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4-03-2012 @ 12:43PM
BGs have long been a microcosm of what people are seeing in LFR; that is, the more anonymous people you put together in one place, the greater the chance of running into someone being a turd. Neither BGs nor LFR are places known for their "warm fuzzies," and are generally ruled by two maxims: "GO GO GO" and "what's in it for me?"Looking at it from the perspective of a new player (and by "new" I mean specifically, someone without a history in MMOs), these are some of the *worst* places to go for a fun time, which is completely counter-intuitive to their purpose. Think about it: a new player probably doesn't know many people (if any) and is still casual to the point of not investing heavy amounts of time in the game (yet). If you want to experience PVP or raiding, where do you go? Why, to the BGs or LFR, of course! And you basically get thrown to the wolves, as inexperienced players in both PVP and raiding stand out like a sore thumb, and seldom get the encouragement or mentoring necessary to make them want to come back. What can be done to remedy this? Well, here's some food for thought:- Spectator mode: you get into a BG/LFR and are basically an invisible spirit that cannot affect the environment. You can watch and learn without feeling intimidated. Hell, I know plenty of experienced players who'd love to do this. Got 11 people for a 10-man raid? Now everyone gets to at least tag along and feel part of the event instead of being sat and excluded.- Gear-leveling BGs. You know how Magic: the Gathering went Type I and Type II to give people who got into the game later a chance at a level playing field? Why not have an optional BG type where everyone gets the same level of starter gear? Or even take a step further and tune everyone to the same level, such as temporary throttling everyone back to, say level 20? No, I don't imagine this would be everyone's cup-o-tea, because some people do this for their ego stroke, but I know a lot of people would be more willing to give large-scale PVP a try if they were given assurances that they wouldn't immediately be roflstomped by someone who outgears them by two tiers. - Mentor positions: You know how five-mans have a voluntary toggle for someone willing to act as guide? Why could we not do something similar for BG/LFR? Give them a channel where they could broadcast to their role and give guidance to those who want it?Maybe none of these ideas would pan out, but at least it's an attempt to allow people who WANT to be civil and encouraging to have a voice instead being drowned out by the asshats.
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