After having a visitors from a land far, far away (disguised as level 1 shamalamas) I started thinking about guilds. Yet another of those MMO phenomenons (although I guess there are similar things around, like CS-clans and such) that might be hard to understand for the non MMO-er. I think I’m going to call them nomps from now on.
I was a nomp coming into WoW and never thought much about guilds when I started playing, apart from what I’ve read in the manual. The first guild I was ever part of mainly consisted of RL friends and was only created to have a chat channel for our selves (not know you could make custom ones) and of course, as you see so many brilliant guilds advertise about, being able to wear a tabard. Later on, when I was starting to close in on 60, it also became obvious that if you wanted to get anywhere in the in the sense of gear and progression, you needed a guild. A big one. When I approached a member of my first raiding guild, who’s name escapes me, I had a nomp-moment. I was told that I needed to apply and write an application if I was going to get to join. What? I have to write an application? Like for… a job? That’s weird… Later I would learn about the importance of guild applications.
Chances are that many others, at least those who also used to be nomps, have found them selves in a similar situation. The thought of having to write an application and possibly going through a trial period to be able to play with others can seem both elitist and absurd. Guilds are created for different reasons. Some just want people to chat with, someone to level with, do instances with, raid with, PvP etc. Either way, applications are a good way to increase the chances of both parts finding what they’re looking for. Guild’s who invite anyone without any questions at all tend to either be plain bad, fall apart quickly or have people come and go constantly, never really having a core group that will achieve anything.
My biggest issue when it has come to guilds has been to find the “perfect fit”. The perfect fit being a group of people who’s company you enjoy and that lets you do what you what in game. For the first two or three years I ended up in guilds that had nice, like minded and skilled people, but never all at once. I’m my self partly responsible for this. I’ve always felt naked without a guild, it just doesn’t feel right and you’ll get constantly spammed with random guild invites. Because of this I usually ended up rushing to find a new one, or perhaps even trying find a better one when things got rough. What I learned from this is that when/if the day comes that I will have to search for a new guild, I’m going to spend a long time looking for one before even applying. After having played together with the same people for 2 years I know how much fun you can have if you find a guild that really fits you.
If you’re lucky, the planets will all align, the moons spin backwards and Sargeras will let out a great cosmic fart, and you will find the perfect guild that is just right for you. What you’ll end up with is a group of people you’ll consider “more than just a guild”, no matter how clichè that may sound. This crazy bunch you see in the screenies aren’t just people I need for bashing Yoggy’s brains in, they are people I genuinely enjoy spending time online with. Idling in Dalaran while chatting on vent or in guild chat will become a way to pass time. You might even meet up with some of them in real life, I haven’t been lucky enough to yet, but I know several have who have. I would not at all be surprised to see another <Absolution> in whatever game turns out to be the next big thing (my bets are on whatever Blizz is thinking of).
As usual, this ended up as yet another rant post. Starting with some thoughts on guilds, some thoughts on what makes a good guild and ending up as nothing less than a love declaration. Oh well. Geeky as it may be, being an Abso makes my WoW-life a lot more fun!