Game news ZEvent challenge: ZeratoR and JDG on DAoC, what is this old cult game?
If you follow the French Twitch community, you’ve surely seen ZeratoR and Joueur du Grenier playing together on a certain Dark Age of Camelot, commonly known as DAoC. If this name might mean nothing to you, that’s perfectly normal because it’s an old game, but still cool.
- An MMORPG that still stands twenty years later
- Dark Age of Camelot, PVP above all
- A ZEvent challenge for you to enter!
Among the challenges at ZEvent we really find everything and its opposite. If many of them require a large organization given their ambitions, others, more modest, are no less interesting. Thus, during the last edition, ZeratoR had set as a donation to 175,000 € of, I quote “try to be Immortal on Valorant or PEX lvl max on DAoC” based on the cat’s voice. Finally, it was the second that won, and to complete this challenge, the streamer from Montpellier is accompanied by the player from Grenier to relaunch this title as old as cult, which is Dark Age of Camelot, more commonly called DaoC.
An MMORPG that still stands twenty years later
Dark Age of Camelot, originally released in 2001 on PC, is therefore an MMORPG (massively multiplayer role-playing game) developed by Mythic Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. The title is divided into three different factions that players join at the start of the game and constantly battle each other in PVP zones. (Players vs Players, i.e. matches between players). Thus we find Albion, inspired, as the name suggests, by the Arthurian legend and therefore by Britain, the rather fantasy-oriented kingdom of Hibernia with its magical and magical beings reminiscent of Ireland, and finally Midgard, which is bound to become a snowy world filled with trolls and dwarves inspired by 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 don’t necessarily find the same races from one faction to another, nor the same classes, which gives a real identity to each camp. Furthermore, when it was released in the early 2000s, the title stood out from the competition primarily for its 3D graphics, but above all for its servers that were able to handle a large number of players at the same time time, which was not necessarily won at the time. Building on its success, the title was obviously eligible for 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 against 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, in the beginning there were no quests to speak of and you had to kill enemies in a loop to hope to gain levels. So we wish ZeratoR the best of luck in reaching the max level…
Also, all classes strictly respect their role and cannot do everything as can be the case in newer MMORPGs. For example, a healer (class that heals) is really not effective in combat, while a tank (class that deals damage to its companions) will take a long time to defeat its opponent. In order to easily gain experience, it is therefore necessary to form a group of players to create synergies and be effective.. However, unlike other titles of the same genre released at the time, DAoC offers shortcuts to skills, which, believe me, was not the case for everyone. Despite everything, we are still left with a game that is more than twenty years old and therefore quite difficult to access today, just for its graphics for example, all the more so because it is an 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 that is still online several decades after its release like Ultima Online, EverQuest or Final Fantasy XI Online, it is thanks to its PVP, that is, its clashes between players. More precisely, this mode is called here RvR, Kingdom against Kingdom. Specifically, each of the three has a border zone that is in contact with the others and that is protected by a castle that serves as a stronghold to defend. In addition to the pleasure of the game, the real interest in this mode is above all to be able to recover other people’s relics.
In fact, each faction has two relics, one giving strength bonuses, the other mana bonuses. For both opposing camps, the goal is to get your hands on these relics to take advantage of 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, which end up no longer sounding the alarm in the event of an assault passing a certain course, meaning enemies can more easily retake relics. It is therefore a subtle balance that must be constantly protected in order to hope to benefit from bonuses. It is clear thanks to this game mode that the title is still available today and can count on a community of loyal players.
Many players have very fond memories of these epic clashes, starting with JDG who talked a lot about it on his secondary YouTube channel, le Bazar du Grenier. A great MMORPG player before the eternal, the latter especially cut his teeth in the Dark Age of Camelot, as he recounts with some nostalgia in the episode of “These games that marked me”, which you can watch below. Moreover, it is for this reason that he accompanies ZeratoR with his experience for his return to the game, although the founder ZEvent also knows the title very well.
A ZEvent challenge for you to enter!
Now that you’ve identified the nature of the title, you better understand why ZeratoR’s challenge is particularly daring. Fortunately, to reach the maximum level, he can count on the help of other streamers, besides JDG, such as Gius, Lapi or even Lyk. This week of rediscovery of the game will last until July 24th, which is Sunday, but you can also participate in it in your own way. In fact, Dark Age of Camelot is now free to play and can therefore be played for free up to level 50 and above without having to pay a subscription, but with some limitations, of course.
If you want to participate in this adventure, you should 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 participate here. But in a tweet sent out Monday, ZeratoR is still asking those who would be tempted to come to go to the Albion and Midgard factions to balance the server. The latter has also been subject to a peak of 500 players on the night 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 be successful in his Z Event 2021 challenge.
For Dark Age of Camelot:
If you want to come and play with us, this is community discord! Go to Albion or Midgard to balance the server, around 500 peak players in the evening is already really not bad (it’s free!)! https://t.co/pMKsDdumeQ
—ZeratoR (@ZeratoR) 18 July 2022