The Daily Grind: When you return to an MMO, do you start over or continue?

    
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Notably after!

Recently I loaded back up Guild Wars 2 after a multi-year absence. While I still have a strong roster of decked-out level 80 characters who haven’t done a single expansion, I decided to ignore all of them in favor of starting up a new toon for a fresh look at the game.

I do this a lot — start over, I mean. It doesn’t always make sense, but I have a harder time reconnecting with old characters than new ones that I make on the spot. And besides, it’s exciting to go through that old journey, build up a character from weenie to warrior, and hopefully continue on to lands that I haven’t seen before.

What about you? When you head back to an MMORPG that you used to play, do you pick up your old characters where they left off… or do you start over?

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Jay Carey

Yes that’s always been a problem of mine not just in MMOs. I find that if I play a game then leave it for a few weeks and then come back not only have I forgotten the Story but also the controls and it’s annoying. Usually easier to just start fresh but with an MMO that can be a bit repetitive given the almost endless nature of the genre. If I keep doing that with an MMO then I’m never going to progress any further than what I’ve already done multiple times lol.

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kjempff

When I return to a mmo, it has been on new servers, so I guess that answers it. One time, though I tried to get back into live eq with an old chracter, but it was just too much to cath up on I guess, so I faded out again.

I just really like to start over and progress through the game, which is probably why I jumped on several progression servers in various mmos, (incl emulators), doing leagues/seasons/ladders in arpgs, even simple games like tower defense I enjoy deleting progress and starting over.
For me, and I know it is not a popular way to enjoy games now, it is actually all about the journey, and when the journey ends (objectively) I also stop playing.

In Warframe I come back frequently and continue, but I wouldn’t really call my warframes characters, or even the game a mmo. I think the reason I keep returning is because Warframe is a game that is constantly changing.

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Dione Marshall

If I leave an MMO for any length of time I lose the “rhythm” of playing my characters. I may try for a short while when I get back then delete my least favorite to make a new concept. Eventually everyone is new, I get too familiar with the missions, and off I go to something else. I was just about to dump DCUO to go back to Guild Wars II But they announced Birds of Prey content in a few weeks so I’ll try to stick around.

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Grim? Darhk

If I only got like halfway to max level, sure. if not, fuck no.

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Ocho

Depends how fast the leveling is in the game. If it’s super fast and characters are super connected, like GW2, I just start over until I figure it out again. However, most games I continue where I left off as I’ve learned over time that relearning combat is easy, but it’s continuing long-term goals that are daunting. For me, what has helped with that is a detailed spreadsheet I use to let me know what I was working on last I played, where to allot points, progress made, etc.

But, like I said, it was a learning process. It took me restarting time and again and realizing how little progress I was making that pushed me to even think of developing the spreadsheet in the first place. Once I did, though, it changed everything. I’ll never go back to the start/stop/restart cycle again, now that I’ve broken it.

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Fenrir Wolf

When I went back to Guild Wars 2 I “started over,” but I did so with a level 80 character in Path of Fire, so I don’t know where that leaves me. My current characters have done the LWS3, LWS4, PoF, and IB content but nothing else. Well, except a little vista running around old world zones I did really like.

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Dean Greenhoe

I have tried both and prefer to just start over. Otherwise I am lost as how to play the characters and try to visit areas I have never been to like with a faction change.

I get tired of the game quickly if it all seems like “I dust did this”. I need so some freshness.

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Carebear

I always have the intention to start over but end up continue with my old character.

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Zero_1_Zerum

I always continue with the same character. I don’t ever use any alts for any of the MMORPGs I’ve played.

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Kero Kero

Assuming I left after being endgame, I tend to start over since normally if I’m coming back it is for a new class or something so it’s just a byproduct of my interests. I tend to back to my previous “main” once I even out to where they were just for the diversity.

This is especially true because if I’m going back to an MMO I’m usually going back with friends who either haven’t played the game or didn’t get very far so we can all kinda start fresh together (with some help from whatever stuff I had on my account before)