The Daily Grind: What’s the most obscure MMORPG you’ve ever actually played?


We have a random column here on MOP where we rattle off new or obscure titles – usually we call it MMOs You’ve Never Heard Of, and usually they really are games few people know about and games we seldom cover twice. But I like at least giving them a mention.

What I don’t wind up doing is actually playing them. This is not to say I’ve never played any obscure MMOs, of course, just that, well, nobody cares, Bree. If I mention how much I loved Zentia or Glitch, for example, most people don’t even know what I’m talking about. And yet I had more fun in those two relatively obscure MMOs than in quite a lot of AAA releases.

I care! So what’s the most obscure MMORPG you’ve ever actually played?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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I was an early tester on The 4th Coming.

Despite troubleshooting and giving an exact solution for Vircom Interactive, with Dialsoft later picking up the title, 20 years later it still remains Login Failure Simulator. Despite those problems, the game did help bring more MUD features into the common imagination of graphical MMOs, including making the introduction process for MMO newbies a lot less painful than it usually was around that time.

I saw it to launch, but when Asheron’s Call was released I didn’t look back from Dereth.

Matthew Feldmann

I played alot of Warhammer Online, which I wouldn’t call obscure, but never really loved up to its potential. I also played the heck out of a Korean MMO called Neosteam. I got to play a nine foot tall wolfman who rode on the back of a magical lizard with a magically stream powered axe. It was so good.

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Horizons and Ryzom. Both great games IMHO but very niche.

Bahamut X

Ran Online, Goonzu and Dragon Gem and Trickster start to come to mind at first.

Goonzu and Trickster having similarities with interface and perspective. Not bad games, though believe Goonzu was still around from what I recall.

Dragon Gem played somewhat like a worse version of MapleStory. Not a bad game, just the control layout made MapleStory and some others that were side scrolling MMORPGs look like masterpieces.

Ran Online on the other hand was a weird mashup of WoW style gameplay with a school based faction system. Didn’t help but see it as a little awkward with the UI being a little clunky.

Jon Yon

I played maybe couple hours of a game called Irth Online once, found a youtube video: .

Justin Lane

Haven and hearth is one of the best obscure MMO’s I have ever found, it’s also still running I believe. One of the best experiences I’ve ever had MMO wise, besides Star war Galaxies.


Asheron’s Call and Asheron’s Call 2.

Seems like tons of players never heard of these titles. AC was totally overshadowed by EQ, but to me was the more interesting title. Due to its classless system, massive world and huge selection of dungeons. AC2 ended up being another class based game and it wasn’t really ready for its debut. It faded quickly but I also enjoyed it for a while.

Brent Rieger

They are definitely old and may not be any fun now, but I played a TON of Tibia and an even lesser known game called, Conquer online. Both were amazing back in their prime


I saw a person playing Tibia on a library computer, and I asked em what it was…got the name, went home and tried it myself, but after playing it once, when I cleared my internet cache, the whole map I’d explored disappeared. So basically, if you’re being security conscious on your computer, you can’t play that game because you’ll be constantly re-exploring the map…so I quickly quit. For a library computer to not be clearing their caches is just…crazy. It just goes to show how poorly informed people are.

(Used to be, that if you didn’t clear your cache, it bogged your computer down so badly that it’d be sluggish as heck, but nowadays computers have less of a problem with that, and it’s more of a different issue in that every person who gets on there can literally look up what the previous person was looking at…which would be really bad for a public access terminal.)


Earth Eternal, a “furry” world MMO I played during it’s “beta” which initially folded back in 2011 and underwent several resurrections over the years.

They held a sale about two weeks before closing (sound familiar, cough COE, cough) which cost me about ninety bucks on the two store items I purchased.

Taught me a good lesson though, no more cash shop purchases from unreleased / unstable games.

Free to play indeed.