The Daily Grind: What’s the best MMORPG for gatherers?

Not the point.

My husband is usually not the kind of person who gets obsessed with crafter-centric MMORPGs, but New World has turned him into a gatherer: He’s been obsessively chopping down every tree he can find. He’s not even crafting, really, just gathering. Feelin’ real sorry for those trees, but it is pretty funny when the big ones literally topple over.

I thought it would be fun to talk about gathering in MMOs this morning. I usually consider myself a trader first, crafter second, and gatherer a distant third, and if it’s an MMO where I can just buy materials, I’m usually doing that instead. Generally, I just don’t find gathering to be all that fun, and I’ve never really found a game that does it for me on that one measure, whether it’s clicking your way around a map as in Albion Online or setting up a harvester and logging back out as in Star Wars Galaxies. That’s a means to an end, not an activity I would seek out if I didn’t need it to do the trading and crafting.

But I do understand how sometimes it can feel peaceful and low-stress. I’ve certainly seen the appeal in something like Guild Wars 2, where resource nodes are shared and I can tour a map while doing it.

What would you say is the best MMORPG for gatherers specifically?

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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