The Daily Grind: What limitations do you place on alts in an MMO?

    
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The Daily Grind: What limitations do you place on alts in an MMO?

It’s really silly to have alts in Final Fantasy XI or Final Fantasy XIV. I do. I actually have several. The one saving grace I have in this context is that I do have limitations regarding what those alts can do. My alts in FFXI, for example, have exactly one job and one subjob leveled, just to maintain my sanity. There’s more than enough game to play with just that amount of progress.

This is not altogether unusual for me; in World of Warcraft, for example, most of my alts don’t bother with serious reputation grinds so long as there are ways to exist without them, and more involved quests or projects are limited to my mains. But I also know that some people will try to do nearly everything on every alt, however exhausting it might be. So what about you, dear readers? What limitations do you have on alts in MMOs? Or do you just limit yourself to one character and spare yourself the consideration in the first place?

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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Brazen Bondar

I’m not an altaholic. In a game where you don’t need one, I don’t have them, only had one character in TSW. In other games, you may need them for buffs – Ananchy Online, so there I did have one alt in each of the professions. You had to level them to get the good buffs. In Second Life I had an alt. But that one had strict rules. The two avatars did not interact in the same space and had different groups of friends. They were so separate that when I ran into someone I knew on the other avatar, I literally did not recognize them. A friend I knew IRL had to message me and tell me I already knew that person under my other character. We laughed for a while about that. In my mind I had completely separated the two lives.

IN SWTOR, of course, you want to do the character story for each of the eight, But I usually skip the plant arc on alts and for most I skipped KOTFE and KOTET. No need to repeat that mess on non force characters. Not all of them do the rotational specials like Bounty Contract week either. Although SWTOR has many achievements to unlock, I don’t feel compelled to unlock them, and surely NOT on multiple characters.

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Toy Clown

Largely, alts I create only have specific purposes that rarely involves playing them. FFXIV alts were for RP only. ESO alts are for crafting writs only. BDO alts were for farming energy. SWGL is the only game where I play my alts regularly and have them set-up or in the process of setting them. Each has a double function that allows me access to a portion of the game and are also used as RP alts.

In all but one MMO do I actually play my alts.

The Weeb formerly known as Sray
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The Weeb formerly known as Sray

I keep them away from water and sunlight. I also never feed them after midnight.

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Carlo Lacsina

When it comes to BDO alts I don’t usually invest any money towards extra inventory slots and weight, but I have been prone to spending $30 or so on an outfit for a character that I’m going to use for a few hours and then never go back to.

Yeah, it’s probably a waste of money but I’m glad I have the outfit. Just in case you know?

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johnwillo

I’m a completest with my mains (with the proviso that I hate dungeons/raids and usually skip them), my alts do the parts of the game that I most enjoyed leveling my mains.

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Minimalistway

If i can do it in one character then i don’t repeat it with another, reputation grind in WoW is perfect example, questing and exploring too, my main have exploring achievement and hopefully this year the Loremaster title, i won’t repeat that on alts.

In FFXIV i saw there is no need to make alts, even if it was my only game.

In SWTOR i didn’t level my Jedi something (i forgot the spec!) beyond the class storyline, my main do everything, alts are needed for class storyline.

So it depends on the game design.

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Bryan Correll

I don’t have alts. I do, however, tend to have a large roster of mains.

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squid

I don’t play alts at all, with the exceptions of a box shaman in EQ1 and some crafting alts in UO/LoA (due to skill caps). Time spent playing an alt is time not spent improving my main.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Well, Ive played WoW in ironman mode. Here are just a few restrictions among others: cant use gear higher than basic “grey” type, cant choose any talents, cant use any potions or elixirs, cant use auction house, cant choose professions. If you die no matter how = character deleted.

Ive played quite a few games in permadeath mode, modded Skyrim being my favourite for this type of gameplay. Changes the feeling drastically