My experience in Vesteria Alpha and its community perhaps was the best experience I’ve had on Roblox ever. From the day of release to now, it has been a long run, but much more is to come.
My experience in the game
I remember first playing Vesteria on the final playtest. Holy crap, I was impressed. I haven’t seen such a well-made Roblox game before with such an expansive world. Almost everything about it I liked (except for the fact that Giants sniped you across the map, making progression very slow). Bruh, I was so sad when the game had to close and I couldn’t play because I was having so much fun, even though it was hecka buggy.
Thinking back to Day 1 of Alpha, I remember everybody was farming Crabbies for a Fishing Rod and 50S was quite a lot of money at the time. Fishing was the ultimate income at the time. I remember when farming Crabbies in general was OP because they frequently dropped Big Red Potions which were the best potions at the time, and they had stable, frequent spawn rates. Not only that, but their Claws could be traded for Fresh Fish as well. I eventally farmed Crabbies enough to the point where I was able to make a gold from them. Conveniently, they also dropped Ancient Scrolls like crazy; I even got two back-to-back!
I remember having to farm Spiders to level 30, and it was really fun to be a Warrior back then since they were super OP. They were fast, tanky, and high-damaging. They were the ultimate PvE and PvP class alike at the time (when Mage Zap didn’t work).
Here’s a nostalgic gif of the moment I got to level 30 for the first time in Vesteria 1.0.7. As you can see, Lunge Uppercut actually made you lunge, which I wish it could still do. Also, I was running fast because of an infinite run glitch is long gone (patched ). MP regen was also OP.
In addition, though much more difficult and slower, I grinded my Mage, then finally my Hunter to level 30 off of Spiders (got a couple Spider Fang Daggers in the process). Not nearly as fun as grinding my Warrior to level 30, but it seemed to fare me well in the long run. I farmed a whopping 5 gold accumulated across all three of my level 30 slots. The version at the time was 1.1.1, and Crabby/Spider drops were rather nerfed then (that was a game-changer for me). Check out the topic where I flexed my level 30 slots!
And around that time was the initial awakening of the Spider Queen. Whew, when berezaa first spawned the Queen. It was chaotic and there were a lot of complaints about drops, but it was the experience that counted. I was pretty surprised; that was one of the most epic boss battles I’ve had on Roblox, even if it was laggy and had legit 50 people fighting it. This picture that someone took is one of my favorites that I’ve seen of Vesteria, and just by looking at it tells you how epic it was:
Coming back to Vesteria about a month later, Scarecrows were introduced, and they spawned pretty densely and gave nearly as much XP as Spiders do. That got me a bit triggered, considering I grinded spread-out Spiders 'til my fingers were no more. I bought myself a Sickle for a sort of hefty price (I have no regrets) since I still needed a long break after grinding those Spiders, so then after I took another break from Vesteria for another month.
Wait a second, is this still a thing?
All monsters seem to be the same size to me (unless they are Giants).
About two more months later, I became active in Vesteria again (I did kill some Rattys and Battys in the Sewers early March/late February but I got bored quickly). Ever since Patch 2.0, I got back into grinding in Vesteria because things just got a lot more interesting/replayable with Marks and more interesting quests. I’m still active in Vesteria to this day, mainly doing the Daily Colosseum Kills Quest and Colosseum chest runs for good daily silver income. Classes seem to be a lot more balanced than they used to be, fulfilling their advantages and stuff, so Colosseum PvP is still sort of desirable for Marks.
Also, when is this coming?
My experience in the community
The forums and the Alpha community have always been epic. Though there may have been some toxicity at certain points but our community is overall awesome.
I remember first joining the forums, not thinking I’d be very much attached on a forums because I wasn’t very good at expressing myself. It was during the playtest and seeing that the game might have costed 1,000 R$. I was surprised by how high the price was, but I knew the potential and quality of the game by playing it so I knew it was fair game. Though 800 R$ was a better price (and the final price).
I remember the Age of Low-Effort Posts, where almost all topics on the forums were in #general-discussion:off-topic and were forum games or just low-effort memes. Here’s an example. Also, let’s pay a tribute to the infamous [Forum Game] Who can post last? topic which was essentially a spam topic to pad participant’s stats. Unfortunately, the end of the age came when berezaa finally announced that low-effort topics were not allowed on January 11, 2018.
I remember the influxes of new users and new Regulars on our forums. Perhaps not all of the OGs and the newcomers have the same views on certain Vesterian topics but most of the time we remain civil. I’m glad to have Members of the forums who answer newcomers’ questions.
I remember getting Regular for being a helpful community member, answering the questions of new forum users. I also remember the wave of first Regulars right after me, the OG elites of the forums such as me, @Phoenix, @TheOfficialSin, @headlessmicrowave, @Nofearon, @Bean602, and a lot more people to name. At this time, the forum became essentially my home; I lived on the forums.
I remember the influxes of guilds and the thrivation of PoTM in its golden age in December. Protectors of the Mushroom had a massive influence on the Vesteria community back then, but now, not so much. Aside from its influential downfall, it is currently the longest standing guild that remains active to this day. PoTM has gone through quite a lot as transitions of power took place, so things have changed quite a lot from how the guild was. It hasn’t recovered from the loss of 22 Gold cough cough that sewer rat @ArcaneFxre, give me yer gold! imma keel haul that scallywag if he doesn’t*, but we are making a rebound and preparing to buy a guild for PoTM when they come out.
Then I remember when @Phoenix, @TheOfficialSin, and I became Leaders, becoming essentially the caretakers of the forums when the devs are online. I couldn’t believe that I became a Leader, it was a great honor to be granted trust to take care of the forums in such a way. To this day, Sin and I watch over the forums, we see everything nowadays. Just make sure you do not break any forum guidelines when you see one of us online .
To sum it up, the forums are an awesome place; I’ve never been able to participate in such meaningful discussion with a great alpha community before the existence of these forums. Vesteria Alpha was very, very good, and it will be a part of my heart and memory forever.
What was your favorite part of Vesteria Alpha, whether it was being part of the community or your experiences in the game?
Man, Vesteria has quite a bright future.