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I'm getting back into the game after an absence and so far I've been playing exclusively solo. Back in the day I loved doing door & radio missions with random PUGs, but it seems that the vast majority of players online are fully IO'ed level 50 indestructible steamrollers of death running incarnate content, and everyone lower is power-levelling in AE content to get another fully IO'ed level 50 indestructible steamroller of death to run incarnate content.

 

I originally stopped playing not long after the invention system was introduced (life got in the way) so I've never really wrapped my head around it and my planned build for my main toon is all SO's. While there's a lot of QoL improvements since then, the invention system just seems too time consuming to bother with compared to SO's.

 

So, would I be better off transferring to a more populated server and tolerating the latency to improve my chances of finding other players like me?

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You could. Or you could always try and give the invention origin system a shot. It seems daunting at first, but you can use MidsReborn to make builds offline, and the test server to test builds for free before you invest the influence for them on the actual servers. Once you find a build you like you can work on gearing towards it and still play on random pugs.

 

I do that quite a bit, but all my toons are typically fully IO'd before I really play them as I enjoy making and trying out builds.

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I don't think the IO system is beyond my understanding, the issue from my point of view is the time investment it requires; I'd rather stick with a quick and easy SO build and get back to the parts of the game I like most than to do all the planning and grinding needed for an IO build and end up spending less time enjoying the game.

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If you switch to a server with a larger population, there is going to be a better chance that you can find other players that like to play with just SO's.  However, most people seem to level to 50 pretty quickly, so I think you'll still find it challenging to join PUG's.  Your best bet is probably to start your own PUG's on a high-pop server with something like:  SO only, lvl 27 radio missions lfm.

 

Or a similar tagline.

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On 10/25/2021 at 9:58 PM, Triumphant said:

[...] so I think you'll still find it challenging to join PUG's.  Your best bet is probably to start your own PUG's on a high-pop server with something like:  SO only, lvl 27 radio missions lfm.

This is solid advice.

 

While transferring to the server which has the highest population (in your timezone! are you in the US?) gives you are better chance to find like-minded players, it is fair to say that you are looking for relatively small subset of the player population. So it is a big help if you boost your chance of finding them by sending out a precisely worded LFG invite.

 

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On 10/24/2021 at 6:03 PM, Mnemonic said:

I'm getting back into the game after an absence and so far I've been playing exclusively solo. Back in the day I loved doing door & radio missions with random PUGs, but it seems that the vast majority of players online are fully IO'ed level 50 indestructible steamrollers of death running incarnate content, and everyone lower is power-levelling in AE content to get another fully IO'ed level 50 indestructible steamroller of death to run incarnate content.

 

I rarely - very rarely - play content above level 50.

I run on and lead PUG teams, task forces, etc.

 

I have characters on all the servers. If I can't find a team on one then I switch to another one.

I will say that I do some marketing waiting to see if someone is LFM.

 

On 10/24/2021 at 6:03 PM, Mnemonic said:

I originally stopped playing not long after the invention system was introduced (life got in the way) so I've never really wrapped my head around it and my planned build for my main toon is all SO's. While there's a lot of QoL improvements since then, the invention system just seems too time consuming to bother with compared to SO's.

 

You can do fine with SO's below level 50.

Your characters will, however, function better if you get some IO procs or sets going.

You can always discuss it with your team while PUGing.

 

On 10/24/2021 at 6:03 PM, Mnemonic said:

So, would I be better off transferring to a more populated server and tolerating the latency to improve my chances of finding other players like me?

 

I game on Reunion when I can during daylight Europe time. I don't experience much lag, but I have a fairly good internet connection.

Unfortunately, I can't game on Reunion on during the evening hours or before midnight Europe time ... and I can't play on weekends at all.

 

If you are going to transfer, I would suggest going to Everlasting or Torchbearer rather than Excelsior. As Excelsior is the most populated, you may have increased lag issue dependent upon your internet speed and computer processing speed.

 

If you think you might lose your name changing servers,  I would suggest simply making a new character on the server that you want to checkout versus bothering with transferring them.

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On 10/24/2021 at 5:03 PM, Mnemonic said:

I'm getting back into the game after an absence and so far I've been playing exclusively solo. Back in the day I loved doing door & radio missions with random PUGs, but it seems that the vast majority of players online are fully IO'ed level 50 indestructible steamrollers of death running incarnate content, and everyone lower is power-levelling in AE content to get another fully IO'ed level 50 indestructible steamroller of death to run incarnate content.

 

I originally stopped playing not long after the invention system was introduced (life got in the way) so I've never really wrapped my head around it and my planned build for my main toon is all SO's. While there's a lot of QoL improvements since then, the invention system just seems too time consuming to bother with compared to SO's.

 

So, would I be better off transferring to a more populated server and tolerating the latency to improve my chances of finding other players like me?


You don't need to start a setup looking to build an end-setup.

Run and level as you wish.  The access to SOs early on, and the ability to upgrade them as you level makes things easier.

Then, when you're nearing 50, if you REALLY like the character, you can look around for a planned end-build and go godlike.

Also, the "servers" are all virtualized now.
So they're all on the same set hosts.

There is no "EU" server per-se in terms of "this one is geographically closer to us".
The difference is merely a cultural and demographic one now.

The "EU Server" is the EU server because this is where the Euro contingent of players has chosen to call home.

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Thanks everyone for your replies and advice, you've all given me a lot to consider.

 

I did try transferring my main to Excelsior and Everlasting just to try them out connection-wise and thankfully didn't experience any noticeable lag playing on a US shard from the UK, but in both my main's name was already taken, which was a surprise.

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You probably could have best of both worlds with free transfers.  Naturally need to keep an eye on and bases or supergroups. 

 


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On 10/28/2021 at 2:08 PM, Hyperstrike said:

There is no "EU" server per-se in terms of "this one is geographically closer to us".

Sorry to be pedantic, but the Reunion server is physically located in Germany, and the other 4 are located in Canada. Unless they changed that when I wasn't looking - wouldn't be the first time :)

Not a big deal, though. I myself play from Denmark and don't notice any significant difference whether I play on Reunion or one of the North American servers.

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The IO sets take quite a bit of investment, but just the general IO's only take common salvage and will work well enough, even for quite a bit of level 50 content. I have level a 50 toon without any IO sets.

 

And sometimes you can get some things cheap on the Auction House, people craft these things just to level up and then dump their inventory. Just put out a few low-ish bids and usually you can get what you want in a couple of weeks. No need for even crafting the generic IOs. A few will be hard to get this way, like Accuracy, Health and Endurance Modification.

 

I take forever to get to level 50 (I have nearly full incarnate level 50, and one that doesn't have any incarnate powers yet). I have like 30 alts.

But I don't PUG much, I mostly play with a fixed set of friends, with whom I also play other games. There are quite a few groups on the server with their own discord channel or server, join one of those. Unfortunately the Super Group doesn't really work that well in City of Heroes as a guild or fleet does in other games.

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