I have played AO off and on over the years like many others. Once SL’s came along, I always found the game a bit overwhelming. So much content, and it was hard to learn it for me.
So I saw the new 2019 server that requires a sub, but it was going back to the roots of the game. I was excited about that. A chance to get in at the ground level again like way back when the game first came out, and learn things as the expansions were released. Unfortunately, I was exactly 1 year late for that. Now the 2019 server is a question in everyone’s mind.
I wanted to try AO again with a fresh start. I honestly preferred the old world. Now it seems that the game is in a state that makes it hard to know what is good to do as a returning “newish” player. I’ve read a lot of threads on the 2019 server. I realize that there are all sorts who post their views, but the overwhelming sense I picked up on was uncertainty about its future, and that it is basically dead now.
So if I roll a new adventurer with that skinny race (forget the name) on the current live server that is not the 2019 one, I have no idea what to expect. It sounds like it’s a ghost town too.
I’m currently unemployed, so I am working hard to find a new job, but while I do that, I need a pressure release valve, and AO seemed like a way to relax and just blow off steam. I don’t really want to pay for a sub if I’m going to log into a ghost town. This game has never been simple, even in its original vanilla form, so being a part of a strong org that doesn’t mind guiding returning players who are way out of touch is about the only way I can see this thing working out.
I don’t really care if I roll Omni or clan. I have zero interest in neutral. Is there hope for a returning player who’s been gone for at least 4 years?