Category Archives: Guild

Their voices cry out to me at night

Pugnacious Priest had an awesome blog post this morning, concerning the idea of abandoned alts as “failed relationships.” I can totally get behind that. I personally have quite a few of these myself.

Aggrammar: This is the server where I began, because my daughter’s boyfriend was the one who got me into WoW, and this is where he played. That one explanation caused a total chain reaction in which I dragged several members of my favorite GameFAQs board to the game and server. This even includes some members who had already been playing WoW, and had fully developed stables of toons elsewhere. Regardless, we all came together in Aggrammar and we built a small friends-and-family guild. We had more alts than accounts, and we did a lot of leveling, dungeons and group quests. Yeah, this was back in Vanilla when there WERE group quests you couldn’t just solo with a pet class and a health pot.

Eventually, however, the queues became intolerable and we made the collective decision to move to Nesingwary with free transfers for all. I left behind one lonely toon, a level 12 Orc Shaman, who is the GM of our old guild: Beyond Good and Evil.

During that same period, some of us choose to see how the other half lived and created Alliance toons on the Dalaran server. Why Dalaran? Because one of the longest-playing members already had a pretty full stable there, and resources like bags and gold are nice for the beginning toons.  A few stayed, and still maintain a guild there. I’ve got a few toons still there myself, including the highest level Shaman I’ve thus far managed to grow: she’s 31, and a Draenei.

Then, there was the WoWInsider guild on Zangarmarsh, for events and such. This was back when I still harbored some hope that I’d eventually write for them, so I created a couple of toons there. Lachenrohl is a little Belf ‘Lock and Mahmi is an Orc something or other, I disremember exactly. She was only made for the purpose of a Mother’s Day event.

D and I became curious about RP servers, and if the communities there would be more like those of LotRO. We made a few toons on Wyrmrest, mainly Horde, and I have to say I really loved my little Troll Druid, Zazarah. That’s also where I leveled a new Undead ‘Lock, Preshyus, so I could experience the new leveling zones in Cataclysm. Silverpine was EPIC, y’all. That’s also where I made my first Worgen, but oh did I struggle with that one. I had to RP her as a Horde spy, because I was far too emotionally invested in Lady Sylvannas after dragging Preshyus through the opposite side of that storyline.

Finally, I’ve lately washed back up on the Alliance server of a long-time friend and WoW player. Regrettably, she’s no longer there. I rolled here to play with D, who rolled here to play with another friend, and I just transferred and faction-changed my Pally so I’d have an 80+ available for the guild events. The guild here is just amazing, full of fun and social people who truly enjoy one another’s company and refuse to be assholes. That in itself is quite astonishing. My only bitch here so far is that no one in this guild gets my toon names, even though they are all amazing and creative and brilliant.

So, where do you have abandoned alts from relationships and experiments that just didn’t work out?


Guild Loot Rules – which system does your guild use?

Loot Distribution Systems for Guilds

Writing this article created some interesting questions for me. My own small guild of RL friends and family has always used a combination of Need / Greed and a very – VERY – casual Loot Council. For instance, something drops and one of us in the party will exclaim, “Pally shoulders! Woot!” or something to that effect. If an item drops and benefits more than one person in the party, the guild drama typically starts like this:

“You take it. It goes with your robe.”
“No, no, I couldn’t! I just got a ring! YOU take it.”
“No, I’m serious, I really want YOU to have it.”

Then we’ll all have a good cry and spend a few moments calling each other ‘sweetheart’ and finally someone will equip the damn thing so we can move on. Of course, we’ve only been running retro-raids lately, so the item in question was probably the wrench-shoulders or the Bullwinkle hat, or something like that.

I can only imagine how much drama loot could cause in a guild where people aren’t there strictly for the companionship. Okay, that’s not true, I have participated in such guilds and I know for SURE that the resentment can build fast and furious if not successfully squelched early on.

So how does YOUR guild hand out the swag? And when the llama rears its ugly head, who gets to step on it, and how?


My Guild’s Better Than Your Guild

Because it eats Ken-L Ration! But seriously, I digest…

Okay, okay, enough with the comedy! I planned a real MEATY post for you today.

>.> Yeah, I’m going to stop now…

I was inspired by Copra over at Blog Azeroth; if you love blogs and you don’t visit BA, get thineself over there post-haste, my friend. Anyway, Copra asks the question, “What is a good guild?” Barring the obvious, of course, my thought is that a guild isn’t so much good as it is ‘good for you.’

Community

The most important consideration in looking for a guild concerns the people and various personalities involved. Not just of the Guild Leader or Officers, because even one flaming asshat can ruin the sense of camaraderie. Spend some time getting to know the members and management, if you don’t already. Do you have fun hanging out with them?

Goals

What are the guild’s goals, and do they closely align with your own? If you prefer to spend your evenings in PvP while your guild is bemoaning your absence in Ulduar, this isn’t the guild for you. Conversely, if you’re itching to get to Sarth 3D and your guildies break out in hives over a wipe, you’d probably do well to move on. Not sharing a common goal is a sure recipe for an unhappy guild.

Treatment of Members

The one area where one could perhaps declare “good” and “bad” tendencies is in the guild leadership’s treatment of its members.

  • Intolerance
  • Favoritism
  • Undefined loot distribution and other rules
  • Criticism given without suggestions for improvement
  • No regard for the guild’s reputation

Any guild that makes up rules on the fly, resorts to ninja tactics while in PuGs, or treats its members poorly should be avoided like the plague. Otherwise, the best guild is the guild that’s best for YOU, and the only way to find that out is to get out there and start making friends. With over 11 million players, there is bound to be a group of people just like you, somewhere.



I could totally be a GM

Watch how skillfully I handle the “outdated addons causing UI errors” plight of my guildy:

Of course, I have no idea whether or not it worked, or if that even had anything to do with her issue. And really, isn’t that the point? Yeah, I’m totally GM-material.