Monday, 4 June 2007

Forum life - the early days

I cannot really remember when I first started reading and posting on forums. I know for a fact I knew nothing about them nor did I care much about them until relatively late into my levelling Sharkith. It was close to around a major relic raid at the end of Old Frontiers. I had registered on the guild forums but I just assumed thats all the guild used to communicate with each other. We would often chat about in game events and try and arrange raids and things like that. Eventually the guild told us to all register on Prydwen.net I am not even sure it was called prydwen.net and I don't even know why.

At the end of the day prydwen was where most of the Hibernian players seemed to hang out. I registered and suddenly a whole community opened up to me. I didn't know half of the posters, after all I was limited to relatively low level in game interaction. Finding Prydwen.net suddenly got me a whole other perspective on the game. I began to see the politics of the server and the great community that Pyrdwen was back then. They were the underdogs but seemed to stick together. There were arguments and debates but these always seemed constructive.

I started to post on the forums asking questions about the community and why it was so hard to find people to group with. I think back then I was a right pain in the ass to forum goers. I would post all sorts of crap that didn't really fit the context. Like asking when they had stopped to level with people coming through the games. I think any accusation that Prydwenites were not the friendly seemed to grate with them at the time because unbeknown to me they took real pride in their togetherness.

I really don't know. My memory is very fuzzy about what exactly got me started on the game forums. It is not that I didn't know what forums were. I am an old hand at forum debate I was a founding member of Frothersunite after all - a forum that makes Freddys house look like kinder garden. I knew how online communities could start around the oddest of things such as Colonel Marbles Miniatures Masterworks so I don't think it was a surprise that there were forums. I think the main reason was that I was starting to anticipate RvR at level 50 and I needed to get to know my realm mates, but I really am not too sure why I signed up and started posting (apart from the fact that I am as curious as hell!).

The one thing the forums do is that they get you in touch with people beyond your immediate guild and group. They help you start to develop an awareness of the views of different groups in game. You start to learn that the game is played with very different intentions.

At that time there was a divide between RvR guilds and the rest of the realm it seemed. Not a destructive one but there was a palpabile difference in opinion and views about the game. In the end the one thing I was certain about was that my game had opened up even more. It was solidified when it was through the Prydwen forums that the first relic raid I would attend was arranged. It was the last relic raid the Hibbies ever had on Prydwen before New Frontiers was launched. The one where a certain quotation became immortalised. More of that later...

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

If i remember right the last real relic raid, was a cooperation between the leading Mid groups(they where 60-80people) and some Hibs(between 20-30).

Wee took together one of the Alb keeps and shared the Relics from inside.

What i can remember real good was our first RVR raid in NF,wich started as an normal tower taking and endet with an epic fight at Bled.
This time i thought omg why is Sharkith dying everytime we fight.
hehehehe :-)

I was playing my BM and with RR5+ i had loads of toys to survive.

Later when i rolled my VW and got my first solo kill with RR3 i remembered how hard it is at lower RR.

Roz / Zora / Ambera / Ascarii said...

I'm trying to guess who the previous commenter is...!

Was that the "Don't panic we've got shrooms?" raid?

Your post made me homesick for the old prydwen.net community Shark
/cry

Anonymous said...

lol that was me, Alex, and i think it was on one of the last 3 nights bevore they changed to NF.
It was a non planned raid and i only found out because soloing around the area.

But Jupiters raid was for shure one of these moments i also will remember in years.

ALEX

Gahn said...

Ahah Don't Panic we got Shrooms while we held Mid Relic Temple gates for over 30 mins was priceless ;)

Lieva said...

just to let you know, it was always called prydwen.net ;)
we kept the name. Its why pryd.net was down for so long after tenpit stopped paying for it as the domain transfer was required.

Anonymous said...

What do you think about WIKILEAKS?
Hih you hear me??