The Daily Grind: What’s the most original player-created MMO profession?

    
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Rohan on the Blessing of Kings blog posted yesterday a fascinating article on player bankers in Star Wars: The Old Republic. I knew of players becoming de facto bankers in EVE Online, but I can’t say it’s common in themeparks. We have BioWare’s free-to-play limitations to thank for this one; in TOR, apparently subscribers pose as bankers for F2P players, allowing them to “deposit” money on the subbers’ unlimited accounts and then acting as their brokers for large purchases — for a small fee and a mountain of trust, of course.

It shouldn’t blow me away; I’m a sandbox economy player at heart, after all. But it did. I’m always impressed when players find a way to circumvent irritating game mechanics to interact with each other, creating whole professions where the designers left only blank space.

What’s the most original player-created profession you’ve ever seen in an MMORPG?

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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Gurnlei
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jonnysage I keep getting ‘Player Owned Stations’ confused for something else.

ntellect
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Mystyrys
…which saddens me that it will never appear again in an MMO today.  What a loss of an awesome gaming opportunity.

jonnysage
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paragonlostinspace jonnysage Nreff Geezus. Move on already.

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jonnysage paragonlostinspace Nreff   
  You know, you could have actually recognized the point that making it political in nature “twice” probably wasn’t a good call and was off topic to boot since the article was about “most original player created mmo professions”.

 Instead you played the “I’m being repressed by Arthur King of the Britons Monty Python skit”. Which in turn makes MU’s and my points even more valid. A simple “Sorry about that folks, that’s not what I meant at all” would have straightened everything out. We all miscommunicate, no biggie. Instead you never correct MU’s or my point and instead are basically doubling down with the “I” made it personal.

 I did nothing of the sort, I’m pointing out what I am observing. Now, I’d rather go back to catching up on my reading and dwelling on whether or not I want to trade my Softail in for a Road Glide Special or Indian Roadmaster. Much more productive honestly and enjoyable.

jonnysage
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paragonlostinspace jonnysage Nreff How about you not make everything personal? I insulted the picture, not anyone on this website.

paragonlostinspace
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paragonlostinspace

camelotcrusade LOL! Awesome. Just awesome.

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paragonlostinspace

jonnysage Nreff Well, you are flying the Dont tread on me picture for your posting name. Are you really surprised after your comment that we might assume that’s what you were alluding too? How about take responsibility for posting more clearly in the future then?

As a side note the buildings in the background do look european in look, at least that’s what my ten years of living in europe observational skills are telling. I could be wrong.

Lateris
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Lateris

Master Droid Engineer.

GabeNewellFetish
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GabeNewellFetish

Corporate spies in EVE.

Nathaniel Durand
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Nathaniel Durand

In UO there were plenty of disreputable activities, but there was also several interesting and more socially acceptable professions:

In Skara Brae in at least two shards (Atlantic and Great Lakes) the Skara Brae Rangers would gather new players and run through Despise with them offering support and protection from the monsters and wandering murderers (not always successful but since Rangers didn’t carry any good loot, it was somewhat of a good deterrent) alike.

Interior design of townhouses, towers and castles. There was some interesting things you could achieve with the knowledge of which rare item spawned where and when, several death robes and imagination.

Cartographers could quickly identify the location of treasure maps, travel there and dig up the chest, hide as the monsters spawned and port back to the locked boat to kill everything with blade spirits and meteor swarms for the map’s owner to then loot the chest.

There weren’t only thieves, hucksters and assholes in UO and I did have fun doing all of these. :D