MMOs and me, the intp “gamer”

I’m eagerly awaiting the launch of Elder Scrolls Online, an MMO set in the Elder Scrolls universe. The thing is, I’ve never played MMO before. My choice of games is RPG; individual exploration is of supreme importance. The last thing I want to do is to burden my teammates because they have to wait for me or do a detour for me if I want to get something else. It’s the same in real life. If I’m with friends and I need to get something, I’ll go on my way and get it before regrouping with them. I also don’t want to hold them back if I have butter fingers that day and cast a wrong spell. That’s the reason I’ve always preferred the RPG genre – I do what I want, when I want it, and trouble no one while I’m at it.

ESO presents to me a new problem, therefore. I really do want to play it mostly because I want to see all the lands of Tamriel. I’ll probably be exploring the whole place. At the same time, there are quests to be had, not least the main one which involves PvP battles. Obviously there’s strength in numbers. And obviously if I don’t want to be cut down, I should be with a group. I do not know how to find a group. Ok I know how to do that zbut I do not know how to find THE group. Some guilds ask people to apply for membership in their guilds, but I don’t want to feel burdened by that responsibility of having to show up for battle every time too. I am SO not a hardcore gamer. Also, the application forms reveal too much about me. I’m not comfortable posting my answers to a forum so a bunch of strangers can scrutinize me. And I’ve never played an MMO before. Why would they even consider picking me? It would probably be a waste of time and effort.

Ugh. I’m scouting around various guilds now. I’ve joined a public guild, an explorer’s guild. Their mission seems in tune with mine. No clear issues of rank and file either, which makes me happy. I don’t want to have to follow orders. In battle, sure – there must be a leader and I’m certainly not going to lead – but all other times, I’ll just do my own thing, thank you. So this guild that I’ve found seems to be a good fit. I’m waiting to see how it’ll work out in the game itself.

It would seem that a disproportionate number of intps like computer games, especially RPGs. I would link some statistics but right now, I’m too lazy. I’ll link them up some other day. I’m wondering if there’s an intp guild, but I’m not sure if we’ll get anything done if there is one. It’s ten days to launch and I’m reading up (as usual) on skill builds and trying to get through all the information currently available, doing the obsessive intp thing. It really is quite enjoyable actually.