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Posted: Nov 7th 2010 8:04AM Theeinferno said

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I used to make a million alts when I played an mmo when I was younger. Now, I just have 1 alt for every mmo, and call it a day.

Posted: Nov 7th 2010 8:06AM (Unverified) said

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Sorry, but for a correction. In EVE you are allowed up to 3 characters per account, the only caveat being 1 character can be in skill training at any one time. You can offline skill train with one character, and shoot people, trade, whatever with already established characters on the same account.

Posted: Nov 7th 2010 8:32AM Brendan Drain said

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Another thing people sometimes do is pay for the Power of Two deal when it pops up (cheap extra account for 6 months) and train up a character, then transfer it to their original account. That way they can keep training combat skills on one character and have an industrial alt trained up. It's easier to do now if you have a good bit of ISK because you can pay for the second account with PLEX instead and you can now even transfer characters using PLEX.
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Posted: Nov 8th 2010 12:15AM DLemke said

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I had to comment here because I applaud the courage of the author to state that Eve gives you ONE capable character per subscription by default. Eve players are supposedly into spreadsheets and math and steep learning curves, but they lie and deceive on the math when it comes to an unflattering aspect of the game… the developer pushing multiple subscriptions per player.

ONE character can train at a time on each subscription. Yes, you get three character slots, BUT it takes years to effectively develop a character, years for xp (SP) to run up by the clock (yes, it’s sandbox, not a content game, so you get xp by a clock, not by doing anything in game).

ONE character gets fully developed per subscription, the other slots are for mules, (or cyno alts) , or for characters you transfer to those slots from a different account. You can BUY, yes, you can within the rules buy a character as advanced as you want, OR, you can xfer a character over from a second or third subscription maybe you had running.

The vast majority of people who stay more than 4 months will at one time or another run multiple subscriptions in Eve to get more xp. It’s a dirty little secret that’s there plain as day but always gets ‘shushed’ or ‘it’s complicated’ or ‘not really’ ‘d by fanboys if brought up as a bad thing that most players pay more for Eve via multiple subscriptions.

If you bring up the topic of multiple subscriptions as a good thing, like as a show of dedication to the game… then fanboys come out of the woodwork left and right to tell you they have 3 subscriptions each and are proud of it.

‘It’s complicated’ usually leads to someone pointing out you can get game time by selling in game currency (isk) to other players for game time cards, supposedly making the game ‘free’. LOL.

Someone had to pay for those game time cards, and selling gold to others for game time cards, even if well within the rules of the game, a game that promotes RMT, …. That makes you a GOLD FARMER. Eve players hate gold farmers as much as anyone else, but for some reason think Asian gold farmers are bad, while ‘legitimate’ players gold farming is somehow alright.

Anyway, ya… lol, cudos to the author for not pandering to CCP by saying sometime wrong like you get 3 toons in Eve standard.
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Posted: Nov 7th 2010 8:24AM Matix said

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Q: The question of the day, ladies and gents, is how many alts do you have on your main game account?

A: Right now 4, soon 9.

On my old servers, I got one character to max level, then started doing the same for alts, leveling when PVP was too much of a grind for me.

Depends on how many are allowed. I generally make one character for each class in the game.

Right now I'm slumming in WOW until SWTOR comes out.A friend died on my old server so when I came back I started on a new one (it just didn't feel the same).

Right now, Got my pally, rogue, DK, mage, and druid. Leveling and skilling them concurrently. When they're maxxed at 80 I'll activate Cataclysm (albeit I'll have bought it before then) for the new content.

When Cataclysm hits and I've maxxed those five, I'll make characters for the 5 remaining classes.


Q: For the bonus round, tell us whether you play them regularly or if they simply exist to be mules for your main.

Except for my main (which I always put my best, not-too-tired-from-work effort into) I max level and skill my alts and then get them the cheapest honor PVP gear I can get, along with second-strong enchants and gems (I only break the bank for a main).

While my alts are formidable characters and I learn a lot about how other classes fight and I LOVE leveling them in their own right, my alts primary function is to be a "skill mule."

A skill mule in my definition is a character who holds and does all the stuff related to a tradeskill. EXAMPLE: A skinner/leather worker rogue holds all the leather working supplies and makes item enhancements for the rest of my characters.

Posted: Nov 7th 2010 8:26AM Foobar1923 said

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I usually have enough alts to try all the different race/class combos (if the mmo permits, such as WoW). I usually try to stick to a main 1-2 characters though, makes it easier that way

Posted: Nov 8th 2010 7:30PM (Unverified) said

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I enjoy leveling in mmo's if the quests are interesting. I always have quite a few max level toons, soon as one caps out I start another. I usually have one or two "raid toons" per game, a dps and a healer type most often that I concentrate on gearing but my other toons are just pure gravy.

I have any number of friends that preach to me that I should stick with just one character so I can get them the max leetz, but to be totally honest I could care less about being completely "geared out". If wow has taught me anything its a billion hours to get the "Shiny Axe of Glowiness" becomes allot of wasted time with the next expansion. I like to see the content all the way through just once, then its new game or alt time.

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Posted: Nov 7th 2010 8:31AM PrimeSynergy said

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"some folks probably stick with their "mains" through thick and thin"

Me.

Haha, I don't know what it is, I just can't roll an alt. Usually there's about one class in every MMO that 'clicks' with me and that's my main. Eventually I will try to roll and alt, but most other classes just don't have that magic something that made me love my main.

While they do have some aspects I know I'd find really fun, they just usually aren't my cup of tea.

I think we "main"-ers need our own word kind of like altaholic. Someone make it happen!

Posted: Nov 7th 2010 9:06AM Valdur said

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I'm same as you,I don't feel the need to have alts.Sometimes I start a new character just to see the different starting areas if there's one and leave it be at level 12.

My main is all I need : -)
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Posted: Nov 7th 2010 4:14PM Fakeassname said

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same here, I get too attached to start over.

building a character in an mmo isn't about playing the games mechanics to me. lets be honest, most mmo simply suck from a pure gameplay perspective: point, click, hit f1, collect loot, point, click, hit f1, collect loot. with higher levels adding in the f2, f3, f4, and sometimes the f5 buttons before collecting the loot.

building a character is like building a model, I obsess on the smallest details, and sniff out every room in a dungeon. I think that's my problem, I over work my characters and then when I try to roll an alt it's an exorcise in monotony and I cant get into it.
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Posted: Nov 7th 2010 9:02AM aquastorm said

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What game is that in the screenshot?

Posted: Nov 7th 2010 9:27AM Arcusprime said

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Age of Conan
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Posted: Nov 7th 2010 9:35AM Valdur said

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Age of Conan
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Posted: Nov 7th 2010 11:25AM Halldorr said

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Heh was wondering the same thing...
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Posted: Nov 7th 2010 9:01AM alinos said

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13 on GW

Posted: Nov 7th 2010 10:09AM (Unverified) said

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Hmm what game is that pic from?

Posted: Nov 7th 2010 10:17AM Alarie said

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Age of Conan, TiaMaster
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Posted: Nov 7th 2010 9:29AM Trololol said

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A Priest a Warrior a Druid a Deathknight and a Warlock. Those are my
lvl eighty (lolgetalifenolifer!!11)
characters now. The Priest is and was always my main, but the thing is
im not really into raiding anymore since i have 2 kids and a wife
(wife and kid aggro doesnt go away with a simple 'Fade' click :P)so the main thing im doing is
lvling 'alts'. I have a lvl 60 Hunter and a lvl 70 Rogue too but those
guys are on hold, somehow i dont like those classes anymore. At the
moment i am powerleveling a Shaman to lvl 80 (8 more levlels to go)
and thinking about making him my new main when Cata hits.

I'm having some free fun with LOTRO right now so maybe ill put all my
WOW chars on hold ;D


Posted: Nov 7th 2010 9:34AM (Unverified) said

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Currently I have 4 alts that get regular playtime.

Posted: Nov 7th 2010 9:33AM Heraclea said

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I must have alts. Several reasons.

When I decide to try a game, I will usually start by trying out several classes, to get a feel for what they do. I will usually pick one character to emphasize first, but I seldom delete these characters. If I get serious about the game I will return to them later.

Alts are defenses against developer caprice. If a character's class or key gear is noticeably nerfed, I typically react by abandoning or deleting the damaged character. If the game features a vast endgame, more or less making you concentrate on a single endgame character, this means that negative changes to that character's abilities or playstyle will almost certainly result in me dropping the game. The game is ruined at that point; your one character is no longer enjoyable and has no future. Having alts means keeping the ability to continue playing.

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