1-2 guilds on our server. 


My best times were dungeon crawls, we played with a couple from the Netherlands a lot, and the guy would play a cleric and warrior if needed, and his gf would play a ranger.  So we often had 1-2 other people join us, and we would go have fun, bs, and try to go places that were hard to get to, and expand our camps/pulls to where we challenged ourselves a lot.   The guy from the Netherlands, I swear he could play 2-4 characters better than most people play 1, but he had a pretty crazy computer(s) set up too.  My gf was also the best enchanter I had seen play, back before all the UI tools and everything else, she could click/point and keep like 8 mobs mezzed and under control, fast enough, and in the right order to keep squishy people from dying from like a 12 pull or something, and mentally keep track of when they would all break, and when to reapply the different mezzes.  


I got a tired of the direction of EQ, after LDoN, at first it was cool, but then everything seemed to be focused on instances, and I remember running one like 40 times trying to get some SK these rare drop boots, and I was like I am done with this instance and watched my wife run it another 40-60 times for the same guy.  I thought to myself this is crazy and boring, to do the same instance 100 times for some boots for someone.  I became a big instance hater, to the point that I would hardly buy anything with instancing in it. 


I played EQ for probably 8 years total, with some breaks for DAoC, and I think a return trip to UO for a while.  EQ and UO are my top 2 MMOs of all time.



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2/08/13 2:17:46 PM#36

I was 18 when i heard about EQ from a co-worker, he was trying to talk me into joining his guild. I was playing UO and wanted him to join me instead. When i went to work the next day there was an EQ box sitting on my desk, i now had no choice but to try it. I enjoyed it so much i canceled my UO sub and played EQ for the next 5 years with him and the guildies i met that day online. Lots of good stores and bad ones. But was a great experience i'd never give up.

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2/08/13 3:13:09 PM#37

I was in my mid 20s, also was a DM for an ongoing D+D campaign in Hollywood for many a nameless star and stuntmen in Burbank, CA. We all started playing a tank game on our off-hours from D+D called Tanarus.

Then one day, Tanarus released Everquest, and our jaws dropped, and the D+D game collected dust from then on, sadly, but it was ok.

my first memories was shooting a fireball at a gnoll in blackburrow from the top of that crater at the entrance" oh look, he ran away, wonder where he's going..' HOLY ****!

Once we got our bronze and woven armors we ventured to Split Paw, where our ranger tank hero died. He was so mad, he logged. remember this is EQ1 hardcore mode. So each of us 3 casters, had to take all his gear (he wore bronze) and walk (encumbered) back home, our bind point was at the dungeon so..

nothing like trying to outcrawl elephants, cyclops, gnolls, skeletons, bandits, so many bandits...South Karana, North Karana, West Karana, we're lost! it's dark! I dropped the torch it was heavy!...sense heading i didnt skill it up! argh!

6 hours later we made it back home, to Qeynos. One of the most memorable times I never want to repeat in any mmo, but definitely a fun memory. We laughed and cried so much in that journey.


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2/08/13 3:25:44 PM#38

I was 18 or 19 and boy l loved that game, i have fond memorries of many dungeons and experiances in EQ. I spent a lot of time in Sirens Grotto with my wizard and then later with my Val Shir beastlord.

I loved that place plus Crystal Caverns, Black Borrow, Common Lands the list goes on.

Ulri and Siberious were my two character names.

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2/08/13 3:44:50 PM#39

I was stationed in North Carolina at the time (24 years old) and had just purchased my first PC in '99. My last Comp having been a Commidore 64 back in the 80's. My brother, who had been a huge gamer sent me a few games. Mechwarrior and Everquest. He told me we could stay in contact acrossed the country in EQ and told me stories of helping a troll by buying him food and smuggling it to him in ButcherBlock Mountains because the guards would attack him. I played once, rolled a monk and died to a rat in Qeynos. Turned off the game and went back to playing Mechwarrior.

Three months later, I decided to give it another shot, rolled a Barbarian Shaman and played him for the next five years. Met quite a few people and am now married to one of them, just had our Eleventh Anniversary a few weeks ago.


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2/09/13 11:39:47 PM#40
Originally posted by Thorbrand


Still the 2nd best MMO ever made.

Age 31

What's the 1st?

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