The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG offers the best farming and gardening experience?

    
33

Not gonna lie, I really like farming in MMOs. No, not the grindy kind of farming, just the actual process of farming crops on a farm or gardening a plot. Ironically, my favorite MMO of all time, Star Wars Galaxies, took farming to mass-production levels, so my harvesters are as I type this hungrily farming up grains and fruits for me while I’m not even in the game. But that doesn’t scratch my farming itch – there’s nothing organic or nature-y about that.

Lately I’ve been playing Villagers & Heroes, which has a small gardening system whereby you can plant crops. But as in something like FarmVille, you plant them and walk away, which helps to reduce how fast you can grind and how many crops are entering the game – but also gets a bit boring in between. World of Warcraft’s farms were similar, but the variety and associated quests kept me more engaged. Lord of the Rings Online’s farming might be a favorite of mine, but it absolutely requires nearly full attention while you’re actually tending plots. Ultima Online has a fabulous gardening system complete with cross-breeding and decoratives and rares (of course it does!). Trove, meanwhile, just got gardening in its last expansion and is still waiting on me to go play around with it.

Which MMORPG offers the best farming and gardening gameplay experience in your opinion? Where would you recommend I go to farm if I’m looking for that true farming feel rather than the chintzy FarmVille spam/pay-to-win feel?

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!
newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
Reader
Jake Tonatos

I love Archeage potato farming :D

Reader
George

Lotro farming is surely my favorite one since I always found it relaxing.

Reader
Ken Mitchell

I like both Eco, and Project Gorgon’s systems.

I find Eco’s interesting in the way they incorporate temperature, moisture and nurtrients.

I like how playing music in Project Gorgon can potentially increase the yields – and the more musicians the better overall for everyone within earshot.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
thalendor

The one where you farm by going all murder-hobo on every plant in sight? Oh, wait, that’s almost all of them. ;-P

Reader
Noyjitat

I have a hard time imagining anything beating blackdesert for actual farming. Im an swg fan and love setting up harvesters but that aint farming lol.

Wildstar had an interesting system in it too but its too hazy for me to remember how it worked exactly.

Reader
Brian Rigg

Doesn’t black desert online have a form of farming?

Reader
Patreon Donor
Damon Anderson

Albion Online has cool farming which is not grindy. When you buy a private island you get farming plots for resources which can be used for crafting professions as well as for raising animals for mounts etc. Its a great way to make a mostly passive income in the game, as well as getting resources you need for skilling up without having to buy them, or you can sell what you dont need on the auction house. Its cool, check it out.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Patreon Donor
zoward

I’m trying hard to appreciate thenew gardening system in Trove but it’s not clicking with me – the whole “come back in 14 hours and water these plants before they die on you” thing is just not fun for me. I liked LotRO‘s system, where you can farm continuously until you’re done – no time-gates.

Mewmew
Reader
Mewmew

Actually the game you mention, Villagers & Heroes, that has a really decent gardening and farming system.

A mobile MMORPG you guys have mentioned here, Tales of Wind, has a really cool and awesome detailed farming system better than almost any game I can think of, it’s the best part about the entire game. The rest of the game I don’t really like so much but the farming/ranching system there is top-notch. It’s super fast growing too so if you wait around you can keep taking part and opening up more systems as the farm experience grows, but again it’s on mobile so you have to like playing on a smaller screen and the rest of the game experience is very much what most people think of when they think mobile MMORPG.

Wurm online obviously has detailed farming. Mabinogi was supposed to be great for all that life skill stuff but I never played it enough to really get into it. Something about the combat just didn’t sit well with me and the whole thing about the game being generations ahead of where it started and stuff when I like to see the whole story was all weird too. I found the inventory system to be difficult to manage, etc, but now I’m getting off – I simply never got into it much but I know it’s supposed to be good at things like that :P

Mewmew
Reader
Mewmew

Oh wait yes, when I wrote this there was a game I was trying to remember and couldn’t think of the name of and then I had to go. Now i remember, it’s Albion Online.

Albion Online has a fairly decent farming and ranching system as well. I just didn’t really enjoy the rest of the game that much so didn’t stick around, but I always meant to return one day and see if things had changed up or not.

Reader
Utakata

Can’t say I have a green thumb (or pigtail for that matter)…

…but I really got into Halfhill Farm back in MoP (WoW). o.O