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5-27-2009 @ 1:59PM
I'm a GM of an uncensored, mature rated guild on The Scryers-US server. We're just about ready to turn 1 year old, and birthing a successful guild is no easy task.We aren't a raiding guild, and I think that's where you see the most churn. People swear up and down they don't want to be in a hardcore raiding guild etc, but they get bit by the loot whore bug and BLAM! they're suddenly /gquit for a raiding guild (most of the time in the middle of the night).To avoid people using the guild as a stepping stone to a raiding guild, we established a new guild rule: you must reach 'demented' status (veteran) before you're allowed to raid with the guild. Now that's not all that difficult to do, but the way we handle guild promotions is a bit different than most guilds. I never promote anyone based on their time logged within the guild. It's mostly based on how helpful/selfless and interactive they are with the guild. One of our mottos is "the more you put into the guild, the more the guild has to offer you". So, if I get compliments about a person (both from guildies and non-guildies), if I see them helping people for no reason other than to help, if I see them playing an active role in the guild and trying to get to know everyone...All of those things are good attributes. In most situations, new members reach demented status within a month or so (but it does all depend). This allows us to weed out the loot whores and guild hoppers and those that would just use our guild for gearing up before bailing...because let's face it, loot whores want loot FAST...if they have to earn the right to join us in raids, they'll simply move on to another guild.I also highly recommend that you create an official guild website (guildportal.com/wowstead.com) and make sure whoever's making it knows just wtf they're doing so your guild looks intelligent.Create a recruitment forum. Create an application process for new members. If you'd like an example, you can take a look at Infinite Asylum's Recruitment Forums by visiting http://infiniteasylum.guildportal.com . This is probably the fastest way to find out if a potential member is the type of player you're looking for. (it also serves as some records..in case you 42yo professional turns out to be a 13yo raving emo).Don't grow too fast. Don't change the guild's ideals to appeal to more types of players. Either you're looking to be a raiding guild, a casual guild, an rp guild, a social guild...etc. Don't change it after a few months to get more interest...you'll lose established members if you change their environment.There's going to be drama, there's going to be times where being the leader, and being the bad guy......SUCK. But if you can't handle doing that....you shouldn't be attempting to make a guild.Also, a guild is only as successful as the time you put into it. Now that's not saying "you got to play wow constantly" ...but if you aren't totally devoted to making your guild succeed and become something amazing...it won't happen.Lead by example, but the most important thing to remember no matter what type of guild you're running:GAMES ARE FOR FUN...FUN is why you should be playing. Take a breath, and laugh. If you're not having fun, why play?Scritch-Infinite Asylum-The Scryers-US
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