The Daily Grind: Do you track your character goals in MMOs?

    
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Goal: murder.

The second Final Fantasy XIV expansion is just around the corner, if “just around the corner” means “a few months away” for you. Me? I’m already planning. I’m getting characters leveled who need levels, plotting out who’s going to need what. One of my alts is getting as much stuff unlocked as possible, as she’s already into Heavensward content, but I’m saving the actual MSQ for Red Mage. Another is being pushed hard to 50 to unlock Samurai as soon as it’s available. I’m stocking up on upgrades, earning gil, and generally preparing.

And everything goes onto the master spreadsheet I use to track all of my character goals. Yes, I have a spreadsheet. It’s helpful.

Not everyone needs a spreadsheet, of course; I think that having one may mark me as some sort of ultra-nerd. (You know, aside from the “writing about MMOs” part of my life.) But I know there are other people who do form elaborate and in-depth plans about what to do with characters moving forward. Other people just sort of do whatever and make up a plan after the fact. So what about you, dear readers? Do you track your character goals in MMOs? Do you have a spreadsheet, a list of things you want to accomplish, or neither of the above?

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Adri

I love Excel Sheets and Gantt Charts :) That’s all I gonna say

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Mattaui

Still working my way through FFXIV with one character. I had a couple of alts but I left them behind once I realized how long it was going to take me to get anywhere with just one character.

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Mr Poolaty

I was there like that for ffxi I just haven’t gotten there yet for ffxiv…

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Estranged

I play video games like a day trader.

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Vexia

No, as much as I have goals and ambitions in my MMOs, I don’t keep track of my progress like that. I just kind of go with whatever goal I have the most desire to pursue at the time, and I am very fickle in what those goals can be. They change quite often. It can be a bit exhausting, but making my leisure time so structured sounds like it would be even more exhausting for me.

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Jokerchyld

Spreadsheets? to play a game? Wow :) I kinda just logon and run in a direction. I track what I’m working if its upgrading gear, getting some type of trophy item for my house or improving crafting. Not many MMOs allow me to play that way though (which makes me a sad panda).

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Oleg Chebeneev

Leveling 39 twink on Anathema (Elysium) private server since action at 29 dried out and 39 has tons of horde twinks. Need to plan alot of stuff:
1. How to level him the quickest route.
2. Which gear is BiS (best in slot).
3. What talents to choose. This one is actually tough since many options for priest and respecs are costly.
4. Level engineering and get all the trinkets and toys.
5. Get ready for premades preparing all necessary consumables.

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imayb1

For me, I think it’s the alt-holism that causes lists to spawn. Once I have more than a half dozen characters, lists become an important way for me to keep track of who has what gear, crafting level, story/campaign progression, etc. I also like to list goal guidelines– they may be short-term or long-term, and I can ignore them if I feel like doing something else for a while, but it helps me keep in mind something I’m trying to work toward.

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threeknee

Had to have a spreadsheet for crafting research in ESO, because keeping track of that is otherwise impossible. Other than that, not something I do.

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Jeff

If I’m not mistaken there are a couple decent addons for that, you might want to check out minion.