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Cameron at Random Battle posted on the topic of the LFG functionality in MMOs, and I had a few thoughts and ideas I figured I’d post over here instead of eating up a MB or two of his space…

I’m largely not going to go into related but still tangential concepts such as soloing vs. grouping, encouraging guild membership, the fragmentation of population caused by having rigidly defined “roles” and wildly disparate levels of power, and so on.  Just the core topic… why aren’t people using the built in LFG/LFM functionality more heavily?  Why does using the /broadcast channel or sending direct /tells generally become the preferred method of building groups, especially pick up groups?

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