A weird thing happened the past week. I stopped logging into Project 1999. Project 1999 has been my go-to game for what literally feels like 20 years (convenient, right?) although when I click on my category “Project 1999” I really started posting regularly about it in April of last year. So almost a full 12 months of dedicated emulator gaming.
It was a literal braking test – I went from 100 to 0 overnight. I was logging into this game daily, and playing it like a proper EQ person does – 40+ hours a week, having it logged in in the background at work sometimes tunnel questing, the whole 9 yards. And damn, I was loving every minute of it!
And then I stopped.
Not for any reason either. I just started playing another old game. And I was at the top of my game in Project 1999 – my druid was a session away from 57, Enchanter was 56. I was raiding and getting access to gear I could only dream of in the good old days, and was (am) part of an awesome guild of really nice people – they just do /random rolls in raids because DKP (etc.) puts unfair pressure on everyone. You show up, you contribute, you have a chance.
I have seen this too many times, and I always wondered. Dryse, who I played with almost everyday at the beginning, was gone. Then Sunburn. Tanga, who told me he had a new baby on the way that would impact his playing time just disappeared too – although somewhat expected. Sufferin moved in real life and must have in game as well. These were some of the most hardcore, dedicated players I have ever spent time with in a game, and they were all gone.
Now it’s my turn. I was the druid to get a ride from during the day. I dropped everything to help people. People would send me tells because they heard I was the guy to lend a hand if you were stuck. I had built a nice reputation on the server. And now I too, have exited stage left. I wonder if anyone notices.
That’s the great thing about the game – I can’t imaging playing WoW again as I stopped so early in the expansion that the game is miles away from me. If I ever decided to go back to one of the best MMO experiences I have had in my life, Project 1999, and all of my characters will be waiting for me. Without a couple years of patches and expansions to catch up on either.
Where did I go? X-Com 2, War of the Chosen. I hadn’t every played it. But that post, my dear friends, is for another day.