The Daily Grind: What MMO tips do you wish you had known when you were a newbie?

One of the factors that keeps me from trying out more MMORPGs than I do is that there’s a certain element of anxiety that comes with jumping into these expansive games and trying to figure out what’s what. I hate the feeling that I’m doing something wrong from the get-go or ignoring activities that could help me down the line.

That’s why I try to do my homework and look for advice lists and guides that share what MMO veterans wish that they had known when they first started out in a game. It might seem obvious to an experienced player the right steps that should be taken, but we were all newbies once and remember what it was like to play in that fog of excitement and confusion.

Looking at your current main MMO(s), what tips do you wish you had known when you were first starting out? Let’s see if we can help out others with that advise today!

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John Kiser

Geeze. I can’t really make a proper comment on this as I kind of started playing MMORPGs when they first came out and as such when I was a newbie the genre was also new…. I’d say what I’ve learned over the years of playing is that you should always go into MMORPGs with people you are friends with, always try and find a good static group of people you can run things with that will put up with one another and work well together.

Too many gamers now feel this whole solo mentality works and it just really doesn’t. There is such a disconnect in the MMORPG community anymore that it has become rather imperative for you to have a good static group of friends to tackle stuff with as PUGs are just getting to a point of being unbearable particularly if you are filling in tank or healer slots.

Ohh and as advice to the younger MMORPG crowd. Stop being so damned cookie cutter with how you play things. It is becoming so silly that you can basically see the results in things like WoW literally streamlining skill trees and crap over the years because people just always built out the same way. Try and be unique and have fun with the games as they are after all games.

Kickstarter Donor

Couldn’t disagree more with the second paragraph. I too have been with the genre since it has been a genre, but I am also very much of the solo mentality you metnion. However I do not believe that all soloers or even most are as anti community as you seem to think. It is absolutely possible to be solo motivated and yet community involved. I am, I run guilds, I speak to people constantly while I play..yet I am still 99% ofthe time doing my own thing. The two things solo and community or not dependant upon one another, they are entirely separate issue and entirely capable of existing together.

Kickstarter Donor

Avoid contact with other players.

Kickstarter Donor

Hmm lets see my prot tip woulf be “Disregard 99% of everything that people tell you you SHOULD do and do what is right for how YOU like to play not them”.

Of course its upto you to decide whether this advice falls into the 1% you should take note of or the 99% you should disregard lol


If it feels like work or a duty, it’s wrong, don’t become a slave of the game.
If you don’t enjoy it, don’t do it, at least take a break.

Ignore achievements and achievement hunters.

Never ever again invest time in instance running. Don’t try to fetch every stick. Ignore the self-called elite, they are not my role models.


Probably the difference between needing and greeding.

Alex Malone

1. The more you put in, the more you get out – too many people have the mentality of thinking that because they’ve bought / subscribe to the game, they deserve everything. That is not true at all. You need to put in some effort if you want everything.

2. MMOs are all about the community – the genre was designed to be social, so be social! Get out of your comfort zone and talk to other players. Form friendships, join a guild, lead groups. This will increase your enjoyment a lot, and also feeds back into (1).

3. Learn about keybinds – most newbies still activate skills using their mouse. Hell, I still did this for years, even when raiding! However, it is ineffective and results in your focusing too much on your mouse and looking at skillbars. By learning keybinding from the start, you’ll be a better player and you’ll be able to focus much more on what is going on ingame – it’s more immersive.

4. Be self-aware – this applies to a whole host of issues. First, be self-aware of your own strengths and weaknesses. The overwhelming majority of issues I’ve had with other players have come about because the other player thought they were great when they were actually shit. Don’t be that person. Be honest and ask for help if you need it. Second, be self-aware of your own preferences. If you hate raiding, don’t let yourself be dragged into raids to help friends. If you hate grinding mobs, don’t play a game where that is the focus. This self-awareness will take time to cultivate but pay attention to it.

5. Be prepared to move on – MMOs are constantly changing, almost for the worse for existing players. However, it is very easy to find yourself still playing games out of habit, rather than any real enjoyment. This is especially true for MMOs where you’ve invested time into social connections (guilds etc). It can be hard ditching a favourite MMO, but the time will come when you have to do it.

roo woods

I wish I’d known about auction houses and that gathering professions were a great way to get currency .

One thing I also remember was when a friend called some high level horde that attacked us a gankers it was the first time I had heard the term I thought he had misspelt it and he was endeavoring to call them wankers .

Castagere Shaikura

Stay away from players with stupid names. If they can’t give any real thought to a name they are not worth talking too. Stay far away from mmo official forums if you really like the game your playing. If you have the option to turn chat off do it.


Oh, advice I’d give myself. I’m good at that.

First, meter your game play and get some sleep you moron! Just because you can walk around like a zombie after an MMO all-nighter doesn’t mean your functional!

Don’t buy hardware just because it has your fave MMO plastered on it. Sheezus….

Don’t take answers from gen chat as gospel. Follow up elsewhere.

Look up and take a look around in game, you will see much that others miss.

Danny Smith

Don’t buy from the auction house till max level.
Official forums are always trash. Always.
If it feels like a job its time to stop playing.