The Daily Grind: What’s the best MMO daily quest you’ve ever done?

    
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My husband and I are in the process of introducing the concept of household chores to our five-year-old son. Not yet having realized life is basically a never-ending sequence of mundane and tedious chores, the kiddo thinks these chores are amazeballs. He loves running through his little checklist of making his bed and cleaning up his clothes, he loves marking off his accomplishments, and he especially likes getting his reward at the end of the week.

In short, we’ve given him daily quests. And he’s thrilled.

I can’t really recall the first daily quest I ever did in an MMORPG — it was probably Star Wars Galaxies mission terminals back when they were on the 10-per-day-bonus-exp daily timers, but of course it was World of Warcraft that truly made them a thing every online game adds and then repeats and exploits ad nauseam. And I can’t say I’ve ever truly found them entertaining, not the way my son seems to find his new to-do list. I do them sometimes for the shiny at the end, but I kinda wish I could get that “dailies refreshed, yay!” feeling back.

Help a girl out here: What’s the best MMO daily quest you’ve ever done?

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Robert Mann

The best daily quest? I’ll let you know when I find one that doesn’t boil down to killing ten rats or running errands via delivering some item that could be done as well with the in game mail system…

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Mystyrys .

EQ2’s daily Loyalty token quest is a list of things to do you will be doing anyway. Craft some things, do some writs, discover locations, harvest, kill stuff, etc. As a subscriber, you get double tokens. You can spend the tokens on a nice variety of items. Gear, titles, mounts, housing, house decor, etc.

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agemyth 😩

The best dailies are the ones that are rewards for doing things you already want to do every time you log in. Serving the many varieties of player preferences with such a system is difficult.

I really enjoyed World Quests from Legion, but when the carrot at the end of that stick eventually became Legendary item drops or rep rewards for (mostly) the ability to fly in the new zones it felt too important.

I remember Guild Wars 2 handling daily tasks well enough with a variety of ways to achieve the loot at the end. I don’t remember the rewards being very interesting as a casual player, but maybe there was more to it than I knew.

Variety is the spice of doing chores in our video games. Or something.

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Schmidt.Capela

Depends on whether you consider TSW/SWL sidequests to be daily quests or not, as they are all repeatable (I believe every 72 hours for free players, every 8 hours for subscribers). If you do count TSW’s repeatable missions then I would choose, well, not a specific single mission, but the whole set of stealth and solo boss missions; any single repeatable mission would get stale before long, but when you have a MMO’s worth of repeatable missions, you can always find something you feel like playing.

Apart from that, I don’t quite enjoy the very *concept* of daily quests.

If — as is usually the case — the quest is just boring busywork to get some piece of exclusive reward then I will get frustrated with the feeling I need to do them. This goes for every daily quest that is used as a way of gating content, for example.

If the quest itself is enjoyable, the kind I would do just for fun even if it didn’t have rewards, then I will get frustrated at not being able to do it more often. TSW bypasses that by making most of the game repeatable in a way not unlike a humongous set of daily quests, but it’s the only exception I can think of.

Apart from TSW’s handling of side quests, the only situation where I feel daily quests aren’t a bad proposition is when they are used like a catch-up mechanism: when their rewards are something you can obtain in unlimited quantities without doing daily quests, and the daily quests only serve to improve the farming efficiency of players with only a little time to play daily. WoW daily quests were like this when first introduced during BC, just a way to greatly increase how much gold per hour players could get for the first daily hour or so.

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deekay_000

last time i played swg near sunset i rather enjoyed the mission terminals. ofc i didn’t have a raid of people to max them out like back in pre cu days. but they were alot more fun and enjoyable than the typical wow clone dailies we’ve all come to loathe.

probably the worst on the other hand was swtor’s vanilla dailies. idk if because of the cutscenes or the in general poor tuning of the mobs associated with them or what but i really came to hate them fast.

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Darthbawl

When I was that age (you know, a bazillion years ago ROFL), my brother (2 years younger) and I used to earn sticker stars for chores done. We got to put the stars on the sheet on the fridge and we felt really awesome. If we got enough stars during the week, we would get to go to the local Tastee Freeze here in town (no longer around) and get any ice cream treat we wanted. When you are 5’ish and it was like 100+ outside in the summer, that was the bees knees! :P

Bree, I hope your son doesn’t out grow that innocence and sense of accomplishment too soon!

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Anstalt

I can’t remember the last quest I enjoyed, let alone any daily quests!

I did enjoy the terminal quests in SWG, but they were infinitely repeatable and not daily. Same goes with the “Kill X players” type PvP quests.

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Nick Smith

I love the crafting dailies and thieving daily quest in Elder Scrolls Online :)

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Minimalistway

None so far, but i’ll admit, i love fishing dailies in WoW, one of the few quests where you don’t have to to wipe out the wild life to get things done.

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thalendor

There is no daily quest that sticks out to me as the best. There would be, if Blizzard would have made the Gnomebliteration quest (eg. the Gnome bowling quest from Cataclysm) a daily. I would have done that quest every day, just for the sheer joy of it, even without any other reward. I guess that’s why they never made it a daily. :-(