Returning to Wurm

The last time I played Wurm was in December 2015, which is when I decided to quit gaming for a while so I could concentrate on work. I had switched from Wurm Online to Wurm Unlimited and I was enjoying getting started on my new server, Crater Lake, which I had created myself.

Over the last week or so I have been reacquainting myself with the world of Wurm; reading all the updates I missed (lots of awesome stuff!) and also reading up on new mods which have been released for WU.

I patched my client & server and loaded up Crater Lake. Everything was exactly as I left it! My horse & cart were just outside the mine, my crops were still growing and there were still the same spiders hanging out in the forest a bit further down the hill!

This is the huge advantage to playing on your own self-hosted server: you can just shut it down when you feel like it and rather than being a persistent world like a regular MMO, you can play it like a single player game.

But that very feature, also brought with it a downside that I had not anticipated…

It’s lonely!

I’ve always been a solo player in Wurm. I found my own deed by myself, I make all my own stuff and my only interaction with other players (or so I thought) was selling the occasional item in game.

But this last week as I was playing on my own server I found it incredibly lonely. The IRC channel for Wurm Unlimited was dead and there was simply nobody to chat to. I don’t even think that I’m particularly talkative when I’m online, but it’s just nice to hear the general chatter from everybody else.

There’s another downside to having my own server all to myself which I also never anticipated – there’s no real purpose to exploration.

One of the things I always hated about Wurm was the absolute monstrosities and eyesores that other players would build. Having my own server meant that I’d never have to look at anything I didn’t like.

But one of the things I love about Wurm seeing all the beautiful creations and incredible deeds that other players have built! Having my own server meant that I’d never get to see what other players had created…

I toyed with playing on my own server for the most part but occasionally logging onto some public servers just to look around but it’s not that practical really because to be able to fully explore properly it’s a lot easier using a built up character that has good transport and can fight.

I decided to check out some of the public servers as it looked as though some had been building up rather nicely in the time I’d been away.

I tried a few and liked the starting area of Valoria and I just ended up staying! I’ve not even loaded up my own server once in a whole week!

The more popular public servers at the moment

The more popular public servers at the moment

Now I feel kinda guilty about all the time I spent building the map, and getting myself started there but that is just how it is with Wurm and to be quite honest, I love getting started on a new place, it’s probably my favourite aspect.

So I think I’m going to call Valoria my home and with that in mind, I’m going to start a new series of posts called Adventures in Valoria!

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