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1-09-2012 @ 9:53AM
My guild enjoyed the excitement that comes with pushing toward each new level and the perks it got us. We've done most of the grinding ones so now we look over what's undone and decide, as a guild, what we're going to work on next. You don't have to participate in that push, but I find that the excitement grows as we near an achievement and people want to participate in pushing us over. The Guild Finder is essentially useless. We do find a few people that way, but there is no way to distinguish yourself from any other guild. Do we run PvP? We sure do, but we're not a PvP guild. We're not hard core. We feel we have a unique profile, but the Guild Finder does not give guilds much of a way to sell themselves. There should be space for your guild web site, if you have one, and way more space to define who you are and what kinds of players might like your brand of WOW. I need more ranks. Right now, the ranks, as we have them set up, delineate who does and does not have an authenticator and whether their toon is an alt or a main. I have no room to promote hard working guild members or those who have been around a long time. As bank access is tied to whether you have an authenticator or not, people get into a rank and that's where they will stay because I have no flexibility to move them up. Not every guild would take advantage of all available ranks but I certainly would. There needs to be more room in the player comments for people to list their professions or their main or something else. There's not enough room in the officer's comments for us to note date joined (for promotion purposes) and whose alt this is, if that's applicable. The Guild Message of the Day is a joke and has been for years. It's the first thing that loads but it's immediately obscured by messages from Blizzard. Either make that the last thing that loads in the chat window or give me a bulletin board in major cities where I can post announcements. From my perspective, I don't see the lack of perks as a detriment to guild hopping or to guild creation. It's tough to go from a guild that's level 25 to one that's level 12, but people still do it and people still create guilds and spam Trade and General chat with recruiting announcements. If people aren't happy, they will go elsewhere, even if that means they don't have access to instant mail between guild members. I think this was a good first step in improving the guild experience. Guilds are what the members make of them. Blizzard provided tools to help us define ourselves better. I'm interested to see where they take them in MoP.
1-09-2012 @ 11:01AM
I would definitely be happy if blizz took a page from SWTOR's book when it comes to the guild MOTD. when you log in, the MOTD appears in a small pop up box in the middle of your screen that you can x out of. This would ensure that my guildies see the message without it being scrolled offscreen by bliss's system messages or addon messages.
1-09-2012 @ 1:20PM
"""From my perspective, I don't see the lack of perks as a detriment to guild hopping or to guild creation. It's tough to go from a guild that's level 25 to one that's level 12, but people still do it and people still create guilds and spam Trade and General chat with recruiting announcements. If people aren't happy, they will go elsewhere, even if that means they don't have access to instant mail between guild members. """You should be seeing more guild spam - it takes much more effort, and thus much more spamming the trade channel, for lower level guilds to recruit players now. Prospective members often just take a look at the guild's level and walk away.Meanwhile, the already big guilds get a constant stream of players that want to join just for the perks.
1-09-2012 @ 1:50PM
@ DarkwalkerYou'd think that would be true. I don't have Trade open on any toon except the bank alts and I don't see what I would consider to be more "Please join" spam than what I have in the past. Guilds are still being created with the average of 1 per week. Part of me wonders if these are bank guilds, although my server has seen a recent flurry of PvP-oriented guilds created. I'm not sure about the application to the level 25 guilds. They recruit as much as they used to, but they aren't standing around in the major cities spamming their message. They seem to use the WOW forums to fill specific slots in their raiding groups. We're a level 25 guild and our recent membership flurry is due to word of mouth. I do wonder what the hardcore raiding guilds think about the guild perks.
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