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

    
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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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kalech

I think no mmo is AMAZING for gathering, but a few do it decently. I think I like FFXIV personally.

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EmberStar

I couldn’t really say what MMOs are good for gathering. Star Trek Online barely has that mechanic. Sometimes random nodes spawn in missions that you have to scan to collect. It’s time consuming, not a lot of fun, and you can’t do it in combat. The nodes also tend to spawn in a way that you have to go pretty well out of your way to reach them, and reward a pittance of materials. I don’t do crafting in that game, so I’m honestly not sure how people *do* get materials.

I collect a lot of resources in Ark. One of the goals as I’m setting up my various bases (or trying, someday I’ll get one more than half finished… probably) is to get creatures that can harvest the various resources. Mammoths for wood, ankylosaurs for metal and crystal, and so on. Collecting materials for a building project can take several hours, because making foundations and walls takes thousands of units of materials if the finished building is anything bigger than an outhouse.

The collecting would even be sort of relaxing, if it wasn’t for random carnivore attacks. On the bright side, a caravan of really decent material harvesting critters is usually just as capable of breaking a rex’s kneecaps as they are of flattening a forest and carrying it home. So attacks by anything smaller than a giga tend to be more annoying than dangerous.

I guess Warframe is the game I play with something closest to what’s described in the article, in the open world areas. You can collect gemstones from mining nodes, and there’s spearfishing. I’ve done night-time fishing in the Plains of Eidolon area a bit. There’s a couple of spots where the wandering “ghost” enemies will mostly leave you alone, and collecting some specific kinds of fish is a decent way to earn reputation with the Ostrons. Same for the Orb Vallis, but it’s harder to find a spot where random Corpus patrols will leave you alone. (It kind of breaks the mood if I have to stop fishing to yeet a bunch of over-eager soldiers into low orbit.)

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Dean Greenhoe

Welcome to my world. It’s like free money that just requires you to take a few seconds to gather it. :)

It’s an addiction..

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velimirius

FFXIV i like the best of all, zones with nice chill music, not being harassed by mobs, and no1 to steal the stuff from you, and chance to get treasure maps to sell for extra cash or do them yourself.

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Toy Clown

SWG has the most fun gathering I’ve ever engaged in. I love having to watch for planet resources, taking samples, then plopping machines down on a mother lode! In Legends, I made the bulk of my credits from sampling for other players. That’s another aspect that made it fun: There was a market for everything from the worst grades of gathered materials to the top grades.

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Soulbreeze

And for some people, that was the entire game for them. Gather, stockpile, sell, hangout.

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Sarah Cushaway

EQ2 in its heyday was pretty great for gatherers (and crafters).

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Turing fail

As Oleg says, EVE has practical benefits for gathering, and no shortage of things to find/loot/steal.

Warframe has a bewildering array of items needed for crafting, mission entry, and other purposes.

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Utakata

It can’t be Blade & Soul. As all the crafting materials you get come from a cash shop wall, Daily Dash, login rewards (where the latter 2 are only accessible by subscription as far as I am aware) and what you pay your respective crafting faction in game to “gather”…

…as you can see crafting is just awful in this game.

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maydrock .

Good thing about all of New World’s crafting is most will give up, so for this article, there will be a place in the game for dedicated gatherers.

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Stormwaltz

I agree with 2Ton Gamer – ESO is my favorite.

I can spend an hour wandering the landscape gathering stuff at random.

As a reward for completing crafting dailies, I can get maps that lead to particularly rich resource spawns in each zone (nodes instanced just for me – the map is consumed once you take them all).

Any ambient wildlife you kill will usually drop a cooking ingredient, and often some form of fishing bait.

Every crate, barrel, and jar can be opened and looted. Most contain cooking ingredients, but sometimes you get a furniture recipe, a scroll to unlock a cultural armor/weapon crafting style, or a lead for an archeology antiquity. (And if you’re short on lockpicks, head to any Dwemer ruin – you’ll find plenty in jars and urns.)