I thought I would start a bit of a nostalgia thread.
During the Trammel housing rush I was a "newbie". I didn't have the cash for a house, and I made so many characters that I didn't have a "true" main shard. I also played most on the Test shard because I enjoyed setting my skills and (get this!) I really thought the server was just called "Test" and I actually sat around the bank collecting things people dropped. When they wiped the shard I was really upset. Finally I rested on Pacific (on Dial-up, on the East Coast, ugh). The housing rush was amazing to me. People let loose dragons, and housing areas with large monster spawns were deadly.
I spent most of the time in ghost form. I had no real clue what was going on. Later I actually placed a house in Tram on Moonglow island. Some how no one tried it (or it decayed). I turned it into a vendor house, but I had very few things to sell (I was a provoker. I know, carebear).
Does anyone remember when you could call the guards on someone in Tram who a para field in town? It only worked if you hired someone and walked them into it. The corpse of the person was lootable.
I must admit I abused that.