Favorite MMO of all time: DAoC
Favorite Xpac of all time: Shrouded Isles (DAoC)
Worst Xpac of all time: Trials of Atlantis (DAoC) OUCH.
DAoC will always be remembered for being the first MMO to offer 3 realms, each with their own unique classes. In fact, each realm had more classes to pick from than almost every MMO offers for their entire roster. The sheer diversity of race/class selection remains staggering to this day. And for those who love to sing the "unbalanced" song all day, 45 classes is no harder to balance than 9 classes, people will complain about balance no matter what, whether its 2 or 100 classes. Bottom line, more classes = more fun and much more diversity. And DAoC remains the king of that subject.
DAoC also put the highly coveted "RvR" (Realm vs Realm) on the MMO map and nobody has been able to replicate the sheer fun and complexity that Mythic was able to bring to the table. It definitely had some deep rooted issues, especially some obscene crowd control mechanics that were later suppressed with Realm Rank abilities, but probably a little too late for most players. The ones that stuck around for years saw RvR evolve into a much more pleasant experience. I was part of the world's first keep siege raid and seeing a 3 way battle with hundreds of players on my screen blew my mind away forever.
Origins is going to be a very nostalgic trip for those of us who lived and breathed this incredible MMO. For those who have never tried DAoC, I implore you to give it a spin. This will probably be your last opportunity to get a glimpse of what the game looked like back in October 2001, when there were hundreds of people running around. The premise is brilliant. It takes place after the death of King Arthur and follows the mythology of the 3 different realms: Norse (Midgard), Celtic (Hibernia) and Arthurian (Albion). It's my personal favorite fantasy setting and I can't get enough of it.
See you in the Frontiers.