As I approached level cap with Vikund in World of Warcraft, I repeated (ad naseum) that the last time I hit the level cap in any game was in TorilMUD. In order to close the circle on that, and to continue with the TorilMUD nostalgia jag, I thought I would add in when exactly that was. After all, as Checkov said, “If in the first act you mention a pistol, then it must be thrown at Superman in the last act.” Or something like that. He was always the most difficult member of the original series cast to understand.
I hit level cap with Vikund in World of Warcraft on August 23, 2008.
I hit level cap with Zouve in TorilMUD on March 25, 2003.
So there was a five and a half year level cap gap in my career.
And on that fateful day when I hit level 50 in TorilMUD I had also collected a respectable set of gear.
[50 Druid ] Zouve Telcontar – Shades of Twilight (Half-Elf) (RP)
You are using:
<worn on head> a headband of a thousand eyes
<worn on eyes> a purple silk eyepatch (magic)
<worn in ear> a tiny rosewood disc
<worn in ear> a shimmering teardrop of molten lava (magic)
<worn on face> a glittering golden mask (magic)
<worn around neck> a torque composed of midnight mist (illuminating)
<worn around neck> a skeletal hand holding a golden scale (magic)
<worn on body> a long burnished ringmail tunic (magic)
<worn about body> a blue polkadot cloak (magic)
<worn as quiver> a feathered quiver
<worn about waist> a belt encrusted with black sapphires (magic)
<worn on arms> a deep-blue set of sleeves (magic)
<worn around wrist> a silver band (magic)
<worn around wrist> a bracelet made from leaves of nightshade
<worn on hands> talons of the raven (magic)
<worn on finger> an amethyst ring (magic)
<worn on finger> a ring of eldritch fire
<held> the starseed nebula (magic) (illuminating)
<held> an elemental orb of might (magic)
<worn on legs> a set of greaves with glowing runes
<worn on feet> a pair of itchy knit gretwehrr slippers
I wish I still had all that gear, though it is the headband of a thousand eyes I miss the most.
TorilMUD had the concept of “trophy” where is a certain mob represented more than a certain percentage of your total experience pool, it would start giving you less and less experience. No killing level 1 boars all the way to 50.
Zouve had perhaps the silliest level 50 trophy list ever.
Kill statistics for Zouve
Exp % Name
3.0 The faerie sage, Tatterfoal
3.3 Daumis the sage
5.1 the ghost of Atlos
2.1 a cat burglar
3.5 the elite guard
2.3 Gwark, the kobold clan leader
2.6 a farmer
2.3 a small alligator
Of those mobs, only the elite guard likely appeared on any other level 50 player.
But I have always been pretty silly in my play style.