@duodec Ha. I came here to say Gemstone, half figuring no one else would have. Then you go and are the first comment. I never played 2 but played 3 starting in the AoL days and then on to 4 on the Web. Long live River’s Rest!
@Bingo GS2 ran on the GEnie information service; pretty sure GS3 was when it became available on AOL. I ran up a few $$$ monthly bills on GS2… In the town of Squire Bluff, in the world first called Elanith, later Elanthia.
Were you there for the great de-ICEing, when they rewrote the game to remove the Iron Crown Enterprises rulesets?
We gave a torkaan (sp?) to a friend of ours who played; found a stuffed toy sheep and some Halloween vampire fangs and stitched them in.
My wife (GM’d with them for a while in GS3 and later Dragonrealms) and I actually went to a Simucon, and to Vegascon (player-run) also (the latter was easy since my parents still lived in Las Vegas then so two birds with one trip). And I still have a few game logs and Town Crier player newspaper editions from GS2 back in the late 1980s. Wish I had saved more but my seemingly vast 60MB hard drive got kind of full…
@duodec I came in literally right after the move to AOL, so was never a Genie, GS2 or Ice player but was around for the latter part of the aftermath. I actually was given Berr’s old Shaalk Mechtar for a long time which I suspect you might know of. I also went to a Vegas Con though it was the very last one, circa 2001 or so maybe? Love the stuffed torkaan. I also went to one player one in LA… I forget his name… legendary player merchant… Agh that’s going to bother me to remember the name. I knew quite a few of the Genie players and heard all those stories about the bills. Was glad I missed out on that as I suspect I would have been one of them. Many of the names I’ve forgotten but Celtar is one that I became friends with in game that I know was around back then. I still have a few fun logs somewhere. Good times indeed. I’ve gone back for a look once or twice when they’ve run free promos, but I barely know 4 or 5 people now compared to the hundreds back in the day and, of course, the feeling is mostly gone since it was the people that drew me more than gaming or leveling.
@Bingo I kind of knew someone in GS2 named Celtar, might have been the same one. Not familiar with Berr or a Shaalk Mechtar, but again, I wasn’t a fan of GS3 and really didn’t play very much. When GS2 closed down I was on hiaitus until Dragonrealms started. Ran into a few GS2 players there (I was using a secondary GS2 character and they recognized the name; I never resurrected my main GS2 fighter name though).
Elonka, who (used to?) work for Simu said she had created an empty GS2 world on their servers years later so she and a few others could wander around in it. I wish I’d been able to go in again.
@QuietDelusions The Simutronics games I mentioned above are text MUDs as much as MORPGs. I haven’t played in years (the games are still active); they used to have some fancier front ends that provided light graphics but otherwise it was imagination Mk 1 and hopefully quality role-playing.
Like duodec, I played Gemstone, a Simutronics game. I also played and briefly GMd one called Unwritten Legends that was a lot of fun. Loved text-based MUDs back in the day. Infinitely variable and in depth, largely due to as hchavers says, the use of imagination. Loads of fun.
@QuietDelusions I played around with a few before I found some I liked. I played StrangeMud for a while, but I really got into AvP. That was my jam. I lost interest when they decided to wipe all the players to change the classes to even things up. I was already the highest level you could get with my synthetic and was working my way up with a predator. After the wipe, a lot of people disappeared. I tried to continue on, but this was probably around 1998 or 1999. Games with actual graphics were much more of a draw already. Last I had checked, AvP still existed.
Nethack with ghost drops enabled (1987). It’s classed as single player but it had chat and you could commit suicide and try an leave your equipment for another player (with caveats).
The Kingdom of Loathing (2004 and still going).
@hchavers These games were such an integral part of my childhood and young teens that I still get nostalgic at the very mention of their names. Roberta and Ken Williams were my heroes. I was (am) such a nerd…
@hchavers@shahnm My first graphic adventure was the NES port of Maniac Mansion.
LucasArts did so many things right in the late eighties and early nineties that it made it kind of hard to play through a lot of the early Sierra games.
Not that I didn’t do it anyway…
I played Space Quest IV on a Pentium 100. It was way too fast to play that game, but I still managed to figure out an alternate way to avoid the sequel police in the galaxy galleria.
1994 or so. Arranging three PCs on a Novell IPX network do you could play Doom with 270° display. Technically not multi-player, but screw it. Those guys didn’t need their PCs anyway. https://streamable.com/rxgko
A long time after I quit playing, I found my disc and uploaded it to whatever PC I had at the time. I was surprised that people were still playing, but they were all using that teleport disc gun and bouncing all over the map. I was so confused.
@webender I’m aware. It’s an older game, I agree. And it’s not really something I’ll fight over. “Early” is a fuzzy term.
But the history of online multiplayer games goes back around forty years. I don’t personally consider a game that showed up twenty years ago to be “early.”
To its credit, it an Quake III were, as far as I know, the first major FPS games to really focus primarily on online multiplayer.
The person who wrote the poll seems to think anything over ten years old is “early.”
@cattylaq I played DAoC for a while. First game where i ever joined a guild. Had fun playing with glitches in Camelot that allowed us to go up through the ceiling in 1 or 2 spots and run all over town on the rooftops.
First big MMO I played was EverQuest I voted that as best since it was the first and helped establish the genre. That’s where I cut my MMO teeth for the most part as well. Though, my first all-in MMO was World of Warcraft, which I still play occasionally.
@DJ I know so many people who met their current spouses in the (few) MMOs that were around at that time. I know of three couples from Asheron’s Call alone (including my husband and I). So…Morningthaw, represent!
Well, I played one of the earliest, Legends of Future Past (Wikipedia link), and it was fantastic. Text based MUD w/ a pretty small community of great folks. Role playing was never something I was entirely comfortable with, but the players, GMs and devs who played the game were fully committed. It was incredibly imaginative and immersive.
However, my favorite multiplayer of all time was the original Star Wars Battlefront - both I & II (DICE rebooted the game and made a mess of it, like everything they touch). I continued playing SWBFII on my PS2 until they took the servers off line, after 10 years, in 2015. Best shooter(s) ever.
I’ve been gaming since pong, and was questing over ARPAnet in college with guys who were writing their own code. I still play, and on Fallout 4 and Borderlands (1,2,Pre) have every Steam achievement that doesn’t require playing with anyone else. Tried Doom, but all the cheating drove me away. I just can’t stand playing with anyone else. Except golf. Golf and cart games. My wife and I golf and play driving games, but that’s it for any multi-player hoo-ha. (take that for old!) (and stay off my lawn)