A Brief Guide to the Party Finder

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    • A Brief Guide to the Party Finder

      Party Finder Guide

      Hey everyone!
      With Nimue, along with other improvements, we’re launching a major quality of life feature: the Party Finder.

      Why are we implementing this?
      We truly believe that the best experience a player can have in Albion is playing with a group of people. Parties are more likely to go out into the open world as well.

      We want to emphasize that it’s not an automatic system that you might know from other games, but instead it’s a lobby based system similar to custom game sections in other games.

      So how does this work?
      You can reach the Party Finder screen via the new “Activities” button (former Arena button) in the HUD.

      Only party leaders (solo players are also party leaders) are able to use the interface.

      Once you have opened the screen, you will see something like this:


      Here every party leader has to define their search settings.
      The first setting you have to decide on is the search mode. There are two search modes: “Join Open Party”or “Search Players” for your party.
      Finding players lets you create the search by filling the rest of the fields, like choosing an activity, min. IP, max. group size and a description text.

      On top of that we implemented a special function for guilds and alliances: you can restrict applications for your party to parties whose leaders are in your Guild or Alliance. You can use that to quickly assemble a party that people can join without having to invite every single one of them and instead spend more time in the open world.

      If you’re choosing the “Search Players” mode, you will also be able to decide if players that used the “Join Open Party” mode and see your party entry will be able to automatically join you or if they have to apply to your party first. If you leave Auto Accept disabled you’ll have a chance to review each application before you decide which players you want to take into your party.

      Upon submitting your search, there are a few things that happen:
      1. All players in your party will be able to see a menu on the side where they should select possible roles they can fill.


      These roles are filled by default with the role that each player in your party has chosen before you signed up with the Party Finder (Nimue also introduces the role icons you might know from Expeditions/Arena in the open world).

      2. At the moment you submit your search, all the gear and the corresponding IP of all your current party members are saved for the tool.
      Other players who use the “Find Open Party” search mode will then be able to see your party (like an open lobby) and check all its details, including the gear the players were wearing at the time you submitted the search.

      3. A new screen appears for the party leader:


      This screen changes depending on your search mode. In this case, we’re looking at a “Search players” request.
      Here you can see your own party and the settings you chose in the initial setup screen. If you want to change these settings, you can go back to the (now visible) first tab. This will cause your party to create a new search, however (meaning applications will get lost and your gear will get updated, players might have to choose roles again, etc.).

      You can click a party entry to expand it and see more details about the party (including your own). This will look like this:


      As you can see, you can get details about each player’s name, their IP, and the roles they’ve chosen.
      Clicking on the button next to a player’s name will allow you to open their stats or whisper to them.

      Pressing the IP button will look like this:


      You can see the player’s gear that was snapshotted at the time of registration for the Party Finder, just as you could when inspecting the player.

      Now if you don’t want to create your own search and would rather just join another party, the screen is gonna look similar, but with some important differences.


      You can see the formerly inactive buttons are now active and work as filters for your search. By default they use the values you chose in the initial setup, but you can adjust them to your liking.
      You can also see the parties that are willing to take additional players in the section “Other Parties”. As before you can check all the details for all parties before you decide to apply with the button on the right. The ? Icon may still be changed.

      Once you have applied, your party will be seen as an entry for the party that opened the search and will have to decide to either accept or deny your application:


      Once accepted, all members of the applying party will be transferred to the accepting party.

      That finishes our little guide for the Party Finder that is coming with Nimue.

      -Lino
    • Skitted wrote:

      How can 'PvP' or 'Open World PvP' 'Ganking' be not in the list of activity categories in a PvP Game ???
      I don't understand who made this party finder system I think the dev that worked on this one should go look at Final Fantasy 14 onlines party finder. I mean its simple Make a tab to see all open partys make a tab to make a party. And why even bother with a list of items to make the party under, let us tell the people that want to join what we are doing. that way its not limited to the few things you guys added on the list. This could have been really simple and a good system but whoever made this system idk I mean really what's the difference between searching a party and making a party they both make a party lol. Didn't that seem funny to you?