The Daily Grind: What is your favorite memory from the EverQuest franchise?

    
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It’s interesting to note that the EverQuest video game franchise, as a whole, is quite large — perhaps bigger than you realized. There’s the original EverQuest, EverQuest II, EverQuest Online Adventures, Lords of EverQuest, Champions of Norrath, Champions: Return to Arms, EQMac, Legends of Norrath, Landmark, and (hopefully one day!) EverQuest Next. Whew!

With all of those titles, chances are that many of you have visited Norrath at some point in your gaming career. Today’s Daily Grind is all about sharing favorite memories from those experiences.

Personally, I only dipped into EverQuest II for any length of time. While I found the graphics questionable, I was deeply impressed with the feature set and the warm, welcoming community. What about you? Do you have any EverQuest-related memories?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Equilibrium31
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Equilibrium31

Well, I never got into EQ1 or 2, so my favorite memory was when I thought EQN was actually going to be released.

wontgrowup
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wontgrowup

An odd one, racism being built into the games cultural tableau. I played Barbarian exclusively and even though I was “good” race, most of my fellow good guy races were dubious and often outright agro to me.
It was a weird thing to include in the game I can’t  think of any other games that did that. It certainly upped my immersion level.

wontgrowup
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wontgrowup

melissaheather
Good list.
I couldn’t make a face I liked as much as that stupid Barbarian block-head with the eye patch. The armor upgrades were beautiful though, it forced to find something I liked eventually.

wontgrowup
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wontgrowup

Elven_Seraph
Raids were a huge time sink but you really got know people. Lots of long lasting relationships, romantic or otherwise, were forged back in those days.

wontgrowup
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wontgrowup

rawhunger
There was something rad about that zone. On most nights, even as I got to higher levels, I would go back to Halas and buff new players in the Everfrost with whatever I could use on them. It was fun to watch people go from struggling against polar bears and ice goblins to little murder machines. I miss real support classes like Shaman.
Off-tanks, Crowd control and off-heal/Support classes feel mechanically obsolete in the modern MMO; I wish there was a way to bring it back without the huge time sinks that were in those old MMO.

wontgrowup
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wontgrowup

flatline4400
Right on! I did the reverse,  Halas to FP. It was fun as hell, I felt like a damned adventurer.

wontgrowup
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wontgrowup

In EQ, I trekked from Halas to Freeport to meet up with my friends. This was still during the first month I think, and none of us had made the trip so I was pretty much just wandering across the continent alone, finding my way, hoping not to die. I didn’t have SoW yet so just whatever generic run speed was.
I can’t think of an MMO since that felt so huge and adventurous.
-I was wandering through The Qeynos HIlls trying to find the zone to W. Karana and Holly Windstalker chased my Barbarian ass down and killed me outright cementing a lifelong hatred of Qeynos and it’s filthy fucking people. Lowland scum!
-Chased by numerous bears in WK, Froon and Choon, the 2 Cyclopes in W. Karana managed to sneak up on me in the dark and scare the shit out of me(strafe run ftw).
-Seeing the Combine spires and wandering Griffons was super awesome.
-Near death experiences when moving through High Pass and Kithicor Forest, but I did finally get to Freeport alive.
Met my friends and then Sir Lucan aggroed me for some reason and killed me. I wasn’t bound to FP so it popped me all the way back to Halas, naked…
Least favorite thing; continent spanning corpse runs. I think I left my corpse to rot.
I can’t imagine trying to play it now but for the first 5 or 6 years it was amazing, especially Rise of Kunark and Scars of Velious, that shit got me hooked to MMOs. I still haven’t quite shaken the habit, just keep wandering from game to game hoping to rekindle the fun and camaraderie from the days of EQ1, DAOC and even vanilla-WoW.

Sargonnax
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Sargonnax

This one is easy for me. 

My best memory was from playing the EverQuest beta. I remember running around the Butcherblock Mountains as a dwarf and running up to the entrance to Kaladim for the first time. My jaw hit the floor standing in front of it and panning up to see the dwarf statue above the entrance. Yes, EQ looks old these days, but at the time the view was amazing. There was nothing in gaming like it. I still to this day remember the excitement I had running around that world for the first time.

Armsman
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Armsman

Oh as an aside – My WORST memory was the 18 hour straight stint I did in camping the Black Gnoll spawn point (for an item need for the original Monk epic weapon quest) in Lower Guk.  I sooo wanted to get the piece the ‘honorable’ way; but after I missed out on  a Raid where my Guild could have used my FD pulling skills; they convinced me (in tells as I sat camping the spawn point and seeing the damn Froglok pop every 18 minutes) to just get a Guild party together (with a Ranger for tracking) and just go kill ‘Raster of Guk’ and loot the piece I needed from him – and be done with that part.
To this day, I can’t believe I actually sat at my PC for 18 hours straight (with bathroom breaks, and runs to the kitchen to get food/drink) trying the get the %$#@! Black Gnoll to pop.

Ppiper
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Ppiper

jeremy2020 Cabalis. Spent many a week there.