I already touched on the whole groups and clans thing several times, most elaborately in the FTA FAQ, so I won’t bother going into that much of the topic here. Suffice it to say that I don’t think clans are worth it, most of the time, but that the relationships you build with fellow players is a great way to increase your enjoyment of the game. I wouldn’t have this page up if it weren’t for the Yahoo groups related to this game, so I certainly appreciate all the friends I’ve made as a result of those hideous group message boards. I even appreciate some of the enemies I’ve made.
While I may discourage joining a clan, I know that some of them can be really good friends to have and I certainly recommend the first three groups I mention on the main page in the Obligatory Links area. Other than that, though, I suggest you wait a while before getting into other sorts of groups until you are well versed in the RP by having talked it over with some friends you’re bound to make in those places.