The Daily Grind: What’s a rite of passage in your MMO?

Lately I’ve been playing a new Hobbit Hunter in Lord of the Rings Online, which has the added benefit of bringing me back to the Shire and all of its silly and frivolous quests. Of course, it also means that I’ve got to do the whole pie running chain again.

If you’re not familiar with that, there comes a point where a particular Hobbit tasks you with retrieving 12 pies from all over the zone. You have to get them and then run them back (on foot, no less) without being spotted by “hungry Hobbits.” It’s lengthy and kind of annoying, which has made this quest a rite of passage for players over the years. Plus, it gives everyone something in common about which to complain.

So I’m curious: What’s a rite of passage in your MMO? What must everyone go through sooner or later that’s a bit odious but ends up being a weird point of pride when completed?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Khalith .

The 47-50 “dead zone” in FFXIV.

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N7 Spectre

Defeating Molag Bal in ESO before he got nerfed and even being able to get to him to fight because one quest was bugged and you had to jump and light a lamp while falling to your death to activate it, plus it took them a very long time to fix that bug.

SWG, mastering the profession that made you force sensitive, the beginning of the end for that game. Becoming a Master Doctor, setting up in a hospital and healing your first patients, that was epic. Making it to Jabba the Hutt’s inner palace room, and taking a screenshot standing next to Boba Fett.

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Steely Bob

In the early EQ II universe, if you ever wanted to show everyone around you your relationship to the game, you’d simply switch languages to Draconic. This showed you completed the reasonably epic heritage quest “To Speak as a Dragon” which at the time was pretty much the hardest quest to complete and required a dedicated guild, or large group to accomplish.

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kjempff

Ah yes I got a server first on that one (by 10 mins but it still counts right?), glowing/shining/something weapon as reward. Also running the gauntlet for jboots was something many players did. Or just all the heritage quests so you could display them in your house.

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hurbster

Druids Overlook to Temple of the Ages. Took you through some rather Blair Witch inspired scenery.

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PSDuckie

My rite of passage? Hose nose.

Naxx (the Wrath version, not the original) was my first real raid in WoW, and it’s still my favorite. Fighting Grobbulus (aka hose nose) and taking him down for the first time cemented both my love of raiding and my love of WoW.

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Tobasco da Gama

Developing parking garage-related PTSD is definitely a rite of passage for Secret World players.

Also, for LOTRO, that warg in the forest near Combe.

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Ket Viliano

Help me!
Help me!
AAAHG!

Ahh, the memories, if only Darkfall did not have so many damn flaws.

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CapnLan

There’s a few rights of passage in Elite Dangerous.

-Owning 1 of the “Big 3” (Anaconda, Corvette, Cutter)
-Journey to Sagittarius A (Center of the galaxy)
-Journey to Colonia (Usually a stop off on the way to or from Sag A)
-Journey to Beagle Point (65,000 light years away from Sol on the other side of the galaxy)

I have the Big 3 and made it to Colonia. Didn’t manage to make it to Sag A or Beagle yet but working on it. I rushed my trip to Colonia and burned out so I didn’t make it out to Sag A even though I was close to it. I still regret that so I’ll be taking my time next trip.

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Stardager

WoW: Camping Humar The Pridelord in the barrens as a hunter.

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Rick Mills

Yes! Many many weeks doing that back in Vanilla. Hati now has Humars appearance….

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Rick Mills

Also, as a Horde hunter at level 13 or so, taming an owl from Darnassus…

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nobleeinherjar

FFXI: Unlocking your Sub-Job. I don’t play FFXI anymore (though every time I think of it I feel that I should return), but I’ll never forget this step of character growth. (Also trading an old man a mountain of cabbage eight at a time might be considered another rite of passage.)

FFXIV: Watching YouTube videos about FFXIV’s 1.0 content, either wishing you had experienced it for yourself and/or thinking that the game was a trainwreck, but still wanting 1.0’s realistic movement system to come back.

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CapnLan

Heh, yeah unlocking sub jobs was a big step. I’d also add the first journey to Jeuno and unlocking your Chocobo as a major right of passage. I remember trying to make it through Jugner Forest with no map on foot at like level 15. Holy crap that was intense.

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nobleeinherjar

Ooooh, yeah that’s a good one. That first trip to Jeuno was a big milestone.

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Danny Smith

MNK sub DRK and RDM sub NIN all day err day.

*Windurst was here, Bastok is for losers!

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Xijit

The loss of that is what truely killed me on 2.0 and why I just couldn’t go back … 1.0 was flawed, but it wasn’t actually the train wreck people tell themselves it was: It just really didn’t have the content it needed to give people a reason to learn a diffrent style gameplay.

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Siri

Totally agree, we are in the minority but I loved ffxiv 1.0 flaws and all and miss it much. Reborn did not hold me and I wont go back.

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Xijit

I really fell in love with it once I realized that it was actually more of Secret Of Mana online than another Final Fantasy Online.

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Dread Quixadhal

World of Warcraft used to have several of them, but they’ve all been nerfed away because the fruit-fly attention span generation can’t deal with them.

As a druid, getting your aquatic form used to be a rite of passage, since you had to fight fairly tough monsters, underwater, back when you couldn’t hold your breath very long.

And of course, for almost every character, getting your first mount at level 40, and saving up the huge amount of gold to afford it meant you were no longer a n00b. Paladins and Warlocks getting to summon a mount used to be a HUGE benefit, rather than the cute extra skin it is today.

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Minimalistway

Nothing to do with generations, Blizzard have this habit of removing content, changing it, nerf it, they still do that, whole quest line with lore removed from MoP and WoD, i wonder what will they remove from Legion when the next expansion released.

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Ken from Chicago

First time I got a character (night elf / hunter, natch, cuz #ElvesRule) to level 40 (BC) and only then learned I needed to pay for a (panther, natch, cuz #CatsRule) mount riding skill book. By the time I had saved enough gold, I was level 41.

Part of the appeal of #CITY OF HEROES was I could get a travel power at level 6, Hover. It was slow as molasses but I could fly anyway even max level (50) in relative safety until I got to level 14 and got full fledged travel power of Flying ala Superman. IOW, a long weekend of leveling in COH vs a month or two of WOW.

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Schmidt.Capela

I loved the pie quest, to the point I made a point of doing it in each and every of my alts, including those that aren’t hobbits.

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Sleepy

Freeport to Qeynos (or vice-versa) for the first time in EQ1.

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Steely Bob

I remember playing in early 2000 and was utterly blown away that a level 7 dorf had wandered into our highhold pass orc camp at the kith side. it just blew my mind that he could get through the west commonlands let alone kith at level 7. of course i would later do the coast to coast run myself naked at level 5 or less with ease, but back then it was just overwhelming to me that he’d done that.

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thalendor

I still remember doing my first Freeport to Qeynos run with a couple of friends. Still one of my best gaming memories. I wish I still had the screenshots.

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Ryuen

Don’t forget the associated corpse runs while doing this the first time.

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MesaSage

The pie quest is definitely up there, but I almost despise the Lobelia fireworks quest more and am happier when it’s done. Besides those, I think you have to give a shout to North Cotton Farms. It’s a level and a half of pure fetching.

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CthulhuDawg

Being trained, grinding a hell level, re-dinging level cap more than a handful of times.

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Danny Smith

If you are one of the 3802 people worldwide that got the Whisper-A-Go-Go mount in FFXIV you are the grindlord and certified crazy.

*yes i got one, and never use it :p

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Shiro Madoushi

ArcheAge? Your first cash shop purchase.

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Ket Viliano

I missed that one. :P

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kidwithknife

I still have “fond” memories of camping Raster back in old school Everquest 1. There were a few of these rites of passage in EQ, but that was the one that really stood out for me. The entire monk community felt it, and it brought that community together in a way you rarely see these days. The camp sucked, but the social phenomenon of it was really cool to be a part of.

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Steely Bob

oh the pain… glad I never attempted it.

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kidwithknife

I spent in the neighborhood of 48 hours total, and as I remember it I was one of the luckier ones. I heard stories about people camping him for over 100 hours total.

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Ken from Chicago

GUILD WARS: Drok’s run.

Making the run from Beacon’s Perch to Droknar’s Forge for max level armor.

STAR TREK ONLINE: Divide Et Imperade.

The most hated mission in the game for Federation faction, if not the whole game. It was the most un-Star Fleet mission in the game. They eventually removed it.

CITY OF HEROES: Gather Intelligence.

Speaking of most-hated mission in the game, this escort mission with Lady Jane, was like escorting a female Leroy Jenkins. Worse, it’s like the more people on your team, the worse it got as even more mobs were drawn to swarm you.

Frostfire.

This the opposite. At level 11 you can leave the starter zone to a higher level zone to start a quest chain that ends in this mission. When you win you end up in an instance you can ice skate on an ice-covered floors. It was my favorite early mission.

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CapnLan

Oh god…Divide et Impera. I had managed to wipe that travesty from my mind, if only temporarily. Why must you make me remember that horror, arrrrgh.

I jest, there’s no way I could forget that utterly useless and nonsensical waste of time. It really was the worst of the worst. I managed to plow through it with 5 characters. My right of passage in STO is long complete. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go drown myself in Romulan Ale in another attempt to forget that mission ever existed even though I know I’ll fail.

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Bruce Morrison

oh the fun of Frostfire Missions.

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Bryan Correll

‘The Cost of Magic’ in TSW is definitely one. I haven’t gotten that far in SWL yet so I don’t know if it’s still so magnificently frustrating.

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Phubarrh

I’m usually pretty persistent in working at achievements…but The Cost of Magic is one that sent me off into rage-quit land.

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haakon_tangvald-pedersen

I’ll second that. Did it in SWL a couple weeks ago, and it was just as challenging, especially getting up a second time for that elusive lore. Took me close to an hour, with an almost broken keyboard, but feeling good afterward. Not doing it for any other chars for a few years tho!

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mistressbrazen

Absolutely! That lore in the tree is to this day, the only lore I do not have in TSW. My order would be Cost of Magic –> The Castle –> Beating the Gatekeeper.

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haakon_tangvald-pedersen

The Castle is in fact much easier (almost pleasantly so) in SWL. :-)

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CasualSlacks

I’d say that in TSW, it was that investigation in Kingmouth where you were supposed to translate Morse code at the airport. How you handled that quest in my mind set the precedent for how you’d handle all the other investigation missions. On the other hand, “The Cost of Magic” was just bad 3-D platforming gameplay.

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Bryan Correll

The fact that you can just look up the solution keeps investigation from being a rite of passage. No matter how thoroughly you research ‘The Cost of Magic’ it’s still a giant pain in the ass and the only way to get it done is to keep trying.
PS I do my best to work my way through investigations the ‘right’ way. But the Morse code ones I simply can’t handle.

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Schmidt.Capela

Morse code isn’t hard, worst case scenario (and assuming the player isn’t literally deaf) you just have to train your ear so you are able to jot the dots and traces down as it’s playing, then you have all time in the world to render it in our alphabet.

I’ll agree that it’s annoying, though.

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Hirku

Pie running was chump change compared to the tavern challenge. By the last few stops I was having a hell of a time just clicking on the next drinks because I was seeing quadruple of everything.

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Schmidt.Capela

I have a different issue with the tavern challenge: I don’t drink, neither in real life nor virtually in the game. So I had to intentionally pull myself out of immersion to be able to do the tavern challenge (as well as some other drink-related quests in the game).

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David McD

I truly enjoyed both the pie running and the tavern crawl. Quests without killing, what fun!

For a real challenge try the chicken run where you run from the Shire to Minas Tirith as a chicken without getting killed.

Chicken Guide

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Phubarrh

Used to be running from Ironforge to Menethil Harbor at level 8 or so (preferably in the middle of the night), thence to Darnassus. Now gone, gone…

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Ravven

Yes! This was it for me. Such great memories of being a very low-level character doing that run, so terrifying. I miss those days. :)

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hurbster

Hated those crocs…

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CasualSlacks

Back in my WoW days, I would have said finally making it through Stranglethorn Vale on a PVP server. In pre-Cataclysm WoW, it wasthe needle eye all Horde and Alliance had to to thread. It took forever and it was painful for everybody, but once you were done, you probably knew how to play your class better than ever.

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Ken from Chicago

After getting to level 40 and getting first mount, then later getting to level 50 for flying mount and going through thay huge gateway to the flying zone. It was kinda disappointingly that the transistion was just a black loadscreen. I was hoping it was some kind of wormhole ala Stargate SG-1. Traveling by boat or by air had cool animations. The gateway was a big letdown.

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