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.

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NeoWolf

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.

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zeko_rena

Avoid contact with other players.

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NeoWolf

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

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MassivelyMacD

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.

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donvweel

Probably the difference between needing and greeding.

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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rafael12104

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.

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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.

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Loopy

Stay away from official forums if you want to continue enjoying the game you’re playing. Nothing worse than having a good time in the game, going over to the forums to “see what the community is discussing”, and reading that the game is crap, classes are imbalanced, devs are con artists, game is dead, endgame sucks, not enough content, too much content, etc. It completely ruins the experience, and plants an ever-growing bug of contempt.

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Zen Dadaist

That learning how to PvP in a game works better if you do it alongside learning how to PvE instead of waiting until endgame, full top tier raid gear etc. This goes doubly so if it’s a brand new game too so everyone is in the same boat of not yet being old vets with all the gear and experience. I found TSW to be a particularly good example of where doing this paid off very well indeed. A game in which the PvP mechanics etc are more or less a completely different game using shared art assets (see: Warframe’s Conclave) is an exception to this however.

All the other stuff I can think of I’d worked out already – like looking stuff up online, not to be too trusting of randoms and not getting involved in troll arguments in chat channels.

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Aelzen

Inspired by the title image…
My early years of eve were not good. I ran missions almost exclusively. Null and low were scary and PvP was not something I was interested in. Every corp I fell in with were all highsec carebears that just reinforced it.
Had someone actually showed me how to get out of the rut of mission running and enjoy the game, I wouldnt have left for all the years I did. I do somewhat regret all the time I missed, but then eve used to be much harsher than it is now and you would really sink or swim, no middle ground.
Also would have appreciated someone telling me to focus my skill training. My first pilot ended up a gross mess of mining, industry and combat. Not good at any one thing.

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Jack Pipsam

Stay well away from The Wilderness.

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David Goodman

Turn off general/trade chat, don’t go to official forums – find the Wiki for the game instead. There’s a database of answers for every conceivable thing that exists or ever will exist.

You do NOT need to ask WeedNinja420 for quest help.

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styopa

Sitting playing mmos for hours every evening is not conducive to a positive and happy relationship with one’s significant other, except in a few rare cases.
That game’s not going anywhere.

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Modrain

Just pick a simple name and don’t bother inventing something original as most people won’t bother reading it if they don’t already know it, let alone remember it. The simpler the better.

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ozzie

Adding on to this: always pick a name that sounds decent when it’s shortened. Because people will shorten it.

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jinarra

Some people just want to watch the world(s) burn. Avoid these people like the plague

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Nick Martin

“Don’t play MMOs… they will take away your time and your money”

If only I would have listened… would have had a lot more of both by now.

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Cyclone Jack

None. For me, the point of an MMO is to experience the game, which includes learning the ins and outs. “but we were all newbies once and remember what it was like to play in that fog of excitement and confusion.” Why take that part of the experience away?

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thalendor

Agreed. There’s not a single thing I know about MMOs now that I wish I would have known the first time I logged into EQ all those years ago, but a lot of things I wish I could experience for the first time once more.

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Avalon Alduin

After years of MMO’s – I wish I could have that newbie feeling back. That fog of excitement, and confusion actually helps lead to a better experience in my eyes, or it can. One of the things I’ve lost from my original MMO, is that sense of discovery and exploration..

Now I feel like when I get into a new game, it’s grind fast to the top level, so you can start playing the game where all the content is… It’s just a quick way to get disenchanted with the game, yet, we keep doing it anyways.

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threeknee

In the beginning of GW2, it was not profitable to salvage gear for materials. At some point, this changed, but I didn’t notice, and I’ve basically been deleting money for years.

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Tanek

Wait…deleting?

Oh, and here is another thing I wish I’d known sooner about GW2. Most soulbound gear that can’t be salvaged can still be used in the mystic forge.

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threeknee

Selling everything to the vendor at a loss, basically deleting. ;)

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deekay_plus

not to treat swg like it should be like any case study of star wars i had watched or played before hand and just roll the fucking fotm op godmode kungfu jedi killer class.

not to trust the wtf numbers on class descriptions on lineage 2’s website and roll a nuker or archer instead of the class with the biggest numbers next to “power” on the spells examples. XD

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agemyth šŸ˜©

Don’t pick up a shiny piece of copper off the ground on EverQuest PVP servers. It is most likely a stack of tens of thousands of copper and basically roots you in place. Then you get ganked.

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Melissa McDonald

this reminds me of high school, when boys would “superglue” a quarter to the floor and then laugh their butts off watching people try to pick it up.

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Tanek

Ok, I do not like PvP in general. I like the ganking of new players even less. (Those two things may be related, not sure…) But that is still kinda brilliant.

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Armsbend

From the header pic – joining, and then staying, in Eve University. Huge mistake that drove me from the game. One of the things.

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miol

Even if I’m a very reluctant and only sporadic farmer, I wish I would know about any new farming options more often (And no, I don’t mean exploits!), way before its subsequent but inevitable nerf!

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biophazer242

Take your time. Nothing ruins a game for me faster than rushing through content to get to ‘end game’. It never ceases to amaze me when I talk to another player in a game and they are clueless about some quest or npc that they would most likely have encountered to be where they currently are. Ignore cut scenes, don’t read or listen to dialogue, do not bother to open and read notes or books found in the game… then complain the world is boring and there is nothing to do. Yes there is, you just skipped it! Take your time, enjoy the world!

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DuŔan Frolkovič

One of my favorite facepalm moments ever were some guys running a story mode dungeon in GW2, and loudly complaining how i dared to watch the story.

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camren_rooke

Oh yes. I’m watching the cut scene and the rest of the group is on the next boss already.

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Utakata

My memories of dungeon running in Blade & Soul. /sigh

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Schmidt.Capela

That is why I prefer that every single story moment be available when playing solo. Doing them in a group typically ruins the moment, unless you have a hand-picked group of like-minded payers.

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Stropp

Some single player games add any unlocked cut scenes to a ‘playlist’ which you can access later. It would be nice if MMORPGs did this too.

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Minimalistway

I’m really sorry … i only can give you 1 thumbs up, totally agreed :-)

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Utakata

Pro tip: When in doubt about something, it never hurts to ask. :)

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DuŔan Frolkovič

That is great tip for anything in life :)

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Utakata

…and you’ll be surprised how many folks don’t take that advice…including myself. :(

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Xijit

I wish I knew how crafting and the AH / market place worked … so much loot vendored because I had fuck all no idea that it was worth 10 to 100 times as much to other players.

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hugmonster

This. So much this.

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Tanek

GW2: you can get to and from a bank anywhere in the world just by going into your server’s WvW map. Exiting via the WvW panel puts you right back where you started.

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Schmidt.Capela

Didn’t always work, at least at first, as there was a long queue to enter the WvW map whenever the server was winning.

If the server wasn’t winning, on the other hand, it always worked without queues. Players seem to run away from WvW if their server isn’t ahead.

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DuŔan Frolkovič

Also the free teleport to Lions Arch through the PvP island.

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