The Daily Grind: How do you introduce friends to old MMORPGs?

    
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Whoever said that teachers teach because they can’t do has never tried to teach someone new how to play an old MMORPG. Holy crap, this is hard!

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to help Chris acclimate to Star Wars Galaxies for his Choose My Adventure series, and he’s been gamely following my advice and letting me hand him stuff to make his life a bit easier as he dips into the game for the very first time. And yet… we keep running into things I’ve simply forgotten needed to be explained to someone new (because the game sure doesn’t do it and it’s not intuitive). For example, I remembered to tell him how to travel between planets, but I forgot to explain how to travel between cities, meaning this poor lad was trying to do the legacy questline on Tatooine with just a speeder and no knowledge about ITVs and shuttleports. I am a failure. Sorry Chris!

How do you introduce friends to old MMORPGs with lots of deep systems and useless tutorials? Do you point them to online resources, try to write them a guide, or just hang around to answer questions? What’s the best way to go about this without being that annoying friend who turns people off from old MMOs?

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

Paraphrasing DJ Tocadisco: Nobody likes the MMOs I play….

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NeoWolf

I guess it depends if I still play it, how much it costs, how often I play it etc.. I don’t just throw titles at my friends without considering the implications and commitments that may ensue if it appeals to them.

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Chris Neal

Don’t let Bree fool you, she is an eager and patient teacher. SWG has just so many systems that some things are bound to slip through the mental cracks. :D

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Utakata

If someone I know expresses interest in it, I will be happy to tell them about it. /shrug. :)

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_a4

I would offer them to play with them and help them learn, but nowadays everyone I know plays their own thing and I play by myself solo.

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Fisty

I don’t, no one likes what I like :( At best, I can get them to play for maybe a week before they bail.

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EmberStar

How do I introduce other people to games? Apparently… badly. I’ve invited almost a dozen people to try Warframe. Including offering to help them with missions, to explain anything that I could about the game, and even to give them spare mods so they could start upgrading their Warframe and weapons. Every single one quit in less than a month – many in quite a bit less.

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Schmidt.Capela

For the most part I don’t. I mean, without our characters being at roughly the same power level I have a hard time having fun with a friend (or, at least, finding more fun than we could be having with a simple chat app, no game needed); this, coupled with my dislike for making alts, means that for the most part I will only try to convince others to play MMOs with me if we will both be newbies starting together.

(I do try to convince others to play progression-less games with me; I tend to consider non-MMO, progression-less online games to be good for playing with friends, and online games with progression to be only good for either soloing or playing with random strangers through matchmaking.)

I do help if a friend decides to play something I’m currently playing or have played in the past. Though I take a more hands-off approach, mainly by answering questions and pointing to online resources, as well as gifting in-game items that will allow the friend to skip some of the grind.