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Hey guys,

I used to play back around '99-'01ish on TD as Saervek and Brodrick. I used to hang out with Pilarius the White, Shob Sr, and Arcticaviator (if any of those names ring a bell haha). I just have a few questions that'll help me decide if I really wanna travel down this rabbit hole again.

1. Do you guys know if any of the above mentioned still play?
2. How hard is it to start from scratch these days?
3. Are there any good sites with guides/info on all the changes that have occured and how to not miserably fail as a noob? I just read some of the conversations on sites and boards and I barely recognize any of it with all the things that have changed since I played.
4. Any good sites with updated builds? I've come across a few but they seem to be pretty dated.
5. Is it still WORTH it to play Asheron's Call?

Asheron's Call was the first MMO I ever played but it is still my favorite. So many great memories from this game.

Thanks for any input guys.

 

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Saervek


the same Saevek??

 

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I was the original Saervek, but never played any char by the name of Saevek.

I gave my Saervek account to a "friend" when I quit, who then promptly sold it, so the later owner of Saervek may have gone on to do grand things haha.


As an aside, it was strange when I came back and started my account with Brodrick to see my old character "Saervek" running around hah.

 

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yes, I meant Saervek

 

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Then yep, I guess it's me, unless it's whomever used my account down the road haha. Did you know me? What chars did you play?

 

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my main is Doubleds

I'm thinking I knew "your friend" or whoever may have had the account after that.

 

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Yeah that may be the case then as I don't remember your name, sorry. Anyways, does anyone have any input on the original post?

 

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It's still worth playing. A lot of new material. You can create a shadow character now. You can create an olthoi character now. Many of the old allegiances are gone, but some good ones still out there. I'm not playing hardly at all now, but I do know quite a few of the older players have returned. Not much pk action happens on thistledown.

Some very good quest leaders still play.

 

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1. Do you guys know if any of the above mentioned still play?

  • Pilarius the White
  • Haven't seen him from around the time that they broke the ability of Xp chains. But I do recall him starting the chain under Videian.
  • Shob Sr
  • Last time I saw him was over in WoW, he quit AC shortly after Dark Majesty came out.
  • Arcticaviator
  • No long plays either

    2. How hard is it to start from scratch these days?

    Not that hard at all, even with old game knowledge its still easy to get to level 100+ in just a few days.

    3. Are there any good sites with guides/info on all the changes that have occured and how to not miserably fail as a noob? I just read some of the conversations on sites and boards and I barely recognize any of it with all the things that have changed since I played.

    One stop shopping info for all things "Asheron's Call" related, AC Wikkii


    4. Any good sites with updated builds? I've come across a few but they seem to be pretty dated.

    returning players update
    Leveling guides

    5. Is it still WORTH it to play Asheron's Call?

    If you've not played for a long time then heck yes! Come febuary though there are some changes to the original game on its way.

     

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    Thanks for all the great info! I'm pretty pumped to get back to playing, but unfortunately it looks like my return may be ended before it ever began. I'm having issues with the "Connection to the server has been lost" error on the connecting/update progress vials screen. Anyone know much about this problem or have any suggestions? I've tried the port forwarding but that didn't help. Kind of at wits end here.

     

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    What anti-virus program are you running? OS, Computer, router models or info?

     

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    Sorry, as I've researched this more I realized how little info I gave.

    Windows 7
    Kaspersky Pure
    Linksys E1000 router
    Bellsouth Fast Access DSL

    I talked for 1.5 hours to the linksys people and I think they took me to the cusp. We set up "Port Range Triggering" for ports 9000-9013. He told me I have to talk to Bellsouth about converting my internet to a Private IP (?) so that I can set my router in Bridge Mode using PPPoE. I'm not a computer savvy individual so if any of that previous statement is out of order/makes no sense, I apologize. Nevertheless, he told me I could basically spit out those buzzwords to the customer service person at bellsouth and they'd set it up and give me a user name and password for my internet connection and then I could call the Linksys people back to finish the conversion of my router to bridged-mode. Hopefully he's right and it'll work because I'm itching for some AC haha.

    I tried all the setting up a static IP and port forwarding and what not, turned off Kaspersky, and did basically everything else I could find in the different threads on these forums and the AC forums, so if this doesn't work, I guess I'm SOL.

    If anyone has any other suggestions that I haven't tried, I'm all ears. Thanks guys.

     

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    HOLY CRAP it seems to be working. For those hundreds of others that seem to be having a similar issue, this is what worked for me (Brace yourself, it's complicated):

    1. I had to contact my router company (Linksys) and they helped me configure the ports to open (Port triggering, not Port forwarding like the guide turbine tells you to do, though the ports are the same - 9000 through 9013).
    2. I had to contact my ISP (Bellsouth Fast Access DSL) who walked me through how to change my router to bridged mode (I don't really know what that does, I just know it works).
    3. Then I had to call Linksys back and have them help me configure the router settings for the new bridged setting.
    3a. This involved going into my network settings (Windows 7) and adjusting the IP address of my computer.

    All this sounds confusing and exhausting (and it was) but I will say the customer service people were incredible. The Linksys guy orginally had no idea WTF I was talking about and admitted he had never gone that deep into the router configurations. He had to default to his supervisor who thankfully knew what was what. At one point, the linksys guy was on the same turbine page I was trying to tell me what steps to take haha. That being said, they were awesome.

    I hope this helps someone because it was an arduous task. See you all in game!

    PS this is utterly ridiculous the amount of hoops we have to jump through to access the game. Many, many people apparently have had this trouble and it's silly to think that no other MMO/Multiplayer game has these issues. You'd think Turbine would have addressed this years ago or at least come up with a clear and coherent guide to follow to fix this, as I saw threads from as early as 2004 on this issue.

     

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    awesome you were able to get it working!

    that said, welcome to the rest of your life, you will never be able to leave AC now!


    muahahahahaha

    wink

     

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    Yeah, routers and AC can be a pain at times. Some work no problem, others you have to config ports:(

     

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    Thanks all! I'm in game as Docere now...decided to give Void magic/melee D a whirl since I'd always been a Battlemage in the past. I hope to see you all in game!

     

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    I recognize that name.. Doubleds

    Anyhoos.... as far as starting from scratch..... no problem. If there is anything at all you might want or nee, just shoot me a message.
    Always willing to help people.

    I am in Frankfurt, Germany, on my way to work. But will be back soon...
    As I said.. if ya need anything, just ask.

     

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