The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite story of anonymous kindness from an MMO?

Kind to rewind.

One of the best parts about MMOs is that they give players a chance to be kind in countless little ways. Maybe not always in memorable ones, too. You don’t have to befriend the person who swoops in to save you from dying in an ill-advised fight, but you can still appreciate them. I don’t remember the names of various people who raised me when I died in Valkurm Dunes in Final Fantasy XI, but I appreciated them just the same.

That’s the fun thing about being kind to other players: You can even just do it idly while you’re busy with other things. You stop and cast a raise spell on someone who needs it. You help a new player kill things for a bit. You do something random, anonymous, and kind. So what’s your favorite story of anonymous kindness from an MMO? What story can you think of where someone just swooped in, did something nice, and left without further interaction?

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Can’t think of anything off-hand.

I’m usually the one ‘dishing out kindness’ but often nowadays, I get the response I tend to give others who try and give me something…I say no thanks and that I prefer to earn my way myself…but others have been doing that to me when I offer something lately, so while I make overtures to do nice things nowadays, it’s usually rebuffed.

I do like when people will take the time to explain something/am often the one explaining things. Information/knowledge is still something that needs passed on.

Daniel Hernández

In Warframe not so long ago I was having trouble with a Lich because I barely understood the system. I kept killing it and just getting my star chart more infected with it. I was just sad at that point cuz it stole event skins formas and mods I spent weeks farming. Being part of a Clan and not really doing anything besides being in, I explained a bit asking for help. A guy didn’t even messaged me, he invited me a carried me through the entire process, even trading all the relics and helping me farm everything for like 2 hours,while explaining how everything worked.

Kickstarter Donor

Two spring to mind.
The first was in LOTRO, I started MMO’s pretty much as a hardcore raider, someone else determining what I did when I did it it felt more like work than fun so much so that over time it sucked the joy of MMO’s from me, it went from being fun to feeling like someone had placed a heavyweight around my neck that I struggled to move with every day and I almost quit MMO’s entirely. I resolved the issue by decided simply, never again. I quit raiding, I won’t compromise on how I spend my time or with whom I spend it, or what I do when I do play and thankfully the joy came back for me and that weight around my neck has gone.

SO, when I started playing LOTRO I was super guarded about who I played with and what I did, so I made a kinship and resolved only to play with people I genuinely enjoyed spending my time with who put no pressure on me to play any way other than how I liked and found some cool, like-minded people with whom I have played for almost two decades.
I did not go into my history in MMO’s with them, no need to burden them with my baggage after all but I was very clear I was not a big fan of raiding lol So one of my kinmates and good friends (now) who is a self-confessed Twink would raid on my behalf and earn tokens to buy me First Age legendaries and give them to me as a Christmas present each year. It was such a thoughtful, kind and selfless thing to do and something I always appreciated.

The Second was in Destiny (not an MMO, but near enough).
I joined a Clan, I was quite particular in what I was looking for not being a PvP’er or Raider and mostly just there for the PVE and found one. They professed to be good people, always happy to help, no pressures on how you play or what you do yada yada… So I joined. They all seemed really friendly and said If I needed help, just ask..
So the time came where I needed to complete the achievements for the first year and some of them required running the raids and a few other instances that I couldn’t do alone.
And so as directed I asked the Clan, and promises were made…and, well nothing happened the helped turned out to be largely theoretical rather than practical and nothing happened, and time was running short before the book’s achievements needed for good and I’d miss out….
Well almost nothing, other than being peer pressured into PvPing with them for a whole week (which was sheer miserable hell for me, let me tell you) under the guise of getting to know the clan members better nothing happened..
BUT through doing that I met someone outside the clan they knew, an awesome guy, ex-army medic, and now vet and an honest to goodness nice and selfless guy. And with no prompting or requesting from me he just took it upon himself to get me sorted once he heard what I was trying to do, and not only spent days and days of his entire gaming time helping me off his own back, but introduced me to his circle of other ex vet friends he served and now played with and they all took me in and pretty much got me sorted without delay ran me through raids where I wouldn’t have to do anything, did the group instances with me time and time again until we got what was needed etc. not one of them had a problem giving up their time for a total stranger. I ended up joining his Clan and left the other and didn’t regret it for a second those guys are legends as far as I’m concerned.
I still to this day play with those guys and am friends with them in real life and they are just the nicest most genuine and thoughtful people I know, while the guys from the old clan pretty much blanked me the moment I left (*shrug*).

I’ve learned a few things through gaming in MMO’s over the years.
1. Dutch people are the nicest people in the world. period.
2. Any service people you play with irrespective of nationality do not think in terms of “I” but “we” by default and when they say they’ll get sh** done, they get sh** done. period.
3. You do not note good gamers or guilds by what they say, but by what they do. How inclusive they are and by what standards they maintain. Talk is cheap.
4. Internet is generally full of scumbags, but among that ocean of toxic waste are some genuine priceless gems who make dipping your toe into that ocean worth it.


I got plenty great memories of random players assisting me in FFXI, be it with my Selbina subjob quest, escorting me on my first trip to Jeuno, killing the dragoon job quest dragon, help me organize a Promyvion run, et cetera. And I wasn’t even running a half naked Miqo’te.

I generally appreciate the comfortable “playing together alone” design of modern MMOs, but part of me still hopes that we’ll go full circle and get another game like te original FFXI at some point…


I have too many of them without anything favorite. From players in EVE Online (where I have seen more acts of kindness than in many other games like WoW) fully reimbursing the cost of your ship and modules and cargo that they blew up while also giving you advice of how to prevent being blown up to players in FFXIV just running around in large cities and giving you hugs and free pets/mounts.

Party Bard

When I first joined WoW, I spent a lot of time in the town closest to the starting area staring at other players running around– their gear was so flashy! It actually glowed!– until one person actually stopped and asked me what I was doing. When I explained, they did a ‘wait’ emote (another new discovery for me!) and came back a few minutes later with a *very* basic set of armor, which they gave to me in trade.

I was *so* thrilled. :D

Rick Mills

I remember the first guild I joined in wow back in 2005 – 1 week into the guild one of the members gave my wife and I 5 gold each for “starter funds”.
A kindness I’ve never forgot – that was a lot of $ back then!