We’re still alive, but in the last 15 – 20 days or so we never managed to find a group again. Adelah once grouped with somebody, but only for twenty minutes.
I’m finding it hard to reserve the 1 – 2 hours of time it takes in one stretch to accomplish something. I can see now how people might want to solo for half an hour when no groups are around. I remember the EverQuest times, when not finding a group in the first few minutes after logon meant the evening was ruined. I used to spend my hours LFG and reading a book next to it — I read each and every one of Terry Pratchett’s novels solely while LFG as a mage in pre-Velious EQ, where mages weren’t very well-liked.
Now those memories are coming back, the bits that made EQ (and now SoD) an unhappy place. Where grouping and running a dungeon together is great, looking for groups and staring at a zone entrance is not.
I don’t want to dual box just to remedy this, because that would mean that I spend more time with my other machine than with Ayba or with the other players. Oric doesn’t have nearly enough cash to take up a tradeskill, so that route to exp and fame is blocked as well. We’ll see where this goes.