The Daily Grind: How far behind are you in your MMO’s main storyline?

    
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From LOTRO to FFXIV, from Guild Wars 2 to SWTOR, the backbone of the modern solo MMORPG experience is the main storyline. And whether you call it the “epic story” or “MSQ,” chances are that you’ve yet to fully catch up to the most recent chapter that the devs have added.

Oh, maybe you’re on top of things, but from many comments that I’ve observed among the community and in the MOP office, there are plenty of us who’ve yet to fully summit this content mountain that seems to be growing taller every month. We say things like “still working on that story!” as if we have the most bizarre job in the world… and maybe we do.

So ‘fess up: How far behind are you in your MMO’s main storyline? Do you have just one or two things left to do, or will you need to spend the summer plugging away just to catch up?

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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Freddy

I got to level 110 in WoW before letting my sub run out. I didn’t even finish the main story. I last october I logged in, got hooked again and bought BfA. Mistakes were made. The repetitive “go to your class hub and do these missions” made me leave. Obviously you grind in WoW, but warfronts/garrisons/class halls feel too much like a minigame to me.

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MurderHobo

I have a friend who ‘gifts’ me the WoW expansions and makes me play, but we stalled out about 3 levels in. It’s just so hard to care about BfA, particularly after I couldn’t be assed to finish the previous expansion. The narrative has gone stale. Finished the Zandalar quest line and that’s hopefully all I’m asked to do.

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Gildersleeve

I think the zone stories (at least for alliance side), alongside the music and art design, are the best parts of BFA. It was at level 120 that the failure of the new systems took over from the initial glow of exploration and fell flat. The overall story including the war campaign is poorly told and doesn’t even have a lead up on the alliance side. So I agree in part about the narrative and completely about not having a desire to continue on.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Never played anything beyond MoP in retail WoW. So pretty far behind >.<

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MassivelyMacD

The list of open quests in my Warframe account is empty. Keep ’em coming.

Apart from that I made the tactical mistake to discover Grim Dawn. Now excuse me, I have things to slay…

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Jim Bergevin Jr

Still haven’t completed the Eye of the North storyline in Guild Wars. I still have a few of the primary quests left, so that puts me about 12 years behind, right?

Truth be told, I still haven’t defeated Werdna in the original Wizardry yet, so I’m about, what, 37 years behind on that one.

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Dilly Dolly

No, so far, I started too late like 7 years behind.

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Anton Mochalin

MMOs are about worlds, not stories. I haven’t finished core Tyria personal story in GW2, I didn’t do any quests after The War Within in Warframe’s main storyline. When Wildstar was going to shut down I tried to visit as many places as possible and totally forgot about Drusera vs Entity main story which I didn’t finish as well. Story is just a “minigame” inside an MMO, like fishing or player housing.

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I’ve switched back to FFXIV after a several year break, so I haven’t done any of the expansions, yet. I ended up deciding to roll an alt, so I could go through the main story line again, which just put me back to square one (but I’ve almost caught up to my first character).

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smuggler-in-a-yt

Somewhere along the way I think I lost track of how far behind I am. The one thing that annoys me to no end is when the game changes and you can’t actually do the story anymore (*ahem*Blizzard*ahem*).

FOMO is a terrible way to treat a paying customer. I sort of understand why they do it, but it’s a shame to miss so much.

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blah blazh

Does ESO have a main storyline? The main game certainly does but with the DLC, it seems very silo oriented. Anyway, I’ve done most of the main storys in that game and Orsinium still has the best main story in the game.

I’m all caught up with GW2. It’ll be interesting to see where it goes from here. This past living story chapter seems to have a finality about it.

Those two are about the only MMO’s that I play nowadays. I generally enjoy the stories in both of those games but I think both of them really shine in their world building and lore rather than story.

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hurbster

Morrowind, Clockwork City and Summerset had a contiguous storyline, with hints being dropped at the end of Orsinium. This year is all about cats and dragons.

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blah blazh

And Lizards yes? with Murkmire