A Guide to Enjoying Torchlight 2 Multiplayer

evernewjoyevernewjoy Posts: 316
Dear Community,

This thread is not a joke I am making, my tone here is entirely one of trying to be helpful.

Others who have helpful tips for new players are welcome to post here as well.

This thread is a guide for how to enjoy Torchlight 2 multiplayer!


Runic Games Devs have put all the power in the players' hands as to how to enjoy Torchlight 2 multiplayer:
  • Players already in a game can kick anyone any time who is behaving inappropriately.
  • You can set password protected games.
  • You can set friend-only games.
  • You can set a level limit on your game.
  • You can leave a game any time.



Runic Games cannot be expected to police the entirety of their ever-growing gaming community.

If Runic Games compromised on this point, they would either have to spend lots of money, or vastly limit player freedom, or probably both.

We, as mature players, have the duty to regulate ourselves, and protect ourselves from players who are not as mature or respectful.

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Some Torchlight 2 Multiplayer Guidelines

Here are some guidelines you can follow to greatly enjoy Torchlight 2 Multiplayer! (If anyone has points they want added to this main list let me know).

I am not pretending this is a complete list, I am happy to make additions.

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1. If you join a public online game, or host one, do not use a character that you are worried about having other players modify in strange and unexpected ways.

The public gaming environment is quite unusual these days in that many people seem to get a kick out of irritating other players. Plan accordingly and don't use a character in a public multiplayer game whose exact level/gear/stats and everything you care about being absolutely safe.

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2. Meet and Identify players you enjoy playing with using a "dummy character."

This is a character who you do not mind having modified by players whose only interest seems to be irritating other players.

Once you've found some friends you can then host a password-protected or friend-only game using the characters whose level-progress and stats and gear you actually care about.

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3. If you join a public Torchlight 2 game and you get instantly kicked, do not be sad, start your own game and name it something inviting so others know that you won't kick them if they try to join your game.

Please do not be emotionally hurt if you get instantly kicked from a game! The host cannot possibly know the slightest thing about you when they kick you instantly, so do not take it personally. Perhaps the host was waiting for someone and you took that person's spot unknowingly. Perhaps the host was just looking for a different kind of player.

You have the power to start your own game any time and then you can be the one to be nice and friendly to people and not kick people instantly.

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4. If you host a game, and a player joins that you don't want, briefly explain to them why you are kicking them in order to promote a friendly online Torchlight 2 environment.

People do have feelings, and just because you don't know their real-life name doesn't mean you can abandon all social etiquette and be mean to people. While not strictly necessary, a brief explanation of why you are kicking someone will go a long way toward making this whole public Torchlight 2 Multiplayer community a very happy and friendly place.

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5. Make Lots of Friends

The real solution to having a happy Torchlight 2 experience is to make lots of friends that you can trust and add to your game freely.

We can create our own sort of mini-public games by having large lists of friends and games that are Friends-Only.


There's really nothing Runic Games can do more than this Friends-Only feature! This is spectacular!

Friends-Only games still allow freedom from the inconvenience of entering passwords, and also allow the sort of open feel and excitement of not knowing who or when someone might join your game.

But thanks to Runic's friends-only game option, you can always know that whoever joins your game will be someone you can trust and enjoy playing with.

Now please go and make lots of friends, and probably someone should make a Friends List thread(viewtopic.php?f=30&t=40552) where people can meet each other, and we will be able to create a nice large group of friends so that we can truly enjoy Torchlight 2 Multiplayer.

Additionally, making Torchlight 2 guilds is a great way to help us all meet up.

Torchlight 2 Guild Discussion Board
http://forum.runicgames.com/viewforum.php?f=35


The tools are in your hands, the regulation must be done by you, friends are waiting to be made!


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Why is all this necessary?

This guide is not necessary because Runic Games has not done something they should have.

This guide is because of the current state of people these days and the fact that a lot of people are upset in their life and take this frustration out on other players.

Please do not blame Runic Games for unfriendly player behavior.

Please use this guide and your own resources to help develop good strategies for dealing with an abundance of frustrated people in a way that works for you.

With the event of Runic Games producing an online game that is NOT strictly regulated, thus giving people more freedom of expression, we are encountering just how unhappy some people are, and that is what they are choosing to express in Torchlight 2 Multiplayer.

Realize that this is not something Runic Games can fix, but WE, the players can fix, by following good practices and regulating ourselves, and knowing that the issue here is actually the state of humanity at large, and not something Runic Games can ever fix without limiting our own freedoms.

Thank You Runic Games for giving us practically an open-source game (once editor comes out) that is multiplayer, and giving us the power to regulate our multiplayer gaming experience.


Now use this power that Runic Games gave you and you will greatly enjoy Torchlight 2 Multiplayer!



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  • SgtPepperSgtPepper Posts: 111
    Please, someone sticky this. The owner of the Fistful of Anger challenge SUPPORTS the spineless humans and their post!
    Also, you mad? Don't curse at 'em just read this. viewtopic.php?f=30&t=37365
    Take the fistful of anger challenge you SPINELESS HUMANS! viewtopic.php?f=30&t=40259
  • sadronsadron Posts: 809
    Give this man a medal!
  • MAKE SURE NOT TO USE A CHARACTER YOU CARE ABOUT ONLINE, AND IF YOU DO, MAKE SURE YOU PASSWORD-PROTECT AND FRIEND-ONLY THE GAME!!

    WOO HOO, SHUT UP YOU HOLIER-THAN-THOU VANILLA PLAYERS!!
  • x3vi4nx3vi4n Posts: 52
    2. Meet and Identify players you enjoy playing with using a "dummy character."

    It's sad that you think this is something you should have to do.
  • HomicideHomicide Posts: 1,071
    sadron wrote:
    Give this man a medal!
    ...but when we stop acting civil and start calling people names, we're no longer interacting in the spirit of Runic Games.

    Zepheyr ~ 2012
  • ace1580ace1580 Posts: 58
    x3vi4n wrote:
    2. Meet and Identify players you enjoy playing with using a "dummy character."

    It's sad that you think this is something you should have to do.

    It's sad that i can't parade my social security number around on the internet, or trust a nigerian finance minister to send me my 2 million dollar cashier check after i mail him a deposit. Thems the breaks.
  • Nice job. :)

    Oh, and something to add to this part:
    evernewjoy wrote:
    As the owner of a game you can kick anyone any time.

    You can set password protected games.

    You can set friend-only games.

    You can leave a game any time.

    You can set a level limit on your game.
    Friendly fire is never friendly.
  • Nice job. :)

    Oh, and something to add to this part:
    evernewjoy wrote:
    As the owner of a game you can kick anyone any time.

    You can set password protected games.

    You can set friend-only games.

    You can leave a game any time.

    You can set a level limit on your game.


    Thanks Satch I added this :)

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  • MetroMetro Posts: 575
    Just a note: the 'friends only' option doesn't work. I've had my friends and also myself create various 'friends only' flagged games only to have random people join-up (and no they aren't my friends because there's only like 15 people on my friends list).

    Bottom line: You have to use a password.
  • Metro wrote:
    Just a note: the 'friends only' option doesn't work. I've had my friends and also myself create various 'friends only' flagged games only to have random people join-up (and no they aren't my friends because there's only like 15 people on my friends list).

    Bottom line: You have to use a password.

    Interesting, I have not personally had this issue, no one has ever joined my friends-only games, but when I hosted public games ppl joined pretty quick.

    I believe your experience of course, I imagine this issue will be fixed in a near-future patch!

    :)

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  • 0kouya00kouya0 Posts: 95
    Sticky this thread please :D
  • HomicideHomicide Posts: 1,071
    evernewjoy wrote:
    Metro wrote:
    Just a note: the 'friends only' option doesn't work. I've had my friends and also myself create various 'friends only' flagged games only to have random people join-up (and no they aren't my friends because there's only like 15 people on my friends list).

    Bottom line: You have to use a password.

    Interesting, I have not personally had this issue, no one has ever joined my friends-only games, but when I hosted public games ppl joined pretty quick.

    I believe your experience of course, I imagine this issue will be fixed in a near-future patch!

    :)

    Rama


    Actually this was a verified issue previous to the last patch , i thought it was fixed, if not, please file this in Support as well :P
    ...but when we stop acting civil and start calling people names, we're no longer interacting in the spirit of Runic Games.

    Zepheyr ~ 2012
  • feyithfeyith Posts: 853
    Friends only is bugged right now. Or it was as of last night.

    You might also add in big, bold capital letters: make friends via the forums.

    I am baffled at the number of people posting in whine threads who could have just as easily spent all of that time and energy *GASP* getting together and actually playing the game.
  • HomicideHomicide Posts: 1,071
    I am baffled at the number of people posting in whine threads who could have just as easily spent all of that time and energy *GASP* getting together and actually playing the game.

    Ta Da!
    ...but when we stop acting civil and start calling people names, we're no longer interacting in the spirit of Runic Games.

    Zepheyr ~ 2012
  • feyith wrote:
    I am baffled at the number of people posting in whine threads who could have just as easily spent all of that time and energy *GASP* getting together and actually playing the game.

    I feel like this statement needs a double emphasis in addition to Homicide's endorsement.

    This is the sort of statement feyith I think I could wonder about for days or even...years!

    Thanks for posting!

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  • XenesisXenesis Posts: 219
    Sad that a guide like this is necessary, but not surprising given that the state of gaming in the last few years has been akin to helicopter parenting.

    Nice work.
  • Xenesis wrote:
    Sad that a guide like this is necessary, but not surprising given that the state of gaming in the last few years has been akin to helicopter parenting.

    Nice work.


    Hahhaha helicopter parenting? I laughed when I read it... but does that actually have a clinical meaning of some kind?!

    I am sort of clueless on that subject :)

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  • XenesisXenesis Posts: 219
    Nah, no clinical meaning. Just a colloquial usage.
  • Xenesis wrote:
    Nah, no clinical meaning. Just a colloquial usage.


    Oooh hey that's a perfect word for the issue with modern online gaming, (for those not clicking the link it is over-parenting / excessively controlling parenting)


    Thank you Runic Gaming for NOT being that way and giving us the freedom to regulate ourselves, and thus the ability to create both our own game via modding AND share it online with friends



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  • Let's all have fun in Torchlight 2 multiplayer everyone!



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  • I don't play online since my connection is ****, but I think make/join a guild whose members aren't dicks and play a passworded game with them should be obvious?
    Isn't that the point of making guilds in the first place? To find people who you can trust?
  • Dear amaimono,

    Great point!

    I edited my original post to include a line about guilds! (item 5 of list)

    Again if anyone has links to guilds they want to recruit new members for, or a newly created Torchlight 2 guild, let me know so I can include links!

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  • evernewjoy wrote:
    Dear amaimono,

    Great point!

    I edited my original post to include a line about guilds! (item 5 of list)

    Again if anyone has links to guilds they want to recruit new members for, or a newly created Torchlight 2 guild, let me know so I can include links!

    Rama
    Actually Runic has dedicated a sub-forum for it viewforum.php?f=35 so you can add the link to your post.
  • Added, thanks for the link!

    :)

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  • dozeydozey Posts: 267
    ace1580 wrote:
    x3vi4n wrote:
    2. Meet and Identify players you enjoy playing with using a "dummy character."

    It's sad that you think this is something you should have to do.

    It's sad that i can't parade my social security number around on the internet, or trust a nigerian finance minister to send me my 2 million dollar cashier check after i mail him a deposit. Thems the breaks.
    I have never seen a truer post. Those finance ministers take forever for their checks to clear. =(
    I don't think highways should have these cars on them.
    I'd rather bike to my destination. There'd be more room for us cyclists if there weren't these cars.
    They're getting to their destination faster than me and that bothers me. It devalues cycling.
    -KFP
  • Let's all make lots of friends and create huge friends-list of nice players!

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  • evernewjoy wrote:
    As the owner of a game you can kick anyone any time.

    The kick is a vote system. everyone gets a vote. From what I have read on here ,even if you own the game you can't kick without others voting on it.

    Not for sure though. would be worth verifying though.
  • TL;DR

    Don't pug.
  • The kick is a vote system. everyone gets a vote. From what I have read on here ,even if you own the game you can't kick without others voting on it.

    Not for sure though. would be worth verifying though.

    Thanks for that clarification FlamingPhoenix, I modified the phrasing in the original post

    :)

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  • Added this link to main post
    viewtopic.php?f=30&t=40552

    Great thread to meet players!

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