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I'm attempting to play The Secret World with my girlfriend. She will have no patience for soloing whatsoever, so I need to be in her group 100% of the time in order to keep her playing. How soon is a new character freed to group up, and what is the best way to do it?

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When you create a character you will go through a short introduction level where you are escaping. This level is mainly designed to get you used to using skills and moving around the game world, but is instanced away from the rest of the game so during this time you cannot group.

Once you get past the introduction you are dropped near a town called Kingsmouth with your actual character - from this point onwards you're able to group, explore, do quests, etc.

It shouldn't take more than 15-20 minutes to do the introductory mission, and after completing this mission, most of the side quests and investigation quests through the rest of the game can be completed in a group - there are a few areas within the game that are designated as solo instances but these are clearly marked as you accept the quests and before entering the instances.

Entering these instances won't remove you from your party but you will be unable to enter them together. These instances are also optional (like every side quest in the game).

The main story missions for each faction are also solo, and cannot be completed in a group.

A full list of missions within The Secret World which cannot be completed in a group (ie: are solo only) can be found on The Secret World forums. Outside faction ranking missions and the main story, the number of missions with solo instances is probably less than twenty missions across the entire game.

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Don't forget the solo dungeon bits of most Investigation and Sabotage missions. Might be worth noting. :) –  Rilgon Arcsinh Dec 19 '12 at 11:57
    
Ah yeah, I remember a couple of these. I played the whole game through solo so it wasn't really a problem - entering one of these instances won't remove you from the party you're in, but you won't be able to enter them together. –  kalina Dec 19 '12 at 12:01
    
Yeah, that's more what I was getting at. Not-insignificant parts of the Story Quest, and most Investigations and Sabotages have at least some degree of "I'm by myself"-ness to it. –  Rilgon Arcsinh Dec 19 '12 at 12:17
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If my memory serves me correctly I did many of the investigations with multiple people, but the act of one person completing a step doesn't automatically progress the investigation for all people - meaning that even though you could do them in a group, you still have to complete each step yourself. –  kalina Dec 19 '12 at 12:54
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No - you're right, the story missions are solo –  kalina Dec 19 '12 at 16:12
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