Jan 17, 2012

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United We Stand: It’s Almost Like Being Popular

United We Stand is an Ask A Jedi series focusing on guilds, groups, and other communities in Star Wars: The Old Republic. By examining the communities that we form, we can create a stronger game for ourselves, build relationships that will last a lifetime, and perhaps even change the world itself.

Off-Topic: Four out of five Hard Mode Eternity Vault down! It felt amazing, raiding in this game is so much fun.

When I started playing Star Wars: The Old Republic, I put a constraint on myself. I decided that I was going to accept every group invite offered to me because I wanted to meet random people. For me, the people that have affected me the most are those that you meet in a group, a guild, or in a brief moment of doing the same quest and not wanting to trip all over each other. How did it work out? Well, I have a startlingly long friends list and it’s not stopping. My goal is to be friends with most of the level 50’s on server, a goal that doesn’t seem that far off because the 50 community still isn’t that big.

Cultivate a friends list and there’s a lot of good reasons for doing this I think the most practical is that there’s no LFG system in the game right now so we have to build our own. General fleet chat isn’t that great, so the best way to go about finding flashpoint groups and premade PvP groups is to friend everyone who you group with who you think is good and always offer yourself up for future runs. Don’t be afraid to send them /tells asking if they want to  go to Hard mode False Emperor with you or go claim the west Alderaan Warzone turret as your own.

  1. Start with the tank and the healer, if you can get these then you are already most of the way there. If you happen to already be one of these people, then you are a blessed person. Friend all the good ones that you find and don’t hesitate to ask them to do things with you, for the worst thing they could say is no. Think about how you would feel if someone were to /tell you asking to do a hard mode, you’d probably be all about it. Why wouldn’t they?
  2. The DPS, everyone loves a good DPS, so make friends with lots of them. Once you got your tank and healer ask your favorite damage dealers if they want to come. If you already have a tank and a healer you’ll have a lot easier time filling the rest of the slots. If you want to get all fancy, think about how the personalities and play styles of these players will mesh together. Doing this well will lead you to a better group experience, more success, and the chance of even better and greater adventures down the road.
  3. Don’t do anything stupid. Act graciously, play well, and don’t look for weakness in others. If you are rolling against someone else on something important, consider whether or not you actually want it. Always remember: Need for need, greed for companions, pass for everything else. If you play like you expect others to play, you’ll find it a lot easier to find groups, both those formed by you and those that others invite you to.
  4. Make friends! If you are playing with someone new, like a friend of someone else’s, and you enjoyed playing with them then add them to your list for future groups. Soon enough you’ll find that a group is only a few /tells away.

This is how you progress in a community, you make friends. This is how you start building a better server, by bringing others together to have more fun. This game wasn’t meant to be played solo, so go out there and make it a party.

TwinHits is an officer for the guild Unity on the server Dreshdae Cantina. Leave comments or tweet @TwinHits with your thoughts, ideas, and stories about guilds, communities, and leadership in Star Wars: The Old Republic.


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