When mankind finally discovers the secrets of time travel, it wouldn’t surprise me if it was by the hand of someone in the Everquest community.
When the news break to the rest of the world and the press break down the doors where the time machine is kept, they will discover that the scientist and his machine is gone.
The crowd rushes over to a computer where a date is flashing on the screen. “March 16th, 1999”
Everquest players are nostalgic creatures, and I count myself as one of them. Below is a list I put together of some of my favorite “Evercrack” nostalgia.
Everlore & Casters Realm
Out of the Everquest sites, Everlore and Casters Realm was my favorites. Parts of them can still be accessed through the Wayback Machine.
I guess I could mention Allakhazam.com as well but that site still pretty much looks the same to this day.
Speaking of Casters Realm. Skater Gnome was a series of stories posted there. I remember thinking these were the peak of comedy at the time, 20 years later they’re still mildly humorous and worth a read for a shot of EQ nostalgia.
All the Skater Gnome have been posted on Everquest.Fandom.com.
Fansy The Famous Bard
Another player that will go down in the annals of Everquest history is Fansy the Bard. Fansy became a legend after fighting evil in his own special way on the Sullon Zek PvP server by training Hill Giant and other high-level mobs despite himself only being level 5, onto unsuspecting players.
His escapades are chronicled on NotACult.com in a series of in-game chat logs and screenshots.
Keith Parkinson Artwork
Who’s your favorite artist? If you are reading this article, I’m going to take a wild guess at Keith Parkinson (he’s my favorite as well)
Sadly, Keith passed away in 2005 but he is still remembered as one of the most iconic fantasy artists of all time. His website and online store is still up and running thanks to his widow, Donna Parkinson.
Check out our article on The Best Art From the Everquest Franchise for more.
The Original Evequest UI
If Everquest was heroin, then pictures of the old Everquest UI is my methadone. I can stare at it for hours.
I love everything about it. The icons, the buttons, the spellbook, the little animated class symbol.
Try showing it to friends who haven’t played EQ or any older PC RPGs and you are in for a laugh though.
Sleeper’s Tomb Raid Video
Long before Youtube or Twitch was a thing I downloaded this video from Kazaa or Limewire, and it was the most glorious thing I had seen in my life. I saw it so many times that I still remember every word to the weird song.
Trailer and Launch Video
Keen on more mushy pixels that I guess you can call a video. With a squint and some knowledge about EQ you can almost guess what’s going on in the trailer below from 1998.
And then there’s the launch video, those Blizzard cinematics ain’t got nothing on this one.
Old Everquest Articles
If a magazine had the smallest mention of Everquest in it, I had to buy it. Sadly I’ve lost them all, but I’ve come across a few articles online.
The Everquest Manual
Being only around 10 at the release of Everquest I was only allowed to spend an hour or two playing video games, so the rest of the day was spent either thinking of Everquest or reading the manual.
The full manual can be found here.
Funny Everquest Songs
Every EQ player will remember the mega hit “Has anybody seen my corpse?” by Electric Funstuff. Right?. And of course hits like “The servers are down again” and “If I had a billion platinum” by Richie Truxillo. Right?
The servers are down. You could go outside and get some sunlight. Or you could play the tutorial again.
Norrath is also a place filled with humor, and the loading messages you got while entering the game are a sign that the developers had a lot of fun working on Everquest. Below are a selection of our favorites.
- Stringing Bows
- Teaching snakes to kick
- Starching High Elf robes
- Preparing to spin you around rapidly
- Loading, you don’t have to wait if you don’t want to.
- Refreshing Death Touch Ammunition
- Filling Haflings with pie
- Sharpening Claws
- Look out behind you
- Dusting off Spellbooks
- Looking up Barbarian Kilts
- You have gotten better at Loading (8)
- Whacking Trolls with the ugly stick
- Sharpening Swords
- Hitting your keyboard won’t make this faster
- Told ya it wasn’t made of Cheese
- Polishing Erudite Foreheads
- Attatching beards to Dwarfs
- Ensuring Gnomes are still short
- Have you tried Batwing Crunchies Cereal
- Ruining my own lands
- Checking Anti-camp radius
- Hiding Catnip from Vah Shir
- Aradune is still stinky
- Adding Vanilla flavor to Ice Giants
- Warning. Half Elves are now 49.99999 Elf….
The Map of Norrath
Chances are if you are an old-school Everquest player, you had one of these lying around or most likely nailed to the wall of your computer room.
That’s all we got this round, let me know what your favorite piece of Evercrack nostalgia is in the comments below.
If you want more Everquest content, check out our post with some of our favorite art from the Everquest universe.
Wednesday 6th of January 2021
Fancy the bard!!!!!
Tuesday 5th of January 2021
Don’t forget Monkly Business, EQPrices.com, and EQ Atlas. I had a full binder of maps printed from EQ Atlas, during Velious.
Friday 3rd of September 2021
EQ Atlas is still around.