The Daily Grind: What’s your most memorable MMO noob moment?

    
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I was basically still a kid when I first started playing MMOs, and my first, of course, was the wild west of the newly launched Ultima Online. Completely new to multiplayer games, I rolled up my first character with the fun-sounding tailoring and musicianship skills (no other bard skills — just musicianship, a passive skill that did nothing alone). Clueless, I made money selling dyeing services to equally clueless newbies and wandering the roads picking up left-behind bags to sell for gold.

But what I remember most from those first few days was standing by the East Britain bank watching what I thought were elite mage characters repeatedly summoning ham, eating it, and then summoning more ham, over and over again as they worked on their skills. One of them explained to me that really good mages could cast recall on marked runes and make them disappear. That was the moment I decided I didn’t want to be a hopeless bag lady in this weirdo game. I wanted to be a powerful mage and summon ham and make runes disappear. And that’s exactly what I did.

Looking back now, I realize what a total noob I was; it’s a miracle I survived and eventually thrived in that game all those years ago. But that moment of wonder as I watched those dudes cast In Mani Ylem and eat their sweet, sweet ham repeatedly has stuck with me. I want to hang onto that memory, to remember that I was once an innocent noob, that there are innocent noobs logging into this genre every day, and that something I do might inadvertently influence their gameplay forever. What I’m saying is that ham is serious business.

What’s your most memorable noob moment from the early days of your MMO career?

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Thurro_1809
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Thurro_1809

Falling into the darkness beneath Kelethin about five minutes into my MMO career.  The music there will never leave me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Pib1DwGsqE

epig
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epig

Figuring out how to actually play…. I started out in SWG and didn’t understand squat. I think I spent about 3 weeks getting 2 boxes in Marksman. Then a buddy explained the basics to me and I have yet to find a game I enjoy more.
I still go back and play the EMU every now and then.

Lctwo
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Lctwo

So many unintentional aggros

lizthelibrarian
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lizthelibrarian

lizthelibrarian LOL. I meant non-F2P.

shadoeryder
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shadoeryder

Original EQ, attacking the Dwarven King in thurgadin by hitting the wrong key and attacking him instead of hailing him. For the first few months there was always a pile of bodies around the king hahaha

lizthelibrarian
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lizthelibrarian

My first AAA, non-Asian, F2P game was WoW. I remember standing in noob town just outside Stormwind staring at all the people dancing in their skivies (musta been an event) and doing whatever. It was busy and vibrant and I was in “oooh, aaah!” mode when I realized panning the camera moved YOU! Oh dear! Now everyone knows I’m staring at them! OMG! Run away!!

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Figuring the hell out of (BC-WOTLK) WoW. Figuring out how the hell to get a MMO working on the computer specs I was using. (mid to late 2000s)

Werewolf Finds Dragon
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Werewolf Finds Dragon

Being a galka bard in FF XI. Which I stuck with. And it was entirely worth it because one could actually save people as a galka bard, people whom would then react with utter astonishment. Were we just rescued by a galka bard???
YES. YES YOU WERE.

Nothing better than an awkward, fumbling giant with a silly little lute saving a bunch of so-called heroes to restore humility, eh? It gave me purpose in that game.

jwscott54
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jwscott54

I used to get lost in World of Warcraft back when I first played… One time I wound up in Arathi Highlands on a level 12 dwarf… On a PVP server… I was killed and camped while waiting for my Hearthstone to cooldown.

Kass40
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Kass40

Writing a ticket to a GM about a major graphical glitch on my Draenei warrior. There was something sticking out its rear. So a GM back in the day came and spoke to me in game and after a lot of waffle from me they explained that I had a “Tail” and it was not a glitch.

I was shocked and mortified, least the GM had a sense of humour.

Needless to say after all those years, my dear friends still like to poke fun over it. Hey!” I lityerallyw as a noob, never played a mmo before. When I look back, was funny as hell :)