The Daily Grind: How do you handle MMO alts when new content releases?

    
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For those of you who only play one and just one character in any given MMO, today’s discussion is probably not for you. But for the rest of us who nurture and engage with a flock of alts, it can be a challenge when new content — whether it be a story scenario, update, or expansion — lands on the server.

How do you handle this? I used to focus solely on a single character until I finished up most of the new content and then would move on to other alts, although lately I’ve changed to more of a rotational model to give each character equal time spread out over multiple nights.

Do you go a step further with this and use spreadsheets and tracking charts, even? Let’s strategize together today!

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imayb1

I’ve always struggled to pin down a ‘main’ character; I love all my alts. Generally, I play whichever class I’m in the mood to play. For new content, I tend to pick one I’m enjoying and play through. Then, if a friend wants me to accompany their play through, I’ll grab an alt to do it a second time. If new content falls in a zone where I have a character parked, I may just play that character for convenience’s sake.

Since I do have a lot of characters, I keep spreadsheets to keep track of what story content each has completed and what zones they’ve explored.

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Maggie May

In ESO I started new characters in MorrowInd and Summerset , I like the fact that these toons aren’t run through the old beginning content. And since the areas are lvl synced, it works.

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Fervor Bliss

Get the “gatherer” to run around pick up stuff and start crafting. Learn the maps. (let the devs bug hunt) When the rest of the posse comes to the game, will start doing the story with them. Usually a lower level alt.

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Paragon Lost

I tend to focus on just a two or three when new content comes out until they hit the new cap, get geared up etc. Then once they’re all set up I’ll add one alt and then another alt over time until I’ve gotten them all where I want again.

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anarres

One toon is main at any given time, so that’s what I play through the content at any pace I feel inclined to. Later, I’ll likely do stuff with others, and then, if it feels fun, level some of them too.

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Goettel

In GW2 I usually finish new content on one character only, since there’s no level cap increases and the important unlocks (e.g. mounts) are account wide. I might run part of the new content on an alt for specific rewards (mostly skins), but only if I enjoyed it first time round. I usually hate alting in MMOs because of level cap raises, the obligatory level grind and instant worthlessness of all gear I’ve grinded previously.

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Utakata

With lowbies, I put hem on ice until I get tired of the new content and/or just want a break.

With highbies, I rotate them around to see which I am having the most fun with, then I go for the golden pigtail with them from there.

…suffice to say, I am in no rush to “faceroll with 3 buttons” my way to max level. Mainly because I would find it difficult to contort my big face to hit tiny hotkeys on a qwerty keyboard in such a manner. It would seem much easier to relax and enjoy what the leveling experience it has in it’s fullest instead. But I think I am digressing here… o.O

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rafael12104

If they can run the new content they get in line behind my main and each will run through mill in succession.

If they are lowbies… they sit in the waiting room like in

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NeoWolf

I level them all together incrementally usually. I’ll either reach a level benchmark or complete a zone and then switch to the next and rinse and repeat. In this way all my characters tend to be within a level or two of each other so if I do need or want to group I have plenty of options.

Doing it this way also allows me to raise all my crafting skills together and also provide relevant loot amongst all my characters as needed because they are all finding things the others can use.

On the whole it makes being a self supporting alt-o-holic very efficient ;)

Indeed, the only time this changes is if a game releases a new species or class or gives us extra slots at which point I will conceptualise and create a new character and speed level them up to the others specifically.

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IronSalamander8 .

They wither on the vine for a time as I focus on one character. Like right now in WoW my goblin warlock is 112 and I haven’t even logged into my alts yet.