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English citations of highbie
Noun: "(gaming) a high-level character in an MMORPG"
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- 1996 — 16 November, Chuck Foster, “Weekly rec.arts.drwho stats (16 Nov)”, rec.arts.drwho, Usenet:
- He's back! And its about SAD! Suddenly everything changes as the highbies of last week disappear rapidly downward. In fact, last week's number one does not feature at all!
- 1997 — 23 June, Jay Moretz, “Re: Retromud”, rec.games.mud.lp, Usenet:
- We all believe, however, that in order to enjoy the MUD, new players should advance on their own, and not just dragged around behind a highbie and handed Exp.
- 1998 — 9 June, Arlie Stephens, “Re: Botting and Autoplaying”, rec.games.mud.admin, Usenet:
- […] and since everyone knows what they did, the players give them all the respect *they* believe a 'botter deserves. (I.e. they aren't a "real" highbie in the eyes of their peers.)
- 1998 — 6 October, Osku Salerma, “Two weapon combat, gamma 8 was FUN, and more”, rec.games.roguelike.adom, Usenet:
- Lets calculate how this would affect highbies.
- 1998 — 12 December, Gourry31 [username], “Re: Ick”, dejanews.comm.retromud, Usenet:
- […] but not every caster is a tele and sometimes you are just stuck without one (happens to everyone..including highbies :))
- 1999 — 31 March, EATpikachu [username], “Re: Pokémon Simming Game”, alt.games.nintendo.pokemon, Usenet:
- All the "highbies" (AOL phrase, sorry) would gang up on all the people they didn't know-- the newbies.
- 1999 — 6 July, trescami [username], “Re: http://retromud.org - Critical Mass?”, alt.mud, Usenet:
- Highbies may be in the middle of something and thus not able to help even though they are newbie helpers.
- 2001 — 1 May, Richard Burge, “Re: Money making with tailoring”, alt.games.everquest, Usenet:
- Backpacks go to high levels who want to replace their crappy 6 and 8 slot containers - if you are too low level to auction where they hunt, try somewhere like EC tunnel where many highbies stop by to off load their wares.
- 2001 — 5 September, Silverlock [username], “Re: Why trivial loot code sucks mister Harmon.”, alt.games.everquest, Usenet:
- A lowbie always has access to highbie stuff simply by leveling up, but highbies are purposely restricted from this content.
- 2004 — 3 November, Marcel Beaudoin, “Re: For me, City of Heroes is more fun.”, alt.games.everquest, Usenet:
- I can't count the number of times that I have been in a fight, and some anonymous highbie runs by, throws a bubble/heal/buff on the group and keeps on going.
- 2006 — 24 January, Lehl [username], “Re: Have your guilds 'branched out'?”, alt.games.warcraft, Usenet:
- Apparently, their lowbies are now in one of the guilds, and the highbies all migrated to the other guild.
- 2011 — Lauren McLaughlin, Scored, Random House Children's Books (2011), ISBN 9780375968204, page 3:
- The score was "the great equalizer," and Imani knew that as a "highbie" she was poised to benefit at the highest level.