The Daily Grind: Where do you go to relax in MMOs?

    
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This morning’s Daily Grind comes to us from an anonymous Kickstarter donor with a deceptively simple question:

Which MMO zone is the most relaxing?

A lot of people consider dungeons and combat relaxing compared to their real-world daily grinds, but I love my peace and quiet, and sometimes I like to go to places in games that are anything but messy and loud. I can think of so many serene places — the old-world shrines of Ultima Online, the Naboo beaches in Star Wars Galaxies, the Shire in Lord of the Rings Online. But I’m giving my top vote to Glitch‘s weird and wonderful secret rooms, some of which were so magnificently obscure and truly useless that you had the impression that no one but you had ever passed through them, that they were truly private and safe and secret, which is always relaxing for me.

So which MMO zone is the most relaxing for you? Where would you go to relax in MMOs?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Eleri
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Eleri

Estranged Werewolf Finds Dragon I agree, of all the MMOs I’ve played, Myst Online (Which is still up and running, and free to play) is the only one where I could find a spot, in multiple Ages, and just chill out for a while. Eder Tsoghal is my go-to place, and often I’ll log in, go lay my avvie down in a patch of grass in the sun, and then run the game windowed while I do something else on the other half of my screen. It feels a bit like having something different to look at out your window. You don’t have to be *doing* anything to enjoy the space. 

Are the graphics ‘dated’ a dozen years after release? Yeah, but not so much that it detracts from the immersive impact of the game.

NalatesUrriah
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NalatesUrriah

A relaxing place is Myst Online: Uru Live…

mysecretid
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mysecretid

This article suddenly makes me wonder (yet again) if or when Elder Scrolls Online is going to get some player housing. Come on Zenimax, just do it.

mysecretid
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mysecretid

In terrestrial games, I tend to find a lovely spot in the wildnerness, and just sit and enjoy the scenery. Sunrises and sunsets are personal favorites. I remember Lord Of The Rings Online was especially good for this.

Sometimes, a real-life buddy and I would just go off swimming and fishing in LotRO, lazing about and chatting in-game as if we were actually there in real-life, ignoring quests and xp and all of the adventure-y stuff. 
LotRO has a special gift for providing these sorts of ambient experiences.

In my favorite game, Star Trek Online, I tend to visit my ship’s interior to relax. I wander  around “touring the decks” and finally end up in my quarters,

The new Club 47 bar on Earth Spacedock in STO is also a good place to visit. While one end of the club is loud and energetic and good for dancing, the other end of the club is quieter, and has a lovely view of Earth from space; you can sit and watch the starships go by.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

I wish this would be the housing areas in the games I most play (Rift’s dimensions, SWTOR’s strongholds) but I haven’t set things up there well enough to feel like it is my ‘relaxing place’.

But in most games, and those two MMOs (but also TSW, etc), I level in the first zones, or at least hang out there. Its especially nice to run a temporary alt in SWTOR. So simple. So clean.

For my main in Rift, I spend a ton of time in the crafting area – first Tempest Bay’s, but I’m getting more used to Choreburg in Nightmare Tide (still don’t like it as much though).

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

BryanCo In 2012 I was actually really really scared of that place. It amazed me.

StrumFruit
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StrumFruit

Grizzly Hills.

MystikkTales
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MystikkTales

I usually hang out in bars or taverns. I even film my little podcast there:
http://blip.tv/LoungeL33ts

The Prancing Pony is usually a hopping place for eavesdropping on RP on Landroval server. Otherwise my Martial Artist has a meditation room in Anarchy Online.

Norlamin
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Norlamin

Either my personal house, if said game allows for such a thing, or I’ll craft/harvest, generally fishing in one of my favorite zones, usually snow themed. For instance, I’ll go fish in Coerthas for FFXIV, or fly down and craft in Dun Morogh.

Dajhryne
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Dajhryne

It’s mostly about the music for me.

Natimbi, the Broken Shores in Everquest: https://youtu.be/93g64jFeEJw

The lake found in the rolling fields of Poitain in Age of Conan. Sadly this is just the zone music. https://youtu.be/DiPN1pra59s

Stopped to listen to this, which plays in most of the Cimmerian villages in AoC, quite a few times: https://youtu.be/Fq8mEUaFiZ8