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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep us posted on how things turn out!