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Veteran MMORPG developer Brad McQuaid has passed away

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    grahamiam
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    Sad to hear this. Everquest was a defining experience in my life - I'm in touch with more people I played EQ with 18 years ago than I am with people I went to high school with. There is still a...

    Sad to hear this. Everquest was a defining experience in my life - I'm in touch with more people I played EQ with 18 years ago than I am with people I went to high school with. There is still a ridiculous amount of my memory tied up in knowing things like the route to Frenzy in LGuk or which way around the edge of Kithicor to go from WC to HH. I don't think it's possible to recreate that experience because of the way that the internet and gaming has progressed since then, but have definitely been chasing the high for a long time.

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    1. cfabbro
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      Yeah, this news made me incredibly sad too. Everquest and Vanguard were both a huge part of my childhood and adolescence, and I was cautiously optimistic about Pantheon purely because McQuaid was...

      Yeah, this news made me incredibly sad too. Everquest and Vanguard were both a huge part of my childhood and adolescence, and I was cautiously optimistic about Pantheon purely because McQuaid was behind it. But this news has definitely thrown a huge wrench into the cogs on that game now. :(

      I'm in touch with more people I played EQ with 18 years ago than I am with people I went to high school with.

      Ditto for me too, although several EQ guildees were also my elementary+high-school best friends.

      My Everquest guild is even still regularly playing games together (MMOs and otherwise) almost 20 years later. We migrated from EQ, to DAoC, to WoW, to SW:ToR, occasionally splintering off for a bit to play other MMOS (Lineage, Rift, Vanguard, etc), but most recently pretty much fully reunited to play Classic WoW together. Over the years we have also picked up new members along the way, as you do.

      And every year since nearly the beginning, a fair number of us (usually 10-15) meet up for "RCon", with people flying in from all over the US and Canada to attend. We nerd out for a week together at a friend's cottage, playing tabletop, console and PC games together, drinking copious amounts of alcohol, and most recently even hosting friendly competitions, complete with a trophy and medals. :)

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  2. Thrabalen
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    Like many, I only knew of McQuaid through his ties to the gaming industry, all the way back to the days of Verant. I, too, was hit like a train of Crushbone orcs in GFay upon hearing this. That is...

    Like many, I only knew of McQuaid through his ties to the gaming industry, all the way back to the days of Verant. I, too, was hit like a train of Crushbone orcs in GFay upon hearing this. That is a legacy, folks. People who only tangentially know of you through a work that you did forming an emotional bond.

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