The Daily Grind: Have you ever run an event in an MMO?

    
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The Daily Grind: Have you ever run an event in an MMO?

Long ago, I used to live for player-run MMO events. In old-school MMORPGs, people judged a guild’s quality as much on what it did for the community as how well it fared in PvP and PvE — maybe even more. We hung out in taverns in Ultima Online, held overwatch/buffing nights for server newbies in EverQuest, told stories in Dark Age of Camelot, performed plays in Star Wars Galaxies. We even ran roleplaying events in World of Warcraft for a year or so — on a PvP server.

But nowadays? I don’t run them. They were work, so very much work, work that requires management and networking skills that everyone else seems to take for granted or look down upon unless it’s in the service of an endgame raid. MMOs don’t reward them at all; any time you spend on events for your fellow players is time away from whatever grind the devs have set up as the “real game.”

I know that they still exist. MJ went to a lot of trouble recently to chronicle some of the amazing community happenings in The Secret World, and Lord of the Rings Online is famous for its server events. But somehow, back in the early days of MMOs, I thought that running events would only become easier and more rewarding as the genre wore on, and instead, for me it’s been the opposite, so I find myself in comment threads having to defend community-planner types from raiders who are confident that managing a guild or a festival or an auction is casual-friendly easysauce not worthy of comparable reward. It kinda makes me rage.

How about you? Have you ever run an event in an MMO? Do you still run them?

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Mary Larkins

I’ve been hosting community events in Final Fantasy XIV Online for about 2 years now. Always have a great turn out, but yeah, some people think it’s a waste of time. Toxic gamer will be toxic gamers.

SpookLee
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SpookLee

Zardoz1972 Roleplay these days is a different beast than it was twenty years ago. Back when it was only physical pretend games you played with friends or table tops you did with people at a gaming store, players had more connecting and caring about one anothers ability to have fun. MMO RP is a different beast entirely. I’ve been unintentionally studying the different forms of how people were raised through different mediums for the past five years and have found some interesting differences between how each and every player matures. The main issue I see crop up the most are when tabletop players and MMO raised players clash and argue over a rule or how a character should be played.
The biggest fear I have as a roleplayer is someone taking me TOO seriously. Typically when I’m in an MMO environment, I am NOT playing a 100% copy of myself in an online game, because getting upset at something that happened in a virtual universe that has no physical impact upon my person seems to be an important disconnect for my escape from reality. However lately I’ve been running into people who put all of themselves into a character and think that someone saying “I love/Hate You”, its taken as a literal statement. One example is a scary incident where one of my friends is being pestered for his IRL information because a frightening woman cant make the distinction between “Its just a game” and “Real Life”.
I make an effort to make sure anyone attending my roleplay events knows theres a difference and its not okay to chase someone across games pretending to be their IRL girlfriend/boyfriend. These stories we create together should be FUN, not an obsession that borders criminal harassment on anyone’s account.

Zardoz1972
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Zardoz1972

Personally, I tend to dislike 90% of RP. I like dance parties like AO and TSW have because dance emotes are fun. But anything where I have to take your RP-personna or your make believe RP-relationship seriously…..makes me face palm.

ToyFuzion
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ToyFuzion

I used to be avid about running community RP events when I played SWG and SWTOR in the first year. Moving to GW2, I started burning out on them and just eventually quit. 

In SWG, I was introduced to events as a member of AMOR that started up the first cantina crawls on the Bria server. The last couple of years of the games life I went on to be a part of Holowood Galactic Studios, a RP guild on Starsider that was big on community events. Within their ranks, my character ran a performing troupe, a holo-vid recording studio that I ran events out of, and we did shows and holiday events. It was a fun time because the guild was full of people who collaborated together, and I haven’t seen that level of collaboration since.

I burned out on running events in other MMOs because I usually ended up being the one holding the whole stick. For some reason, I fell into attracting people that just wanted to show up and take credit without doing any of the work to the projects. The last large-scale event I ran was the 3-day Karagga the Hutt Birthday Bash back when Lord Andraas was still a server. Moving into GW2, burn-out hit and I channeled my energy into DM-ing multi-guild events from that point. 

Now that I’m back in SWTOR, I’ve had people approach me about running events again. I’d be happy to – but not alone. That takes the fun out of it. We’ll see.

Nordavind
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Nordavind

Yes, I have.

karmamule
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karmamule

Way back when Horizons came out myself and a few friends made up a quest chain consisting of a series of us placed around one of the adventure areas and each would give clues where the next could be found if the person asked with the right key-phrase from the prior quest-giver.  The first player to reach the last person got the prize of some in-game money and a nice weapon. 

It was fun, and something I’d be happy to do again (most likely in ESO) if I could find a few others up for doing it.

ItsLorgarn
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ItsLorgarn

On one of the last days I believe it was on the Beta of World of Warcraft I led a raid from Crossroads to Astranaar. We filled pretty much the whole raid with any character between level 10 and 34. I remember 34 specifically because that was the level of the Warrior in the raid, the only player that could actually tank/damage the first guard of Astranaar. A level 40 sentinel, which happaned to wipe the whole raid shortly after arriving.
It was hella fun though, sort of that thing that you never forget.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

Unfortunately opinions vary here about Second Life’s status as an MMO, but I built a lavish and detailed C&W bar called Nashville, hosted nightly events including live performances of music streaming from the artist’s bedroom or basement, DJ events, and filled my club full of mini games like a bullride, checkers, billiards, and a dueling green.
So yes.  Nightly.  For months.  I had 40 people in my club every night.   Real club owners can’t even say that.  Was a heck of a lot of work.  Eventually it was time to retire from my “Second Job”.   ;-)

schmidtcapela
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schmidtcapela

No, and likely never will, neither as organizer nor as staff. I’m an introvert, organizing and ordering people around is the opposite of fun for me. It’s the main reason I scaled back from doing hard more raids to not doing any group content that takes more than five persons.

I will avoid hindering any events I come across, and depending on my mood might participate as part of the public, though.

carsont
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carsont

Yes! My guild has sponsored two events, one server wide and one faction specific.

This was in WoW when transmog first came about. We held a “fashion” show and had another guild “translate” for the Alliance (it was held in Dalaran so all could attend).

We spent many thousands in prizes and the like. It was a HUGE success, I was so happy. I was shocked at how many people attended to show off their crazy transmog. We even sponsored additional prizes because some were just too close to call.

We also sponsored a “race” from UnderCity to IronForge as level 1 characters (for those who don’t know, it’s far and dangerous). You won by /bonking the faction leader on the head. It was not easy. Sadly, the turn out was less great and the cost was substantially more (we had far bigger prizes but still wanted to honour our commitments but it really broke the bank).

They were great fun – but now with Garrisons and the like, people don’t gather anywhere anymore. It’s an instanced world and it makes me sad. There’s another rant in there but that’s for another post.

Participated in many RP events, though it’s been a long time. The last one I literally “crashed” in that I was a druid in flight form who last the ability to shape changed and crashed into middle of the RP event, as a tauren, to my death. It completely changed the focus and direction of their event (they tried to help me, it was wonderful), but I think fun was had by all.