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Posted: Nov 16th 2011 1:06PM stargrace11 said

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Some of my best friends were met in this game. I remember hanging out in PoK, a little late to EverQuest compared to some others. They were already telling me stories of the East Commonlands tunnel, even then. I would have never thought that 10 years would pass and I'd still be playing, but they have, and I am.

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 1:12PM Faealin said

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I played the game when it was originally released in 1999. I remember that I couldn't actually own a copy and instead would bum some time from my friends account to play around. When I first got an account (Was just before Kunark came out) I was lost in it complete. My favorite place to hang out by far was in East Commons, specifically in the tunnel. This was the place for people to trade before the Bazaar was actually released with Luclin. I remember that before one was able to link items, one would need to actually trade with someone to show them the stats and what they were looking at. I freaking loved it! Hundreds of people cluttered about and the best part was that everyone was actually doing something! How do I know this? Well when I was leveling at 6 I would usually get ganged up on by Puma's. Considering that death meant a loss in experience (Which was a pain to get in the beginning) I always tried to avoid death. This usually lead to me running at the Tunnel and screaming my head off. I could always count on someone reaching out and smacking the damn cat into another dimension. It was experiences like this that really cemented the game in my heart forever. To this day I still take time to play it and just enjoy what had really made me into the gamer I am today.

The other completely awesome aspect of this was before the introduction of the Plane of Knowledge, one would literally need to trek across an entire continent in order to get from one city to another. This, pending on your level and knowledge of the area, could take days! It really made you feel like you were apart of something bigger. You had to forage your own way and most of the time you would be without a guild. Thats not to mention that if you were to die during the journey you would be sent back to the last place your soul was bound to, which was quite often the originating point of your journey.

This game was the most difficult but by far the most rewarding game I was ever privileged to play. It allowed you to do anything that you wanted at any time. And even if you think you have seen everything in it, you may just be surprised when you go strolling through Kithicor Forest after night. Anyone who has played will know what I mean :).

Well that's my little rant about just a few of my experiences with this game and why I love it. I just hope that someone reads this and feels that warm and nostalgic feeling again. I know Ill be looking for more stories! :)

P.S.
I played on the Nameless Server as a Ranger (Useless but fun :P ). Character name was Zabger.

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 1:13PM (Unverified) said

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This would be awesome. :)

Was there in 1999. Absolutely loved the atmosphere, the community, the feel of running around a world that wasn't completely overloaded with HUGE content like things are today. Still my favorite game. It inspired me to become a game developer. Really love this game and can't wait to see what they do for EQNext.

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 1:23PM (Unverified) said

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@(Unverified) odd. why is it showing unverified?
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Posted: Nov 16th 2011 1:42PM Noisce said

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If you just signed up you might need to go to your email and click the link in the email they sent you.
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Posted: Nov 17th 2011 10:36AM (Unverified) said

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@Noisce hmm, no fun. I've had the account since the site started. Something funky must be going on.
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Posted: Nov 16th 2011 1:17PM Morde said

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EverQuest isn't the MMO that I started with, Ultima Online was. However EverQuest has always held a very special place of interest for me, it was the 'other way' to do games. Over the years I have played it a number of times and quite enjoyed it, its a well rounded game just jam packed full of content.

However my first real memory of it, or experience of the game would have been oh six, seven years ago. This was around the time of World of WarCraft, and I had gotten sick of the game due to it being boring in a fair amount of ways.

I happened upon EverQuest, and it really fit my bill of theme park, but with interesting locales, varying lore and just plain depth. It isn't really a specific moment or time that made me go "Oh, this game - this has it!" But it was just the feeling of "If I play this, there will be stuff to do for sure" that made enjoy it.

Overall, EverQuest has provided for me the other side of the coin, the side of the MMO that isn't free roam, make your own content. It is by far my go-to if I want a theme-park, content provided game for my pleasure.

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 1:18PM Noisce said

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I am so nostalgic for Everquest. It was really a great period of my life when I played. I bonded with my brother and met many great people online and in person. It was so much fun and we had a great many laughs.
Now I am going to babble about my first experiences. I don't think I can be concise with this. My older brother asked for two PC games for Christmas that year (2000) one of which was Everquest, the other is something I don't remember. When debating which to buy for him I think Everquest was cheaper, but when I heard there was a monthly subscription fee I was appalled and almost didn't buy it on that principle alone. Back then I couldn't imagine what a game could possibly be regularly charging you for. Obviously this is commonplace and makes sense now. I ended up buying for him and not giving it another thought. My brother had his best friend sharing his room with him at the time. I would come home and hear the maniacal laughing of skeletons and the buzzing of wasps. Every time I looked at the screen it was just a giant wasp flailing about in reckless attack. I thought this game looked incredibly boring and yet my brother or his friend were playing it every time I went in their room. So I asked to play because I wanted to see the appeal.
I made a wood elf bard. I fell in love with Kelethin, the music, the terror of orc hill. I marveled at the idea that each character I came across was a real person. It was enchanting. I enthusiastically interacted with them and made instant friends with a trio of oddballs like myself, making bombastic jokes and reveling in the excitement of exploration and adventure. The first time I took the long journey to Butcherblock, my friend made it to the docks as I wandered around lost in the mountains. He excitedly narrated to the group as he saw a boat come in. I was so excited and after a long time trying to find my way there I made it. We sat on the dock and watched boats come in, terrified an aqua goblin might sneak out of the waters and kill us, yet blown away by the majesty of the sight. Keep in mind these graphics weren't spectacular, yet the experience was. It really was a second world, immersive and captivating. So incredible.

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 1:18PM Limitin said

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My earliest experience wasn't in 1999. It was either in 2002 or 2003. It's been so long I forget which. I started on the Rallos Zek server, somehow not realizing that it was a PvP server. I remember killing Orcs in Crushbone and then someone coming up behind me and attacking me with weapons. My wizard, named Limitin, was so low leveled at that point that I died without putting up much of a fight. There were times I was followed just so someone could PvP me.

Upon the first server merge, I moved to Stromm and enjoyed it much more. I remember having to travel across large open zones and the long corpse runs, especially in the caverns on Luclin! Those were definitely the days!

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 1:33PM Space Cobra said

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I am kinda surprised you didn't give this book to your resident EQ-Guild-owning player, Mrs. Byran!

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 1:45PM (Unverified) said

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I started plating EQ in 2000, my computer was so bad that I went and bought a new one just to play. I used to get lost trying to follow around my friend in Innothule Swamp so we would talk and play over the phone for 8 - 12 hrs at a time, we didn't have hands free back then either lol.

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 1:47PM Chidoro said

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Started in May of '99. I remember looking at the box a couple of time before I took the plunge. I had a 3dfx card so I was gtg (one of the few games at the time which required it). Made a ranger and sat in surefall trying to figure out what was going on reading the manual (!) while the npcs in the cabin around me casted buffs on themselves repeatedly. Was a human ranger for a couple of hours until I couldn’t find my way out of the tunnel so I created a half-elf ranger for the infravision. Didn’t think about gamma correction then. But slowly figuring stuff out was a blast. Fire beetle eyes give a little light. Conning was important as a decayed skel is not a skel is not a putrid skel. The death penalty was still very heavy and I was stuck on level 7 for awhile.
Still friends with the people I played with on veeshan. We crossed over into many different games. It’s the only mmo i’ve played where i can say that.

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 1:59PM Innania said

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EQ was the first MMO I had ever played. I had always been a big console gamer, but hadn't even really done much PC gaming in the past.

When I first logged in I was met by a shining city of tall spires that seemed to glow in the sunlight. After wandering this town of Felwithe, I found myself in a giant dark forest, the Greater Faydark. The giant bats, skeletons, fae, and orcs wandering around under the dark canopy of massive trees captured my imagination and has held it for the past 10 years.

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 2:10PM AlwaysGetsWasted said

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EQ is the first and likely last MMO I'll ever play. I'll never had that time again. I really was the closest I'll ever come to a true addiction and worth of the moniker EverCrack.

I went form lowly noob, crossing the plains of Karana. To a high end raider screaming "Woot!" across the mountains of Kunark. It was probably the first time I went of a raid of Nagafen's lair that I really was truly hooked. I was an unstoppable force for the next 7 or so expansions.

The true beauty of the game though is that it forced you to rely on others, which was the biggest complaint, but also the greatest part because I feel like you formed stronger friendships because of it.

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 2:24PM Pico said

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I haven't played in several years, but I have fond memories of Everquest. It was my first MMO, and I was around 13, so it still holds a big place in my heart as a huge and magical world.

My first character was a Dwarf Rogue, and I was exploring the world with him when I stumbled across a city in the trees (the Wood Elf city of Kelethin, if I remember correctly). Once I found my way up into the city, I noticed an NPC selling alcohol, and, after a bit of stat-checking, a 'Drinking' stat. I decided to purchase some spirits and see what this 'Drinking' stat was good for. What I learned was that Drinking in Everquest is good for is making the only dwarf in Kelethin fall hundreds of feet to his death.

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 2:31PM pvpirl said

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I recieved the game as a present as my birthday feel on the EQ Launch day in March of 1999, logged on, immediately made a Dark Elf Shadowknight, dumping as much points as available upon creation into Wisdom, as an ancient and wise race as the Tier'Dal merrited. Spawning next to the many bodies of water in Nerriak, I immediately fall into the subterranian river, not knowing how to swim upward, spamming the UP and space bar keys to no avail, I drown. I respawn outside, set to explore the dark forests of my homeland, I see some sort of pyramid, intrigued I set off to investigate on my first EQ adventure, multiple skeletons and mummies precede to put my feeble blue newbie SK in a pretty sundress and have their way with me back to my bindpoint. I deleted him and rerolled a Halfling Warrior, dumping all my points into agility, why have hp to absorb damage when you can just dodge it, right?

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 2:51PM dcstanton said

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I remember the first time loading up EQ back in 99 on my 400mhz P2. Hitting the dial up connection and hoping for the best. Finally I got logged in and created a character. A Dark Elf cleric. Back then there was no way to research the classes and figure out what you really wanted to try so I just took the plunge into the game.

I was lost in Neriak for hours wandering from one quarter to the next trying to figure out what I was supposed to be doing. Finally I found my way out in to Nektulos Forest. As I zoned in a group of players were huddled by the entrance. It was dark but thankfully my choice of Dark Elf granted me ultravision.

My first few steps into the forest were going well. I passed by a few moss snakes without incident then suddenly I was under attack. I spun around to find a black wolf had been tearing at my backside. My health was dropping fast and I figured I better run, but where was town! Picking a direction I ran the wolf on my back the whole time. There in the middle of who knows where forest, I experienced my my first death.

Respawning in Neraik, I made my way back out to Nektulos. Still there was a group of adventures hanging around right at the zone line. /ooc Has anyone seen my corpse?

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 3:12PM beanbandit said

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EQ was my first MMO and where I met my wife during a camp for ragefire for a guild member. The guild spent a week there waiting for that spawn messing around and having a good time, even had a guide show up to mediate when another guild tried to push ahead, gooood times.

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 3:14PM Darkona said

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We started Everquest in late 1999 early 2000, my husband and both my sons. It was such a great way to spend time together and have fun. My son was one of "those" traders in the EC tunnel, he was always a good source of gold and equipment. My best memory from that time was my Mother's Day present that year....a full set of Cleric Gold armor. It was an awesome way to share the day and to this day I still accept in game pixels from the boys.

Thanks to Everquest I was always the "cool" mom!!!

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 3:17PM Alei said

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In '01 I was the girlfriend/wife that didn't like their boyfriend/husband playing EQ all the time and got annoyed every time EQ was on the computer monitor. After a few months my husband finally got me to play and I was HOOKED and have been playing ever since-- with a break here and there of course :) The memory I always share is my first swimming lesson and death. I was running around Qeynos looking up at all the buildings and exploring all the little ins and outs, when unexpectedly I fall into some water. I had NO idea how to swim and couldn't get to the surface of the water. Needless to say I drowned. Okay, no problem... So I get my corpse and head out to level in Blackburrow (Gnoll fang quest 4tw) I fell through the ground running inside the hollowed out tree. I died and since I was new to the game I didn't know where I died or even how to get there- safely. I couldn't find my corpse for hours and was swearing if I didn't find it soon I was "going to quit this stupid game!!!" My husband gallantly rushed in and helped me find it though and I haven't uttered those words since!

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