I was never one for Task Forces, too much of a time commitment. In the year plus that I've played CoH, I had only completed one Task Force (Synapse) and been on one or maybe two others... and the only trial I had completed was the respec trial, which I did at least twice, or maybe three times with different characters.
The Task Force that I had tried and failed at was the Sister Psyche task force. I joined a very large group that took forever to get through the first two missions, then everyone started logging off so I did too. The next day I logged in to find one other person (my friend who had invited me to join the TF originally) still trying to complete it. He was just ready to do the last mission, so I joined him, and a bit later one of the other guys logged on. Well, this was my ice blaster and he was playing a fire/kinetics controller, and I forget what the third guy was but we had no chance of taking Clamor, we only died repeatedly. Apparently everyone else had quit the TF, and we finally had to too... even though Clamor was the last thing we needed to complete it, there was just no way we could manage it.
Last Sunday I did the Synapse Task Force, my second time ever doing it. They've revamped the last mission and it looks very cool. Anyway, we had a small hand-picked group, three of us Legion of Catgirls plus two others we picked up, a tank and a controller with heals. The tank quit halfway through, saying "my parents just got home, I have to go". But because we'd picked people who were all 20-21 (except for Kitten Panic who started out at 16 and was sidekicked for most of the TF) we did fine without a tank, and finished in a reasonable amount of time, 3 1/2 hours I think.
This morning, around 1 am Saturday actually, I was invited to do the Sister Psyche task force. I was pretty worried at the outset because I didn't know anyone, we didn't have a tank, and while one person was 26 and another was 24, the rest of us (three others) were 22 or 21. We went at things slowly, which frustrated the 26 scrapper a bit, everything was even con or a level lower to her and she wanted to rush things. But this was actually a very good group. We had a kinetics defender, and he made sure everyone stayed close so his heal would be effective. The kinetics heal is actually a really good heal if you can keep people in range and have bad guys to target off of.
Eventually the blaster had to leave, but we still had two scrappers, the defender, and me the warshade. A bit later, the defender had to leave as well. At this point we decided to see how things went if I played as a lobster tank and let the two scrappers do all the damage. This went well, and we worked our way through the rest of the mission. It was kind of fun too because one of the scrappers was playing his first and only character, and didn't have a clue what to expect but was having a lot of fun. He sounded very worried about facing an arch villian, heh. And with good reason -- when we finally got to Clamor, she kicked out butts. The newbie scrapper and I died twice, the level 26 scrapper died once, but we managed to keep her from regenerating too much in between hospital trips, and on the last rumble we took her down, just the three of us. ^_^
Only took us six hours, lol.
One sucky thing... I have a rock-steady internet connection now, and I've thought of exemplaring to do task forces on my higher level characters, my 50 tank mostly. But during the task force on Sunday, and again this morning on this task force, I ran into a game bug while zoning that shut down CoH. Sheesh, that never happens to me at any other point, but clearly it's not safe for me to try to exemplar a task force.