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January 15, 2002 11:51 pm ET - research by Reece
Lineage is Prime Time, baby
Reece tipped me off to the fact that the January 31, 2002 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine (No Doubt on the cover) has an article on Lineage on page 55. And a favorable one it is!

Click the article to see the screenshot (taken on Ken server) close up

The hottest genre in gaming today has a weird, ungainly name: massively multiplayer online gaming. In games such as EVERQUEST, ASHERON'S CALL and ULTIMA ONLINE, thousands of people participate simultaneously in a virtual world where the action goes on 24/7 - whether you're there or not. Until recently, we figured that EverQuest, which has about half a million subscribers, was the most popular nonpharmaceutical alternative reality on the planet. But turns out there are 4 million gamers adicted to NCsoft's LINEAGE in places such as Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Now this online role-playing phenomenon has reached U.S. shores, led by fabled Ultima creator Richard Gariott - a man also known by his game moniker, Lord British. "The impact this game has had in every country that it's come available in is truly phenomenal," says Gariott, who now serves as executive producer for Korea-based NCsoft. "It started life about three years ago in Korea; now, one out of thirty people in the country plays Lineage. When it launched in Taiwan, it brought own the Internet for the entire country." U.S. gamers may balk at the distinctly old school presentation, with its 2-D graphics and familiar sword-and-sorcery combat. But Garriott says that simplicity works in Lineage's favor. "It's much easier to get into than most online games. Most online games drop you into a gigantic world and say, 'Good luck,' which is very intimidating. Often people are very unsuccessful and preyed upon by other players. This game has a much more comfortable beginning. And instead of feeling like you are truly wimpy - fighting rats and rabbits for the first few months of your existence - you get to wade through lots of monsters and see them fall before you, and get lots of gold and treasure from the beginning, so you feel much more heroic." He also points to the "elder game" experience, in which seasoned players can take over castles, set taxation rates for kingdoms and juggle political relations to maintain their power. And for hard-core gamers, the presence of Lord British himself as a character within the world of Lineage could prove irresistible (Gariott gave up rights to the Ultima name when he left Origin Systems, but the Lord British persona goes where he goes). Unlike other massively multiplayer games, there's no game disk to buy, and there's a free thirty day trial period - check the Web site ( for details...

January 16, 2002 12:24 am ET (#1)
Loyal Fan

50 posts

That siege was pretty wild...although I had no idea that Admin was standing within the walls. O_o
He has some interesting hotkeys...disintegrate, anyone?

January 16, 2002 12:29 am ET (#2)
Loyal Fan

146 posts

i realize that but his mp and hp is low wonder y and lvl 52 in ken server with both coi and rotc?? weird

January 16, 2002 12:31 am ET (#3)
Loyal Fan

146 posts

even close he is not full law and only -3ac???

January 16, 2002 12:58 am ET (#4)
Loyal Fan

13 posts

reece reece reece!! where have you been? ken, dep, test?

January 16, 2002 02:04 am ET (#5)
Loyal Fan

722 posts

ivwas looking at that his stats weird...serious and i were like huh? o well glad someone is noticing how good lineage is :D

January 16, 2002 02:14 am ET (#6)
Loyal Fan

50 posts

Ummmm....Test Server for a while until it was wiped, now I am currently playing Everquest. =P

January 16, 2002 03:17 am ET (#7)
Loyal Fan

33 posts

everyone go to my website and see what i do to NC Lineage for banning me

January 16, 2002 05:05 am ET (#8)
Loyal Fan

6 posts

wooohooooo i am famous noowwwwww
woooohoooo there is a picture of me in rolling stone magazine woooohooo

January 16, 2002 08:07 am ET (#9)
Loyal Fan

37 posts

lineage must be really good, since you devoted your time to write such a nice review :p

January 16, 2002 09:04 am ET (#10)
Loyal Fan

1 posts

hmmm... NC soft hit again and again
feel not so happy... us peoples don't know kor serv's dark side..
u know?

January 16, 2002 10:35 am ET (#11)
Loyal Fan

162 posts

i can see on the names its a windawood siege on ken rhaul.
seems to be silent as current owner since bluemountain and jina (the char talking)is attacker, and he wasnt a silent members as i know off....

oh and a side note : i hear GM's use +9 COI and that it cannot be detectet..
just sumthing i heard... --;

January 16, 2002 12:06 pm ET (#12)
Loyal Fan

119 posts

i can see the GM behind the wall... he only had 14hp.. i coulda ended him o.o

January 16, 2002 01:30 pm ET (#13)
Loyal Fan

36 posts

why has he only got 230hp?

January 16, 2002 05:50 pm ET (#14)
Loyal Fan

2 posts

Hey! I'm in rolling stone!!! I'm forever immortalized as the female knight hiding behing the left-outside gate tower. >.< doh... A picture of me hiding at a siege.

January 17, 2002 02:34 am ET (#15)
Loyal Fan

38 posts

So that level 52 character is a Game Master?

January 17, 2002 02:35 am ET (#16)
Loyal Fan

38 posts


January 17, 2002 11:33 am ET (#17)
Loyal Fan

185 posts

Its the EVA (spelling) necklace , GM has that makes it impossible for us to detect them.

February 03, 2003 05:32 am ET (#18)
Loyal Fan

144 posts

for a GM how he get lvl 52 with only 230hp? and whos hitting him he only gor 14 left!! end him someone!!!!!
disentagrate lol i bet who ever kills him gets that on his ass ^^

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