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DAoC was my first MMO. Within the first hours of logging into my friends account I had a random person start talking to me as we leveled in the same area. After running around together for about an hour he asked if I wanted to join his guild. I was a little intimidated because I wasn't sure what would be expected of me. I eventually decide to join the guild, aptly named "Icemen". I came to find out the guild was made up of men and women from Iceland and even some from the UK and United States.
I loved this guild. It was a small community of people who were polite and wanted to play with each other. They were willing to help a newcomer and were quite active. As time went on the guild slowly dissolved as DAoC became less popular. I have since played many other MMO's and never have I felt such community in an MMO as I did at that time in DAoC.
It wasn't just the guild though. The Alliance that our guild was a part of was very active. The players there were mature and enjoyed playing the game. Maybe I'm just pining for the good old days, but it seems to me that the gaming community has become a harsh and uncaring environment. I'm not sure why that is. Is it that more young adults are playing? Were the DAoC players a more mature crowd? Has the internet society changed in general?
I'm sure you may have had a different experience than me, but I still hope that CU will attract back that crowd of people who played DAoC in part because of the community.