Hard to believe we are already halfway through the first month in 2020 and one of my resolutions for the year, in addition to playing mmos and updating this retro game blog with more regularity, is to try out a diverse number of games in the new year, starting with DDO.
I was thinking of starting with Dark Age of Camelot, now that the game is free to play and since I had spent a good deal of the latter portion of the summer months in the last year, ever since wow Classic dropped, alternating between that game and the DAOC freeshard Phoenix, but after also dabbling with pen and paper D&D campaigns, I itched to come back to DDO.
Anyone at all familiar with retro mmo games will realize right off the bat, especially if they ever played this 13, nearly 14-year-old game that it isn’t for everyone. If older graphics and game engines bug you, and if instanced dungeons are not your cup of tea then I am afraid that DDO is not the game for you.
However, there is no doubt that it is a unique game and the developers continue to add new content and adventure packs including the new “Keep on the Borderlands” adventure pack based on the classic D&D module. In the coming months I hope to advance enough in DDO and to try out their adventure packs having fun reacquainting myself with the game, even though it probably has a lower player base compared to a game like Classic wow or a more modern mmo.
I am excited to roll a few characters including a Warforged, which has always been one of my favorite races in the Eberron campaign setting for D&D. Already I managed to easily invite myself to the “Lost Boys” guild on the Khyber server. I love that the DDO servers are named after Eberron towns and territories.
According to the 4th edition supplement “Ebberon’s players guide” by Noonan, Marmel and Schwalb, “Khyber is a realm of nightmare. Demons that stalked Eberron 1,000 generations ago lie imprisoned within its depths, and beings of madness slither through its twisted passageways.” In short, I dig the Eberron campaing setting, but for those who don’t appreciate its mix of steampunk and magic aesthetic, DDO’s VIP package also offers entry into the Forgotten Realms and Ravenloft, for those players who want to experience the game’s older expansions and adventure packages. I may extend DDO as the retro mmo into February, or come back to it at a later date this year. So far my retro gaming and blogging calendar looks like this:
- January: DDO
- February: Dark Age of Camelot (Endless Conquest)
- March: Return to Classic wow
April: ? Open to suggestions, though I am thinking Neverwinter. I know Neverwinter isn’t as retro as something like Everquest or even DAOC, but it has been out long enough (2011?) to fit into that description, at least as far as my retro mmo gaming criteria is concerned.
Youtuber Voodu Spyce has a good first look series of vids on update 44 for DDO “Keep on the Borderlands” Check them out.