The Daily Grind: What do you do while you’re waiting in MMOs?

    
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I gots to bag it up.

Let’s face it, MMOs are not always filled with new stuff happening every minute. You wait for queues, you wait for enemies to spawn, you wait for the rest of your usual group to log on so you can run the dungeon already. It’s that stage when you have enough time that the wait is awkward but not enough time to get up and do something else because if you go play Fallout 4 then you’re the jerk making everyone wait for the dungeon.

Back when I would be waiting for boats, I would often have a book close at hand to read while I waited. These days, I usually browse the internet and catch up on various articles. I know people who take the opportunity to fix food, clean their desks, and occasionally even take showers during particularly long waits. So what about you? What do you do while you’re waiting in an MMO?

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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camelotcrusade
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camelotcrusade

If it’s just a few minutes I like to stay in-game, and there’s often some maintenance or reading to do somewhere.  Organize my inventory, read abilities I kinda forgot what they do, flip through various game screens and logs, etc.  I also tend to run a small army of alts, so there’s more to reacquaint myself with than you’d think.

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

If I’m waiting for a timer for something, someone to get back from AFK or otherwise have a ‘manual’ wait on my hands (that is, to one that hijacks my character/game client for a certain amount of time), then I’ll poke around stuff in game most likely. Sort some bags, get some buffs in, check over my plans, chat idly etc.

If I have to wait for something that locks out using my character or that game client (mass crafting in Rift, Clicksavering in AO etc) then I’ll do something with another game client, often a dual log or maybe even for a different game altogether. The joys of multiple monitors and a decent gaming rig :)

DamnDirtyApe
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DamnDirtyApe

I used to run around jumping in circles in social areas, BS with friends/guild, use crazy trinkets/emotes/potions/costumes/whatever, and/or farm mats.

Now I just mostly log in and stand somewhere because I’m probably AFK dealing with RL stuff.  It’s hard to play MMOs with a toddler around!

SirMysk Needs (More) Coffee, Probably
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SirMysk Needs (More) Coffee, Probably

All of the above, although I could use a good book recommendation or three.
On the other hand these days I’m more interested in reading a psychology text book than George R R Martin’s stuff, but then, it’s been ages since I’ve read a really good book and maybe Martin’s stuff just isn’t my cup of tea… or perhaps I haven’t given it a fair shake. Hrm. Well, whatever.

Qarran
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Qarran

So, craft if possible.  Some games don’t require a crafting table which makes it easy and convenient.  Otherwise, chit chat in vent, check mail, check the auction house, and of course Bio or get another beer.

Apollymi
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Apollymi

I knit.  Started back with EQ when I realized I had several minutes to wait for mana/health to regen.

Veldan
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Veldan

Craywulf Yeah, the reason for the waiting influences my patience too.

Elikal Ialborcales
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Elikal Ialborcales

It’s why I more or less stopped playing MMOs: I realized I was waiting too much getting to the promised fun, or for the promised fun to be added to the game, or doing un-fun stuff to get to the supposed fun.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

I watch TV shows online.

Pondle
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Pondle

You just opened my mind…