Originally Posted by Auditor_Kevin
Of course I'm just going off my own experiences with this game, but the first thing people noticed (to a man) when finishing a song was how many fans they helped the band gain.
I could jump through those hoops to build more fans, but at that point the game becomes a ritual in how to EXCLUDE people, not include them. And that flies in the face of the whole goal of the game.
I'm hosting a guys weekend this weekend, where 5 of my closest friends are coming from out of state and staying at my house. Make no mistake about it, we'll be having a blast playing this game plenty in between trips to the bars, river boat and poker games. But it would have been nice if these new guys could have experienced that extra level of immersion via the adding of fans.
I've played Rock Band with a couple of big groups of people, and a bunch of smaller party situations, and we never
played for fans. Usually with people who are going to play casually all they care about are the songs, and being able to get on the drums every so often. I've never even bothered to play the tour with groups of people. Well, one time we started. And after about 45 minutes of designing characters, coming up with names, picking out running shoes....we lost a good chunk of the night when we could have been playing! Waste of time, as far as I'm concerned. For everyone that's played the game with me, the only numbers anyone really cares about are the % numbers after a song.
Co-op quick play is the way to go. So long as you have already played through the game, you'll have all the songs available to play right from the start. Plus the DLC. In order of difficulty. Most people don't want to sit down for 4 hours, playing through songs they don't like, just to get to songs they do. And in your case, where it sounds like you're going to be doing a lot of different things with your friends, my advice is to keep the game casual. The funnest part of the game for them is going to be just playing the game. Trust me. No need to complicate things for casual play.