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?