On January 31st, 2017, Asheron’s Call’s servers shut down for good after 17 years of uniting people for adventures, misadventures, friendships, and marriages. There were teary farewells and mass gatherings for those final hours of the veteran MMO, which spearheaded the genre alongside EverQuest and Ultima Online. When the dreaded moment arrived, the gathered players evaporated in flourishes of purple light - take a screenshot at the right moment, and those innocuous logout animations could pass for a field of spectral memorial flowers.
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But a year on, with the period of mourning over for most players, I was curious about what the displaced Asheron’s Call faithful did next. How they have moved on from a world they had grown so attached to and, in many cases, were forced to leave. It did not seem tenable to me that the most powerful guilds in the game, for instance, would just disband upon that final disconnect. Surely they would try to stick together and resettle elsewhere?