This past week I reached two of the goals I have for The Secret World in March—I finished all 8 of the elite dungeons required before players can challenge the gatekeeper and start running nightmare difficulty content and I purchased the last QL10 purple talisman I needed to have a full set of gear that I can now begin to upgrade. The gear I was fully expecting to complete relatively soon; I only needed one more piece. But the dungeons I expected to take quite a while because of the challenge and my need to learn the fights via internet resources before jumping in with a random group to complete them.
That’s when The Hive Protocol stepped in. HivePro is the guild I joined just this week and during my second night in game after joining the guild I was invited to do a random elite dungeon. “Sure,” I said, and joined the five man group. The player who invited me did so and then actually stepped out of the group so that I could participate. What I didn’t know was that I wasn’t eligible for a random elite having never completed them all individually.
(Side note: this is kind of an odd quirk if you ask me. I can select all eight of the dungeons individually and get in one randomly, but I can’t use the “randomizer” feature for those eight elite dungeons until I’ve completed them all regularly. They are two separate systems but functionally the same.)
Once this was discovered I apologized and offered to bow out but instead the group unanimously decided to run me through the remaining four dungeons that I needed. And it wasn’t just that first group of four people either. No, when one of them had to call it a night someone else from the guild would hop in so that we could continue our progress. Within a couple of hours I had not only finished all four of the dungeons I needed but I was also able to complete the original goal of queueing up for an elite dungeon via the randomizer. This is a daily challenge with extra rewards for players in TSW and now I can do it daily along with everyone else.
Now I need to defeat the gatekeeper so that I can join with my guild in nightmare dungeons as well, but defeating the gatekeeper is a solo affair; something I’ll need to overcome by myself. Still, it’s nice knowing I have a great group of people to do group content with and I hope to have many opportunities to repay their generosity with some of my own in the future.