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Contributors: BillMurphy,MikeB,garrett,SBFord,Grakulen,

Community Spotlight: Seeking Adventure? Join “The Path Ahead”!

Posted by MikeB Thursday December 3 2009 at 2:56PM
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This week’s spotlight focuses on a thread started by MMORPG.com forum user Goronian entitled, “Having an ‘adventure’ again?” Goronian is looking to tap into the MMORPG.com community and start a guild from within so that you can all meet up and adventure together in an as-of-yet undetermined MMOG to be selected by participating community members. This is what Goronian had to say on the topic:

"I see a lot of people on these forums are disappointed by the community in modern games, in the lacking grouping and the fact, that most modern MMOs are shallow, while there is no one to play older ones with.

Why don't we use the forums creatively?

Let's make our own little clique, find an older or a less-popular game and explore it together? Come on, there are quite a few of us, we could make this work! Find common ground, and things like that. Who's with me?

We'll try to make this more organized. First of all, I'll be listing people, who agreed to try this out. After that, I'll be listing potential MMOs, with pros and cons, from our (meaning potential team) point of view.
I hope something will grow ut of this. Oh, and don't shy away from the debate, we want to make everyone at least happier."

So far many of the community members have replied with their interest, and Goronian is currently soliciting community opinion on what game the group should jump into. To accomplish this, users are asked to submit their suggestions in the thread along with pro’s and con’s for the particular game. As of this writing the top contenders are EVE Online, Vanguard, EverQuest II, FFXI, and Ryzom.

After some careful consideration it appears that the community has decided that the guild will be called “The Path Ahead”, though the game has yet to be settled on, but Goronian seems confident that the issue should be resolved within the coming days.

To those concerned with falling behind others due to whatever reasons limiting your play time user Alamor0 had this to say:

"I think there is much too much worry about experiencing the content at the same time right now. It's not about he or she fell behind, or he or she is such a higher level. It's about having a good time with a good community. We don't all need to be the same level and do the exact same things for that to be the case. Of course, it's all up to the individual, and if you had someone you played with a little more regularly and you guys had figured out something, then that's great. The more rules we set, though, the more restricted we'll feel."

I’m going to have to agree with Alamor0 here. Our community is diverse in both tastes, and likely locations, availability, etc. It is unlikely the guild you are all forming will have perfectly matched schedules, so it is my opinion that you all should come down to a game you like and I’m sure you will be able to split it down into smaller groups of level ranges or time availability.

FoeHammerJT contributes his thoughts (and his TeamsSpeak server!) to the cause:

"Goronian, you've truly started something. As a gamer that feels like the current crop of MMOs (and their respective communities) have lost the "fun" of group/cooperatively gaming, I thank you for reaching out to others. Please add me to the list, I have a 50 man Teamspeak server I'd happily commit to the cause (I could swap to Vent if thats the consensus). My vote would be FFXI, then Vanguard. I think those games cry out for a mature group of gamers to enjoy exploring without an obsession for endgame and more phat loots a la WoW."

Given the real melting pot of a community we have here, it is certainly a surprise seeing the community come together like this and I find it particularly inspiring as a Community Manager. Congrats to Goronian for taking initiative!

Do you have any suggestions for what we can do at MMORPG.com to help support this effort? If so, leave us your thoughts in the comments below! You can also contact me at community@mmorpg.com. Keep us posted on how things turn out!

Ostgar writes:

 I am all for this - I just started trials for EvE and Vanguard and recently returned to EQ2 - I'm kinda lost looking for the old style of gaming.  Count me in - Darkfall is the closest I've found to regaining the old style community and maybe we should consider that too.  Regardless I'm down for whatever the group decides to go with.

Thu Dec 03 2009 4:05PM Report
miked9022 writes:

 im in too, keep us posted

Thu Dec 03 2009 4:20PM Report
garbonzo writes:

People keep saying it, but I haven't been this excited about gaming in a long time.  Kudos to Goronian and everyone pulling together so quickly to make this happen. 

Thu Dec 03 2009 4:25PM Report
Killerham writes:

Wow, sounds cool. Never really post much but I would love to do something like this!

Im in.

Thu Dec 03 2009 4:29PM Report
garbonzo writes:

Ok there's now a website!  If you'd like to join us, please visit the site and register.  Everyone is welcome and we're busy downloading trials to get started.

http://www.guildportal.com/Guild.aspx?GuildID=339266&TabID=2840066&PageName=Home

Thu Dec 03 2009 5:00PM Report
just1opinion writes:

YAY...and off we go!! :)

Thu Dec 03 2009 8:27PM Report
Sovrath writes:

So let's see, instead of complaining that things aren't the way they want them a group of people get together, recruit others of like mind and set off to tackle a game that is not normally considered one of the top sellers but a game that has quite a bit of of value based on its own merit. No whining, just action. Sounds like a winner to me! go go go go go ! and good luck. ; )

Fri Dec 04 2009 12:27AM Report
Goronian writes:

Thank you, Sov!

Fri Dec 04 2009 1:29AM Report
Mirandel writes:

Why all the good ideas always come to someoneelses heads? :) I am in too! Thanks for starting this.

Fri Dec 04 2009 6:21AM Report
ArmEagle writes:

Funny, that this initiative is taken here. I'm a frequent listener to this online gaming radio station (that also has an EVE channel) which is quite a nice community.

A DJ there recently started the suggestion to start playing a trial (trying to find games with a long trial period) of a game together. At the moment it seems that they will start with PotBS.

Fri Dec 04 2009 7:21AM Report
Nyissana writes:

This sounds like a great idea. I am interested, especially after reading Alamor0's thoughts on advancement and in game time. I was hesitant to participate because I am in the very casual gamer camp.

Fri Dec 04 2009 9:36AM Report
Alamor0 writes:

I'm also an extremely casual gamer!  But the enjoyment for has never come from a completionist mindset.  I've always enjoyed the community.  I'm more happy playing with other people, even if we get next to nothing accomplished, than I am with spending every moment fretting about how quickly I can do something.

See you guys in our forums!

Fri Dec 04 2009 12:51PM Report
rustybh1 writes:

I'm in - stick my name down for whatever - need something 'new' to get into.

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Scot writes:

I can't jump in currently, but want to wish them the best of luck!

Sat Dec 05 2009 3:26AM Report
jayarte writes:

Great idea ^^

I'm committed to Alganon for the next few months, but I don't like to focus on just one game, so I'm open to trying something else, too.

Sun Dec 06 2009 9:32AM Report
Alamor0 writes:

Official voting has begun!

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