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12-12-2011 @ 11:45AM
I'm the lone officer of a small and intimate casual guild. Me and our GM/RL dealt with our own exodus at the beginning of Cataclysm where we lost 6/10 of our core raiders. That took us six months to recover from. Granted, the situation wasn't nearly as insidious as Exodus'. From my experiences, strong leadership will be required to move forward, so I would recommend the following:1) Remove the alts of the defecting members. I'm completely fine with people leave a guild, but only as long as it's all above the board. The situation you're in is anything but. These alts have the potential to become a cancer, and generally such disregard for the guild and its members shouldn't be tolerated.2) Find out the reason for the departures. Obviously, there was something wrong with the guild for so many people to leave. Fix what you can without compromising your core values. Leadership, loot, and organizational structures can be easily changed. However, don't become a guild you aren't. If people want a hardcore guild, don't become one just because they want it. Reaffirm to the remaining members what type of guild are you.3) Engage the remaining members and make smart choices. Moving forward, you're going to need a strong group to get through this. By allowing people to help out (even in small amounts), you're going to give those who remain a real sense of ownership and pride in their guild. Also, when recruiting you have to be discerning. Given the situation you may want to bolster your numbers quickly, but then you risk repeating of everything that's already happened. Take your time to pick people who mesh well and share your guild's values. In the end, you'll be happy you took the time!While this situation is terrible, it can become a great opportunity for you! Fix the nagging issues your guild has, recruit people who genuinely want what your guild has to offer, and create a strong tight-knit group. You'll become a stronger and wiser guild because of all of this. I wish you the best of luck! :)
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