Posted by: vicsilver | July 8, 2009

Friends

(This is an out of character post, I’ll be doing these occasionally as well as my normal posts.)

One thing that I’m having trouble with in Wizard 101 so far is the whole idea of making friends, and trying to form a community of people to play with. The tools provided for this in the game are very limited compared to most games I’m used to (Everquest 2, Warhammer Online, etc.) I understand some of the reasons for this, and accept them, but so far the game has seemed a fairly lonely one, there’s not much of the constant background chatter of chat channels, guild chat, tells, etc that you see in most major MMOs. Some of it may just be that I haven’t been going out of my way, but I figured I’d post this and anyone who can steer me in the right direction can comment.

Obviously you can add friends when you click on other characters – I’ve done this a few times, but mostly I just get random friend selections and never see the people again. Can you select someone as a friend remotely? I haven’t found a way to do that yet. Since as far as I know, there’s no private chat or tell system, how do you make plans with people to meet at a certain time or place? I know you can teleport to where your friends are, which is a great feature, but since I don’t really know anyone well I don’t want to start following people around just yet. I think if I could spend some time with people and fight with them for a while it would be easy to make friends, but so far people just do their own thing and it has been very rare to see someone for more than one fight.

I’d love some sort of guild feature – I don’t know if the game has that or not – I’ve seen some people shouting in the Commons about some group or other, but I haven’t really pinned down how it works. A guild option would definitely help with what I’m talking about.

Anyway, I’m not trying to whine, just trying to figure out the system here – it’s kind of getting old to just do solo fight after solo fight, or join random other people only to never see them again. I’m still loving the game though!

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Responses

  1. If you haven’t already, stop by the forums at wizard101central.com – I’m on there as starsongky. I’ve learned a lot of tips & tricks there, made a few friends too. They’ve got a Meet-ups board where folks can figure out when and where to get together, that might be what you’re looking for.

  2. W101 Central is a good resouce, (as noted above), or, you may also be interested in this:

    http://autumnaldusk.blogspot.com/2009/06/xfire-at-will.html

    Xfire allows easier communication, and guild/clan type capabilities.

  3. Interesting, Autumn, I’ll have to check that Xfire out – and of course I love the W101 Central site but I hadn’t checked out all the different forums yet.


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