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Posted: Dec 29th 2011 5:32PM Spacegrass said

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I've had the same problem. Have you tried using a healing companion instead of a player? I haven't gotten far enough into the game to get one, so I don't know how well it works.
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Posted: Dec 29th 2011 5:52PM KvanCetre said

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And I rolled a tank, rather than a healer this time around -_-
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Posted: Dec 29th 2011 6:53PM (Unverified) said

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My server always seems to need dps. What an interesting turn of events!
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Posted: Dec 29th 2011 5:35PM (Unverified) said

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I don't know about everyone else, but I have grouped almost constantly in SWTOR. I think I had a couple hours on Tython is was soloing, and then maybe a total of an hour after that that I have soloed. But I have grouped constantly other than that. Now it helps that I have a good friend who is a healer and I am a tank and we are together almost constantly in the game. It also helps that I have a nice guild to call upon for additional people. But so far I have not been lacking in terms of groups for TOR. I say they keep it as it is.

Posted: Dec 29th 2011 5:41PM (Unverified) said

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My characters are DPS-only and I have never waited more than 15 minutes to find a group for anything, either heroic quests or flashpoints.

The game officially launched not even ten days ago! People are still getting used to new things, doing their story and a lot are not high level yet. Of course there will be some times when you can't find other people to do what YOU want to on your schedule.

MMOs are being ruined by impatience and gamers ar5e a dying breed. There are only people who play video games.

Posted: Dec 29th 2011 5:45PM (Unverified) said

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@smartstep

Took longer than I thought to get to the poster who would inevitably say, "LOL MASSIVELY GETZ PAYED 2 TALK ABOUT TOR LULZ I HAEF FIGGERED IT OUT LULZ"

/sigh

Moron.

Posted: Dec 29th 2011 5:47PM FrostPaw said

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There is a LFG tool, you can search who is LFG and you can tag your LFG message with what you want to group up for.

Personaly I think announcing in general is adequate, I never used to be a fan of shouting out to the zone what you needed help with but actually it tends to get people offering to help more than relying on people to actively use a lfg tool.

People who dont need the content are unlikely to search you out via the tool while people who see you calling for help may decide to just help despite not needing the content simply because they know your name or have nothing better to be doing.

Posted: Dec 29th 2011 5:47PM Deadalon said

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Like some ppl have said before. SWTOR is a single player story driven game with sub fee. So in fact. Offering players to group up makes them discover they have the same companions... and they are on the same quests to cure their master (same master).

So no. SWTOR does not need better LFG. It needs to remove the sub fee and let ppl play it as a normal single player game. Cause the rpg system and story does not support anything else.

Posted: Dec 29th 2011 5:51PM KvanCetre said

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Wow, you mean like every other MMO where we're on the same quest to rescue ten prisoners/slay ten boars/collect thirty bear hearts?
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Posted: Dec 29th 2011 6:16PM (Unverified) said

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NO to cross server LFG. I'm a WoW player that remembers a time before 3.2 introduced the LFG tool. At first it seemed so awesome, as I was getting groups of players who were steeped in server only grouping. People were polite, they talked, and we had a lot of fun.

Eventually, over a period of years, the lack of accountability has brought us groups where people routinely nerdrage, troll, grief, ninja loot, etc. It's about just "getting through" the instances instead of having any fun doing them.

Please resist the crack. It's bad.

Posted: Dec 29th 2011 10:59PM DarkWalker said

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On the other hand there are lots of players like me, who effectively didn't play group content before the LFD, and now can do the dungeons and even raids.

Blizzard has access to way more data than any of us. If they think the LFD a great success - good enough that they decided to expand the system to raids - I give them more credibility than a random anonymous poster.
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Posted: Dec 29th 2011 6:25PM (Unverified) said

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I have started pushing for a server lfg channel. Yelling in all planets "/cjoin lfg to look for group with no sitting in fleet!" seems to be working

Posted: Dec 29th 2011 6:29PM ndessell said

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Since i have social skills and making internet friends is like saying hi to the guy across the bus, im all for a LFG tool.

Posted: Dec 29th 2011 6:35PM Warsyde said

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I think they just need to do a better job of letting people know about the LFG flag and how to find people who have it turned on. In theory the system they have should work well enough, but in reality most people don't even know it's there, so it doesn't work.

Most of my grouping so far has been with friends (no tool required). The one time I grouped without that . . I hollered in general chat. It took about 15 seconds to get a group. Oh noes.

Posted: Dec 29th 2011 6:35PM jslim419 said

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if i had a choice between

A. queing up in a LFG tool for a dungeon, and possibly be grouped with a few jerks.

or

B. spending a good couple hours spamming the LFG channel to find a group for a specific dungeon that it seems no on else wants to do. also while spamming said group i can't do anything that involves me leaving a city with not much to do within.

i'd choose A every day of the week. because i can always just put the jerks on ignore and finish the dungeon in a fraction of the time it would have taken me with option B.

Posted: Dec 29th 2011 6:36PM Miffy said

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People who say LFG tools take away the social aspect and kill the world are fucking idiots. LFG tools like in WoW cause me to socialise more as it is easier to find a group. No more do you have the experience of asking for groups on chat for an hour, then running to the instance to have someone say they have to go. So you spend another half hour looking for someone else and then another member of the group leaves and it just disbands. Finally the LFG tool in WoW will find you a group automatically, you say hi and automatically get taken to the dungeon without having to travel over the world wasting so much time.

What kills the world is there is nothing interesting in it to want to explore. Skyrim has fast travel and it is great for short bursts of play so you can get stuff done. However it really rewards you for travelling on your own because the world is so great to explore with so much to do in it. No MMO to date has had an interesting world with lots of random content dotted around like Skyrim has.

If you want to spam LFG in chat then do it, if you hate LFG chat then you don't have to use it, ask your guild. However for us that love it, please put it in the game because there is no down side to it, it just makes the game more fun for most players.

Posted: Dec 29th 2011 6:55PM (Unverified) said

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"Finally the LFG tool in WoW will find you a group automatically, you say hi and automatically get taken to the dungeon without having to travel over the world wasting so much time."

That's what people want when they say they want a lfg tool; they want everything to be automatic for them.

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Posted: Dec 29th 2011 11:13PM DarkWalker said

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Well, I want to avoid the utterly useless waste of time that is getting everyone to the entrance of the instance. Waiting for the laggards can take more time than running the blasted thing itself.

Plus, it's a game. It's meant to be fun, not a job. Any feature that allows players to skip the pointless, no-fun hassles that creep on most games, is a good feature in my book.
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Posted: Dec 29th 2011 6:47PM jslim419 said

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you know why i like LFG tools? because was a dps warrior in TBC, and the beginning of wrath the majority of the time when i was looking for a dungeon group i get met with this

"sorry i want a ranged dps"

so i get penalized by rolling the class i want which just so happened to be a melee class in a game where a majority of players rolled melee classes or speced a melee build in a class that has it. no amount of "communication" will get you a group when no one wants to bring your class or damage type.

the other thing is you guys are acting like the presence of a LFG prohibits you from forming a group the "old way". on the contrary you are fully able to spam for a group in /trade /lfg /general to your hearts content. i know because i still see it all of the time. saying that you don't want a LFG tool in the game because you personally don't like it... would be the same as me saying now that there is a LFG tool in the game, spamming in chat channels for dungeon groups should be a banable offense. neither is really fair. i would be forcing you to play the game my way, and you would be forcing me to play the game your way. why can't we have both?

Posted: Dec 29th 2011 8:25PM Miffy said

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Yeah it's fast and it removes a part of the game that isn't fun if you only want to play for an hour or so. It doesn't stop people from asking in chat or grouping with their guild if they want.

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