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#1 Nov 17 2010 at 7:34 PM Rating: Decent
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Hey all,

I don't know if this has been discussed, so if it has, don't hesitate to point to the post (I haven't found anything through searching).

I also don't know if it is a general problem, or only on my server (Rabanastre), but whenever I search for a party, I barely get any hits. Wherever I search from, I usually see two or three parties forming, half of which are usually just teleportation parties, and the rest of which are out of my level range. I am not being specific with the type of party or its requirements in order to get as many hits as possible.

I figure there HAS to be more parties forming than that on the server! Is the party search function limited in scope, am I not being specific enough in my search parameters, or are there really that few parties forming at any given time? Partying is about the only thing left I still enjoy in this game (until Squeenix finally turns things around), and even that is hard to do!

Any feedback is welcome!
#2 Nov 17 2010 at 7:43 PM Rating: Good
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what rank are you?

I find there are often a lot of shouts in uldah with parties forming. Also I have found it useful to just grab two other people - and go to a camp like Camp Glory where there are a lot of prey options - and start grinding with party search up. Last time I partied I did that and we ended up with like 10 people over the course of a couple hours. When you get more people move to harder prey.

for around 16-23 there are often parties around bloodshore/cassie hollow. I've gotten invited just by standing around a party in the right rank range.

It all depends on your level though.
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#3 Nov 17 2010 at 8:31 PM Rating: Good
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Olorinus the Vile wrote:
what rank are you?

I find there are often a lot of shouts in uldah with parties forming. Also I have found it useful to just grab two other people - and go to a camp like Camp Glory where there are a lot of prey options - and start grinding with party search up. Last time I partied I did that and we ended up with like 10 people over the course of a couple hours. When you get more people move to harder prey.

for around 16-23 there are often parties around bloodshore/cassie hollow. I've gotten invited just by standing around a party in the right rank range.

It all depends on your level though.


Thanks for the info! Right now, I'm level 25 Physical and 16 Pugilist. I guess at this stage, my best bet would be hanging out around the giant crab camps near Bloodshore...
#4 Nov 17 2010 at 8:35 PM Rating: Default
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I can rarely find a party. I have 6 linkshells now and not 1 person is ever on it. The total population of Fabul ranges from 890ish to 650ish. The server is dying.
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#5 Nov 17 2010 at 10:53 PM Rating: Decent
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Cassipia Hollow might be a good spot to hang out at also.

start your own party recruit, and use /sh exp party do you need it etc etc

you can try soloing the jellys in cassi, or maybe fat dodos near cedar and shouting for a party every now and then
#6 Nov 17 2010 at 11:04 PM Rating: Decent
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They should have just kept the search and LFP function of FFXI. The most I have ever seen at once with the party search is just one person seeking. Even when you do get in parties in this game, its normally just a bunch of melees playing solo in a party environment.
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#7 Nov 17 2010 at 11:05 PM Rating: Excellent
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I found it very effective to start my own parties during NA peak times at lower ranks. It seems many players in the beginning are too afraid to start a party or don't know where to go. There are players out there who want to grind, but don't know where to start!
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#8 Nov 17 2010 at 11:08 PM Rating: Decent
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Oh, and one thing I sometimes do is this:

When making a party recruit, set the condition to rank-6 - rank+6

I find it usually takes about 30 minutes to get at least 3 or 4 people in the party. Once you have 3 or 4 people you can fine tune the condition based on the rank of your current members.
#9 Nov 17 2010 at 11:14 PM Rating: Default
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Game is dying. Get used to soloing because server are going to get even more empty with this trend. ~46 000 players launch day, down to ~23 000 active players online today and falling.
#10 Nov 17 2010 at 11:17 PM Rating: Decent
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It's not that there isn't enough players. It's just that most don't use, or don't know how to use the party recruit/search function.
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#11 Nov 17 2010 at 11:27 PM Rating: Decent
I know where you're coming from because finding a party can be tough and I've seen people shout for hours with no luck. I actually think that at lower levels you should probably just try shouting because a lot of people might not know how to use the party search feature. (I for one am not too comfortable with it.) I'm on Rabanastre and I'm a Phys.LVL 20, Rank 17 Pugilist and I haven't had any trouble getting crab parties at Bloodshore through shouting.

If none of that works, another idea is to go look for parties near the mobs you want to grind on. They probably aren't looking at the party search anymore since they have one, but I doubt they'll turn down an addition to their party as long as you're in their level range so just approach and ask. Hope that helps.
#12 Nov 18 2010 at 12:38 AM Rating: Decent
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Scape13 wrote:
It's not that there isn't enough players. It's just that most don't use, or don't know how to use the party recruit/search function.


Most PPL group up in their LSs.

To OP, Best bet is to solo to 25. Than start actively looking for shells that are focusing on skilling up and work with them. when mass groups aren't available, send up a "looking for members" and solo around the desired camp till you get some hits. You're not going to get a PT by just standing around.

#13 Nov 18 2010 at 10:04 AM Rating: Good
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Update:

Hung out at the giant crab camp near Bloodshore last night. It took about 30 minutes and I came across a party that eventually invited me and became 10 people strong. Not bad. There's hope yet!
#14 Nov 18 2010 at 11:38 AM Rating: Decent
Scape13 wrote:
It's not that there isn't enough players. It's just that most don't use, or don't know how to use the party recruit/search function.


Agreed. I am one of them :)
#15 Nov 18 2010 at 12:55 PM Rating: Decent
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On a side note, Null Exception, it was nice partying with you today, however short it was. :)



Edited, Nov 18th 2010 1:56pm by Trellmichel

Edited, Nov 18th 2010 1:56pm by Trellmichel
#16 Nov 18 2010 at 1:37 PM Rating: Good
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Trellmichel wrote:
Update:

Hung out at the giant crab camp near Bloodshore last night. It took about 30 minutes and I came across a party that eventually invited me and became 10 people strong. Not bad. There's hope yet!


Glad to hear!

I honestly think limsa is the best place to find a PUG (for R16-R22) right now because there are a few areas near bloodshore with mobs of varying ranks. If you can pull together a healer, tank and DD Coerthas is a good place to start a party but you need to keep your recruiting tags up constantly to get more members.

Edited, Nov 18th 2010 11:37am by Olorinus
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#17 Nov 18 2010 at 1:45 PM Rating: Decent
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People shout a lot for parties but they don't really use the party recruiting menu; whats up with that?
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#18 Nov 18 2010 at 2:22 PM Rating: Excellent
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If I had to guess, it's so that people crafting will see there's a party forming. Otherwise they have to switch classes occasionally to check.
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#19 Nov 18 2010 at 2:27 PM Rating: Good
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Shijou wrote:
If I had to guess, it's so that people crafting will see there's a party forming. Otherwise they have to switch classes occasionally to check.


No you can do party search from whatever job - just pick out of the list what job you want to search for an opening for. So if you are a goldsmith you can easily search for a party for your R20 con
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#20 Nov 18 2010 at 3:23 PM Rating: Decent
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Olorinus the Vile wrote:
Shijou wrote:
If I had to guess, it's so that people crafting will see there's a party forming. Otherwise they have to switch classes occasionally to check.


No you can do party search from whatever job - just pick out of the list what job you want to search for an opening for. So if you are a goldsmith you can easily search for a party for your R20 con


I suspect its people effing hate dropdown menus and setting up level ranges manually. The search should come with a 5 level range set as default and have less options to click and drop in order to form or find a party
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#21 Nov 18 2010 at 3:45 PM Rating: Decent
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MajidahSihaam wrote:
Olorinus the Vile wrote:
Shijou wrote:
If I had to guess, it's so that people crafting will see there's a party forming. Otherwise they have to switch classes occasionally to check.


No you can do party search from whatever job - just pick out of the list what job you want to search for an opening for. So if you are a goldsmith you can easily search for a party for your R20 con


I suspect its people effing hate dropdown menus and setting up level ranges manually. The search should come with a 5 level range set as default and have less options to click and drop in order to form or find a party


I disagree, Sir! The current way it is managed is perfectly consistent with all the other crappy convoluted interfaces in the game. ;-)

(obvious sacrcasm)
#22 Nov 18 2010 at 3:57 PM Rating: Decent
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Trellmichel wrote:
MajidahSihaam wrote:
Olorinus the Vile wrote:
Shijou wrote:
If I had to guess, it's so that people crafting will see there's a party forming. Otherwise they have to switch classes occasionally to check.


No you can do party search from whatever job - just pick out of the list what job you want to search for an opening for. So if you are a goldsmith you can easily search for a party for your R20 con


I suspect its people effing hate dropdown menus and setting up level ranges manually. The search should come with a 5 level range set as default and have less options to click and drop in order to form or find a party


I disagree, Sir! The current way it is managed is perfectly consistent with all the other crappy convoluted interfaces in the game. ;-)

(obvious sacrcasm)


Tru dat. We can see this reflected on the ability setup menu actually.

I wonder who was it that decided to include so many dropdown menus in the UI. That guy should be fired right now.
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