The Daily Grind: What’s the most disheartening loss you’ve had in an MMO?

    
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Losses aren’t fun in any game. No one ever wants to lose. But in a single-player game you usually can reload from a save file, or at the least recover whatever you lost. MMOs can be a different creature altogether.

That valuable ship that got blown up in EVE Online? It’s gone. That bit of armor you forgot to roll on in World of Warcraft? You’re not getting a do-over. I remember running back from an experience party in Final Fantasy XI, getting unexpected aggro, and getting shivved to death in a matter of moments… and losing a level and all of my shiny new gear as a result of it.

Designers in recent years have done their level best to make sure that no single loss is likely to leave you completely heartbroken because no one enjoys that. But you can still lose out, even if it’s just a matter of losing a roll for a piece of equipment you really wanted or failing to clear content that you’ve been trying to get past for ages. So what’s the most disheartening loss you’ve ever had in an MMO? Did you keep playing the game after that?

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Husvik
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Husvik

jesseschulkers Ouch! All i can say is… Why? It really makes you wonder what kinds of people you are playing with sometimes.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

NomadMorlock Archeage for you.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

blast tyrant Gloomshroud is a BIS twink item. You lost quite a bit.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

Archebius starcallerasterei Yeah, that kind of shit don’t fly with me. Had something like happening with me before, and i threw a tantrum, placed my middle finger in the guy’s face and kicked his door on my way out.
Felt great.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

None. I never had a big loss in my entire time playing.

jesseschulkers
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jesseschulkers

I really should have seen this coming. I really should have.
When I started in Darkfall Online right at release I focused mainly on goofing around and improving my martial skills for combat. I wanted to bea  platemail wearing shield tank you see. After spending a few days trying to farm up all the materials necessary to make a full plate suit I was so excited! I shopped around and found someone recommended to me as a good blacksmith. Without thinking twice about it i traded all the material I worked so hard to gather and defend.
He takes it all.
Then logs out. I should have seen it coming. I should have demanded he put a full plate suit in exchange for the material + gold. I did not. And I learned my lesson.

Peregrine_Falcon
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Peregrine_Falcon

Atlas Park. :(

Archebius
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Archebius

Valkyrie Noel Guild Wars 1 was my first MMO. I know that sometimes that gives you rose-colored glasses, but I had so much fun in that game, and had a ton of friends I chatted with all the time. I consistently got groups together for FoW and had a great time trying to pull off something that required so much coordination.
Mostly, I think I enjoyed the game for two big reasons – one, the community was largely friendly, willing to help, and needed each other to make it through the game, and two, the game encouraged exploration, from the random outposts that you stumbled across to the skill deck system.
I still fire it up sometimes just to listen to the music…

Archebius
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Archebius

Tsiya This is the saddest story on this page.

Archebius
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Archebius

starcallerasterei I’d like to say that I’ve never experienced that kind of petty dislike, but I was once at a guy’s house when he was making pancakes… and he gave everyone pancakes by name except me… and then when no one wanted any more he dumped it out rather than make me one.