Dark Age of Camelot welcomes players back with a free month for its birthday

    
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Happy birthday Dark Age of Camelot! This month, Mythic’s (now Broadsword’s) classic realm-vs.-realm MMORPG celebrates its 16th birthday following its 2001 launch.

The team raised a glass at this moment: “Sixteen Years! Dark Age of Camelot has been a wonderful home, escape, playground, refuge, and of course, battlefield since day one on October 10th, 2001. We’re celebrating fifteen glorious years with all of you — including many who’ve been with us from the start.”

To celebrate this anniversary, Broadsword is offering a free month of play to anyone who wants to come back during the month of October. There is a lot to see and take advantage of this month, including the new currency conversion, 1v1 tournaments, RvR bonuses, the Halloween season, Chapter 7 of the Dragon’s Curse campaign, and various client updates.

Were you there at the beginning? Let us know some of your favorite DAOC memories in the comments below!

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shadanwolf

Constant, unending, churning of player classes finally succeeded in driving my wife and myself away.

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Isey

SO much love for the friends (and enemies) on the Pendragon (testserver) from day one. It was a beautiful time in MMO gaming! I can’t think of a specific, single example but pretty much everything (up to TOA) =) =)

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kimowar101

I was on pen from the begining up to them allowing shadow copies, then moved to nimue.

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Doug

Oh yeah, when you re-activate your account, have to provide billing information and make sure you cancel before the 30 days or your CC will be charged.

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Mourneuk

It looks like you have to pay for a month to get your free month, or at least it told me I was eligible for the month then expected me to pay at the end.

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Doug

Wonder if Ciap & his little mate would come back, they were Hibernian scourge for us Albionians on our server.

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Doug

Can remember just before housing went live.
Guild i was in would go farming for drops to sell to make enough money to buy houses.
The Guild was able to buy all the houses in the same area and put up a Guild Hall.
I was even given a house. Having thought I missed out.

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Eliandal

I don’t know if it could be called a favorite memory – but it is one I won’t ever forget, Granarc’s memorial at the lake in Emain – I was on my bard that night, and provided ferry service – until the lag got SO bad that I would lose half my party 20 steps out of Ligen. I have no clue how many people actually showed up – but it was cross realm, and we did end up crashing the server. An actual favorite would be the night before New Frontiers launched – Docoloths “last” relic raid. 2.5 battlegroups of hibs (500+) and all the slideshowy graphics it caused :) Great fun was had that night!

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Doug

Talking of lag, i was only on dial up at the time and would lag something chronic if near a raid in frontiers.

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Eliandal

UGH…dial up would have been awful! The lag was real in the frontiers – could always tell when a zerg was coming – can remember at points when as a realm we used to post sentries at Dagda – all you had to do was spin around in a circle – and if there was anything larger than a few groups coming – the game would take a big ‘poop’ – and you knew trouble was brewing :D! (no fault on the devs – considering the tech at the time, they did a bang up job!!)

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JoeCreoterra

EQ1 was actually built to be played in first person and the controls defaulted to that. The option to change camera type and scroll out was added at some point, although I believe still before launch. So technically your friend was correct :)

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Bhagpuss Bhagpuss

I played EQ in first-person for years. 3rd person seemed very austere and uninvolving compared to the intensity of 1st. I played DAOC for the first year or so from launch and I would have guessed that was 1st person too, although it’s so long ago I really can’t remember.

DAOC was okay. I had some fun there but the fact that I lasted less than a year and never went back compared to the seventeen straight years I’ve had with EQ says everything that needs to be said about the relative pleasures of the two titles for me.

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Rheem Octuris

There’s a name I haven’t see in a while :p How you been, Bhagpuss?

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Chris Walker

One of my favorite things to do in DAoC was to jump into Darkness Falls just before our realm lost control of it. Then, as players from the realm with control filtered in, me and other like-minded players would swoop down and “raid” their side of the dungeon, killing them all until they could replenish their numbers and fight back.

It was an escalating, and often thrilling, game of hide and seek as we fought our way back and forth across the dungeon against an ever increasing number of enemies seeking vengeance, while also trying to avoid aggroing the purple mobs that lived in the deeper parts.

Those times in DF were probably the most fun I’ve ever had in any MMO, and DAoC will also have a special place in my heart because of it.

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Koshelkin

That sounds like tons of fun. Wish I could have been there. <3

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Castagere Shaikura

Many great memories playing DAOC. Nice to see its still around.