Cross-realm Raid Finder thoughts

Generally speaking this is another quality of life feature that I could see being useful. For folks missing achievements, gear and such its great. I can’t see many XR-raids being regularly successful in the current content, but might be for older raids. Like Nef, BWD, etc.

Hopefully it can be used for all previous raid content, not just the current expansion. Sunwell, BWL, AQ, etc all will be useful to run again – especially as people will be looking for gearsets.

Goal: cross-faction, real-id, and cross-realm, for both raids and dungeons.

Basically let us group up for anything, with anyone, and set some simple rules in place to make a forced balance, just like the LFD tool now. I see no reason to not allow cross-faction for runs, except that some look is faction specific. That is solvable via a rule that says the faction of the leader is dominant, and offer a vendor to switch it over if you get the incorrect faction loot.

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Cross Realm Grouping Live

WoWInsider is reporting that the cross realm grouping is live. Whoa – and free at the moment. I’ve already stated that I think charging for this is bloody wrong in a game where they wish to drive the social aspect to retain players and grow the community. Social – what a crock to pay for it when social is a huge reason I still play wow as opposed to other games. Grrr.

When delving into the depths of Azeroth’s darkest dungeons, it always helps to have some friends at your side… now you’re able to issue a call to arms no matter what realm they play on. We’re pleased to announce the new Real ID Party feature is now available for testing! This new feature will allow World of Warcraft players to invite their real-life Real ID friends of the same faction to a party regardless of the realm they play on, and then queue up for a 5-player regular or Heroic dungeon.

I love the idea of this feature, but hate that they’ll charge for it. So this weekend I’ll have to try and find some friends who have not already moved to Horde, so I can linkup with them as Alliance between realms.

Of course the comments are flowing thick and fast on the official forums, and on the wowinsider post. The premium model has not been announced, and I’d bet that this is a way to see how heavily utilised it is, so a measure can be taken on the additional cost.