Over at Hardcore Casual, Syncaine writes about the need (mostly aimed at WAR players) to slow down and enjoy the game. One of the best points, hidden in the middle of the post, is how to “correctly” do Public Quests (“PQ’s”). Oh allow me to remember those days when I kept up with the hardcore pack, and PQs were constantly rolling over so that one could merely stand in one place and rack up the glorious influence. Now, I see ghost towns.
The key to completing PQs is to achieve a critical mass of players. This takes time, and it is very hard not to take the immediate satisfaction/rewards of scenarios. However finishing PQs can pay off. Your best bet to start the petri dish growth is to call out and party up with guild or alliance members. A simple tank/healer combo can deal with most of the early parts of the PQ easily, and if you add in a DPS-type player, Stage II will be nothing. When other players see three (oh my gosh) players hitting a PQ in the open groups panel, the decision is easy. There is now instant gratification. The PQ population will start gravitating players on its own. I have seen this time and time again playing as the initial spore for the PQ.
The best part of being the initial player to call to arms at a PQ is you can choose which PQ you want to play. In the nearly bygone days of the rampaging hardcore it was nearly impossible to snatch players away from the PQ that was closest to the rez point.
There are still a few problems with PQs. First, they are unforgiving with class balance. Not having a tank is the worst when standing against hard-hitting Hero mobs, and life is never easy without a healbot. Second, the open grouping system still needs tweaks. I think for PQ open groups, the group should be location-based (ala Meeting Stone) rather than following a free-roaming person. Many times I have searched out PQ groups only to find they were not anywhere near the PQ that the system claimed. I feel that within the year’s end we will get an update for them, but Mythic has to see what a “stable” population is doing with them.