Asheron’s Call would’ve been 20 years old this month, but the community isn’t dead

    
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Ah, Asheron’s Call. We miss you. You’d have been 20 years old this month, celebrating your antique status with the likes of Ultima Online and EverQuest. But alas, you were sunsetted unjustly when Standing Stone split off from Turbine almost three years on now, and now we’re stuck mourning collectively on Reddit.

Or are we? Back in the fall of 2017, a rash of player emulators of the game were cranking up production, only to be slammed with cease-and-desist letters from Turbine’s parent company, Warner Bros. And so everyone shut everything down and gave up.

Just kidding. The game’s public Reddit suggests that there are several new player-run rogue servers underway. How are they getting away with this time? Apparently the emulator they’re built on is a “custom, completely from-scratch open source server implementation for Asheron’s Call built on C#” rather than an attempt to rip off the official servers themselves. While it’s not a sure thing that you can play in the clear, the player devs this time ’round seem to have done a much better job of shoring up the legalities and patching the things that provoked the C&Ds the last time.

Either way, we’ve rounded up some of our best pieces on the MMORPG if you’re feeling like reminiscing. Happy birthday, Asheron’s Call. You were awesome.

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Doug Churchman

I made this video to keep me company.
(Formerly, Quixotic of Frostfell and Wintersebb)

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Stormwaltz

Good to see you still kicking around. :)

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Bryan Correll

I wonder if Asheron’s Call Grandpa ever found another game….

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In this era of “reboots” and in a genre known for its cloning, this game…this world needs to return.

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Castagere Shaikura

I really got into AC 2. The world was just so amazing to explore. MMO’s back then were just so much better to me. Maybe its because I’m older and don’t like what the new ones are doing or how they treat their fans as money sinks.

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Vaeris

Yep. This was the first MMO that I got to Beta Test. When actual testing was the goal of Beta Tests.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Also my first beta test and MMO experience – from a code/disc in a real world magazine. Remember the Microsoft Groups beta forums?

I decided to play AC1 to get the story pretext and then never went back to AC2

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Jack Pipsam

Also good is this video, just the sound effects around most folk’s starting town.

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NecroFox4

Ahhh, Holtburg… My home for ages.

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same

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Those wind chimes get me every time.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

..and that poor cow that got tipped by everyone.

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/raiseshand

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Zulika Mi-Nam

If anyone wants the sounds from AC you can get them from the link here.

https://old.reddit.com/r/AsheronsCall/comments/5jsueg/sound_files/

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Jack Pipsam

Even better :)

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Stormwaltz

I miss the ambience. For me, audio makes a game world. To this day, when another game uses one of those old stock sound effects, it jumps out at me.

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Java Jawa

good memories, thanks for sharing

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NecroFox4

Asheron’s Call was my MMO “first love”. I started playing some time in late 99 or early 2000, and played off and on right up until it was ripped from our chests like a still-beating he….. errrr, sunsetted…

I have many, many wonderful memories from Dereth. From hunting for my first “house item” on Dark Majesty launch day, to hunting for snowmen when the winter update dropped, to rushing into the breach when Gaerlan’s Citadel released, as a huge group of players worked together to find the way in, and puzzle out how to make it through.

I sincerely miss the community we had on Solclaim. I’ll never forget some of the names of those I shared those years of adventures with….

Laris Bloodsong
Mike the Deathbringer
Polgarae
Seth the Destroyer / Leon Phelps

And many, many more…

Happy Birthday, Asheron’s Call!

~Drache the Destroyer, Solclaim

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I still run into AC people from my server in other games these days – Leafcull here.