Game News ZEvent challenge: ZeratoR and JDG on DAoC, what is this old cult game?
If you follow the French Twitch community, you have surely seen that ZeratoR and the Joueur du Grenier played together at a certain Dark Age of Camelot, commonly known as DAoC. If this name may not mean anything to you, it is quite normal because it is an old game yet cult.
- An MMORPG still standing twenty years later
- Dark Age of Camelot, PVP above all
- A ZEvent challenge in which you can participate!
Among the challenges of the ZEvent, we really find everything and its opposite. If a lot of them require a large organization given their ambition, others, more modest, are no less interesting. Thus during the last edition, ZeratoR had set as a donation at 175,000 € of, I quote “tryhard to be Immortal on Valorant or PEX lvl max on DAoC” based on the cat’s vote. Finally, it was the second who won and to complete this challenge, the streamer from Montpellier is accompanied by the Player from the Grenier in order to relaunch this title as old as cult that is Dark Age of Camelot, more commonly called DaoC.
An MMORPG still standing twenty years later
Originally released in 2001 on PC, Dark Age of Camelot is therefore an MMORPG (massively multiplayer role-playing game) developed by Mythic Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. The title is broken down into three different factions that players join at the start of the game and constantly battle each other in PVP zones. (Players vs Players, that is to say fights between players). Thus, we find Albion which is inspired, as its name suggests, by the Arthurian legend and therefore by Great Britain, the rather fantasy-oriented kingdom of Hibernia with its magic and magical creatures reminiscent of Ireland, and finally Midgard which is bound to be a snowy world filled with trolls and dwarves given its inspiration from Norse mythology.
One of the first strengths of the title is that each of the three nations is very different from these rivals. Beyond the aesthetics of their cities and their environments, we do not necessarily find the same races from one faction to another, nor the same classes, which gives a real identity to each camp. In addition, when it was released in the early 2000s, the title stood out from the competition first of all for its 3D graphics, but above all for its servers capable of handling a large number of players at the same time, which was not necessarily won at that time. Building on its success, the title was obviously entitled to extensions, seven in number, until 2007 and now includes 21 races and 44 playable classes.
As for the gameplay, we first have a PVE part (Player Versus Environment, that is to say facing monsters controlled by artificial intelligence) which allows you to gain levels. However, we must not forget that the title was released before World of Warcraft and that some comfort options that have become normalized today are not present in the original game. For example, at the start, there were no quests to speak of and you had to kill enemies in a loop to hope to gain levels. So we wish good luck to ZeratoR to reach the max level…
Moreover, all classes strictly respect their role and cannot do everything as can be the case in more recent MMORPGs. For example, a healer (class that heals) is really not effective in combat, while a tank (class that takes damage for its companions) will take a long time to defeat its opponent. To easily gain experience, it is therefore necessary to form a group with players to create synergies and be effective.. However, unlike other titles of the same genre released at the time, DAoC offers shortcuts for skills which, believe me, was not the case for everyone. Despite everything, we are still faced with a game that is more than twenty years old and which is therefore quite difficult to access today, just for its graphics for example, all the more so because it is a MMORPG which is a genre whose codes have evolved a lot since the release of WoW.
Dark Age of Camelot, PVP above all
Much more than for his PVE, if Dark Age of Camelot is one of its old MMORPGs still online several decades after its release as Ultima Online, EverQuest or Final Fantasy XI Online, it is thanks to its PVP, that is to say its clashes between players. More precisely, this mode is called here RvR, Kingdom against Kingdom. Concretely, each of the three has a border zone which is in contact with that of the others and which is protected by a castle which serves as a stronghold to defend. Beyond the pleasure of the game, the real interest of this mode is above all to be able to recover the relics of others.
Indeed, each faction has two relics, one giving strength bonuses, the second mana bonuses. For both opposing camps, the goal is to get their hands on these relics to benefit from these boosts of characteristics and thus be more effective on the battlefield. However, the more relics a kingdom has, the weaker the defenses of its fort, with fewer guards present who end up no longer giving the alert in the event of an assault passing a certain course, which means that enemies can recover relics more easily. It is therefore a subtle balance that must be constantly protected in order to hope to benefit from bonuses. Clearly, it is thanks to this game mode that the title is still available today and that it can count on a community of loyal players.
Many players keep very good memories of these epic clashes, starting with the JDG who talked a lot about it on his secondary YouTube channel, le Bazar du Grenier. A great MMORPG player in front of the eternal, the latter especially cut his teeth on Dark Age of Camelot as he recounts it with a certain nostalgia in the episode of “These games that marked me” which you can see below . Moreover, it is for this reason that, with his experience, he accompanies ZeratoR for his return to the game, even if the founder ZEvent also knows the title very well.
A ZEvent challenge in which you can participate!
Now that you have identified the nature of the title, you better understand why ZeratoR’s challenge is particularly daring. Fortunately, to reach the max level, he can count on the help of other streamers, in addition to JDG, such as Gius, Lapi, or even Lyk. This week of rediscovery of the game must last until July 24, which is Sunday, but you can also participate in it in your own way. Indeed, Dark Age of Camelot is now free-to-play and therefore playable for free up to level 50 and beyond without having to pay a subscription, but with some restrictions, of course.
If you want to participate in this adventure, know that this whole team plays on the free private server Uthgard and that a Discord has been created for the occasion, you can also join here. However, in a tweet posted on Monday, ZeratoR still asks those who would be tempted to come to go to the Albion and Midgard factions to balance the server. The latter has also been the subject of a peak at 500 players the evening of the launch of the operation, which is frankly not bad for a 20-year-old game. In any case, all that remains is to wait until Sunday to find out if ZeratoR will have succeeded in its Z Event 2021 challenge.
For Dark Age of Camelot:
If you want to come play with us here is the community discord! Go to Albion or Midgard to balance the server, about 500 peak players in the evening is already really not bad (it’s free!)! https://t.co/pMKsDdumeQ
—ZeratoR (@ZeratoR) July 18, 2022