EverQuest was not my first MMORPG, but it’s certainly one that shaped me profoundly. While I look back and grumble at the antique design mechanics and annoyances and drama, I’m also still carting around friends, skills, and passion for the genre that developed in the years we spent in SOE’s first big MMO.
For example, on this week’s MOP Podcast we talked about the “overwatch” events many guilds used to hold on EverQuest servers, where large groups of high-level players would come and babysit newbies with buffs, heals, chatter, and even snacks. Those kinds of social moments were priceless – and they’re also seldom found in more modern MMOs that make things like buffing and trading more and more difficult.
In honor of Brad McQuaid, whose passing this week has brought EverQuest players, former Vanguard players, and hopeful Pantheon players together in mourning, I’d like to open this Daily Grind up for some reminiscing. What’s your most treasured EverQuest or Vanguard memory?