Politics is a dirty game. No matter how you look at it, people in general are very immoral. We are born to be selfish in this world. It is a trait that we have been given that allows the ability to survive... And yet ironically, our own selfishness and ego are often the ones that bring us down...
Instead of trying to repress your real desires and thoughts, it is best to live with them and actually USE them for good. What matters is how you use them, not what you use them for... And as much as I admit that I myself have done some social manipulation in FFXIV to get my way, I believe that anyone who is successful in game-politics consciously or subconsciously do the same thing.
I am posting this article to describe to everyone a great method to use your inherent amorality to actually GREATLY BENEFIT not just yourself, but other players as well. I call it Ethical Leeching.
I have been playing Guild Wars for a little bit and I must say that it has become my favorite MMORPG so far. I've touched EverQuest II, played LotRO for a few hours, and am playing FFXIV semi-hardcore, and those games do not compare to the enjoyment that I experience in Guild Wars. With all my experience playing all those games, I have learned how to... (gulp)... take advantage of players for my own good.
But it's not just about that. I have noticed that it is not always about you... Becoming someone who leeches off of people requires... not being selfish. It's weird. It's ironic. But it is the TRUTH.
Let us look at it in a very fundamental, no-brainer way. Imagine you are in Eorzea and you are a rank 30 marauder... or conjurer, or archer, whatever. Some rank 10 newbie waved to you, and let's say he did or said something that made you absolutely sure that he is trying to take something away from you (doesn't matter if it is gils, items, or your time to help him on some things.), what exactly would you do?
Thought so. There's no way in the world you will bother helping him/er, or at least it will lessen the likelihood of you helping him/her.
On the other hand, if you have someone who is rank 25 (while you're rank 30) and offers to share you his/her leves, you would definitely join him if you have the time. In my experience playing in Eorzea, I rarely have someone tell me that they would rather play solo than deny joining my levequests. It is how I made Eliza very notorious (both spawning HATERS and LOVERS.).
Compare these two sentences:
"Hi. I need help with leves! Help me plz!"
"Are you interested in joining my levequests? I'm willing to share them with you."
See the difference? Both players wanted the same thing, but the latter's lack of selfishness have made him look like a person of understanding and consideration. Those are the type of people who become LEADERS of the most epic hunt downs of Notorious Monsters and massive-scale-levelinking with fifteen people.
That is how you leech ethically. As much as you are doing something mainly for YOURSELF, you are sharing the benefits with other people.
I have gathered my knowledge and have come up with rules to follow when doing ethical leeching (in no particular order):
1. Keep your words short but full of achievable and genuine promises. Don't make an essay when it comes to searching a party member. People are busy and have no time to read a proposal on why they should join you on your levequests. Instead, say something short and promising like, "Hi. Would you be interested in joining my levequests? It should be fun and it'll give us a nice SP boost." The worst thing you will hear is "No thank you. I'm busy right now." And if they say something rude, you don't need to waste your time on them.
2. Once you get a good party, don't be greedy for more. It is important to realize that once you have acquired what you are looking for, you must stop. Don't annoy people by having them wait for you to search for more members.
3. Be patient. There comes a point where you reach the type of political savvyness to where you can effortlessly form a levelinking party out of nowhere. It does take time, but not forever. You will get there. There are also times when no one seems to want to party with you at that moment. It's okay. It happens to everyone.
4. Know your role. Perfect example... My Eliza Joran is a gladiatress who can't tank to save her life. In fact, her VIT is in teens and she is a rank 39 gladiator. Does this mean she's useless? NO. She's a crazy damage-dealer. As long as there is a decent healer in the group, she has no plans of inhibiting her attacking prowess. Knowing your role enables you to be confident in the group and makes you very active.
(There are probably more that I should add, but this is all I can come up for now.)
Good luck in your adventures.
Edited, Mar 9th 2011 8:53am by ViKtoricus