Shadowbane’s player-run rogue server wipes to start a new season

    
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Feeling more than a little antsy as you continue to wait for your PvP dreams to come true in Crowfall? You could chew off your fingernails… or you could dip back into one of the core MMORPGs that inspired ArtCraft’s upcoming project.

Yes, we’re talking about the late Shadowbane, which ran from 2003 to 2009. Since then, a team of fans have picked up the pieces of the code and refashioned it into the Shadowbane Emulator (SBEmu). Part of this project and the game itself is the idea of doing a complete refresh once in a while, which is why the volunteer team is performing a complete wipe of the servers on June 28th followed by a launch of Season 5 of a new PvP war.

Here’s the fan’s elevator pitch as to why you should (or shouldn’t) play this emulator: “This is an incredibly unforgiving MMORPG. It is open, unrestricted PvP with full inventory loot, inclusive of gold (there is a bank and vault system, though). You keep what’s equipped, but it does take damage (pay to repair). You can be killed almost anywhere with few exceptions and by anyone, your own guild included.”

Read up on the history of Shadowbane in our Game Archaeologist column.

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Connor

“When I tried it, community was bent on killing low-levels non-stop. Highlevels were making rounds through popular leveling spots and wiped everything. Markets were camped by stealthers. Guildies told me to not bother with leveling in pugs or solo, you should only get leeched by allies, because without strong allies in area you are dead anyway and if they are guarding your spot, they might as well leech you.

Maybe it worked with high pop in old days but with current one you can only play when enough of your guild is on so you need to schedule your life around game.

Was anything done to solve that?”

I’ll continue having fun when I play games, thanks.

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Tor

There are nations that are taking on and more than willing to help those who are new or returning to the game, it only take’s 4-5 hours to get to max level on a character where-as you are spending days/weeks to complete a character in many other games. The class system is one of the most extensive in MMO history and allows for endless creativity. Maybe give it another go.. or don’t.

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Chime_1

I am still relatively new to the SB emulator, but don’t see myself leaving soon. The moments of heart pounding excitement, the potential for loss, and that compulsion to look over your shoulder as your pockets fill, is hard to replicate elsewhere. Sure you can die. You can die lots. Your pockets will empty and your gear will lose a few (repairable) points. Sometimes someone a higher level or better geared, will grief you. Keep returning to the same spot alone and they might do it again. Go somewhere else and more than likely, they aren’t going to find you. Better yet, take some friends with you and kill them back.

While you are at it, build a city. Craft some great weapons and armor and fight for a mine so you can craft some more. Find some allies, make some enemies, take their city or lose your own.

There is a reason for guilds to take in new players, to teach them and help them level and server reset is a great time to get yourself settled. Find a good guild and you’ll make some friends while having fun. You’ll share the risk and the gains, you’ll watch the play of politics upon the land and you’ll see how a game that’s almost 20 years old keeps bringing folks back again and again.

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zPaero

Guy below me is a carebear.

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Bruno Brito

Yeah, i prefer my games alive, well, and not a cesspool of sociopaths, thanks.

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Bruno Brito

Here’s the fan’s elevator pitch as to why you should (or shouldn’t) play this emulator: “This is an incredibly unforgiving MMORPG. It is open, unrestricted PvP with full inventory loot, inclusive of gold (there is a bank and vault system, though). You keep what’s equipped, but it does take damage (pay to repair). You can be killed almost anywhere with few exceptions and by anyone, your own guild included.”

Aaaaaand like that, you lost me.

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Taylor Freeman

There is a certain subset of Shadowbane player that derives a large amount of their self worth from how skilled they are at this silly old game. They tend to exaggerate how “hardcore” Shadowbane is because it makes them feel more badass. A lot of other players enjoy other aspects of the game. For a few weeks weeks after the wipe things will be pretty crazy, but after that you can go days without PVPing if you want to. Just avoid hotzones etc…

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Bruno Brito

I’m not saying the game is bad nor anything. It’s just not for me. If a game gives the possibility for inventory loot and FFA pvp, avoidable or not, chances are i’ll get fucked someday, and i prefer to avoid the fatigue.