Working the numbers in MMORPG party searches.
By ViKtoricus Fergoozo. (Originally posted at mmorpg.com)
Whether you like it or not, not everyone is willing to party up with you even if your offer is extremely plausible and beneficial to their own cause. Maybe they are about to log off, about to join another party, busy crafting, whatever. However, this should NEVER stop you from creating your own ideal party. There is a way to do it.
Work the numbers. And what I mean by that is you have to learn how to do mass party-invitations without spamming. And you may be wondering... how? Heh. Here is how it is done.
Timing is important, but it's not always about logging on at the same place at the time in which most players are active. It does involve LOCATION. The first step in working the numbers is that you must be at the right place at the right time. It is common sense, but if you are one who doesn't implement it yet, you have to start now.
Once you now have a basic gist of proper location and timing, you must learn how to sell yourself. Think of it as a business negotiation. The more you beg, the less likelihood that the deal will be off. Even a ghetto drug-dealer has to have something of value to offer. Usually, when I am "selling myself", I almost always say the exact same thing. "Are you up for some fun quests with good rewards?" It is what I use when playing Guild Wars, Lord of the Rings Online, and EverQuest II. It works.
Now, just because you have something good to say does not mean you are automatically allowed to spam the message on every chat page. Personally, if you are playing on a game that has an excellent LFG (looking-for-group) tool, then use it. Make sure that you don't mindlessly spam it every 5 seconds. Keep it frequent, but don't just put it in on very short intervals. You'll only annoy people if you do.
On the other hand, some games are actually better done by sending people "whispers" or "tells". If it has the shout option... don't use it. I have learned from my experience that individually sent, private messages are much more potent than a "shout" message.
Party searching requires patience. People don't fall on your lap, and cooperative members don't grow on trees. Keep sending out invites and wait for someone to join...
Fast forward, you now have a party. It COULD be better by maybe... searching out one other party member. Maybe a healer, an extra damage-dealer, a stronger tank, quicker thief, etc. But you have to keep in mind that people's times are precious. If you plan on recruiting more people in your party, make sure your current members are willing to wait. If they are not, politely leave the party, or just go on with them. You can't always have it your way. Burger King.
Your conduct while you are in a party is a separate article of its own. Until then, have fun. Find great members and great things shall happen to you...
(P. S. How do I properly insert pictures on my posts?)
Edited, Mar 18th 2011 1:14pm by Osarion Lock Thread: flame bait