I played Vanguard Saga of Heroes way later. Infact after it was sold to SOE and the Trial Island was introduced. Almost everyone I played with had more knowledge of the game. Being a second generation mmorpg player, I didn't realize what I was in for as far as difficulty. Even at level three I hit my first group cave, ran in and got destroyed by mobs. After two attempts, I actually thought this game is either extremely hard or broken. I'm only level three for Christ sake !....... Well I had to do something, I was too intrigued to quit. I had to humble myself and wait for others to group. The first player that came along, I asked to group and asked a million questions. We chatted for about fifteen minuets, that went beyond just the cave.....Very in lighting. We eventually kicked some butt in the cave, but more importantly I made a great friend at level 3 !
I over exaggerated this story a little to make a point.
This game is not an "I" game, but a "we" game.
Coming from World of Warcraft, Dungeons and Dragons and Everquest 2 I understood this concept, but not to this extent where you can't do very much alone. Even later on around level 12 I found you couldn't leave towns by yourself. I really learned the "we" struggle...... This was so fascinating and set the stage for a "new level" of a real mmorpg !!!!!
From here I made a vow to help others in a game that I was a noob at
I decided to study dungeon web sites, find in game locations and entrances, then start inviting anyone I could recruit from Veterans to beginners. Without having a clue and using the social panel I would invite and get groups together. I became good at it, infact great. I always had a group of people around me. Even Veterans of Vanguard would say how do you do this, the population in this game is low ?........ I would say...... I don't have a clue but I like being around people !!!...... Thank God, their was always someone else to take charge and I would let them go because I barley knew what I was doing. But one thing for sure WE ALWAYS HAD FUN.
I stepped out of my comfort zone. I'll do it again in Pantheon, to generate fun and make a huge amount of friends