The Daily Grind: Where does your MMO character sit on a D&D alignment chart?

    
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Modern computer roleplaying games — including, yes, MMORPGs — owe a great debt to Dungeons & Dragons for many points of inspiration and design. However, one element from the pen-and-paper game never quite spread throughout most other games, even though it does seem to be popular in memes these days.

Here I’m talking about the famous alignment chart. You know, choosing where your character sits on a three-by-three grid that travels the spectrum from lawful to chaotic and from good to evil. It’s an interesting way to categorize a character’s motivations and personality, and I thought we might have some fun applying it to our MMO characters right now.

Looking at that chart, where does your MMO character sit? Are you playing a lawful goody two-shoes, always trying to do the most virtuous action, or do you have a streak of chaotic nature in you? Perhaps you can’t decide and you’re as neutral as can be. What say you?

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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Vunak23

Chaotic Neutral is where my characters tend to fall. Especially since I like to play characters that have a few loose screws.

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Sarah Cushaway

The only game it’s ever seemed to matter to me was SWTOR, because you’re having to constantly make little dark/light choices. Most other games are far too linear for it to even be a thing (ESO -kind of- has some choices you can make). My SWTOR IA was mostly neutral good–he was doing a bad job the kindest way he possibly could with the least amount of senseless death. Not easy with the Sith breathing down your neck and going apeshit all the time.

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Hikari Kenzaki

I unapologetically play the hero. Hikari is Lawful Good with only the occasional drift toward Neutral Good, usually toward the suggestion of her more pragmatic wife.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Liz has two variations. Her CoH/Secret World version and her Imperial Agent version.

Oddly enough, both tend towards Lawful Neutral, but the Agent’s concept of Law is very different from Superhero Liz.

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John Mynard

Neutral Good. Follow the law, most of the time, except when things need to happen faster than the cops can or will act.

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Maggie May

Chaotic good, I am basically the one who got picked by mistake and is trying to make the best of it while the real heroes are out saving the Princess in the tower while the whole town is going up in flames, and I’m trying to save the peasants and villagers (and giving the finger to authority).

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Rolan Storm

“Awful Evil”, heh. A nice mistype back in the day.

Chaotic Good. Just the way I want it.

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Hirku

My Dragon character in TSW was Chaotic…period.

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NeoWolf

I tend to be somewhere between Neutral Good and Chaotic Good with my characters,

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Fenrir Wolf

Chaotic Good. The invariably variable. The incorrigibly encourageable. The heinous insaneness. The joyous flamboyance. The raucous caucus of die-hard bards (barred from bars both near and far)! The mad tirade, the serenade cavalcade! Theirs is not a quorum of decorum but a forum sanatorium! Those who jest the best at the behest of the rest, the goof troupe!

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Roger Melly

I only played dungeons and dragons for about a year back in my mid 20’s and that was 30 years ago so my memory is somewhat rusty but I would say most of them are chaotic good .

Unless of course you were a member of the horde during the classic , burning crusade and lich king and then I would chaotic evil and so was my Pig .