I know some of my fellow blogger have tried this in the past and it is something that I have been wanting to do. Essentially I will occasionally ask a question and, with any luck, my readers will answer!
This week I am curious about something important to me as a player, writer and guild leader. What motivates you to join and/or remain in a guild? What are the aspects that keep you logging in and, if you feel inclined, the aspects that don’t?
I am a product of the old guild regime. In the ancient days before MMOs became a regular staple in the average person’s entertainment diet you pretty much had to be in a guild to achieve great things. Finding groups without a guild was hard. Raiding without a guild was near impossible. If you were on a PvP server they were pretty much a necessity of survival. This is how things were done and I’ve never been able to move on from that. To be unguilded to me is to be naked.
It also helps that I happen to be the leader of a guild and feel responsible to my members. They are kind enough to let a retired has-been like me remain as their commander and chief so I feel obligated (in a positive way) to offer my services. The basic idea of leaving the group is so alien to me that it is more likely that I’d quit a real life commitment than my guild. After all, the average Sodality member has been with me in the nature of four to five years! We are a family. We play together, disagree sometimes, fight with each other on occasion, game together and win together. We are not just some loose association of people who barely know each other. We’re a team and if I have my way will remain so for years to come and continue to bring new, great people into the fold.
My experience is different from yours, however, and most certainly not the average. I’d love to hear about why others choose to join or not join guilds.