The Daily Grind: What key advice would you give to first-timers in your MMO?

    
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I know that whenever I head into an MMO for the first time (or after a long absence), I always make it a priority to look up threads and lists that players have made along the lines of “Things I wish I had known” or “Tips for new players” or “Hey dummy, don’t do this thing.”

Since we all developer some measure of expertise after being in an MMO for a while, I thought that today we could simply share the games we’re playing and some key advice that you’d give to any new players to help them get the best start. What are some things you wish you’d known but only found out later? What would help any newbie gain those “MMO legs” sooner?

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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Estranged

SWTOR: try all the starting areas and classes, both factions. See which one appeals to your mentality and playstyle. Get off to a good start.

If you want to have fun without a grind, just perform gathering skills and avoid crafting. Don’t spend credits on gear until you are at max level. What you can acquire during leveling is good enough.

Concentrate on making enough credits to buy unlocks for all your extras.

Complete the class stories. You will receive beneficial buffs across all characters. Their is a ton of lore there for you.

Determine your favorite companion and look up how to boost them with optimal gifts.

Find a good guild and experience the dungeons and raids at least once, the early ones are especially well done. They are easy enough now on the lowest difficulty level, with gear boosts included.

Take your time, smell the roses. There is so much to do for a new player.

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MrSaxon

ESO: Every day that you log in, head to the nearest town, visit their stable and upgrade your mount (once you’ve unlocked the mount, of course). It takes a long time to max out your mount and every day counts.

Tizmah
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Tizmah

Quit now, get into single player games.

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Franklin Adams

For ESO: Don’t waste resources improving weapons and armor until you hit CP150 and don’t worry much about it til you’re CP160.

Learn how to use the trade add-ons. There’s a lot of easy gold if you know basic economics.

PvP and PvE, especially at endgame, are very different, a good PvE build and rotation is likely going to get you melted in BGs, Cyrodiil or IC. Either getting comfortable with respeccing or having a main for PvE and a main for PvP is the best way to avoid frustration.

For Elite: Dangerous (and I’m half joking): Don’t go down the Raxxla rabbithole. It’s like my (slightly insane) theory about the Manga and Anime “One Piece”: what they’re after isn’t a treasure. It’s gonna turn out to be a very old former cabin boy by the name of Mr. Juan Piece, who will read them a haiku about the journey and friendships they all made being the real treasure and then will drop dead. Raxxla is the same thing, just worse, because there’s nothing to be found.

For the Division 2: You’re not imagining things, the balance is indeed that bad, and most of the essential or nearly essential gear is for most roles and builds is locked behind the raids or in the DZs. No real chicken dancing anymore though, so the DZs aren’t always totally insufferable, just most of the time.

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angrakhan

Set your own victory conditions. The game will try and tell you what its definition of victory is as will other players. Ignore all of them and YOU decide how you want to play and ‘win’ the game. The game is going to try and sell you on some endless end-game grind. Players, also, will stand around and flex in their end-game gear, but there are other ways to enjoy most MMO’s if that’s not your thing.

Mr. E.™
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Mr. E.™

Best MMORPG advice I’ve ever seen.

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creationguru

You don’t need to hord all the digital things just unload anything you don’t need now as in the end you and reaquire anything when you have more resources.

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Jon Wax

“abandon hope all ye who enter here…”?

If you’re playing rust, don’t trust anyone. Seriously, nobody.

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Stormsong Minstrel

My main advice: do not rush. Take your time. Enjoy this landscape or that scenic route, take your time reading text of this quest line or just enjoy walking over these ruins. You will get these levels, do not miss fun.

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Ken from Chicago

Btw, there’s nothing wrong with minmaxing, if that’s what *you* like doing. I like to have at least one high / max level character to be sugar daddy or sugar momma to my lowbie alta when they need emergency gold, credits, dilithium crystals, etc.

Otherwise like leveling up using missions the regular way and taking my time to do so.

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Oleg Chebeneev

git gud