EME should do a in game survy of everyone that logs on to CBT 3/4/5 and open beta. That way its more accurate because lot of people don't check forums.
[quote name='Salt' at='03/06/2012, 02:49 PM'][quote name='daays' at='2012-03-06 22:35:09 UTC']
This LFD tool is absolutely fantastic. If you say otherwise, you're a very sheltered individual. Many of us, including myself, play MMOs for the community aspect. I love going into a game and knowing who everyone is about and watching the drama unfold. Those I don't know? Even better. Seeing new faces is exciting and so is sharing experiences of the game.
I support cross servers. [/quote]
You will never see people from other servers again, and even if you did you would not remember them.
Straight Cross-server LFD is cancerous to that "Community" you claim to support. There are ways to rework it to protect that community.
No one with a brain is going to waste their time blocking a LFD system; they will, like me, just try to get them to implement a system that preserves the identity of individual servers.
This game is more heavily focused on individual servers due to the politics system. And all potential threats to that system NEED TO BE VERY VERY VERY CAREFULLY CONSIDERED BEFORE BLINDLY ACCEPTING THEM AS GOOD/POSITIVE.
Things a LFD or DF tool addresses:
1. Low player count for the zone.
2. Gated progression through tiers.
3. Players not playing at peak population times.
If you don't want a dungeon finder:
Fix the problem of the movement of the playerbase to higher levels and the desertion of lower level content that makes finding a group nearly impossible.
Also, fix the problem of tiers and having to find people who will still do those tiers so that you can advance your character.
Also, fix the problem of players who don't play at peak population times finding a group to do certain things in a game without any news of server transfers.
These are the problems that a DF program addresses. It allows you to do content long after the majority of players have decided they won't do it any more. It reduces the barrier of entry and allows for a more diverse game.
There are already many reasons to be out and in the world in this game.
Look at the Queen of the Argons patch notes. We will have plenty of outdoor activity. This is also a new world that people will want to explore. There are even many open world dungeons available to play in the game.
Even vanarchs have specific mobs in the world they need to kill to gain policy points.
You also have GvG on PvP servers that pretty much let you roam free, the only thing really stopping you is safe zones; not a DF.
There will be people out in the open world even if there is a DF; just as Rift has a DF, but not a dead world due to it. (And even WoW's open world isn't dead. The example of sitting in the city all day is *not* all encompassing.)
Please stop resurrecting these threads. The LFD is going in, its confirmed, full cross server LFD, there is no more discussion about this. If you don't like LFD, don't use it, but there is no more need to talk about it.