Typically on Choose My Adventure
, this post would be pretty cut-and-dried: pick a race, pick a class, tell me what kind of underwear I should pack, and we'll call it a day. This is not as simple as it sounds for Dark Age of Camelot
, as most races eschew underwear as a general principle and DAoC
has a bajillion races and classes. So instead of allowing you to pick specifics in these regards, I'm going to have to boil it down to general themes lest our polls break under the sheer strain of so many options.
Please note that all voting will be completed by midnight on the 17th in order to allow me time to play!
Page one: Choose my server ruleset
As a realm vs. realm-centric game, DAoC
has one more server type than other MMOs. The standard ruleset -- "normal" or "traditional" -- is PvE within your own realm but PvP between the three realms in certain areas. Then there is the PvP ruleset, which is completely free-for-all open PvP: anyone can attack anyone nearly anywhere. Finally, DAoC
has a cooperative server that is PvE to the core and shifts the struggles between the realms from direct conflict to competing against PvE keeps.
Page two: Choose my realm
The three realms of Dark Age
are very much at the core of the game itself. Players strongly identify with their chosen realms, and even years after playing this MMO, continue to defend its honor in conversations with other expats.
We've got the realm of Albion, which is probably closest to what you'd think of when you conjure up images of old England, King Arthur, and the Knights of the Round Table. Next up is Hibernia, a realm steeped in the culture and lore of Celtic mythology. Finally, there is the Nordic-themed lands of Midgard, what with Vikings and fjords and all that. Choices, choices!
Page three: Choose my racial type!
As all three realms boast their own races and classes, I'm going to have to generalize these next two polls. Depending on which realm wins the day, do you want me to roll the most human-like character I can, the most exotic or beast-like character I can, or the most Elvish character I can? Or, you know, a Minotaur?
Page four: Choose my class role!
So, with a measly 47 or so classes
to pick from, I'd say my options are fairly limited. To keep things less ridiculous in length, I'm going to simplify this choice between the four main archetypes -- tank, casters, rogues, healers -- as well as the option of a hybrid that combines two of these together. Depending on your vote, I'll do my best to roll a class that best exemplifies this role in the realm.
That's it for this week! I'll bow to the majority opinion on each of these to roll my very first character in Dark Age of Camelot
. I'll let you know next week how my first steps into the world went and definitely will be asking for your guidance.
It's time to put the screws to Justin "Syp" Olivetti, as he enters the Choose My Adventure chamber and pits his wits against your will! Check back each Wednesday for a recap of the last week's play, then sound off in the polls and the comments to determine his course of action for the next week.