The Daily Grind: How do you manage your MMO inventory?

    
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The Daily Grind: How do you manage your MMO inventory?

I have said in the past that I have an issue with inventory space on a whole. Games like Final Fantasy XIV only compound this issue; when everything in the game is useful somewhere, I wind up with banks stuffed to the brim with armor, scales, leather, blood, and meat from four years ago. But even that wouldn’t be so bad if I just made a point of cleaning up my inventories on a semi-regular basis, which I do not.

Some of my friends have perfectly sorted and ordered inventories that have everything lined up just right at all times; others actually make my haphazard sorting look good. And it’s important in several games – no one wants to wait for the final confrontation in Star Wars: The Old Republic stories because two party members need to clear some inventory space. So how do you handle cleaning up your inventory? Do you do so on a regular basis, as it gets full, or only when absolutely necessary?

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Adri Cortesia
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Adri Cortesia

depends on the inventory system. a system with “boxes” I define special parts of my inventory for special things like potions, weapons, armor. 
GW2 has the option to choose between different kind of bags which can hold (when looting) different item (herbs, junk, golden items) or bags containing items which can’t be seen while at the vendor (DO NOT SELL YOU LEGENDARY WEAPON!!!11). 

A lot of bank account characters hoarding all the stuff I don’t want to have in my bank account all the time respectively the space is just too small (pesky BOP  Items!!)

Estranged
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Estranged

Could use them to cheese raid bosses at one time as well. LOL

jackofrost
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jackofrost

wild_abyss Yep

PaulFortunato
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PaulFortunato

Estranged

That stuff used to be killer in PvP. No one expects the marbles!

PaulFortunato
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PaulFortunato

By far, the worst offender for inventory management right now is GW2. I have given up trying to organize my inventory and bank in that game. I have way more crap in 3 years of GW2, with many bank tabs versus the amount of stuff I have in WoW after almost 10 years.

crackfox
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crackfox

In ESO I have one account with eight Argonian mules to handle most of my storage requirements. I have another account with my crafters on it, along with a couple of additional mule characters. Then there’s my main ‘adventuring’ account – and I’m running low on bank space there too. For some reason that game brings out the hoarder in me. IRL, I am a minimalist and frequently sell or freecycle anything that I deem to be surplus to my immediate requirements.

tobascodagama
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tobascodagama

mysecretid Nice thing about ESO being buy-to-play is that you can just come back later when you’re bored of all your other games. That’s my plan, at least.

mysecretid
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mysecretid

tobascodagama 
Agreed. Good points, all. The crafting is a big part of what makes it a frustration for me. 
As you say, there are so many different crafting materials in ESO, with the account-shared bank space (i.e. your different characters don’t get separate banks, as in many other games) everything gets filled to bursting quickly if you have more than one character crafting.

I’ve heard that Zenimax intends to implement separate storage for crafting materials — but I may not have the patience to wait until that appears.
I’m starting to regret ever picking up crafting in ESO, and may yet abandon it.
Be well,

LordOfBread
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LordOfBread

Nordavind yeah. And now I need to look through everything and see if I like any look because stats are meaningless. I´ll need 3 days to fix this and it actually keeps me from logging in.

LordOfBread
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LordOfBread

I wanted to see a topic like this long ago, even wanted to suggest it – this would deserve and entire special, how do MMOs manage inventory.
I think they mostly suck, I have heaps of junk and I just can´t get rid of it, guess I´m a hoarder. Stack sizes often suck too, because they are too small.