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?