This is my fantasy,
After the log in screen and character creation. I hope to humbly arrive in my starting area half naked with a weak tree branch in my hand. Standing their looking helpless and dirty. I'll open my menus and find I have a raw potato and a minor water flask in one and a near naked paper doll figure in another. I'll close out all screens to find I have a perplexed feeling of what to do next. But off in a distance a see a simple peasant waving me over as he tells me a story of rats and a bad stench smell coming from a well behind the blacksmiths shop on the other side of the swamp. I think to myself "what the hell, OK". As I make my way across the village I see what looks like a vender but no name tags so I could only guess. I click on the green orc guy and he's trying to sell me a club but I don't have the money so I press on to the swamp. I continue across the village and through some high grass with a green glow signifying my supposed destiny off in a distance, but first I then find myself at a small pond. Off to the left I see an old man talking to another player, I take notice he's a level 1 like me. Not to interfere with his task I decide to focuse on the well. Knowing this is a group game I decide to not make friends JUST YET.
As I make it around the pond, here's a little girl crying. She tell me I can have a +1 dagger now if I promise to get her doll back from a big ole alligator that snatched it from her. She points to the deep middle. I say to myself I can do this, so I begin to swim but notice I have no water breathing stamina, again I say "what the hell" After two more attempts I conclude, this is impossible. I decide to grab a coffee and think about this. My only option is to re-talk to the little girl. This time I find their is more, she talks about how I can float and swim on logs "imagine that". <ctrl> W and I find I'm traversing to the center of the pond, floating on the log just like the girl told me. At the point, I dive to the bottom to find the doll, snitch it and swim to the top onto the log back to the shore. No alligator but no little girl either just her little shoes and signs of a struggle "what the hell".
I find myself clueless on what to do next. After a little thought and seeing the same level 1 player I've seen before but now level 2. I ask him about the little girl, and he told me to talk to the old man and follow him, he had attempted the strong alligator twice and can't do it alone. MY FIRST FRIEND. He points to the high grass and tells me he's in there be ready. He tells me how he got a stun ability from talking to the Oldman a second time and he'll stun the alligator and for me to stab him repeatedly. We worked together and killed the thing with no real problem. It dropped a +2 belt, and I let my new friend have it. Out came the little girl and she gave me a +2 axe. Now I'm finally level 2 after several hours.
This has nothing to do with Pantheon, but It's Old School, just the same
Boring right ??…... This is what I want. I don't think I could stomach another Nuclear Explosion game.
Moral of the story:
- First and foremost, it's relaxing
- The player actually has to think
- No obnoxious kill hundreds of monsters along the way to prove there is action
- This story could have gone several different ways
- Make a real friend at level 1... ONE !
- Level slowly
- Notice I never made it to the swamp, unexpected anomalies happened
- Best of all I have an unforgettable memory. When was the last time you had that from a theme park game.
Pantheon will be bigger than people realize because there are no longer games like this, their all obnoxious.