We're counting down Massively OP's weirdest MMORPG stories of 2016!
And the #1 weirdest MMORPG story of 2016 is...
... that time when Richard Garriott sold his blood for Shroud of the Avatar, as we wrote in a pair of articles over the summer.
The real story is a little bit more complicated, of course. Shroud of the Avatar's Richard "Lord British" Garriott and Starr "Darkstarr" Long donated their blood to be used in 10 pieces of "blood reliquary" artwork created by Steve Brudniak; the artwork was then put on Ebay for an initial bid of $5000, though they were moved to the game's website following what was likely an issue with Ebay's rules. The price has increased as each one sells, and they do indeed sell; as I write this, in December, only one Lord British reliquary remains for sale (at $13,000), while two Darkstarr pieces remain (at $12,000 and $13,000).
Proceeds from the sales benefit both the game and a designated medical charity, which is actually pretty cool.