The Looking for Group tool, which makes it easier for you to group up with players from your own server to tackle group content like dungeons and raids, is arguably the most important new feature that came with RIFT Patch 1.2 released yesterday.
But there are a lot of questions floating around on how it works. EpicToon is here to give you a crash course on using the LFG tool, including some nifty functions you may not know existed.
Accessing the LFG tool. The LFG tool can be opened in two ways. First, the shortcut key “I” and second, the menu icon located at the lower left part of your screen.
Selecting your role. The LFG tool will allow you to choose all four roles, given that all players have the ability to change between several specs. But if you are determined to serve only a healer or a support character in the group, choose only that role to avoid being forced into playing a sub-optimal spec.
Signing up for rift and quest groups. This option allows you to form groups for non-instanced rift and quest content. You will not be teleported to your LFG party, so you should ideally be in the area or zone where the rift or quest is located.
Signing up for specific dungeons. This option allows you to form groups for a specific dungeon, probably because you have not tackled the content or are chasing particular gear drops. Using this option will result in a dungeon lockout, unless one of your members joined via the random dungeon option.
Your character will be able to choose all normal, and Tier 1 and Tier 2 expert dungeons appropriate for his level and gear. Tier 1 expert dungeons impose lower gear restrictions than Tier 2.
Signing up for random dungeons. This option allows you to form groups for a random dungeon, and is the preferred choice if you are farming the dungeon completion rewards, including RIFT Platinum, xp (for non-maxed toons), and planar currency. Using this option will not impose a dungeon lockout.
If you queued for random dungeons, you have the chance to be paired with a group that has already made some progress inside the dungeon, maybe downed the first boss or as far as having the last boss. Good news though: You will still qualify for random dungeon completion rewards even if you joined midway.
The random dungeon completion rewards can only be earned 7 times a week, all in a single day if you have time to chain run.
Vote Kicks. You can only use the vote kick function ten minutes after forming the LFG party. A majority is needed for the vote kick to push through, and the expelled member will not be able to join your group via the LFG tool for 15 minutes.
Ignore. For particularly nasty players that you won’t want to meet ever again, you can place them on your ignore list and they will never be picked as your group member via the LFG tool.
Replacements. The group leader will be alerted once an LFG group member leaves the party, and will have the option to search for a replacement. In case the leader is the one who left the party, the leader’s replacement will be given the search option.
While the LFG tool system will work to find a role that replaces the one who left (i.e. a healer for a healer), Trion Worlds says that the system might find a DPS for a healer, for example, “if it believe players in the original group could be shifted around in roles to make room for the new player.”
But we believe this method of finding replacements is in the minority, when more optimal candidates have been exhausted.
LFG tool and Public Group restrictions. When you enter the LFG queue, you cannot be invited into a public group. But you can choose to drop out of the LFG queue by joining a public group or forming a public group yourself.
We’ll be adding more information as Trion Worlds tweaks and improves on the LFG tool, as it gets through the testing process among players. Good luck with your groups and remember: It’s all about R-E-S-P-E-C-T.