That's a little depressing.
Long time lurker, played waaay back like the rest of us in the old days of UO before it took a shit.
Cannot believe it's been this long. I mean, I'm so damn jaded from the current gaming world it's not even funny. Probably why I periodically find myself coming back here to remember the glory days. Well it doesn't matter much anyway as life is probably too busy to be grinding away hours on an MMO... ha.
Oh the power of nostalgia... thanks for keep the memories alive Nighthawk!
To be fair I travel the world these days, so I got that going for me, IRL gaming!
aka many other names.
And fuck, it has been awhile. My nephew is 14 and I try to convey the excitement of being on the MMO frontier that was early UO. I'm nearly 34, recently out of the Army, and just enjoying my days backpacking. . . wishing there was a legit isometric MMO with full loot/pvp.
Great Lakes: '97-'02
I gave UO Forever a try for about a year and had quite a bit of fun getting back into the game. However the assist programs for player run servers are so crazy now they can automate 99% of pvp. Things like "target closest" or "attack closest" have ruined pvp. There's one giant zerg guild on the server who you either join (you have to pay them 200k gold to join) or you will spend the entire game being instantly killed in basically every pvp encounter by 20 guys running around ebolting you to death the second you appear on their screen. So I stayed away from pvp for the most part. All my pvm characters were built to at least be able to defend themselves from solo/duo PKs which there were quite a few of. And I had some fun just trying to survive and sometimes kill my attackers. But overall the pvp scene there is just 1 guild dominating everything because they have literally thousands of members.
But if you want to fuck around in the game and don't mind running from pks and dying to pks a lot then UO forever is probably still the best (most populated) player run server. If you haven't played UO in forever, you will die like a bitch a looooot until you figure out how to use Razor or UO Steam or Sallos (the server's very own custom client/assist program).
Anyway I check wtfman occasionally and read my one or two story mentions just to remember the good times.
NIGHTHAWK - we played together a bit on Baja and even had you on ICQ!
I'm going to throw out random Baja names that I can remember for fun
Lords of Death
The Lords of the Dead
V Finger Discount
so many other people I would remember if I saw their name
UO on Baja was the funnest times I've ever had in any game.. I still have lucid dreams sometimes where I'm playing UO in my dream
I've tried a few MMOs like the last Star Wars game and Elder Scrolls Online and Neverwinter and some other stuff but they're all just total garbage
right now I'm playing Witcher 3 on Xbox One. pretty sure PC gaming is dead now
I was sad to learn Asheron's Call had shut down (only noticed because of the last post on wtfman) - I was never able to hack it on Darktide, my life expectency was about 10 seconds no matter where I went, but played on non-pvp servers for some time. I actually made a ton of money selling AC items on ebay back when you could do that, which supported my teenage weed habit at the time.
I played AC 2 and loved it, I was always confused why they shut it down and then (sort of) brought it back for a while. I guess it just never had enough players, but the classes were so fucking weird I loved it. Tumerok shooting magic out of drums or shooting bees at you, Luigians throwing goddamn boulders, etc weird ass game but I loved it
I joined "Cult of the 7 Sins" on Baja till I quit the game. We were at war with everyone... so I was attacked a lot!
I remember some names from back then too...
Macabre and Aliena? A married couple who had a key ring so full that it would open most houses and lag the shit out of the area when in his bag. They taught me the fine art of PVP.
Jackal : He lived in SoCal like me and was a cool guy.
Ronald McDonald and Cichlid : Who didn't know that couple LOL! I think most people on the server had been killed by them!
Some kids that lived in the Turtle Rock area of Irvine. We pk'd ALOT.
So many more that I cannot remember.
Remember battlefield communicator? That was the first voice chat I ever used... it worked alot better when I got DSL in 1998.
I also had a master tinker named Gothokaos. Most of my fondest memories in game were killing people with trapped boxes in cities. Curiosity killed a lot of people back then.
I have had this site linked on my browser for at least 17 years. Hats off to you Nighthawk for keeping the nostalgia alive!
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