The Daily Grind: Are you active or passive in finding groups?

    
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The Daily Grind: Are you active or passive in finding groups?

Sooner or later, it happens. You hit a moment in a quest chain or need to finish that dungeon for some fool reason. And so you need help. You need… a group. The question is, how do you get it?

I’ve observed that there are both passive and active players in MMOs when it comes to groups. The passive crowd waits for someone else to advertise that a group is happening or relies on the game to draw them into a party. The active crowd puts out the word that help is needed or takes the extra initiative to form a group.

How do you go about finding groups? Do you do it passively or actively? And do you feel that this reflects on your personality?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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Bannex

Where does using the matchmaking or dungeon queue person fit in?

Historically, I often chose whichever was fastest. I’d spam LFM and LFG. Then I’d run whatever I was trying to do, get super bored about 15 min in and then swear off raiding or whatever because it sucks.

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Rndomuser

I use dungeon queue tools if game forces me to do this to experience some area or progress the story, outside of that I don’t really look for any groups, unless I want to play with people whom I have known for some time.

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Zero_1_Zerum

In ESO, I’m mostly passive with the random group finder for dungeons and keeping an eye on guild chat. But, if I’m in the mood to hunt world bosses, I might ask in area chat or guild chat to see if anyone else wants to join.

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Anstalt

In PvE, im active in finding groups. I’m comfortable leading in PvE and starting a group myself is the best way to get a group. Most players are passive too, so starting a group usually brings a lot of responses so I’ll get my group quickly.

In PvP, im passive as I’m not a very good PvP leader so don’t want to be responsible for leading people in the wrong direction. You also tend to need to coordinate with other pvp groups and know their leaders, which isn’t something im good at.

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Danny Smith

Depends how active it is. Like a good recent example is my experience levelling a horde alt in WoW classic and trying but finding no groups to run anything below zul farak level, the server by and large seems to have shrunk down to a dedicated number of mostly max level characters who log in to raid and sell black lotuses but thats about it. Thats the kind of situation i would use a group finder because the old fashioned way is not working given the server situation.

Conversely in FFXIV the new Bozja warfront zone is simply a case of “hey rank 14 Red Mage lfg” and bam you get an invite instantly and spend the next two hours or whatever the instance limit is farming fates, killing bosses and hoping the dreaded Red Chocobo doesn’t show up to wipe the group. Its swings and roundabouts based on the general player activity rather than go to convenience really.

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Paragon Lost

Both.

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MilitiaMasterV

I’m generally more active. I put out the call in local zones/general chat if I’m doing a bit of group content and generally don’t mind running with randoms/PUGs. But with LFG tools, you can’t really BE active, so those you’re kinda forced to be passive and wait for it to pop.

Before LFG tools, it was one of the only ways to DO that kind of content…usually you’d have to walk up to the entrance and sit there waiting for others to show up or ask them if they needed help.

Nowadays I tend to just avoid group content/play solo for the most part, unless I see someone getting utterly uber-stomped and decide to jump in on a open map group fight to keep em alive. That is definitely something the LFG tools have made more difficult…because people generally don’t even know where the entrances to a dungeon actually is nowadays, and just let a LFG tool teleport them to it, and then go right back to whatever they were doing. I consider that kind of lazy design…even if it is ‘more convenient’ for people.

It bothers me to have to sit in a group finder and wait for a pop-up that usually has some jarring sound, and comes when you’re mid doing something already…and so when I’m sitting in a group finder, it’s usually when I’m bored sitting in town just bouncing/talking to people…and that shouldn’t be the only time you want to socialize…

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EmberStar

I am actively opposed to finding groups. I will avoid random teams whenever possible, even if it means the mission is harder or provides less rewards. (Since rewards often scale with team size and difficulty does not, it it quite often both harder *and* provides less rewards to solo.)

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NeoWolf

I’m a soloer by preference. As such if I can do something by myself I will, if I cannot then I will ask my friend if around, if not then I will PUG. I do not like to PUG.

I don’t have any issues or complaints in regard to grouping if friends need help, happy to do it, but once done I’ll go back to doing my own thing PDQ as that is just as noted my preference.

Many years ago when I first started playing MMO’s, I was a full time raider, and as such almost every second of my gametime was define by someone else’s schedule and wants and for years that was fine but it took a tol, to the point of me coming to really dislike grouping altogether.
I found my joy in MMO’s again doing my own thing, in my own way in my own time and that is to this day how I typically play. Love being social while playing and am always chatting but in terms of grouping unless it is something I suggest or offer, or is done to help a friend in need then it is typically something I avoid, for fear of feeeling the way it used to make me feel.

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quark1020

I prefer not to go through the hassle of looking for help, but Ill do it if i need to.

For example, if I’m playing alone, I just keep an eye out for groups forming while I go about my business.

However, if I’m playing with friends or family, or otherwise short on time, then I’ll do the leg work to get players.

This is all assuming a game doesn’t have LFG tool, though. If it does, you bet I’ll use it.