Years ago at the Vanguard launch I bought the game, logged in and spent literally hours trying to move around the spawn point of my racial hometown...it was such a frustrating experience I never logged in again.
I thought then and still do that it was my outdated computer causing the extreme lag. I then resolved to play eq and not worry about new games, I had been playing since late 2003 at that time.
About three years ago a friend from work talked me into playing his favorite mmo his catch line was
"it's free to play!"
So I downloaded it, did some research and built a toon. It was a ton of fun in it's anime-ish style toons, the spell effects were amazing. I like the seamless nature of the world, but the more time I spent in it I realized that it was missing the depth of game-play and the back-story.
I spent two or three evenings a week for a month playing the game with my friend and his guild. With my eq background I mastered the market and made a few billion coins, then showed my friend how to do it and he showed his guild how to do it.
Long story short...my friend had health problems, couldn't play anymore and I came back to lady eq after a month of cheating on her.
The name of that fun but comic book style game was Archlord.
Now to the point...I logged into Vanguard yesterday for the free- to play launch and I was totally in a deja vu lock up.
Not because of my previous attempt at Vanguard, I never saw enough of the game to remember...
No, I thought I was back in Archlord...the spell effects, game mechanics, even the in game info/help. I mean...even the spell bar and bag storage.
The game targeting.
The game fights, the fight mechanics and action.
hmm. What was McQuaid doing for all those years he wasn't with eq or vsoh?
Someone copied something here...
Im not sure what implication you are trying to make but archlord was out nearly 2 years before VG. I dont see the similarities you do either but i guess thats a matter of opinion.
That said all the MMO sites picked up the "wonderful" news that mcquaid was back with EQ and i just dont get all the sickening amount of love the guy is getting for it. The only thing he has done that was not a massive failure was EQ and lets be completely honest here, EQ enjoyed its success because there was literally no competition for years.
Just remembering the crap he pulled with VG alone makes me wonder why anybody would be happy to have him messing around with their game.