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4-02-2012 @ 10:09PM
I have always wanted to start a guild. Its been my dream ever since I started playing. How do you gms do it?
4-03-2012 @ 1:25AM
It's extremely difficult if you do not have support from officers. It's also extremely difficult if you have obligations outside of game.My main advice would be, know the kind of guild you want to have. With clear cut rules of conduct (a charter), and goals, be that a leveling guild, a PvP guild, or a raiding guild. Not that guilds can't be all of these things, but if you clearly define your guild from the beginning recruits will have a better time knowing if the guild fits them before they sign up. Few things can destroy a guild faster than lofty or unclear goals and unreliable leadership.In short, be prepared to invest a lot of time and effort. It's not easy, but it can be very rewarding.
4-03-2012 @ 4:25AM
I managed to do it years ago without knowing a single person and starting all by myself. Granted, I was young and stupid, but it worked just fine until I ended up passing it over.- Think about things you want to put in your own guild. That is, what is it about other guilds that make you unhappy? What do other guilds lack you want in yours? Why do you want to make your own as opposed to being a part of someone else's? The reason I made my own guild was because I was never happy in other guilds.- Recruit. Recruit, recruit, recruit. Depending on what kind of guild you're developing, post guild ads in the appropriate areas. If you're making a levelling guild, post an ad macro whenever you're in a different zone. If you're making a PVP guild, post an ad every time you're in a BG. If you're making a raiding guild, post an ad whenever you're in a capital city. (Heck, you should be posting an ad whenever you're in a capital city either.)- Recognise the difference between people who want to be officers and people who are good officers. Good officer material are people who help out even though they're not officers, but without stepping on your toes.- Remember why you're doing it. If you're doing this on a whim, it won't work out -- it takes solid, consistent commitment to get it right.- Remember: drama between members is the scariest shit a GM can deal with. Often, conflicts are "his word against hers." And it can be really, really difficult to make the right decision. No matter what decision you make in these cases, not everyone will be happy. When drama flares up, chances are it's too late to make everything right and all you can do is damage control.- Don't worry. If you feel like you're making it up as you go along, that's pretty much normal.
4-03-2012 @ 7:41AM
Thanks for all of your advice. Before I start a guild, I think I should probably become an officer in another guild just to be sure of the commitment it takes. How do you get the guild to trust you to become an officer?
4-03-2012 @ 2:07PM
"How do you get the guild to trust you to become an officer?"1) Live up to your normal-member obligations well. Show up for things on time or early, with all the preparation you need.2) Present yourself as a rational and responsible person, preferably more so even than would usually be expected. For instance, in progression raiding, it's normal to be and act frustrated when things don't go well. If you can restrain that, it speaks well of you as potential officer material.3) Start volunteering to help. Ideally do so in very concrete terms. Does your guild use particular supplies (feasts, cauldrons, etc) for raids or pvp? Offer to make them, or ask the person who usually makes them if they need anything to make them. Is your guild recruiting? Offer to write a little advert for the forums or WoW Insider and submit it to the recruiting guy. This is particularly effective if there's a gap in the leadership roles- if there is no one who makes feasts or does recruitment. If all the necessary tasks are covered, you'll probably have to wait for that to change. 4) FOLLOW THROUGH on 3. That is key. I'm an officer- if someone offered to help, I gave them a task, and they failed to do it, I'd likely never give them a task again. Demonstrated lack of reliability is hugely detrimental.
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