The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite small act of kindness from a stranger in an MMO?

At one point in Final Fantasy XI, I was stuck in Ordelle’s Caves. A friend had been helping me get my RSE deep within the caves, and then he had to log off… and I was stuck without a map or any guidance, far too low-level to get out. But then a high-level Thief saw me, partied with me, and helped guide me out while I kept myself in Sneak and Invisible behind her.

I never saw her again, or if I did, I didn’t recognize her and she didn’t recognize me. But she still did something really kind for me, and I’ve never forgotten that.

Today, let’s be good about that. The best MMO experiences are built upon a thousand small acts of kindness. The Warrior in World of Warcraft who doesn’t roll on the armor piece you want because it’s a bigger upgrade for you. The Inquisitor who stops and helps you fight off a group of enemies in Star Wars: The Old Republic while you’re on your Trooper. Even just the nasty-looking cruiser in EVE Online that could demolish your mining ship but chooses to let you go by. So what’s your favorite small act of kindness from a stranger in an MMO?

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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rafterman

Way back in the day, when I first started played EQ, some guy walked up to me and handed me a Bronze Breastplate, which at the time was a pretty amazing item for a lowbie like myself. Then he showed me around, kept me from getting killed a few times, and then waved goodbye and took off. Pretty cool.

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Minimalistway

In WoW, i was fishing in Stormwind with low level alt, someone flying to me, opened trade window, gave me so many items and gold, i took it all, i was about to say thank you but he went away flying .. i could not even whisper to him! does this count? because i thought he was about to delete his character and wanted to give away his things and gold … i think it counts.

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Loyheta

When I had to start over on a new server in WoW. A guy gave me a server warming gift of 10g and a full set of netherweave bags. This was during tBC so it was a nice gift.

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Minimalistway

Bags and gold, most helpful for sure, bag space is so good when you have it, no need to worry about full bags while leveling.

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Vierz

When I started playing LOTRO, I played a lot to buy my first home in hobbiton.
When I did a stranger asked for permissions to decorate my home, I did. I logged back in the next day and my home was full of decoration, the walls with wallpapers, beer kegs. I contacted the guy and he welcomed me to LOTRO and asked back to disable the permissions.
One of the best welcome to a new game

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Andrew Ross

Some jerk tricked me into taking a random portal when I was a really low level in Asheron’s Call 1. I had a really cool crossbow and some “rare” (to me, at my level) pelts on me I didn’t want to lose if I died. To make matters worse, 13 year old me had to log out soon to let me brother have a turn.

This guy who was in the same monarchy/guild saw me asking for directions to get back to my town. There wasn’t a lot of fast travel, and no one around could even summon a portal. This guy offered to take me back, even though he didn’t know me (and boy, was it an epic adventure for the books!). That wasn’t the only small kindness though. My brother, who’d never seen that area either, decided he’d let me stay on longer. He still claims it’s because he was curious to see something new, but he’s a lying guy that’s too nice for his own good (well, and I gave up my play time for the next day as payback).

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Sajiri

Back when I was new to FFXI I really wanted to play summoner, and I really wanted to do the solo level capped fights to earn my avatars. I had some friends already playing the game who insisted I just let them take me into the group fights and they’ll win it for me (at lvl 20 all I’d be doing would be standing out of aoe range). I tried and failed one of the solo fights and they used that to tell me not to bother with the solo ones. I was gutted and my pride hurt. Someone who I didnt know but was also seeing the linkshell chat started messaging me, giving me advice how to beat the fights, gave me a few items for it, and encouraged me not to give up if its what I wanted to do. Then I managed to win one of them.

Its been about 10 years since then, and I’m now married to that stranger

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Vexia

In FFXIV:ARR I got to the level cap a bit behind the curve meaning a lot of well-geared DPS made my aggro-keeping life as a warrior difficult. One day during a run of Wanderer’s Palace, a caster who kept taking aggro asked me if I wanted some advice. Initially my pride was a little wounded but I consented, hoping they didn’t tell me to uninstall the game. Instead they gave me advice on useful paladin skills to pick up as well as how to optimally use my own warrior skills, which ones were actually a waste of time, etc. After that, the meta tanking in FFXIV really clicked with me thanks to someone taking time to help, rather than chastise a struggling noob.

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Grim🎃 Darhk

I’m sure someone has done something nicer for me, But when I was a noob in Vanilla wow A kind Night elf druid gave me 5g. That basically lasted me till level 50 >.>

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Robert Mann

Hmmm, I’m usually pretty self-sufficient in MMOs over the last 15 years. I suppose the people who actually offered or responded to offers to group, or even just ninja-invited, for things that can be shared, rather than competing for them.

Honestly there isn’t a lot of need in most MMOs for help. It’s hard sometimes figuring out cool things to do (My favorites are things like mounts, bags, etc. as giveaways to low level players.) I was always surprised, though, how hard it is to give away mounts in games like ESO (I tried 5 times, offering for half an hour, and got a whopping two responses back when it went B2P.)

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what-4

A random passer by WAY back in vanilla WoW saw me at 43 still running around, opened trade and gave me 200g, 100g for my mount and 100g walking around money. The only act of kindness I even remember. I do it for people to this day.