It's About the Journey

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It's About the Journey

by Ohhgee » Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:09 am

There is a lesson that I learned very quickly when I first began dabbling in the world of Vanilla servers in 2012: One day, you will wake up and all of your work will be gone.

It is inevitable; the illusion that your character will continue to exist forever is not even rational. We spend hours upon hours grinding, farming, and working to improve our characters, as if there is some finishing point. But what is that finishing point, really? Farming Naxx and one-shotting people with your full T3 for all of eternity? Or hopping over to TBC, and essentially starting from scratch?

The truth is that we choose to play this gimmicky, imbalanced, grindy, and occasionally frustrating 11 year old game for a reason. That reason is the journey. People love to say that investing time on a private server is “pointless” or “a waste of time.” I say that’s bullshit. Unless you are among the world’s elite DotA or CS players, then you are “wasting your time” no matter what game you choose to play.

We play for the journey. We play for the experience. We play for the friendships and the rivalries. We play for the drama. We play for the feeling of slaying a new boss and seeing BiS loot drop. We play for the feeling of hitting your PvP rank after weeks of hard work and sleep deprivation.

We play for the feeling of riding into Blackrock Mountain with 39 other people who love this game as much as you do, running beside you and laughing in TeamSpeak. We play for 6 hour battles at world bosses. We play for 100+ player battles over Devilsaur Leathers.

We play for the feeling of venturing out into Azeroth and never knowing what lies around the corner, which is a feeling that Vanilla produces better than any game ever has or ever will.

We play for the journey. That is the reason that players like us choose to replay this severely outdated game on a bootleg server. Because this game has a journey that is truly unlike any other game. This journey is a beautiful thing, and it was more beautiful than ever on Nostalrius.

I will never regret a single one of my 127 days /played here on Nostalrius. Why? Because I wasn’t playing for some imaginary end result. I was playing for the journey. Believe me, I am just as disappointed as anyone else that we will never see Naxx. But disappointment does not have to include regret.

I beg ALL of you, as a community... don’t regret the hours that you spent playing here, cherish them. You got to be a part of something that was truly incredible. Nostalrius was not like other private servers. Nostalrius was legendary. And there will probably never be a private server experience quite like Nostalrius ever again.

Cherish the time you spent here. Cherish the journey. Because in the end, thats what it is really all about.

See ya on the next one,
O.G.
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Re: It's About the Journey

by Ohhgee » Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:10 am

Going to share some memories from my journey here on Nostalrius. I hope that others will also share their stories, screenshots, and/or videos...

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Here is where it all began... out-tagging you since day 1 :D

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It only took a few hours for people to begin to realize that Nostalrius was going to be something special. The scale of the server provided an amazingly epic feel even as a lowbie.

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Before Dire Maul was out, you farmed Hearthglen... if you could manage to fend off the opposing faction’s farmers. Enemies were all over, and every pull was like flirting with death...

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Fond memories of the days when the whole server was still in blues and farming UBRS, seen in this vintage screenshot

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After much UBRS farming, it was time to raid MC... with some BIG players.

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Then it was time for the true gauntlet of Vanilla: the PvP grind. It deprive you of sleep, fill you with stress, and test your skills and endurance. It will be soul-crushing...

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But SO worth it :D

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And who could ever forget that Nost was the one and only home of pre-nerf AV? What better place to own it up after ranking?

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The action and drama surrounding Devilsaur Leather on Nostalrius was one of the most interesting and exciting quirks of the server. I will never forget the good times in the Crater, chillin’ with cross-faction pals, PvPing, and listening to the rage-filled ramblings of the SPANISH GOD

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I will even fondly remember the hours of waiting... and waiting.......... and waiting....................

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..... only to have all the Rank 13 Mages sleep through the boss :P

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Everything (even waiting on world bosses) felt exciting on Nostalrius because the world was SO alive that you never knew what experience was waiting around the corner. You can imagine my reaction when I ran to northern Felwood to farm for Medicine Pouch, and stumbled upon a full raid group of Chinese players who took me along for their rep grind :D

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Speaking of exciting... BWL release day was... well... good luck tagging Quartermaster. And what a tight, exciting, and dramatic race for server 1st...

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ZG release a bit more quiet... farming rep and fishing with the boys.

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Fishing may be fun, but I prefer slaying. Never forget, the day that all Horde perished in honor of 3 bros:
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Lastly, there are 2 days in particular on Nostalrius that were among the most exciting experiences I have ever had in any video game. These 2 days will be forever legendary:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYFD06UFscw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPnMFJiOxT4
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Re: It's About the Journey

by Theoloras » Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:13 am

and my journey will be to continue to tell you and the rest of the NOPE boy lovers what they really are...

sad little man childs who really should go outside more often.
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Re: It's About the Journey

by Packleader » Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:18 am

Get a life ^ @Theoloras

Let ohgee embrace what be loves..
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Re: It's About the Journey

by Lifealert » Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:19 am

I'm glad I was a part of something that will be talked about for years to come. It was short lived, but it was more meaningful than my experiences on Emerald Dream and even more meaningful than my experiences in cataclysm.

I can't wait for the next best thing, a server in which we all play together once more. There we will reflect on nostalrius fondly.

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Re: It's About the Journey

by Dr. Doom » Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:30 am

Great post.
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Re: It's About the Journey

by Nelythia » Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:31 am

Good times, good times.
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Thanks everyone for playing on Nostalrius, it was the best WoW experience in a long time.
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Re: It's About the Journey

by stimz » Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:31 am

pffffffffffffff corecraft good fucking joke. that things gonna be making a shutting down post before it even launches.
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Re: It's About the Journey

by Robotron » Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:36 am

Oh, I agree. I was just hoping to kill KT during my time here, is all.
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Re: It's About the Journey

by Fitzgerald » Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:39 am

great post ohhgee

ive seen you around a lot

rip nost

rip fun

Fuck Blizz
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