Of MMOs, theorycraft, armchair game design and observations on such titles as Rift and Eve
I ran a lot of instances in TSW. And I am currently running a lot of nightmare difficulty groups with PUG setupI dont like LFD in its current incarnation. Main reason is that it simply throws random strangers in together. If it had working matchmaking system to improve chances of cohesive groups and creating new social connection (with like/dislike system) I would be all for itAs it is I prefer making groups within chat - it allows having better groups than ones you get with LFD. Part of the reasons is time -people do try better when they spent 1 hours getting into instance group, part of the reasons you can prescreen a bit (gear inspection ,some questions) . My real complain is that I really would like to make comments in my friends list and/or group people into groups (for example dps/tank/healer).
Hmm.An argument that groups are better when people have to wait for an hour to get started isn't really convincing me :)I can see your side though, and of course I played through many years of SWG and WoW making groups just as you describe.