The Daily Grind: Which MMO activities are like a security blanket for you?

    
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Sometimes you just want something in an MMO that feels like chopping wood. It’s productive, it’s engaging enough that you don’t dislike it, and it can last as long as you need it to. For me, that’s dressing up my characters. I can spend hours just coming up with outfits, trying them out, finding pieces I need but don’t have, figuring out how to get them… it’s a lengthy process, in other words, and it always feels relaxing and productive as soon as I get over the initial hump of necessary effort.

It’s hardly alone, of course; I also find it nice and restful to, say, work on gathering stuff in Final Fantasy XIV or just go street-sweeping in City of Heroes. Some people find similar peace in puttering along in World of Warcraft leveling quests, and sometimes I can hit that too. The point is that there are plenty of fun and relaxing activities, like a familiar and welcome blanket from your youth. So which MMO activities are like a security blanket for you? The stuff that makes you feel warm and relaxed as you just eat up time, after a fashion?

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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Harvesting.

Had to think about this and yeah, harvesting, large reason i’m into wow as it is so similar to eq2. In eq2 it was my thing, i loved to explore and harvest and the shinnies were a cherry on top. Gathering is an integral part of what makes an mmorpg for me.

In retail i started another alt lmao! and ofc again herb and mining. This toon i’m hoping to savoir all the way to shadowlands (running out of alt options), this one i’m seriously going to read all the quests, just take my time and yeah retail could be an rpg dream if they didn’t cater so hard to faster than light players so much. Classic i love harvesting there so much a very calm and relaxing activity.

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Ben Stone

During Legion I really enjoyed the daily emissary quests. They were quick, simple and rewarding (items could titanforge to relevancy, or I would get crafting materials from the items). They also gave you 3 days to complete, so you could stockpile them if you didn’t feel like logging on that day.

Apparently everyone else hated this though, and with BFA it was watered down, with pretty meh rewards other than reputation, so once my rep was done I stopped caring about this altogether. Ultimately this led to me not bothering to log on aside from raids, as there was limited content rewarding enough to bother with.

I think this will be the same in Shadowlands, so will be interesting to see what hooks they use to keep players actually playing, given the push back on titanforging.

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Not everyone my dude. Loudmouths are Loudmouths and seem to be the majority, when in reality they are the only the vocal minority.

I’m trying to avoid as much Shadowlands news as humanly possible, but i have heard that blizz are planning to cater to more rpg type players, you know the enormously large portion of their player base, I’ll believe it when..

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Brazen Bondar

Crafting. I can do that for hours and that can include harvesting, particularly if I don’t have to fight anything to harvest.

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Mark

Fishing.

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Sarah Cushaway

Housing systems. Good ones. Like EQ2 has and Wildstar- had-

Unfortunately most MMO’s have crap systems (ESO, FFXIV) or don’t bother at all (GW2, WoW, etc)

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Demon of Razgriz

Running into a low level crowd and going full Nuke with a Blaster in CoH. Or running with my Tank against some Malta or Nemesis or Rikti. Or simply flying with my Emp Defender and buffing the heck out of some lowbies “just because”. And playing around and making new costumes.

In STO it’s usually just doing whatever daily missions that allow me to blow some ships up. I’m not a fan of the Away missions because the combat is so unfulfilling. But blasting stuff in space is the greatest.

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NeoWolf

Character Creation is definitely my Zen, I can happily sit in a creator testing concepts for hours.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Creating a new character, doing the starting zone, chatting with anyone there. If there’s anything I feel the pull to RIFT for, its that.

Completing a questline in up to a few sessions straight (bonus points if its repeatable content for story without making a new account/character). Great, I did some content, no grind required, its just fun and I accomplished something.

Finishing up a long-term achievement that took months or more to get that close. (bonus points if the reward includes something cosmetic or otherwise that feels pretty exclusive, extra bonus points if this is a game that doesn’t sell tons of cosmetics that drown out the social impact of gloating about such achievements)

‘100%’ completing a zone map. I don’t mind if content is added that later changes that to 9X%, 8X% – except for the annoying RIFT unstable artifact achievements – but I enjoy, again, the sense of ‘completion for now’.

Basically I’m all here for your themepark rides.

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Ironwu

Almost all of them, actually.

I find playing MMOs/Multiplayer worlds relaxing. Especially since I do not participate in (for me) tension inducing activities such as PvP and Raids.

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Toy Clown

Decorating. There is a zen-like place I’ve found when it comes to housing in MMOs. It’s one of those activities that I enjoy getting into and several hours can pass before I even realize the time. A close second would be playing dress-up with my characters.