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I think there is only one solutions that works for the group vs solo conundrum.
First of all, let me explain the problem for groupers to the solo crowd. I am never, ever, ever, not ever, asking you to LET me group in a game. I really do not care if i CAN group if I want to. Grouping for no reason is pointless, not fun, and IMO retarded.
What I want to make grouping fun is a challenge. So the difficultly level has to be set up high to make it a challenge for a group. If you set the difficulty low enough so it can be done solo, the challenge is gone for grouping, which makes the grouping no fun, because it's like doing 50 extra laps at Nascar after you win the race. Why? Sure you COULD do it, and no one is going to stop you, they will LET you do it. But why would you if you've already won the trophy? Makes no sense, would not in any way be challenging or fun.
So if I can solo the content and get the xp and gear, sure I COULD group, and you will LET me group, but why would I if I've already got the xp and the gear soloing? Makes no sense, would not in any way be fun or challenging, just like riding around the track and extra 50 laps in a Nascar race after you win the trophy would be pointless. They will LET you do it, but now you've got the trophy, seems rather silly.
So I'm asking for a 100 lap race. NOT a race that is 50 laps, and you will LET me ride another 50 laps after I get the trophy just because it's "fun". It's not fun anymore, because you've made it a 50 lap race, NOT a 100 lap race any longer. I actually want to have a 100 lap race, with no short cuts.
Now, what if you say, but I don't have time to run 100 laps. That's not fair! Let's make it a 50 lap race, and you CAN do the extra 50 laps if you want to, and we'll both get the same trophy. THERE! Now there's a choice, so you should be happy!
Uh, no, now we have a 50 lap race, and you'll let me ride around the track an extra 50 times like an idiot for no reason. I'm not happy with that, never will be.
So, how to we make you happy and give you a 50 lap race, and make me happy and give me a 100 lap race in the same game?
Only way to do it is separate servers. You get tons of solo content on your server, and can easily solo to the cap if you want, and you CAN group if you feel like it, but never have to group if you don't feel like it.
On my server, solo play will be a long hard difficult struggle, at least 4x longer than taking on the content in a group.
There, now I'm happy because your solo content hasn't ruined my grouping game, and I'm not "forcing" you to group. Only way to do it and make both of us happy.