The Daily Grind: Do you plan ahead in your MMOs?

    
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I am a horrible, horrible chess player. It’s not that I don’t understand the game or have the mind for basic strategies but that I simply cannot plan ahead and anticipate future moves the way that you need to in order to master the game.

Sometimes I feel as though this “play in the moment” attitude saturates my MMO gaming career. There are larger goals that I’m gradually working toward, but I don’t meticulously plan all of the steps I need to take in order to powerlevel or gain the most optimal gear. I kind of go with the flow, on occasion taking the effort to look ahead, but more or less just enjoying each session for what it is.

Do you plan ahead in your MMOs or do you game in the moment?

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Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

Sure, I spend hours if not days plotting out my build, sometimes it will be a full week before I even create the character!
And don’t get me started on games with wardrobe! I blow through a day just trying out different look and dye combos.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

I generally plan. In games (not just MMOs) I have fun listing all the locations and level ranges and course of action it takes to do things ‘canonically’ (best fitting for story). For example, in TSW I’ll be ‘Okay, I’m finishing Innsmouth Academy today, maybe the rest of Savage Coast’ or ‘I just reached QL10, so do I do Issue #5 DLC or do I finish Transylvania?’.

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

“Do you plan ahead in your MMOs or do you game in the moment?”
Yes.
That is, I make general over-arching plans for characters but they may be vague, or without a timeline. Or they might be extremely precise and every step planned with spreadsheets. I try and focus the planning onto the ones I think I’m most likely to see to the end, and leave those that I’m not so dedicated towards with the vaguaries. 
Perhaps this is because my gaming and MMOing background is mostly in games that require planning and calculations and acquisition of specific items for my intended goals – making it all second nature to me. I do have the occasional ‘log in and do whatever and see what happens’ day but I end up feeling vaguely guilty that I wasn’t putting that game session time into furthering my planned paths for a different character (unless circumstances meant I couldn’t do that anyway for some reason).

alexheartnet64
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alexheartnet64

The first question I try to find out is if it is possibly to really bork myself over if I make a poor choice.

If not then I will think medium-term.  I won’t be playing forever and I actually want a return on my investment.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

karmamule ManastuUtakata wolfyseyes 
This is something I don’t really approve of, as my emote indicates…but rather I can’t help thinking where this will eventually lead. One can consider it an inB4. :(

mbbrazen
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mbbrazen

Depends. There are some achievements in TSW you need to plan for and other stuff you can just go free style. In AO, you had to plan every upgrade, every single frickin one!

vinicitur
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vinicitur

I play GW2 so there is no sense in planning anything since everything is  based on insane RNG at end game.

EO_Lonegun
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EO_Lonegun

No point planning for these linear themeparks.

Veldan
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Veldan

The only things I really ever planned for were certain items, that I never got due to loot RNG. So I kinda stopped planning.

Adri Cortesia
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Adri Cortesia

BriarGrey SallyBowls1 Adri Cortesia damn right! writing these documents is so fun. doing the plan is just “yeah is has to be done”