So we have bunch of threads about max SP gain, leve-linking, leve-sharing, grinding on raptors and such. This all got me thinking.
I find that these days the shouts for Broken Water leve-linking parties are getting more and more common -- I assume because that's where most people go, and some of the best SP gain and such. I wouldn't know really, my highest being 35 (as of yesterday), I have only a couple of times ran (solo and duo only) the leves over there, and they are far from ideal SP gain (vs effort) to my lowbie person.
One thing about this all, though, is that I find grouping in this game to be mind-numbingly dumb. I never joined the 16 people eft parties, even though I had THM and CON above 20 back in the days of the old SP system. I usually hanged around empty camps so that I would do behest in groups of 3-4 people.
Nowadays, I play a "tanking" PUG build heavy on counter attacks (Haymaker 2, Jarring strike, Fracture and Feint are on my bars). I never use Flurry, because I'm always hitting Featherfoot or Foresight, or some kind of counter attack, or using light strike for the def/eva buff, and so on. I enjoy that gameplay a ton -- I enjoy soloing the NMs with it, or soloing leves at 4-5* difficulty, often facing mobs 14 ranks above me, two at a time, slowly withering down their HP.
But when I play in parties, I feel all the strategy and fun I get from this game is thrown the *******. I can barely reach a target and hit light strike that it's half dead, then some aoe nuke punches through the area, and it's generally.. well, chaotic and silent. Nobody has time to even type a funny comment or anything, it's straight business only.
So yeah, this is turning into almost a blog or LJ entry, but my point is, I have no fun in groups, no fun zerging bunch of harmless squirells and djiggas, and I can't see myself running the "best leves" like Levinshower every day, purposedly failing it so I get the chance to run it again, day after day until I ding 50.
Grinding on mobs seem to be in no better shape too, as mobs die in reportedly anywhere between 10 and 30 seconds. Latereg was throwing "20 minutes spent running out of 60" when grinding raptors --- am I alone in thinking this is not fun? Running around spawn points, killing a bunch of raptors, then running to the next spawn area?
And I loved XPing and PTing in FFXI so much ._.;