Aug 22nd 2011 6:36PM I am a gay man that started a casual nights and weekends guild with 4 of my RL friends who are all also gay. When I started my guild thee of my friends wanted the guild to be gay only. I understood their reasoning with wanting to play with similar people to themselves, I mean that is how we make our friends right, through similarities? But alas we all have something in-common already, we all play WoW!
I was very clear on my website's verbiage, "We are a gay friendly guild that is open to the LGBT community and anyone else that meets our guild standards."
Our guild has about 20 active members now and is growing with about a 50/50 ratio of gay and straight members. We all get along great and I'm proud that my gay friends and straight friends whom might of never talked to each other otherwise, find that they have more in common than they do different.
Everyone is quick to tell you how things should be done, but not everyone runs a raid, builds a guild, or connects the dots. I think one stat you should be looking for in a recruit, is respect.
Aug 22nd 2011 6:23PM I helped resurrect a guild from 4 members in blues in early 2010 to become a 10 and 25 man raiding group of Lich King defeating players. Since then the GM had a falling-out with his officers and members over the direction of the guild in moving away from casual toward hardcore with very strict rules. The Cataclysm not only broke apart Azeroth but my guild as members scattered about their own ways (other realms, factions, games etc).
After a break for a few weeks I started looking for other guilds and couldn't find one where I felt I fit in, or was accepted for anything other than a stat. I decided to use the experience of helping manage my previous guild in creating what I couldn't find in May of 2011.
My experience in recruiting has exponentially increased in difficulty from even a year ago. I too have found that Guild Perks have deterred a number of potentials recruits from considering joining my guild. I've made friends with people who will join my raid groups yet remain hostage to their current guilds for fear of losing perks or rep,
Needless to say pushing forward beyond this hinderance people will show interest in you when you show interest in them. The verbiage you use is incredibly important and I find myself tweaking ad's in forums and websites constantly. Make sure you go the extra mile to speak to people individually and don't just copy and paste a few things in response. Let them know you want your guild to be the right place for their needs instead of you looking for the right person. Establish a relationship, ask questions about their game history or themselves.
I guess I'm just trying to say… when I adjusted my attitude toward how I approached things I found that people started adjusting theirs toward how they felt about a new guild and found value in a smaller network of friends who have a similar mindset instead of being stuck in a large guild of strangers.
Jul 19th 2011 1:59AM My birthday + The year anniversary of SC2 = Win!!
Jul 11th 2011 2:12PM I spent far too long trying to turn things back around to how they used to be in my old guild before finally breaking away to create my own. If you don't like how things are going I'm all about making it happen however possible.
Part of me was hostage to our high guild level, perhaps a part of me nervous to be in charge of something that could fail. I only have 4 friends to play with right now, but those 4 players are much more enjoyable to play with than the 200+ filler that was left after our core group broke up my the old guild.
My advice I suppose is, don't be afraid to step up to the plate to turn things around for your guild or for yourself, this could be as simple as having conversations with officers in your guild and setting goals and re-establishing policy. Good Luck!
Jul 5th 2011 6:20PM Jeeze, my post is littered with grammatical mistakes, sorry about that! I was reading this while on break at work and felt compelled to respond to this topic in-between calls. I also wanted to shamelessly drop my brand new guild website out there in-case anyones interested to learn more about us... www.TitanMenGuild.com (btw - we don't abandon friends!)
Jul 5th 2011 6:15PM Now I've never been one to parade my sexuality about in front of people, but at the same time I am comfortable with who I am and never in hiding (sad to say not the case with many people in their current living situations). Many of friends I've made in wow never knew about my sexuality until they added me on Facebook and it usually isn't a big deal, but there are many times in Warcraft where one does feel quite uncomfortable, let's not get into that for now.
Feeling this way I took a peek at proudmoore myself, everyone enjoys making friends with things in common. I found many of the lgbt guilds out there to be completely backwards like cyanea85 suggests. Reading some guild apps stating "We take straight people on a case-by case basis" and the abundance of rainbows, sparkle ponies, and other blatant stereotypes just doesn't appeal to me at all.
All this and then "guild drama" with my previous guild drama (power hungry leaders and lack of any kinship in an overly populated group of strangers) lead me to the decision to head my own guild. I gathered a few friends, some gay, some not and realized sometimes finding the best fit in friends and guildmates is not trying finding one but making one that accepts anyone who has the same mindset and ideology.
Hmm... okay that was a little ranty, but yeah I understand it from both ends I guess I was getting at.
Jun 14th 2011 11:21AM I would love to be able to set the Guild Message of the day, check and respond to in-game mail, and be able to read full chat (achievements, click on armor links, etc).
Also if you are un-guilded it would be nice if the guild chat was hooked into the guild finder instead.
Dec 6th 2010 5:12PM Boxxxxx Me!!!
Feb 14th 2010 3:04PM If half your real-vacations are let downs... I'd really try to figure that out and fix it o_O.