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1-10-2011 @ 5:58PM
I've only been playing WoW for about a year and a half, and for the duration other people where paying for it for me. In that time I've become an officer twice, once when a freind decided to make a RP guild. I was helping him knock out the kinks in the background for the guild (Horde guild worshipping Grumsh, God of Orcs, who's backstory we invented to fit into the WoW universe) when the guild leader got grounded, so it never really got anywhere. The second time was on my Dranea palliden Briken. I was questing in Feralas when a gnome mage named Wizurd invited me to join the guild he was building. Deciding I might as well, I joined it. Wizurd told me he intended it to be a social guild while he lvl'd up, then turn it into a raiding one so he could see end game content. At the time it had a few people he had run across and asked to join. For a while it was basicly a glorified chat room for the 2 or 3 people that would be on at a time, but I got bored with this, so I offered to start orginizing fun activities for charecters of all lvl's to liven up the guild and actually get people to meet each other and interact. At the time my main charecter, Garnlok, had hit 80 and was raiding with a freinds guild, meaning when I wasn't raiding there wasn't much to do on him other then grind achives out of boredom, so I played Briken alot, quickly heading towards the lvl cap. I'm an aweful recruiter, and Wizurds method of randomly asking people was very hit or miss. Fortunatly for us we recruited Serenae, a very social person who easily made lots of freinds and invited them to the guild. Membership boomed, although we still had mostly 70 and under charecters.When I finaly hit the lvl cap I started to consider raiding, as this had been the intended goal of the guild once we got that high. We had only about 5 members at the cap, none of whom had raided much other then me, so I decided to run Kara for everyone 70+. We Puged up to 10 people and cleared the instance (although I insisted on 3 healers... my first time leading an old world raid XD), having tons of fun along the way. Wizurd decided to pass the leadership of the guild to me, because he realized I was doing most of the work. We managed to work through a rough spot here because I wasn't sure if Wizurd even wanted to be an officer, as he had not seemed motivated to lead at any point. Eventually we settled on him being PvP lead, because he had found he liked that far more then PvE, and I asked him to get people to do bg's together for rated battlegrounds. The idea was to be a social guild that dabbled in everything, focusing on having fun doing things together instead of clearing bosses or earning PvP titles. Realizing I couldn't do all the work and motivated with my new shiny Guild Master title, I started trying to get a team of officers going. Unfortunatly, there seemed to be no officer materal members. I made Serenae recruitment officer, wich was fine, though her duties where still fuzzy, Wizurd PvP lead, he ended up never scheduling anything, and another player raid leader, she scheduled some things, then stopped logging on when she had difficulty with people coming (I had been leading mostly PuG raids into ToC, wich epicly failed due to my failure to figure out how to tank the worms correctly).Then I learned my funding was going away for WoW come October. I started trying to groom Serenae to lead when I was gone, because she was the only officer still trying to help lead, but she didn't want the presure of the job and didn't seem to understand I wouldn't be around all the time, as it was doubtful I could find a job to fund WoW before I had to quit. Then my computer broke and I didn't even get to prepare the guild for my sudden vanishing. I hope someone managed to hold it together, though I doubt it. Its likely gone back to being a glorified chat room it was before I tried to build it into something. I'm also not really sure why I just wrote this all down, but maybe it'll be an interesting read.
1-10-2011 @ 6:42PM
I know a lot of people don't like "walls of text" but I actually really enjoyed your recounting. It was similar to a guild I helped create with folks I didn't know, but I was an original signer and eventually asked to be 3rd in command.Unfortunately I'm an altoholic, and I'd switch back and forth between my horde server (this one I'm talking about) and my alliance one; since then I found the WoW Insider guild so all my hordies are there, and all my alliance folks are with WHU.
1-10-2011 @ 8:25PM
Yeah me too, enjoyable read, thank you for sharing :-)
1-11-2011 @ 2:20AM
Hey, maybe your guildies will read this and at least understand what happened. They might even reply here :)I've been part of a couple of guilds that failed, and it was pretty much for reasons similar to yours. One, the GL was pretty much jobless and couch surfing with a buddy, but decided he was overstaying his welcome or something. We didn't hear back from him for months, but at least we heard pretty quickly. The other, he just disappeared, and after a couple of months his roommate showed up and said he thought he was stuck in another country. Eventually he came back, too, but someone had already petitioned for guild leadership and dissolved it.But hey, at least your guildies will know what's happened. I also knew another guy, we became heroics buddies, etc., and eventually he started asking me to log in as him on his toons and help him level, or help his guildies run some heroics with his priest. He offered to pay me gold, but when I asked why the heck he wanted me to do this, and why he'd give me his login info (his guildies were okay with it) he told me he was having to go into the hospital a couple of days at a time for treatment and stuff. Well, one day he just completely disappeared, no warning, he just didn't come back. And if he wasn't making up what was going on... I have to assume the worst.Not knowing sucks. For online buddies who have no idea what's going on, just notice you're gone, they don't know if you're bored, or broke, or buried. Good thing you let your officer have some idea, and good you can at least make some kind of followup here, even if you can't get back in the game.
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