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Posted: Oct 5th 2010 3:09PM (Unverified) said

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I would love a true AC sequel. Of course I loved AC and AC2 ( which wasn't a sequel) too.

However, I doubt turbine will ever develop a AC real part 2.

Posted: Oct 5th 2010 3:41PM (Unverified) said

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If they had only given the original AC better graphics and maybe some new monsters/areas ac2 would have been a hit. Regretably they decided to re-invent the wheel by making it square. The forgot what made ac1 such an awesome game, freedom of choice and the fast intense combat. They instead cloned eq with the "stand in front of monster and take turns swinging" crap. I remember fighting on "Lugie hill" and how the battles always seemed to be a running, dodging, skin of your teeth affair. Nothing else has had the same feeling since.

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Posted: Oct 5th 2010 3:25PM (Unverified) said

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I started playing this shortly after it came out, around 1999. It still stands as my favorite MMO and I continue to pay for a subscription to this day. I wish more MMO developers would take a cue from this old gem and stop the rubber stamping. Ever-improving graphics have never been a match for great gameplay. I know many people aren't huge fans, but the "twitch" pvp system in this game is my favorite of any MMO to date.

Posted: Oct 5th 2010 4:09PM (Unverified) said

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AC1 was my first MMORPG. I remember I went and bought some now defunct computer gaming magazine to take part in the open beta. I played off and on for a good year and a half after launch. It is still the most fun I have had in a MMORPG to date.

Posted: Oct 5th 2010 6:56PM OxfordDon said

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I was Jark of Morningthaw for 5 years from early 2000 on. I have played many MMOs since, and still do, but AC was my first love, and the feeling I got from playing it will never be surpassed.

Posted: Oct 5th 2010 11:28PM Graill440 said

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Actually the allegiance system is nothing as we knew it at the start.

Near the death of Asherons call in what we one time players call the hideous gloaming, or "between life and death" the allegiance system turned in a bot ridden pyramid scheme to level players and guilds. The forums were rife with punishments and coersive comments about people failing to make their alloted exp for the day or week.

Like anything good, Asherons call went bad because of this one thing and the community it created because of it, self serving and ugly.

Posted: Oct 6th 2010 4:05AM Crode said

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That is not what I remember.
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Posted: Oct 6th 2010 1:41AM Rayko said

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Calling the death penalty care free, even relatively, is bogus. Sure if you died once or twice it wasn't too bad but Viate made your skills drop and could quickly become a nightmare if you had equipment to recover for lack of enough death items.

Posted: Oct 6th 2010 2:52AM Rayko said

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Posted: Oct 6th 2010 1:54AM Amusednow said

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Best MMO period. Played from launch +4 or so years, yes initially the taper magic system was a pain but once you figured out the spells it wasn't that hard. Best loot system as anything could drop anywhere off anything with variances to make a item truely worthwhile to get not just to look like every other player in tier 10 gear. Skills were fun but mostly the secondary type ones you wouldn't think of such as run and jump skill. Why need a mount when you could pump your XP into them to get them around 400 and run anywhere in a few minutes or jump off of cliffsides and survive? Portal system second to none to get anywhere if you didn't want to take run there. Dungeon combat that was fun not just oh boy lets tag this one and get that one next. Wait we're locked out now pfft one and done dungeon junk. The Olthoi ones were the best, go in back yourself against a wall and wipe the dungeon out solo as a melee, never would consider having 30+ lined up and pounding on me as a problem. Oh yeah best healing skill every, none of this oh my potion or bandages are on cooldowns I have to wait bs. You heal as long as you had the potions or bandages and that was all that mattered, or in a last resort break out the old stamina to health spells.



Posted: Oct 8th 2010 11:13AM (Unverified) said

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Asheron's Call, my first MMO-love.

I still wish features like some of those you mentioned up above would be added into games today. How a company could pull all this off LAST MILLENNIUM and yet Developers today say "It's just not possible" flabbergasts me.

The open vista with something more always over the horizon. Most especially the monthly content patches, with the 2 weeks of teasers beforehand and then a couple weeks after as we explored the game looking for the new features being hinted at.

Rushing to Maggiethejackcat's website to report it. ;)

Ahhh I miss AC. Too bad when I tried to go back my account had been deleted. :s

Posted: Oct 6th 2010 10:35AM (Unverified) said

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Playability is the core concept of AC. This game has a plethora of ways
to entertain you. Each time I log in I always feel overwhelm by the choices.
It all comes down to what I feel like doing at that moment. I can quest, hunt, tink,
salvage, crank XP and/or gab with people in game.

In my opinion, AC's game enjoyment far out ways the offerings of the other eye-candy MMO.

Posted: Oct 6th 2010 12:32PM (Unverified) said

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Shadow war, Turbine-player events *wipes tear from eye

Posted: Oct 6th 2010 2:25PM (Unverified) said

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Wow, just wow...I have been playing AC since April 5, 2000. Not as often, but I still love the game. I think the part I love the most is the way players can socialize while playing. Now players can load a plugin to use headsets to talk while playing. This frees up the hands a lot more from chatting. I remember when a friend that played many years ago would log on, locate me, and say "you ready?" LOL, we would just take off running thru Dereth to explore. One of my best memories is when we found the huge Bull.

Another favorite memory is when the Halloween decorating contests were held on the Thistledown server by one of the players. There was even a video made from the first contest...(oh and yeah I am DoubleD ingame...I won). It was a great time for all involved.

Several of my friends have quit the game and a couple have died. I have so many memories from playing AC. I will carry them with me forever.

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Posted: Oct 6th 2010 2:24PM (Unverified) said

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Oh wow I forgot to put this link in my other comment...can you please add it? It's the video for the decorating contest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSxm8bU7Q8g

THANKS !!!! and enjoy 8-)

DD

Posted: Oct 19th 2010 8:26PM skylatron said

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This was already an amazing article, but seeing your video just made my day. I think about that contest all the time and really wish I had the energy to organize another one.
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Posted: Oct 6th 2010 3:48PM Crode said

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I uploaded all my screenshots from over the early years on my hotmail photo share thing.

http://cid-77ff8e21e99ba984.skydrive.live.com/redir.aspx?page=play&resid=77FF8E21E99BA984!225

Posted: Oct 6th 2010 5:00PM (Unverified) said

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Pic 81....YES!!! I remember that bridge. We would take our new vassels to a cliff just south of there and have them hand us all their gear then jump... if they survived the fall and didn't die from the reefsharks below... we let them join and gave them a C note for being good sports....LOL
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Posted: Oct 6th 2010 3:58PM (Unverified) said

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AC1 is also my first. Recently reactivated my account, but I could no longer bear the grind.

Posted: Oct 6th 2010 4:09PM (Unverified) said

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AC had the best dungeons of any game. The Mage Academy it shipped with is better than the content of any other game, let alone Frore which came out in the first patch. Later dungeons had you answer geography questions about the world, answer riddles, and all kinds of creative challenges besides killing each mob you encounter in a linear map to the end. You had to actually explore dungeons and find your way around. Flip levers, find keys, jump to hard to reach places. AC was an explorer's paradise.

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