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Esri (Chapter 4)

Posted by Randolph Carter on April 30, 2009

MMO community connection:

Gaming Granny

Chapter 4: Preferences

At your peak, how much time per week would you say you spent gaming?

Probably 40-50 hours.

How about now?

10 – 30 hours.

When during the week are your regular play times?

I usually play for an hour or two in the early evening during the week, maybe 4 hours on Saturday and 6 on Sunday.

Generally speaking, are you more of a social creature in MMOs (grouping to quest, joining guilds, etc.) or something of a lone wolf?

I’m both. I join guilds (usually with the same people I’ve been gaming with for years, but not always), participate in guild chat, but do most of my playing solo. Some games I’m more solo and some I group more, but for the main part I like to play “together alone”.

Have you made any lasting friendships through your MMO experience? Please explain.

Oh, yes. In fact I just got back from a long weekend get-together with a group of long-time gaming friends. We still play together in various games, some in one, some in another, have our own forums and congregate in Facebook and about once a year we get together in “real life” and have a blast. I have other friends that I talk to in IM even though we haven’t played a game together in over 5 years.

Before logging into a game, do you already have a course of action planned out in your head, or do you just sort of do whatever you feel like once in game?

Most of the time I have a plan, but sometimes I get distracted and sometimes I just log in and go with the flow.

When playing MMOs do you tend to just play one at a time or do you take more of the smorgasbord approach?

I used to play one at a time, but now I have subs to multiple games going at once. Right now I have subscriptions to Eve Online, Everquest II, Free Realms and a lifetime sub to Lord of the Rings Online.

Do you tend to supplement your MMO gaming with other PC, console or tabletop games?

Yes. I play the occasional board game, an hour or so of Wii per week and the odd game of Mah-Jhong on the PC. Occasionally, I’ll buy a single-player PC game and spend a few days or weeks in that.

Are you something of an altoholic?

I mostly use alts to try out new or alternate starter area content and classes and those alts seldom make it past the starter areas in games. My altaholic tendencies are satisfied by the multi-game approach — I used to play alts more often when I was playing one game at a time.

Do you find yourself multitasking while gaming (perhaps watching TV, talking on the phone, out of game instant messaging, playing another game, or even listening to a podcast)?

Very seldom. I used to be able to do multiple things at a time — for instance, I always had a book I was reading while watching TV, but these days my only multitasking takes place at work, where it is a necessity and at home I try to concentrate on one thing at a time. Sometimes when mining in Eve Online, I will be doing something like working on a skill training plan, watching a baseball game or working on my trade spreadsheets, but other than that, I’m pretty focused.

Do you find yourself having much MMO discussion off-line, perhaps with friends or family?

I talk about my gaming with my husband and sons, but not really with anyone else — except when I get together with gaming friends.

Have you ever felt that you game too much? If so, how did you cope with that?

I have felt like I was spending too much time gaming — I’ve even quit because of it. I soon found that I didn’t get much else that was useful done, gaming time tends to be filled by watching TV when I stop. Gaming is no more a waste of time than TV, so I don’t worry about it too much anymore.

Since you started playing MMOs, have you ever taken a break from the genre? If so, please explain.

I have taken breaks from gaming every couple of years or so since I started spending gobs of time on it 10 years ago. I’ve quit a couple of times because I wanted to spend more time on my genealogy studies and those breaks have been well used and helpful. I set a goal for the genealogy studies and work on that until I meet the goal and that works well. I’ve also stopped a couple of times simply because I felt I was “wasting time” playing games — those breaks aren’t as helpful… I usually end up watching too much TV and DVDs and not accomplishing any more than I would have gaming. My total breaks from gaming usually last 3 to 6 months, whether for genealogy or “just because”.

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Brian (Chapter 3)

Posted by Randolph Carter on April 29, 2009

MMO community connection:

Blue Kae

Chapter 3: Online

Were you ever exposed to MUDs?

I had some exposure to MUDs in college although I can’t remember the names of any of them. I ran across some references to different games on various Usenet groups and tried a few out. I liked the concept, but I don’t remember getting very deep into them. I found that I preferred single-player RPG’s with some graphical element to them.

What was your first MMO experience?

My first MMO was EverQuest which I started a few months after launch in fall of 1999. I developed an immediate and intense addiction to the game that lasted for about three months. When I would get home from work I would boot my PC and while that was going change out of my work clothes and throw a pizza in the oven. Once I was set for the night, I would login and play for eight hours. So my days were work for eight hours, play EQ for eight hours, and sleep/commute the rest. This lasted for about three months until I burned myself out. It’s nice when your ADD can cancel out your OCD. I played for another six months after that in a more sane fashion before quiting.

If possible, list all the MMOs you’ve played extensively.

  • EverQuest - Wizard
  • Dark Age of Camelot – Shaman
  • Anarchy Online – Adventurer
  • Star Wars Galaxies – Marksman/Scout
  • EverQuest 2 – Wizard 41
  • World of Warcraft – Hunter 45
  • City of Heroes – Blaster 28
  • Guild Wars – Elementalist/Mesmer 13
  • Lord of the Rings Online – Hunter 60
  • Eve Online – Missions/Mining/Indutry 14 million Skill Points
  • Warhammer – Dwarf Engineer 24

What is your current MMO of choice, or perhaps, what are your current MMOs of choice?

I am currently playing Lord of the Rings Online and Eve Online.

Which MMO have you spent the most time playing? How long would you say that has been?

I played City of Heroes the longest at 3 years, although LoTRO is fast becoming the current all time leader. Of course having a lifetime subscription kind of makes that the default.

Have you reached level cap in any MMO? If so, which ones?

I’ve ony reached the level cap in LoTRO, first to 50 about two weeks before Moria was released and again to 60 once the cap was raised. I tend to obsess and then burn out pretty quickly on most MMO’s, so hitting the level cap in LoTRO was a pretty big deal to me.

Loki taps you on the shoulder one day to inform you that you have fallen victim to one of his elaborate pranks. The world you’ve been inhabiting of countless MMOs to choose from and play has merely been a dream. In reality only one MMO exists. After laughing at you for a bit he decides to take pity on you and allows you to choose which MMO will remain. Which one would you choose and why?

That’s difficult, but I would have to say LoTRO. I am a huge Tolkien nerd, plus Turbine has had an excellent track record of supporting the game.

Are there any MMOs currently in development that you are particularly interested in? Please explain.

I’m most looking forward to Star Wars: The Old Republic. I would be excited regardless because of the IP, but I’m interested to see Bioware’s story-driven approach to MMO’s.

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Reading the text: Ken Scholes

Posted by Randolph Carter on April 28, 2009

Lamentation cover

Author website:

http://www.kenscholes.com

Blog:

http://kenscholes.livejournal.com/

Could you take a minute and explain what Lamentation is about?

Certainly. When an act of violence takes out the scholarly City of Windwir and the Androfrancine Library that it houses, the nations of the Named Lands scramble to solve the mystery of who did this terrible deed and why. The novel follows the lives of primarily four characters – and the metal man they find in the midst of the ruined city – as their lives are changed by the devastation and their world slides into war.

What was the process like for you in getting published?

Well, it’s kind of happened in stages for me. I started out writing and submitting short fiction. It took about 75 rejection letters but I finally saw my first short story come into print back in 2000. It appeared in a small magazine called Talebones. Then, over a period of several years, I kept at it and saw more stories published until my first larger sale – a story that place third in the Writers of the Future Contest. Shortly after that, I started placing stories in other large markets like Realms of Fantasy and Weird Tales.

Then, in 2006, after years of friends and family and even a few editors strongly urging me to tackle a novel, I wrote Lamentation on a dare from Jay Lake and my wife, Jen West Scholes. I was quite surprised when my first novel sold right out of the gate to the first publisher I’d submitted to…and even more surprised when they offered me a contract for all five volumes in the Psalms of Isaak series. From there, I found myself caught up in the world of revision, copyediting, galley-proofing and all of the other bits that go into the writing along with drafting the actual books.

All in all, it’s been a pretty fun but busy process. I think being tenacious has come in handy for me.

Where do you find inspiration for your writing?

Literally everywhere and anywhere. Writers often get asked where they get their ideas. I think they’re actually all around us if we’re looking for them. I try to keep my senses open to what’s going on around me and play a lot of “What If” with whatever I see. Sometimes it’s a smell, sometimes a person on the side of the street. Sometimes it’s a haunting bit of music or a line of poetry, an article in a magazine or a misheard remark. Wherever it comes from, into the soup it goes along with the rest of the ingredients it takes to cook up a Story.

Are you or have you ever been a gamer? What has your gaming experience been like (board games, pen & paper RPGs, console & computer games, etc.)?

I have/am. I started out with board games of course – the standard classics like Risk, Monopoly, Life. I jumped into pen and paper RPGs (D&D, Boot Hill, Top Secret, Gamma World) at about the same time I fell into Atari and lost myself in hours and hours of play. Text games for the TRS80 and Apple showed up in there to wow me, too. Later, I followed the NES system up through the N64 and dabbled in some computer games like Savage Empire, X-Com, Fallout and Fallout 2, Baldur’s Gate and others. But eventually, I moved away from computer games as my writing career became more important to me – it was too much of a temptation to sit at my desk and play games. So I moved to the Xbox and the Xbox 360, which I continue to play (very very rarely) to this day.

Have you ever ventured into online worlds? If so, please explain what that experience has been like.

Alas, I’ve not. I have a good friend who did and after watching him at it for a bit I knew that going down that road would take away valuable writing time, especially the games with such a high degree of community building alongside the dungeon crawling. I was easily able to envision a future where I did nothing but game and go to the dayjob, so I dodged that bullet. I’m sure it’s a ton of fun – but I know myself too well.

Would you say that your gaming experience has had any effect on you as a writer? Please explain.

I would say that it’s had a very powerful effect on me as a writer. D&D and the other games of that ilk really informed me to the waltz that takes place between the player and the DM – something I now see as The Storyteller’s Waltz. I think those days as a DM really helped me see the give and take that needs to happen to give the reader a satisfactory experience in the tale you’ve concocted for their entertainment.

Grind is a term used frequently in gaming vernacular referring to something that is rather repetitive or unpleasant that one engages in in order to progress in the game. Would you say there is grinding in the writing process? Please explain.

Well, truth be told, any of it can grind under the right circumstances. But consistently, my least favorite part of the process appears to be revision and the series of subsequent passes one has to make through a manuscript before it’s really ready for the world. Still, it’s an important part of the job. And I don’t know where I’d be without people like my editor and copyeditor along with the team of readers who go through my first draft. Their eyes and hands upon each book are really critical.

Would you have any words of advice for the would-be-writers out there?

Absolutely. Read a lot. Write every day. Find a writer’s group or a group of readers to read and offer constructive input on your work. When it’s done, send it out to market and get on to the next project. If you’re writing short stories, take advantage of the Writers of the Future contest – it will teach you to write to deadlines and can land you a nice award, a pro-level publication (and payment!) and get you into an amazing workshop taught by Tim Powers and K.D. Wentworth. I tell would-be writers to keep sending stories until they either win or are disqualified based on their number of publications.

You wake up to a world where Lamentation has been made into an MMO. What race and class would you play and why?

Well, so far we only have one race in the series but I’d definitely be a Gypsy Scout. Maybe one that had gone rogue to live over the Wall in the Churning Wastes as a freelance guide….

Is there anything else you’d like to share with this gamer/reader audience?

Nothing off the top of my head but thanks so much for having me on the site! To find out more about me or my writing, please visit www.kenscholes.com!

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Lars (Chapter 3)

Posted by Randolph Carter on April 27, 2009

Chapter 3: Online

Were you ever exposed to MUDs?

No i wasn’t

What was your first MMO experience?

2004 and it was World of Warcraft, and it was soo funny i didnt understand anything but i didnt care it was fun to run around Valley of trials killing boars

If possible, list all the MMOs you’ve played extensively. Please start from the beginning and work your way up to the present. For extra bonus fun list your main (class & level) in each game as well.

World of warcraft
Dodriko – Undead Warlock level 74

What is your current MMO of choice, or perhaps, what are your current MMOs of choice?

World of warcraft

Which MMO have you spent the most time playing? How long would you say that has been?

World of warcraft, about 3½years did take a 6month break from it 2006

Have you reached level cap in any MMO? If so, which ones?

Yeah once Pre-tbc once Tbc and soon to hit level cap again

Loki taps you on the shoulder one day to inform you that you have fallen victim to one of his elaborate pranks. The world you’ve been inhabiting of countless MMOs to choose from and play has merely been a dream. In reality only one MMO exists. After laughing at you for a bit he decides to take pity on you and allows you to choose which MMO will remain. Which one would you choose and why?

World of warcraft becouse for me World of warcraft is more then just a game, i have meet so many pepole there that i have gotten friends with and its a real good game

Are there any MMOs currently in development that you are particularly interested in? Please explain.

Oh yeah, Blizzards Next-gen MMO of course and the new Starwars MMO that takes place during the Knights of the old republic era.

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Sente (Chapter 3)

Posted by Randolph Carter on April 27, 2009

MMO community connection:

A Ding World

Chapter 3: Online

Were you ever exposed to MUDs?

I had some brief exposure during my university time, but I never got caught up in it. I was using various bulletin-board systems that was my main “multi player” venue at that time, although that was just discussions – no gaming.

What was your first MMO experience?

My first MMO was Anarcy Online, in 2001. I had read an article in a local newspaper about MMOs which caught my interest. Looking at a store what MMOs were available I found Anarchy Online and Everquest. I choose Anarchy Online because it was newer and had just been released, plus that it had a SciFi theme. SciFi was more interesting to me than Fantasy, so it was an easy choice.

I found the whole experience quite fascinating. Anarchy Online had its issue when it was released, but I think I missed the worst part since I did not play directly from release, but a few weeks after. Since I had no previous notion of what an MMO might contain and I did not know what Funcom had promised, I was just eagerly absorbing everything I encountered. I created many different characters, trying out probably most combinations of profession and race possible.

If possible, list all the MMOs you’ve played extensively.

Not sure what extensively would be, but this list should cover MMOs I played at least 3 months.

  • Anarchy Online – Bureaucrat, level 53-54 I think
  • Earth & Beyond – Jenquai Explorer, level 150 (max level)
  • EVE Online – Minmatar character, I think
  • Star Wars Galaxies – human Master Ranger/Master Creature Handler
  • Final Fantasy XI – BeastMaster, level 45-46 I think
  • Everquest 2 – Ratonga Brigand, level 44-45 I think
  • World of Warcraft – Undead mage, level 60 (max at that time)
  • City of Heroes/Villains – Dominator, level 50 (max level). Actually 5 dominators at 50 and 1 at 49 at the time of writing.
  • Lord of the Rings Online – Rune Keeper, level 28-29 I think
  • Tabula Rasa – Engineer, level 47
  • Guild Wars – Necromancer, level 20
  • Age of Conan – Dark Templar, level 31

What is your current MMO of choice, or perhaps, what are your current MMOs of choice?

City of Heroes/Villains, Guild Wars and Age of Conan.

Which MMO have you spent the most time playing? How long would you say that has been?

City of Heroes/Villains, without a doubt. It will be 3 years calendar time in about 1 month.

Have you reached level cap in any MMO? If so, which ones?

Earth & Beyond, Star Wars Galaxies (no levels, but maxed out skills), World of Warcraft, City of Heroes/Villains and Guild Wars.

Loki taps you on the shoulder one day to inform you that you have fallen victim to one of his elaborate pranks. The world you’ve been inhabiting of countless MMOs to choose from and play has merely been a dream. In reality only one MMO exists. After laughing at you for a bit he decides to take pity on you and allows you to choose which MMO will remain. Which one would you choose and why?

I would not make any choice until I hear the developers of various MMOs answer that question – what would they do if their MMO would be the only one left?

Then I would also discuss that with friends about their choices. The current state of a game is not that interesting, since MMOs are constantly evolving anyway. What becomes interesting is how the developers would deal with such a situation.

Are there any MMOs currently in development that you are particularly interested in? Please explain.

Champions Online is definitely one. It is made by Cryptic who made City of Heroes/Villains and it seems to be their next attempt learning the lessons from the earlier game and probably keeping and expanding on what was good in the old game.

Guild Wars 2 is another one. I am very impressed by what ArenaNet did with Guild Wars, so I will happily try out any new game they are making.

Any SciFi, Apocalypse or Steampunk-themed MMO released will be something I will likely try out also.

Feel free to share an interesting or amusing anecdote related to your MMO gaming experience.

Well, I tend to write such things on my blog from time to time, so feel free to read there :)

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Lars (Chapter 2)

Posted by Randolph Carter on April 27, 2009

Chapter 2: Origins

What kind of games (if any) did you play as a child before you got into video gaming? Did you play with family, friends or was it more of a solo activity?

I was born 1981 and got my first console at the age of 5 so honest i dont have so mutch memories without a console but i was not a kid that just played videogames all days, hade to point that out.

What other hobbies and/or activities did you have as a child (sports, music, etc)?

I did some wrestling as a kid.

Were you ever exposed to pen and paper role playing games? What was that experience like?

I was 20year old. The game was Vampire the masqurade and for all that have played that game you know that golden rule “Dont break the masqurade” and guess who did that several times? Yeah me but my friend and also GameMaster that night did cover that up. So my first Pen n Paper rpg experience was scary but also fun and after that it have been alot of pen and paper and that was like over 7 years ago and i think that it opened up my eyes for RPG games.

Did you read much as a child? If so, what did you like to read (books, comic books, etc?) Please list some favorite authors, titles, etc.

Not really it have come under later years.

Would you say that any of these games or books had an effect on your later appreciation of computer gaming and ultimately MMOs? Please explain.

I think my Pen n Paper rpgs did open my eyes for RPG’s and the will to build that ultimate character and the will to learn more about lore and characters and my love for freeroam rpgs

How were you fist introduced to video games? How old were you? What was the platform?

Got a Nes on chrismas, i was around 4-5years old.

Did you ever play coin-op games at the arcade? What was that experience like?

Oh yeah, my first contact with Arcades was when i was a kid and the mall my mom always dragged me to to buy new cloths hade this Double Dragon II Arcade and when we hade bought the clothes i always begged my mother for money to buy candy (I did know then that she would never give money to me to play a game) and then i ran off and played. I never got past the first boss but the experience was really intense

What was the first video game you can remember playing that really made an impression on you? Please explain.

A legend of Zelda, i didnt care that i couldnt understand english it was just so fun to run around killing stuff.

What gaming consoles have you owned in the past?

Nes, Snes, Gameboy, Gameboy color, N64, Gamecube and i still have them and often take them out and play them and remember all the good times.

Feel free to share a story related to your gaming experience as a child.

Oh there are so many, but i have one funny story. It was when Mega Man 2 came out and both me and my mate bought that game and i sat at my place playing and he at his place playing and we did call up eachother every time we did defeat a boss. And if you have played you know that the game didnt have a save function but instead used this password system with a A-1 B-3 kind of system. I hade Electric man and Wood Man left and i was stuck and one morning i did put in the code (or atleast i thought i put the right code in) and Oh my god when i got to the choose level screen all the bosses was gone and i could go to the Dr Willy stage. And my mate still hates me for that “accident”. And when i am talking about Megan Man 2 i also remember the first boss in Dr Willy stage that dragon that pops-up when you jump the cliffs, i did always got so scared that i jumped wrong and died.

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Wiqd (Chapter 3)

Posted by Randolph Carter on April 26, 2009

MMO community connection:

iMMOvation

Chapter 3: Online

Were you ever exposed to MUDs?

I only played a few MUDs, but none that I clearly remember. My gaming back then was almost strictly console based, with the PC games being single player. For the games I did play, I really don’t think they affected me as much as others.

What was your first MMO experience?

My first MMO was Everquest back in 1999. I loved and still love the experience of EQ. The world seemed massive and many of the mechanics and ideas used are things I’d like to see redone in current MMOs. I feel EQ was an appropriate difficulty despite its shortcomings and the recent move to easier, more dumbed-down styles of play really hurt the industry.

If possible, list all the MMOs you’ve played extensively.

Everquest (expansions up til OoW), Asheron’s Call, Asheron’s Call 2, Anarchy Online, Star Wars Galaxy, Dark Age of Camelot, Everquest 2 (all current expansions), World of Warcraft(all current expansions), Lineage II, RF Online, Eve Online, City of Heroes, City of Villains, Tabula Rasa, Lord of the Rings Online, Age of Conan, Warhammer Online.

There are others, but these are the ones I’ve spent the most time with.

What is your current MMO of choice, or perhaps, what are your current MMOs of choice?

I recently resigned to having just 1 MMO on my plate while I wait for something actually good to come along. That choice is Everquest 2.

Which MMO have you spent the most time playing? How long would you say that has been?

I played EQ for about 5 years and have played World of Warcraft and Everquest 2 for about the same amount of time now.

Have you reached level cap in any MMO? If so, which ones?

I’ve hit the level cap in about every MMO I’ve ever played, if only to quit just after ;) I like seeing everything in a game before I toss it.

Loki taps you on the shoulder one day to inform you that you have fallen victim to one of his elaborate pranks. The world you’ve been inhabiting of countless MMOs to choose from and play has merely been a dream. In reality only one MMO exists. After laughing at you for a bit he decides to take pity on you and allows you to choose which MMO will remain. Which one would you choose and why?

Honestly, whatever MMO I come up with to finally make ;) If I had to choose just 1 from the current picks, it would be Everquest 2.

Are there any MMOs currently in development that you are particularly interested in? Please explain.

I’m interested in any and every MMO that’s in development at any given time. I do my research and try to alpha / beta as much as I can, avoiding open betas at all costs. Mostly it’s to see what, if anything, these companies are doing different with their game, but I can honestly say I’ve been pretty disappointed in the last few years.

Feel free to share an interesting or amusing anecdote related to your MMO gaming experience.

Well, despite my aversion to WoW, it’s where I met my current fiancee, so it wasn’t all bad ;) She was actually my guild leader, introduced to me by someone else in WoW who thought we would fit perfectly. She was right :)

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Lars

Posted by Randolph Carter on April 26, 2009

Chapter 1: Introduction

What is your name (your online persona/alter-ego, what have you)?

Lars Lundquist (IRL) and in World of Warcraft its Dodriko and Arnóld

What is your connection to the gaming/blogging/podcasting community (your chance to plug yourself here)?

I am very active in different gaming communitys to keep me up to date. I like to listen to podcasts of different kinds i would like to start to blogg about gaming but my memory is so bad so i always forget to write anything in them.

Please take a minute and describe what your blog/podcast is about.

I don’t have any blogs or podcasts but maybe in the future

Where were you born? Where did you grow up?

I was born in Katrineholm in Sweden and did grow up in a little town called Malmköping about 40km north of Katrineholm

Where do you live now?

I live in Eskilstuna

Your level (age) is somewhere in the range of (pick one): 10-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, 71-80, 81-90

21-30

What do you do for a living?

I am in school right now but i have a little music career on the side

If you could reroll your career, what would you be?

A full time musician

List five random things most people don’t know about you.

  • Likes classic music
  • That i am TO kind
  • Likes Cartoons
  • Likes old 80′s tvprograms (Like Knightrider, A-team, Macguyver and Magnum P.I)
  • That i have a serious Nintendo Fetish

Feel free to discuss any family you have here.

I got a mother and father and two sisters, my younger sisters lives in Newcastle with her boyfriend and my older sister lives in Stockholm with her boyfriend and my mother and father still lives in the town where i was born and raised.

Chapter 2: Origins

What kind of games (if any) did you play as a child before you got into video gaming? Did you play with family, friends or was it more of a solo activity?

I was born 1981 and got my first console at the age of 5 so honest i dont have so mutch memories without a console but i was not a kid that just played videogames all days, hade to point that out.

What other hobbies and/or activities did you have as a child (sports, music, etc)?

I did some wrestling as a kid.

Were you ever exposed to pen and paper role playing games? What was that experience like?

I was 20year old. The game was Vampire the masqurade and for all that have played that game you know that golden rule “Dont break the masqurade” and guess who did that several times? Yeah me but my friend and also GameMaster that night did cover that up. So my first Pen n Paper rpg experience was scary but also fun and after that it have been alot of pen and paper and that was like over 7 years ago and i think that it opened up my eyes for RPG games.

Did you read much as a child? If so, what did you like to read (books, comic books, etc?) Please list some favorite authors, titles, etc.

Not really it have come under later years.

Would you say that any of these games or books had an effect on your later appreciation of computer gaming and ultimately MMOs? Please explain.

I think my Pen n Paper rpgs did open my eyes for RPG’s and the will to build that ultimate character and the will to learn more about lore and characters and my love for freeroam rpgs

How were you fist introduced to video games? How old were you? What was the platform?

Got a Nes on chrismas, i was around 4-5years old.

Did you ever play coin-op games at the arcade? What was that experience like?

Oh yeah, my first contact with Arcades was when i was a kid and the mall my mom always dragged me to to buy new cloths hade this Double Dragon II Arcade and when we hade bought the clothes i always begged my mother for money to buy candy (I did know then that she would never give money to me to play a game) and then i ran off and played. I never got past the first boss but the experience was really intense

What was the first video game you can remember playing that really made an impression on you? Please explain.

A legend of Zelda, i didnt care that i couldnt understand english it was just so fun to run around killing stuff.

What gaming consoles have you owned in the past?

Nes, Snes, Gameboy, Gameboy color, N64, Gamecube and i still have them and often take them out and play them and remember all the good times.

Feel free to share a story related to your gaming experience as a child.

Oh there are so many, but i have one funny story. It was when Mega Man 2 came out and both me and my mate bought that game and i sat at my place playing and he at his place playing and we did call up eachother every time we did defeat a boss. And if you have played you know that the game didnt have a save function but instead used this password system with a A-1 B-3 kind of system. I hade Electric man and Wood Man left and i was stuck and one morning i did put in the code (or atleast i thought i put the right code in) and Oh my god when i got to the choose level screen all the bosses was gone and i could go to the Dr Willy stage. And my mate still hates me for that “accident”. And when i am talking about Megan Man 2 i also remember the first boss in Dr Willy stage that dragon that pops-up when you jump the cliffs, i did always got so scared that i jumped wrong and died.

Chapter 3: Online

Were you ever exposed to MUDs?

No i wasn’t

What was your first MMO experience?

2004 and it was World of Warcraft, and it was soo funny i didnt understand anything but i didnt care it was fun to run around Valley of trials killing boars

If possible, list all the MMOs you’ve played extensively. Please start from the beginning and work your way up to the present. For extra bonus fun list your main (class & level) in each game as well.

World of warcraft
Dodriko – Undead Warlock level 74

What is your current MMO of choice, or perhaps, what are your current MMOs of choice?

World of warcraft

Which MMO have you spent the most time playing? How long would you say that has been?

World of warcraft, about 3½years did take a 6month break from it 2006

Have you reached level cap in any MMO? If so, which ones?

Yeah once Pre-tbc once Tbc and soon to hit level cap again

Loki taps you on the shoulder one day to inform you that you have fallen victim to one of his elaborate pranks. The world you’ve been inhabiting of countless MMOs to choose from and play has merely been a dream. In reality only one MMO exists. After laughing at you for a bit he decides to take pity on you and allows you to choose which MMO will remain. Which one would you choose and why?

World of warcraft becouse for me World of warcraft is more then just a game, i have meet so many pepole there that i have gotten friends with and its a real good game

Are there any MMOs currently in development that you are particularly interested in? Please explain.

Oh yeah, Blizzards Next-gen MMO of course and the new Starwars MMO that takes place during the Knights of the old republic era.

Chapter 4: Preferences

At your peak, how much time per week would you say you spent gaming? How about now?

Ohh too much time is spend gaming, but it depends on the season. Now during spring/summer it’s about 10 hours per week but during the winter it may double at least

When during the week are your regular play times?

Friday to Sunday

Generally speaking, are you more of a social creature in MMOs (grouping to quest, joining guilds, etc.) or something of a lone wolf?

Both, i often quest alone but i am real active in the guildchat when i quest

Have you made any lasting friendships through your MMO experience? Please explain.

Yes, i see world of warcraft as more then just a game, its a place to meet old and new friends and i have a friend that i have been playing since launch day, we are now on different servers but we still chat on MSN and over mail and we have alts on each others server

Before logging into a game, do you already have a course of action planned out in your head, or do you just sort of do whatever you feel like once in game?

I hate to have everything planned out, i am a random guy so to speak, one day i want to do a lot of pvp the other day its doing daily’s the next i do allot of instances

When playing MMOs do you tend to just play one at a time or do you take more of the smorgasbord approach?

I stuck with WoW because i have a computer from the early stoneage, you can play wow on it with no problem but to try to play MMO’s like Conan or any of the newer ones is out of the question until the day i am done with my studies and gotten a job and a big paycheck

Do you tend to supplement your MMO gaming with other PC, console or tabletop games?

Yes, i am owner of all Nintendo consoles from the Nes to the Wii and a 360, so the MMO part is actually a small part of my gaming

Are you something of an altoholic?

Yeah, got around 25-30 alts spread over many servers, some of them are just so i can speak with my irl friends ingame but most of them are 40+ and being played on at least several times a week

Do you find yourself multitasking while gaming (perhaps watching TV, talking on the phone, out of game instant messaging, playing another game, or even listening to a podcast)?

Yes, instant messaging alot and listening to music and of course look on diffrent wow related pages (Like wowhead, curse.com, mmo-champion.com)

Do you find yourself having much MMO discussion off-line, perhaps with friends or family?

Hehe, yeah since lots of my irl friends also plays wow

Have you ever felt that you game too much? If so, how did you cope with that?

Yeah, i was without a job and no girl friend so i did play like 8-10 hours a day 7 days a week for a very long time and at the end i was thinking what am i doing and took a 6 month long break from the game

Since you started playing MMOs, have you ever taken a break from the genre? If so, please explain.

Yeah a 6 month break (Reason look at the answer above)

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Genda (Chapter 3)

Posted by Randolph Carter on April 25, 2009

MMO community connection:

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Chapter 3: Online

Were you ever exposed to MUDs?

I wasn’t. Like Pen and Paper, I somehow missed that era.

What was your first MMO experience?

Like a lot of you, Everquest was my first. I started in early 2000, introduced by some friends that I played foosball with. Once I started, I was hooked. I couldn’t believe how rich the content was and how many things there were to do. I also really liked how what you did had consequences. If you died, you had to go find your body or you lost your stuff. That was cool back then.

If possible, list all the MMOs you’ve played extensively.

EQ 61 Druid, Lineage II 33 Archer, SWG Master Architect, World of Warcraft 66 Shaman, City of Heroes 30 Controller, City of Villains, Everquest II 36 can’t remember what the SK is called, Vanguard (don’t get me started, trust me,) LotRO, Tabula Rasa, EVE, Age of Conan, WarHammer 30 Squig Herder, and World of Warcraft again. Also leveled a Lock, Mage, and Priest in WoW.

What is your current MMO of choice, or perhaps, what are your current MMOs of choice?

Playing World of Warcraft – Horde on a PVP server.

Which MMO have you spent the most time playing? How long would you say that has been?

It’s close between EQ and WoW. I may have more total time in WoW because I have Altitis so bad. I’ve leveled a LOT of different characters there. On my main in EQ, he was retired pretty much right after the level cap was raised for PoP with around 100 days played. My current WoW main is right at 56 days played. About 35 of those days were played when he was capped at 60.

Have you reached level cap in any MMO? If so, which ones?

See above. EQ and WoW when the level caps were 60 on each.

Loki taps you on the shoulder one day to inform you that you have fallen victim to one of his elaborate pranks. The world you’ve been inhabiting of countless MMOs to choose from and play has merely been a dream. In reality only one MMO exists. After laughing at you for a bit he decides to take pity on you and allows you to choose which MMO will remain. Which one would you choose and why?

That’s hard. I could play the “what could have been” game and say SWG for it’s potential, but the game just didn’t support that. EQ was so important for it’s time, but that has passed. I’d have to say WoW, because then I’d be sure to have plenty of people to play with.

Are there any MMOs currently in development that you are particularly interested in? Please explain.

The Copernicus project at 38 Studios is really the only one holding my attention at all at the moment. I am a little disillusioned with the state of game development at the present time, and I am really hoping these guys can do something different.I like what I hear from Shwayder and Moorgard, but I’ve fallen for smooth talking and cheap wine before. I’m also a little piqued by what Blizzard might be working on.

Feel free to share an interesting or amusing anecdote related to your MMO gaming experience.

Where is Burned Woods this week? This isn’t my work, but trust me, and if you are an MMO fan, this is a MUST read. Some EQ acronyms are worth finding out about to understand the story. I wish I could take credit for this one.

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Rivs (Chapter 3)

Posted by Randolph Carter on April 25, 2009

MMO community connection:
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Chapter 3: Online

Were you ever exposed to MUDs?

Nope

What was your first MMO experience?

2002 was the year. I was playing Aliens vs Predator 2 like crazy. I was part of a Clan called Hell’s Elite Legions. They were starting a new chapter for a game called Dark Ages of Camelot. Since I just recently got laid off, I had A LOT of time on my hands, so they needed healers and I decided to start a cleric.

If possible, list all the MMOs you’ve played extensively.

  • Dark Ages of Camelot – Cleric 50
  • World of Warcraft – Mage 80
  • Warhammer Online – Chosen 40.

What is your current MMO of choice, or perhaps, what are your current MMOs of choice?

World of Warcraft and Warhammer Online

Which MMO have you spent the most time playing? How long would you say that has been?

World of Warcraft since beta in 2004.

Have you reached level cap in any MMO? If so, which ones?

Yes DAOC, WoW, and WAR

Loki taps you on the shoulder one day to inform you that you have fallen victim to one of his elaborate pranks. The world you’ve been inhabiting of countless MMOs to choose from and play has merely been a dream. In reality only one MMO exists. After laughing at you for a bit he decides to take pity on you and allows you to choose which MMO will remain. Which one would you choose and why?

Hmmm. Tough question. I would like WAR to stay because I love the Lore, and the RvR aspect of it.

Are there any MMOs currently in development that you are particularly interested in? Please explain.

Star Trek Online – I want to be a Klingon, and Captain a Bird of Prey – KAPLAH!

And Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. – Evil Sith Lord…hello!

Feel free to share an interesting or amusing anecdote related to your MMO gaming experience.

So many, One of my personal favorites was after a raid in World of Warcraft where I was playing my Alliance Mage. Usually Mages open a portal to main city, usually Ironforge. Well players just assume Mages would teleport them where they want to go. So I worked things out with my Mage brethren. We opened our portals all to Darnassus. They all clicked on them. All the mages heard on vent was, “Damn Mages!” It was great…So the lesson here is always look before you click. Heck some of my guildies still look before they click one of my portals.

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