I had a long weekend of pen and paper gaming, cards (Munchkin!) and not much computer time although we did play a quick session of The Secret World. There wasn’t time for much but it was enough time to do some more of the Carpathian Fangs zone.
As we prepared to do some of the missions centred around the Emma storyline a random player came up to us and asked if he could group up – I guess it’s pretty easy for players to see we’re grouped from our movement and coordination in fights. We proceeded to run through two or three missions as a group of four, it added an interesting dynamic to have a different player with us for a while. We didn’t have time to do anything more involved such as a dungeon or lair.
I wonder how often this kind of random interaction between strangers occurs in MMORPGs these days. I’ve posted recently about design issues with COOP gaming and with the solo-oriented nature of many of the games in the genre. Do people still like to group up with random players to get quests done easier/faster?