The most important part of an MMO is arguably its community, and
while Tera is still in its infancy (at least in North America), it comes
packaged with a few social features that are sure to please any MMO veteran.
For starters, it launched with a cross-server dungeon matchmaking
system, similar to WoW’s LFG tool. This makes finding groups for dungeons
Another neat feature is the guild list, which allows you to look
at every guild on your server. From the guild list menu, you can find a guild’s
name and level, its leader’s name, when it was founded, how many members it
has, and its total praise, which is essentially a rating of how popular it is.
While in this menu, you can also give praise to a guild or apply to join it
in-game, which is a nice change from the website-driven applications of
hardcore guilds in other MMOs.
Finally, one of the most interesting aspects of Tera is its
political system. During set periods of time, elections are held for the
position of Vanarch--a leader of one of Tera’s 20 provinces; only guild leaders
can apply for the candidacy. During the election process, players on each
server choose which guild leader will become Vanarch of a given province. Once
elected, Vanarchs have the power to activate (or remove) special vendors,
trainers, world bosses and more in their province, and they hold power for
three full weeks. There’s no way to impeach them should they abuse the system
and deactivate all a province’s services, but that’s a good way to get your
guild blacklisted by the community.