The Daily Grind: What’s your shortest stay in an MMO guild?

    
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Hi. Bye.

There are guilds that have lasted for a long time as a group, lasting through a variety of games. There are people who have stayed in one game for a decade and have no intention of leaving. And that’s all awesome. But we all know about the people who have stuck with guilds through thick and thin, staying around with the same group of World of Warcraft players from launch until the present.

Still… no matter how long you’ve been with your longest (and possibly current) guild, you were probably in another guild beforehand. And sometimes, the best stories aren’t about the guilds you’ve been with for years, they’re the stories about the Guild Wars 2 guild that imploded in drama a week after you joined that you didn’t even know existed.

So today, let’s talk about those stories. What’s your shortest stay in an MMO guild? A month? A week? A day? We’re not counting guilds you helped form and then immediately left; we’re talking solely about guilds you joined with at least the initial intent of sticking around. Share your stories!

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Schmidt.Capela

I don’t quite remember.

I don’t accept others ordering me around in a game. Never have, never will. So I will immediately /gquit if any guild official ever tries to order me around, even if I would otherwise do by my own initiative the exact same thing he is demanding. Once or twice it happened in less than a day.

This is why nowadays I take a very long time to join a guild in the first place. I will take the time to know at least the guild officers, to properly evaluate how the guild acts, and make it very clear to the GM and officers that while I will do my best to help the guild and its members I take a very dim view of anyone trying to order me around. For the last half decade I don’t think I joined any guild less than 6 months after starting with the game.

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Aywren

About a month. I joined a random Free Company a few years back after talking with the recruiter for a little bit. I could tell from the start that the crowd wasn’t really my type, but they never did anything so toxic in the beginning as to make me want to leave.

Somewhere down the line, the FC leader discovered I’m a gal IRL (I don’t tend to hide that if asked). He began to make jokes and comments aimed at me (including how I could pole dance for him and his pals), and that’s where I parted ways.

Eventually, I inherited my own FC, and we recruited the kind of folks that I much more prefer to hang around. So it has a happy ending. :)

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mysecretid

Sorry you had to go through that. I don’t know what it is; some guys just turn into full-fledged morons once they realize that they’re dealing with a woman online. It’s cringe-worthy. You’d think we, as a society, would be past this by now.

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Mewmew

I’ve had so many extremely short stays. The problem is you don’t really know what kind of people will be in the guild until joining it – and sometimes you join and see a chat full of sexist garbage and non stop moronic swearing and just don’t feel like being a part of it.

Although it usually takes a while of testing out, sometimes you can see a guild isn’t right for you within minutes. If you see one of the major guild officers or leader taking part in the chat you dislike you know it’s not just a few rogue elements and it’s a part of the guild itself. And it’s fine for them to have their own private guild with that kind of chat, 100% fine, it’s just not for me.

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Paragon Lost

About thirty minutes. I’d been doing dungeons with a group who were all in the same guild all that afternoon. They were really nice people and so at the end of the four or five hours of dungeon running I decided to join their guild since I wasn’t in on with that character.

It was a decent sized guild but as soon as I joined and was a part of their guild chat a majority of the chat from “other members” including officers was of a very sexist, racist, homophobic sort of nature. I told the four I’d been tanking for privately that they might be fine with that sort of chatter but I found it unacceptable. Wished them well and guild quit.

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Melissa McDonald

Reading below it seems about 90% of the reasons are toxic chat from guildies. Come back to LOTRO and nice guilds full of peaceful intellectuals. (laughing)

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Mr. E.™

The shortest? About an hour. I joined the guild, spent about forty five minutes listening to guild chat, and realized I wasn’t going to fit in there. A lot of negativity, just stuff I didn’t feel like dealing with when I’m supposed to be having a good time. I realized I’d made a terrible mistake. I politely made my exit.

That was very early on in my MMORPG experience; since then, I’ve become quite picky about who I spend time with in-game. I tend to gravitate toward roleplaying guilds, and those can be very hit-or-miss when it comes to atmosphere. You either get a cohesive, supportive group of roleplayers or a den of drama queens. I’ve been in both.

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Tithian

I don’t join guilds at a whim because I’ve become extremely picky. I’ve met some wonderful people during my online gaming, and we generally stick together even after we quit games, so it’s hard for me to actually connect to other people online. So now I stay guildless even in games that punish you for it (i.e. BDO) until I manage to find a guild that clicks.

More often than not, I quit the game before I find a guild.

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Scrungle

I think the bigger question is how many people didn’t join a guild because of all the rules and regulations to apply.

There have been countless guilds that require your first born and social security number.

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Zennie

As someone coming from EVE I understand the paranoia… in EVE. I don’t quite understand it in other games. Which game do you have in mind?

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Wanda Clamshuckr

About 20 minutes.

Back in DAoC, a guild recruited me while I was on my necro. Judging by the “Thank god, now we have a necro in the guild.” and “A gift from God!” comments, I had somehow landed myself in a den of the religiously inclined who needed a powerleveler.

/gc quit

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Melissa McDonald

sounds like some good RP to me, shrug.

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Valkyriez_Gaming

I think I lasted 5 minutes once. I joined a guild that I’d actually applied for formally and someone then said something to me in guild chat that straight up offended me, I can’t even recall what it was but after 14 years so far in the armed forces I’ve got a pretty thick skin and I had to do and double take and then it dawned on me, fark this and and I just/gquit.