Heh, I actually took the advice of one of the top advents at the time. AR/ranged energy never would have occurred to me left all by myself. She actually wasn’t wrong at the time.
Not sure when that was exactly, but my advy was born on August 3, 2001, once I got reports from EQ guildies that I might be able to get out of Tir without crashing if I was fast enough - the place was packed to the gills, if you can imagine it (and probably all of us on dial-up). I have two unmovable objects in my bank whose icon is a blue symbol with a question mark named “NoName” (the game still had some kinks to be worked out). I haven’t petitioned it because I kind of like them. ; ) Last time I played, about 3 years ago, one of AO’s database programmers had to become involved to resolve an issue where one of my alts could not be saved at insurance terminals because she still had gear in it, and the mechanism to remove it had been removed. I had to petition that one. And was awed, amazed, and delighted that the GM did escalate the problem to someone who could fix it.
Sorry for the nostalgia, but it was Funcom’s e-mail about the anniversary event that prompted me to come back. And I’m almost coming up to my 17th anniversary in AO too. ; )
LOL about the ME. I was just thinking today, due to all the weapon parts dropping, why they didn’t do more with weaponsmithing. It’s great fun making perennium weapons for my twinks, then selling them for eye-popping amounts when they out grow them (to my unadjusted to mudflation eyes, with several years between playing AO)(and makes me appreciate AO’s lack of “bind on equip” crap that other games have). Too bad that’s the only weapons (and the engineer pistol) my engineer can make that are useful. There are only so many fixers, soldiers, and agents I can play.
And so my advy languishes at level 73, despite being born almost 17 years ago. : / (grr to the emoji overrides on this board trying to translate : / to confused, rather than rueful. Anyway to turn them off? Oh well, a space defeats them and actually looks better).