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How often and why do you communicate with strangers in a public server?


Communicating with strangers in DST  

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  1. 1. How often do you communicate with strangers in DST?

    • Very often (you can't shut me up)
      18
    • Often (a few times a day)
      13
    • Occasionally (once a day)
      3
    • Not very often (only when a situtation requires)
      6
    • Never
      2
  2. 2. Why do you communicate with strangers in DST?

    • I want to work together
      24
    • I want to socialise
      10
    • I want to learn from others how to play
      0
    • Others spoke to me first and social convention dicates that I respond
      5
    • I don't; typing is lame. Wake me when gestures and quick chat is in
      0
    • I don't; I like doing my own thing and keeping to myself. The other players are just random elements to make things different
      1
    • You can type messages the other players can see? How do you do that?!
      2


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So I decided to make a public server last night, just to see how it would work with strangers running about my world. A few people came and went, and for the most part things went quite well. People were polite and weren't trying to troll, which was great.

But one thing I noticed was how little communication there was. Around the campfire at night I'd type a quick message to tell everyone that I was heading south in the morning to catch some bees to build a bee box, but none of the others volunteered any plans unless I asked. There wasn't any discussion on improving the base camp I had set up. In fact when players spawned a few of them were content to wander about and not ask where everyone was so we could meet up, although I was usually pretty quick to give instructions on how they could do so.

I'm not complaining, I just thought it was just curious: that finally we've got multiplayer and I thought people would be more excited about building a world together. Was it that people couldn't be bothered typing? Didn't want to invest themselves in a non-dedicated server they likely won't see or play in again?

So how much do you communicate with strangers in Don't Starve Together, and why?

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I was quiet the first couple of games and things went terribly. Then I started putting a lot of effort into coordinating everyone and things went wayyy smoother. I'm hoping the quiet joiners are just new players who haven't realized how important it is to communicate yet.

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I try to socialize with most people I come across, be it a newbie or professional. If they don't talk back for whatever reason that is fine too, and if they talk trash I'll make their virtual island lives hell :p

So far the vast majority talked back, even those that don't speak English very well but are still somehow understandable. There's usually only quiet moments when fights are going on (even in PvP there's the occasional "trashtalk" to my enemies). Meeting and interacting with new people is a game aspect I like. And why my server is open for everyone!

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Same as W. We're usually on skype so type chat is rare to be honest.

And often we wind up just forgetting that others are around.

 

As myself, I'm just not the most talkative person when it comes to random strangers and I'm often the one who just runs off by myself when it comes to that.

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the biggest problem with socializing for me is typing!! especially if you are in middle of doing something... i hate stopping and since the mouse click stops working while i type arghhhhh!!!!(does that happen to anyone else too o.0)

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I like communicating with others but i don't like giving orders to strangers ("let's build the camp here" or "we have to find berries all together").

The main problem I had for the moment is to find enough food to feed everyone. As other players collect all the food they find (and that's normal in a world of starvation), i don't feel very easy to ask always food to others. It is difficult to coordinate, i hesitate between a situation with no leader but little coordination and one with too much leading which may seem oppressive. I think the balance will be find with more experience of playing :) 

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The main server I play on is my s/o's, and we use Skype to communicate. I haven't been on too many strangers servers, but I'd talk if the situation requires it. Unless the people playing on the server are uber friendly, then maybe I'd be more talkative :p

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I like communicating with others but i don't like giving orders to strangers ("let's build the camp here" or "we have to find berries all together").

The main problem I had for the moment is to find enough food to feed everyone. As other players collect all the food they find (and that's normal in a world of starvation), i don't feel very easy to ask always food to others. It is difficult to coordinate, i hesitate between a situation with no leader but little coordination and one with too much leading which may seem oppressive. I think the balance will be find with more experience of playing :-)

 

It seems to work pretty well if you give suggestions, like "we could use some saplings and grass tufts" or "I've seen some tracks around, we could hunt koalefants".

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I like putting a password on my personal servers until I have a miniature base set up, so at least I can provide food and basics for whoever jumps into it. Last night, I jumped through a couple public servers and helped the newer ones set up bases. I personally don't mind being ordered around by whoever is hosting because it is likely a server I won't end up on again. I'd rather that they have a camp they wanted than to randomly start building things in stupid spots. It all takes a lot of communication though.

Along with that, it really blows when someone raids a chest and takes all the cool items and then leaves ten minutes later. All those items have to be remade. I try my best to drop everything useful in the camp when I leave a server I likely won't return to.

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