Have you ever played an MMORPG with a specific group?
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Hello everyone! This my first time making a topic here so please don't hurt me...

Today, I decided to ask how everyone plays MMORPGs. Specifically, I'm interested as to whether or not people go into a game with a group of people, each choosing a specific team role and playing as a group through the whole game.

If you have played this way, was it fun or too much of a hassle? Do you play with people you already know, or do you search the internets for people to play with?

For people haven't done this, do you normally just play solo, or do you start the game and search for a guild/group to play with?
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I play with a group of friends intending to play competitively with those friends, but we figure out our roles in the group after adapting to the game.

Posted 4/8/14
search for people on the game itself.

ppl I know in real life are not interesting in video gaming (it's for kids and people with no job/life according to them).

people usually make me play the Healer because I'm attentive to the role. like people won't die if i'm the healer. i'm extra attentive mainly because I hate it when people complain about dying... the first thing they do is blame the healer, instead of themselves.
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Normally I search in game for people to play with, someone who has abilities that complements mines. I don't do this tight away though; I collect friends as I go.
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Group it up over skype more fun the u can QQ about everything
Posted 4/9/14
I've never did static parties with friends from real life. I've leveled many classes and grinded many days with a set few people in a certain mmorpg though. Static parties are fun - getting to know another while having a trusted party member is one main reason I would play. I would never play that way with a set group of real life friends. In my many experiences with RL friends in mmorpgs (plural; many games, many groups) they are usually rude to non-RL friends and/or they just troll too much. I could never imagine only leveling with people from start to finish that I met in real life because in every instance I played with those I knew they always seemed to create a shell around their group instead of interact with thousands of the other players.

I know for a fact that one can be in a static party and still have plenty of time to do normal social activities in mmorpgs, including endgame fights with or without the guild they are in or even grind experience on other classes/characters with non-static party members. I've done it before. I just think it is a lot more rewarding to find likeminded players for your group in the world you all play in because from past experiences of - RL friends only or internet tavern X "let's play on Y server to form a guild on release" - I learned those people generally are extremely rude that aren't polite enough to find friends in the game so they preplan their mmorpg friendships.

Obviously, any rushed start to finish group I've ever done we preplanned which classes people should level. It is efficient. It is tremendously fun because even if all 6 people can't be their preferred role - at least we were all together and having fun. I literally always played the support classes and was never bored.

Just my views on the matter. I played the "Game of Thrones" in my day, but I also seen post-WoW preplanned group drama which is the bad kind of drama. It is usually the type you find in a game of a different genre like LoL and I'm sure a few of us know how toxic the 4-man premade is in that game.
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I've never did static parties with friends from real life. I've leveled many classes and grinded many days with a set few people in a certain mmorpg though. Static parties are fun - getting to know another while having a trusted party member is one main reason I would play. I would never play that way with a set group of real life friends. In my many experiences with RL friends in mmorpgs (plural; many games, many groups) they are usually rude to non-RL friends and/or they just troll too much. I could never imagine only leveling with people from start to finish that I met in real life because in every instance I played with those I knew they always seemed to create a shell around their group instead of interact with thousands of the other players.

I know for a fact that one can be in a static party and still have plenty of time to do normal social activities in mmorpgs, including endgame fights with or without the guild they are in or even grind experience on other classes/characters with non-static party members. I've done it before. I just think it is a lot more rewarding to find likeminded players for your group in the world you all play in because from past experiences of - RL friends only or internet tavern X "let's play on Y server to form a guild on release" - I learned those people generally are extremely rude that aren't polite enough to find friends in the game so they preplan their mmorpg friendships..


Interesting, I think I can see how playing with RL friends could easily prevent socializing with others, and make things awkward/difficult if they are being rude to others.

I'm curious, how do you normally go about finding people in the game to play with? I suck at dealing with people, so I always put off trying to find people to play with, thinking I will wait until I'm better at the game or something. Then I end up either bored with the game and/or in a random guild feeling like an interloper or like I'm the only one who is ever online.
Posted 4/10/14

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I'm curious, how do you normally go about finding people in the game to play with? I suck at dealing with people, so I always put off trying to find people to play with, thinking I will wait until I'm better at the game or something. Then I end up either bored with the game and/or in a random guild feeling like an interloper or like I'm the only one who is ever online.



I have two rules for playing.

1. For people to try their best
2. To be kind

I don't yell at people when mistakes happen which is related to rule 1. If they didn't know a certain encounter mechanic it is fine. When I said pre-WoW I meant I played the mmorpgs where wiping can cause one to lose experience and even de-level. One would think with harsher penalties than item repairs people would be mean and well - it is tied in with rule 2. I, and the community then, discriminated against rude people - in following one can imagine how.

It is hard not to make friends in a social game when it is clear that you want to improve and you're not mean about it looking down on others. I think it is really hard in current games with the popularity of "you can solo to level cap" mentality. One game I loved you needed at least 5 other people to do anything and that was where the charm of static parties was - when we all agreed on a time we'd level alts only with each other. I can only say from what I've seen in my time playing WoW and beyond and well... Until a good game comes out I doubt even I could make friends. I know some of the Everquest developers are working on something where being social and part of a team is worth something, but until then you may as well pretend you're a gorilla to fit in.

As for specifics - I played a lot. I rushed to endgame and I did server first clears. Finding likeminded individuals is easy when only a handful of players are 10-20 levels above the majority of the population. In those two games it was really about the world and how the players bent to its will and so it is easy to get close to people struggling through it all. In instanced based games, especially after LFD hype of online-alone gaming, I would suggest playing on a server that interests you then posting on the server forums about joining a group because it is hard to be recognized in such a me-centric game (random LFD/leveling to max as a solo/games where being rude has no penalties. I remember in my favorite game the community shunned enough rude people that they actually formed their own guild - this could never happen in most online games because I think most current only gamers suck as people and the minority would be pretend-gorillas trying to see content.

Again, my random thoughts on it. I wish you luck. I imagine even now doing world or server first fights is less about seeing the content and more about streaming it on Twitch and posting about it on forums. If you try to meet nice people rushing through the game you probably would meet people completely different than I did long ago.
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I try to look for people who like to take it easy, but will have a goal, "Serious Fun" is what i like to go by, people who will mess around when there is down time, and then pick it up when its time to shine. though its hard to find those like minded people in game cause they will either have an already tightknit group, or their like me and try to find people, fail and go ahead solo-ing as much as they can. I like being the supportive exploring type. not easy finding people who will put up with that.
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There is this group of "senpai" that i play MMO with but most of the time, they kept switching MMOs like literally every 2 weeks so i usually can't keep up with their speed so most of the time, i ended up as this casual player of their group while i mostly enjoy FFXIV : ARR and Mabinogi while occasionally play a few MMO with them if they need a party member
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Me and my best friend play together, if one of us gets bored of said game we both go to a different one rinse, repeat. Been doing this for 8 years roughly now. Other friends we meet either online or irl join us from time to time also and we generally pick roles that we can just crush dungeons, raids or pvp teams with.
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I try to play with my friends but we never get far. I'm alwys the DPS but I have always wanted to try other classes. I'm trying to find a good mmo currently.
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I use to be lucky enough to do mmorpgs with a group of 4 friends. Sense there was 5 of us everyone was always well equipped. 1 friend gives other friend piece of equipment for a role they don't play. That they got from a drop while grinding ect. Plus it far easier to know the prices of everything chances are someone seen the items you looking for being sold at 1 point. So chances of being scammed is lower. Less likely that few people will randomly disconnect. And leave you to fend for yourself at a Boss. I use to have friends come over to my place set there pcs up and we had a blast during pk trips. Of course now days there stuff like raidcall. But if someone can quickly look at your screen. It makes it alot easier in some games. Not to mention if you set up a certain dungeon running time. You don't have to hope randoms will login when you want to get your game on. Also mmorpgs are atleast 100x funner and less boring with friends. Not to mention now days most mmos have very bad communities. Sadly now days I play alone. Its terrible honestly. Healers to busy writing there friends to heal you. Tanks to busy talking on a phone to malice bosses. Dpses to busy eating or whatever there doing to dps.
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