The Daily Grind: What’s the last positive encounter you had with a random stranger in an MMO?

    
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We all know that MMO developers seem to think that “socialization” means “shoving players into raids together,” but the reality is more varied and widespread than that. For me, I tend to treasure more those random encounters with strangers that end up being a positive experience. It’s the sort of thing that only can happen in online games like this.

It might be running into a tavern in Lord of the Rings Online and encountering a band belting out fun melodies while hosts make the rounds and give away treats. Or when I’m out adventuring in WoW Classic and another character goes out of his or her way to run over and give me a buff.

What’s the last encounter you had with a random stranger in an MMO that ended up being uplifting, surprising, or encouraging to you?

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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Turing fail

While at a Warframe trade hub, got “blessed” (buffed) for two hours worth of extra experience and credit drops. From the local chat, I saw everyone was getting the buffs as they entered the station.

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Tom De Laet

I was testing out a couple of weapons in the MO2 beta and was farming bandits with a random dude. We ended up chatting about the game, our preferred weapons, as well as help each other with some of the combat. We alternated kills and he wanted a big sword. I had one in my chest so I gave him one when we went back to town. Afterwards whenever I saw him I did a quick crouch as a hello.

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Castagere Shaikura

ESO public dungeons are really fun and I have met some cool people in them. There is zero fighting because everyone gets their own loot. Last night I ran into a group and we decided to do all the world bosses in the zone. That was crazy fun.

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Saluka

In WoW. If doing achieves and some random doing the same thing just exchange a positive conversation. Happened more in vanilla days but still happens now these days even if it’s just some random you’ll never see again.

Another time in WoW. PvP server. Opposite faction. Just did /e for 20 minutes talking about football to again some random I’ll probably never see again.

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Loopy

Wow classic is pretty consistent with random positive interactions, at least on my RP server. It’s fairly common to come across somebody who is either looking for help or is offering help, which turns into an hour long co-op questing session.

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Estranged

Was invited to wonderful guild in SWTOR, the people are just awesome. Why? They noticed I was without a guild (while checking mail at the fleet) and wanted me to have company.

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Rndomuser

I got a different answer: I have a lvl60 Tauren Druid on PvP server in WoW Classic. Since I don’t want to run any dungeons to get gear which will be outdated next expansion, I go to Redridge which is a lowbie Alliance questing area. I don’t go there to murder lowbie Alliance players because this doesn’t really bring me pleasure and it is boring, I just go there to amuse myself by helping them in various ways, like helping them to kill elites at Stonewatch. It’s pretty entertaining to see them being scared at first then actually cheering me on. And it is much more satisfying to do this with Horde character because you know that you have the power to kill those lowbie players but you actually use that power to help them instead.

Of course, the high level Alliance players are not very understanding and always try to kill me when they spot me in Redridge (I guess it’s their PTSD kicking in) but the whole experience is still pretty amusing. I wish other MMORPGs would offer same opportunity, sadly games like FFXIV don’t have zones with forced open world PvP for low level players and giving random stuff to random players on same faction is not really entertaining or enjoyable to me.

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Oyjord

Just the other day I was fishing in New World in the middle of nowhere.

A random max-level stranger came running upstream, and asked me a pretty basic question about game mechanics. I thought it was a strange question coming from a max-level player, honestly, but I knew the answer so I was glad to help.

He said, “Correct!,” then dropped a bunch of legendary gear for me at my feet and ran away.

The randomness of it made my day.

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NeoWolf

Probably in ESO, I was trying to do one of the public dungeons in Summerset solo with a level 20 something character.
Obviously was going to be nigh impossible at that level but I wanted the achievement and enough people are running around in them that you can typically jump in and drop a boss with them and have it count.
Anyway, some 1000+ CR character was running around solo and just offered to run me around and kill everything which was nice.
He/She?? friended me after and said hit him/her up if I needed any other public dungeons runs when they were online.

Just a really kind and selfless gesture that was appreciated moreso as it saved me bucketloads of time.

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Jeremy Barnes

I got killed in pvp and they only *sshatted me like 50 times. That was nice.