So here’s an idea I’ve had- I play a looooot of Final Fantasy XIV, good game, give it a shot if you like/hate MMOs. It has a hilariously poorly-implented Mentor system. Basically, once you jump through a series of hoops, you get the Mentor title. You get access to the special Mentor chat where you can help beginners who are just learning to play by answering their questions/helping them with dungeons/etc. It’s a wonderful idea, but on the more populated servers that are closed off from character creation(like mine :D), it’s mostly lots of grizzled vets posting dank memes and trolling so…
Now how, you may ask, does this matter with Battleborn. Take a look back at all the low CRs you’ve seen playing this game solo. Not gonna lie, this isn’t really the game to play Solo when you’re just beginning, especially with all CR100s rubbing their palms together every time they see you so they can get their Worthy of Song titles and cry into a corner. But on the flipside, with a group of friends, this game can be an amazing time, everyone laughing and doing dumb things and just generally having a good time.
Everyone’s been brainstorming solutions to help the game so here is mine: We are getting new players, not at a rate we would like, but we are getting them. My idea is that every weekend or so, we put on our mentor hats and give some fresh Battleborn a hand. Do you see a low level on your team, by themselves, afraid, not yet ready for the Bloodthirsty wolves that is the premade on the other team? It can be a scary thing, especially when they’re all CR100 with the MEDICINAL USE ONLY title because LOL WEED HAHAHA.
Don’t just sit there, give them a message! Let them know that the game is much more fun with friends and offer to party up with them when the game is over. Now, do it BEFORE the game starts! That’s the important part, if you do it AFTER those Medicinal Use Only Scrublords inevitably curbstomp your team’s face in, they won’t be as receptive, because no one is receptive after being slaughtered in a game they don’t yet fully understand. Battleborn, for better or worse, puts your team together, then finds another. That’s the best time- Say hello, tell them welcome to the game, offer to help them learn the ropes until they’re born for battle! While we try to bring in more players, let’s try to keep the ones we get by bringing them in closer. Again, before the brutal slaughter that is certainly impending.
Now, there would be some Caveats for this. Obviously everyone can do this lol, I’m not your parent. But I would prefer if you’re CR was, say…75-100? This is because A. I am only CR75 and I wanna help too darnit shhh and B. Beginners are…for some reason, less likely to be nice to people around their level in video games. If someone who is a high level offers to play with them, it will have a lot more oomph than someone around their level, particularly if no one really does good. Because, again, MEDICINAL WEED ONLY LOL 420BLAZEIT. The other caveat would be that you not be a douche. I don’t even have a joke for this one just don’t be a douche to the same people we want to keep, fam.
SUPER FUN DISCLAIMER: This would be a community thing obviously. I’d love it if this became an official thing though, GBX! Like maybe an xp boost for the lower levels and a credit boost for the mentors, so everyone has incentive to help each other out. Also, I take no responsibility for anyone abusing their Mentor status by telling lies such as Benedict requires any sort of skill whatsoever. We have power, friends, let’s not abuse it ;_;
So, possibly this weekend, would anyone be up for making friends and making our Badass community even better? Doesn’t matter if it’s PvE or PvP, just be nice and lend a hand!
tl;dr With the quick queue in the short term and the patch in the long term, I think now is a good time to try to stabilize the community the best we can by giving all the newer players a helping hand. If you’d like to join in, all I would ask is that you: A. Have a relatively high CR; B. Be open to answering questions and generally helping them get better acclimated to what is very much a unique game, without being a condescending killjoy; and C. remember to direct them to both the forums and the (un)official discord so they can find other people to both discuss the game with and generally give them incentive to keep playing. If you’re interested, please get back to me either in the thread below or PM- I’d like to get as many of us together as I can, as soon as possible.