The Daily Grind: Do you have an MMO gaming schedule?

    
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When it comes to trying to figure out how to juggle multiple MMORPGs, I’ve experimented with many approaches. I’ve gone with the “whatever I feel like that night” angle, which is find except that it tends to over-favor one title in practice. Currently I’m rotating through games every 45 minutes, which allows for enough progress spread through three or so games a night.

But there have been periods of my life where I’ve developed a gaming schedule, giving certain titles their own dedicated nights. For example, I might map out four nights for four specific MMOs, then the fifth is set aside for single-player fun, and finally the weekend is reserved for whatever the heck I want to play.

Do you have — or have you ever had — an MMO gaming schedule? How did that work out for you?

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Vaeris
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Vaeris

Nope. Never. Since 1997 I have only ever played one MMORPG at a time. If I felt I wanted to play something more than what I was currently playing it was time to leave the current one behind.

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Sorenthaz

Nah. Not unless there’s multiple events going on. Though even then it’s a loose schedule at best, i.e. “I’ll play X to do event stuff when I’m not playing Y with a friend”

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NeoWolf

Schedules… lol, yeah, NO.

I’m a full time carer so my life is as unscheduled as they come. I am only needed when I’m needed and not when I’m not, and I have ZERO way of predicting any of that.

So when I’m not, I game.. that can be any day and at any time day or night (mostly early hours my time, making me more amenable to US play times than EU generally, but not always..) I cannot therefore “plan” or “schedule” anything without HEAPS of pre-warning.

I am the guy that you can be playing with and then literally without word goes silent and absent for hours with no warning because of the nature of my work. When I’m needed I do not have the luxury of taking time to explain WHY first, to make others happy.. I just don’t.

Those who know me and with whom I’ve gamed with for a long time know that and make allowances, and don’t get peeved when it happens. But those I don’t or havent gamed with before or PUG with.. less understanding (understandably) and quick to get salty about it and just assume im a flake or time waster.. *sigh*.

Hence why I mostly solo :)

And I don’t schedule what I am doing in game when I am playing for the same reason.

So schedules… not so much, no lol

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Schmidt.Capela

I make schedules and spreadsheets for many things, but this isn’t one of them; my decision on what to play (or, more accurately, what to entertain myself with) is a moment-to-moment one based on my whims.

If this means a game goes unplayed for a long time, no biggie.

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Favorite quote: “How do you kill that which has no life?”

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Pandalulz

No. I do have a spreadsheet of backlog games that I want to play eventually, but I don’t hold myself to any actual time schedule. I don’t know what my play time is going to look like until it actually happens.

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Axlatl12

Not really when I have played multiple MMO’s I usually just played the one I was most interested in.

I’m currently following the closest thing to a schedule I can remember and it’s for playing WoW. I’m playing my Horde characters one day and the Alliance the next been doing it since about a week after launch and finding it quite effective and entertaining:)

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Christhulhu

I have a few go-to games that I play as the spirit moves me, but my scheduling is wide. I think the only game I return to at a specific time is SWL if I happened to have lapsed, around Halloween. Because of course.

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I normally focus on one.

It’s what i do in my spare time, normally i have a back up game, for situations like; the day is done time to relax and play, but oh great the servers are down, having a backup game can also help stave off burnout; as in say an in game event happened over the weekend and you played the chit out of it, event is over and you just sit there for a few minutes and say to yourself; i dunno what to go and do, fire up that other game and play with that for a little bit while you think about it.

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Jack Pipsam

I don’t have a schedule for life in general XD