I have been fortunate enough to have my extended relationship with games be filled with many wonderful memories. These have only been enhanced by the great friends I have made playing games.
But that’s not what I’m going to share here today, because the memory that pops into my head when quizzed about most memorable is never any of the happy fuzzy bunny memories. Nope, it’s the traumatic ones. And this one is my favorite. =)
Back in the early days of EverQuest – yes this is an EQ story and anyone who played knows well how many traumatic stories were birthed from the torture trap that EQ was. So, back in the earlier days, raids consisted of up to 72 players. At one point in my illustrious EQ career, my quest for better loot brought me to join a high level raiding guild with my Enchanter. (Stupid idea, but a lesson I had to learn the hard way.)
Because all the high level boss mobs were randomly timed world spawns, it was a huge scramble to get the entire raid up and ready as fast as possible once the chosen boss spawned. Didn’t want anyone else to get the kill and the loot after all.
My story starts with a two am phone call that Emperor Ssraeshza had spawned and I needed to get online NOW. Yes 2 am, yes log in now. For anyone who doesn’t remember, this was an enchanter required raid.
So I log in and get summoned and all buffed and finally get my assigned target. Thankfully we didn’t have another guild to compete with as our guild was camping the guy. Oh the days of camping.
Anyway, I go to sit down. Yes, my character sat down to wait, old school! But instead of clicking my sit button, I fatfinger my Tash button, which was an incredibly fast cast debuff spell. Meaning I had no time to cancel the cast. Meaning I died very quickly due to a rather angry Emperor Sscraeshza and his eight minions barreling down on me (sitting in the middle of a large raid) to let me know how unhappy they were with my being there.
I wiped the entire fully buffed raid of 72 people at 3am in the morning. People were….upset.
It is certainly a moment I will never forget.