AFK, prep and mobile-tie ins

This weekend has been dominated, in part, by gaming preparations for an AFK break – we’re off on holiday from tomorrow. For the MMO player that means certain specific tasks are probably due: like checking for almost expired mails on all your characters, sending off all the  research-type tasks that you can, saying “au revoir” to guildmates so they know why you’ll be absent, etc.

I was playing Everquest 2 anyway to level my woodworking; so checking skill research was easy enough on the three characters I have high enough to be eligible for these free skill quality upgrades. Four characters have housing that needs regular rent payments too, though you can pay up to just over a month in advance, so a short holiday is easily covered.

Long research times can be a bonus

In Elder Scrolls Online, I have research tasks on my blacksmith to manage, but they take a day at most so that character will be idle for pretty much all of the time I’m away. I still have plenty of items gathered from the last couple of sessions to feed into my trait research, but given the long times needed (12-24 hours mostly), it’s going to take a couple of weeks of casual play to clear them all.

A dozen items = over a week of research time

For World of Warcraft there is the Companion App to manage class hall tasks while we’re away. That’s a whole other post probably; as there’s a danger of not unplugging from gaming, as part of normal life, if I use the app too much while away.  Still it is very nice to have the app as an option. In preparation for going away we spent a good chunk of time running the weekly “20 world quests” task to get 5000 hall resources, I managed it on three characters in the time I had free. That chunk of resources is more than enough to feed class hall missions for the time we are away.

The Companion App covers a lot of class hall functions

This then shows an advantage that World of Warcraft has over the other games I play, it allows me to manage certain “busy work” tasks that might only take 5 minutes to arrange from the phone app. If I’m at the library or on a lunch break at work I can still engage with the game without needing the full client. Likewise when travelling for leisure or business, I can still keep my characters ticking over. I’d like some kind of crafting app for ESO as many of the crafting professions need a similar amount of daily attention as do WoW’s class halls. Indeed, I’d even like a remote way of managing my Everquest 2 character’s skill research although a full-blown app would be overkill, perhaps via a website interface like WoW’s armoury?

As an aside I will be afk for just over a week. I have a couple of further posts scheduled, but will not be able to respond to comments straight away. Happy gaming in the meantime!

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