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Posted: Mar 1st 2011 6:29PM (Unverified) said

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I miss Earth and Beyond. Too bad its dead

Posted: Mar 1st 2011 6:34PM Meurik said

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I really wish Earth & Beyond (or it's sequel) would make a return to the MMO scene. It was a really great game, which ended long before it's due.

Posted: Mar 1st 2011 6:36PM Grok said

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My introduction to the world of MMOs. Some of my fondest gaming moments were created in that game. Long live Elite Kith! Where are you Kinny?

Posted: Mar 1st 2011 6:43PM foofad said

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That would be my second MMO experience. I never did buy the game, mostly because my family was pretty bad off and spending a monthly sub on a game seemed retarded when that money could buy a couple dozen hotdogs. But I went through two or three trial accounts. Y'know, back when you could actually do free trials. Without a credit card, even!

Posted: Mar 1st 2011 7:05PM Lateris said

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This was my first MMO. I loved being able to walk on a station and explore the depths of space.

Posted: Mar 1st 2011 7:20PM Dianoga4 said

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You can actually still play this game. I was playing it not that long ago.

Posted: Mar 1st 2011 7:33PM Interitus said

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The fansite linked in the article lets you download the newbie character/ship designer. It was crazy how fast I was able to remake the ship, down to the decals, I created when I first played.

Posted: Mar 1st 2011 7:34PM JonBuck said

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I beta tested this game back in the day, but opted not to purchase it after all.

Posted: Mar 1st 2011 8:03PM Daegalus said

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I remember playing this in beta. I loved playing this and it was one of my first MMO experiences. Blackmoon Chronicles being the first.

OH a great Idea, do Blackmoon Chronicles for Game Archeologist! Would be fun to read that.

There are also Private Servers for E&B out there, and a patch client thats fixed up and such. People that want to try can go try it.

Posted: Mar 1st 2011 8:27PM Lateris said

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@Daegalus Linky!!!!
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Posted: Mar 1st 2011 8:29PM Daegalus said

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Posted: Mar 1st 2011 9:37PM Morreion said

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Great article, Justin!

This takes me back...this title, like the original SWG, showed that major studios could take risks back in the day with interesting new game designs.

Posted: Mar 1st 2011 9:49PM Tredo said

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Net-7.org is a great site... I have played on the servers for a few months now.. they are really doing allot to bring the game back to life.

E&B is still the best game I have ever played. Scifi mmo that did it right from the very beginning.

Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 1:17AM (Unverified) said

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I think this was my first MMO. All I remember is barrel rolls and loops.

Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 1:38AM (Unverified) said

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Why does the author have to dig up old wounds? I miss E&B.

Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 3:41AM BigAndShiny said

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Did i just see the N7 logo in one of those pictures? isn't that ffrom mass effect?

Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 5:03AM PiOmega said

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Oh and just to mention, since I realized that I didn't add in any game play memories from back when Westwood was running EnB: Terran Warriors were teh best! :D Really liked their fast missile boats, along with their hacking ability. At least for me that was the best. When I started playing EVE, that was the first thing I picked up, but in this case (since they are all Terrans) it was the Caldari that had the prize missile boats. Their not bad at Electronic Warfare (like hacking in EnB) and the best looking covert-ops missile-hurling hacking-machines hurtling through space. Ok, now I miss EnB a bit less ;)
But good times, Terran warriors wore great :)

Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 8:43AM Vegetta said

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I beta tested it - I really did not like it at all and was not a bit surprised when it didn't do very well. The experience system was annoying, crafting was a convoluted mess and the game really had no community, I don't think I ever was in a group in beta. I just couldn't get into it

Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 9:41AM Chiren said

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I played EnB for a few months when it came out. Terran Enforcer (yeah yeah). I really liked many components of it, especially some of the earlier quests where you actually did have some planet-side type of missions, and there were indeed farther reaches of the space you could trade to, with stations that definitely felt more like outposts.

But the game balance and variety was always off. If you were not a Terran Enforcer, or the almighty Terran Trader (aka Battleship), then especially in a system where you were crafting most of your own ammo you ended up being kinda gimpy. And at the end of the day you really just had 3 types of ships, each with 2 major variations, and then a number of usually not-noticeable sub-variations.

But I really enjoyed cruising the "warp paths" from one location to another.

Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 10:18AM heerobya said

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I really did enjoy this game, until SWG came out and I switched from E&B to SWG.

Rose colored glasses aside, there was a lot of grinding in E&B.

Explorers would lead groups of players (pretty much afk /follow) through various circuits warping players around to gain exploration XP...
Traders would run the exact same routes, the most profitable ones in terms of $ and XP, over and over... just mindlessly flying from one corner of the galaxy to the other...
And for combat XP, power leveling was the norm... get a high level player and tag along for free XP and $... trying to level solo was painstakingly slow and tedius.

They did a lot of things really well, things I am still fond of, but really missed the boat (spaceship?) on a lot of the things that made EA's "other" title, UO, have staying power. As well as many of the modern MMOs too.

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