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I never make new topics, but I was thinking about this the other day.
I think this game has been out long enough that we can all stop complaining about what it "doesn't" have, accept it for what it is, and figure out how to make the best of what we got. (And believe it or not, we got a lot.)
There seem to be so many topics about the community in this game lacking, and about people not doing PQs, and not doing RvR, etc. so I decided to make this topic for people to read and then discuss.
First the Community. I think a lot of people came to this game expecting a community to be in place. This simply isn't the case. The game is far too new for any community to have been established, and with the abysmal choices for chat channels, this makes things even worse. This is where we come in, the community. We have to develop the community ourselves. With the addition of the Region Chat channel, there is now a very easy opportunity for all of us, yes us, to start up this community that the game needs.
So read on, and feel free to add your own ideas for how this community can get going, given what we have. Try not to complain about what the developers could add to create a community. Focus on what we can do with what we already have to create the community ourselves. It's not up to the developers to make us play together.
1. Help. If you have a simple question about something, ask it in Region Chat. While there probably should be a Help channel, you have to make do with what you have, and the use of the Region Chat channel for Help purposes would probably draw the developer's eye to this. Also, in responses to people asking for help, be helpful. This is a new game, we're all n00bs, and we all will have questions about something even though some of us are max level and the game's only been out a month.
2. LFG. Regardless of how many open groups there are, there is still a great need for LFG. If you haven't noticed, Open Groups either say PQ, PvE, or RvR, and this has nothing to do with what you're "actually" doing, so it's not very helpful. Use the Region Chat, and RvR - Region Chat, and sending tells, to find out what people are up to, or to let people know what you're doing. If you need help with a BO, then ask for it. If you want to form up a Keep Siege, then let people know. If you want to do PQs for a certain chapter then let people know. Yes you'll have to do the leg work in most cases, but it will develop a sense of community and working together that is much needed in this fledgling game.
3. RvR. Using the above suggestion of finding RvR warbands through Regional Chat, the Open Group system and also through plan ol' Sending Tells and seeing if people would be interested, get some Open World RvR going. If there isn't anyone out in the RvR areas, take back any Battlefield Objectives you can, and if there's a keep that the opposing realm owns, just go up and attack the guards if you don't have a big enough warband to take the keep. This will alert the other realm via the map (which more people check than you think) that the keep is under attack, and believe it or not, they'll come to defend it pretty quick.
So now I'm going to leave this thread open to other suggestions for how to develop community, how to work with others, and how to really get the RvR and Public Quests going, since we all know by now how population dependent the game is.
Please don't use this thread (or at least minimally) to complain about a lack of community or to bitch and moan about other things. If you really feel that way, then start chatting up some people in-game, not on the forum. This thread is intended to get people talking about how we, the community, can help to develop it even further and hopefully get something in place so that newcomers don't see what we've seen with a desolate community where it's hard to find groups.
I live to fight, and fight to live.