It would be nice if there was some sort of casual trial experience like LFR in other games. I don't think I've ever attempted a trial because I'm very casual pve and know I don't know what to do and don't want to deal with long prep, drama etc. etc. that goes into raiding. I would like to learn it and complete it without committing to a guild or group, even if that meant less rewards etc.. something to dip my toes into it. At this point I have no hope of ever participating in trials.
@Soraka You may be casual PVE but if you have a decent build for your role I'd recommend giving a normal trial a shot by answering a Craglorn LFG post for your role. We all start somewhere and one of the early trials like Aetherian Archive or Hel Ra Citadel are excellent places to start. Of course in preparation I'd recommend running DLC dungeons first to get your feet wet and get some good gear which always helps.It would be nice if there was some sort of casual trial experience like LFR in other games. I don't think I've ever attempted a trial because I'm very casual pve and know I don't know what to do and don't want to deal with long prep, drama etc. etc. that goes into raiding. I would like to learn it and complete it without committing to a guild or group, even if that meant less rewards etc.. something to dip my toes into it. At this point I have no hope of ever participating in trials.
I see thanks for the info everyone. I just kind of assumed with the skill gap if I tried a normal I would be an inconvenience and not with people my experience level.
Another thing to remind people of is adaptation not only mechanic-wise but build-wise. I'm sorry but your RP Vampire Lord/Kiss/Cloak with only blood skills build really doesn't cut it in group content and you are most likely carried. Please be respectful of the other 3/11 people's time in the group and participate/contribute in the GROUP effort.
I'll admit this is precisely why I have never tried a vet trial and only very recently started on vet dlc dungeons, but the latter experience has been very hit or miss. I am a fairly quick study, but I just cannot take the drama that sometimes occurs when experienced players expect everyone to perform to their level on vet content. We all have to start learning somewhere, and there is a difference between being able to complete vet content and doing it efficiently as experts. I am here to have fun. Some challenge is nice, but I would rather fight monsters than group chat.
Thankfully I have a very nice trading guild that does weekly normal trials at a leasurely speed, which is very nice for learning all the base mechanics and doing trials in general. We just have fun together and the occasional derp is just part of the deal - we ran KA with half a group last week just to see if we could and it was a lot of fun if terribly chaotic. Anyone wanting to amp up their skills, in any form of content, I would highly recommend finding a friendly guild of like-minded souls and avoid the pug problems when possible. That way you can check beforehand if you have the same goals in mind.
@El_Borracho it's also usually those same people that you describe who steadfastly refuse to get into discord to even listen to call outs and mech explanations without even having to speak. I'll stay and prog a veteran PUG for a long time if people are willing to listen and perform mechanics. That being said the ones who want to go all Lee Roy Jenkins tend to kill PUGs more than anything else.
You are right, there is a large gap between end game players and casuals but that's mostly on ZoS because the game doesn't teach players its own systems with the worst tutorial in modern gaming. Also the game overland is so trivial there's no incentive or even a reason for the normal quester to improve or even research a build.