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LFG Tool A HOWTO. What it can and cannot do.

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LFG Tool A HOWTO. What it can and cannot do.

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DarthKhaos
01.23.2012 , 09:53 AM | #1
With all the requests for BioWare to implement a LFG tool I'd like to help players understand the tools currently available to them.

NOTE: Granted the current LFG tool is a bit crude and rough around the edges but it can work.



~How do you Access the LFG Tool~

The LFG Tool is tied into the Search Tool. You can access it in one of a few ways.
  • Click the Social Icon on the menu at the top of the page then click the "Who" tab at the bottom of the window.
  • Hit the Social Hotkey (default is "O") then click the "Who" tab at the bottom of the window.
  • In the chat windo type /who



~How to "Flag" Yourself LFG~

This is a simple procedure. All you have to do is check or highlight the "Looking For Group" checkbox in the bottom left hand corner of the window.
This will "Flag" you LFG, however for greater effectiveness it is recommended that you also add a "LFG Comment" by clicking on the "Add a comment" button located in the bottom right hand corner of the window.
Good examples would be:
  • Tank BT HM LFG (Tank Black Tallon Hard Mode Looking for Group )
  • Healer Foundry LFG
  • DPS 20-25 FP LFG

Also you can use the tool if you are a part of a group (preferably by the leader) to show your group is looking for members. Example Athiss LF2M Healer & DPS. The only problem with this example is part of it gets cut off at the end. This is why in my previous examples I placed the LFG at the end.
NOTE: If you mouse over the purple LFG icon to the left of the player's name in the listing you can see the entire comment the person placed.



~How do you Find Players who are "Flagged" LFG~

Remember I said that the LFG Tool is also merged with the Search Tool, so in the same window you will see a text box located at the top left side of the window. In it you can use it to search for players who are "Flagged". By default when you open the window the system automatically places the name of your current location and searches for all players there. This is good for looking for people to do a heroic quest on that planet but not for a galaxy wide search.
Replace the text in the window with a more suitable search like:
  • LFG BT
  • LFG HM
  • LFG 50 Tank
  • LFG 20-25
  • LFG Commando
By using the letters "LFG" in your search the Search Tool will search the entire game for all players "Flagged or Tagged" LFG. Also if you notice you can also search for specific classes.

NOTE: There is a hard limit of 100 results on any search maximum so if your initial search finds too many players refine your search parameters. Example instead of "LFG HM" use "LFG Tank HM" or "LFG BT HM"



~What the LFG Tool Can and Cannot Do~

I understand some people are accustomed to a fully automated system where you click some check boxes and wait for the system to assemble the group for you.

This is not that type of system but more of a Tool to assist you in finding players to party with.
  • It WILL allow you to be anywhere in the game and find players to party with.
  • It WILL allow anyone in the game to find you to party with no matter where you are in game.
  • It WILL make it easier to find a party once used by the game community.

  • It will NOT create the party for you.
  • It will NOT notify you when a player "Flags" themself LFG.
  • It will NOT teleport you to the Flashpoint or Operation.




I hope this helps you understand the current LFG Tool and if you still wish to stand in Fleet advertising in General Chat for your party you can. It wouldn't hurt to ALSO "Flag" yourself LFG for an additional way to advertise.

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Gedierond
01.23.2012 , 11:00 AM | #2
This is a great post, almost no one uses the LFG tool. Although itīs undeniably quite limited, itīs also very underestimated. I hope that people will start using it more if they read this thread!
Server: Dreshdae Cantina
Character: Gierond - Jedi Shadow
Status: Having lots of fun!!

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Ogien
01.23.2012 , 11:12 AM | #3
I find many people just post their LFG messages in general chat. This seems to work especially if you are standing next to the flashpoint you want to find a group for.

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DarthKhaos
01.23.2012 , 11:27 AM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by Ogien View Post
I find many people just post their LFG messages in general chat. This seems to work especially if you are standing next to the flashpoint you want to find a group for.
I know but by using the tool you can be out doing stuff than standing in fleet. Also I have noticed there are people who will be willing to go to a flashpoint who are currently out on a planet questing. By spreading awareness and education how to use the tool players can get parties faster.

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Gedierond
01.24.2012 , 05:54 AM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by DarthKhaos View Post
I know but by using the tool you can be out doing stuff than standing in fleet. Also I have noticed there are people who will be willing to go to a flashpoint who are currently out on a planet questing. By spreading awareness and education how to use the tool players can get parties faster.
Totally agree with this.
Server: Dreshdae Cantina
Character: Gierond - Jedi Shadow
Status: Having lots of fun!!

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Moriaka
01.24.2012 , 05:59 AM | #6
This is wery handy especial for new players tht need to come in contact with others when doing heroics or whatever. Playing solo all time might work but you wont have the fun of doing harder quests or r raids wich will be both usefule for drops and for exp.

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DarthKhaos
01.24.2012 , 07:23 AM | #7
I just hope more people read this and spreads the word. Get players on the servers using it and I guarantee you you will hear about less people complaining that they absolutely can't find a group 3 days later.
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DarthKhaos
01.24.2012 , 11:45 PM | #8
Bumpidity bump.
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DThoran
01.25.2012 , 04:15 PM | #9
This needs to be made a sticky. It keeps getting buried and people need to know how to use this feature. Mods, please sticky this guide.

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Gedierond
01.26.2012 , 08:47 AM | #10
Bump! I really hope people would start using the tool more!
Server: Dreshdae Cantina
Character: Gierond - Jedi Shadow
Status: Having lots of fun!!