Massively Overthinking: Our 2018 MMO resolutions

I have never been one to make specific resolutions in my gaming. I might plan from month to month, but mostly I go where the wind blows me. But some folks on our team do have a map and a plan, so this week for our last Massively Overthinking of 2017 (as last year!), I’ve asked the Massively OP writers to share their own gaming resolutions or just basic MMO goals for 2017. Won’t you join us?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): So I kept half of mine last year- I didn’t give any MMO Kickstarter money. I didn’t play my Kickstarted games though, and ended up getting a new one on a Steam sale that I demoed but haven’t made time for. That one goes to the top of the list!

For 2018 though, I’m going to try two things:

1. Hit some core MMOs, not just fringe/multiplayer games. I’ve already started by trying to pursue a bear mount in FFXIV, and I recovered my ESO account so I can pursue more bear goodness.

2. Continue to work on social gaming. I had some good times this year when I was able to match my gaming habits with meatspace people, rather than focusing just on games I liked, which sadly didn’t help me make any new connections.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Like a lot of people who work here, I am constantly being barraged with new gaming stuff on a daily basis that distracts me from the gaming goals I do set. I can’t escape it, nor do I want to, but it means I never stick to anything for long even when I’d like to, and games rush by me fast enough to distract but not hook. And I work too much, and because of what I do, I often finish out a whole day writing and reading about MMOs and the last thing I want to do physically is sit there some more and play an MMO (not so great for health, either!). So my goal is to claw back some time and work/life balance so I get to play more video games. Pretty simple!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): I actually do a lot of resolutions most years, and this year I did pretty well on my set from last year; pretty much everything I wanted to get done in 2017 got done, and now I’m looking at 2018 wondering how I’m going to make it better without just saying “last year, but more.” So while I’m sticking with the stuff that I did in 2017 that I’d like to carry forward (like more roleplaying and trying more new things), here’s what I’d like to get done in 2018.

1. Spend more time with roleplaying stuff out of the game. A lot of what I do is in-game, but I sometimes find myself jealous of people who have lots to show for it. I don’t spend much time taking pictures about my characters, writing up histories in readily accessible formats, and so forth. This is fine, insofar as I know all of that stuff myself, but sometimes it’s very interesting and doesn’t naturally come up all that much over the course of play. I’d like to actually change course on that and start making more of this public and accessible for others, even just as onlookers.

2. Be better about blocking off time and planning my projects out. I’ve been better about setting and finishing projects, but I can be a bit haphazard at blocking some of them out. Among my goals are unlocking more reputations and mounts in legacy World of Warcraft content, getting all of the class mounts there as well, leveling my alts in Final Fantasy XIV… and as it happens, all of these projects are just a jumbled mass of “I would like to do this.” So I want to make this more well-planned.

3. Do some stuff with videos. At the start of last year, I had started doing more video content due to another contract I had at the time; that contract has subsequently ended, but I still have the ability. I just don’t do much with it. And there’s some stuff I’ve thought of that people might enjoy, whether or not it includes my dulcet tones. (Note: My tones are not dulcet. I don’t think so, anyway. People who have heard me talk, you tell me.)

4. Find some MMO-light stuff to play a bit more often. For that matter, more non-MMO stuff in general; most of my gaming this past year was MMOs, and sometimes I think that limited my perspective a bit. I need to be better about realizing that, for example, playing through 90% of NieR: Automata, while brilliant and wonderful, took me about a week in total, and that was with breaks for MMO tasks. So I should focus more on actually getting these single-player games done.

5. Actually finish that FFXI New Player’s Guide I keep talking about and keep forgetting to do.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I don’t have any super-ambitious resolutions (other than to simply enjoy the games I want to enjoy), but there is one idea that I’ve been kicking around in my head as a resolution.

Every month this year I want to spend some time revisiting an old MMO I used to play and haven’t for quite some time and I also want to spend some time getting to know at least one MMO I’ve never played at all. I’ve been making my schedule of this and am kind of excited about the plan. I think it’s reasonable considering my time constraints, maybe a weekend thing.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I said last year that I wasn’t into resolutions for gaming, and you can see why! I don’t think I managed to knock out any of them! I blame the super downturn in my health for missing a number of them, but the fact that there were so many games to play this past year also meant I didn’t complete my little goals inside individual ones. I still hold to the fact that I have little goals that I slowly work on as the mood strikes instead of mega resolutions, and there was progress made on some. I did go to PAX West (a new convention for me!), I did stream more on my personal channel (I got affiliate status!), and I did spend some more time with friends in games. But I didn’t get anywhere on decorating in EverQuest II or upload any vids to my own YouTube. I can’t tell if I actually spent more time gaming because it was spread out over so many more titles!

All that said, I’m going to give resolutions a go again — if for no other reason than to entertain you. First, an easy one: I will share the awesomeness that is a gaming convention with my son. (I’ll get to check this one off next week!). I will continue to look for the perfect game to put my favorite guild concept into play — but we all know this is out of my hands as far as completion. I am also going to focus on playing more of my favorites and not letting them get swept aside just because I am covering many other things for MOP; I want to “finish” some things in these games, like catching up on content. I do want to dig into more of those single-player and co-op games I have gotten this past year and experience those as well. This is kind of a big one for me: I am totally switching my attend more holiday events to reducing holiday festivals! I want to diminish my stressing about getting in and completing all the festivals at holidays that I tend to do! There are just way too many holiday celebrations. I am going to try to just pick a couple in my main games (not counting holiday stream coverage), and maybe check out one or two others. There is just no way to get all the things and it burned me out something fierce this past year.

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mistressbrazen

When I set resolutions, my games get killed. So, I’m just going to dabble here and there and continue to wait.

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Chosenxeno .

Mine is to stay retired from MMORPGs to avoid heartache and disappointment.

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touchofkiel

My MMO resolution is to play fewer MMOs, actually. My gaming time – not all my free time, mind you – can easily vanish in an MMO, because they’re often like comfort food and it’s so easy to ‘waste’ time without making much progress. It makes my backlog that much worse…

Except Final Fantasy XI, because I’m playing solo throughout the base and expansion content. Not too interested in endgame content, really. I’d like to finish all the expansion content by the end of the year (I go through it very slowly). It’s healthy enough for a 15 year old game, but still… won’t be around forever.

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semugh

haha hello me! Mine is going MMO free. I’m down to 1 MMO now. Tho it will be hard, I started with UO and they will go F2P next year. Probably that will be my horse to ride out in the sunset.
Still I like this site and I will read it but I need to spend more on steam and play store than on MMOs hehe… (ok this is done already).

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Rafael Pereira

My resolution this year is absolutely no hardcore end game in any game. No mythic raiding in WoW, no tight ingame schedule, no toxic ingame “friends” and no control freak leadership and especially NO CORE DRAMA. :)

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Koshelkin

The same resolution as every year: have as much fun as possible with them.

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Armsbend

MJ has a personal channel? Do tell.

I resolve to learn how to touch type and get my UI looking prettier and more accessible in the games I play – notably wow. And for my health do the 7 minute workout when I’m not gaming.

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Xijit

Bree: you should give yourself a dedicated Game column!

Then you can combine work and play by giving yourself an excuse to play something by saying “I need to do this so that I have something to write for my column.”

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Bryan Turner

Tank in Endgame ESO, unfortunately you have to tank as a poofy floofy Mesmer pooping out butterflies every where if you want to tank in GW2.

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Sashaa

This is the kind of resolution I’m looking forward to. I’ve been healing since ESO’s release but may very well focus on tanking endgame content this year.

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Utakata

To get a character to max level outside of WoW. Never done that before. o.O

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Lucky Jinx

This is a good one. I’ve only done it so far in WoW and SWTOR, and there cannot be two without three, so I’m going to try to reach this goal in Rift.

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Skoryy

Pink-haired asura. I’ll gift the makeover kit!

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Utakata

I am currently playing a pink-haired Lyn in Blade & Soul, which is starting see the level cap from where she is standing. However, when I muster enough desire to get my original GW2 account back, I would certainly take that offer. But that maybe a long while. Thanks you for this offer in advance though. /bows

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Bryan Turner

I do not play GW2 any more however it is a fun game and I think she would have a blast playing a Female Asura Elementalist with bright pink pigtails.

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Bryan Turner

Seriously, that’s surprising to me for some reason?

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Utakata

It’s more embarrassing than surprising actually. I’ve been playing MMO’s in full since May 2005, a few months I was first introduce to it through a friend (see: today’s DG for details on that). And despite numerous MMO’s I’ve played other than WoW in that time…I do not have a *max level toon to show for it. :(

*Note: The first Guild Wars doesn’t really count here, as it has a ridiculously low level cap (lv 20) that’s more superficial than anything else.

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Eliot Lefebvre

The thing is, this doesn’t seem so unusual to me for someone coming from that particular era. In a lot of contemporary MMOs around that period, reaching max level required a certain mixture of masochism, dedication, and free time. In Final Fantasy XI, for instance, you had to spend an awful lot of time focusing on tedious grinding parties camping at regular locations without doing a lot else, and you often had a lot of other things pulling your attention away (including, for example, not being eager to watch people overpull and die repeatedly at some of those normal leveling camps). And in many of those games, reaching the level cap felt varying degrees of mandatory; I had a long list of characters who never hit the cap in City of Heroes, for example, but that didn’t feel like it was really all that unusual.

At this point, on the other hand, the level cap is what the mid-level band used to be; it’s kind of the default place to be. So it’s easy to have spent time playing characters back in the day without feeling as if you were behind without having characters at the level cap, even though now it feels like “how have I played this much and have so few characters at the top.”

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Robert Mann

My only two resolutions are the same as last year.

1. Keep looking for something that really changes things up, focuses less on combat, and makes the term ‘virtual world’ something more true and less of a joke… and support efforts toward that end should I find them.

2. NEVER support P2W/Lootbox/nickel and diming monetization. EVER.

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Caelium

I would like to, finally, decide on a game to settle down in and really focus on building and maintaining relationships in it. Over the past couple years I have kind of floated indecisively from game to game and I believe a strong reason for that is because I have failed to establish any sort of social connection to the games I have been playing.

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Sally Bowls

The no-new-Kickstarter resolution seems like a great idea!

I hope to try no “new” (not yet purchased) MMO-like games for PC except perhaps SoT . And a Greek letter of already purchased CU. But for non-WoW sideline play, I should be able to do some combo of SWTOR, lotRO, STO, GW2 or Wildstar without starting something new.

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Zen Dadaist

I think that I will resolve to go where my mood takes me, not where I imagine my obligations are. Because while I might feel obligated to be the one to organise dungeon runs etc for others even if I’m sick of a game, others don’t necessarily see it that way. I end up grumbling about having to log into something I don’t really feel like playing to do a chore that no one is interested in doing any more.

Depending on what FC decides to do about a fresh Anarchy Online server, my raidleading days may well be terminated by no longer having any characters that can raid left…

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starbuck1771

My 2018 is to keep trying to get MJ to play and stream WoW.

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Liandreth

My resolutions always tend to be have fun and take breaks when you need too.
Also, make fat stacks of gold in WoW :)

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Zora

Gosh I don’t do resolutions because then I already over-plan everything and I get stressed at keeping up and depressed at failing to meet them.

Soooo my resolution is to… actively avoid having -any- resolution (yes I am complicate like that!)

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Skoryy

1. Finish world exploration on my namesake main. He’s at 89%, so its more a matter of much sooner than later. And I can finally put that little star next to ‘Skoryy’.

2. Having finished that, complete my first legendary. I have enough goodies in the bank to cash in and truckloads of karma, its just a matter of the Gift of Battle and beating up on the Inquest a few times before I can finally lay claim to the Predator.

After that, its more fluid: Concentrate on only a few characters for PvE and RP, be more outgoing, make more friends in-game, make friends out of game too, try to stick to one game instead of letting my ADHD make a mess of things. Stuff like that.

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