We were n00bs once… and young
Pike wrote a great post about the collapse of her former guild. This got me thinking of my current guild and why I’m still in it.
My guild collapsed six months ago. We were just a casual guild and planned to stay that way. We never spammed trade: “recruiting all class/lvls. friendly ppl. we want raid kara soon. pst.” We weren’t l33t, we weren’t imba (we didn’t even know what “imba” meant). We were just a bunch of mid level n00bs who banded together to quest, level, and run the occasional instance.
We had serious players who were using the guild to get XP and levels. We had players who just wanted to have fun. We had players who just wanted to chat. We had players who didn’t have a clue as to what they wanted.
But we also had a lot of fun. We joked with each other all the time. A few knew each other in RL but for the most part we were strangers connected only by a guild tag.
We were a screwed up bunch. I was the priest who hated healing. I melted faces. We had the Paladin who refused to protect and defend the party. He would bubble, aggro an entire Stratholme courtyard and see how long we would last before wiping. (A fun battle at lvl 80, it was absolute insanity with a bunch of lvl 63-66’s wearing greens.) Our Rogue must’ve had a fourth talent tree, Cuteness, because she sure as hell wasn’t specced to sneak up or kill anything.
It was truly an escape from RL. A place to hang out with no strings attached, no expectations. You could talk about anything with no worries about it affecting your real life. Just as Larisa wrote about the Azeroth stories that are hard to tell in real life, there are Real Life stories that are easier to tell in Azeroth.
But despite all the misconceptions of Azeroth ruining people’s real life, RL is quite capable of reaching through the Dark Portal and striking back.
It was inevitable, we fell apart. No final glorious battle. No ruined fortresses for the next generation of adventurers to explore. No relics left behind of a once great power. Just some quiet /gquits, account cancellations, and the occasional “I’ll be gone for two months while moving, but I promise I’ll be back.” The roster shrank. The guild chat grew quieter. And I became the Guild Leader of a dead guild.
I could have /gquit as well and found another guild, but I liked the guild. Even empty, it was a memory of some good times. There are three of us left active in the guild, and two new joins who aren’t on very often.
One of the three is a kid who, despite being online 4 days a week, is still level 36. He hangs out in low level areas killing trash, slowly earning money to waste on overpriced items in the AH. He won’t quest but instead just asks for runs though SM and RFD. I’ve chatted with him and tried to teach him the ways of Gevlon but unfortunately, he is the epitomy of M&S. If he could just get one more blue, then he’ll be ok and can level on his own.
The other is a hunter who is actually a good guy. He finally hit 68 and is now in Northrend. If he ever needs a healer in an instance, I’ll be there for him. I’m looking forward to running Heroics with him soon.
There are advantages to having a guild tag over your head. As a healer, it stops the pushy guild invites. I can solo when I want, or run PUG instances when I want. It’s a no pressure life where I have no commitments and can do whatever I want.
Except that now, I want Purples.
Yes. I want Epic, Phat, L33t, Imba, Uber Lootz. I want power. But everyone knows, the only way to seriously accuire Purples is to be in a decent guild.
So, what do I do now?
1. Promote an alt to Guild Leader and /gquit? No one wants to join a guild ran by a lvl 26 who is never on. This would ensure the death of the guild.
2. Make the Hunter the guild leader? This is the only option that gives the guild a chance at survival. But there is a selfish side to me (I am a Shadow Priest after all, I only heal beacuse it serves a my greater, darker purpose). I bought the tabs in the GB. Do I sell him the leadership position? Or just accept the loss and hand it over?
3. If I’m going to sell it, do I put it on the open market? Let some rich endgamer buy it for their bank alt? This would be the Gevlon answer. He would say I owe the other guildies nothing. As it was my investment into buying the GB then it is mine to profit from.
4. Or do I completly run away: /gquit and then server transfer to avoid the uncomfortable whispers?
To the 6 people who read this blog, (and to the 2 of you who actually made it this far through this long, rambling diatribe) I ask your opinion:
Should I stay or should I go now?