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On Questing, what do you think?

Daiyanae
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I wish ESO had every single quest numbered, consecutively, in sequence, one after another. I know, that's redundant.

I loved questing when I first started playing with the thought of being able to follow the whole line, as a WHOLE story, without being distracted or wasting time trying to see which quest is actually next. Or having to know a whole bunch of other stuff to determine if they were related. It's like reading a great book, Open it, read it, finish. Start another. (I came from Skyrim) Yes, it's kind of 'mindless' following I know, but I loved that! Thinking that I could complete every single one in a zone was something I looked forward to.

Now, as much as I miss ESO and still love it somewhat, I dread starting again and trying to figure out where to start. (I had to take a break for health reasons) So I just keep the game updated and read the forums every day.

But I was wondering, would anyone else love it if the quests were numbered? Do you have trouble following the quest lines? Wouldn't numbering make it easier? Certainly easier to get ones unfinished.

It's probably not possible for them to ever do that, but I was just wondering. It's on my personal Wish List.
  • LunaFlora
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    numbering could help with dlc zones maybe?

    but the 3 alliance zone stories in the base game take place at the same time like Auridon, Glenumbra, and Stonefalls.

    and most side quests couldn't be numbered as there's no order to most of them.


    maybe an improved guide in the help menu that lists every zone in story order could be helpful, with the zones like Auridon, Glenumbra, and Stonefalls next to each other.


    there's posts like https://www.reddit.com/r/elderscrollsonline/s/mxtRIuhNNt
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    Edited by LunaFlora on March 8, 2024 7:25PM
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  • Sarannah
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    As someone who always quests(260+ zones 100% completed, not counting the starter islands which I also completed for 100%), I wouldn't want quests to be numbered. And I do not have any problems following the storylines/questchains.

    The way ESO's quests are set up is classic MMO style. The main quest leads you from questhub to questhub. Start the mainquest, and immediately complete every other side quest you run into(excluding DLC), then once you have done that follow the main questline again, which will lead you to encounter more side quests. Etc, etc. This will allow you to complete 95-100% of the quests in an area(some very rare side quests are off route). So always complete all sidequests before continuing the main quest again. (Note: I have also noticed it is really easy to find most of the mages guild books to progress the magesguild if you do not use "persuade"/"intimidate", as not using those often leads you straight to them.)
    This is the way ALL classic MMO's work(ed), and have always worked(since long before questpointers existed).

    Starting a new character is the best way to follow the questlines. The only problem I have encountered with doing questing like this, is avoiding the DLC questlines. Which should all just have different colors!! Even I often get confused about what is DLC or not.

    Welcome back to the game, hopefully this time your health will allow you to stay! :smiley:

    PS: Some side quests only appear after doing the prerequired side quest. The way described in this post also lets you encounter these.

    Edit: Forgot to mention: With my method, complete delves/world bosses/world events/crafting areas/public dungeons as you come across them, and move from zone to zone using the roads(not the navigators).
    Edit 2: This method also works well with AwA and multiple characters/alts. As you can track your progress for each character through their questlog.
    Edited by Sarannah on March 8, 2024 9:44PM
  • ArchMikem
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    I'm an advocate for locking Quests into a linear progression, similar to back when we had leveled zones. With so much DLC content available now, newer players are left most often than not completely lost and somewhat overwhelmed about where they should go and start. I've seen all the threads on here asking where the Story begins, cause ZOS has seen fit to make all new players start playing the new shiny first, and not the Wailing Prison.

    I'd personally LOVE if the game reverted back to Leveled Zones, it made progressing your character actually feel important and satisfying. The story also needs to be linear and easily laid out for players to follow along.
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  • Necrotech_Master
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    i personally see most quest as an individual closed element, the only ones that really chain together are the main zone story ones

    the primary zone story quests do have a separate quest icon to help differentiate them from a "individual" quest for a specific point of interest to keep them organized

    never really had trouble following the progression in here, even when ive gone back and redid some zone story quests
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  • Tandor
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    I think numbering all quests would be too massive an undertaking, with many conflicting issues arising between different questlines. Personally I wouldn't use it, but if it were viable to create and optional to display then I'd have no problem with it.

    I think a more viable approach might be to straighten out further the confusion that hits new players over the order in which to do the various zones including major questlines. ZOS made a start on easing in new players when they held back some questlines from new characters, but more could hopefully be done as part of a major QoL exercise.

    I am, however, opposed to bringing back levelled zones as it always made it impossible to decide when to do DLCs and other new content. Should I have left Orsinium until I had finished Malabal Tor, or should I have done Orsinium at its launch and then returned to Malabal Tor to find I'd out-levelled it? Removing that difficulty was for me by far the biggest benefit of One Tamriel.
  • TaSheen
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    I wouldn't love it. I like being able to pick and choose for each character which questlines (if any) I'm going to follow. I have one character who has done the entire Prophet MQ and also completed Cadwell's Silver and Gold. I've done the entire Prophet MQ on one other character, and that's quite enough of that.

    I'm a "snacker" or a "grazer" when it comes to quests; or if you like the word better, a dilletante. I haven't completed all of the zones on anyone and am highly unlikely to do so in future. Especially any of the zones with vampire and werewolf content. Not going there.
    Edited by TaSheen on March 8, 2024 8:49PM
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    I have to play through in order. But after doing it once, and having every new character being forced to accept soul shriven, my brains tripped and I cannot start another character. The prospect of doing it all again breaks my brain.

    Luckily I've settled on my necro main, who I enjoy playing very much for questing and PvP.
  • KaGaOri
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    It doesn't even have to be numbered per se. It would be enough to put some marker (like tiny star, or something) next to quest marker and in quest journal for next quest in story.
    Having to google where to go next is annoying. Especially if quest giver is twice in the same location - once for main story, second time for DLC (looking at you Abnur Tharn in Stonefalls Mages guild :s ).
  • katanagirl1
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    I don’t how long you have been absent from the game, but now the main story quests per zone have a different symbol over the questgiver’s head so you can differentiate them from a side quest now. I find that extremely helpful. Also, many of the dlc starter quests have been moved out of capital cities in the base game to reduce the clutter.

    I don’t think I would want the quests numbered, but it would be nice to see somewhere all the quests you have done. I’m a completionist though, and it would be great to be able to find the ones I have missed. It is probably too much data to track in game due to the large number of quests.
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  • TaSheen
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    I don’t how long you have been absent from the game, but now the main story quests per zone have a different symbol over the questgiver’s head so you can differentiate them from a side quest now. I find that extremely helpful. Also, many of the dlc starter quests have been moved out of capital cities in the base game to reduce the clutter.

    I don’t think I would want the quests numbered, but it would be nice to see somewhere all the quests you have done. I’m a completionist though, and it would be great to be able to find the ones I have missed. It is probably too much data to track in game due to the large number of quests.

    I.... think.... there's an addon that does that. But if you're on console that obviously isn't going to be a viable solution.....
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  • katanagirl1
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    TaSheen wrote: »
    I don’t how long you have been absent from the game, but now the main story quests per zone have a different symbol over the questgiver’s head so you can differentiate them from a side quest now. I find that extremely helpful. Also, many of the dlc starter quests have been moved out of capital cities in the base game to reduce the clutter.

    I don’t think I would want the quests numbered, but it would be nice to see somewhere all the quests you have done. I’m a completionist though, and it would be great to be able to find the ones I have missed. It is probably too much data to track in game due to the large number of quests.

    I.... think.... there's an addon that does that. But if you're on console that obviously isn't going to be a viable solution.....

    No it’s not an add-on. The main story quests have an arrow that is more “swirly” for lack of a different word, than the regular arrows.
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  • TaSheen
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    TaSheen wrote: »
    I don’t how long you have been absent from the game, but now the main story quests per zone have a different symbol over the questgiver’s head so you can differentiate them from a side quest now. I find that extremely helpful. Also, many of the dlc starter quests have been moved out of capital cities in the base game to reduce the clutter.

    I don’t think I would want the quests numbered, but it would be nice to see somewhere all the quests you have done. I’m a completionist though, and it would be great to be able to find the ones I have missed. It is probably too much data to track in game due to the large number of quests.

    I.... think.... there's an addon that does that. But if you're on console that obviously isn't going to be a viable solution.....

    No it’s not an add-on. The main story quests have an arrow that is more “swirly” for lack of a different word, than the regular arrows.

    Yes, that's true. But I do think there's an addon that shows all the quests you have completed in each zone. I went looking for it a bit ago, and haven't found it - so perhaps it's an abandoned one. I'm not a "tracker" or completionist - I just noted it in passing some while back.
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  • Daiyanae
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    I left one piece of data out on my original post. The numbering wouldn't be something you were required to follow, but only if one chose to do them that way.

    Thanks for the viewpoints ;).

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  • SilverBride
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    TaSheen wrote: »
    ...I do think there's an addon that shows all the quests you have completed in each zone.

    There is. It's called Journal Quest Log. I got it because there are quests that aren't included in the zone map completion and I like to do all of the quests. This add-on lists every quest and shows if they've been completed.
    Edited by SilverBride on March 10, 2024 4:45PM
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  • Potrimpo
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    TaSheen wrote: »
    TaSheen wrote: »
    I don’t how long you have been absent from the game, but now the main story quests per zone have a different symbol over the questgiver’s head so you can differentiate them from a side quest now. I find that extremely helpful. Also, many of the dlc starter quests have been moved out of capital cities in the base game to reduce the clutter.

    I don’t think I would want the quests numbered, but it would be nice to see somewhere all the quests you have done. I’m a completionist though, and it would be great to be able to find the ones I have missed. It is probably too much data to track in game due to the large number of quests.

    I.... think.... there's an addon that does that. But if you're on console that obviously isn't going to be a viable solution.....

    No it’s not an add-on. The main story quests have an arrow that is more “swirly” for lack of a different word, than the regular arrows.

    Yes, that's true. But I do think there's an addon that shows all the quests you have completed in each zone. I went looking for it a bit ago, and haven't found it - so perhaps it's an abandoned one. I'm not a "tracker" or completionist - I just noted it in passing some while back.

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