The Daily Grind: Do you roll multiple MMO characters of the same class?

I’m closing in on “done” — my own peculiar version of done, anyway — on my ninth character in Guild Wars 2. I’ve rolled one of each class and put off actually leveling and learning my least favorite classes to the very end. As I’ve been playing my unloved Thief and Revenant upward, I can’t help but think about characters and classes I prefer and wonder whether my time wouldn’t be better spent on them… or maybe even on another version of the same class with a different race.

I seldom do this in MMORPGs, but in Guild Wars 2, leveling is easy and options are many, so why not? I’m apparently not alone in considering this; here’s one thread from a few years ago where people are admitting to rolling dozens of characters — some for different regions, some for cultural armor, some for different builds and armor setups, some for roleplaying, and some just because they love the leveling process. Plus: Buying a new character slot is the most efficient way to expand an account’s storage.

Do you roll multiple MMO characters of the same class in the same game?

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Pedge Jameson

Only if I dual box for the XP to level a different class. I make another hunter like my main to follow as there pretty easy to just let them do their pet on defensive. :D

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quark1020

Depends on the game. Reasons for rolling multiple characters of the same class include:

Different factions with different stories
Inability or expense to respec
Role-play
Changing servers

These days its mostly for the first reason. Alliance or Horde for WoW, Republic or Sith in WoW, Guardians or Defiants in Rift

As for the second reason, thankfully, I haven’t found any new games that don’t let me respec. For me, it was mostly a problem I had with Ragnarok online, where it took a long time to level and the same class could do vastly different things depending on how you allocated the stats and what skills you picked; and let me not forget, you couldn’t respec. Nowadays, its possible to respec, but you would have to buy a $10 (as in real money) item, strip your character, and deposit all items you carry into your kafra bank. Seems you couldn’t change your character’s stats unless your carry weight was at 0.

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Sally Bowls

Ofc

Characters are for inventory slots and crafting. But sometimes, in spite of the best laid plans, you might have to attack something. So, once you have one of every class, why not make all the other transmutation masters be a pleasant class you enjoy playing more.

Bruce Morrison
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Bruce Morrison

yes back in the day on City of Heroes I made multiple characters of the same Archetype (class) since each one had different power types.

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Grim🎃 Darhk

Gods no. Never understood the reason for doing that.

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kalamari_

I just wanted to have every class with every race and gender in GW2… so I have 101 chars by now. (90 to complete the goal though) and 78 of them are level 80 atm.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Usually only when I lost my main (aka sold it) and leveling a new one from the beginning. I sold my hunter in WoTLK, then leveled new one when Cata launched. Sold new hunter in the end of Cata and leveled new hunter in MoP.
I dont level same class on same realm unless one of them with specific purpose (like being a twink for lowlevel BGs. I have 29 priest and 39 priest on Anathema).

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vinicitur

The only time I have more than 1 of each class is when I come back from a long hiatus and want to gradually relearn my class. Otherwise I just delete the old one and start fresh.

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Karma_Mule

I’m an alt-aholic so my answer is yes, yes, and more yes.

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Tobasco da Gama

Pretty much never. If I’m rolling an alt, it’s because I want a new experience, and “same shit, different faction” isn’t new enough to justify the work for me.