The Daily Grind: What’s the most useful MMO tidbit you’ve learned recently?

    
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No matter how long I’ve spent playing an MMORPG, there seems to be no end to the new things I can learn about any particular game. The other day I discovered (to my dismay) that there was no apparent way to toggle my character’s vitals above my character’s head in Lord of the Rings Online, despite that being a feature in most MMOs.

OK, so that wasn’t really useful, per se, but the More You Know and all that. I thought that today we could lounge in the Massively OP rumpus room (now with those oversized beanbag chairs that Carlo wanted) and share what useful MMO tidbits each of us recently learned.

What have you just now discovered about your MMO?

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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Bree Royce
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Bree Royce

The Albion Online login screen has a rundown of my toons’ stats like how much money/fame they have and how much sub time they have left, so I don’t have to keep a spreadsheet.

This is random but I love it. :D

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Vanquesse V

That arc/perfect world allows you to change account name, account email and character names, but the account-wide chat handle for each game is permanent.
I picked a dumb one 8 years ago. Since it’s only offensive to me I decided to start over in Neverwinter. I bought a decent companion (they’re account wide now if you buy them for zen), 2 character slots, and made the 3 character classes I care most about. Then on the 27th they’ll all be max level and I can play without having lost that much progress overall.

creationguru
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creationguru

In FFXIV that to stop a training dummy from keeping you stuck in combat is to reset it as if you don’t know this you can’t teleport and is super annoying

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jealouspirate

I had a mindblowing revelation in LOTRO recently. It has a feature that allows you to selectively disable any sound in the game. Start recording, and it will list the file name for every sound that plays. You can then disable any of those specific sounds. It is an absolutely incredible feature that I had no idea existed. This should be standard in all games.

It’s particularly useful in LOTRO because it suffers from a lot of very repetitive annoying combat sounds (I’m looking at you, classes that are constantly screaming).

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Hykim

Personally I really enjoyed using this to turn off all of the NPC dialog along the lines of, “oh whoa is me” and “we are all doomed” which previously had me suppressing all NPC dialogs for quite a long time.

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Vanquesse V

you can also do similar filters for quests you don’t want to deal with, or items you don’t want to see ever again.
It’s a really cool system that I didn’t expect to see in that game.

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Dug From The Earth

Learned its cheaper to buy a cheap IO off the AH in City of Heroes, and use merits to reroll it into the actual IO you want, than to buy the more expensive IO. You can save millions doing this.

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Sean Walsh

Mine is a bit more meta, but learning that BDO is actually an incredibly well made game. The devs are thoughtful in their approach, and seem to genuinely care about their playerbase. It’s quite different from any other MMO I’ve played yet, but it’s been an absolute delight. General “internet” sentiment for this game is way off base IMO.

Fisty
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Fisty

Great game, I just can’t handle those pop-in graphics.

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Brian Barrett

Think BDO supports a free Hong Kong?

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styopa

We could just play the game and frankly not give a shit about developer’s personal politics?

Or is that ridiculously idealistic, to believe that not everything has to be about politics?

Fisty
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Fisty

You guys are learning stuff?

EmberStar
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EmberStar

The only online game I play where this might come up is Warframe. I’m sure there’s tons of things I know that aren’t obvious. Mostly because the game is so complicated that everyone I’ve ever invited to play it quit almost immediately. At the same time, I also think that none of the things I know are actually relevant to anyone who doesn’t already play it. I’m also very aware that there’s a ton of things I *don’t* know about the game. Such as accidentally wasting almost half an hour of someone’s time because I did not know that the particular enemy type they needed to fight can’t possibly spawn in certain mission types.

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Vanquesse V

warframe is definitely a game where having access to obscure information can make or break your enjoyment.
I’ll provide a bit of info that helped me quite a bit: the market chat is a horrible place to shop for items. Go to warframe.market instead. Much easier to find what you need, and much more affordable than grabbing whatever offer shows up in chat.

EmberStar
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EmberStar

On that note: If you do use the in-game chat, you can set filters. Press ‘T’ to bring up the chat window, and there should be a magnifying glass icon just at the top of the text area. Click that, and you can type in a term for the chat window to either whitelist (anything containing that string will show) or block (anything containing that string will be hidden.) You can set multiple filters. I’ve used this sometimes if I want to try to buy Augment mods, or if I just want to get an idea of how insane the prices for something like “Necramech” parts are at the moment.

Using the filters is almost necessary for Trade chat, but it can also help for the Recruit chat channel if you’re trying to find a “not totally random PUG” team to do something like farm for the new Arcanes in Steel Path missions, without getting swamped with people just looking for “any team to do anything” or the elitist tryhards who want to hunt Eidolons, but aren’t interested unless you’ve already captured the Hyrdolyst at least 500 times.

EmberStar
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EmberStar

Oh, here is one useful bit of “not everyone knows this” for Warframe. If you do play, you can disable the in-mission voice lines for the Operator. You can *also* mute the Mandachords of allied Octavia ‘frames, since some of them think “drumset full of ball bearings rolling down stairs” is the best tune ever. There’s an option under the settings menu (I think under either Gameplay or Audio) that allows you to mute one, or the other, or both. The Operator is 200% better without the constant in-mission cringe dialogue.

*Edit* I just checked, both options are under the Audio settings. “Ally Mandachord Volume” will controll earbleed Octavia’s on your team. And you can toggle in-mission Operator transmissions lower down in the same menu. There’s also a setting for the volume for Nora Night, for the people who aren’t fans of her slam poetry every time you complete a Nightwave objective.