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Posted: May 10th 2011 8:06AM (Unverified) said

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Killing Nefarian was two of my favourite memories - first in Blackwing Lair five years ago, and then again in Blackwing Descent earlier this year. Two epic fights, and each the climax of a tier of raiding tuned to perfection.

Posted: May 10th 2011 8:11AM Enkiel said

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When Dark age of camelot was released.

it was buggy, lacked content, but i have fond memories of farming little gretching like mobs for hours in a cave, because it was pretty much the only place worth farming.

Posted: May 10th 2011 8:15AM Budokan said

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That screenshot brings back a flood of memories, and I haven't played ffxi in years. Running Missions, and BCNMs, were always a favorite way to spend an afternoon for me and my linkshell buds. I think, however, that my fondest PvE memory would have to go to the first time I ever participated in a full clear of Molten Core with the guild I ran with in Vanilla WoW. Say what you will about the grind, the first night we ever killed Rags it was thrilling.

Posted: May 10th 2011 8:15AM senral said

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In DIablo 2. Opening the seals on the floor for the first time and the ominous "Not even death can save you from me!!!"

Posted: May 10th 2011 8:19AM Arkanaloth said

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hmm.. I'll have to say GuildWars, The first time I beat Shiro Tagachi (HH'ed it back before Eye of the North skills and the whole 7 heroes thing). Took 3 days of researching skills and thinking of strategy but I came up with something that worked (Let's hear it for Spoil Victor!)

Posted: May 10th 2011 8:19AM (Unverified) said

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First ever clear of Molten Core/Ragnaros ... If I was going non-mmo (can I do that here?) ... First time I defeated Irenicus.

Posted: May 10th 2011 8:20AM 111011 said

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Finishing the Guild Wars series without having to work with another human being. Not hard to do, but I usually get bored before I get to 'the end' in most MMOs I play, so it was a proud moment.

Posted: May 10th 2011 8:21AM ScottishViking said

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I don't think of moments in MMOs as either "PvE" or "PvP": they're either "MMO moments" which you share with other people, or "solo" moments which could just as easily happen in a single-player game.

That said, if we're talking PvE: probably entering and exploring Moria for the first time in LOTRO. A dream come true for a Tolkien fan.

Posted: May 10th 2011 8:26AM Yellowdancer said

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Seeing my first troll in EQ.(PC) I actually turned and ran.

But this was after staring down the ogre in BB mountains as he squashed me.

Every day was a great memory in EQ. I'm jaded with mmos today because its all been done before. I mainly play my Xbox now.

Posted: May 10th 2011 8:33AM Mynsc said

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Getting realm first on Yogg-Sarron + 0 after 4 weeks of wiping and raging... damn that felt good! :D Awesome fight too... even if we were mad that we couldnt kill him, we never got bored of it.

Posted: May 10th 2011 8:54AM lmollea said

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Being one of those who helped my guild to beat the first incarnation of the Cathedral Of Pain in COH back in 2006.
Awesome.

Posted: May 10th 2011 8:44AM Cavadus said

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In Tabula Rasa there was a zone called "Descent" in it which had this one particular instance which required all of the Control Points on the map, of which there were four, to be controlled by the A.F.S. (players).

My guild was the first to open this instance and I remember the mad rush to the instance entrance before one of the CPs collapsed and it closed. Was great fun.

And of course the actual instance sucked :p

Posted: May 10th 2011 8:44AM cliktea said

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Good question I honestly cannot think of any that really stuck out to me as I've always seen most of it as a necessary evil to be well equipped for pvp. Though the more I think about it, I get a happy feeling when I remember the nights of just me and friends doing 5 man heroic runs in Burning Crusade and we'd do really goofy strats to defeat bosses and they made for some fun and funny moments. Every memory I have of raiding in any game I just get a headache and try to block it out of my brain.

Posted: May 10th 2011 8:49AM Ryn said

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First time into Karazhan with my guild The Ebon School in WOW. I had just made level cap. It was stressful and exciting all at once. They were all veterans by this point to Kara, and I was new. But as always, my guild took care of me and showed me the way. What a great instance, just back in the day it was a little long time wise. Of course a few drinks between friends made it all the better too.

Posted: May 10th 2011 9:57AM Loopy said

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@Ryn
Ditto.

Kara was my very first WoW raid, even though i started playing the game waay before that (about 6 months after WoW came out).

Just stepping inside after working on that key for so long, and seeing 9 other people next to me. That very first pull (i was on heals), the adrenalin rushing, the music, vent being alive. What an awesome feeling.

I don't think anything WoW (or any other game) does right now can recreate that feeling. :(

Now i'm sad.
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Posted: May 10th 2011 8:50AM real65rcncom said

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The airship battle in FFXI to gain access to the SEA area when it launched as an expansion.

The battle with your squad on that ship was really something.

Actually, just about all of those team battles in that game was full of lore and epic fights.

Posted: May 10th 2011 9:15AM Khalus said

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I dunno if this is my favorite memory, but its one that has always stood out among the the rest rattling around upstairs! Of course from FFXI, being my all-time favorite MMO.

I had originally imported FFXI on PC from Japan, and played for nearly a year before the English PC ver was released. One of the first things I ever saw while running around San d'Oria shortly after I began my journey was a Japanese player, a Mithra if I recall decked out in a full set of the Samurai Artifact Gear:

http://www.ffxionline.com/forums/attachments/ffxi-screenshots/16523d1089157344-mithra-samurai-af-4.jpg

It then became my primary goal to not only unlock the job Samurai, but also obtain a full set of that gear as well. Little did I know at the time, the months of excruciating quests I'd have to fight through to get to that point. Anyway...fast-forwarding quite a bit to my fondest memory, and after having acquired several pieces of the SAM AF gear, my next piece "The ~Myochin Domaru~ Breastplate" was located in the "Temple of Uggalepih"...

Man was that place quite the bitch...anyone that has played FFXI whom got the pleasure of visiting this palce should concur, heck even today it can still be a bitch to navigate. There are Tonberry everywhere, and quite a few doors that required a certain coin or secondary key to open.

So there I am in my mid 50s, surrounded by Tonberry that are lvl 63+, with just a few stacks of sneak/invis pots, and I'm running around trying to corner the bees in a safe corner, which dropped the key I needed to open the chest and get my AF Breastplate.

Several death-by-Tonberry later and at least one level down, when suddenly this huge alliance of other players come barreling down the corridor I'm in, just destroying Tonberry left and right. They're working through the Rise of the Zilart missions. Upon arriving at my position not only did I get heavily buffed and greeted, and asked what I was doing in here solo ~ "At this time, adventuring in here solo was extremely foolish, but I was determined...heh"

After letting them know I was seeking a chest key for my AF, I was immediately invited to the alliance, and offered to join them to not only get a key but also they'd lead me to the next zone, where unfortunately we had to part ways. {I also received a key to open one of the locked doors} Now all I had to find was a chest...

This ended up taking at least another 14+ hours of running around the next zone, sneak/invis constantly up to avoid being throat-stabbed by a Tonberry, and shifting the camera just at the right position to see through the walls and check for chests. I only had one key, and there were some 6+ doors the chest could spawn behind.

I eventually located the chest behind of the locked doors, and I hadn't realized that to open the door one had to drop their invisible spell to use the key, and the Tonberry were quite adamant to never face away from the that door...I was stumped, and I hadn't seen anyone for hours run by that could help, plus I was running out of pots.

Long story long and to finally close it out, I ended up just going for it, but before I could open my inv to use the door key, I got aggro from inside the room and the door slid open, and there was the chest...I ran for it, while being beat on at first by one Tonberry then eventually 2 then 3...my HP was dropping rapidly...I popped my only highly expensive HP pot that gave me about 200HP and then I reached the chest. Frantically I kept trying over and over to use the key on the chest, but every time you got hit by an enemy it would cancel your menu actions...finally with less than 100HP, they all missed me, the chest popped open and the chat box read true as day:

Khalus obtained Myochin Domaru
Khalus was defeated by Tonberry ??? ~ forgot which type got me, by whatever...

I spent nearly every gil I had on pots, lost thousands of XP, including 2 levels and spent at least a full 24hours wandering the halls of that temple, but in the end I was one step closer to my full SAM AF gear!

Posted: May 10th 2011 9:22AM Aldrat said

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I love exploration in MMOs, so most of my favorite experiences begin there:

Everquest: The first time I ran to Qeynos as an Erudite. I was 11 years old the first time I played EQ, and the world really took on an almost magical characteristic running through a seamless world.

Lord of the Rings Online: While a lot of people despised Moria, it presented awesome environments. Case in point: the first time someone zones in for the Watcher raid. A massive pool of still water lies ahead of you with untold dangers, and you are about to do a cannonball into it. I won't forget that fight anytime soon.

Rift: The awesome aspect of the rift system is its unpredictability. One time I logged out in a quest hub in Stonefield, only to log back in and have the whole zone facing an Earth Rift invasion. I couldn't fight off the invasion forces at my hub alone, so I mounted off and scampered off to join up with the main defense party, and we eventually repelled the invasion. Really cool to log in and jump right into something like that.

Posted: May 10th 2011 10:08AM AlienFanatic said

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Camping Zordak Ragefire with my guild to get my cleric's Water Sprinkler of Nem Ankh in Everquest. The epic weapons in Everquest were so difficult and time-consuming, and they ended in monstrous enemy camps.

If you never played Everquest, you have to understand that killing the key mobs was a once-per-week affair, since the enemies would only spawn once per week. As a result, you'd often see multiple guilds attempting to kill the same enemy, which made getting the item you needed tense and fraught with hostility.

To camp for Ragefire, you had to enter the dungeon (EQ's weren't instanced) and wait and wait and wait, often without sleep. If you were smart, you'd get the real life phone numbers of your guildmates so that you could call them when the enemy spawned so that you had first whack at them. (This is what we did.) It literally took the entire team to get one item for one person.

The Water Sprinkler, though, was one of the absolute best epic weapons in the game. With it, you could click the weapon to cast the resurrection spell. For raiders, the item was often THE item that shifted you from a struggling guild to a progressing one. (Wipes were common, and the amount of mana it took to resurrect just one player meant that it could take up to 30 minutes or more to recover from a wipe.)

I just remember it being a great time with great conversation, tension, and finally relief when Zordak spawned.

Posted: May 10th 2011 10:39AM Poordevil said

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A couple of weeks after WoW launched I was in the starter area with my Dwarf. My son had wanted this game. I had never heard of it, it was my first ever MMO. After some questing in the snow I decided to have a look around. Walked up this gradual mountain path and I saw this entrance to some huge temple. The music started. Walking inside I couldn't believe size and scale of the place! There was not a loading screen to be found. It was Ironforge, full of people, And these people were not NPCs but other players! My jaw was on the keyboard, I couldn't believe a game like this could be possible!

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