The Daily Grind: Do you roll MMO alts that you never actually level?

    
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Roger at Contains Moderate Peril penned a fun piece a while back about the lost alts – the alts that get left behind, the alts that never get leveled. “Irrespective of whether you get to experience a new story or if you indeed like the new character you’ve created, there comes a point when you look at your new alts progression and reflect upon the long, long journey to level cap,” he says. “It is at this point that many alts fall by the wayside. The aforementioned character selection screen is often populated with unfulfilled potential.”

Now, I’m going to have to ask Roger to stop calling me out like this. But it’s a good observation, right? In games that allow it, many of us are always rolling new ideas for people and faces to try on. Games like City of Heroes encourage us to dream up new concepts and pun names and outfits on the regular. Leveling them, on the other hand, is another story. So a lot of my character concepts, well, get parked permanently.

Do you roll MMO alts that you never actually level? What prompts you to make them, and why do you let them lie fallow?

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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Ernost
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Ernost

I made a bunch of alts that I never play in Black Desert for Family Fame and storage space.

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Neurotic

I have a folder FULL of screenshots, neatly labelled, of City of heroes/Villains alts that I made just to make them and contemplate. I mean, let’s face it, that character creator was a game in itself.

And as Schlag points out, banking and storage alts are a thing. I have rules for them though – no levelling more than necessary, and have them wear plain clothes and no weapons.

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Turing fail

EVE alts level passively via training, never knowing that they’re potential SP “donors” who may be drained for profit… don’t think they awaken in an ice-filled bathtub with surgical scars though.

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zoward

I roll ’em and play ’em. And when I get bored with ’em, I delete ’em.

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Utakata

Yeah, I have a couple of those for that purpose… :(

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Brazen Bondar

Not an altaholic though I will make one where they have a specific purpose. In Anarchy Online you needed alts from each profession so you could tweak your armor, and they had to be a certain level to maximize their value. In TSW I had my one Dragon character. I was true to the Dragon philosophy so I only knew the other two cabals from Youtube and from friends being in one of them. In SWTOR of course you need 8 to get each story. When I got through each class story I didn’t need to make anymore. My grandson, on the other hand, loves the process of making characters and rarely levels them beyond maybe lvl30. So glad he is old enough to have his own account now and I can get rid of his dead weight on my account!

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NeoWolf

I spend equal time with all of my digital children :)

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jinarra

Too dang many.

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Bryan Correll

I’m gonna level em someday. Honest!

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T

Far FAR too many times. City of Heroes was bad for me, as I’d get all these wild ideas… and either never play the toon, or play a few levels, realize the game didn’t support what I envisioned in my head, and abandon it just as quickly.