The Daily Grind: How do you handle content lulls in MMORPGs?

MOP reader Joel recently wrote into us with a link to a Dark Legacy Comic (#634) that succinctly captures the problem of content lulls in MMOs. It features a bored World of Warcraft hero character staring at his friends list full of buddies who haven’t logged on in weeks (“wake me for prepatch,” one friend’s tag reads); he then becomes super excited at a newly delivered mail, only to find out it’s an automated brew-of-the-month club missive telling him to share his drinks with his friends. Womp womp.

“I can’t speak for everyone but this episode really spoke to me as there have been a lot of times I’ve felt exactly this way in quite a few MMOs that have hit a lull,” Joel wrote.

I thought it was particularly relevant this summer for MMORPG players; World of Warcraft is in a bit of a lull right now ahead of the launch of its expansion, while Guild Wars 2’s next big patch has been delayed so significantly that I heard the word “drought” being kicked around yesterday.

So how do you handle content lulls in MMORPGs? Do you stick it out, play alts, grind cash? Or do you wander away to play something else?

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Alts and with playing more than a single game or MMO.


If I get to a point there is no content left that I want to play within my immediate reach I simply go play some other game, MMO or not. This holds true even if there is still content I want to do in the game but I don’t feel like knocking out the pre-requisites, like, say, dungeon content that would require me to grind for better gear in order to be ready for it; the only situation in which I will grind nowadays is if I find the grind itself enjoyable.

I stopped playing any content I don’t feel like playing a long time ago, and not even the best rewards can change that anymore; I have enough games on my backlog that I always have some other game to play.

IronSalamander8 .

Play alts or other games generally. If the group/guild I’m with all suffer from the malaise enough to stop playing altogether, may leave that game or just take a break for a bit.


Like many others, this is a problem I’ve never had. Even in games I play from launch, I always fall way, way behind the content curve. I’m usually a few expansions behind.


Roll and level alts. Sometimes I even the hope the lull is extended, so I play with said alts a little longer. o.O


I’m usually so far behind when it comes to MMOs that content lulls aren’t often an issue for me. Or even if I am caught up on an MMO (usually FFXIV), there’s all sorts of side stuff I can do to keep myself occupied until the next patch.

And if all that fails, there’s always RP. Not to mention getting caught up on my huge backlog of non-MMO games.

Fair Mores

I deal with this problem by having a uncooperative wife and children lol. I so rarely get to play I’m usually an expansion worth of content behind all the other players. I just barely found the prince in Doma (FFXIV) and now I’m looking forward to helping him win some fighting competition.

Ok, instead of giving you a solution I’ll tell you what NOT to do.
Do not waste hours hovering over some capital city waiting for something to happen. I used to do this when I had all the time in the world. Sometimes I would aimlessly fly around four hours. It was almost as if I was trapped in world of Warcraft and I could not go anywhere else. Sure other games existed but I was so bound to my elf character that if i wasn’t spending time doing something to improve him I was “wasting” my time lol that is insane. So do NOT do that.


I’m too casual of a player to hit content lulls in any given MMO. In case i do, which generally only happens at the end of an expansion (where all activities are streamlined and sped up for the purposes of catching player up), then i simply go to another game.

I don’t consider any of the current MMOs homes. Which is why i don’t get necessarily attached to any of them in any significant way. Gone are the days from WoW where i would log in to a game because it felt like i was missing from it. Or logging in because you don’t want to miss out on another guild event, or the next party at the inn. My MMO gaming had turned into an experience akin to visiting an old friend, rather than coming back home..


As a Secret World player this is an essential question. My partner and I tend toward secondary games when we get stupidly super bored of grinding the current grind that has been in place, at least partially, for like three years. Or take care of the many, many things that aren’t game-related.

Person Dude

If it’s an MMO I enjoy playing, I usually find something else to do in game. Like play an alt or go after some weird goal that doesn’t serve any real purpose.