Gaming History

Games I’ve Played

Here is the list of games I’ve played (reverse chronological order):

  • June 2014 – now: WildStar on Pago (US PVP) as TaugrimEsper the Melee Mage DPS Esper
  • April 2013 – June 2014: World of Tanks on NA server as taugrim (2121 Account WN8 without gold ammo, 2905 Super Unicum over last 1k battles): stats, replays
  • Aug 2012 – November 2013: Guild Wars 2 on Blackgate as “Taugrim the Ele” the Elementalist and “Taugrim” the Warrior
  • Dec 2011 – August 2012: SWTOR as Taugrim the Trooper Vanguard and Taugrymm the Smuggler Gunslinger on Ajunta Pall (US RP-PVP)
  • Feb 2011 – Jan 2012: RIFT as Taugrim the M*A*S*H Cleric on Sunrest (US RP-PVP). I shelved Taugrim the Rank 4 Riftblade/Champion/Paladin Warrior on Harrow (US RP-PVP)
  • Mar 2010 – Feb 2011: World of Warcraft as Taugrimm the Paladin (L85) and Taugrim the Balance Druid (L80) on Wildhammer
  • Feb – Mar 2010: Allods Online as Taugrim the Melee Healer on Tensess
  • Sep 2009 – Jan 2010: Aion as Taugrum the Chanter and Taugrim the Sorcerer on Lumiel
  • Sep 2008 – Sep 2009: Warhammer Online as Taugram the Swordmaster (RR65 L40) and Taugrim the Bright Wizard (RR41 L40) on Phoenix Throne
  • Nov 2007 – Sep 2008: The Lord of the Rings Online as Taugrim the Captain (R6 L50) and Taugrem the Orc Reaver (R6) on Landroval
  • May 2006 – Nov 2007: World of Warcraft as Maeglor the Feral Druid (L70) on Agamaggan
  • 2005 – May 2006: Knight Online as Taugrim the Archer (L61) on Beramus
  • 1998: Meridian 59

My History with MMORPGs

In 2005, I searched for a F2P (Free to Play) MMORPG and landed on Knight Online (KO). I wrote my first gaming guide, Guide to Rogue-Archer, to answer questions that kept coming up on the forums and to address the widely-held perception that Rogue-Archers sucked. Rogue-Archer suited me well: the class had excellent mobility, solid DPS, and enough spot-healing and cleansing to bail people out of trouble.

KO was fun, but the game was very hackable, and I got tired of PVP’ing against players who cheated. So I switched over to World of Warcraft (WoW) with a few friends from KO during the summer of 2006, and we rolled on the server Agamaggan.

WoW was the first game I ever played that had serious class balance issues, and because of Vanilla WoW’s design, gear balance issues. It was sometimes amusing, sometimes frustrating dialoguing with the community, as there was a lot of in-fighting between players of the same class of different specs and between players of different classes that filled the same role (tank, DPS, or healer). In the first 10 months of The Burning Crusade (TBC) expansion, I played as a Feral tanking Druid named Maeglor. Eventually I got burned out of the raiding gear grind, so I quit WoW cold turkey in November 2007.

I still wanted to play an MMORPG, I just didn’t want to deal with a grindfest. At the suggestion of a friend, who I’d been playing online with since KO, I tried The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO). The community was stellar, the game was immersive, and there were no issues of different classes playing the same role (e.g. main tank, main healer, etc), as there had been with WoW. While LOTRO’s PVE was quite good, I’m a PVP’r at heart, and the Moors PVP had a lot of issues. I initially only PVP’d as a Freep (with my Captain), but eventually I switched to playing a Creep (Orc Reaver) because Creepside needed more players on my server (Landroval) to balance things out.

While playing LOTRO, I wrote several class guides (2 for Captain, 1 for Orc Reaver, 1 for Uruk Blackarrow). One common issue I ran into was that a written guide only went so far in terms of explaining how to play a class, and players often gave feedback that tips I wrote in my Guides didn’t work, even though I knew from personal experience that they did. So I bought FRAPS to record footage and started posting PVP videos on YouTube in the summer of 2008. What I found lacking in most MMORPG videos is any kind of context; usually a video has music playing, and it can be difficult to tell what is going on. So I started narrating my videos, and the narrations generated a lot of positive feedback.

In late Spring of 2008, I started following Warhammer Online (WAR) with keen interest. WAR was incredibly attractive to me. The concept of leveling up via RVR (Realm-Versus-Realm, which is another acronym for mass PVP) sounded awesome, and I was intrigued by the mechanics of classes such as the Warrior Priest, which uses melee abilities to generate “mana” (called Righteous Fury) for healing. When WAR launched in September 2008, I switched from LOTRO to WAR.

In WAR, I initially played a Bright Wizard to 40, made a lot of narrated BW videos, and wrote the Bright Wizard Class Mechanics Guide. Due to a shortage of Order tanks on my server, I rolled a Swordmaster as my main character in November and continued cranking out narrated videos and wrote a Swordmaster Class Mechanics Guide.

I played WAR until April 2009, at which point I de-subscribed because I was frustrated with the lack of server and mass PVP stability in Patch 1.2. In early July, I decided to check out WAR in Patch 1.3 on a free trial basis. The game’s stability had improved, so I re-subbed and played until mid September 2009, at which time I de-subbed because I wanted to try Aion, and WAR had gone from being fairly stable with the great Patch 1.3b to being very unstable and buggy in Patch 1.3.1.

In September 2009, the North America version of Aion launched. There was a lot of hoopla about the game in terms of its polish and PVP potential. My initial impression was that the game was tedious but I leveled a Chanter to 40, by which point the grindy nature of the game just killed my interest to continue leveling to 50 so I de-subbed in early February 2010.

I started playing the F2P game Allods Online in February 2010 but by the end of March decided to stop playing AO due to concerns about the game. In the meanwhile, I’d heard that there were several changes to World of Warcraft in Wrath of the Lich King (WotLK) that removed a lot of the grind that I’d detested back in TBC.

So I decided to give WoW another try. This time around, I chose Balance as my main spec for my Druid and eventually decided to level a Paladin to play as Retribution in PVE and Protection in PVP.

Prior to WoW Patch 4.0, my Protection Paladin became my main PVP character. When 4.0 launched, there were significant class changes that were introduced for the Paladin (and other) classes. There was a dearth of information for how to play the Protection spec in 4.0, so I put together a detailed Prot Pally PVP Guide, which I’ve continued to update in Cataclysm. The Prot Pally PVP Guide has been my most comprehensive Guide to-date, and I received a lot of great feedback and input from the Paladin community (~1000 comments and counting). I managed to break 2k Arena rating in the 2v2 and 3v3 brackets as Prot in Cataclysm, and I was the only person to do so in those brackets in the Shadowburn battlegroup during the time I played.

In February I started feeling restless with WoW, and I heard some very compelling things about RIFT, so I pre-ordered the game. RIFT had a terrific launch and has been the most enjoyable game for PVP that I have ever played. I wanted to play a heavy melee class so I rolled a Warrior and published the Riftblade Warrior PVP Guide. In early June I switched servers to Sunrest and rolled a Cleric, because our new guild needed healers.

The RIFT Cleric community widely believed that “melee healer” Clerics were not viable, but my gut feeling was that the mechanics existed to support melee-healing, it was just a matter of sorting them out. After hitting level 50, I wrote my M*A*S*H Melee Healer Cleric Guide, and to my pleasant surprise many Clerics overcame their skepticism, tried out the spec, and raved about it. I began to lose interest in RIFT with Patches 1.5 and 1.6 due to the overbalancing of classes.

I played SWTOR with my guildees in <Maven> since the first week of launch, and for most of that time we were on Ajunta-Pall (US RP-PVP). We rolled on Republic on AP because we wanted to be on a server with reasonable faction balance, or at least to be on the side that was outnumbered, because it’s way more interesting than running with the zerg. In August I made the decision to stop playing SWTOR, as the vast majority of my guildees moved on from the game, the game became more grindy in 1.3 which did not align with my limited free time per my new job, and I want to see how F2P is implemented before I commit further to the game.

I’ve played GW2 since launch, as it provides all the systems for PVP that I really care about (battleground, tournament / ranked battleground, and World PVP), and the horizontal scaling system for PVP simply rocks, especially in 5v5 tournaments, as gear is strictly cosmetic and it’s therefore a level playing field. GW2 PVP requires timing, movement, communication, and team management of the downed state. In addition, I love that you can play in endgame battlegrounds within literally a half hour of rolling a new character – this allows players to experiment with new classes with minimal time investment.

In April 2013, on a whim I picked up WoT and it’s been the most pleasant surprise of any PC game I’ve ever played. WoT is easy-to-learn but hard-to-master, which really appeals to me as skill is a huge determinant in PVP outcomes, which is how it should be.

In 2014, I played about 5 hours in WildStar Beta. I decided to give the game a go at launch and I’m their implementation of action combat with telegraphs – it’s the most engaging and highest skill cap combat system I’ve ever played in an MMORPG.

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59 comments on “Gaming History
  1. ulessyes says:

    hi buddy longtime no see; you may not remember me but im a good friend of arc and robin adonis of kol. i recently quit the game and went to wow looking for you guys but i guess im on the wrong server (tanaris). anyways your doing really great on your followups i just have 1 question. i am a lvl 80 mage now on wow;and am having trouble with my specs in pvp i was wondering if you can email me some advise on mageing pvp. my specs are arcane and frost cause of the casting time. dont get me wrong i do kill also lol. also i have all the correct armor for the pvps but its like im useless still. the armor is the hateful gladiator armor. i dont want to quit the game cause its a fun game to me and DirtNapCentral. remember that clan from kol ran by Dirtnap4U formally the train runners. well the whole clan is now on wow as is arc and we are all lvl 80s but im the only basic mage inneed of advise; so if you can give me some id appreciate it :)) ty

    • taugrim says:

      It’s been 20 months since I played WoW, and I never played an endgame mage, so I’m not the right person to ask.

      Please say hi to ARC and Robin for me, and thanks for dropping by!

      • ulessyes says:

        ok buddy thanks alot , and i will probably see you on aion when it comes out it looks really good from what i saw. and im tryin to get the DC clan to follow me there. so i’ll still be named as sqwiggy, let me know of any follow ups on the game ty

  2. Malaghaas says:

    Hey Taugrim. Hope you remember me (the mighty Magus ;D), we had some good fights in WAR. I’m playing LOTRO now on Landroval and I noticed some old post of yours. Couldn’t believe it was the same person but low and behold it was.

    Anyway, just wanted to say heya and if you ever decide to drop back into LOTRO gimme me a shout. My name there is Zhanthir.

    Peace.

    • taugrim says:

      (belated reply, heh)

      Hi Malaghaas!

      Of course I remember you. We had some fun fights – you were a skilled Magus :)

      Funny that you saw some of my old posts on the LOTRO forums. I was very heavily involved with the LOTRO community on the Captain forum and on the Landroval server forum, back when I played LOTRO from November 2007 to September 2008.

      I doubt I’ll play LOTRO again.

      That game has a terrific community and some aspects of the game are really well done. I just got tired of the limitations of the PVP system, especially the ridiculous amount of CC.

      If you get this response, let me know which Freep and Creep classes you play, I’m curious.

      Cheers,
      Tau

      • Jeadien says:

        Taugrim, i’d suggest you take a look at LOTRO again if you haven’t in a few years. They made substantial changes to PVP and have included DR on all CC abilities.

        Essentially CC works like this now. ( CC = Stuns, Mezs, roots, fears all in the same catagory)
        1st CC is 100% duration
        2nd CC is 50% duration
        3rd CC is 25% duration
        4th CC and beyond is just an interupt.

        Turbine has also made signifigant advances towards balancing creep and freep classes so each can hold their own in 1v1′s. Granted this balance isn’t always perfect due to the insta-buff creeps get when the level cap is raised, over freeps having to lvl, grind new gear, etc, but it’s still a lot of fun.

        Here’s a video from about a year and a half ago of me vs a R10 Warg on Candy Mountain.

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    • taugrim says:

      We will also provide you with bids for our unique reward system.

      What exactly do you mean by that?

      Are you talking about compensating me with reward items for writing about your game(s)?

      Or are you talking about providing me with rewards that I could share with readers of this blog? E.g. use this reward code and get a free +1 sword for your new character in a game. I’ve seen other blogs sponsor game rewards that way.

      I want to maintain clear disclosure so that readers of this blog understand if and when I have any potential conflicts of interest when writing about games.

      Cheers,
      Tau

  4. Jimmy says:

    Hey Taugrim!

    I just started playing Allods and i’ve been trying different classes and builds to see which one was my preference, and it turned out your healer spec was. Now ok, ‘Thanks’ i hear you say – but what brought back a lot of memories was your name! I doubt you remember me that much, but waaay back in the day, when we played KO, we met through my dad – ARC. I don’t know if you guys keep in touch anymore, its been so long, but im sure he’d love to hear from you. I remember your guides being of endless help to the both of us,(and no doubt everyone who read them!) so i’m really glad to see your still a gamer.

    My dad plays WoW now too, i think he has a lvl 80 Paladin and Rogue, and numerous other characters, although for the life of me i can’t remember on which server. It’d be great to hear from you – keep up the good work!

    P.S KO has been as good as run into the gutter in my opinion, the cheating is if anything, worse than before, and there is no real endgame. I just wish it didn’t have the best PvP system i’ve played (even if it was because of the combo ‘fluke’ haha)

    • taugrim says:

      Of course I remember you and your dad. Every now and again ARC and I email each other. I still keep in touch with Mahdi (Kerchek), you may remember him.

      Tell your Dad I said hello!

      I recently transferred my 80 Druid from Agamaggan (US) Alliance to Wildhammer (US) Horde.

  5. charlie says:

    hey taugrim love your site keep up the god work , i jus got in this beta seams like a game up your ally

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    its only pvp think wow backgrounds but high quality textures like torch light and allods really fun check it out sign and try to get into the beta

  6. Tom says:

    Great info on prot pvp Taugrim – thanks so much!

    I recently resurrected my vanilla wow pally I had left at lvl 60 and with the help of your posts/blog I’ve been having a lot of fun at 85 in BG and even with some 2v2 arena with a buddy playing a feral druid.

    I would really love to see some specific – even just bullet points – tips on how to beat other classes 1 vs 1. Tips like, what to look for, how to play ( aggressive or defensive ) which seal or auras I should make sure to have on when fighting each class… stuff like that.

    Anything would help, there may be something like this already posted somewhere you could point me to just thought I’d come here first.

    thanks for all the info!

    • taugrim says:

      Great info on prot pvp Taugrim – thanks so much!

      You’re welcome!

      I would really love to see some specific – even just bullet points – tips on how to beat other classes 1 vs 1

      I had several other items on the TO DO List ahead of providing 1v1 advice:
      - video(s) of Prot PVP in 4.0.6
      - video(s) of Ret PVP in 4.0.6
      - keybindings guide
      That being said, I did decide on Feb 23rd to switch from WoW to Rift.

      For 1v1 the best way to learn is to simply duel people and talk to them about what special abilities they have.

  7. Gary Oak says:

    Hi, I discovered your blog since your early post on the Rift forums (i believe you were lvl 15-30 at the time). Just wanted to say that I’m a big fan of the blog; lots of depth, content, and insight. I’ve been playing Champion/Paladin/Paragon (32/26/8) melee & block focused from lvl30-50 before 1.1 and now after. It works great in PvP; great DPS, great survivability, nice set of CC harassment tools; two stuns/two charges/two cast-interrupts/AoE melee spam/ranged interrupt/powerhouse finishers/bloodthirst etc. After 1.1, I’m beginning to sway towards replacing the Champion with the Riftblade soul BUT played somewhat similarily in mid-melee ranged combat; riftwalk, planar blade, ignores armor, 3pt bursts (500-720 upon crit), etc. Attack points build up very quickly with combination of reactive abilities and buffs. I was thinking of replacing paragon because turn the blade does not seem to proc, and rising waterfall is slow, and strike like iron doesnt seem to work properly. Thanks for keeping up such an awesome blog.

    • Gary Oak says:

      It would be really great if you added me, my username on the forums: dieniceli

      I play the char ‘Errza’ on Silkweb

      in case you wanted to check out what I wrote: http://mercguild.enjin.com/forum/m/1270568/viewthread/674359-pvpsolo-pve-builds

      Relatively old forum post that needs updating but touches upon what I was aiming for in PvP (i’ve made changes to certain abilities since I reached 50 and 1.1 patch):
      http://forums.riftgame.com/showthread.php?127854-Champ-Para-Pally-focus-is-on-block-hit-crit-and-procs-followups-reactives&highlight=

      • taugrim says:

        I’ve been playing Champion/Paladin/Paragon (32/26/8) melee & block focused from lvl30-50 before 1.1 and now after. It works great in PvP; great DPS, great survivability, nice set of CC harassment tools; two stuns/two charges/two cast-interrupts/AoE melee spam/ranged interrupt/powerhouse finishers/bloodthirst etc

        It’s funny that you mention Champ/Pally. I’ve been looking at different specs and I think that would be my next choice after RB/Pally, for the reasons you stated above.

        • Gary Oak says:

          LOL, that is awesome. I’ve got nothing but good things to say about that build. Many 2H champs will take you for granted, unfortunately for them :\ Premades and skilled players will realize that this build is a big threat, and you’ll been tunnel-focused to hell sometimes by champs and mages. But man, sure as hell reassuring and that we’re thinking along the same track (I think lol).

  8. Joshua says:

    taugrim nice job on your guides and stuff

    Do you still play WOW? here soon i going to try rift since I hearing good things, but for now I focused on wow. 1st time in 6 years I am playing another class than a Warlock, and I am finding my Binding doesn’t cut it for Melee, I saw your key set up you posted but watching your Prot videos I know you have things on other keys.

    Any chance if you willing so I can have a better look just email me your binding so I can load them into wow and see them all, I tried take a pic of your videos but can’t see them that way. my email is GuthanRulez@gmail.com much thanks.

    Main goal is get better at moving like you were, right now I just can’t keep them in front of me

    • taugrim says:

      Do you still play WOW? here soon i going to try rift since I hearing good things, but for now I focused on wow

      I usually only play one game at a time, and right now that game is Rift. Rift’s been awesome so far, an unexpected surprise.

      Any chance if you willing so I can have a better look just email me your binding so I can load them into wow and see them all, I tried take a pic of your videos

      Here’s a screenshot:
      http://taugrim.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/wowscrnshot_013011_194731-pally-85-3v3-2k-achieve.jpg

      Main goal is get better at moving like you were, right now I just can’t keep them in front of me

      Coincidentally, I finally got around to posting a strafing / movement / keybindings video just this morning. Here it is:
      http://taugrim.com/2011/04/07/rift-warrior-pvp-video-volume-9-strafing-movement-keybindings/

      • Joshua says:

        thanks man

        what is that Cross bone looking button you got after Y key I can’t see it

        I looked at the macros you posted, and some of them was easier to add Mod clicks, like the BOK/BOM instead of doing a cast like you, just made it nomod = BOK, Mod:Shift = BOM, Mod:Ctrl = SOJ and Mod:alt = SOT

        but besides the ones you posted which are the basic, you got any others that would be great that you use?

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  11. Jace says:

    Hiya,

    Love the blog, very insightful and your videos are oddly relaxing :) I wonder if you could tell me what plugin you use for the comments, specifically the ‘post comment’ part.

    Thanks and keep up the good work :)

    Jace

  12. Jace says:

    Oops, please ignore my post, have found out that the ‘post comment’ section is part of the hosted WordPress sites :)

  13. Mark Filander says:

    Hey Taugrim, I played Hashi, a mage on Beramus KOL (Everlong Clan), and RoadRunner, an archer on Edana. Enjoyed your posts for that game and glad to finally put a face to them. Keep it up! Cheers!

  14. Hey Taugrim, I played a warrior (Wellard) in a guild led by you amongst others and later an archer (inspired by your good self) on Beramus KOL a few years ago.

    I have to say, I’m quite impressed with what you’ve accomplished and it’s great to finally put a face to the name. You might also be surprised to hear that the old Knightsunited fan site is still going.

    Anyway, keep on keeping on. Great to finally find out what you’ve been up to :D

    • taugrim says:

      Jamie Harrison :

      Hey Taugrim, I played a warrior (Wellard) in a guild led by you amongst others and later an archer (inspired by your good self) on Beramus KOL a few years ago.

      Wellard! Of course I remember you.

      We had fun times back in KO, I just wish that game wasn’t so pitifully hackable. If it weren’t for the rampant exploiting, I might never have moved on to WoW.

      • In which case it might be a good thing that it was so easily exploitable. I quit the game a few years ago due to the exact reasons you left. I’m now currently playing WoW, but plan on moving to SWTOR when it’s released. Your videos have certainly got me hyped up for the release and I look forward to the next one :)

  15. Hydro|Jevanko says:

    Haha so funny, was going through swtor stream looking for someone that was pvp’ing. Finally ran into ur stream. Remember ur SM video’s like 5 years ago, was playing a SM as well at that time. Old memories, haha. I hope they’ll allow some interserver pvp at some point, would love to duel u a bit:P..

    • taugrim says:

      Hydro|Jevanko :

      Haha so funny, was going through swtor stream looking for someone that was pvp’ing. Finally ran into ur stream. Remember ur SM video’s like 5 years ago, was playing a SM as well at that time. Old memories, haha. I hope they’ll allow some interserver pvp at some point, would love to duel u a bit:P..

      We could always roll on the same server :)

      We’ll going to pick a PVP-RP server.

  16. Hydro|Jevanko says:

    taugrim :

    Hydro|Jevanko :
    Haha so funny, was going through swtor stream looking for someone that was pvp’ing. Finally ran into ur stream. Remember ur SM video’s like 5 years ago, was playing a SM as well at that time. Old memories, haha. I hope they’ll allow some interserver pvp at some point, would love to duel u a bit:P..

    We could always roll on the same server
    We’ll going to pick a PVP-RP server.

    First of all i play in a small scale tight group, and we’re joining a pvp server there is some initiative with some other competitive pvp guilds, so we’ll all join the same server and be sure to have tons of good pvp.
    Secondly I’m EU, so wouldn’t work all that well:P.. But if there won’t be inter-server fights where they also link eu and us, I might make a pvp vid some time.

  17. Happy Thanksgiving from Key West Taugrim!

    It is a pleasure to see that you have joined The Republic podcast on Gamerbreaker TV as well as streaming the SWTOR Beta on Twitch. I watched your stream everytime you were broadcasting this past week.

    I am on Sunrest in RIFT (Conman, 50 Warrior) and have enjoyed many PVP matches with you and your guildmates. I am actively searching for a PVP guild on the Republic side of SWTOR and have a huge interest in joining your guild. I am curious to know the process I would go about applying.

    Any kind of reply would be much appreciated! Take care!

    • taugrim says:

      Shane O’Connor :

      Happy Thanksgiving from Key West Taugrim!

      It is a pleasure to see that you have joined The Republic podcast on Gamerbreaker TV as well as streaming the SWTOR Beta on Twitch. I watched your stream everytime you were broadcasting this past week.

      I am on Sunrest in RIFT (Conman, 50 Warrior) and have enjoyed many PVP matches with you and your guildmates. I am actively searching for a PVP guild on the Republic side of SWTOR and have a huge interest in joining your guild. I am curious to know the process I would go about applying.

      Any kind of reply would be much appreciated! Take care!

      My guild leader anticipated that my covering SWTOR / streaming might result in incoming requests for ginvites – more requests than we can handle in terms of growing carefully, as we’re a small guild (about a dozen active players).

      For now I’m letting people know we’re not recruiting. If / when that changes, I’ll post on my blog letting y’all know.

      Have a Happy Turkey Day!

  18. Daniel says:

    Hi Taugrim, I was wondering if you have looked at Age of Conan at all, they recently went live with a special pvp server and it looks interesting just thought i’d share the news

    • taugrim says:

      Daniel :

      Hi Taugrim, I was wondering if you have looked at Age of Conan at all, they recently went live with a special pvp server and it looks interesting just thought i’d share the news

      No, I don’t plan to.

      I heard / read a lot of things around the AoC launch that would make me uncomfortable as a customer.

  19. Oozo says:

    LOL, just found this post on your gaming history. You know, I started in Meridian 59 too. Too funny. I played on server 3 (IIRC) with an anti-PK guild called the Amber Order.

    I also ran some PKers, but there were used to infiltrate enemy PK guilds. The politics of that game were quite interesting with a limited resource of guild halls. :)

    • taugrim says:

      Oozo :

      LOL, just found this post on your gaming history. You know, I started in Meridian 59 too. Too funny. I played on server 3 (IIRC) with an anti-PK guild called the Amber Order.

      I also ran some PKers, but there were used to infiltrate enemy PK guilds. The politics of that game were quite interesting with a limited resource of guild halls. :)

      Small world :)

      I originally rolled on Server 200, which was the first non-PK server, in a guild called The Blue Dragons.

      Our guild had about 15 actives IIRC, but we had that bigass keep as our guild hall out in the middle of nowhere, can’t even remember the zone name. The guild hall was enormous, but we had to farm to pay the upkeep.

      M59 taught me that people *really* value their online gaming relationships. Crazy to me at the time, because I played because it was a game and could hang with my RL best friend.

      I did eventually re-roll on a PK server, because I wanted to experience that at “endgame”.

  20. DIGHT says:

    Watched the SW:TOR livestream and i kept trying to figure out where I knew the name Taugrim from. Surprised to learn that it was from Allods, a game where IMO the only great and outstanding aspect was the graphics. I personally got to LV36 as a Melee Healer (became too hard to lvl up at that point) and LV40 on a Necromancer before the Great Exodus of players happened. Your name was big on the forums for some reason, and I just think it’s a shame that greed ruined what could have been an amazing game.

    So anyway, I’m probably gonna read some of the content on this blog, looks worth it, and also there isn’t really much else to do at the moment since i’m fully awaiting the official launch of SW:TOR.

    • taugrim says:

      DIGHT :

      Watched the SW:TOR livestream and i kept trying to figure out where I knew the name Taugrim from. Surprised to learn that it was from Allods, a game where IMO the only great and outstanding aspect was the graphics. I personally got to LV36 as a Melee Healer (became too hard to lvl up at that point) and LV40 on a Necromancer before the Great Exodus of players happened. Your name was big on the forums for some reason, and I just think it’s a shame that greed ruined what could have been an amazing game.

      People knew me in Allods Online because I wrote the stickied Melee Healer PVP Guide.

      It was too bad what happened with AO. It could have been a big-hit F2P game.

  21. Ekaj says:

    Hi Taugrim,

    Small world, really. I’ve been reading your SWToR posts since I saw you on gamebreaker, and knew your name was familiar. Turns out, we ended up on the same servers for LoTRO and WAR. In LoTRo, I didn’t PvP too much, but played a Champion named Encaitaruil. In WAR, I was a Sorcerer and a member of the guild Scorn. Now, in SWToR, I have a Valor 62 Assassin, Darkness spec (Powerr’s build), previously Deception.

    Just thought I’d say hi – doubtful you remember either of these characters, but wish you the best in SWToR.

    • taugrim says:

      Ekaj :

      Small world, really. I’ve been reading your SWToR posts since I saw you on gamebreaker, and knew your name was familiar. Turns out, we ended up on the same servers for LoTRO and WAR. In LoTRo, I didn’t PvP too much, but played a Champion named Encaitaruil. In WAR, I was a Sorcerer and a member of the guild Scorn. Now, in SWToR, I have a Valor 62 Assassin, Darkness spec (Powerr’s build), previously Deception.

      Just thought I’d say hi – doubtful you remember either of these characters, but wish you the best in SWToR.

      Encaitaruil sounds familiar, but it has been 4.5 years :)

      Where did you roll for SWTOR?

  22. Ekaj says:

    I rolled on Shadow Hand, PvE. Weird, right, since I was on PvP/RP for all the previous ones.

    Forgot to mention my WAR name: Talrithin.

    I mostly rolled on this server because of a bunch of RL friends. They also forced me to roll Empire. :[ I wanted my Jedi Shadow.

  23. Bruno says:

    Hi man!
    Im from Brazil and I have played Allods and Rift thanks to u!
    In GW2 I will try to thank you ingame.
    Cya!

  24. conwolv says:

    I love the game play in TERA, but I don’t think I’ll be playing much PVP. To me it seems kind of spammy (not as much spam as say Rift) but the PVP Battlegrounds seem like they’re not very well thought out and I have concerns about PVP balance. They disabled BGs because of level 60 abilities breaking PVP.

    With games like GW2 coming down the pipe, I don’t see myself trying to sort out PVP in TERA when I can play the much more complex and fulfilling PVP in GW2.

  25. Josh Hoade says:

    Hrm, I thought you played DAOC back in the day. The name sounded really familiar. Mid/Perc.

  26. RocSek says:

    I thought I recognized the name. I played a bit with you in WAR (Religun – Witch Hunter) and Aion (Xedex – Sin)as well. Good to see you doing things with Gamebreaker and games in general. You seemed good at it. Good luck.

  27. Marco says:

    Dear Taugrim,
    thank you for your wonderful blog and videos. I was wondering, If you plan to take a look at “The Secret World”. I have been playing it since the beta and I think the quite unique skills/abilities system would be something, you might enjoy wrapping your head around. Players could certainly use your input. Its pretty complicating, challenging and at the same time fascinating and rewarding.

    • taugrim says:

      Marco :

      Dear Taugrim,
      thank you for your wonderful blog and videos. I was wondering, If you plan to take a look at “The Secret World”. I have been playing it since the beta and I think the quite unique skills/abilities system would be something, you might enjoy wrapping your head around. Players could certainly use your input. Its pretty complicating, challenging and at the same time fascinating and rewarding.

      I’m swamped with RL work atm, so I probably won’t be picking up TSW.

      If that changes obviously you’ll know here.

  28. Marco says:

    Marco :
    Dear Taugrim,
    thank you for your wonderful blog and videos. I was wondering, If you plan to take a look at “The Secret World”. I have been playing it since the beta and I think the quite unique skills/abilities system would be something, you might enjoy wrapping your head around. Players could certainly use your input. Its pretty complicating, challenging and at the same time fascinating and rewarding.

    Oops, sorry for the spelling mistakes. I meant:
    It’s pretty complicated,…

  29. Gnashy says:

    Taugrim,

    I’ve been a fan of your videos for awhile, but I never realized that, back in the day, you used to run with Phoenix Throne on WAR. I was a RR60 something Shaman named Gnashy. Made me smile and remember the good old days of WAR, which I still remember fondly. I didn’t end up leaving until 2011.

    You probably would never remember me, but I do remember seeing Taugrim the Swordmaster in Scenarios quite often. We usually lost, but it was always cool seeing “famous” members of the server community.

    Once PT merged with Badlands, I only stayed for a little while.

    Anyways, reading this gave me some nice memories of WAR while it was great for me. Thanks for that!

    Gnashy

    • Gnashy says:

      Also, nice to see an RPer who also is an avid PvPer.

      • taugrim says:

        Gnashy :

        Also, nice to see an RPer who also is an avid PvPer.

        Heya Gnashy :)

        I don’t RP, but RP players are fun to hang around with, and across multiple games I’ve played, the RP-PVP servers had the best community and realm pride…from LOTRO (Landroval), WAR (Phoenix Throne as you know), and SWTOR (Ajunta Pall).

  30. Pesky says:

    Hey Ed/Taugrim! Love you on Gamebreaker (and thanks for introducing me to Gamebreaker by the way!). Any idea which GW2 server you will be playing on? I’m trying to find a homeserver for my guild (which is far more casual than you all, but its a great group of people) and I was hoping for some tips or ideas on what to look for.

    • taugrim says:

      Pesky :

      Hey Ed/Taugrim! Love you on Gamebreaker (and thanks for introducing me to Gamebreaker by the way!).

      GAMEBREAKER rocks – the team has a lot of talent and insight into MMORPGs, so it’s a pleasure to work with them.

      Pesky :
      Any idea which GW2 server you will be playing on? I’m trying to find a homeserver for my guild (which is far more casual than you all, but its a great group of people) and I was hoping for some tips or ideas on what to look for.

      We haven’t selected a server yet. We may wait until after launch to announce where we’ve rolled, so that we can sort out the server populations and such.

  31. \m/ u rock \m/

    i love u vids keep up the good work

  32. mcgruffy says:

    Hey Taugrim,

    I really love the site and all the content you put out. I’ve been following since SWTOR and I keep coming back for your insight into the games.

    I’ve playing GW2 now and I’ve really enjoyed your builds. I’ve got limited time to play the game so I always just use your builds as a starting block to tweak.

    Keep up the terrific work!

    • taugrim says:

      mcgruffy :

      I really love the site and all the content you put out. I’ve been following since SWTOR and I keep coming back for your insight into the games.

      I’ve playing GW2 now and I’ve really enjoyed your builds. I’ve got limited time to play the game so I always just use your builds as a starting block to tweak.

      Glad to hear you get value out of my content.

      Have fun in GW2!

  33. Albertoski says:

    Hey, have you ever think about playing Neverwinter? probably is the less p2w game of perfect world. If you have already consider it and decided not to play can you tell us why.
    Thanks

    PS: Old knight Online player here, from Beramus too, karus side!

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