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Last edited by pwebranflakes; 07-05-2012 at 11:00 AM.
Our solo-gaming stories sound similar, though I've yet to PvP even once, let alone join a fleet, though your post has me rethinking things.
After hearing horror stories of PvP-noob massacres, I'd always shied away from MMORPGs. In fact, STO was my first. It had to be. I was in front of our family's 25" B/W console on the evening of 8 September 1966.
Now, my main fear is, as a fleet novice, I'd be "holding up the game." But that sounds like my problem, since hearing about your great experience. Fleet quests would certainly open up a lot of new content for me. And, to be honest, I'd would sincerely appreciate some help kicking some Crystalline Entity ass.
As to the title of this post, I wonder... You praise the fleet folk for their patience. Could it be that the community here is more forgiving and eager to help BECAUSE this is "Star Trek"? Let's face it: Even the most bloodthirsty, Klingon gamer-warrior has to have some affinity for the vision of The Great Bird of the Galaxy. A hope in one's heart for a future where everyone is cooperative, peaceful, evolved, and content. Most Trekkies I've known tend to be kind, generous people. Why shouldn't that spill over into our virtual reality, as well?
Guilds traditionally have been the lifeblood mechansim for player retention in mmos if the content and direction of developpment failed expectations. If they were not properly supported they also became the "mass exodus" achilles heel of mmos as well.
Given that friendships created within these communities can last throughout the life span of the game and move onto new games etc; they are highly rewarding just on that count alone.
Finding a community that suits you both in what you can contribute and what you want out of it is half the fun. When you find the right community, you'll wonder why you stayed "solo" for so long, having missed a whole new world of gaming benefit that mmos were initially designed for.
well i can say that i love fleets i after spending some time in a fleet to figure out the ins and outs started my own recently and we all are good friends already. we are looking forward to season 6 and working together to work toward a common goal. love fleets they still keep me in the game and help make it a little more fun.
Well said sir.
A good fleet and DOFFing are the two things which have kept me interested in the game in 2012. It's not always easy, especially in a larger fleet with lots of veteran members. But there is always a cycle to things, people step away from the game and return, new players come in and need guidance, and you just never know when you'll click with someone through humor or a well-timed offer of assistance.
Now it's Starbases. Spending time understanding the system so that I can answer any question thrown out in fleet or voice chat. Posting a "primer" and screenshots in our fleet forum for those not on Tribble. Being an ambassador to meet other advanced Tribble fleets. Building up the bank reserves and flying in tactical wings to grind out Marks. Season 6 is the right system at the right point of this newly F2P game. The growing pains are there too, but we all know to expect it.
You don't have to appreciate the social component of a MMO to enjoy the mechanics of the game, but it's most definitely there to be appreciated. Sometimes it's good to leave the forum pessimism behind, and see people you recognise who are stoked about inviting you to their new ship's bridge. People who just want to blow some stuff up with you. Or actually being pleased that someone else got the rare drop. It changes the game. It makes the "daily grind" just that much more of an escape from the real daily grind.
@Brackynews - Proteus / House of Proteus Officer
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Last edited by brackynews; 07-05-2012 at 11:41 AM.
Good post about the benefits of fleets! I joined my fleet five years ago, and I've never regretted that decision. I hope everyone takes the time to find the fleet that's the right fit for them as we move into fleet-centric Season 6.