Update: They seem to have re-implemented raids along with now accepting paypal. Unsure if it means if group should be avoided or not as of yet.
Since this hasn't been put here:
RUMOR:Players are supposedly being banned for joining a party and killing mobs.
First noticed: http://massivelyop.com/2017/07/12/secret-world-legends-may-be-punishing-groups-for-farming-xp/https://www.reddit.com/r/SecretWorldLegends/https://www.reddit.com/r/SecretWorldLegends/comments/6mtxof/funcom_one_rule_for_a_streamer_another_for_a/https://www.reddit.com/r/SecretWorldLegends/comments/6mt0ik/can_we_please_get_a_dev_response_to_these_banned/
Some community posts / thoughts regarding such:
When rumors (or rumours) are flying that players are being
banned/suspended for doing what everyone has being doing since the dawn
of the MMO invention, because the game company failed to communicate the
real reasons for doing so…is just not going to end well in the PR
See that is the crux I only heard about
the actual mechanics of the exploit this morning. Raids were suspended
on 10th so that is two days someone could have unwittingly fallen into
this and end up with a ban. For me what Funcom should have done on the
“Funcom news: We have suspended raid groups due
to a bug that caused unintended xp gain killing mobs in a group. While
we have taken measures to limit the damage this bug will cause anyone
who exploits the bug before the hotfix is applied will face having their
That way everyone knows what is at stake and the consequences of
pushing things. As it is now we are looking at a cloudy puddle of poop
that could have easily been avoided. As you say PR will take a hit when
Funcom really want to be building hype for the steam launch."
So it’s finally happened…an “MMO” that’s banning people for grouping"
If grouping is considered an exploit in a MMO, someone failed
massively at their job. I’m not sure if that someone is in the dev
department (for the issue) or the PR one (for not calling it a single
player only game), but still.
If that’s what is going on, then it’s beyond absurd"
It goes without saying that grouping with people to maximize experience and resources has been in most MMOs. In fact, they typically offer party experience buffs for doing such and being social. Though I suppose a "shared world" online game might be different as a whole? I still haven't got past level 17 since I was waiting for the patron buffs (and new payment system, as I don't want to use Hipay), so I don't know the extent to all of this. Though raid functionality was halted a few days ago without much word.
When I was playing beyond just logging in for daily rewards, I heard people talk about grouping with friends or other players for fun and to grind monsters / maximize their gains. This is just such a common thing to see and to do in MMOs -- especially the want to min/max -- that this is mind boggling. I would have joined them since this isn't my first online game and I've grinded mobs for experience in dozens of games while in parties. There are even MMOs dedicated to that core feature, including Black Desert, RO, Final Fantasy MMOs (esp XI), WoW during Vanilla and WoD / Legion with apexis farming and world quests, etc.
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