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Most of the posts in here just sum up what the FS class has been experiencing during any kind of party groupings. But there are ways to avoid these frustrations or at least minimize the veins showing up on our heads. The main thing is: Set your expectations and communicate it with your Party.
There are generally three reasons we party-up with people (and this does not include chitchat puposes):
1. Main Quest/ Repeatables
People form party to easily finish quests. Some MQs and repeatables include grind-spot mobs. So if we are after our quests, inform your party that you're partying for your quests and have no intention to stay with them if they plan to grind long. There's nothing wrong partying just to finish EXP-loaded quests so you could also assert yourself and suggest doing the next ones. Likewise, ask them what they plan to do so you would know what to expect from them.
Some players party-up to farm on the high-cost loot areas. If your objective is to farm more than to gain exp, tell the group that you'd be taking in loots and probably be in and out of town every now and then to sell them. In this way, they won't go ballistic when you have to leave the fuse and teleport back to town. Do not just teleport away without saying any word. Make sure the other players know this so the Wall will be ready with his pots if ever, the Runner will stop luring, and the Wiz will be ready with his bwing (LOL!).
While farming, be careful when discarding items in your inventory. It takes awhile to really make a space in your bag for the loots you want so make sure to do it right after all mobs have been killed and the runner is out to get fresh ones. Be quick with it too to avoid killing the party just because you're contemplating if you want to keep the R1 equips or not hehe. This one of the common reasons we accidentally kill our party so let's just be vigilant.
For all players, the best way to gain exp after doing the main quests is to grind at sweet areas which give the highest exp. For high level players, this is mainly why they group up with others: to gain EXP!!! And with the fuse-system of partying, we encounter different classes in our party. It is very important to let them know how you will grind and what your current situation is. Likewise, ask them how they do things.
What you should do before/while grinding:
a. State that you're after pure grinding, no whatsoever.
b. If they know who you are, they might not ask what your max heal is. If they did ask, be honest about it. They will soon find out the moment you cast your first heals.
c. Advise people when you want to open a book. This is a matter of courtesy. When you open a book, you are basically reserving 30 minutes of their time to grinding with you. Some players fail to do this and they just go ahead and assume everyone will be staying and be pissed off when a member suddenly opts to leave. Not all of us can spend hours in the game.
d. If you're not wearing any SP Rec. equips, keep your blue pots in check. So when someone in the party ask if they can open a book, you can tell them if you have enough for it.
e. Immediately take action and change channel when your skills are bugged. There is no use of tapping the heal icon relentlessly while swearing and cursing at your device. Let your party know your skills are bugged after and you didn't do it for Trust Game purposes (even though you did gg)
How to deal with these people in the party:
- With the fuse system, it is common knowledge that the Walls have nothing else to do but just stand up on spot and cast SM to strengthen their defense. It is not their fault that the party set-up is that way so as much as possible, they take the opportunity to level without too much focus on their device. With pro-Wallers, they even take long nap/sleep during grinding because they can survive the attacks from mobs with minimal heal. So, to avoid getting frustrated at them, remind them the following:
a. If they'll be AFK, be sure to tell you guys. More details is preferred. A good wall tells his party how long he will be out and what he will be doing. Being the FS, gauge yourself if you can last long in the party while he was away. Tell them your circumstances if you have problem with him being out.
b. ask them their net connection status. It does feel sucky when the Wall suddenly disconnects and you're left dead on the field. If it happened just once, give the guy a chance once he logged in back and apologized profusely to the whole party. If its a recurring thing, dump the Wall if he doesn't have a shame LOL. I'm sure the Wiz will wholeheartedly back you up.
c. There are some knights who like to think they can be a "Wall" in high-level mob areas that you join the party only to experience spam heal just because his HP can't keep up with the damage he receives. Say it straight to his face: "YOU'RE NOT AN EFFING WALL!!" But seriously, just be straight with it and tell them that you can't keep on spamming heal. At one point in time, the party will surely fail so grinding long with this kind of Wall will just bring tears in your eyes (and callus on your fingers)
- A long, long time ago, the Wizards are courteous, boisterous, and over-the-top talkative since mostly they have the luxury of time to chat to their party. But that time has long been gone. Such wizzies are now hard to find. What we have now are silent and brooding Wizards who spam skills at such precise time it seems like they turned into... bots - nope! nope! They always say they "will turn it over to their pilot" when they inform you that they'll be AFK for a while. Sure sure whatevah.. Who are they kidding, really? hehehe. I have no objections whatsoever when it comes to botting. It's the developer's fault that the game can easily be manipulated by outside programs built by others. So for us to grind peacefully and be mutually benefited, lets lay some ground rules on them:
a. The right equipment for the right job. For people who spend their time grinding in ROVU instead of say, doing their homework or working on their jobs, it is very important that every second counts. We want good and capable Wizards who are equipped with appropriate staves and cards to the mob's classification. We are not being choosy, we just want to level at a nice pace. Just be subtle when you ask the wizard about his armory and stuff, they are overly sensitive about this kind of things LOL
b. Skill bug. This was not an issue before actually. But when the wizards use their "pilots", they often experience skill bugs and for a minute or two, the party is just left standing on the spot with mobs all over them. I assume the "pilot" can't type anything. Well with such simple instruction from the Wiz to spam MS and LOV at exact intervals, the "pilot" wouldn't know what to do when the skills are bugged. So when finally, the player gets back, he simply change channel and pretend nothing happened in there. In this situation, just tell them off and ask them to focus more. Or maybe converse with them so they are forced to stay with you guys until the very end hehehe. Or, if you don't like the two options, simply type "bot gg". Again, the wizards are overly sensitive about this issue so they'll likely deny it and will definitely focus more just to prove you're wrong.
- Be it a dps, a tank, a sin, or your fellow fs, the runner has the short end of the stick in the fuse sytem. He/She is by far the one who works the hardest. And the one with the least perks. No loots, no AFK mode, no pilot (who wants this job??), no anything! The only bright thing about being a runner is he/she lives when the whole party got blown away by dc moments. Also, he/she is allowed to dc!
a. But to look for effective runners who would not make your heart beats fast when they always go through near death experience during every lure, or who would not make your head aches when they sneakily stay near the spot and stop running to scrape off some loots, let them be aware that the party is for pure grinding and the runner is expected just to run. If they want loot, then kick them out. If they want pay for their services, double kick! (just joking) It is of course in each player's discretion how to deal with them.
b. Stock yourself with blue gems if you got dps/sin runner, keep your blues in check, tell them if you're running out of ammo so they will know how to react when they get stuck during luring.
c. Remind them to stop for a while to get buffed. Casting Angelus takes time so they should be aware that you're trying your best to buff them but they always stay out of range.
OMG!!! I'm sorry if this is too long, I just got really excited with the topic hehehehe.