There has never yet been an MMO expansion for a game I’m playing that has not prompted an elaborate plan to prepare from me. Usually they’re even plans that I get wrapped up faster than expected and then get more done. Before World of Warcraft’s second expansion I started my now-longstanding habit of tracking everything via spreadsheet, resulting in going into Wrath of the Lich King with a small army of characters with plenty of money, bags, and prepwork completed. Now as I’m two months out from the third Final Fantasy XIV expansion, I’ve already completed so many of my prep projects that I’m busy coming up with new ones, which I am also ahead on.
The bright side is that I do not want for things to do as the expansion approaches. The down side is, well, it’s a lot of work done for what is, ultimately, a game. For some people, the fun is showing up on day one and enjoying all the new stuff, not in doing elaborate preparations ahead of time. And I think both are fully valid approaches. So how much preparation do you do for big MMO updates?