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Party tonight, no RSVP needed

February 6, 2009

One of my favorite things that was implemented in WAR is the Open Party system. I can’t tell you how difficult it was in past MMOs to find a group that was willing to do something. Now with Open Parties, you can search which ones are open for people to freely join. It even indicates if the group is in a open RvR area or a PQ or just general PvE. Not to mention it shows how close the group is.

Awesome! So we can join groups that are willing to do a certain objective whenever you feel like it. But here’s the thing. Most of the time when people randomly join our group, they don’t say a thing. Not even a “yo” or “which quest are you guys on?” or anything. They just join. Half the time they’re not even near us. That in mind, I decided to compile an etiquette list for Open Parties!

  1. Greet the party – Imagine if you invite yourself over to someone’s house and you just walk in and begin to do whatever without saying a word. Sounds a bit creepy, doesn’t it? Upon joining a group, if you say something like hello or hey, it at least lets the other group know you’re not some sketchy stalker.
  2. Ask the party – Pancakez and I have come across so many people joining our group when we just finished our influence for a PQ or finished a chain of quests or we were about to log off. Simply asking the group if they need any help or what exactly they’re doing makes things less frustrating. You could be wanting to grind out influence for a PQ while the Open Party you joined is simply doing a quest in the area.
  3. Be polite with loot – I tend to see more looting issues in bigger group. There’s always that one person who needs on everything and then the group ends up arguing about it for who knows how long. I’m not saying to not need on everything, but if you don’t know what the “loot rules” are for the group, then ask. Like if you’re a cultivator and some seeds that you need pop up, just ask if it’s ok if you need. Same thing applies to scavenging and butchering. There could be someone else in the group that utilizes that skill.
  4. Be helpful – This is kind of a no brainer, but you’d be surprised to how many Open Parties I’ve been in where all the tank archetypes were dpsing the hero boss at stage three. And they went on to complain for a while after we wiped because… well, no one held aggro. I’m not saying to “know your role,” but to just be helpful. If there’s a group of healers who are dps and the tank’s health is dropping with not a single hot on him, might be best to try and top him off. Or if a bunch of people are trying to tank one boss and one person has steady aggro, stop trying to compete and try to do some dps.
  5. Say thanks – In the end, thanking people for the group is always a good thing. So many people just leave group without saying a thing and run off. Maybe the person was in a rush, but aside from that there’s no reason to say thanks. Because if there wasn’t an Open Party for whatever you were doing, then you probably wouldn’t have accomplished your task at hand.

I never understood people not communicating in MMOs. And it’s simple things, like saying hello. More than half the Open Parties Pancakez and I have been in were completely silent. I imagine if people go to events with mass amounts of people in silence. We should communicate more with each other. It saves a hell of a lot of stress in the long run.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. pancakez permalink*
    February 6, 2009 5:38 pm

    6. Walk away slowly – if you enter an open party and people are hot and heavy, don’t even say thanks and bye. They might like it.

    7. Get some popcorn – you might like it too.

  2. Omelettez permalink*
    February 6, 2009 5:55 pm


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