The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG sees the most multiboxing as of 2020?

    
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A couple of months ago, I read a post on the Nomadic Gamers, Eh! blog where Stargrace begins her post talking about multboxing in World of Warcraft. And I don’t just mean a little bit of multiboxing; I mean eight accounts. As she notes, she was making tons of gold but not really having fun. “[H]onestly I’m just much happier playing 2-3 characters instead of all 8,” she writes.

I’ve been there. Multiboxing used to be such a way of life in the early days of MMOs. It seemed to me that everyone who could afford it did it, especially in economic sandboxes or grinders where having an instagroup or pocket healer was a huge advantage. I’ve certainly done it myself – and driven myself to boredom and exhaustion.

But it seems like I don’t see it nearly as much as I used to, and it’s not just down to the specific MMOs that I play; several of them make it very easy to play multiple characters at a time (and even have specific rules governing this type of play). Whenever I mention, for example, playing three toons at once in SWG Legends, I more and more often am treated to the digital equivalent of puzzled looks.

So let’s talk about multiboxing: Has multiboxing fallen out of fashion in MMOs? Do you ever do it, and which MMORPG benefits the most from multiboxing?

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kjempff

The only games I multibox are ..

Everquest – Because the game is just way more fun boxing. Though I did a full group on one server, I now find a duo or trio (depending on expansion) more fun and added challenge. I boxed since 2000 and I can not go back; the only time I don’t box in eq is if I rush to 50 on launch day.
I manually control my boxes and never cheat with mq2 & equivalent, and it is still my hope that they will kick mq2 cheaters which will fix almost all of the boxing problems, because most people will not have the skill to 6 box manually, hell some people struggle handling 2 boxes.

Diablo2 – Because it makes muling easy.

In other mmos you need to be much more active and I have not felt the need to box, neither would I be able to handle manually boxing in WoW for example. Ban the people who use cheat programs to box and problem fixed .. but then again why would you do that as a company, every box is revenue.

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Bruno Brito

FORSEHUCKER1/2/3/4/5/6/7

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Bruno Brito

This deleting-string is starting to piss me off.

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Utakata

…I tend to get around it by reposting what I want to say without the “offending” ASCII. >.<

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Bruno Brito

It’s not offending anyone. It’s deleting for the sake of deletion. We don’t even HAVE time to be offended, and who the hell gets offended by his memes?

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Utakata

The “offending” (which I had in quotes) is a figurative one….and not to be taken literally. It simply implies that you might be using some ASCII based emote that the software reading your comment might be confuse by it. Editing out what ever you typed in afterwards…

…this has happened to me in the anecdote a number of times. And thus, I suspect that’s what is going on with you.

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squid

EQ1; everyone boxes. Rulesets for progression servers are tailored around how each will handle boxing. No matter what restrictions DPG tries to put in place, numerous players regularly box (and bot) dozens of accounts at at time. DPG doesn’t care, as long as “players” respond to chat messages (conveniently routed through their cell phones, so I hear) within a few minutes.

The saddest bit of Pantheon news I’ve heard is that the developers are pro-boxing and won’t make any attempt to prevent or mitigate it, though they insist that the game will be complex enough that boxing will be difficult.

Nothing (aside from 100% botting) is quite as discouraging as watching someone playing multiple characters at once (manually or via script) steamrolling content that a single player can’t, vacuuming up loot and RMTing it.

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Dagget Burmese

Anarchy Online…

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Toy Clown

In EQ, I used to multi-box a cleric and enchanter. My husband played a Paladin and a Mage, so we had nearly the full workings of a group. Things were different back then. To join or form a group, you shouted out in a zone LFG or group LFM. Some nights we’d sit at a zone killing trash waiting for needed group members, thus we came up with the dual-boxing idea. We’d shift out our “boxes” depending on the roles brought to the group and we no longer had wasted nights sitting around waiting when we caught up our boxed characters in levels.

In SWGL, it’s been incredibly fun tugging out 3 characters at the same time. My guild has a weekly group night and we use the large passenger skiff to drag our characters around. It’s a boon for things like doing glowing/bubbling/steaming rock collections. I often sit and decorate on one character while RPing on another.

There is a recent post on BDO reddit where a poster says if you have multiple computers and accounts, you can make trillions of silver by renting horses from your main account, leveling them on the alternate accounts, then the main account sells them. They mentioned a 100 computers. I couldn’t tell if they was joking or serious. If there is anything I’ve learned about BDO, it’s that it attracts whales, so I’m 50/50 if it was serious or not!

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xpsync

Boxing 3 characters was one of my first initial moments of “I’m home baby!” lol

Having 3 characters going, boxing 2, or one questing while the other is camping, always mining with the 3rd. You’re so busy, tons to learn, it was great but the boxing 3, and making 5 all in all was such a treat, where you’d have up to 5 subs rolling to do that.

“Which MMORPG sees the most multiboxing as of 2020?” it’s obv, SWG:Legends!

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starbuck1771

Do I do it? no! However I see it all the time.

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Apridise

Eve Online is probably the only game I really see any anymore. I’m always a bit surprised with WoW because I always felt you can just roll an alt instead or group up with friends and pugs.

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Utakata

It’s behavior that I rather not see encouraged. >.<

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Dug From The Earth

Many people wont realize this, but Id say EvE online.

EvE has multiboxing support semi built into the login tool

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Furin

I think WoW is most likely up there as most common just because it’s explicitly allowed by the rules. I have been multi-clienting a lot of different MMO’s over the course of over 10 years and am not bored with it. I may be taking a different approach with it though. I see multi-clienting more as an enhanced challenge than as a money maker. It does make a lot of gold but that’s more of a secondary benefit to me. I enjoy tackling difficult content with the challenge of positioning and targeting that comes with multi-clienting. I use keystroke-sending software, but not anything very intelligent. I am still in full control of all 8 accounts I run, automating parts of that would be defeating the purpose.

As for the games, whether it is allowed is usually a very grey area. WoW is the only game I’m aware of that has outright stated it’s completely OK to do. I know there are others that do too, but I’m not digging around for them. Most games either disallow it, or don’t speak on it at all. And newer action-focused MMO’s aren’t the most inviting to multi-clienting so there’s not a ton of opportunity for it there. All this to say that speaking out on what games you multi-client in, in public, isn’t always the best idea.