EC Tunnel, also known as Eastern Commonlands Tunnel. This was a place that transitioned you from Eastern Commonlands to Desert of North Ro in Everquest. This tunnel was simply for travel and hardly had any mobs in it. From my knowledge, correct me if I am wrong, I believe that EC Tunnel in EQ had no intention to what it famously became. Players in Everquest used EC Tunnel as their Bazaar to set up mules for trade with other Characters.
The community of Everquest was beyond fantastic as most players took the game world serious and wanted to immerse themselves in it. EC Tunnel is something that use to be a place where you'd travel to trade, buy or set up shop.
Today, most mmo's are structured with rail upon rail and everything is already assigned. EC Tunnel is one of the many things that made EQ great and brought the community together without the hand holding from the developer. These little moments of player interaction and the community acting together is what we need more of in this genre. The perfect middle ground between a themepark and a sandbox game is a Sandpark, and that's what EQ was.
Do you agree that MMO's needs more "EC Tunnels"?
Shout out to the Greater Faydark Bazaar as well.