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Posted: Jul 11th 2011 8:10AM alzeer said

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not much but i started wow at late TBC and when my character hit 70 wotlk was already out. so i decided to freeze the xp at 70 and not to move to northrend until i experience TBC as much i can
was fun 3~4 months and i got my nether drakes :)

Posted: Jul 11th 2011 8:46AM kitharen said

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I made a EQ2 toon once that wasn't allowed to level up until all quests available at that level have been finished, all skills have been trained to the maximum and it has been equipped with the very best gear available to that level.

In the early days of EQ2 this was a pretty simple challenge.

Posted: Jul 11th 2011 9:03AM Fabius Bile said

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made a R40 char in WAR without doing a single PvE quest.
Pure ORvR, scenarios and PvP-related quests only.

Posted: Jul 11th 2011 9:50AM Carolina said

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I've been doing the LotRO "complete all solo quests in the zone before moving forward". Though it is more then a side challenge and the curiosity about the quests, for chances are I'll get deeds done, which also gives me turbine points.

I've done the "clear all quests" in WoW too. And also in WoW, I leveled from 84 to 85 just with gathering xp.

Posted: Jul 11th 2011 10:05AM Ocho said

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I've always played the "Try to complete all quests before moving forward" method to see all of the storyline there is to see. Takes a ridiculous amount of time, but well worth it in the end. In WoW, it ended up being "green and grey questing". In most games, you level up so quickly that you've already outleveled the area before a questline is even completed, which bugs me. At least in LotRO you get awarded with Turbine Points for hanging around. :)

Posted: Jul 11th 2011 10:13AM DarkWalker said

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My standard way to play is to do every available quest before moving on to new stuff, and never skip any zone. I did this on every game where it was possible (some games prevent players from doing low level quests).

In LotRO, I'm also planning to do 8 lv20 Undying Hot Shots (the first is almost ready, have to farm some more trophies on my supplier character, who is a lv29 Undying Hot Shot himself).

I also love to see how much I can solo, due to a few factors. One of them is that I often can't have long play sessions, which rules out group content that takes more than 30 minutes to do.

Posted: Jul 11th 2011 10:21AM Mikkhail said

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WoW ... I froze my toon at 60 till I got the the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor quest achieves ... froze my toon at 70 until I got all the quest and dunction achieves for TBC ... All that took a while! If I ever go back to WoW I will level through BGs ...

Posted: Jul 11th 2011 10:24AM Weasel Overcome said

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Playing while extremely intoxicated.

Posted: Jul 11th 2011 11:17AM Mikkhail said

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@Weasel Overcome
Or as I like to call it ... "a normal weekend" lol
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Posted: Jul 11th 2011 10:34AM real65rcncom said

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Playing before I complete the 'Honey Do' list is about as challenging a thing as I do.

If the game doesn't naturally have enough challenge for me built into it to keep the difficulty, I leave it alone.

Right now, I'm leveling a F2P PoM on Conan's Deathwish server.

I'm not buying anything from the shop and won't join a guild. I want to see how far I can get on my own. That's as much challenge as I need right now.

Posted: Jul 11th 2011 11:44AM Beau Hindman said

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I used to do my Immersion Project, which was a blast. Lately, though, I have been challenging myself to not accept a quest until I have the current ones done.

Beau

Posted: Jul 11th 2011 12:29PM (Unverified) said

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Too many to count. ;)
MMO:
- GW: naked team variant, using starter weapons, and only skills capped along the way until ascension: completed prophecies. This literally took over a year. Several other team variants as well, including 7 Samurai (themes restrictions based on the movie,) Slackers (limited attribute points & skill points), and others.
Non-MMO:
- Diablo 1 beyond naked Mage (cursed items only)
- Diablo 2: many team variants including Slackers, Friends of Sisyphus (permadeath variant to complete hardest difficulty), Elemental strike team (limited skill selection based on role) and several more. Solo slacker variant to complete hardest difficulty with extreme limits on attributes, skills, and gear.
- Civilization 3-4: Lots more here as well.

Proud member of Realms Beyond, where such insanity is very much a tradition and fostered accordingly. :)

Posted: Jul 11th 2011 1:44PM Misterlee said

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It's not exactly an in game challenge but I set myself the task of completing one new game per month, so a total of 12 by the end of the year. I achieved it last yr and am doing the same this yr and it's great to get some variety!

As far as in-game goes probably making an 'undying' character in Guild Wars to get the title for leveling up without ever getting killed is the one that stands out the most.

Posted: Jul 11th 2011 3:10PM Palebane said

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Sometimes I will play a character with the intention of deleting him/her when they die. I like the idea of permadeath in games. Of course I usually play much more carefully. One of my favorite games to do this in is Fallout 3/NV.

Posted: Jul 11th 2011 3:59PM Faction 3 said

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When playing RIFT during the Free-Trial, the main challenge I added was trying to stay awake...

Posted: Jul 11th 2011 6:55PM Space Cobra said

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"Right now, one of my characters in Lord of the Rings Online is attempting to do every single solo quest in each zone before going elsewhere."

Wait?!?! What!?

Maybe I really am the most ineffiecient leveler out there: I tend to accept whatever quests in a starter/progressively-given area and try to do them all. Nowadays, some MMOs send me to another area (for delivery quests) and this can ruin it; well I don't set out intentionally to do this sort of thing. I was just taught to grab all the quests one can and do them. Some MMOs make it a bit easier to finish off an area before moving on and others not so much.

But I can get bored, too, so I role up an alt or just start exploring the terrain (and following those delivery quests). I...never thought of it as a "lifestyle"! X-D

I do admit I am a collecting achievement/badge-whore, but I try to keep that to 1-3 "main" characters, factions/sides not withstanding. Then it could balloon to 6 characters, but since MMOs launch with factions now, I try to just keep the focus to 2-4.

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