Olorinus the Vile wrote:
Also don't be afraid to use the party search function. I used it today to find my party.
I'll echo this, it's really nice being able to just auto join groups. Sadly most US players do not use the recruit function! do it people! Another little pet peeve is that most people don't specify a group location..very annoying.
I can't. I've tried. I really have. I just can't deal with the horrible, horrible style of play people are bringing to groups these days. They aren't even really in a group. They're a bunch of individualists with a healer or two to keep them alive while they whack away at things that they wouldn't have been able to kill solo. And because of the chat limitations + "no attacks= no SP", it's not even a social thing. I could handle a little comraderie and slower killing, or fast killing with some semblance of order and thought given to generic group mechanics, but it never, never happens. It's rare that any group I head out with has the same faces in it an hour after starting than it did when it was first formed. People do stupid things and die, or do smart things and wind up dead anyways because everyone else is trying to recover from something stupid someone else did, and then people start leaving.
It's like the early days of Sky roaming parties from XI or a really, really bad dungeon PUG in WoW every single time I join a group. I would imagine if confronted the baddies would find some way to blame SE for it. All I see are a bunch of people with no clue and if someone asks me why I don't use the party function, it's because I'd rather solo for 1k SP/hour if that's the best I can manage than waste time in a trash PUG.