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Post by TheVagabond » Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:57 pm

Re: Older Players

Why did you start playing, what were you looking for?

- I started playing a week before the client change between "very old" and "old" back in... 02 or 03. I had just moved across country and lost all my D&D buddies.. I was twelve? Really into Runescape, which I played with my D&D buddies when we wanted to just kick back and kill stuff. My sister was a big old nerd and started playing illarion, but I was pretty good at mechanics and stuff, so (yes, I know it was rule breaking - actions that I regret) I would powergame for her. I never really thought about rping online, but the few times I ran into people while PGing for her, it was really fun. So I started using the account more and more, and she moved back to Guam with her biological father (we had different dads). So I took her account over after about a year or so.

If you quit, why did you quit playing and how long did you play before quitting?


- I was a regular for quite some time after the character wipe, so I was around for several years. I found out about Ultima Online private shards (enforced rp) and started playing a few of those, and their mechanics were much more interesting, as well as the rp for the most part. Illarion has always punished you for taking the time to improve your characters skills, while at the same time making it as hard as possible to do it. It always felt like I was being set up for failure. I mean, in UO you generally had skill from 0-100. Getting between 50-70 was generally something you could do in a week give or take, and it allowed you to be adept at the skill. In combat terms, it let you survive leaving town, and kept your safe from most of the standard monsters so long as you didnt go into dungeons or really dangerous areas. In illarion, you get sodomized by flies for 1-3 months unless you "powergame", which gets you in trouble.

Compounded onto this, they went and changed up the way you got magic (guardians to teaching) which was a royal bummer, because I was one of the most powerful magic users prior to the char wipe (could kill ogres in 2-3 hits with my staff, and they'd insta die in my ice-fire)... When I tried to get my skills back, I was pinged by staff and challenged to do something other then a combat char... So I obliged them, and they seem genuinely pleased by my efforts after a couple months. Went back to the grind after that...

Point is, the grind, then the punishment for the grind is what threw me off and made me stop playing.

What made you come back to try to play again and did you stay or leave again, if so why?

-I've come back over the years just because I miss this place. Every time I come back, I quickly remember why I left. Hell it seems like character progression gets harder and harder every time I come back. This time around, I come back and Gobaith is gone, there are these things called Cadomyr, grimlael, and ruddernik (or something), and a massive map full of mobs who want to eat me...while at time same time I , once again, don't have access to my magic (and being a pure magic user this time around, I don't have melee skills to defend myself)... So yea, besides that it seems I joined the wrong town when I finished the tutorial thing with my old char... 'cause I don't think there are very many people in runerick that speak english, at least not as far as I've seen.

What is/are your best time in the game, your best memory?


-When I first started playing. Arkadia, Konstantin, Fooser, Aristaeus, Athian, Jeremey, Grunith, and a couple other oldies all kept me from leaving. I was part of the founding of Varshikar with Athian, Aristaeus, Sian, Aeggie, and the others. Those were good times, too. Edit:Almost forgot about Callith, Moathia, Shan, and Gannon....

Oh oh oh. When I single handedly saved trollsbane from the Blood Skull clan. Was when they were at one of their strongest points, too. They had Veralion, Lorke, George, Grunnith, Kaja, and some others. Galim (the dwarf) tried to say he did something, but he actually ran and hid in Eliza's shop. That was a good day.

Onionball! A game we borrowed and adapted to different UO shards, in memory of Illarion.

Positive aspects of the game:


-Its an addiction. I relapse a lot, so it has to have SOMETHING about it. I just can't place my finger on it.

Negative aspects of the game:

-Skill gain rate. Needs to be faster.
-Map Size (To big/to many towns)
-Don't know anyone anymore.
-Want me durn magic back. Hurmph.
-To many monsters spawned. Why the heck was I attacked by a freakin' little ass fox? That made me chortle, then came the *hand of forehead* "Oh dear" moment.


What would you like to see as far as general game direction and would this encourage you to play more?

-The above fixed. Though I am one of many, so I wouldn't expect the game changed for me just to make me come back. I'm not naive.

Other: Anything to add?

-Nerp!

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Post by Bellringer » Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:46 pm

Re: Older Players

Why did you start playing, what were you looking for?

I was looking for a game in which imagination and interaction counted for more than power-gaming. I'd played many other so-called 'role-playing' games, only to be disappointed by the lack of roles being played.

If you quit, why did you quit playing and how long did you play before quitting?

I played on and off for four/five years. I quit, more than once, due to real-life duties. Also, removing goblins made me quite unhappy. :(

What made you come back to try to play again and did you stay or leave again, if so why?

I've not quite come back - if I do, it will be when the VBU is made. Obviously, I've still got an interest in the game.

What is/are your best time in the game, your best memory?

I really enjoyed playing with the Orc Horde with Rugh'toh, along with the Temple, under Avalyon. Good times, with good fellow players. Glad to see many of them are still around.

Positive aspects of the game:

Imaginative player base. Lack of emphasis on graphics/engine, compared to role-play.

Negative aspects of the game:

Necessity of power-gaming to raise skills. Economy. Needs more music.

What would you like to see as far as general game direction and would this encourage you to play more?

More players! More VBU!

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Post by rakust dorenstkzul » Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:12 pm

Re: Older Players

Bellringer wrote: I've not quite come back - if I do, it will be when the VBU is made. Obviously, I've still got an interest in the game.
Just to says, and sorry for going off topic. But the VBU was released in January.

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Post by Bellringer » Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:01 pm

Re: Older Players

rakust dorenstkzul wrote:
Bellringer wrote: I've not quite come back - if I do, it will be when the VBU is made. Obviously, I've still got an interest in the game.
Just to says, and sorry for going off topic. But the VBU was released in January.
Woohoo! :)
That is good news. Last time I employ Joxia Doral to inform me of updates! :P
Now... Back to the topic.

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Post by Alkuurg » Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:01 am

Re: Older Players

Why did you start playing, what were you looking for?

-I wanted a mix between forum roleplaying games and Runescape.

If you quit, why did you quit playing and how long did you play before quitting?

I played since 2005 for awhile off and on again before quitting for good a few years back. With the magic system being implemented haphazardly and balance issues popping up it was too frustrating to play a character involved in the world and partaking in conflict within it. This frustration was enflamed when meeting gm none-event characters that had stat boosts and other perks. I tried quiet characters that wouldn´t bother with all the politicking and conflict but they were rarely able to hold up fun rp for a prolonged amount of time.

What made you come back to try to play again and did you stay or leave again, if so why?

Everytime I came back it was for the atmosphere I found when first playing. The immersion and feeling that you can affect the entire world is very pleasing.

What is/are your best time in the game, your best memory?

-Roleplaying around the farms with my Lizard Mazrian, rebuilding the shrine to the sea goddess and general religous flimflam.
-I enjoyed playing as my bandit Galthran, due to the (attempt) to roleplay intimidation and other tactics to get what he wanted rather than just murder
-Quiet times are suprisingly what I remember most fondly, relaxing with my fellow orcs in the bloodskull cave, drinking in Silverbrand and the bizarre casual lives of the deathly evil Temple folk.

Positive aspects of the game:

-The lore is strong and interesting
-My first love for the game came when reading old forum posts, discussing how Trolls Bane should evolve and the various wars and alliances
-Simplicity and focus on roleplaying


Negative aspects of the game:
-Poorly roleplayed powerful characters
-Roleplay can become stagnant
-The map became stagnant
-Too much talk within communities about powergaming, etc.
-Too much drama

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Post by Jupiter » Sat Mar 30, 2013 2:14 pm

Re: Older Players

Alkuurg wrote:I enjoyed playing as my bandit Galthran
Bring him back. We need some well played evildoers.

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Post by Flux » Sat Mar 30, 2013 2:21 pm

Re: Older Players

Better watch out for that dangerous outlaw, Merung Harbes! He'll slip in your town disguised as a snowman and roleplay your small injuries into catastrophic organ failures he must fix with advanced potions and stitching!

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Post by Alkuurg » Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:32 am

Re: Older Players

Sadly the game doesn't work for me anymore. That is perhaps the biggest hurdle. Having to download a multitude of Java and Driver thingamobs to make the game potentially work. Maybe if in the download section it could just have an easy list of things you might need to install more people would be willing to go through the hassle.

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Post by Moirear Sian » Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:31 am

Re: Older Players

Wow, I recognize quite a few names here and have fond memories of them. :)

Why did you start playing, what were you looking for?
I was looking for an online game with a graphical interface and some sort of game mechanics where people actually roleplayed.

If you quit, why did you quit playing and how long did you play before quitting?
I don't remember how long I was active, a year or two? I burnt out on it. IIRC it was a two-fold reason I quit. One, the arguments here on the forums out of game that burnt me out the most to which I take full responsibility and credit for being an argumentative jerk. :wink: Two, I think I was just burnt out on the small community, and had gotten bored with playing my original character, and playing new ones couldn't grab my interest. It wasn't the same excitement to make a new character knowing the entire scenario already, knowing the other player characters and players too well, and little to nothing to do when roleplaying was getting stale. Back then, the game mechanics were next to non-existent, so it was RP or bust. And when I got bored with the RP aspect, I drifted away from the game.

What made you come back to try to play again and did you stay or leave again, if so why?
Over the years I've tried it out, time and time again, but I could never manage to play for more than an hour. It was always this impression of the game having evolved and not explaining things older players need to know so being confused by new control schemes/UI/mechanics, not encountering any player characters to RP with, and not really feeling interested in trying to interact with the actual game because of fear of the original stance of shunning PG.

What is/are your best time in the game, your best memory?
Phew, way too many to count up. I could count up a lot of shoutouts to people I roleplayed with in my time, but basically, I had a LOT of fun roleplaying with everybody and whatever bad blood you may think you had from me from out of game arguments or whatnot, I always loved the RP, the humor and the intrigues and all sorts of shreds from that time are my best memory. Spying on Karmane with Kasume, the duel to the death over Inwe's honor with Misjbar, the defense of Troll's Bane event, plotting with Moskher and always wondering when he'd try to throw me to the wolves, trying to play Aristeaus's favor but ultimately getting played by him, tip-toeing around lawmen like Irenicus and acting the part of the concerned citizen to cover up crimes while Fooser shouted obscenities in the background.... this kind of stuff is just the tip of the iceberg, there are so many "scenes" as I like to remember them as that were memorable and really entertaining to have been part of. Sadly, this happens to coincide with a time when people considered the game to be at a low. My sentiments might not be shared.

Positive aspects of the game:
The roleplaying as I experienced it was deep and memorable. The storied lore created by player interactions even way before my time of playing this game was very entertaining to explore, and be part of any emergent stories that came of RP, as opposed to simply having a static background lore by story writers and no way to become part of it, or even make an impact on it.

Negative aspects of the game:
Small community. And this may only go for back then, I don't know what it's like now, but: the basic engine was very stale and there was little GAME in the ROLE-PLAYING game. So when server activity was low, there was literally nothing to do but grind for skill-gains or gathering/crafting. And even then, you were technically not allowed to do that, so basically there was no reason to stay logged in.

What would you like to see as far as general game direction and would this encourage you to play more?
I don't really know and having been away for so long I feel like I have no valuable input as to what direction it should take. TBH what I want out of the game are two things and they are parellel but not necessarily connected. The RP is based on the people playing it (and the amount of them at all times), not the game engine. The game engine needs to be entertaining enough to solo/co-op game content when activity is low and RP is hard to find. I might just hop on again some time, and if I feel patient enough to work my way back into the system and explore a bit and feel the same amount of drive to explore, I might be back for a while.

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Post by NirAntae » Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:40 am

Re: Older Players

Why did you start playing, what were you looking for?

-Roleplay, of course. I don't recall 100% now how I found Illa, but I think it was a web search for "Free roleplay games" or something of that sort.

If you quit, why did you quit playing and how long did you play before quitting?

-I had some... disagreements, shall we say, with how the game was being run at the time; there was a very strong culture of "staff vs. players" that made things very uncomfortable. Then it went down for a while due to some sort of hosting problem, and by the time it came back up, I had found a new 'home' already.

What made you come back to try to play again and did you stay or leave again, if so why?

-I came back a year or two ago, mostly because of Athian. I didn't stay long; I couldn't get back into things. But here I am, giving it another shot! My 'second home' has closed down now, and although I am working on opening a UO shard of my own, it isn't playable, and I have been suffering RP withdrawal. lol

What is/are your best time in the game, your best memory?

-There were so many! But probably the most poignant memory for me was when a character mine was involved with committed suicide. That scene, but even moreso a few of the scenes with others in the aftermath, honestly changed me as a person, and are incredibly vivid in my mind even now.

Positive aspects of the game:
-it's been too long since I was active to honestly answer this. I will try to remember to come back in a month or two and answer it.
Negative aspects of the game:
-see above.

What would you like to see as far as general game direction and would this encourage you to play more?

Other: Anything to add?

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Post by Tinuva Geogroda » Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:20 am

Re: Older Players

I've been out of the loop for years now, so I apologize beforehand if my answers are irrelevant.

Satisfy my curiosity?
For those that have been in the game off and on for a long time, am talking of over three years (which is not long to some I know :D )

Why did you start playing, what were you looking for?
Found Illa at some free RPG site. Interested me due to the freedom and hopefully more interaction with people compared to other games.

If you quit, why did you quit playing and how long did you play before quitting?
It became harder to create a new character or start a new adventure. People had their own little groups which you could hardly just RP yourself in. Thus it became boring for me, I wanted to try new things, try new scenarios. But it was simply not possible in the community. I played for a few years. No idea how long exactly.

What made you come back to try to play again and did you stay or leave again, if so why?
Well the same reasons why I came here in the first place and I left again for the same reasons as the first time I left.

What is/are your best time in the game, your best memory?
Defending Trolls Bane with everyone. Or the castle. And just the small good RP times I had. Sitting around a campfire with 4 guys each telling of their travels and adventures before heading off in their own direction.

Positive aspects of the game:
The freedom
Immersive stories
Lore
The feeling you really step into the world of Illarion


Negative aspects of the game:
Closed societies/communities of people
Lack of players
When I was around hardly any help for new players
Just the general effort needed to get yourself really into Illarion


What would you like to see as far as general game direction and would this encourage you to play more?
I'd like to see a more living world with players. That's hard for developers to create. But now it's wandering around searching for players in the whole world. And if you finally find someone the chances are quite massive that they mind their own business and ignore you or wave you away. The world doesn't live, everything is mostly static because the random dynamic creatures, the players, are simply not there or not open to other business.

Other: Anything to add?
I still had a bitchin' good time right here. Thank you all for that.

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Post by Lexis Katarino » Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:16 pm

Re: Older Players

!!! ATTENTION GERMAN !!!



Warum habt ihr zuerst gespielt, nach was habt ihr in diesem Spiel gesucht?
Ich habe es damals auf dem Monitor meines Vater gesehen und war vom ersten Moment an regelrecht verliebt. Es hatte Charme und war schon damals ein Spiel wie es es sonst nicht gab und vor allem Kostenlos! Die Spielwelt war für damalige verhältnisse schön gestaltet und dieser hauch von Herr der Ringe war für mich das Beste überhaupt.
Gesucht habe ich was in diesem Spiel zu finden war. Die Dynamik der ständig veränderden Spielwelt und Entscheidungsfreiheit wie in keinem anderen Spiel. Man konnte einfach schlichtweg sein wer man wollte und tun was man wollte und das alles mit viel Vorstellungskraft abgerundet mit der, bereits erwähnten, liebevoll gestalteten Spielwelt.

Solltet ihr aufgehört haben zu spielen, was war der Grund und wie lange habt ihr vor dem Aufhören gespielt?

Ich habe oft aufgehört. Mal länger, mal kürzer. Häufig habe ich aufgehört weil ich Illarion dann einfach wieder Satt war oder ich ein anderes Spiel spannender fande.
Wenn ihr noch einmal zurückgekommen seid, seid ihr dann geblieben oder habt ihr das Spiel erneut verlassen, wenn ja, warum?
Irgendwie hängt man ja doch immer auf der Homepage oder im Forum rum. :) Ich komme immer wieder um einfach zu sehen was es denn neues gibt! Sind alt bekannte Spieler noch aktiv oder wieder aktiv? Neue Updates? Illarion ist ein Spiel welches ständig in veränderung ist und das macht es so spannend meiner Meinung nach. Es gibt immer was Neues. Mal sind die Veränderungen gut und mal schlecht aber das hängt ja immer vom Blickwinkel des Betrachters ab. Aber das ist es, weshalb ich immer wieder auf der Homepage rumlunger.
Welches Ereigniss hat euch am besten gefallen, welches ist eure geliebteste Erinnerung?
Am schönsten war meine erste Zeit alles zu entdecken. Da war Illarion noch primitiv und echt simpel.
Schön war aber auch die Zeit als einer meiner Charaktere frisch in der Grauen Rose aufgenommen wurde. Dort war das RP, wenn auch nicht meins, am spaßigsten und viel wurde erlebt.
Positive Aspekte von Illa:
Ständige Entwicklung
Dynamische Welt, jetzt nach dem VBU, gibt es jede Menge zu entdecken
Charaktererstellung nach vollkommen eigenen Wünschen
Und die Freiheit eigentlich alles zu tun was man will, sofern es innerhalb Illarion's Rahmen bleibt.
Negative Aspekte von Illa:
Charwipe
Itemwipe
Die geringe Anzahl an Mitspielern
Das es süchtig macht und bisher sicherlich die meisten Spielstunden meinerseits absolviert hat.
Welche Entwicklung des Spieles würdet ihr bevorzugen und würde euch solch eine Entwicklung zum spielen verleiten?
Ich hoffe, dass Illarion an popularität gewinnt und mehr Spieler in diese faszinierende, sich ständig bewegende Welt eintauchen.
Falls ihr noch weitere Kommentare habt, dann nur zu.

Illarion ist einfach ein sehr schönes Spiel. Mit viel Arbeit und Zeit wurde es zu dem was es Heute ist. Unzählige Stunden wurden an der Entwicklung dieses Spiels geopfert um den Spielern den höchstmöglichen Spielspaß zu bieten. Es ist schwer sich Illarion zu entziehen. Mal schaltet man zwar für Monate ab aber letztenendes erstellt man sich dann doch wieder irgendwann einen Charakter nur um zu sehen, wie sich das Spiel entwickelt hat!

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Post by Katharina Brightrim » Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:14 pm

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Post by Jen » Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:54 pm

Re: Older Players

Why did you start playing, what were you looking for?
I wasn't really looking for anything. A friend of mine stumbled across the game and recommended it to me. I adapted the whole roleplaying thing quite quickly, especially after a GM asked me not to use words like 'lol' in the game, haha.

If you quit, why did you quit playing and how long did you play before quitting?
I played Illarion for 7 years. No, kidding. And that was 6 years ago, so a very, very long time. I mostly stopped playing because I was moving to a new country, starting a new job, was in a new relationship. There were times in Illarion that frustrated me and made me want to quit the game. The game is addictive and you get invested, you get attached to your characters and their stories. Of course that lead to arguments... arguments between players, arguments between players and devs/gms. Looking back on it now it all feels very silly. I still understand it in a way, but when I read some reeeeally old posts from myself from years back, I'm quite embarrassed.

What made you come back to try to play again and did you stay or leave again, if so why?
Actually just wanted to get my name removed from the page, but Achae was so sweet, I thought, it wouldn't hurt to see what the game is like nowadays

What is/are your best time in the game, your best memory?
Oh god. There are so many. So, so, so many. I will Probably will never forget the first time Gwynnether met John Irenicus, infront of the castle of the grey rose, in the middle of a herd of pigs, that were summoned by a nargun priest. And he dryly said: "Welcome to the Grey Rose."

There are so many memories, but at the same time, there is so much I have forgotten over the years. When I browse through the forum, or sometimes in the game, things come back to me and I will randomly start laughing. Mostly I remember all the players. Many of them I have actually met and others I grew very close with. I fondly remember endless discussions with Aegohl outside the game, about topics we usually had the some opinion on anyway; I remember meeting PO Aristeaus twice in London. Of course I remember all the RL Illa meetings. PO Aleytys who had become such a close friend to me. Going out with PO Djironnyma in Berlin, getting totally wasted. And I know Galim is still referenced here sometimes, but he was also a great player and a friend. I can't even list everyone. It's all good and fond memories... and I got slightly sidetracked here, seeing how the question was actually about *ingame* memories. Sorry. :) It's impossible to list all the fond ingame memories.

Positive aspects of the game:
The roleplay. Always the roleplay. It's what makes Illarion truly addictive.

Negative aspects of the game:
It's overhwelming when you first start. The controls are not very intuitive and if I wouldn't know what Illarion is about, I would have probably quit after 5 minutes. The character graphics are ugly, sorry. Haha.

What would you like to see as far as general game direction and would this encourage you to play more?
Well, I'm playing at the moment, although I can't tell yet how long my interest is going to last :)
What I think needs to be worked on to attract more players, is the character graphics. Of course this is a roleplaying game, but if I'm a new player, I want a *little bit* of eye candy. Paperdolling and skin colour/hair colour to choose from is a great start, but unfortunately doesn't change much about the female characters looking like bodybuilders and some of the other races looking just plain silly. I think some genuinely nice looking character graphics with some decent hair styles would get more players from creating a character to also actually step into the game.

Other: Anything to add?
I love that Illarion is still about and being worked on. When I started playing someone actually came to the newbie island to help me out, which was really awesome (and necessary!).

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Post by Lia » Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:06 pm

Re: Older Players

Warum habt ihr zuerst gespielt, nach was habt ihr in diesem Spiel gesucht?
Rollenspiel, das eintauchen in eine fremde Welt und das entwickeln des eigenen Charakters und er Welt um sich herum. Ich kam als absoluter blutiger Anfänger her und seit Illarion bin ich leidenschaftlicher Rollenspieler. <3

Solltet ihr aufgehört haben zu spielen, was war der Grund und wie lange habt ihr vor dem Aufhören gespielt?
Mal kurzzeitig weil es anderes Interessanteres gab, mal wegen Spielern und zuletzt weil die neuste Entwicklung kurz das VBU irgendwie etwas das alte Illarion was ich so liebte zerstört hat. Keine Ahnung wie lange ich spielte/spiele

Wenn ihr noch einmal zurückgekommen seid, seid ihr dann geblieben oder habt ihr das Spiel erneut verlassen, wenn ja, warum?
Siehe frage davor. Aber ganz los kommt man wohl nicht. ^^

Welches Ereigniss hat euch am besten gefallen, welches ist eure geliebteste Erinnerung?
Da gibt es viele und meist eher kleine Dinge.
-Wie kleine Erkundungen von diversen Orten.
-Das entdecken der unterirdischen Stadt.
-Schatzsuchen mit befreundeten Charaktern
-Magier-lehrrp. Es gab Magierlehrer da war es einfach himlisch mit denen zu rpn.
-Das rp mit den Orks, daran erinner ich mich auch immer wieder gern.
-Oder kleine Momente wo die Gm's spontan ins Spiel eingriffen.
Bsp, beim erkunden der Drachenhöhle wo da plötzlich offenbar einer die Erkundenten beobachtete. ^^

Positive Aspekte von Illa:
-viel Freiheit den eigenen Charakter zu formen
-Die Chance die Welt mit zu formen.
-wirklich nette Community

Negative Aspekte von Illa:
-zu wenige Spieler (vor allem deutschsprachige)
- Das Gobiath weg ist
- das man sich nur begrenzt allein außerhalb der Städte bewegen kann, wegen zuvielen/starken Mobs (habe es oft ausprobiert, brav auf dem Weg geblieben)
- schlechte Wegweißer ^^ Nachdem man einen weg ging der zum gewünschten Ziel führte, war kein weg mehr da und auf den nächsten Wegweißern stand nirgends mehr das Ziel
- Suchtpotenzial :mrgreen:


Welche Entwicklung des Spieles würdet ihr bevorzugen und würde euch solch eine Entwicklung zum spielen verleiten?
- weniger Mobs btw sichere Wege oder wie auf Gobiath gefährliche und ungefährliche Gebiete
- Magie - Ich will wieder zaubern können ^^
- mehr deutschsprachige Spieler. :)

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Post by Maktan Hardtooth. » Sun Apr 06, 2014 5:29 am

Re: Older Players

Why did you start playing, what were you looking for?
I was bored, and do to strict family was kinda stuck at home

If you quit, why did you quit playing and how long did you play before quitting?
I played for almost 2 years and quit becaue I left for the Navy And left everything Behind

What made you come back to try to play again and did you stay or leave again, if so why?
I don't think I'm back, Nostalgia brought me here to see how the world turned out
What is/are your best time in the game, your best memory?
What I love about this game, is The roleplay, the camaraderie, I made wonderful friends that would fight beside you, have each others backs, people got married, it was another life that wasn't all about being stronger, or better. I was a silly dwarf that was unlucky in eating bad apples and getting sick =P
Positive aspects of the game:
Great community/Roleplay
Negative aspects of the game:
Back then, the game was a lot of grinding and work, all I did was roleplay instead =P
What would you like to see as far as general game direction and would this encourage you to play more?
I dunno, need to try out current game =P
Other: Anything to add?
I miss the old people, wich is weird, it was a only two years, but it was an awesome two years, I'm here after 10 years!

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Post by Jon Childs » Sun Apr 06, 2014 12:31 pm

Re: Older Players

Why did you start playing, what were you looking for?
A friend invited me to start playing with him. I honestly wish I was older when I found the game. I would have enjoyed it so much more if I had matured a bit and played with all those guys I did play with. I was am ass of a kid, your typical disrespectful ass hat.


If you quit, why did you quit playing and how long did you play before quitting?

Quit as I started spending a lot more time away from my PC. Must've been a couple of years maybe? Not sure, don't remember.

What made you come back to try to play again and did you stay or leave again, if so why?

Came back a couple of times as the game is so unique and I enjoyed it, but could never stick around.

What is/are your best time in the game, your best memory?

Playing Gra'able.
Lich Wars.
Retlak becoming a lich (think it was him)
Hermie
Fooser

Positive aspects of the game:

Truly unique.

Negative aspects of the game:

Too long and boring to skill up.

What would you like to see as far as general game direction and would this encourage you to play more?

Not answering this as I haven't played in so long.

Other:

Sorry for being such a dick as a kid, wish I was older when I found this.

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Post by Tanistian_Kanea » Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:49 pm

Re: Older Players

[quote="Achae Eanstray"]
Why did you start playing, what were you looking for?
Sun Aug 13, 2006 (so 8 years?... wow)

If you quit, why did you quit playing and how long did you play before quitting?
I found the game was slow to improve. The broken system(s) and exclusive rp groups. I also needed to invest to much time to get decent skills to roleplay well.

What made you come back to try to play again and did you stay or leave again, if so why?
I left, came back because I missed it. Left again. Right now I think they need to go back to basics, create a stable system, a decent economy.

What is/are your best time in the game, your best memory?
Some fun role plays. They were always what made this game good.

Positive aspects of the game:
The encouraged roleplay, the ability to enact permanent change.

Negative aspects of the game:
Broken skills, combat, magic systems. Bad economy, people only wanted to roleplay with the popular people.

What would you like to see as far as general game direction and would this encourage you to play more?
Remove the need to power game to roleplay a half decent character. Focus on balancing the systems. It's great role play is encouraged, but people need to be more open to roleplaying with everyone.

Other: Anything to add?
I'm not sure this game will ever be all it could be.

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Post by Crosis » Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:21 pm

Re: Older Players

Why did you start playing, what were you looking for?
I was looking for a free game to play, and found illarion (I was into lotr). I did enjoy the roleplay factor alot. It made everything all too interesting ig.

If you quit, why did you quit playing and how long did you play before quitting?
I was inactive for a while, and then I think there was a character wipe. After that I quit logging on so much. I played before that for about 6 years continuously (maybe more).

What made you come back to try to play again and did you stay or leave again, if so why?
I had friends who played. Always trying to get me to come back to the game.

What is/are your best time in the game, your best memory?
The mage battles I would get into, were the most epic thing about the game. Getting married ig was fun. Guilding and building Greenbriar.

Positive aspects of the game:
I do like how not much has really changed over the years. Better game mechanics, less lag...still the same old game. Roleplay is what made the game.

Negative aspects of the game:
History wipes, character wipes, less players.... also I cant believe there's no magic. :(

What would you like to see as far as general game direction and would this encourage you to play more?
Add Magic

Other: Anything to add? (Im actually really pleased with the client/world.)

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Post by AlexHeartnet » Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:58 am

Re: Older Players

Why did you start playing, what were you looking for?
Good question, was probably boredom

If you quit, why did you quit playing...
Boredom, again

What made you come back to try to play again...
Frustration with how MUDs are designed. Hiding mechanics in particular is complete stupid it just makes me want to completely munchkin things and roll-play more then roleplay. If I don't understand a certain set of gameplay mechanics, then I will discover what they are for myself and no ham-fisted game designer can stop me! :twisted:

Negative aspects of the game:
The gameplay itself distinctly lacks the 'fun factor'. Roleplay might very well be the only reason why this game is still going.
Crummy paperdolling. I can create way more variety in character appearance if the graphics were reduced to 'text only'. Graphic games are supposed to be a step upwards from text-only games, not a step downwards!
yeah yeah small dev hobbiest project i hear you say freeware game no monetization indie dev can only do so much with such limited resources blah blah I guess that argument still holds true? But that argument is not nearly as strong as it was a decade ago.

What would you like to see as far as general game direction and would this encourage you to play more?
More options for playing dress-up with your characters. Seriously, I could spend dozens of hours trying out different costumes - in fact, I've actually done so elsewhere.

Other: Anything to add?
Did I mention better paperdolling?

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Post by jmclark » Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:59 pm

Re: Older Players

For those that have been in the game off and on for a long time, am talking of over three years (which is not long to some I know :D )

Why did you start playing, what were you looking for?

I used to play UO with a good RP group, and I was looking for a game that was more RP focused.


If you quit, why did you quit playing and how long did you play before quitting?

I've played in short spurts since 2010-ish (back when we were playing on Golbaith). Usually over summers or long holidays.


What made you come back to try to play again and did you stay or leave again, if so why?

I come back when I can or when I remember the game. I'm a grad student, and I work in production so my schedule can be both erratic and grueling.

What is/are your best time in the game, your best memory?

I like wandering and meeting people randomly.


Positive aspects of the game:

The community and the atmosphere of the game


Negative aspects of the game:

Lack of clear direction. The manual is outdated, and the attitude of "learn it IC" is a little off-putting when there are plenty of things my IC character would know that I OG don't about daily life. Especially as aspects of the game change in development. Some clear guides (especially just outlining what crafting tools/stations are used for what) and various pieces of information about what is where would be nice if located in a central spot -- rather than forcing us to do a bunch of forum searches and sift through potentially out-dated information. Also, a bit more info on the pro's and cons of different weapon and armour types would be nice -- gain, things my character would know IC that I'm blind to OC.

Also, the manual isn't easy to find directly on the website -- it should be up front and centre (IMO)

Some of the sound effects are louder than others, and the audio engine does strange things sometimes... but I'm probably one of the few who would notice that.



What would you like to see as far as general game direction and would this encourage you to play more?

I just need a better schedule... I'm happy with the game direction as I've seen it. I just want more time to play.

Targeting is hard, and object occlusion is not well-handled; but those are known issues.



Other: Anything to add?

Nope, we just need more players.

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Post by Kale_Drake » Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:24 am

Re: Older Players

started back in 2001 with the character Dunthor....yea im an oldie I remember you could mind on dirt right in trollsbane how I miss those days

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Post by Matron » Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:34 pm

Re: Older Players

Achae Eanstray wrote:Satisfy my curiosity?
Satisfy you I shall


Why did you start playing, what were you looking for?

A friend told me about the game and asked me to join. I had zero expectations and no experience with games like Illarion.

If you quit, why did you quit playing and how long did you play before quitting?

On and off since 2006 but now it would seem I am off for good.
I quit several times, mostly because of private reasons (graduation, several deaths of beloved people, leaving home, family affairs, etc.), however the last time I quit was because I got accepted into university and there was simply no time left.


What made you come back to try to play again and did you stay or leave again, if so why?

Curiousity as to how the game evolved was one reason but I usually returned for the players whom I got to know on a personal level. There were even some friendships forming (most of them now being gone and forgotten), however for example I am still in touch with a player at least once a week. Those people are the only reason for a possible return I could think of.

What is/are your best time in the game, your best memory?

There are too many events ingame which could have each been the best but for me, it's actually the conversations I had with players via messengers or similar platforms; those I always cared most about. Those OOC-relations usually lead to especially good ingame-interactions. Contrary to that I very much enjoyed encounters with characters who I didn't know (neither character nor player) because it meant to encounter and experience something new.

Positive aspects of the game:

- if you could spare a little time (not excessive amounts) and wanted to, you could easily reach a position, skills or whatever you wanted, I never really understood all the complaints about the game being too hard
- the creativity of most people
-> the diversity of characters, backgrounds, lore, etc.
- the possibilities, especially during my time as a GM, even despite technical boundaries I never felt there was much you CAN'T do in the game
- group dynamics (people pushed each other, inspired each other, helped each other but also fought, critisized or hated each other and I always enjoyed watching social dynamics)


Negative aspects of the game:

- no offense and keep in mind that I am German but I always hated how people would be offended by the English parts of the game or the fact that some quests/events weren't pure German (yes, I was lucky enough to learn a lot of English in school but I actually learned how to converse and such by playing Illarion. Check my first posts on the forum and you will notice the difference. However, that is a loaded opinion and it's mine so refrain from answering it on this thread and write me personally if you feel the need :) ...that is if you can understand what I wrote, peasant)
- I am not sure what else to call it but the "Game of Thrones for Wanna-Bes", poorly executed and illusional backroom-politics, people intrigueing and forming alliances or cutting people loose to get what they want (if it was in the game, I would love it and some people roleplayed such stuff very well but I refer to OOC-events when players were playing each other, when I was made GM because "that other person is becoming GM too and I want at least one good new GM" or them people taking OOC-informations into the game, that was always very transparent to me and especially towards the end of my active time spoiled my fun)
- the fear of something new, I sure whined a little when Gobaith was wiped because my char had his villa, I got used to the world and so on but then I felt it was a very good decision which was made a little late. I can't really put it more clearly but I always felt that Illarion and everyone involved was rather conservative than open-minded


What would you like to see as far as general game direction and would this encourage you to play more?

I have nothing to propose since I feel that my Illaron-time is up for good. I sometimes make chars for fun and log on to see what's new or I browse the forums to stalk Artimer but I don't see myself getting involved a lot anymore and there is not much that could change that. Illarion ruined my school grades, improved my English and made me a social outcast (kidding, I am a kindergarten teacher now and studying to become a professional social worker) but it was a time that defined me in some ways and there is only a few parts I would undo it if I could.

Other: Anything to add?

I miss a lot of people I got to know via this game and I would love to catch up with some of you, however I don't really have any time left for anything (I am waiting for my roomie to get ready so we can go to the pub, that's the only reason I am spontanously writing this post) so I just hope you guys are doing fine.

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Post by Gibble Thibblebum » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:03 pm

Re: Older Players

I've been playing since the Farmers Union was all RP and just used the small farm inside Trollsbane, when everyone could use magic.

I have never really left the game. It's just that IRL would get in the way and I couldn't keep playing. Sometimes I got busy due to school, other times it was because my only computer died and I wasn't able to replace it for a couple years.

I have been a table top role player for over 35 years now and used to always have trouble finding people to play with. My first step was MUDs. Then I started looking at graphical MUDs and was most unimpressed until I found Illarion. Role Playing was required, yet the coding actually allowed you to play, improve skills, etc... when there was no one on. It was perfect. I enjoy it so much that I have kept coming back even after long breaks and losing 2 seperate fortunes due to server changes. No video game will ever have the flexability to fully replace table top RPGs but Illarion comes close.

~ Gibble Thibblebum

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Post by BjarsTale » Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:40 am

Re: Older Players

Warum habt ihr zuerst gespielt, nach was habt ihr in diesem Spiel gesucht?
Ich mochte es, vor dem VBU Städte, Burgen, Gildenhallen etc von Spielern erbauen zu lassen (mehr oder weniger), RP wie in Illa findet man kein zweites mal.

Solltet ihr aufgehört haben zu spielen, was war der Grund und wie lange habt ihr vor dem Aufhören gespielt?
Dazu kann ich nichts sagen, ich höre nur auf, wenn das Reale Leben ruft. (**** Überstunden)

Wenn ihr noch einmal zurückgekommen seid, seid ihr dann geblieben oder habt ihr das Spiel erneut verlassen, wenn ja, warum?
Das gleiche Spiel, Illarion ist ein großartiges RPG welches man kein zweites mal findet, ich bleibe, auch mit Unterbrechungen, dank meines Jobs.

Welches Ereigniss hat euch am besten gefallen, welches ist eure geliebteste Erinnerung?
Alles was mit den Dar'Krest zu tun hat, ich vermisse euch ;/

Positive Aspekte von Illa: Illa entwickelt sich stetig weiter, Das Team sowie die Community ist einfach unschlagbar nett ( jedenfalls zu 99,9%)

Negative Aspekte von Illa: NPC's werden so gut wie nicht beachten (kein negativer Aspekt des Spiels an sich, eher der Com.) Zb. Wurde mein Halbling direkt in den ersten 20 Minuten von einem Ork in Galamair vor Bre überfallen, war ja nur eine Stadtwache. (auf so was kann ich als RP nicht eingehen, versucht es bei meinen Chars also erst gar nicht.)

Welche Entwicklung des Spieles würdet ihr bevorzugen und würde euch solch eine Entwicklung zum spielen verleiten?
Ich las bereits, das Gildenhallen wieder baubar werden sollen (in ferner Zukunft) das reicht mir persönlich schon. Keep it like it, i love you guys!

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Post by Rugh'toh » Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:40 pm

Re: Older Players

Tis night meh hab felt like habin look here fer sum rrreason since looong time ago.
Must hab been fathurrrs mighty smashy hand leading meh here.
Fathurrr might thought: give da smelly weaky rugh smile on his nicy greeny pigface.
Sucessful He wus.
Tanks a lot fer memories warm like big firrre.... Burning smelly oomie cave, hurr, hurrrr

Farrrebas,
Da Chief

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Post by Talzion » Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:27 pm

Re: Older Players

Why did you start playing, what were you looking for?
I mostly started playing to sate my RPG and classic roleplaying needs. I found great joy in playing Illarion during the old days as a time-sink.

If you quit, why did you quit playing and how long did you play before quitting?
I don't know, the game just stopped being an interest to me. I mostly played by myself and didn't really make any long-lasting roleplays. Primarily I had quit because the fairy I had worked on for a few years was deleted/banned when they were removed as a race. I lost my interest after that, haha.

What made you come back to try to play again and did you stay or leave again, if so why?
I come back on and off again to make sure my account stays active, I play every now and then to advance a few skills and see whose online, but usually the times I do get to log in I'm usually by myself :( The game is pretty fun as a classic RPG; I am a huge fan of them.

What is/are your best time in the game, your best memory?
Haha, as Tiane the Fairy, I remember having a recurrent roleplay with a farmer that was constantly farming in a similar location, I would visit him every day and roleplay with him, just to mess with him or toy with his crops. It was very special, and reminded me how much I actually enjoy a good, solid and consistent roleplay.

Positive aspects of the game:
The classic aesthetic of the game is a huge appeal to me, I love working towards a payoff and the adventuring aspect of the game is very addictive. When it's available; the roleplay from the veterans I get to see are worth-while.

Negative aspects of the game:
It's definitely very disheartening to have to sit down and learn things I still haven't learned in nearly 10+ Years of off and on gameplay. I unfortunately do not have the time to play Illarion on the regular, so I have, essentially, 'missed' my chance to learn some mechanics of the game which are otherwise unavailable to learn outside of the game. I know it's somewhat metagaming to 'know' how certain alchemical funtions work, or the ingredients to potions, but is truly the same said when someone learns it already and knows it outside the game and creates a new character? Not sure. I don't necessarily agree with the general secrecy of the games' mechanics, but it's a gameplay decision and the game is very much roleplay to learn, so I have no choice, haha!

What would you like to see as far as general game direction and would this encourage you to play more?
Seeing this game get some more updates and advertise a bit more to get regular players would be nice, seeing more players during the hours I'm on would be awesome. It would be kind of cool as well to adventure and find 'tomes' or bits of information from NPC's about certain mechanics, like; How many skills can I learn maximum? Or, how does alchemy work? What are some basic recipes? The fact that I generally ask these questions though should tell you how much I play the game, lol. But that's all; The game is fine as it is for the people it serves.
Other: Anything to add?

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