Since talking a little about different MMO juggling plans, I’ve continued to think on the subject. Lots of people have come up with other ideas, and I’ve been a little worried looking at the calendar for this fall. None of my plans felt right for me, but after some thought, I might have something that will work better.
I’m calling it the Three Quest Plan. The idea is not to rotate based on days or time, but on accomplishments. In this case, playing an MMO until I’ve done three quests, then go to the next one. Maybe game A takes an hour and a half while game B takes 30 minutes, I won’t worry about that.
So when Guild Wars 2 rolls around, I’m looking at this:
- 3 quests in LOTRO
- 3 quests in RIFT
- 3 quests in The Secret World
- 3 quests/events/heart areas in Guild Wars 2
- Rinse and repeat
That actually makes me feel more calm, just looking at it. Three quests feels about the right length of content to stay in a game (one or two would be too few, more than three could feel like a chore if I’m looking forward to the next game on the list). It keeps me balanced between the games, doesn’t have me spending too much time away from any one title, and keeps me advancing across the board.
It also will tailor itself to however much time I have to game any particular day or week. I only get an hour? Maybe I can hit only one or two games on the list, but the ones I didn’t will be next in line tomorrow. Have a few hours to splurge? I might be able to get around to all of them and then even loop back to the beginning.
It’s not a perfect plan, I’ll grant you that. It doesn’t make allowances for dungeon runs or non-quest related activities. It still might have me logging in and out far more frequently than I’m doing now. But I’m hoping to strike a nice pace that gives all the games a fair shake while not wasting my subscription time.
I’m putting this plan into action as of today, and I’ll let you know in a week or so how it’s going.