Originally I wrote, “What makes for a good MMO party?” but that can obviously be construed in a more business-like, less get-down-and-funky sense. In any case, every once in a while I see guilds or even servers throw virtual get-togethers with plenty of fake food, fake ale, and very real musical performances.
This got me thinking because almost every time I attend these parties, I feel absolutely antsy. What am I supposed to be doing at these places? Roleplay? Stand in a corner and stare at everyone with unblinking creepiness? Use the opportunity to check out the guild house? Participate in costume contests and games? Get acquainted with the game’s emote list? I am actually more awkward at virtual parties than I am real ones.
But I assume that some of you are more experienced at throwing and attending shindigs in MMOs, so I wanted to get your thoughts on this. What makes for a good party, and how do you keep your guests entertained?