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Posted: Jan 28th 2011 8:11AM (Unverified) said

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I've got a whole army of alts in the games I play that no one knows about. There are times when you just want to be unknown again, and that's what they are for.

Posted: Jan 28th 2011 8:31AM pookathedestroyer said

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Couldn't live without my anonymous alts. Or, I guess, ALMOST anonymous alts. There are one or two people who know them all, including bank toons, but my sanity definitely requires toons that won't be hearing constant /w and chats in channels and...just the general blah blah blah. Sometimes, I just really really really need to kill things BY MYSELF.

Posted: Jan 28th 2011 8:35AM Pook said

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Ive had a few and most of my bankalts are secret (so I can take all the time I want sorting those bags and bankslots).
It's nice to have a character to log on and just be... silent. Or to try out really odd talents and tricks without having someone who tries to correct you.
I find it rather calming to have alts that I can log on to, much how it is to have your own room when you're living with a big family (the guild!).

Posted: Jan 28th 2011 8:36AM gildhur said

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Yeah, I have a couple, but I never play them.

Posted: Jan 28th 2011 8:44AM pookathedestroyer said

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Oh yeah, and the who is being avoided part, other than the general chatter...the Clingy Former Guildmate Who Wants to Catch Up On Everything Since Three Years Ago, the OMG You're A Girl! (yes, still a girl...) and the Person I Helped With A Quest Once And Now They Think We're Best Friends.

Posted: Jan 28th 2011 8:48AM kjhasdfjkhk said

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The first time I read, "Most of the time, you have three ways to deal with these types of people." I thought you were implying that having a threesome with them will make them go away.

Posted: Jan 28th 2011 8:54AM Nerves said

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I make them intending them to be secret alts, but I end up getting lonely, and have them invited to guild.

Posted: Jan 28th 2011 8:58AM AnthonyHJ said

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Oh yes... I actually had my alt on a roleplay server, just to make sure I could keep away from all the drama and chaos. Nothing distracts you from guild-drama like a good in-character session with no risk of bumping into friends...

Posted: Jan 28th 2011 9:01AM Shadowhawke said

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Yeah I got a few, but you don't always need to do them just for RL collisions. Sometimes I ghost a server for various reasons. Not every game lets you get away with it however; City of Heroes has a global ID.

Posted: Jan 28th 2011 9:33AM Katt said

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@Tempes Magus

I used to go on hidden a lot, but you get busted when you run straight past someone you know. ;oP
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Posted: Jan 28th 2011 9:23AM Degu said

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One time, I rolled a 'peace and quiet' alt without using my well-known naming convention. Eventually the atmosphere improved a bit, and I eased up on the secrecy.

A temporary fix, but it sure helped me to just settle in and just relax without having to think about a-holes tracking me down though. Sometimes you just get sick of the in-game BS and politics and need to do stuff like that. Sad that some get pushed into 'hiding' in a blasted video game, but that's how the internet goes anymore.

Posted: Jan 28th 2011 9:31AM Stoneywall said

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I never hide my alts from my guild, but I may park one of my characters for a while when I run into one of those "Person I Helped With A Quest Once And Now They Think We're Best Friends", mentioned above.

Posted: Jan 28th 2011 9:38AM Katt said

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I've had a few secret Alts in various games for when I just want some quiet soloing time. Even in the really great guilds you love being the drama can get annoying or someone joins you really can't stand listening too (and putting Guild mates on ignore is generally frowned upon).

I've even been a Guildmaster of a secret alts guild populated only by IRL friends, where we'd take a couple of nights a week to all level classes we wouldn't normally play just to take a break).



Posted: Jan 28th 2011 10:02AM DrunkenGamer said

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I don't go out of my way to do so, but there are a few ive made that i never got round to telling anyone about. Simply because they were either not online or I had nothing to talk to them about at the time.

I'm one of those that will go with step 1 or 2 - there is enough variety out there that if random people bother me i am more than happy to log off the game and play something else for a while until my tolerance returns.

RL friends however will be on the receiving end of a short sharp 'sod off' when they are doing my head in and i fully expect them too do the exact same thing when the tables are turned. This never seen me in any bother as we all know that if we have got to that point then were obviously being extremely irritating

Posted: Jan 28th 2011 10:45AM Aganazer said

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I don't make stealth alts. Nowadays I make stealth mains. Just me and my wife, refusing guild invites daily, avoiding all other players. Its the best thing I ever did.

Posted: Jan 28th 2011 10:55AM TheElvenAssassin said

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I have several stealth alts, but I usually prefer to use my main (and main alts) because I get along pretty well with my guildies and friends. I only use my stealth alts when I just want some peace and quiet. :D

Posted: Jan 28th 2011 11:23AM Le Chat Noir said

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I make stealth alts to grief the hell out of other players while still managing to retain my pristine reputation on my mains. I've even caught people in my guild bitching about one of my griefer alts and, I joined in, throwing in some made-up tales of griefing to bolster the alt's reputation.

Yes, I know this garners me the label of "MMO Schizophrenic" but after a day or so of being my sweet, polite self it's nice to have a rampage of griefing.

Posted: Jan 28th 2011 11:58AM Irem said

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@Le Chat Noir
It's interesting how so much of a person's true character is revealed by what they do when they think they won't be caught.
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Posted: Jan 28th 2011 6:21PM Graill440 said

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@Le Chat Noir


That story brought a tear to my eye, well typed indeed.
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Posted: Jan 28th 2011 12:33PM Irem said

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I've always had stealth alts. I would have had a lot fewer of them if certain game companies didn't stubbornly stand by the idea that implementing crazy things like having to give permission before someone else can put you on their friend list, or having the option to not alert all your friends when you log on would result in a total breakdown of the social aspect of the game. Apparently there are only two types of people in the world: the ones you're fine with knowing your every move, and the ones you're perfectly willing to tell off and blacklist. I have been led to believe that there exists no middle ground in which it's okay to not want the game to remind that perfectly nice but extremely talkative and bored middle schooler who added me to his friend list yesterday that I'm online--especially since flagging myself as busy/unavailable or telling people politely that I don't want to be bothered only works about 20% of the time. Once someone's ignored that and whispered you, you can either ignore them or tell them you're busy--and both options are a potential hassle if the person doing the whispering is socially tone-deaf and can't take a hint. I could write an entire essay on why developers adding a few "antisocial" friend list privacy and stealth options would make actually -being- social in MMOs much more attractive.

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