The Daily Grind: Which MMO rogue server do you recommend trying?

    
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It is truly heartening to see so many sunsetted MMORPGs being revived thanks to the tireless efforts of rogue server operators. Preservation of these game worlds is something that we hold very dear here at Massively OP, and it seems as if this field of MMO emulators grows month by month.

That said, not every rogue server is (re)created equal. Some suffer from faulty code, weak hardware, or tinpot dictators running the shards. Others are outstanding pieces of restoration with strong, thriving communities.

For those of you who dabble — or delve — in rogue servers, which ones do you give your stamp of approval? Which of these are worth trying?

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Travis Laborde

There are so many good WoW Lich King servers to choose from!

I’d recommend Dalaran: https://www.dalaran-wow.com/

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kjempff

EqEmu TGC was great fun for me. But! In my opinion it is because you can play eq in a completely different way by basically being an army instead of one character. How to do it is a bit technical but a special version of mq2 is allowed, by which you can manage playing many characters. Obviously you need to be comfortable controlling many characters, and accept that for example a wipe can take some time recovering from; setting up many macros, keeping an eye on all your characters so you don leave any behind, etc.

But in any case, I started out with a 3 box, then a full group, and ended up with a 12 box. This meant that I could take on small raids and have a great fun challenge doing it (for example doing vindi and later king tormax). One of the most fun raids was with 2 friends with a combined 4 groups managed to kill avatar of war and dropped 2 boc, later we went on to pop progression, but rl kicked in and our little raid days stopped.
Anyways, TGC is at OOW expansion, and I am sure you could have great fun doing the same… I mean boxing AND group(raiding) with friends = great challenge, and you don’t have that pressure of wasting 50 peoples time wiping to stuff.

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Also for 3 boxing, I recommend p2002, the best and friendliest eq server I ever played; though they are locked at pop expansion by now so the progression part is over.

If you are fanatic about non boxing or you want “original experience” I guess you would have to go p1999, but gotta warn you..it is a shitshow. You should consider playing a live progression server instead, they are not historical correct and kindda eaz-mode but still not bad at all.

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kjempff

Another emu to recommend would be Path of Diablo, a Diablo2 emulator with ladder leagues/seasons.
It is modded version of Diablo2, but still has most of the base game the same. A bunch of balancing to allow unused skills to be viable, and some have been completely changed; I am not a fan the complete skill changes, but there are a few gems.
For me one of the most attractive things about PoD is that the insanely poor drop chances of normal Diablo has been increased a lot, which means a mortal person with some grind-resilience could actually get high runes and make those high end runewords. Also there is a nice trade system in place which makes it much easier to list and search for stuff.

Obviously it is a limited experience even with extra endgame in form of tiered maps, and def not for people who tire of repeating stuff, but if you have done Diablo2 ladders in the past….
And as always, buy your Diablo2 copy from Blizzard even if you are using it to play PoD. Oh and don’t attempt to bot or trade with forum gold, both are strictly forbidden.

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Bruno Brito

Homecoming, Legends, P99, RoR. Mostly the ones we already know about.

Apparently there are two decent servers on the SWGEmu community too: Empire in Flames and Sentinels Republic. EiF is a RP server, and SR is the second biggest one after Basilisk and it’s custom, it has more content and such.

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Castagere Shaikura

I really wish all of you here would give the Earth & Beyond Emu a try.

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Demon of Razgriz

Just looked it up and it looks and sounds interesting. May have to check it out. Thanks for the tip.

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Castagere Shaikura

If you do say hello in the new player chat. Its the help channel for new players. The community is small but they are very helpful and will build equipment for new players on the market chat.

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Toy Clown

Another vote for Star Wars Galaxies Legends server. I’ve never delved into rogue servers prior to this, so my perspective is limited to that experience. I feel like SWGL is run better than Live was toward the end, in many ways. Legends picks up where Live left off, which was a huge bonus for me as I can’t imagine a world without Storyteller props, Chronicles, expanded Entertainer options and gear, and Collections.

The admins put up a financial report every month. Problems with the servers are taken care of right away, regardless of the time. Many of the staff mimic what the staff in Live did for us with Homeshows, Friday Features, Senators and they have an event staff that runs frequent events you get rewarded for attending with special tokens that buy many rare loot items from the old TCG and other things.

CSR help is nearly instant. They have a special channel in their discord where you can report bugs, server hiccups, players AFKing where they shouldn’t, etc. Players run public events and there is a healthy RP community.

It’s been better than most of the live versions of MMOs I’ve played and the bonus is having extra money in the real world since I’m not dropping money on a cash shop. It’s been a joy having a game to play again where I can earn things in-game, rewarded with gameplay.

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Saxon Myers

I’d recommend City of Heroes: Rebirth. It’s close to what the original developers had with some changes coming to the game when they’re able to. And the community is really friendly

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Oleg Chebeneev

Definetly Project Ascension for any WoW fan. Choose Bleeding Hollow since it is the most populated among 3 servers available and by far the best for newcomers.

I encourage MJ or somebody of MOP to stream it some day. It is really polished and well done (or I wouldnt waste my time on it). Lots of new custom features that make WoW feel fresh again.

EQ fans might be interested it Shards of Dalaya. Which is full remake of EQ1 and also had alot of effort put in.

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Sorenthaz

Schtserv if it’s still around for Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst (eps 1 & 2).

I just hope that someone out there might be trying to work on a RIFT private server, preferably a vanilla or “chocolate” (basically everything before Storm Legion which ofc has to be called shockolate) one.

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Mordyjuice

I suppose any WoW server named after Rogue’s that has a healthy population.

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Anstalt

I’ve been playing WAR: Return of Reckoning for the last week or so, and I’d recommend it.

The server seems pretty stable and seems to average around 2k players online whenever I’m around, so it feels pretty busy. Pretty much all the content and systems from live are in the game and working, and lots of the old interface mods have also been kept too so it’s all very fun.

There are issues ofc, it’s a rogue server built by volunteers, but I’m able to experience the same RvR and scenario fun that I did on live. I’m still tier 1 so haven’t seen a huge amount of the game yet but it’s a good laugh.

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donvweel

I loaded it up and was surprised at how good it ran. Warhammer was a great effort and deserves to be kept alive.

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Anstalt

Certainly has some great features, a nice and deep combat system and ofc the warhammer lore!

One of the things that surprised me when I returned was how overwhelming the number of skills was! I’ve been out of the MMO scene for a while as I don’t really like action combat but was really surprised at how “difficult” it was managing 20 skills by level 12 or so.

But then….

There comes that fight where you are just in tune with your character, making optimal use of all your skills. For me, I was trying out a warrior priest and got into a lovely fight, managed to balance my melee dps with healing, using everything in my arsenel to keep my group alive, capture an objective and kill the enemy.

Action combat just can’t compare. Not even close.

I still really dislike the itemisation of WAR. The rampant vertical progression is the opposite of what you want in a PvP game, it was one of the main reasons I quit live. But, unlike the live I played, it does seem you rank up really quick, you can rank up above your own level and you can just buy gear from vendors, rather than having to get lucky with a keep drop. So, I’m hoping reaching the top of the power curve will be a lot quicker than I remember.

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Sorenthaz

I gave it a download but now whenever I open it it just says authentication failed and the system will terminate. According to the forums there hasn’t been a consensus on how to fix that, either. :/

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Krista Allen

T1 is fun, but you’re thrown into to T4 at 17, it stops being fun then. Also, the GM’s are kind of jerks