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Posted: Nov 16th 2011 12:15PM Arkanaloth said

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I've done the drive by kindness before... sure I'll do so again in the future.

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 12:18PM fidhren said

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Ahhh I remember a guildie coming and running us through The Dead Mines (He was lvl 60 amg!!!1), I had just started playing and I was all of err somewhere between level 15-20. Afterwards he gave me a whole 10 gold and I thought he was the most AMAZING person ever.

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 12:42PM Kaizlu said

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I've had similar experiences in the past, but the most recent one would be in FFXIV.

Some of the main storyline quest require a trip to high-level areas. And by high-level I mean areas with mobs 10-20 levels above the current cap. So, it's kinda hard sometimes. A few months ago I asked for a teleport to the camp near the place I needed to go, a girl (catgirl please!) helped me. No only did she teleport me to a near place, she helped me go trough the high level mobs and also helped me complete my quest.

Cats are nice.

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 12:51PM Archebus said

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When I first started playing Guild Wars soon after launch, I asked a question in the starter area, and a guy by the name Maive of Narsh ended up running around with me for at least an hour, showing me the ropes.

Just recently, I was talking to a new friend about GW, and mentioned the community, and more specifically, Maive. He replied, "Oh, yeah, that guy was awesome."

So, wherever you are, Maive, you certainly liked helping people, and left an impression.

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 12:54PM (Unverified) said

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I'll never forget my first week on City of Heroes (5 years ago). During a sewer run, the lovely Myth (I miss you girl!) followed our ragtag group of lowbies, she kept us healed and buffed. Since then I've always tried to 'pay it forward'.
Newbies need love, money and a sense of camaraderie- we've ALL been a noob once upon a time.
Being kind and helpful to newbies makes a better MMOG for all...

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 12:54PM Space Cobra said

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I've done my share of "random acts of kindness" or "Drive-By samaritanship" when I've been able to do so; being the higher level or just having more knowledge.

It's rarely gold I give; more like items that may be too low for me or I have repeats of. Of course, there is advise/instructions when someone seems desparate and no one seems to be paying them any mind.

Mind you, sometimes this is selfish, in that, I am farming for something and my inventory slots are full and I don't want to travel back to town or delete/destroy a perfectly good Uncommon/Rare/Very Rare item, even if it's low-level.

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 12:57PM StClair said

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Just the other night, someone in DCUO took the time (about half an hour, all told) to explain to me and another new player the basics of how to play the Controller role in that game.

In my main game, CoH, I frequently compliment people on good costumes and/or biographies, and will sometimes drop some inf on them as well (either a few thousand in a trade window, or by passing them a high-level enhancement they can sell).

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 1:27PM (Unverified) said

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Stepped into lotro for a bit a while back and I was doing an escort quest, happened to have a healer come by and heal me throughout the whole thing.

Now coincidentally that kinda thing actually annoys me a bit, but the thought was there so I sent him a tell saying 'thanks' and went along my way.

As to why it annoys me, in-case you're are wondering (if not, stop reading at this point) Having such a high level heal you as you run around killing stuff takes all the challenge out of it, and part of the challenge or chance of death adds to the fun of the game for myself.
Now if I'm about to die, and he gave me a heal, well then we're all good in my book. :P

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 1:31PM (Unverified) said

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@(Unverified) forgot to mention that the healer was max level. while I was about level 15 at the time.
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Posted: Nov 16th 2011 6:11PM EuchridEucrow said

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Drive-by style is always the best way to do this sort of thing. It gives to person you do it to a big pick-me-up and avoids fostering entitled beggars. Get in, get out, graciously accept the thanks(without expecting it), and move on down the road.

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 7:42PM (Unverified) said

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Happened to me so many times when I was first starting out in FFXI. Trying to get the subjob items, level cap quests, even when getting AF gear, someone would always be there ready and willing to help. Nowadays, that just doesn't seem to happen as much anymore, but I try to go out of my way anytime I see a newbie asking questions or looking for help with something. Gotta pay it forward.

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 9:49PM Halfcentaur said

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I remember the first time I played EQ, around 2002 or 2003. I left the city I started in and had barely gotten out the gates when a player gave me a full set of armor and some currency. The game ended up not having the visual flare I needed to let my imagination be taken away, but I always remember that fondly.

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 4:09AM nevin said

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Ironic you've used a picture of an Arch-mage when most of them won't even heal you and they're healers!

Posted: Nov 19th 2011 12:12AM Lumin said

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Item-wise, never.

I got the occasional free rez if I died far from my bind point in Aion, but more often than not people would just walk right by and I had to send whispers asking politely for a rez. And half the time, they would ignore that too.

In Eden Eternal because spawns/spawn camping was a pretty big deal, people pretty much never wanted to rez you if you had previously been grinding in a desirable location.

On my end I generally save people if they're about to die in PvE (throwing free CCs, usually). I don't get the same treatment in return, unless I happened to be grinding with a friend.

This is why I live by the silver rule. The golden rule is one-sided.

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