Seeing as everyone is referring to their Realm experience for suggestions and people played at different times over the years, I'm wondering what was your Realm heyday and what made it special to you at that time.
Short answer: 2001
Edit: Poll! Your Realm heyday
- Realm 2x and before under Sierra (1996-1998)
- Realm 3x under Sierra (1998-1999)
- Realm 3x under Codemasters (2000-2003)
- Realm 3x under Norseman Games early years (2003-2005)
- After 2005
I'll start. I played a bit with free trials in 1997 (GuestXXX for an hour or so) and 1998 (one month long free trials I believe), but at that time I was young and had limited English skills so didn't play much.
I joined again at the very end of 2000 and 2001 was my peak Realm playing. Leveled my first 1k, got into trading and PvP then (Yes I know oldies, it wasn't the same as during shrugging days but at least it wasn't all MR). Trading wasn't the main focus of everyone then since you could find all the items you could need and there weren't so many different helmets and weapons. The most popular channel was channel 1. People would come on 5 to buy a wrath or sell the PoI they just found and then leave, so you could actually become a professional trader and make quite a lot of money from it somehow. Then I sold my gold and account (and they renamed Lydia thankfully, so I kept the name) and came back in 2002 or 2003, leveled another Lydia to 1k and made new friends and participated a bit in the storyline, played on and off till 2005 and a few times for a month at a time since then.
I'm aware I probably won't have the same Realm experience with this new game since I'm not a teenager anymore, but I enjoyed the culture/community a lot.