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5-09-2010 @ 8:58AM
I think that one of the reasons my guild has survived for so long is BECAUSE it's not a hardcore raiding guild. We do progression with the folks who would like to, yes. But it's a very casual thing. We are 10/12 in ICC 10 and frankly, we're ok with that. We work on it slowly so that everyone gets a chance to experience it and get geared up. And I think that because of that, we have a group that is more than just characters gathered for good stats and good gear and steamroller runs... we are a group of people that has become friends because we're more social than anything. Although I have only been around for a year, my guild has been around since the start of WoW and still going strong. Casual playing ftw!
5-09-2010 @ 10:53AM
I think people need to be really careful about touting the fact that they're casual/social-oriented as if that alone is some kind of magic formula for making a guild last. The problem with that notion is I've seen just as many casual raiding guilds break up/have stupid drama because they *weren't* raiding hardcore enough for a handful of people or because of resentment over mediocre performers being coddled/carried due to being friends with the right people. I've also seen just as many social guilds stagnate and die because they turned into a cliquish, unfriendly atmosphere for new people. Sometimes all it takes is one or two people who are unhappy with the situation in a guild, so I wouldn't rest on your laurels thinking you're safe because you're not the guild screaming 50 DKP minus over vent.Whether your guild is casual or hardcore in its approach is quite frankly irrelevant to its longevity, imo. There are hardcore raiding guilds who've been around since Vanilla also, and I know it's not popular to say around here but it IS just as valid a playstyle (too often people equate "hardcore" with "complete dicks"; yes, they frequently go hand-in-hand, but not always), and for people who think it's fun, it works just as well as being more laid back. In my experience, there are a lot more factors that determine whether or not a guild sticks around for the long haul. So I wouldn't necessarily attribute your guild's success to the fact that it's casual. I would attribute it more to the fact that you've got a solid group of people who are generally on the same page about your goals in the game, and that you've got a group of personalities that compliment each other well. Those two things go a long way to making a guild work, regardless of the level of play it aims for.
5-09-2010 @ 11:47AM
Oh I agree completely. I don't think playing casually has been the sole factor by any means- but it has played a large part in it. I just appreciate that if I have something come up in RL, i'm not goin to face the Wheel-o-gkick for it, things like that. Sure, we've had people unhappy that we're not more hardcore. Yeah, some people have left because of it. I'm not trying to say that being casual always works, but you're right in that we have a group of like-minded people it DOES work for. And it makes for a very friendly environment.
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