Grinding to Valhalla

Interviewing the gamer with a thousand faces

Foolsage (Chapter 3)

Posted by Randolph Carter on May 1, 2009

MMO community connection:

Fool’s Age

Chapter 3: Online

Were you ever exposed to MUDs?

Only indirectly by reading about them; I never played any.

What was your first MMO experience?

I played EverQuest from soon after launch in 1999 till about a year later. It was an epiphany of sorts to find an MMO, something I’d always looked for since my early roleplaying days.

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

  • EverQuest – Bard 52 or so
  • World of Warcraft – Priest 61
  • City of Heroes – Blaster 40
  • Lord of the Rings Online – Champion 50, Minstrel 50, Hunter 50, Burglar 50 (pre-Moria)
  • Age of Conan – Barbarian 55
  • Warhammer – Archmage 28

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

I started the EQ2 trial 2 weeks ago and subscribed yesterday.

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

I played LotRO pretty solidly through beta and then for a year or so post-launch. I spent more time in game playing LotRO than I think any other MMO.

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

See LotRO above; I reached level cap with 4 of 7 classes, and had the remaining 3 classes close to cap.

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?

Hrm. I think I’d have to choose WoW, not because it’s a better or more fulfilling game than the others, but because it’s done the most to make MMOs and video games in general more widely accepted. Without WoW, MMOs would be in a worse situation overall. Contrariwise of course, with only one MMO (whichever one) we’d lose a lot of the diversity and openness to innovation that’s been slowly developing.

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

I’m definitely intrigued by Champions Online, since it’s a change of pace from the typical fantasy genre, and it’s an IP I appreciate. I like the concept of the Nemesis system and quite enjoyed a lot of features in City of Heroes. I’m also looking forward to both Star Trek Online and Star Wars – the Old Republic, again for the change of pace and for IPs I appreciate. I’m hoping for some good exploration gameplay in Star Trek, and for some interesting moral choices in Star Wars.

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