I played EverQuest for the first time in 1998. My uncle had been invited to beta test EQ and let me play around on a ranger he created. I wandered around for a bit in Surefall Glade and Qeynos Hills, and I was totally blown away. I got to play on release day (March 16th, 1999) with him and my cousin and have been hooked ever since
I played off and on through high school and college, sometimes having to take pretty long breaks, beginning my EverQuest career on the PvP servers (Rallos Zek at launch and later Sullon Zek when it released) but for the most part playing pretty casually until Fippy Darkpaw released in 2011.
On Fippy, some friends and I joined the top raiding guild of the server (Twisted Legion) and for the first time I experienced the thrill of not just raiding but destroying all content we attempted. I played from Classic through the beginning of Gates of Discord and loved it, but had to take a break due to a job change.
In 2015 the Ragefire server launched, which I played on and raided on (with the spiritual successor to my guild on Fippy), though that server ultimately lost popularity when Phinigel was announced/launched. I had played a shaman on Fippy and on Ragefire, and decided to roll a shaman for the 3rd time on Phinny, joining a west coast guild (Broken Wave) for a more casual raiding experience. I lead our raids in Classic and Kunark and became the guild leader in Velious, where we continued to complete all content in era. Around that time due to some real life conflicts (job, cross country move) I wasn’t able to continue playing on a PST schedule so I took another break from EQ.
Early this year I began playing again and am raiding with an EST guild that sets out to complete all content in era without worrying about rushing or competing.