The other day my level 6 paladin posts an LFM for Proof is in the Poison. The LFM read, “Elite for BB. All welcome. IP.”
I had just stepped in when a human wizard joined, followed by a half-orc barbarian. The wizard asked who was going to do the traps, and I told him unless a trapper joined we’d have to jump through the traps. He said, and I quote, “That’s stupid.” I told him he could use a hireling if he wanted, and he said that’s not his job because he’s not the party leader.
He then asked who was going to be healing. I said that unless a healer joined, we’d be chugging pots. He said that was even “stupider” than not having a trapper. I told him he could use a hireling if he wanted to, and he said if it was his LFM that’s what he’d do. Bear in mind, this is all within seconds of stepping into the quest.
The wizard died in the fire traps on the bridge. I told him he could just recall and step back in, since the shrine was a long way off. He repeated how “stupid” this all was and ragequit.
The barbarian and I finished the quest with no hirelings.
When I join someone else’s group, I don’t assume it’s their job to provide me with a trapper and healer. If I need healing, I’ll ask if I can pop a hireling. If I can’t time the traps and there’s no other way to get by them, I’ll ask if I can use a hireling or I’ll just say “thanks anyway” and politely drop group. Not all of my characters can jump through traps and survive. Around the same time I was running Proof is in the Poison, I also ran Repossession and the Bookbinder Rescue. When I post for those, I plan to use a rogue hireling if a trapper doesn’t join. I had actually just popped a rogue hireling when an arty joined the group, so that hireling was kind of wasted, but, meh.
What’s the consensus for the responsibility of a party leader, especially in a low level quest? Does he have to provide hireling healers and hireling trappers if none join the group?