Hi, I love hearing people's memories about their prime MMORPG experiences. I suppose it helps me relive mine. I find that no game today can capture that flare, those vivid and alive prime moments. I'll try to share mine, and would like to hear your best moments.
Starting age : 14-15
Top moments(Max 5):
When I first arrived from the starting island, I was a complete newbie. I had no geographical knowledge of cities or hunting grounds. I had heard about this cheap shield called Dwarven Shield, I think it cost only 500 good coins or so. There was a trade chat where people advertised weapons and armors. These were unattainable for me, but they would give me a good boost in defence, 25 defence! That was unheard of. On starter island you had Max 17 or 19. I was excited. So I contacted this person, telling him I was terrible excited to purchase his Shield. Ok he said perfect. Boy was I happy. -The only thing you have to do is to come to Kazoordon. Wait what? What is that? A place? A city somewhere? Darn it. I told him to wait, I'm on my way! So I tried to stall him all I could while running around above ground searching for this Kazoordon. For each minute this guy was getting more aggressive. -Are you wasting my time? -Where are you now? Oh Lord, I thought. I really wanted that shield, but at the same I was pissing this guy off. In the end he started threatening me, I took it personally, like as was gonna come to my home or something. I felt I was pleading guilty to a crime.
I don't remember if I actually got that shield, but I do know I eventually bought one, and boy did it feel sweet using it.
Me and my friends was out exploring. We came up in this bridge. We saw it had some pesky looking dwarves on it. But courageous guys we were, we ventured up on it. But in the middle of it people panicked. Some went back. I went forward. Some died. After the smoke cleared I was isolated from my friends. That moment forward I hanged around alone in the Dwarven mines private messaging my friends about where they were, and where the heck I was. I told them Dwarven mines. They asked me where the heck is that? I told them, I don't know. It took weeks before we actually saw each other again.
A friend told me that some guy was to show him cool items, and he wanted me to come with him. So I did, reluctantly. I was a bit scared of strangers. So we went down, level after level in Dwarf Bridge rotworms cave. At the last level, deep in the room the guy started throwing fireballs. I didn't understand first what was happening, but it soon dawned on me that we were in danger. We were racing toward the exit, heart pounding. Silently screaming "Nooooooooo" in my head. We were accidently blocking each other's path. My friend was burning. Health low. At the ladder he dropped, I barely survived. Damn, I thought split between being happy I survived and my best friend dying. Turns out he had 500gp on him which he had saved a long time. He was furious, talked about quitting. It was so surreal. 99% of the time was attacking creatures, looting, staying away from pks. But it made these super real moments possible.
The Dwarf Bridge dragon. I accidently found it while cautiously exploring. I was level 13. It smoked my ass. I didn't know the concept of dragons, but it seemed very powerful. I was close to quitting the game at this time. I thought perhaps if I take level 17 I can beat it. This started a bad cycle, getting me hooked. Soon I was high enough level to impress my friends even. And that feeling made me keep on playing the game (perhaps sadly). But that first encounter was impressive.
Someone placed a schimitar on the depot and then disconnected. This meant that I and whomever close could take it. So I rushed forth an grabbed it. I then stormed out of the depot hoping that none noticed. After a while I realised that it was worthless and the person probably gave it away. But that day I found my dark side. I could do bad just to get that epic items. Items were extremely hard to get for a noob. People didn't just give away valuable items.
These memories aren't of epic battles or anything, but they still represent the top experiences I ever had playing games. I played vanilla through and through. Perhaps it's nostalgia, perhaps not. But I believe it can be the small things that represent the biggest experiences for a gamer. It's not the graphics or the magnitude of the experience but the authenticity and heart of it.
So let hear, what's yours. Thanks for your time.