Mining seems like a sure and steady way to get some solid crafting exp. Its also very profitable. Players have a lot of incentive to mine frequently and for lengthy sessions. Mining can also get real boring since there arent a lot of scenes. Some are efficient but small and super repetitive (spectral mines, graff gem mines). Some are really inefficient and require a lot of running around and slaying NPCs that lack meaning and are just annoying (elysium, verdantis). Other scenes have such poor yields that the scenes are virtually worthless for mining (serpent's spine, etceter crag). Sometimes I want the yield of an all day play session of mining, but, I cant tolerate these scenes anymore due to repetition and boredom, so I stop after 1 hour. I get the feeling that mining would be more fun if I did it with 2-3 other players in our own instance. I dont see any incentive, currently, to mining as a group (other than the obsidian forge - which is a cool idea!). I would like it if, for example, when a node is mined, all players in the group can win somehow, provided they have clicked on a node at some point in the last 3 minutes and are otherwise "actively" playing. Thats just an idea, Im open to anything that incentivizes groups of players to mine together, hunt together, lumberjack together, etc. We have some incentives to fishing together, but hey, lets add more there too! Ideaz for group mining could be: + everyone simply gets like a +50% meticulous bonus + nodes respawn 5x faster + crafting exp gain bonus + high swift gathering bonus when grouped players stand near each other + mobs dont respawn, or respawn very slow + way more nodes + nodes are conveniently clustered together + all players get exact same loot for mining a node (again, provided they are "actively mining" as well) + mini quests of some kind that require 2+ players Group mining sounds like it would solve the boredom problem, or at least make it less boring. At least, itd be kind of like fishing contests, having someone else to chat with in the same scene. Any other thoughts or ideas?