The Daily Grind: Which MMO projects have been unexpectedly easy?

    
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Wow, that just happened.

For ages, I dreaded the fact that the perfect rifle for my Hunter’s look in World of Warcraft would require running Trial of the Champion. I had no idea how hard it would be to handle the jousting solo, and the thought of that alone and drop rates kept me away from it for the longest time. But finally, yesterday, I took a deep breath and went in, knowing at least Legacy mode would make it a little easier. It was still going to be a challenge, but… wait, did I just get that within three runs? Without anything being more than mildly annoying?

Yes, we all remember the projects that turned out to be far harder than we hoped, but we don’t put in enough memory for the things that are much easier than planned. When you expect a crafting project to be a nail-biting thing in Final Fantasy XIV when it’s actually just a quickly finished event. Or when you get nervous about fitting a new ship in Star Trek Online only to find you already have most of what you need and the last piece is easily gotten. So what about you? Which MMO projects have been unexpectedly easy for you?

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rafael12104

Oh yes. Getting a Legendary weapon in Blade and Soul, now as opposed to year one.

After launch, it wasn’t hard to cap. Just follow the story. It wasn’t that hard to get the gear you need to run dungeons. A little farming required. So, getting a legendary, following the given scale may take a little more time, and maybe some good rng rolls, but it should be doable, right?

Freaking hell. That is what it was. Lol. So, there were no evil mechanics such as your weapon breaking during an upgrade. Oh, nothing like that. It was much more insidious than that. Your crafting proficiency had to be at the highest level and the mats required were from the top tier dungeons. But here is the kicker. It was tiered. That is, you grind and craft only to move through tiers of MATS.

Well, I won’t belabor the description. Needless to say, the closer the finish line seemed the further away it was.

Playing every day, crafting and farming dungeons etc, I achieved my first legendary weapon in about 1 year. That is one year of dedication. Man, was I proud! Lol.

These days players get their first legendary as a quest reward for leveling to cap, Easy Peasy. Lol! I’m not bitter though. But every once in a while I will yell “GET OFF MY LAWN!” in chat or whatever is handy.

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xpsync

Well straight back to therapy for me, thanks for the reminder! Thought i finally moved on from that. Why did i stop playing again, lol. /jk

Hands down the BNS story was top shelf in any media, movies, books, games.

– and what is your name little one? Ji… Ji… Jinsoyun

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Dug From The Earth

Getting the black lightning cloud serpent mount from timeless isles from the Pandaria expansion.

From everything I had heard, people had farmed him 100+ times, many still not getting the drop. Him being on a 30-45 min respawn timer only made matters worse.

Got him on the 3rd kill.

(funny enough, my son tried after me, and got him on the 1st kill, and then went on to kill one of the rare triceratop troll mount guys and get the triceratop mount on the first kill as well.)

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camren_rooke

Players plan, rngesus lols.

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Ironwu

Because of the way I play, Legion flight and Legion allied races were dirt simple. I had pretty much completed all the requirements for flight except for a few days of faction dailies. Allied races were done except for their activation quests.

I can see how folks that had not completed the content and done at least some gearing by way of dailies (especially Emissary quests) would see it as a grind. Sometimes it pays to not blast through to raiding and end-game stuff. :)

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Schmidt.Capela

When achievements were first added to WoW I immediately got most Cartographer and Loremaster achievements just by logging into the game; my style of play can be described as “no stone unturned, no quest left behind”.

Ironically my drive to explore is a big part of why I can’t stand slow travel. From the second time onward going again through a pace means there’s nothing new for me to see, as I already saw and experienced everything my first time through.

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Ironwu

Yes, after the first time through, the content can get to be somewhat mind-numbing. Thank goodness they made flight acquisition account wide! :)

I did Cartographer and Loremaster when they first came out as well. While I was doing the content for the first time too. That was a hoot. Having to go into enemy cities for the Cartographer. Loremaster was something else back then as well. Had to get EVERY quest in the zone, including breadcrumb and drop quests! Not for the easily frustrated, for sure.

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Schmidt.Capela

I can’t think of one.

I’m the kind of person that fully research something (and often even prepares spreadsheets for tracking the effort) before I start doing anything in-game I expect to be a major effort, so the only way some long-term project is going to be unexpectedly easy is if there’s RNG involved and the RNG favors me.

When it comes to RNG, though, I tend to forget the times when the RNG favors me and only remember the times when it held me back. It’s a big part of why I tend to not even start any kind of grind where the result depends on RNG; if I get a good result the feeling in the end is at best neutral, if I get a bad one it becomes incredibly frustrating. In fact, if anything I need to progress (or otherwise want strongly enough) is locked behind a RNG grind without any provided method to bypass the RNG I tend to just stop playing.

I guess I’m the exact opposite of a gambling addict; where a lot of people find that adding random chance to rewards makes it more exciting, for me it just makes the whole experience that much worse with absolutely no upside.

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xpsync

ofc you always remember the bad rng runs, you end up spending so much time farming.

Warframe; spent days farming Juggernauts trying to get a Pherliac BP to drop. A friend in the clan here’s about this, says he will help, brings his Nekros, no lie first run it dropped. That really leaves you wondering, did i just waste several days? should i have leveled up a Nekros instead?

tbh though i really enjoyed farming that jug, it was a good challenge. So much so after i got the bp, i was temporarily at a l loss of what to do when i logged into Warframe, lol.

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Schmidt.Capela

It’s not just the time wasted. I often know the drop chance (or whichever approximation of it the community came to), and I’ve known enough math and statistics to make sense of them since I was a small child (and more so after the extensive statistics course that was part of my degree), so whenever something over which I don’t have control takes more attempts than average I start getting really frustrated. As getting frustrated isn’t something I enjoy while gaming I simply never go for any reward that involves RNG.

This is not to say I don’t do content with random rewards; the difference, though, is that I do said content for the joy of doing the content itself while pretending any random reward doesn’t exist at all, and immediately stop playing it after I got my fill of the content regardless of which potential rewards are left to “earn” (as in, gamble my time for).

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xpsync

Trust me i was feeling the OMFG!!! ARE YOU F’ING SERIOUS!!! DROP FFS. haha :)

At first getting a Jug to spawn at all was a thing, then figured out the tricks and became a master at spawning it, nearly 100% of the time, then the real farming started, over, and over, and over, and over, day after day, and i had read that bringing a nekro or using a nekro would help. But come on, very first run pls, that was likely to a punch in the gut. oof

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Carebear

I remember in Aion when I wanted to do the Daevation Set. For people that dont know, you had to reach level 30 with 5 different class and once you had all 5 pieces of the set, a new quest poped up to get a weapon. This set, apart from beautiful it could get you up to ~45 if you enchanted it and put stones on it.

A friend of mine told me its a hell of a work to do for a level 30 set and that even when I get all 5 pieces the weapon quest is a hell lot of a grind etc.. So I stepped in, prepared for the worst! But it was much easier than my friend told me! The leveling to 30 was very enjoyable (and mostly pvp free) and was having fun experimenting with all the different classes.

The weapon quest itself was a “grindy” one but not how it was described to be (in fact I did it twice, for a second weapon for my assassin :P )

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Robert Mann

Hunting, low flying birds, and KCD? Heavy.

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rafael12104

LOL! Love the Quest completed “Bard in the Hand”.

This one is going in the archive. Heh.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

bird , my good sir. pulled from a Kingdom Come: Deliverance quest if i did my homework right..

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Utakata

After reaching lv 120 (WoW). I thought I was going to die after every second pull ’til I’m geared, where some went on about it. I can least attest from the anecdotal, that doesn’t seem to be the case whatsoever, lol. Then again, it could be the class/spec I am playing is better suited for the sudden difficulty curve when reaching said level. Hence, the subject of today’s DG. :)

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Robert Mann

The only things that aren’t already easy, and end up easy, are really just RNG. For me, most of the games aim at too much immediate return, mixed with too much grind once you hit ‘endgame’. If they could balance things to a more moderate pace for it all…

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Person Dude

Decided to get the blue proto-drake in WoW and it dropped first attempt.

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camren_rooke

Isn’t that the random drop from the flying mob in Wotlk? I could never find that guy.

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Daniel Reasor

The rep grinds to unlock the allied races in WoW’s “Legion” expansion. People complained about that one for months on the forums. I knocked it out in weeks.