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Community Spotlight: Multiple Accounts?

Posted by MikeB Sunday October 14 2012 at 9:39PM
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In this week's Community Spotlight, we focus on the thread "Have you ever paid for multiple accounts for a single MMORPG?" by Kyleran. In the thread, Kyleran asks if the MMORPG.com community has shelled out for more than just a single account in any particular MMO:

Just curious, I currently pay for 3 sub fees for EVE (all for my own use) and got to thinking about how many other titles I've paid for multiple sub fees over the years and why.

Lineage 1 - Had 3 accounts, 1 for myself and 2 for family

DAOC - 5 accounts at one time, 2 for family

Lineage 2 - 3 accounts, 2 for me, 1 for family.

WOW - 3 accounts - 1 for me, 2 for family.

AOC - 2 accounts, 1 for me, 1 for family

LOTRO 2- 2 accounts, ditto

EVE - Max of 4 accounts, all for me

COH/COX - 2 accounts, 1 for me, 1 for family

Guild Wars 1 - 2 accounts, 1 for me, 1 for family (yes, I know, more of a one time B2P)

WAR - 2 accounts, 1 for me, 1 for family

Runes of Magic - 2 accounts, 1 for me, 1 for family, yes, I know F2P , but I had to provide cash for mounts and what not for both accounts

Aion - 2 accounts, 1 for me, 1 for family

The only titles I found really useful to multi-box in were EVE, DAOC, and Lineage 2, with most other titles 1 account has been sufficient to enjoy the game.

Just wondering how many accounts other people have paid for in their gaming careers and see if there are any of the hardcore folks on these forums, you know, who have paid for like 12 accounts to a single game (or perhaps multiple games at the same time)

Read on for the community's responses!

superniceguy had hundreds of SWG accounts (holy crap!):

I had 100s accounts with SWG, with 10-15 constantly actively subbed, with about 4 main ones always subbed, and then the rest on a rotation system or when needed.  In 2007 I subbed 3 accounts on the 12 month plan.

After the game got the free transfers every 3 months, just before May 2011, I was going to activate about 4 more constantly to specifically transfer resources from server to server, but then the game was announced to close 2 months later, and there was no time to get that going.

SWG was the best game to multibox, and my one PC managed to run up to 8 clients at one time, and with its macro system, could do some amazing things.

LOTRO I have 2 LT accounts

STO -1 LT and 1 free although did sub for a few months

SWTOR, I bought 3 at launch, but have only needed one

If I get into games that are free, I may end up creating more

fenistil not only hasn't had multiple accounts in a game, but rarely plays alts, either:

No never.  I rarely play more than one main character as well.  Actually I still remember times when you had 1 character per server and I see nothing wrong with that.  Of course those were difftent kind of games. 

Playing multiple characters at one time (i.e. dual boxing) seems horrible for me personally pleasure wise of course. Botting / macroing as well.   Even though I long for UO - I could not play it nowadays.  Having gameplay that rely heavily on macroing - bleeegh.   Setting up macro to endlessly dig in mines = not fun.

Besides I prefer to have 'characters' and not 'toons',  but it is hard nowdadays.

I'm fairly sure Maelwydd doesn't maintain multiple accounts in any game:

Why?

If you like to be a dick to others, I can see why some want a 2nd account but I cannot see any reason for more then 1 account personally.

The other option are people that simply cannot play fair and so need extra accounts to gather more resources, own more land or whatever simply because they cannot achieve the same as others without effectivly cheating.

I think people that have more then 1 account for themselves and don't have them to allow them to play like dicks are failing to see the point of playing games and treat it more like a job or life replacement.

Even if I was stupidly rich I would still only have 1 account per game, just have lots of games to play. I simply don't get why it is needed for anything but player issues.

I've considered it before, but I can't say I recall having multiple accounts in a game. I do have two Guild Wars 2 accounts, but I don't pay for those monthly, so I don't really count them. Usually, a single account is more than adequate to fit my playstyle and I hope it stays that way!

How about you? Have you paid for multiple accounts in an MMO before? Let us know in the comments below!

DixonHill writes:

I have multiple accounts in PotBS, and at a time paid for 2 of them.  

Why? Because of the 10 production slot per account restriction. Guess in that game it is quite common to have multiple accounts, even free ones with 2 slots. 

Mon Oct 15 2012 3:30AM Report
7star writes:

I had 4 accounts for Darkfall. Three for me and 1 for family. I had 3 because I wanted to play in other racial areas. I loved the world of Agon so much, i just wanted to take it all in. My main was an Ork, but I also liked to play Dwarf. I had an Elf as well. This was also useful for going un-red if necessary.

 

I didn't normally have active subs running to all 3 of my accounts, but usually 1 or 2. 

Mon Oct 15 2012 4:39AM Report
kaiser3282 writes:

Ive only paid for multiple accounts in a few sandbox games like EVE (1 for mining 1 for fighting, etc) and Darkfall (similar to EVE, 1 for gathering wood, ore and herbs, 1 main for everything else). I typically dont have any reason at all to have more than 1 account in themepark games.

Typically the only other time I have had multiple accounts are because of free accounts such as:

WAR - Endless free trial but also an 8 hour lockout timer for switching realms. I had 2 trial accounts, 1 for each side, and then my main subbed account

RF Online - RF only allows 3 character slots. The original version of the game also locked you into 1 race once you created a character and you could not have toons from other races on the same account.  But being F2P having multiple accounts wasnt a big deal, just had to register again. SO typically I would have 3 accounts, 1 for each race.

Mon Oct 15 2012 5:11AM Report
WhiteLantern writes: What I learned from the thread was that, even though there may be 400k Eve accounts, there seems to be only ~150k players. Odd. Mon Oct 15 2012 7:53AM Report
skeezixs writes:

On some games yes other no.

On EQ 1 I had 6 accounts but later reduced it to 2 after ebaying got harder.

Horizons I had 2 just because of low population and hard to do much solo. For some reason I really really liked that game.

Lineage 2 I only had one but never played it that long.

WOW I had 3 but 2 were for my sons

TSW I have 2 one for me and my roomate

Warz I have paid for 2 once again for me and my roommate

Uncharted Waters 2 to protect my merchant from you bloody pirates

Firefall I got 2 beta keys and have not found a good way to box their yet.

most other games I only had 1 account.

Mon Oct 15 2012 7:58AM Report
ZombieKen writes: 5 in WoW for multiboxing.  Fun for a while, but eventually more hassle than it was worth. Mon Oct 15 2012 11:21AM Report

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