The problem with remaining isolated really comes when you hit endgame. As with many MMOs, DC Universe Online's endgame changes the way the game itself is played. At level 30, the PvE content turns into group-required progression through the pursuit of tier raiding gear. Players who remain solo and want to continue a PvE path will find it difficult to progress, thereby turning a fun game into a waiting game as they queue for instances that may or may not ever pop. As a case in point, I've recently jumped to the Villain side to see how the other half lives, and I'm also looking around for an active league to join. This got me to thinking about the best places to do just that and a couple of important considerations to keep in mind. So if you're on the hunt for a new home for your DC Universe Online characters -- or are looking to find more people to join your league -- then join me after the break!
If you aren't able to find groups much at all, then the next step is to start looking around through in-game chat channel recruitment or other external means. The first thing you should consider when you're hunting a league to join is what time of day you tend to play most often. If you are primarily online during the early U.S. afternoons (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or so), you might actually want to consider looking at EU-based groups. The time difference places you in the EU's evening, which means you'll be much more likely to have league-mates around when you like to play. If you play during the late afternoon in the Pacific timezone, you may want to look at a U.S. Eastern-based guild, since the addition of three hours puts Eastern U.S. groups in prime-time. If you play in the wee morning hours in the U.S., an Australian guild might be an option for you. There's no real point in joining a league, no matter how nice everyone is, if most of the members aren't going to be playing when you are.
For those on the hunt, there are a handful of great places to locate leagues that are recruiting. The most obvious ones are the aforementioned in-game channels and the DCUO PC and PS3 forums on the official website. The forums offer long threads with all manner of detail and information about the leagues that are recruiting. The nice thing about using the forums is that not only do they give you a bit of information about the group (more so than you'd pick up in /shout), but they offer posting history as well. This can help give you a bit more insight about the league by things the recruiter (often an officer) talks about. Similarly, you can also check the forums on DCUO Source or other game-specific fansites, which host a number of active recruiting threads.
If all the above options don't turn up a group that's just right for you, there are larger gaming communities that often create and run guilds in different games. These could be places like the general Penny Arcade community, a comic book site you belong to, The Older Gamers, Facebook discussion sections, or other sites you might not initially think of. As with any general communities, if you don't see a thread about the game already, make one! You might be surprised to find that friends you already know from another geeky internet locale also play DCUO as well. Additionally, I'd note that some forums require you to sign in to see posts, so don't dismiss an empty forum; there might be posts lurking just out of sight.
Finally, you already know about our super-cool Massively Overpowered league on Zero Hour, which is run by Larry (send a message to "Shaddoe" in game). However, much like Jell-O, there's always room for more. As such, if you're looking for more superheroes and supervillains to join your super-awesome league, be sure to leave a post below! Hopefully we can help some players find a good home, which will make DC Universe Online more fun for all of us.
Every week on Saturday, strip off the mask of your Alter-Ego and soar through the world of DC Universe Online with Krystalle, then catch up with Larry on Wednesdays as he showcases the superhero game on the Alter-Ego livestream. Send up a bat-signal to ping Krystalle or Larry with your burning questions. (Packages wrapped in green with a purple bow will be returned unopened.)