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LFM LFDs In MMOs PLZ THX

Fall of the Lich King

Replacing "fall" with "fail" would be such an easy joke.

I had planned to write a post about the LFD-tool, since it’s been one of the hot MMO-topics lately. I had even written a paragraph or two before going back, reviewing what I had written and then deleting that chunk of text. There’s been so much said about it lately, that I’m not really sure that I can add very much to the discussion (feel free to point out more links to LFD-related posts or forum entries in the comments).

All I will say at this point is that it’s a powerful tool. There’s been a LFG-tool in WoW for a long time, but it’s never been very useful. Blizzard just took that tool, revamped it, made it easier to use and added cross-realm search and voila, you get LFD. Are we getting less social because of it? Not me, since I never PuGged before. The whole idea of the dungeon quickie, where all you say is “hello” and “thanks for the group, bye”, fits me perfectly.

The only daily I might do is the Jewelcrafting daily, and I’m always extra happy when it’s the daily to kill members of the Scourge – that means that I won’t have to go out and, you know, look for mobs to kill. Pop into a dungeon run through the LFD, kill an undead or two, hit up the bank, craft, cash the quest, profit. I did the Tournament dailies for a couple of days, but I don’t really see what they have to offer for the absolute drudgery that is WoW’s “mounted combat”. I also bought my way to Exalted with Sons of Hodir, one of those reputations I should have fixed way before entering Naxx, so I didn’t have to do their horrible daily quests. Yuck.

Will it always be like this? I certainly hope not. Cataclysm will hopefully stir things up a bit, but that remains to be seen. It’s not that there hasn’t been any new content added to WoW since I left, but I’m just tired of Northrend. I just want to get that continent over and done with, just like Outland before Wrath of the Lich King was released. Some new zones, not just new content added to the old ones, would do wonders right now. Until then, I’ll be happy just popping into quick dungeons – just like I spent most of my time in Warhammer Online queuing up for PvP scenarios.

Fail of the Lich King

Oh, wait... /cry

Are we becoming more and more anti-social? Maybe. But haven’t we been that way for a long time? Blizzard have always got a lot of flack for turning their MMO into a more and more solo focused game. The LFD is just the logical follow-up for this kind of gameplay and I’m sure that most people love it. I can’t help feeling that the tool in itself isn’t complete, that it needs the updated guild tools/functions. We’ll see.

Actually, I wish that more games had similar tools – especially for people like me, who moves from MMO to MMO, would benefit greatly from a system like this. It would be an awesome way to see group content without having to bother with finding a guild first. I usually feel like the annoying newbie when I end up in guilds with players mostly sitting at level cap (like in Vanguard, SWG, LotRO and EQ2). Right now, there is a wall between me and the community in most new MMOs I try out. Until now, the same could be said for new players to WoW – now, they can easily get to see dungeons that just a few months ago stood completely abandoned. Deadmines and Uldaman are still really cool instances, and newbies no longer have to beg level 80s in Stormwind to rush them through that content.

Ooops, I did end up with an entry about the LFD-tool anyway.

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This little rogue had to stay at home

Colin over at Massively has written a new Anti-Aliased post about dual-specs in World of Warcraft. Personally, I’m not a big fan of the system, at least not the way Blizzard plan to implement it, but I haven’t really figured out why I don’t like it yet. I’ll get back to that subject at a later point. But there’s one thing he writes, something that I’ve seen written across forums and blogs before, that I’ve always wondered about…

Groups will find that they can do dungeon easier with less people, as players will be able to switch across multiple roles. This means pure classes, such as the mage, priest, and hunter will also have a tougher time finding groups. Why take the hunter when you have a paladin who can do protection and retribution and has the gear to outclass the hunter in both cases? Certainly it’s bad now, but it can get even worse because now the paladin can fulfill both roles while in the dungeon, when the hunter cannot.

Seriously, what kind of people do you guys play with? I’ve played a “pure” class, a rogue, in World of Warcraft for the last three years or so. I do DPS, period. Even when the rogue QQing on the official forums was at its peak, when rogues everywhere were lamenting the fact that there were so many classes that would be chosen before them in raids, have I had to stand on the sidelines because of another player with another class taking my spot.

Really? Rogues might not be the insane DPSers they once were, but if you are playing with people that won’t have you in raids because of your class and the minuscule amount of damage difference between you and someone else, quit your goddamn guild and find a new, more understanding one. And if you don’t get into a PuG because of your class, do you really want to be in that particular PuG to begin with?

People keep whining about other classes making their own obsolete, but does it ever actually happen? Or is it just a typical example of misplaced QQ? The grass is always greener and all that.

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