The Daily Grind: What do you do when you ‘finish’ your main MMO goals?

    
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Great old.

There’s a sense of satisfaction when you wrap up a big set of goals. You’re downed the last boss of the last raid tier in World of Warcraft, and he dropped the last item you need to have best-in-slot across all of your equipment spaces. You’ve finally finished a major new ship upgrade in EVE Online, and while you’d have to start over if you lost the ship, for the moment you are finished. Heck, maybe you just finally got your house decorated the way you want in Final Fantasy XIV.

The question is… what do you do now?

Sure, MMOs go on forever, but no matter what the game there’s a certain point when you’ve finished your most immediate goals. So what do you do when you reach that point? Step up to another tier of goals? Take a break from the game for a while? Play a different game altogether? Or even just settle into a maintenance routine?

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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Morreion
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Morreion

If I like the game- roll up an alt (if I haven’t already).

Bonnenuit
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Bonnenuit

PvP. ’nuff said.

SirMysk
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SirMysk

I stop signing in. That’s the short & quick of it.
These days MMOs are more linear than some single player RPGs, so alts usually are not interesting. Maybe I’ll pop back in a few months or so later to see how it’s changed, but then your character is so far behind that it’s kind of like, why did I download this again?

Speaking of linear mmos, here’s a community event code for swtor. I can’t post it to their forum because I don’t subscribe and I don’t even know what these do to be honest: http://www.swtor.com/user/ce/e42w . That’s not a referral link, it’s a “community event” code for some kind of cantina pack what’chamacallit.

kailindart
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kailindart

RP! Actually, I usually have so many alts, I’m never done with my goals.

FeveredDreamer
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FeveredDreamer

Games with horizontal progression I typically do whatever I want, play with guildies to do group events, enter large scale PvP matches or run instances.  Games with vertical progression, I typically wonder why on earth I bothered and then quit.

Apollymi
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Apollymi

samruck Bannex19 Yep, me too.  But the important question here is are you having fun?  That’s the beauty of being a casual player, we play for fun and don’t let the games become a second job.

Apollymi
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Apollymi

No matter how many times I tell myself I’m not gonna do it, once I hit max level I tend to lose interest and drift off to another game.  I always come back, but usually after a few weeks break.

samruck
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samruck

Bannex19 Same here. As much as I try, can’t never get to “end game” in a mmo and can never get more then average gear.

n3rdbomb3r
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n3rdbomb3r

I generally have a bunch of major priorities and then backlog goals . In FFXIV for example, I finished MSQ pretty fast (not rushing, mind you) and have geared up to ilvl. 180 to run Alexander/Ex primals. that was my primary goal, and since that’s been achieved I’m kinda just coasting. Sort of settled into a daily routine on my main class, but my backlog goals are getting my PVP rank up, advancing all my crafting classes up to 60 (lots of work!) and knocking out some old goals from ARR, mostly beast tribe factions and collecting  coil armor sets for future glamouring. I guess keeping busy keeps you from feeling ‘Done’ but when your primary goal is finished its like “ok cool time to just kick back and relax”.

MilitiaMasterV
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MilitiaMasterV

NemuiByakko A Dad Supreme OK. Well, I went and downloaded the bit to ‘get started’, but then bogged down with all the ‘sign up for this’ and ‘create that’…of the free trial. (Wasn’t really in the mood.)
I read a bit about the races/classes/jobs stuff. Sounds interesting. Perhaps when I’m more ‘in the mood’ I’ll actually go forward with the signing up for a free trial bit.
My other problem is that my RL situation is getting complicated currently so I’m not sure budget-wise whether I’ll have a sub price/or even a place to live here to play from soon. Hopefully that’ll get sorted back out and I’ll be able to dive in sometime and explore what sounds like an interesting world.