This week’s Community Spotlight focuses on the thread “What grind did you actually enjoy the most? And why?” by elocke. Of course, you have to accept the basic premise that a grind can be enjoyable at all, here. Elocke himself enjoyed FFXI’s grind the most, read below for more:
“We've heard it stated over and over through various people and forums, that MMORPGs ALL have a grind of some type. My question is this. Which grind did you actually ENJOY the most? Was it Lord of the Rings, WoW, Aion, Lineage 2, EQ1, or one of the many others? And why did you enjoy it?
Personally, as much as I kick myself for not playing this game still(mostly due to other games grabbing my attention and the control scheme being a hassle) FFXI is probaby my most favorite game that has a ton of grind to it. Something about knocking out those levels in a sweet party, skillchaining through them, etc. Still gives me good memories.”
TribeofOne disagrees with elocke’s FFXI choice, and offers the original EverQuest as his favorite grind:
“the complex party mechanics(and the UI /shudder) is what turned me off of FFXI. I never could get the hang the renkei thing or the reliance on macroing.
EQ would be my favorite. I loved it back in the day when youd get a group together and find a spot to camp and someone would pull. We would sit there for hours pull, kill, talk ...”
Hobson101’s favorite grind wasn’t exp per se, but realm points in Dark Age of Camelot:
“Dark Age of Camelot: Realm points - by a MILE
I played that game since the beta and thus ended up on the
The sense of community that was not only created by the players but also the mechanics of the game itself kept me playing for years even tho prime time was at around 3am for me.
I was younger and had a lot of time back then - much of it spent in daoc. I was a member of Anam na Eireann, an RP guild on Percival but the RvR was always a big focus for me.
Playing my druid i managed to make a name for myself as a good (great?) healer and not being bound to any of the gank guilds "by name" I had the luxury of playing with most if not all the best people on the server.
I got to play with melee setups, bomb squads, tower ganks, caster heavy setups and everything inbetween all at the top of their game. Technically we were grinding realm points day in and out but the nature of PvP (or RvR in this case), both small scale and the gank group scenarios coupled with the close knit community and the emotional investment in how your realm was doing made these some of my very best years in gaming.”
Neilh73 submits his Jedi Grind in SWG as having been the most fun for him, now I’ve seen it all:
“Grinding for my second Jedi character in SWG. 29 proffessions and 2 Village of Aurelia pahses, followed by grinding out his Jedi template of Master Lightsaber, Master Powers, Heal 4004.
Why was it fun? The constant fighting off groups of Bounty Hunters, always having to watch my back and of course the end result - an Alpha class character, or two in my case (although the first was just blind luck really).”
SwampRob gives City of
“For me, it was City of
I’m torn between two games: Star Wars Galaxies and The Chronicles of Spellborn. The former was my first MMO and I’m partly viewing it through rose-colored glasses, but as I’ve mentioned in previous blogs I made tons of friends playing in Star Wars Galaxies and many of those relationships came about through essentially grinding together. Starting with the big noob run through Endor in the first few days of launch (Starsider server, were any of you there?), to big
Spellborn though, was a really interesting grind. As I remarked in my review of Spellborn for MMORPG.com ,the game’s AI really stood out. Early on in my travels I actually found myself confused at times, mistaking NPC enemies as players, with the way they grouped up on you intelligently, even trying to kite you while the melee enemies held the line. The quests were often frustrating, but the moment to moment combat was really engaging, and this helped alleviate an otherwise ho-hum experience.
What was your favorite grind? Share your experiences in the comments below!