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Posted: Nov 16th 2011 9:38PM (Unverified) said

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Ahh, the old days of wandering through Neriak Forest, serenaded by the siren calls of Jabroner - "Taunting Attacker, Master'.

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 10:08PM (Unverified) said

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The memories of EQ... I had it on release day and spent over 400 days playing my main character up till Planes of Power - which is when I essentially quit although I've came back numerous times to visit the updated game and do a few nostalgic things.

I spent so much time playing this game, it was probably the best gaming experience I've ever had and will have. I remember doing my 28 hour camp for the ancient cyclops with my guild buddies... all the rumors of how to get him to spawn... and my first raid in the plane of hate, all the plane of fear corpse runs.... and most of all the original mage epic quest - I was the seventh or eighth magician to obtain it and I still remember finishing it and dropping out of the plane of sky into freeport. And flippy dark paw constantly attacking the qeynos gate guards... or wandering too close to the necromancer guild and getting owned... all the trains... the FBSS and the GBS... camping Pyzjn in the Qeynos Hills... killing my first dragon... thinking about my EQ experience/memories apparently releases endorphins...

Also.. I would LOVE that book and would place it on my wall along with my other treasured gaming goodies..

Amark Manafist
Bristlebane

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 10:23PM TheMMOJunkie said

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My EverQuest story starts many years ago, right around the year 2001. Up until this point in time I had never even heard of an MMO, nor had any idea what EverQuest even was. One day while watching G4TV, one of my favorite channels, i stumbled upon a show called portal. This show took the viewers on adventures into these mysterious video game worlds known as MMO's. After becoming obsessed with the show I decided it was time to dig deeper so I jumped on my computer, double clicked that little AOL icon and listened to the sweet sounds of the internet streaming it's way into my computer.

After a few days of research I decided to give this EverQuest game a try, what I didn't realize is that I was about to make a choice that would shape my entire future up until this day. So I buy the game, pop the disk in and enter in Mom's credit card info, and before you know it I was in. After looking over my different choices I decided to go with a Dark Elf Shadow Knight. After tweaking my hair and all that fun stuff I clicked for the first time ever, enter world. 3 minutes later and a lot of loading I was dropped into one of the most confusing worlds that I have ever seen. I wandered and explored, fought and died. I was hopeless and lost, but I must say, being lost was never so much fun.

From that point forward I learned a lot of things about the MMO world and all of the things that come with it. They have forever since changed my life for the better. I introduced them to some of my friends who prior to gaming were doing nothing more than hanging out on the corner an getting into trouble. It's amazing to think that one show, lead me to one game, which lead me to one of the most amazing, incredible, and memorable experiences of my life to this date.

For this first memory and all of those to come, I thank you EverQuest.

Sincerely,
The MMO Junkie

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 11:07PM mietha said

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I started playing in 2000, right after the first expansion came out. This is STILL the best MMO in my opinion and I have played it more than any other game. My main character alone has close to a YEAR of playtime... Sad, I know.

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 11:47PM (Unverified) said

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I would like to tell the story of my first time. The first time I played everquest I made a human wizard and started in Qeynos. This was my first venture into the online gaming world so this not only was my first MMORPG but my first online game period. I could not believe I was in a game with other people and able to interact with everyone.
The first time I logged in I spent a good 4 hours playing and never left the city of Qeynos, and here is why. I was very young and didn't know much about games and or computers. I ventured into Qeynos at night time. I went into a tunnel to move to another part of Qeynos but it was dark and at the time I didn't know about torches in EQ. So I walked into the tunnel and it was pitch black. I couldn't see anything. I continued to try to find my way through a simple tunnel that simple goes straight, then right and then left and you are out of the tunnel. Yes, I got lost in this tunnel because I couldn't see. It took me a good 10 min to find my way to the other side so I could proceed to the npc to give him my gnoll teeth to gain some extra experience. Throughout my time playing back and forth between going in and out of the city to sell, turn in gnoll teeth and go back out and fight epic rats and beetles and getting killed by Fippy. Everytime I went back into Qeynos I would get lost and stuck in this tunnel because it was so dark.
Now spending time like this getting lost in the dark and not finding my way in a simple tunnel would frustrate me to no end but this was Everquest. Something about my time killing rats and getting lost in a tunnel was SOOOO epic I could not stop playing. I later found the contrast slider lol but I had the time of my life in a world that opened up the possibilities of an MMO to me and getting lost in the dark made that all the more so immersive and frustrating that I fell in love and had the time of my life exploring Norrath.

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 12:09AM ninano65 said

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I played Everquest on the Rodcet Nife server for abouuut 5 years. I think my favorite times were storming through the planes of power expansion with the guild Reign of Swords. Grinding for hours upon end in the Plane of Earth was a great past time !

I have never seen a tighter knit group than the guilds and friends I met in EQ. I still talk to quite a few to this day!

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 1:55AM (Unverified) said

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I was in a computer store in 2000 and looking for a new game. The EQ cover art with Firiona Vie caught my eye and I thought I'd try the game out. I had no idea what it was about, but I created a character, starting in Freeport. I'll never forget the awe I was in when I started chatting with other players and trying to find my way around. A higher level player started helping me out, and she suggested I take my 'rusty dagger' and head out to the newbie area and kill some rats. Once I figured out how to equip it and find the area, it was exhilarating to take on my first skeleton. I felt emboldened and zoned into West Commons and was promptly chased and killed by a zombie. It was terrifying, and my new friend laughed so hard when I realized all my clothes and weapon were gone! It took me numerous attempts to get to my corpse, but I learned a hard lesson that a wrong step could be disastrous and it was a challenge to play in.

That's what hooked me: interacting with other players and just having fun in a new, dangerous, fantasy themed world. As I leveled and started selling/buying in the WC tunnel, I never looked back. VERY fond memories of those early months and years in the original EQ! :)

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 2:24AM Mordice said

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My favorite early EQ moment had to be in Lower Guk. Despite the 3 hour wait-lists for groups, I remember many a late night camping the Magus with my best friend. He on his woodelf fighter, me on my dwarven cleric. What made those nights so exciting (besides the occassional TRAIN TO ZONE!!!) was the fact that my best friend LOVED the berzerker rage. As a result, we would spend hours with him hovering around 20% life. When you're fighting a ghoul magus and 4 adds, and trying to purposely keep the tank at less than 20% life... now that was a rush that no other game has given me since.

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 3:19AM pauxi said

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I have been an avid fantasy reader since I was in the fourth grade. When my classmates were at their homes watching cartoons or playing Nintendo 64, I would be at the library for hours, reading and living freely through my imagination. I'd often bring my books to school and whiz through a few pages during lunch breaks and recess, sometimes playing make-believe with my friends out on the soccer field.

That was mostly how my days went until a couple years later, when I had turned eleven years old. I took a trip with my father to the computer store to pick up a new mouse for my aging computer. I don't want to say that trip changed my life, but I would be lying if I said any differently. All that I'll say is that trip certainly had an influence on the person I would become many years later. I was browsing through the PC games, as I often did when I went to that store, when I laid my eyes upon a game box titled "EverQuest - Ruins of Kunark". The artwork was so pleasant and inspiring that I immediately grabbed the game, ran over to my father and begged him to buy it for me. I didn't know much about what the game was except that it's presentation reminded me so much of the books that had consumed me for the past few years. My dad was never a frivolous spender so he was not readily convinced that the game was worth the $20 or some odd dollars that it was, but he said if I threw away the ugly vest I insisted on wearing to school everyday, he would buy the game for me. I agreed to the terms and the game was mine!

I actually remember a great deal about those first few months of playing EverQuest, back in 2000. I created a High Elf Magician named Panelenox on the Saryrn server. Don't ask me how I picked such a ridiculous name because of that I have no idea. I played "Pan" for about a year, only to max out at around level 21. I had no understanding of the real dynamics of the game and I remember going around on /ooc asking if anyone had "cool looking robes with high AC" for sale. So when people called me a "twelve year old", as the typical insult on EverQuest goes, I naively took that as a complement. I was really only eleven years old, after all.

Of all the great things EverQuest gave me, such as something to fantasize about during boring class lectures, it also served as my own little device of torture. Anytime I did anything wrong, it was the first thing my dad took away as punishment. I would cry my eyes dry and then go up and read the EverQuest strategy guide, just to stay on top of my game (so I thought). I read that whole strategy guide front to back twice, then went back and did it again with a highlighter, courtesy of all the times my gaming privileges had been relinquished.

When I did turn twelve, I moved onto bigger and better things.. just kidding. I made another character that was exactly the same as my first one, just with a different name: Lynxess. Don't ask me why I did that either because I don't understand my twelve year old mentality. By the time I turned fourteen though, I started getting my gaming straight. It probably was much due in part to how many times I read that strategy guide. I made a Wood Elf Druid on the Terris-Thule server named Aerilya and finally started getting serious about gaming.

Despite the many hours and years I devoted to EverQuest, I never maxed any of my characters. The highest level I ever reached was level 54, but what makes EverQuest so much different than all the other MMORPGs out there is that even if you don't reach the level cap, you can still take immense pride in the strides you've made with your character. The game isn't spoon-fed to you and each level is a real achievement. Some of my fondest memories involved the time-consuming processes of sketching out zone maps, writing down clues for quests by hand, or camping all day long for a single spawn. Small things like that were just a taste of the many features that really got me involved in the game. It took dedication to get anyway in Norrath and that's what I loved.

Probably one of the most difficult things I had to do was cancel my subscription when I started my college career. I've always been passionate about EverQuest and the last thing I wanted was to walk away from my little home away from home, but the real world was calling and I felt that had no other choice. All I have left now are the many fond memories of an old life.

Since I've put away my sword, I've met a number of people who also once played EverQuest. It sounds a bit bizarre, but I feel a sort of connection with these people. It is as though we share a special type of secret that no one else can quite understand. My boyfriend told me once that he had never been quite as jealous of another person as he had been when I was reminiscing with his friend about the early years of EverQuest.

I'm twenty-two years old now and I still have a very special place in my heart for EverQuest. I actually have a small map of Norrath taped to my bedroom wall just to remind me of a place where I was always happy.

-Alexandra

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 7:21AM Zyco said

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I played the game at a friends on release day and afterwards ran out and got a copy for myself. Maybe a week or two later we were hanging around outside Black Burrow chatting with people and for the first time ever I saw a druid casting SoW and going into tree form and walking around. All I knew as a Ranger was weak attacks and easy deaths at my low level of under 10. But I saw things in that Druid that I didnt expect in the game.

After talking to him he buffed my friend and I up and told me we should go to Freeport and there are some great places to fight there. He leaves and my friend and I decide to just try and go to Freeport. By the time we got to North Karana we almost died many times but finally saw a blue con Griffawn and deciced to kill it so our path would be easier. It destroyed us both and ended up camping our corpse. I deleted my Ranger and made a Halfling Druid and didnt change characters again for years.

Thats my earliest but far from my only memory.. EQ will go down in history as one of the greatest games and I was happy to be apart of it. I actually go back a few months each year to check things out still.

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 12:31PM tekfox said

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I started playing EQ just after the Velious Expansion and I have some very fond memories of boat travel, the EC "vendor" tunnel ("selling 3 bags at shady /hail me to see then"), and ooc that I was looking for a bind in a new town. Through it all though I would have to say the experience that sticks out the most for me was learning the in game jargon. Eq Being the 1st online game let along online experience I every had I had no knowledge of the terms many players would use. I quickly picked up on LOL, CON, REZ but I was slow to learn what OOM stood for. Flash back 87 levels or so ago I was in an orc 1 group in the common lands pulling mobs one at a time but not crazy. After a few pulls the healers says OOM in group. Now being a rogue and new to the game this was the first time I've seen OOM so I took it as being short for vrOOM mean speed up so I started to pull faster. After 2 more mobs the cleric said OOM again to which I replied OOM. Well after almost dying that cleric promptly dumped the group. This went on for two more groups till on one pull I got a tell from the healer saying "dude I'm OOM". I replied "man I’m OOMing as fast as I can but there isn’t anything up out here". There was a pause and then the reply "rogues don’t have mana what do you think OOM means"? To which I answered "vrOOM, hurry up and pull"? He busted out laughing at that and told me OOM meant Out Of Mana. I still keep in touch with that cleric and every once in a while I'll get a random tell “vrOMM"!! A funny but valuable lesson learned.

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 12:45PM Solack said

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I still remember the last day of Beta. Some people I knew then and I climbed up into Felwithe and then started jumping to our deaths. The death penalty back then was even more brutal then it is now. Course, we didn't care, our characters were getting wiped anyway. We just thought it fun to see how many levels we could lose in the last few minutes of beta.

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 1:13PM (Unverified) said

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EQ was actually the very first MMORPG I had ever played. My buddy and I were very excited at the prospect of a continuous living world that experienced day and night and had so many aspects of crafting, exploring and ultimately fighting all rolled into one.

Despite so many people complaining about the nerdy aspect of a D&D-type game online, we both loved it. I worked as a network integrator at a small computer shop at the time, and the machines in our shop were way more advanced than the ones we had at home. So we would finish all of our work and then play for hours at a time into the night. It was pretty awesome as we had one of the first DSL connections in Ft. Lauderdale so we were both able to play with our connection with hardly any lag at all. It was quite the experience and we played for several years. I lasted a little longer than he did, buying up to the Lost Dungeons of Norrath. He bought up to Shadows of Luclin.

My favorite expansion though was the Planes of Power expansion pack which came with the figure. I played as a Paladin and he played as a ranger; my character actually used the very same handle I have here on Massively. Those were great times, even my fiancée was pretty understanding about it, with me using up so much free time to play. I did end up buying EQ2 on day one to play but kids end up taking a lot more time so my last login was quite a few months back.

Nice to see the community around EQ though has held strong. To me it was one of the best handled MMOs out there and SOE to me has a success with it.

Eva01

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 6:36PM (Unverified) said

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Everquest was my first introduction to an entirely new and unique (at the time) genre of massive multiplayer games. I was hooked on the game - and the genre -from the first login. Even the introductory music was enchanting, the music of Halas stirred the blood of my first character, a Barbarian Shaman named Tarnarious.

For the first time, graphics based role playing games were full of real people instead of brainless NPC's. Sony created a carefully crafted experience, however it was and always will be the people that make the game worthwhile. I still hold so many good memories from the first time someone stopped to save my foolish life to me returning the favor in later years when my character was more powerful.

To this day I occasionally give in to the urge and reopen an ancient account to relive past glories.

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 10:07PM Alarie said

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I had no clue how to play this game. I think I read wizards were the most powerful casters and could port to far away lands. That was awesome to read and imagine going to far away lands. In game proved to be hard as wizards were/still very squishy. I died many many times and in some places I couldn't remember where I died to find the corpse. It was an awesome experience.

Posted: Nov 18th 2011 12:00AM Waluigi said

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I always got scared of the brownies!

Posted: Nov 18th 2011 9:53AM Valdin said

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Amazing to think that for the last 12 years, I've been able to play in one game world, with hundreds of other people and make so many friends. Shared accomplishments and defeated enemies, and failed and made that long long corpse recovery at 2 am to make sure everyone got out.

Over the last 12 years, we've made stronger friends and bitter rivals in a pixel driven world that has captured our imaginations and kept us up late at night to be the Heroes that we know we can be.

Thanks EverQuest, it's been a fun ride!

Posted: Nov 18th 2011 6:49PM daicon said

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I must have started Everquest back in 2000 at the age 14.. Me and my mom had just moved so I didn't really have any irl friends yet, but I was able to convince my mom to let me have a subscription to this game (which was no easy feat). I was young but I knew that most of the other players were adults, so I was rather intimidated until it was in some zones, I think in the Kunark expantion that I started getting party invites by a group who was grinding in the same region as me.

We talked in game and eventually started using voice chat services on Yahoo and such to communicate. I didn't talk much because they were much older, but they were really funny guys and gals who were alittle nerdy but always cracked me up.

I had NO idea that these random people I met in game would become some of my best friends both online and irl, and that even after we quit Everquest that we'd continue to try out other games and still talk. We went through our WoW phase and now, sadly, this group is sort of split up, but I keep in touch with some of them and seriously I'd LOVE to meet again with the others who seem to have just faded away. (So if you remember playing in a guild called "Miscellaneous Discussion" please say somethin)

I guess I'm saying that at a time when I didn't have any social role models as a teen, Everquest introduced me to some very friendly people who really shaped who I am today. I'm not sure that MMOs today can really do that anymore.

Posted: Nov 18th 2011 11:58PM paladin119 said

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Hello, this is my first time posting on Massively, when a friend linked me to this article though and I read through it and especially, when I read through all the amazing comments here, I felt like I just had to add my own memories to these comments as well.

In many ways, for me at least, the memories others have shared here about their original EQ days is far more priceless than a thousand autographed art books ever could be and I wanted to thank everyone for sharing their memories and allowing me and others to travel back in time for a bit and remember how it use to be.

EverQuest was the very first MMO I ever played, and my first time logging into it was about ten years ago or so. I had always been a gamer and fantasy games had always been my favorite and still are today.

I originally had got EverQuest to play with a friend back then but he ended up backing out a week later and I got stuck with the game and ended up playing it by myself.

After spending some time on the character creation screen, for some reason, I ended up liking the barbarians the best... and so, the very first MMO character I ever made ended up being a barbarian. I remember originally wanting to be a barbarian paladin, but since that wasn't an option, I made a barbarian warrior instead.

I remember bits and pieces about my early experiences in Halas and reading the EQ instruction manual, trying to figure everything out. I remember wondering how all these barbarians survived in kilts and little else, while living in what seemed to be... a very cold region. I remember thinking the big claymore swords the Halas guards used looked pretty cool and wondering when I could get one of those myself. lol

I remember feeling lost and alone in a freezing, barbarian city in the middle of no where, with only a single rusty weapon, one backpack and one kilt to my name, having no idea what to do or where to go... but for some reason, that only increased the immersion and made it feel like a truly realistic world, where anything could happen.

I certainly had plenty of mishaps as I explored the area too. Like most people, I drowned after falling into a body of water for the first time and I accidentally attacked an npc when trying to talk to them, by accidentally hitting the "A" key. EQ was such an unforgiving game in the beginning, trial and error was the only way to figure anything out and most of the time, even the slightest mistakes meant death.

I eventually found my way into the massive zone of Everfrost, after getting lost in the dark tunnel from Halas to Everfrost for what seemed like hours. As the days and weeks went on, I would become a master of navigating that tunnel blind, since it would be a long time before I got a light source or even knew how to use them.

I remember spending a lot of time by the ramp in Everfrost which went up into the tunnel that eventually lead to Halas, standing next to one of the two big braziers there and just watching everyone else run back and forth and taking it all in. Standing out there in Everfrost would literally make me feel cold in real life.

No otherr game since then has ever made me feel like I was living the "role" of my character the way EQ did in that first year I played. I remember hunting bears, wolves, goblins and skeletons and feeling just like a real barbarian living out on a frozen tundra, with only his own strength and experience to depend on. I vaguely remember getting ambushed by those icebone skeletons from time to time, they quickly became the one thing I feared the most.

After a few weeks of being on my own out there, I would venture further and further out into Everfrost---a zone that seemed to go on forever, in all directions. I eventually found myself on the frozen plains, hunting small mammoth, leopards and orcs.

It was about this time that I met my first "friends" in the game and I experienced my first group with other players. From time to time, I would see a player in Everfrost which looked quite different from all the other barbarians there, I would later learn that she was a high elf. Naturally, this unique looking player intrigued me a bit and we'd often find ourselves hunting in the same area.

At one point, she got into some trouble with one too many leopards attacking, so I helped out and together, we managed to survive. After that, she asked if I wanted to group... she was obviously a more experienced player than I, so she ended up having to explain a bit about how grouping worked to me and I accepted.

It turned out, that since this other player was a high elf priest, she actually worked very well with my barbarian warrior. Eventually, another friend of hers, a barbarian rogue, joined up with us and we had a great time together. I would eventually learn that the barbarian rogue was actually her husband in real life.

I learned a lot from those two and we would group many times after that, always out there in the frozen tundra of Everfrost, killing orcs and mammoth. We had a favorite spot we'd meet up at, right next to a special barbarian guard which I'm sure others remember, although I forget his name at the moment. He was quite the popular guard to run to for help.

Eventually, I would have my first experience in Blackburrow with these two friends, they were the first people to take me to Qeynos and show me how to get through Blackburrow. If I remember correctly, they also gave me my first lightstone and taught me about light sources. I remember thinking at the time that they must be the most experienced players in the game. lol

Sadly I eventually lost contact with those two friends as they moved on to other characters and other servers. But I'll always remember them, as my first friends in an MMO.

I have countless other experiences and memories from my first couple years in EQ1, I wish I could share them all here but that would quickly become a novel... my memories of Blackburrow--- all the trains and deaths and adventures I had in there, my memories of Qeynos and starting my second character, a human magician. Or the time, I found a secret passage in a certain tavern in Qeynos... and fell into a trap in there and had no idea how to escape---I ended up having to wait for a human ranger friend to come rescue me and show me the way out.

Or my memories of starting my third character, a half elf paladin, in Freeport and adventuring in the commonlands, hanging out in the commonlands tunnel, adventuring in the deserts of Ro, slaying orcs and running from Specters and Sand Giants. Or the great memories of starting my fourth character, a high elf cleric, in Felwithe... and wandering into Kelethin for the first time... and eventually finding orc hill... and of course, the many adventures I had in Crushbone.

I could go on and on, that's hardly even ten percent of all my memories of EQ... but that's enough I guess. It's just too much to fit into one post lol

I hope some people enjoyed reading through all this and were brought back, at least, momentarily, to a special and magical time in their lives.

Thanks for the good and bad times and all the memories, EQ!

Posted: Nov 20th 2011 10:01PM (Unverified) said

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Seems I didn't win.. but I could have swore I verified.. my comments are showing up as not verified. :(

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