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#13843746 Aug 24, 2018 at 08:49 PM
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So, I'm going to take a page from the Hello the Internet intro and actually flesh out what I didn't end up saying over on the main Ashes forum.

I've been an on again, off again RPer since the summer of 1984, when I was just coming up on my 4th birthday. My father was good enough as a DM that he was able to explain the idea of RPing to me in a way that even my childlike mind could understand, so maybe I won't be the oldest RPer in this game, but in my experience, most of the people I have RPed with haven't put in as many years as I have.

From the years of '84-'97, I interacted with groups like the Society for Creative Anachronism, and continued playing D&D as well as other RPGs such as Earthdawn, RIFTS, GURPS, and Call of Cthulhu. This time period was also punctuated with numerous console RPGs and console strategy games, as well as a few forays into assorted MUDs and MUCKs.

In '97 I took my first plunge into RP in a chat room, and continued along that track as well as some samplings of forum RP through the time period of around '03. It was during this period I was having my first tastes of MMOs including Ultima Online and started actively observing the original Everquest.

November was slated for the release of EQ2 the following year, and the collectors edition was given to me as a birthday present. I still own the disk for the original soundtrack to this day. Before December I had taken the big step, and started actively RPing in an MMO. Since then, my home designs and assorted characters have been in the following games:

NWN 1 & 2
Everquest Next Landmark
Star Wars Galaxies
Star Wars: The Old Republic
Warcraft 3
Wizardry Online
No Man's Sky

I feel like there are games I'm forgetting, but maybe those are just single player games like Dragon Quest Builders and the like, tugging at my mind. But yes, I'm very pleased to be here, and have intentions towards building a freehold in AoC.
#13843772 Aug 24, 2018 at 10:30 PM
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Wow, welcome!! It's absolutely great that someone with so much experience is with us on this journey, and it sounds like you have a lot of stories under your belt.

Since you're looking forward to building a freehold, do you have any particular plans for what you want to do with it? I suppose there's a lot we have to learn about them either way, but from what you've heard is there anything specific that's appealed to you so far about it?
#13843776 Aug 24, 2018 at 10:37 PM
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My intention is to make a place in the mountains where I can smith. While it seems like, from what little we've been shown of the game world, the aesthetic is going to be your fairly standard fantasy fair as far as buildings, armor, clothes, etc, in my heart, Lythawan will be, in certain regards, very much a Samurai. He intends to hold himself to high standards in his endeavors, such as swordsmanship, archery, and smithing. I'm faily much contemplating his archetype to either be Fighter/Fighter or Fighter/Rogue, since that's probably where the wall climbing will emerge if it ends up being class specific (plus, y'know, some Samurai moonlighted as Ninja). Beyond the forge, I'm somewhat torn between either making a tavern, making a tower/stronghold, or, if viable, both.
#13843780 Aug 24, 2018 at 10:55 PM
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Oh! I guess I was so annoyed with the people I was spending time with in it that I kinda blocked it. I did RP for a couple weeks in Guild Wars II, as well.
#13843783 Aug 24, 2018 at 11:01 PM · Edited 2 years ago
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If you're looking for something of a more East Asian aesthetic, from what we know the Ren'kai orcs will actually be having that sort of thing! They're the ones currently on the Ashes store at the moment though, so they definitely have something of a "barbarian" aspect to them too. Made a quick imgur album of all of the art we have of them so far for ya! (As a note, the black-background ones are speculated to be them, but they fit all of the aesthetic points we know of the Ren'kai thus far!)

Only certain classes will be able to climb in certain designated spots from what they've told us, and Rogue is definitely one of those (though from what we understand you'd want a Rogue primary for that!) A forge sounds like a great idea too, from what it sounds like processing will be an extremely important part of the "chain" of crafting. A tavern or tower up in the mountains like that would be pretty awesome!
#13843785 Aug 24, 2018 at 11:07 PM
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You are right about the Orcs having that sort of structure, though who can say about the weapons and armor? Still, if a katana can be made in Ashes, I will be up for the challenge. As for the climbing being Rogue main, that's fine as well. When I ran Mishando in EQ2, his class was assassin, but ICly he would always insist he was "A humble merchant who only learned swordplay to defend himself". Even if I had to make him be a rogue/warrior, he could easily pose as if he weren't a rogue at all. *chuckles*
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