I guess I would class myself as a casual gamer, playing when the real world allows me time to do so. I enjoy exploring, questing and aiding others while gaming.
My first foray into MMO’s (Everquest)
I started my MMO gaming in 2001 on the Everquest server Mithaniel Marr before moving to Fironia Vie where I founded the Halfheight Heroes guild. Once the first European server Antonia Bayle was live I moved there to be around players with more similar game times, as I like to bump into other players on my travels. One of the most memorable experiences was helping with and taking part in, the server Olympics my guild Jesters of Norrath arranged. I actually won the naked ogre race, though failed miserably in other events such as the drunken dwarf race through Kelethin.
Not long afterwards another European server (Venril Sathir) opened, this time hosted in Europe. I moved there as Jesters was no more and was in a few guilds with Coalition of Twilight my final guild in Everquest 1. I also founded and ran a Venril Sathir server forum, where I was known as Vilesh. After a few years on VS my time in EQ1 came to an end with the announcement that Everquest 2 was in the making.
SWG and Planetside
Between Everquest 1 and 2, I had a brief spell in Star Wars Galaxies on the Chimera server and a longer spell in Planetside. I enjoyed both games though my time in SWG was brief as it just didn’t hold my attention long enough. Planetside on the other hand was a good game while it had a decent player base, something I could jump into even if I had a short time to play.
Upon the release of Everquest 2 I found myself on the Runnyeye server where again I founded a server forum. With some friends from previous games I enjoyed my time there, though I was soon to move to Splitpaw when the new server was opened up. I joined a guild there with some friends and enjoyed my time with them until the guild grew too large for my liking, with the feeling I didn’t know many of my guildmates. One important aspect of gaming for me is the guild and as a result a few of us formed our own guild with the aim of creating a small close knit group. We started with the aim of making level 5 for the guild tag, we reached level 90 and even had various meets where a good quantity of beer has been drunk. Due to other members leaving EQ2 and a disappointing expansion I also cancelled my sub and I think my EQ2 days are now behind me.
Battleground Europe was my last PvP game of choice, a huge World War 2 mmo with a fairly steep learning curve. I’m an MMORPG’er at heart but this game drew me in and I only quit due to other games taking time and not wanting to pay another sub for a small amount of game time per month.
I along with my guild neXus tried Rift for around 6 months and I did enjoy the game, I dropped out once members of the guild drifted away citing lack of content after running through it once or twice.
My current main MMO is Wurm online, a f2p (though I pay for a premium account) mmo where making your own place in the world is the aim. Graphics are nothing amazing actually looking dated at first appearance though once playing I soon forgot that and I now don’t see them as bad at all. If you want a world where you can mold the land in whatever way you wish, build houses, tame animals, sail your own boat and change a hill to a flat farming plateau then give Wurm a go. You’ll find me and a few of my guild neXus on the deliverance server.
Due to the guild members trying other games I also have a lifetime Lord of the Rings online account, though I don’t play at present. In LOTR my guild plays on the Laurelin server.
Currently nexus doesn’t really have a main game to call our home but our guild is still sticking together via our site and trying various games in varying numbers, with Wurm and SW:TOR looking like the main ones at the moment. I myself am keeping an eye on The Secret World and Planetside 2 as possible upcoming MMO’s I might take a look at. I’m too addicted to Wurm at the moment to leave it though so whatever game I play I am sure it will be split with Wurm for some time to come.