Putting the mmo back in DAOC

LOTRO journey

LOTRO feels like a solo adventure instead of an mmo to a returning player

I was itching to get back into a regular mmo routine and for awhile I tried my hand at playing LOTRO but until recently I had to quit the game because even though I tried my hardest to join a kinship, most of the players on my server appeared to be too high level for me to hang with. Same with classic wow by the way, though I was there last summer for the server launch, I was afraid that I would soon be left behind by those who had more time to level their toons especially after SIP became a thing.

LOTRO was a nice diversion, I may play the game when I want a solo experience because it is beautifully rendered for a 2007-08is type game and I don’t need super high graphics to play an engaging game. However, even though they were making the game packs free and the expansion super cheap until the end of the month, I could not find that one group to gel with, I very well could not have my guardian be the dwarf to rule all dwarves if I was soloing my way through Middle Earth.

Enter DAOC: My first true mmorpg love. I went back to the live server but remembered how lonely it seemed, although Broadsword Studios have put a lot of work energy and love into the old Mythic mmo, the world felt empty and what’s worse, even though they finally surrendered to a f2p model last year, or was it the year before? I can’t recall, when I searched the social function, my guild mates were all gone, most had not logged in for over 200-300 days. Clearly that ship had sailed, if I wanted to return to Camelot as a stalwart Midgard defender and warrior, I would have to start from scratch and start a new journey.

Well I did, only on the Phoenix server, a place I had dabbled in a year ago! Could it really be that long? Ah yes, my Thane warrior was still there waiting for me when I logged in, with the same gear I left him with. Turns out I remembered the reason I stopped playing was I became disappointed with the server’s approach favoring kill tasks and other ways to level over the tried and true method of questing a la World of Warcraft. That and a technical glitch on the launcher which a little research on reddit and Youtube helped me to overcome. I need not have worried about the differences in game play on Phoenix.  I soon found a guild (Odin’s Guard) and my new group was very happy to help me level both my thane and a new Shaman I have been testing out. Usually I go for the tank or the hack and slash melee type classes, but I was advised to roll a shaman since their buffing abilities make them attractive in /LFG.

Sounds like good advice. I shall be updating my progress in the venerable but mesmerizing Dark Age of Camelot. It feels good to have finally put the mmo back in mmorpg and DAOC specifically.

About tyroshutterbug

I play PC games, mostly old and retro mmos. If you do to then let's play! Nuff said
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