Re: Update 5 - new dungeon finder tool and raid against Saruman
I am especially excited about a Dungeon Finder option finally being added to LOTRO and for the sake of effectiveness I hope it runs cross-server. I can understand concerns regarding bad groups, bad people and the preference to running with others on one's own server--I fear and prefer the same things as well--but also remember that within MMOs less-than-quality players is a universal aspect that spans the genre. We may not like that prospect, and it may irk us that inconsiderate persons--that can sometimes only be described using profanity--exist to mar the experience, but they're there. They exist in our community, but to a lesser extent, at least in my experience.
And yes, my main argument is it exists and it's there, but to deny everyone the tool's full effectiveness because of the existence of this behavior seems a bit much. From my perspective it looks like we're ducking the problem, some of us are willing to say that we feel strongly the community is better than WoW's, but why risk it? If we're so faithful in the quality of the people in this community then why not implement a cross-server system? Worrying about an MMO trope like bad players doesn't feel like a just enough cause to limit it in this game
Others of us feel that elitism will run rampant. I can only speak for myself, but I have been in groups with several people who are number-crunchers and some whom parse and I have never encountered a problem with people treating me as if I was an inferior being. If anything I have seen more people get irked at breaking CC or a DPS pulling of a tank than numbers and statistics, and those are the standard MMO rules that people know anyways.
For my part, I don't see this going cross-server with this feature as a bad thing. We're going to encounter bad people in this game whether this feature exists or not, in my 4 years of playing LOTRO I have encountered several, and I'm still playing because I love the people and I love the content. The bad people and the bad experiences have never bothered me enough to shake my love of the game, I just roll with it and move on, because it's honestly as simple as that. Trying to limit our exposure isn't an unreasonable approach by any means, but limiting our exposure is not the only way to deal with the problem as it's still the elephant in the room even then.
Jeffolas Faelon, Defender of Annuminas since 1/2008, Proud Warden of Annuminas since 3/15/09