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Here is a video a new player created about this experience dealing with the Darkfall community.
Smaller communities definitely tend to have far more collaboration and civility. This is true of both games and real life. The problem with mainstream games isn't that they have large communities, but that they try to force those communities into one big pile rather than offer mechanics to let the communities divide into smaller groups. It's counter-productive and flies in the face of how people are wired.
There isn't a "right" or "wrong" way to play, if you want to use a screwdriver to put nails into wood, have at it, simply don't complain when the guy next to you with the hammer is doing it much better and easier. - Allein"Graphics are often supplied by Engines that (some) MMORPG's are built in" - Spuffyre
Yes coz you have to interact with the players. You can't solo in a niche mmo like DF, there's no BG or arena and you need an easy access to buy back what you want. You need a sufficient amount of friends to participate in all activities. Since interaction is the Keyblade, Voip programs like ventrilo are a must and you can't trust players you don't know because of the FFA and full loot nature of the game. In a niche mmo, when a theme park feature is present, you and your clan will have to compete to win that ride of the day.
In a game like wow, the community is as good as the community you see when you enter a theme park in real life. You see a lot of peeps everywhere, but you don't know them, they don't attack you, they don't have to talk with you since you are nobody for them. You step in a ride and suddenly, 20 others follows you, but you don't know them. The ride is over and you go in the next one.
So the difference is that in a niche, you have to make friends to survive. In a them park, the solo part is not a real solo experience and you don't feel like you're in the jungle, in danger at all moments.
DF has been struggling with low pop since the start so everyone puts on their best behaviour when a new face shows up, they want that new player to stay.
Beyond that DF is also a full loot PvP game so naturally it'll have more socializing and player cooperation than your average brain dead themepark that can be played solo from start to finish.