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12-21-2010 @ 2:03PM
Here's my take on a great recruiting strategy, for those wishing to start up a fresh guild, even in times like these.1. Start your guild on a fresh server. Though this isn't always possible, it is a best-case scenario. If you're going to transfer your character because of a bad server, or simply make a new alt that will soon become your main, this is the best way to go. Not only do you have the pick of just about every player on that server, you also have a chance to meld that server's personality into something close to how you want it to be.2. Recruit all levels. Sounds ridiculous, I know, but you'd be surprised how many of those low level players will reach the max level in time and become that great asset that you have needed for your guild. Besides, level does not say how sociable or friendly the person is. I would much rather have a level 23 who helps out those that he can, and treats people with respect than a level 85 elitist.3. Another bold move, but this one's entirely up to you: no recruitment forms. Make your guild easily accessible, at least in the early stages of your guild. If people have to visit a website to join your guild, they will be less inclined to join. Yeah, a form roots out the 'lazy' people from the ones who want to put effort towards something, and yeah, it keeps the annoying people out, but they can be removed with the click of a button, no discussion even, and besides, who's to say those lazy people are bad people? They may just not like filling forms out.4. Lastly, all of the guild members you currently have need to be willing to help recruit! This isn't a one man job. You need players all over Azeroth/Outland who can post recruitment messages in the general chat of their zone, or whisper guildless players if they would like a home, or, as suggested, meet players of the same server in a dungeon and let them get to know you, boast about how awesome your guild is, etc.If you're starting on an older server, 2 3, and 4 will be more appealing to you of course. The higher the level the potential recruit is, the less likely they will want to leave their guild for one that may have less members and less perks. Let those low levels level up in your guild and grow attached. Otherwise, this article is a GREAT way to start up a fresh guild, and mentions many of the keys to starting one. My suggestions are merely bold steps for those who want to jumpstart their guild fast.These are my suggestions, and my experience is that I run the largest and oldest guild (at least on the Horde end) on my server. Very little drama, lots of control, lot of great people, mostly close-knit, and until Cata hit, we raided ICC for fun, not gear or progression reasons, and we got far without even trying.For those wishing to stay a smaller guild, just do a smaller dose of the aforementioned strategies. I did large doses, and got a much larger guild. A smaller attempt at it will keep your guild relatively small and close-knit.Hope it helps!
12-21-2010 @ 2:43PM
If not requiring recruitment forms is a "bold move", then this game is in a sadder state than I thought.
12-21-2010 @ 3:07PM
That's the funny thing... many guilds are uptight about who they invite, especially raiding guilds. They have to make you visit these websites and fill out these forms and make you wait for weeks because they are afraid to just invite someone, and if they prove a problem, click that remove button.It's not a bold move to myself, but many guilds will consider it quite a foolish idea, when it actually works.
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