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Posted: May 31st 2011 8:29PM UnknownUser said

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I remember the 'cano well. I joined my first guild in Yserbius. Looking back, it wasn't much of a game, but we had loads of fun there.

Posted: May 31st 2011 8:33PM Ergonomic Cat said

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You know those bastards that give college kids credit cards?

I had an AmEx (and really, what on earth good is an AmEx to a college kid?) and a Mastercard. Both got maxed out playing SoY. I never committed to the full package, just paying by the hour.

I remember the pig nose faces so well. There were other games on INN, but playing Hearts just didn't compare....

Posted: May 31st 2011 8:47PM rokudan said

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I bought a few Sierra games that gave away 30 hrs a month. I play that game all the time. I hated INN because it charged for email. Seriously, why the hell was there a fee for internal email.

Still, I like it better than the EA Online Pass.

Posted: May 31st 2011 10:46PM Yellowdancer said

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Best article ever!

+1

Posted: May 31st 2011 11:16PM Space Cobra said

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I got around to a very good amount of online games, but I don't think I got onto this. The details are hazy; I remember some Online Sierra games, but not all. I think I probably was on a free trial, much like the 30 hours offered rokudan suggested. I tried to keep with the offerings under that plan and I am pretty sure online Ysberius wasn't among them. it was Red Baron for me.

Always wanted to try it out. So "Wizardry-like". The character graphics are really distinctive and unforgettable. Such a Sierra aesthetic going on.

Posted: May 31st 2011 11:52PM Haldurson said

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I remember playing around a bit with the game, but I don't have any real stories to share (I really can't remember much about it, except getting completely lost and ending up wandering in circles a whole lot sometimes).

Posted: Jun 1st 2011 3:32AM Khai mann said

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I find that these games, even with their limited graphics, are frequently more entertaining than modern rivals.

Posted: Jun 1st 2011 3:33AM Toyaga said

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If you loved TSoY back then you would love this:
http://www.kongregate.com/games/garin/monsters-den-book-of-dread

Posted: Jun 1st 2011 6:30AM Stellar25 said

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I remember quite a few people used hacks in that game. Reb Baron online was fun as well.

Posted: Jun 1st 2011 9:18AM (Unverified) said

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That screenshot certainly brings back some memories. I'm pretty sure I signed up on The Sierra Network (which became the Imagination Network) around the time it launched, and I had a plan that was something like 30 hours a month, I thought. But I do remember when they changed the fee structure, and that was fortunately towards the time that I was losing interest, else I might have really cost my parents some money.

If I recall, I had a group that would split time between Yserbius and the other games as well as one of the chat forums where we had a roleplaying group, the RPGO I think we called it. Fun times.

Yserbius always reminded me of the other games of the era, like The Bard's Tale, Wizardry and the venerable Might and Magic, especially with the party placement and the 2.5D views.

Posted: Jun 1st 2011 9:56AM Delvie said

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Wow, bringing back great memories.

At that time not only did INN cost money per hour (unless you had a humongous budget) but AOL did also. Yahoo didn't exist.

INN consisted of a lot of card games, SoY, some kind of Leisure Suit Larry zone that was age restricted and had gambling, and chat rooms. I remember at some point poking my nose into all the offerings but spending almost all my time playing Spades.

Usually I could only play on Saturday nights as I travelled extensively for work and no way was I getting a lap top before the marketing guys got one: So staying within my 30 hours a month wasn't that tough.

As far as Shadows of Yserbius - I remember getting dragged in one night by some folks who just needed me to make a character and from the Guild Hall I had to do something with 3 others that let this big group advance in the dungeon. Don't remember what it was exactly but it involved solving some puzzle that unlocked doors inside the dungeon. They all thanked me profusely afterwards - lol must have been late at night and not a lot of folks on.

Posted: Jun 1st 2011 10:30AM phatbhuda said

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I played a bunch of this game single player offline mode. I remember it fondly in the same memories as Eye of the Beholder.

Posted: Jun 1st 2011 3:58PM Sabbatai said

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WOW! Joystiq you just earned even more respect. I never though I'd see anyone write about this game.

The entire Sierra Network was cool for its time, Red Baron and all that... but Shadows was a look into the future. Even as a young kid I realized that all these little issues the game had would eventually be ironed out and the general concept of multiple people roleplaying in the same world was just amazing.

Sigh ..nostalgia!

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