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October 31st, 2004

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08:17 pm

8:04. Download Guild Wars client and update the software.
8:05. Create free World Preview account or whatever.
8:07. Choose a character name. Oh I don't know what I want to be but I have to choose a name first. Write FROTZ NITFOL. Then I can move on to the Choose Your Profession screen.
8:08. Decide I don't want to be a wizard-type thing that Frotz would be, because it's nice to choose a warrior for your first time out in a game to get the feel of hack-n-slash. Back out to character name creation. Enter in new name. ABBIE THE CAT.
8:09. Choose warrior, but decide maybe ABBIE THE CAT is not a good name for a warrior in the game. Go back and enter in GNAR THE SMASHY, then go to the Profession screen.
8:09. What the hell was I thinking?! Gnar the Smashy?! Too much cough meds make der Spatchel something something. Back out.
8:11. Oh I have it. Name him Smasher Grogan. That's better. Now to progress to the Profession screen...
8:11. "The server has disconnected you for flooding. Try again in a few minutes."
8:13. "The server has disconnected you for flooding. Try again in a few minutes."
8:15. "The server has disconnected you for flooding. Try again in a few minutes."
8:16. "The server has disconnected you for flooding. Try again in a few minutes."

So in conclusion, I can safely say that after 12 minutes, Guild Wars is

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Date:November 1st, 2004 02:52 am (UTC)
I've played it for a few hours this weekend.
I give it a resounding:

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Date:November 1st, 2004 04:38 am (UTC)
Frotz Nitfol is the original name for my gnomish wizard on EverQuest (see avatar pic or a year-old Magelo profile.) Played him for 2 years, got him to level 57, then took a break and came back a few expansions later to realize boy, I was really sick of quadkite grinding, plus the lousy way they release expansions (several days of non-playability, guaranteed!) was getting to me. So one day in 2003 good ol' Frotz sat down and logged out by the underground waterfall of his beloved home city, Ak'Anon, and hasn't been back since.

(I had alternate characters named Gnusto and Filfre for a while, too.)

Translation for non-EQ readers: I had a character on EverQuest, played him up to a high level, then got sick of it all and said goodbye.
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Date:November 1st, 2004 05:30 am (UTC)
Vyria <3 Frotz
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Date:November 1st, 2004 11:57 pm (UTC)
sup fellow finger-waggler of destruction :cool:
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Date:November 1st, 2004 11:29 pm (UTC)
It's both, sorta. And not. It's an odd hybrid between Diablo 2, Dungeon Siege and, say, Phantasy Star Online. You form up groups and can go on instanced (meaning closed only to you and your group) missions between cities and locations, you can hire NPC characters for group roles you don't have, and the goal (I guess) is to build yourself and your groups up so you are badass PVP fighters in arena battles or somesuch. I didn't get a chance to really sample all of the game, but it's very beautiful to look at and the animations are smooth and I liked the look of the characters.

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