In the olden days of MMOs
grouping was an easy and laidback affair for massively online gamers.
It didnt matter who you invited to play with you, because the games
were pretty simple, the pace slow, and the only thing you had to worry
about was griefers. Sure they were a pain, but in general the
early playerbases of our online games were small select bunches of people.
The genre hadnt hit the mainstream and it was hard to run into the
proverbial asshats that populate the internet.
Then someone decided to go ahead and
make World of Warcraft a global phenomenon (curse you, Rob Pardo) and
suddenly there are millions upon millions of us, and Im sad to report
that not everyone is as courteous and polite as my great-uncle Nigel
Wortswallowington from Glastonburygloucestershire, England. Hes
a really nice chap. Always opening doors for me and patting me
on the bum as I run by. What? Your uncles dont do that?
And your uncles are actually related to you?
Lets move on, then.
Champions Online is a whole different
ballgame when compared to the action of its MMO-brethren. Simply
travelling without communication or a shared destination can get you
separated from your friends, and possibly killed. To that end,
Ive decided to compile a helpful list of Dos and Donts in
order to help keep you far away from being called an asshat and closer
to being a Nigel Wortswallowington.
ask players if they would like to join your team.
randomly spam team invites to the closest person at the Powerhouse even
though they keep declining and saying No thanks! until they log
off out of frustration.
- DO try to share all
your missions when you join a new team. Its the best way to
make sure youre all after the same things.
- DONT join a team,
complete your mission, and then ninja-quit the group before anyone else
has completed the task at hand. Its rude, and youll quickly
earn the Asshat title.
go back and help any companions who have been attacked and thusly slowed
down when using their travel powers.
- DONT start cursing
in /Team chat when you realize ten minutes down the line that the reason
you died in a Master Villain fight is because you left your team behind
when they couldnt follow your sorry flying butt to wherever it is
- DO offer up heals if
you have them to your teammates. I know this game doesnt have
the same old holy-trinity setup, but hey you took the healing powers,
so dont be selfish.
complain if someone doesnt heal you, to the point of hysterics, because
chances are they were trying. Baddies hit hard in Champions.
And until the Celestial set is released in November, were working
with what we have!
offer to help your teammates finish any additional quests they might
have, even if you dont have them. Its a nice thing to do,
and unless youve far out-leveled the content youre still going
to get experience and resources.
quit the team after someone has been nice enough to help you with three
of your own missions, and they have the unbearable audacity to ask you
for help with some of their own.
I know a lot of these tips and tricks
might seem obvious to the experienced (READ: polite and courteous) players,
but Im sure I dont have to go on and on at length about the kind
of people one runs into in a virtual world. I guess thats the
realism we should expect when playing in a game populated by thousands
or millions. Next time youre out and about in Millennium City
and someone asks you to team up to go tackle the Fight Club mission,
keep these things in mind: were all trying to play the game and have
fun, and sometimes to do that we need a little help from our friends.
Dont be an asshat kids, be a Nigel Wortswallowington minus the
To read the latest guides, news, and features you can visit our Champions Online Game Page.