Why have so few english players understood that large parties = large skill bonus? been checking the recruit option for more than a week rank ranges 1-30 and never ever a real english skill party. Tons of JP tho. And they are like rank 40-49 atm.
What is the problem here? Eng players only want to solo? They don't understand that there is a large skill bonus in big parties? They don't understand that an MMO is meant to be played in a group? They don't understand how the party recruit option works?
I know there are at least 3000 eng players on my server but everyone is slooowly solo grinding blue mobs.
I can't read any JP (unless they write in romaji then I understand 50%)
half the parties say they are LS only. the other half are JP onry. and like 10% "tolerate" the random english pug-player.
bigger parties = mobs scale down their attacks. if you are 14 lvl 20's you can fight a 40 mob without the tank getting oneshotted (like he would doing it solo) Thus is why they also change colors depending on party size. I really wish SE would explain this to the community NOW. They did a good job telling us about the skill bonus in parties on lodestone the other day. Too little too late I think tho. Most Eng players already have given up due to the crappy solo grind.
A bigger problem than the party interface (I agree it's not user friendly but I have no problems with it except it being empty) is that nowhere in the entire 10-30 gameplay does the game suggest you to party. In wow you had to have a group to do instances and group quests. In FFXI you couldn't effectively go past lvl 10 without a party. Ppl understood this and adapted, they joined parties. But this game is another beast entirely. They wanted to make it solo-friendly. Well, this design also meant that there is no instruction or incentive to party play!
They have to do something like this: a new category of Party Battlecraft leves (on a separate cooldown) that FORCES players to have at least 5 players in party. The rewards should be a lvl appropriate weapon or armor. Spamming the market with gil is just a very dumb idea, everyone that has understood anything about free markets and economics know about this.
SE has to show players: This is how you party, this is how you get party skill bonus, this is why you need internet and a monthly fee to play this game in the first place.