BUT the most enduring gaming memories of ALL time have to come from Ultima Online... Ah, the adventures, the endless hours of howling with laughter,
crying with frustration, burning for revenge!
I joined up in 1997 when it was launched and I'm still playing now from time to time.
But oh, the stories...
I vidily remember the 1st time I loaded it and being struck with awe that this was a "real" living world with living people playing. Very first
memory? Laughing with astonishment when I found out you could actually get wood from cutting a tree..(and by that I mean lumber *wink*) haha, simple
but amazing back then.
The sense of achievement when I got my first horse, my first boat, my first house!! I remeber the first monster I killed... a lizardman that invaded
the towns from time to time, chased me round most of Britain before I killed him on the bridge! Loot!! Gold!! All mine haha!
I remember the first guy to PK me, I actually remember the characters name and I still hunting him down for revenge! LOL (A running joke with my
mates) His name was Krig and he offered me money to move furniture to his house as he was over weight.. of course as soon as I got to his house he
paralysed me and killed me.
I remember a friend and I use to go PK'ing ourselves, I have a character called Dani Filth who was a stealther, armed with a deadly poisonous kriss..
who I actually managed to sneak into a guild meeting, past 20 or so other players and killed the leader giving a speech (real life players) and
managed to escape before anyone even realised what had happened... I could hardly see through the tears of laughter!
Aww man, so many great stories and memories.
Sigh, the memories... I once was traveling through the woods between Minoc and Vesper, when a guy naked runs past me yelling 'Help, Help!" at full
speed with a guy in a monks robe and dagger screaming 'Repent Repent of ye sins!" right behind him... I sort of went to engage the rabid monk but
ended up in a nice conversation with a interesting bloke who wasnt so crayzie after all
(after i knocked sense into him)... this was before they
split the shards into PvP and nonPvP versions so PvP was unavoidable often.
Some surreal crud went down in that game back in the day... heck i started a pirate guild outside the horse stables in Britain and ended up with 10
recruits in little under and hour, took em down to our meager guild house in the jungles south of Trinsic, decked out in our guilds uniforms and went
and hit the high seas in my pride and joy boat... landed at a deserted island I had never been to before but unfortunately swarming with orc and snake
and so my foray into guild leadership got terrifyingly cut short as we all (well I got away with a couple of others) got slaughtered.
Leap frogging unimaginable high quantity stacks of high tier ore through the wilderness to the nearest safe blacksmith was also quite an adventure (if
you picked it you where rooted to the spot, but others could nick it if they grabbed it while it was on the ground) and an art form... Ultima Online
was a damn fine introduction to MMO's and neat having been there at birth of a genre that eventually took off like wild fire.
... two other experiences that stuck with me all these years were standing at the Ocollo bank(?) a gate opens next to the only other guy there
(wearing the traditional grey robe in skull helmet his sort wear) and about 12 guys with order shields swarm out insta gib the guy cut him up and then
jump back into the portal... I choose not to follow them
i was still actually shaking from the shock of it all, the other was finding my own
private island for my new house, which just so happened to have a number of dread spider(?) spawns on it
... with one right inside my eventual
house. But boy was my island and house protected
(unfortunately some one else found a useable area to put their house on MY island, given it took
me hours of clicking and running from spiders to find a usable area myself)
My brother however had some really freaky bollocks happen to him in that game, he was the kind of player who attracted the oddest situations or was in
the right place at the wrong/right time, like coming across a fully laden player castle that had just despawned, leaving piles of riches behind for
the taking, or joining in with a 3 person cult of players who ran naked through the streets of Britain like nut jobs having simulated sex, yelling
like drunks at everyone they ran into, then after 20 minutes all 3 blowing themselves up with purple potions after having one of the most bizarre
conversations ive ever witnessed in a game.
That game was unique...