Breakfast Topic: How does a guild win you over?


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When it comes to real (i.e., non-trade-chat-spamming) guilds, some people complain about the process. «It’s like finding a job,» or «There’s so much drama involved that I just stopped trying.» Often times, I find it easier to compare finding guilds to dating.

For example, one guild got me to join by slowly wooing me. They invited me to dungeon runs, PMed me just to chat, waved at me in at the auction house, and generally just made me feel like a guildmate before popping the question. It was so romantic … until I found out that the leaders weren’t treating their allies the same way.

I was stolen from another guild when the former guild started to treat people badly, both guild members and members of the server. In vanilla WoW, we ran raids with two other guilds. One of those guilds’ officers was my first PVP victim in another game (but it was an epic hunt). Another officer and I were co-class leaders who bonded over ninja-AFKing bio breaks when we were supposed to be instructing our underlings on things we’d already gotten them to do — oh, and having a very open guild system, as opposed to «the guild leader is God; obey his commands.» When the ship was ready to sink, I knew who to ask for a lifeboat.

More often than not, though, I’ve hit my server forums or even popular fan sites to see who’s active in the community and whose guild structure seems to fit my needs the best.

How have guilds won you over? Did you date? Were you mutual friends first? Or was it something you found in [hide]The Classifieds[/hide]?
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This [hide]Breakfast Topic[/hide] has been brought to you by [hide]Seed[/hide], the AOL guest writer program that brings [hide]your words[/hide] to WoW Insider’s pages.

When it comes to real (i.e., non-trade-chat-spamming) guilds, some people complain about the process. «It’s like finding a job,» or «There’s so much drama involved that I just stopped trying.» Often times, I find it easier to compare finding guilds to dating.

For example, one guild got me to join by slowly wooing me. They invited me to dungeon runs, PMed me just to chat, waved at me in at the auction house, and generally just made me feel like a guildmate before popping the question. It was so romantic … until I found out that the leaders weren’t treating their allies the same way.

I was stolen from another guild when the former guild started to treat people badly, both guild members and members of the server. In vanilla WoW, we ran raids with two other guilds. One of those guilds’ officers was my first PVP victim in another game (but it was an epic hunt). Another officer and I were co-class leaders who bonded over ninja-AFKing bio breaks when we were supposed to be instructing our underlings on things we’d already gotten them to do — oh, and having a very open guild system, as opposed to «the guild leader is God; obey his commands.» When the ship was ready to sink, I knew who to ask for a lifeboat.

More often than not, though, I’ve hit my server forums or even popular fan sites to see who’s active in the community and whose guild structure seems to fit my needs the best.

How have guilds won you over? Did you date? Were you mutual friends first? Or was it something you found in [hide]The Classifieds[/hide]?
Filed under: [hide]Breakfast Topics[/hide], [hide]Guest Posts[/hide][hide]Breakfast Topic: How does a guild win you over[/hide]? originally appeared on [hide]WoW Insider[/hide] on Fri, 05 Aug 2011 08:00:00 EST. Please see our [hide]terms for use of feeds[/hide].[hide]Permalink[/hide] | [hide]Email this[/hide] | [hide]Comments[/hide]

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