About Duke Jay Blackthorn – (Gaming history pre Chronicles of Elyria)
I’ve been primarily an MMO PvPer since the launch of Ultima Online in 1997. Granted, I was a fairly useless 10-year-old having my first RPG experience of any form, let alone the massively multiplayer/online variety, however, this gave me a head start on the competition in a sense. By Ultima Online – The Second Age I was a part of some of the biggest, most successful guilds on the Oceania server, owned one of the busiest PvP houses at the Britain Moongate and eventually finished up after UO Renaissance, the dawn of Trammel and the downfall of the Ultima Online PvP scene. I moved on to Shadowbane for a short period where I reconnected with the Uno (One) guild from Ultima Online – Oceania and participated in large scale city verse city siege style PvP which was amazing before the game crashed and burned. Around this same time, I moved on to catch the tail end of World of Warcraft Vanilla with the guild No Dice on Barthillus which I played through to the Frozen Throne expansion. I never raided, seldom played the pve sections of the game, rather focused 95% of my time in game on battlegrounds, pvping for long periods of time daily, however, my first love of Ultima Online continued to dangle the carrot in the form of player run servers and I always found myself returning. After a flurry on IPY I was heavily involved with UOGamers – Hybrid and eventually IPY2 where I played from Beta to the dying days of the server. IPY2 I was part of the guild Nothing personal (Np) which contained some of the greatest MMO PvPers I had ever met, people who had dominated every important free server’s duelling and PvP scene for a decade and eventually, in an Ultima Online server that was built around city vs city PvP and weekly voting/PvP competition to decide leadership, overthrew the King of one of the largest cities in Ultima Online – Trinsic. I remained the King of Trinsic as the longest serving monarch of any city on the IPY2 server and held the position until the server eventually closed. It was during my IPY2 years that I discovered my love for other sandbox elements of MMOs, splitting my time between PvPing, crafting, owning/operating a largely successful player run vendor mall and throwing large scale PvP and non PvP events funded by the treasury of Trinsic. I’ve spent the time between the closure of IPY2 and last Tuesday playing the MOBA Dota2. As of last Tuesday, I’m running an alliance guild on the Oceanian World of Warcraft classic realm Arugal, recruiting guildless PvP players and hoping to bring an eventually established group across to Chronicles of Elyria on the back of a successful WoW classic campaign to bolster Imperium’s community.