I'm not even trying to level a combat class right now. My Gladiator just hit rank 13 tonight while grinding for shards. (Turns out that there's a rank cap for earning shards from mobs, and I hit it at rank 13
More to the point, I see a lot of people running around in groups and my grouping experiences haven't been bad, per se, but I get tired of crisscrossing the map with morons after a while. Nobody is really thinking, nobody is really playing as a team yet. I just joined a new LS last night and was encouraged to see a couple of people chatting in /ls as they were running around learning how to use battle regimens. Those are the kinds of players I enjoy spending time in a group with because they were taking time to just bomb around and practice skills. That's good stuff. That inspires me to want to take part in the things they're doing.
Random groups, "LFP goat grinding blah blah blah"...no. Because I'm going to find a goat and I'm going to tag it and then all **** is going to break lose while people mash away until their stamina bars are empty. Goat is going to die, two people are going to run east, one will run west, the healer will run south, and I'll be wondering if I can drop party without anyone noticing.
I would imagine that a well organized and coordinated group could do some really fun stuff, get lots of skillups and have tons of fun killing mobs that solo folk just can't manage but if more time is spent just getting people on the same page than fighting, I'll take my chances solo. I can slap dodos all over eastern Thanalan and have a great time doing it by myself. I don't need 4 other people irritating me with the brainless style of play that's prevalent right now. Edited, Sep 30th 2010 2:22am by Aurelius