I’m not having the best of luck with PUGs these days, am I? Last night in RIFT was even worse than the horrible leaping dolt of last week. At the risk of continuing a slightly negative streak this week, I’ll share with you a quick experience so I can lance this mental boil and be done with it.
For starters: two non-stop jumpers. We were in a Tier 1 dungeon, and I’d gotten in under damage. No sweat, it actually proceeds normally, and I do as many AOE attacks to help out with the large number of pulls we’re doing.
But then around the two-minute mark, one of the guys starts pulling out a DPS meter and constantly spams the chat with it. As is well-known around here, I loathe DPS meters when they’re wielded for epeen purposes, as was the case here. Nobody asked to have it thrown in our face, but this interesting run suddenly became stressful. Two of the party members started arguing about what archetype could put out the most damage. I just kept quiet, AOE attack AOE attack don’t die don’t die.
Fast-forward to our second boss fight — we down the guy just fine, no deaths, and a really cool dagger drops that I roll need on. The next thing I know, I’ve been voted out of the party and kicked from the instance. Why? Well, either a Rogue needing a dagger upgrade was blasphemous somehow, or I just failed to meet the DPS standards of this obviously leet group.
I have to say, it left a bad taste in my mouth. I know some people are all about the gear and numbers, but I’m not, and my thought is that if we’re getting through the content at a reasonable pace without dying, who cares? Also, how am I supposed to get better gear to increase my DPS if my fellow players aren’t patient enough with me to let me finish these runs?
I know that by posting this, my guild’s going to konk me on the back of my head and tell me to eschew PUGs, and I’ll probably take their advice. I guess I just feel lost at the RIFT level cap right now, a not uncommon experience whenever I’ve gotten to the max level in any MMO. I just don’t know how much I care about gearing up, since I really don’t have the time or inclination to be a raider.
What does interest me is my lowbie Cleric — who I should work on this week while the XP bonus is still active — and the upcoming 1.5 patch with its alternate advancement and solo instances. My Rogue still has three high-level zones’ worth of quests to go through, but I’m saving those until the planar attunement trees come out so that the XP doesn’t go to waste. In the meanwhile, I guess I’ll continue with the Water Saga chain and see if I can poke my head back in expert dungeons without it getting snapped off.