Welcome along to another edition of Guild Chat, the column through which I gather the Massively Overpowered readers together to help me tackle a guild-related issue. This time, reader King wants to know how to stem the steady flow of his guild ranks into another guild’s after some recent hype in-game started the poaching off. King mentions that he feels that the guild was running fairly well until another guild leader joined his usual runs as a PUG and people started becoming interested in his tales of great success on Discord. Feeling that the grass was most definitely greener on the other side, what started off as the reciprocal filling of gaps for one another’s guilds has become a spot of member poaching.
You’ll find King’s full submission below alongside my response as to how to deal with this poaching problem once and for all. As ever, King and I would both greatly appreciate your advice and would love to see it in the comments section.
Welcome along to Guild Chat, the column through which I get together with the Massively Overpowered readership to help one reader in need solve his or her guild-related issue. In this edition, reader Paul wants to know the best way to govern his guild now that he has chosen to open up his once friends-only guild to the larger game community. Before the switch, Paul didn’t have any need for a solid guild structure and set way to run things because he was in a group of friends who worked well as a unit. Now, however, Paul is starting to recruit new members to fill the friendship group’s ranks to facilitate quicker and easier grouping without forcing friends to commit.
Welcome along to Guild Chat, my column in which I join forces with commenters to help a reader in need with a guild-related concern. This edition’s submission is all about recruitment: Although many editions of Guild Chat dance around the topic, reader Jasper would like some more specific advice on the fine line between guild recruitment and white noise or blanket spam. Jasper’s MMO of choice is World of Warcraft and he would like to strengthen his guild’s roster before Legion drops, especially since he’s noticed that many of his once-active members dropped off in the gap between this expansion and the last. Keep reading for my recruitment checklist and Jasper’s full submission.
Welcome along to another edition of Guild Chat, my cosy wee corner of Massively Overpowered in which we can all come together to help a reader in need tackle his or her guild-related issue. As has been the case previously, I received a reader submission just after publishing the last edition that I didn’t want to shelf for nearly a month, so you’re being treated to back-to-back Guild Chat once more! The topic at hand is encouraging (read dragging) along your real-world friends into the MMOs you love and specifically into the guild in which you spend so much time. Reader Krystalin has asked me to help her come up with a strategy for engaging people who may not initially understand the appeal so that she feels less guilty about the hours she’s logging in-game and can share her virtual world with more of her local circle.
It’s an interesting topic with no easy answer: Check out Krystalin’s full submission and my musings below, then add your two cents in the comments to help her out.
The first Guild Wars 2 expansion is coming shortly, and players are going to have something to do before the expansion hits. The official Twitter account for the game recently revealed a teasing image about what’s coming next, which probably won’t be a huge surprise (everyone expected to see some plant minions, after all) but will still make players happy. It’s even confirmed by a prominent Guild Wars 2 dataminer on Reddit that there are event hooks in the data which he opted not to reveal to keep other players unspoiled. There’s more living story coming before the expansion, after all.
But are you going to have enough allies to go toe-to-toe with the minions of an Elder Dragon in the expansion? If you’re not completely confident, perhaps you should take advantage of the game’s current recruitment drive for guilds. There’s a whole thread for it, and while the thread doesn’t outright say you should be part of a guild, there’s a strong suggestion that you’d rather be in one than not for the event. So go on and team up.
Good news, everyone: I’m back with an unexpected edition of Guild Chat for you! Observant Massively Overpowered readers might have noticed that I rotate this column with MMO Mechanics and it should, in fact, be the latter’s turn this time. However, I had a great reader submission fly its way into my inbox very shortly after publishing the last Guild Chat and just couldn’t leave it waiting around gathering e-dust for a month. Get comfortable and pop your reading glasses on, dearies: This time around, we’re discussing the loss of great guildmates to IRL commitments and how to recapture the spark of the guild that once was great.
To summarise, reader Rekoor has written in about how he misses the spark of enjoying an MMO with a group of people he truly “clicks” with. Real life and the usual drop-off and break taking we see in MMO communities has left Rekoor short on the quality in-game friends front, but his gaming time has become even more precious as his time is at a premium due to full time work and a young growing family. He now needs a way to capitalise on his gaming time without hurting his friends when they do get to pop on, which also means perhaps putting the final nail in his old guild’s coffin.
Keep on reading for Rekoor’s full submission and my advice to him below, and be sure to pop your two cents into the comments!