Grinding to Valhalla

Interviewing the gamer with a thousand faces

Jaye (Chapter 3)

Posted by Randolph Carter on May 29, 2009

MMO community connection:

Chapter 3: Online

Were you ever exposed to MUDs?

I played GlobalMUSH while in college. I was lucky enough to be friends with the person who ran the server, so I got to be a wizard. It was mostly a glorified chat room, although I had fun writing and creating some of the areas in the world.

What was your first MMO experience?

My first MMO was Everquest, and I started in the spring of 1999. What an amazing experience. Everquest had that “What is this all about?” feel to it. No one really knew what it actually *was* all about. We were armed with only a flimsy game manual that was somewhat inaccurate, and mainly filled with deity lore, and we were then dropped into the middle of this wonderful, blank slate.

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

Ack, my first MMO resume! Nerd points to me!

  • Everquest – 1999-2004. Main was Jaye Wizziefingers, level 69 Ranger
  • WoW – 2005-2006. Main was Jeenie, level 60 Priest
  • Everquest 2 – On and off from 2005-today. Main originally was Erika Prexian, level 80 monk. It’s now Riske, level 80 swashbuckler.
  • Vanguard 2007-2008. Main was Jaye, level 50 Ranger

I’ve putzed around in Wizard 101, Fusion Fall, and Free Realms as well. I play those when the weather is lousy and the kids are bored.

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

My current MMO of choice is EQ2.

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

I’ve spent the most time playing Everquest. I was there for about 5 years.

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

I reached the level cap in all of them, depending on how you look at it. I was level capped in Everquest through GoD, one level shy of reaching that cap before I left. I was capped in WoW when I left the game. Same for Vanguard. And both of my EQ2 toons are at the current level 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?

It hasn’t been made yet. I think we’re about 10 years away from it.

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

I’m very interested in what the 38 Studios project “Copernicus” will be about. They seem to have a great team and a laser like focus on what they have in mind for their game. Usually it seems like MMOs are long on ideas and short on execution, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with 38 Studios, which is very exciting.

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

I have too many to list. I guess I’ll just share my first memorable experience. My first toon was a troll, and I ran her out of town into the swamp. I died a few times and started doing the newb wall walk, till I found an entrance. I zoned through, saw a group at the zone in (it was Guk btw), wearing really cool bronze and patchwork armor, did a /wave and a /dance, but got no reply. I decided to check things out, but about 10 feet in, I got smacked by a frog, ran like hell for the zone, and totally trained that group I just saw in all that hot armor.

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