The Daily Grind: How do you solve a problem like Maria (in MMOs)?

    
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OK, so there’s no Maria, but I’m pretty sure everyone has that one guildie who is basically a goofball, screw-around, flibbertigibbet Leeroy. And yes that’s how you spell flibbertigibbet. I looked it up!

My guild has a guy — no names because I adore him anyway, and he knows who he is — who is famously fond of stopping a whole raid dead in its tracks by jumping into lava just to see what happens. I was in World of Warcraft one time helping his character and AFKed while following him to go make tea… only to come back and find he’d run me off a cliff in Horde territory. (I deserved it, he joked later, because I copped to boiling my tea water in the microwave. This is apparently a serious offense in England.)

But that time he took his mage and rushed straight into a raid boss to pull it, forcing us to abandon our carefully laid plans and wing it? I was laughing, I admit, but some of our more uptight raiders weren’t amused.

Does your guild have a Maria/Leeroy, and how do you keep him or her in check, enjoying the antics and spontaneous fun without going totally bonkers? How do you convince a prankster guildie to take anything seriously in a video game?

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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MKlwr

That’s half my guild!
We don’t worry about it most of the time. When it’s time to get serious, we get serious.

Best was one of the first times we ran a trial in ESO (before they changed them to normal/vet modes), and we were in Aetherian Archive, got past the second boss and were at a set of teleport pads waiting for someone to come back from afk.

Someone decided to try to jump back from the platform we were on to the lower platform and failed and died. About half the group decided to try as well (and most failed) until we pointed out that we could only have a max of 72 deaths in the trial. :-P

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Estranged

Stop them? I join them!

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Space Captain Zor

The best shinanigans are innocent/harmless shinanigans. My favorite is to yoink my tank backwards right as they are about to pull or jump off a ledge with those “rescue” abilities :P

what is NOT good is turning your healer into a bunny rabbit that can’t cast spells right after a boss gets pulled -_-

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Fervor Bliss

I do not know how you solve the problem of “Uptight raiders”, Marie does not seem like a problem to me.

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Rolan Storm

This.

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mistressbrazen

I’ve played with this kind of person! If I am not time pressured, I don’t mind a little fun while raiding. After all, are we really playing if we take ourselves too seriously? On the other hand, if I am short on time and really need to get an objective accomplished in that compressed period of time, I just won’t group up with that person on that occasion.

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Witches

That doesn’t even make sense, why not just use hot water from the tap instead?

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BalsBigBrother

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starbuck1771

You get a like just for the Castle gif :P

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Minimalistway

I would not try to convince them, the world need more people like that! i’ll admit i do some of this stuff but never in a group, usually i try stuff on my own, games meant to be fun, so why so serious? if it does not hurt people then i’m ok with it.

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Modrain

Most likely a cultural difference, but I barely ever come accross such people, and when I do, they usually have already acquired a reputation as trolls, even when there is no malice in their behaviour. Thankfully, you don’t need them to be able to goof off, and you even have the extra ability of also being able to be serious when needed, in the respect of everyone’s time.

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Utakata

…this is one of those “there’s a fine line between clever and stupidity” topics. o.O

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thirtymil

Yep, and sometimes it’s all in the delivery.

We had a guy in our guild once who was a taxi driver and casually announced to an entire raid that he wouldn’t take blacks. He was joking (as anyone who knew him would have known), but he killed the entire teamspeak channel stone dead. Perfect timing, perfect deadpan delivery – but so soooo close to being an unmitigated guild-destroying disaster.

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CthulhuDawg

I’ve never met a flibbertigibbet while playing MMOs. However I’ve met my fair share of Will O’Wisps and Clowns.