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Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 12:10PM Miffy said

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I'd pick them all over the shite of today.

In fact I still play EQ project 1999 server based on pre Luclin and PoP, the expansions that ruined the game.

Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 12:22PM Greymantle said

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@Miffy

I disagree with Luclin and agree with POP.

I pick Ultima because of player housing and its economy. (old ultima not what we have today)
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Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 12:25PM Miffy said

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@Greymantle

I quit playing after Trammel.

Wish I got into AC more but I didn't give it much of a chance, I pretty much quit MMOs after EQ was ruined and didn't bother returning until SWG, PS and EVE launched all around the same time of each other.
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Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 12:30PM (Unverified) said

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@Miffy I understand the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia, but better than modern MMOs? I still remember EQ as the most universally unfriendly game upon loading in. About 2-3 years into its lifespan, after my friends had quit AC then DAoC, I purchased a copy of EQ with several expansions. No direction, death by poor UI, death by city exploration, etc. It basically left me a giant turd on my keyboard with distant promises from friends that it would get better.

I can see the potential for fun back in the day, but there's no reason why a game should punish you to such an extent for simply trying to learn it.

"It's harder than MMOs, it meant something to achieve things" XP loss upon death just teaches you to take no risk and simply grind lower level mobs until your eyes bleed. It wasn't whether or not you were good, it was solely how much time you put into it.
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Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 1:03PM Jenks said

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Much better than modern MMOs. I've been playing EQ on the Al'Kabor (mac) server for a few months now, and it's as good or better than I remembered. You'd be amazed at how a difficult game designed for teamwork can build an amazing community. You meet more people in a week of EQ than in years of all the soloable no-fail games since.
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Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 1:10PM (Unverified) said

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@Jenks Well, that was the other problem. When I played, I didn't see a single soul on a decently populated server. I think it was Qeynos I started it? Had a floaty paladin temple which I got stuck on an angle of the ramp trying to hit the water. Regardless, this was the only MMO that I've purchased and sincerely not given a chance due to the horrid starting experience I had. Yes, not entirely fair, but a few expansions down the road, I would expect a tutorial experience that was....well, existent really.
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Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 3:23PM AlienFanatic said

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@Miffy

Absolutely LOATHED Luclin and it started the roll that saw me leave the game permanently. Kunark is, to this day, still my gold standard for what an expansion should be. There has never been a better expansion to an MMO, imo, at least for any that I've played.
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Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 7:18PM (Unverified) said

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@(Unverified) If you started 2-3 years after release then you probably missed the boat already. By then Luclin and PoP were out and the massive mudlfation drive was well and truly in its stride. It's no wonder there weren't any lowbies around. 1999-2001 was the golden era of EQ.
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Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 12:17PM Arkane said

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Ultima Online all the way! :D

Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 12:22PM BobbiLovesGaming said

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I still play Ultima Online, though not in EA land. I still enjoy it because of it's open sandboxy feel. I tried EQ but didn't like it, but I did enjoy EQ2 for a while, it's not that I have something against the franchise or the company because like I said I liked 2. Never tried Asheron's Call.

Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 12:26PM jimr9999us said

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The very best players and guild leaders I've had the pleasure of adventuring with over the years have all been EQ vets.

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Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 12:31PM (Unverified) said

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@jimr9999us Correlation is not causation.
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Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 12:42PM jimr9999us said

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-shrug- I think of EQ as a mmog college that gave folks a good education on how to be social in a social game :)

in which case yes it is.
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Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 12:46PM ApathyCurve said

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A large vocabulary is not indicative of intelligence. Spin on that.

EQ for my money.
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Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 12:57PM (Unverified) said

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@ApathyCurve No, but when you have people from various games claiming that each was the cause of "Mmo superiority" due to their previous one repeated for each future game, it gets to be "spintastic". "Eve makes me the best PVPer ever" "Everquest makes the best raiders" etc.
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Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 2:45PM Borick said

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@(Unverified) EverQuest didn't make the best raiders. It -made- raids, raiding and raiders. All of 'em, good or bad. It's hard to make a point for other games being the influence for raiding, because raiding as we know it developed in EQ.


I think that EQ had far more social depth than UO (Corp por!), because it didn't pay homage to kill-or-be-killed PVP at any point in its development.

I never played AC.
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Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 11:12PM Saerain said

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@ApathyCurve How on Earth is that a rebuttal to the point that correlation is not causation?
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Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 12:47PM Ryukan said

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AC all the way baby! AC was my first MMO and I played it for years. Played AC with my pops and we had great adventures. I really miss the style of MMO that AC was.

I was excited for the sequel and then ultimately let down by the sequel which I felt was quite poor in relation the first game.

I would love to see an Asheron's Call 3 or reboot if they kept it similar to the sandboxiness of the original game. One of the best character development/skill systems along with pre-NGE SWG.

Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 3:22PM kimowar said

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@Ryukan
AC was my first mmo too, I actually got the game by accident, I had bought some scary puzzle game from kmart, got home and one of the disks was missing, brought it back to the store and they didnt have another copy so the manager told me to pick whatever game I wanted... played darktide my first 2 years and soclaim for my last. lots of great memories
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Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 12:50PM epilepticemu said

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Ooh, a poll in which players select their first MMO!

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