The Daily Grind: What’s your underdog MMO?

It’s easy to take pot shots at Champions Online these days, what with Cryptic hyping up its duration after years of stagnant development. But I’ve also been reading testimonies here and there from people who genuinely love the title and still have fun with it.

That reminded me that we all have our underdog MMOs. These aren’t titles on the top 10 lists of popularity and discussion, yet we still love them anyway. Maybe they have that spark of something special that only a few of us have seen, or perhaps we cherish them despite their flaws. I still carry a weird torch for Fallen Earth, even though it has settled into obscurity and hasn’t done much for years now.

What’s your underdog MMO? Which title do you secretly love and proudly support even though it’s not as cool and trendy as some others?

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artur_iv

The Secret World by far, damm i miss this game so much :'(

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Bruno Brito

Interesting given that my “underdogs” mmos are the ones i’m playing the most: Fallen Earth and Everquest 2. Finished the betrayal questline on my Halfling Paladin and made him a Shadowknight.

Hype.

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Jeromai _

I carry weird little torches for weird little MMO-likes that don’t copy the standard MMO formula of quests and holy trinities and instead go off in completely new directions with unique systems and stress cooperation more than competition or killing-others-PvP.

On the list: A Tale in the Desert, Spiral Knights, Puzzle Pirates, Realm of the Mad God.

If only I had the time to play them. Don’t really want to support in a monetary sense something one isn’t currently playing, but I always feel like checking them out again someday when I have the time.

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Tamanous

Back in the day it always seemed to be a Super Hero MMORPG. First CoX then CO. But then CoX vanished and CO failed to reach it’s content scope and turned into a loot box game on life support.

So nothing … I currently have nothing. Not even a primary game atm. lol

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Minimalistway

Any MMO without combat .. that the first thing comes to my mind, like Ever Jane mentioned below, also Myst Online which i’m hoping it’ll get a new chance with the huge successes of Myst Kickstarter.

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Fervor Bliss

Ever, Jane a social game MMO. A mmo that has people talking to each other, not killing each other and taking their stuff Will it last in 2018?

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Oleg Chebeneev

Ever, Carebear

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Sally Bowls

In the past, I would have mentioned LotRO but Justin has persuaded me that I shall probably never return.

So I guess I would say SWTOR.

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Tamanous

Lotro was always temping to return to. But, all I have to remind myself of is it’s conversion to F2P and uber cash shop influence and I am reminded why I never want to return to a shell of a game it once was.

Now that I think of it, Lotro would likely benefit massively by starting some no cash shop influenced “legacy’ish” servers. There would be a more than enough players to make some very socially strong servers.

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Armsman

Overall (although they occasionally do stuff that I groan at) – Star Trek Online. I guess I’m just a huge Star Trek fan (mostly TOS though); and once they did their “Agents of Yesterday” and I got my 23c. TOS character and a T6 TOS Connie, it’s the one MMO I still log into somewhat regularly.

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A Dad Supreme

Ship of Heroes.

It was last out of the gate regarding the City of Heroes clones, but it’s the one that seems to have not squandered resources and goodwill. It’s moving with a measure pace with easy-to-follow progress which seems to far exceed what all the other CoH clones put together. Even the crazy concept of a “ship” is at least different as well.

I’m not supporting it financially because I didn’t care much for CoH, but I do secretly hope they are the “winner” of the coming Clone Wars.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Dunno if it counts but Project Ascension (custom WoW server) got me addicted again after server was merged and population is great again. In the last 1.5 years Ive spend my MMO time mostly there.

Also Discworld MUD. Its amazing what can be achieved purely with texts. I return to it frequently even tho my sessions arent long while breaks are.

Also Age of Conan. You barely hear about it anymore but I still enjoy it in small portions.

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Bruno Brito

Good luck with PA. Pretty bs when you get to late game.

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Oleg Chebeneev

what u mean?