The Daily Grind: How often are your MMO goals thwarted?

    
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I logged into Ultima Online over the weekend absolutely determined to achieve a very specific thing: imbue some gear for my Tamer. But first I wanted to finish off my Arms Lore, which meant finishing the last few points of my Tailoring and Blacksmithing grind. But I ran out of ingots, so I needed to go mining first. But before I could do that, I needed to move my Mining skill back to my Blacksmith, which meant I first needed finish up some maps on my Treasure Hunter. That meant cleaning her inventory out of plants. And while I was doing that, I figured I’d plant a few more on my Paladin, so I needed to pull out my Bard to scrounge up some peculiar seeds…

Two hours later, I was somehow on my boat, salvaging shipwrecks on my Fisher, and I never did actually get to my imbuing.

This isn’t something you see only in classic sandboxes, either; more than once in World of Warcraft I’d want to gear up for a dungeon or finish off just one more achievement and come to my senses a few hours later on a different character on different continent with a quest log full of dailies and a backpack full of herbs.

And you know what? That’s awesome.

Does this ever happen to you? How often are your MMO goals thwarted and distracted?

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Nordavind breetoplay Hehe. Truthfully, he went frog because where we lived at the time was heavily blue. More targets. :D

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breetoplay Nordavind The dark side!

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kofteburger breetoplay I usually keep mining on my t-hunter. But she doesn’t have the beetle for mining; my smith does, since he’s the one who originally leveled mining. :D
UO is… complicated. Hehe.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

without a guild i always hit a wall at some quest or another i can’t do on my own around level 30
that’s often where i quit playing too  =

mysecretid
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While that whole “Hey, I was doing that, but now I’m over here, doing this unexpected marginally-related thing” process can be very fun, if a game routinely thwarts (i.e. pointedly blocks) me from achieving my in-game goals, I tend to quit, and go play something else.
I even count “too much grind” as thwarting behavior.

I’m in it for the fun, and frustration isn’t fun for me.

Cheers,

EO_Lonegun
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EO_Lonegun

Only when alt-itis sets in and I can’t focus on one character.

Adri Cortesia
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Adri Cortesia

Sometimes but the main reason is mostly the simplification of the content and I lost the interest in my goals ’cause everyone is now able to get  this-and-this item. Yeah normaly it’s for prestige items.

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breetoplay kofteburger  I see, and what is moving mining to your blacksmith about?

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Nordavind breetoplay Frog! :D

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kofteburger Strictly speaking, you don’t; you could just set up a macro to lore your gear. I prefer to kill two birds with one stone, though, and get Arms Lore while grinding up skills I wanted to grind up anyway. I’m sitting at like 117 smithing and 118 tailoring hehe.