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Posted: May 10th 2011 10:54AM eyeball2452 said

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1. CoH: Getting and using super jump for the first turmoil. So cool!
2. WoW: Killing Rag for the first time.
3. Rift: The *major* Freemarch invadion.

Posted: May 10th 2011 10:54AM viper666 said

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Taming my first dragon and nightmare in Ultima Online...

Posted: May 10th 2011 11:17AM Bottleskup said

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The first time i successfully soloed Chelsith with my coercer in Rise of Kunark EQ2. This was back when the drop rates were good, I felt like a god.

Posted: May 10th 2011 11:41AM madbassman39 said

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Grouping up in the Original Everquest and fighting my first Train in BlackBurrow, falling off the bridge inside the caverns and being eaten alive by piranhas. The only way to get my stuff back was to hire a higher level character to clear out the piranhas for me and I gave him all of my gold just to get my sword back. Good times.

Posted: May 10th 2011 11:49AM MagnetHead said

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Getting my lvl 20 Warrior armour in WoW. It took me about 5-6 hours, party-creation included, but god damn it felt epic. I then raided Crossroads, making that one of my favourite PvP moments.

Posted: May 10th 2011 12:25PM StClair said

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Taking flight in CoH.

Posted: May 10th 2011 12:28PM (Unverified) said

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One of my favorites was also one of my first experiences in an MMO and one of the first quests I did 'just for me'. I took my dwarf paladin in EQ1 and went through the process of obtaining Ghoulbane, a sword which hits with an undead bane spell. It was long and arduous, but in the end (with some help) I ended up being able to take out undead with ruthless efficiency. This was long before quests had icons over NPCs and I had to figure out "What Ghoulbane" to ask them about.

Posted: May 10th 2011 12:30PM TyrionLannister said

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First time I tamed a Nightmare in UO

Posted: May 10th 2011 1:18PM Valdamar said

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They're all original EverQuest ones:

1) Gaining my first ever online-only friends in the first month of EverQuest in 1999 - friendships forged in the crucible of the starter dungeon of Blackburrow - that place just devoured newbie characters, so you either made friends (who would help you to recover your corpse/gear if you died) or you had a thoroughly unpleasant experience. I loved the place!

2) The first time I travelled from Qeynos to Freeport with one of those new friends at L15ish - no in-game maps, no spoiler sites, asking players along the way for directions (and discovering that most of them were as lost as we were), avoiding enemies way above our level (hill giants, griffons, Chief Goonda...), getting hopelessly lost in the Karanas at night, being awestruck by the scale of the ramp up to Highpass, fighting through, and eventually reaching Freeport - the journey took hours but we saw so many new sights - it was more epic and satisfying than any MMO fight I've ever been in.

3) Dual-boxing my wood elf druid and iksar monk in Dalnirs and then especially Kaesora - two dungeons that hardly anyone used on my server even during the Kunark expansion era that they were a part of - knowing that if my characters died they had no cleric rez available and would lose lots of experience and that it would be tricky to recover their corpses/gear (ok, not that tricky with a monk) - having to stay ahead of respawns, timing my kills precisely to get out of dead-end areas without repops overwhelming me, and having guildmates label me insane when they logged in and discovered where I was and what I was doing :)

4) Every single time I went into Kael Drakkel from the Velious expansion, whether it was for a raid, grouping or soloing. Nothing before or since in any MMO has ever seemed as amazing to me as Kael Drakkal, where everything in the city just towered above us, from the furniture and doorways to the giants that lived there - it was epic (and I'm so jaded by MMOs now I doubt I'll ever feel that level of wonder again). In fact my best PvE memories are from raiding behind the arena area, early in the expansion, with just 3 groups of guildmates, learning the patrol paths and how to pull the Zek priests with feign death chain-pulls - we had so much fun working out how best to pull and kill those room spawns. Uberguilds were just zerging the entire zone with 54-72 players to farm for loot, but I think we had so much more fun with the same content using skill/tactics to achieve what they did with numbers.

I think my best PvE memories are all from EverQuest not just because it was my first MMO, but because that game truly was Player vs ENVIRONMENT, not just Player vs Enemies (which is what PvE boils down to these days). The world felt dangerous in EverQuest and the zone design reflected that - night-time was dark (especially for races without night vision like my first main character, a barbarian), dungeons were dangerous, travelling/exploring was meaningful, and there were plenty of places to drown or fall to a grisly death.

EQ didn't have the breadcrumb trail of modern MMOs, keeping you safely on rails - the EQ devs happily put an endgame zone next to a newbie zone, or L33 mobs into a L5-10 zone - enemies were put where they made sense for the world/lore, rather than where they made sense for quest/character progression. Devs did not mollycoddle players against the possibility that a newbie might wander into somewhere dangerous and get eaten - "here be monsters!" - players had to take their own responsibility for their characters' safety, because the devs wouldn't. You really felt that the world was out to get you - and that really bound the server communities together like no other game I've played, forging strong friendships because you needed trusted companions at your back.

EQ's Norrath was a world where you could go out and find adventures, instead of progressing down the same path everyone else treads - by comparsion EQ2's Norrath was an utter joke. I may not miss EQ's simplistic gameplay or even the harshness of its death penalty, but I do miss original Norrath, a dangerous world that demanded respect and awe in equal parts.

Posted: May 10th 2011 1:28PM trisnkh said

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Doing advanced combat with a destroyer on EVE online. Can't forget how many turrets I can fit under 1 ship.. 5 perhaps? With afterburners.. God was it epic

Posted: May 10th 2011 1:42PM faralorn said

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After thousands of hours obsessively playing WoW for five years or more before leaving the game I can recall only a handful of truly memorable experiences in PvE. They were all instances of overcoming enormous odds. One episode was my Prot Pali walking right into no less than 16 ghouls attacking a settlement in a scripted event.. After winning that fight she went on to successfully solo a boss in order to complete a quest advising a five-player party. Those were as close as fights get in WoW.

What is most memorable to me is snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. I suspect many others feel the same way. OMFG we are all going to die! But somehow you manage to pull a rabbit out a hat. It is kind of like putting your last dollar into a slot machine and winning a $10,000 jackpot.

Posted: May 10th 2011 1:45PM kahnbloodbane said

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easy! it was my very first instance... scarlet monastery library the final boss! XD the music started and I went like whoah cool! let's kick this evil! good times when I was a noob! XD

Posted: May 10th 2011 2:00PM faralorn said

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@kahnbloodbane

That is also amongst my most enjoyable memories of WoW. That was back in vanilla WoW when everyone had crap gear and if you blew the first pull it was off to the graveyard. It was the first Cathedral clear for everyone in my party and all of us had our characters dance in celebration. Ah, the good old days! Long gone now but fondly remembered.

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Posted: May 10th 2011 2:07PM BrianH said

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getting "he feeds on your tears" 25man in wow, before Ulduar released.

Posted: May 10th 2011 2:07PM BrianH said

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@BrianH Ugh, been so long since i played, i meant to say before ToC released
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Posted: May 10th 2011 3:25PM Wisdomandlore said

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FFXI: Getting my subjob items in the weeks after release. It was an affair where I made friends, found two new linkshells, had my backstabbed multiple times, and died lots and lots.

Posted: May 10th 2011 4:07PM Fitz001 said

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Without question my best PvE MMORPG memory is from Everquest. I was an early adopter and jumped right in, and after a long but amazing grind I ended up on my first raid ever.

It was a Veeshan raid organized publicly that resulted in countless corpse recoveries and wipes, but finally the great dragon fell and despite my lack of overall contribution (I was still low) it was the most fun I ever had more or less just staring at my screen for 3 hours.

I still look at the screenshots sometimes :)

Posted: May 10th 2011 5:06PM Alph said

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I just started back up in FFXI after 3+ years. Abyssea is a lot of fun and changed so much of the old broken ways into better. If anyone enjoyed FFXI at all I highly recommend they purchase the new collectors editions coming out on the 16th for $20 and give all the new content a try.

Posted: May 10th 2011 5:16PM kimowar said

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Posted: May 10th 2011 6:58PM Borick said

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My EQ guild had a raid we dubbed, "The Great Hate Pull"

You guys remember the second floor pulls when setting up the move to the second floor staging area? You always got bugged pulls in that area, but once we managed to pull almost all of both floors trash at once.

After it was all over, that single fight lasted almost an hour and we wound up chain-rezzing people back into the fight. It's hard to describe those moments when a common, frustrating and (these days) potentially game breaking bug can make winning by guts and stupid sacrifce more sweet than the memory a perfect world-first kill.

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