I have some Guild Wars advice for you about grouping … or partying as the Gen4 people say. (feh!)
I know, you’ll be tempted. You’ll think, “How bad could a pickup group be?” Then you’ll think, “Ok, that was just the one group that stunk to high hell.” Eventually, you’ll rage, “This can’t be! Every single goddamn group is a fucking nightmare. This just isn’t possible!”
Oh, it be possible.
I’ve grouped quite a bit in the last week or so. Two or three guildmates, we round out the group with strangers (some stranger than others — BA DA BING!). Every fucking time … fucking nightmare.
(Who are these people? How did they get to be so insane? Are there no Ascalon social services to save them?)
Every group, we get at least one swearing guy. “Don’t do that you fucking idiots!” “You fuckers, this way!” “We need to get this mob for my capture, assholes!” (ya, that’s a priority for me.)
For all my cursing in TeamSpeak, and (ahem) here, I don’t curse at strangers unless they really, really, incredibly piss the shit out of me and they deserve it. Sure, I’ll roll my eyes and pray to God for a timely death irl, but, in game chat, I’m marginally civil.
Who are these fucked-in-the-head psychos that join a group and immediately begin cursing at everyone? I dunno. It’s a phenomenon to me.
Then, we have the “Leave without a word” people.
Grow .. a .. pair and say you’re out of there instead of the wordless exit in the middle of a fight.
It’s a whole new world now, I realize. Bailing out on a group because the going gets tough is the new protocol. Christ, even I make up an excuse on the fly before I bail. (My mother’s dying, my dog just shit on the keyboard, that worrisome kidney stone is passing, etc.)
Sadly, all that is too much to ask. Minimal gaming courtesy need only be used on guildmates, IF THAT. (I’m sure there are guilds where courtesy is but a fond memory.)
Summarizing … Group with real, live people only if you absolutely must.
Your cardiologist will thank me later.