The Daily Grind: What do you think about themed MMORPG guilds?

    
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Kotaku did a recent piece on “girls only” Overwatch groups that got me thinking about themed guilds. (As it turned out, the writer found that most of the groups claiming to be girls only were actually some type of troll.) But it struck me that in true MMORPGs, the themed guild might actually be dying out.

Years ago, it was completely possible to run a guild around some pretty strict themes, like an all-gnome guild, an all-crafter guild, or even an all-Star-Wars-fan guild. As MMOs have changed to focus on endgame combat – and as social circles inside games have drifted outside them and vice versa – those types of guilds don’t seem as prevalent anymore. Now you’re far more likely to find guilds centering on Winning Endgame, holding territory, zerging, or family-friendliness rather than on a creative theme that ties into races or classes. Moreover, in an era when some games put your whole account into a guild rather than just one character, gamers seem to be more inclined to join multi-purpose guilds rather than enter unique guilds with each toon.

What do you think about themed MMORPG guilds in the modern era? Have you ever been in one, or are you in one now, and are they still viable in some MMOs?

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Bruce Morrison

I know the guilds (well Fleets) I’m in in Star Trek Online are “Themed” everyone is an Ex-CoH player. but that’s probably an example of how that community has stuck together in the 5+ years post shutdown

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Bryan Correll

most of the groups claiming to be girls only were actually some type of troll

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Jadefox

I think that if you find a guild with 10 or more active people(in most traditional MMO’s). You have already hit gold. Never mind one with a theme.

If you take the top 100 MMO’s based off population. The bottom 90 will have very few guilds with more than 10-20 active people.

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kalech

Themed guilds are still common with RP. And I think PvE/PvP/Casual still counts as a theme. I have no problem with themed guilds such as “Only this race” or “Only this class” but I wouldn’t want to be in one, ever. Seems silly to potentially miss out on meeting great members/friends just because you’re adamant that everyone has to play the same class/race/whatever.

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NeoWolf

What do I think about themed guilds… awesome, more power to them. I mean who the heck wants to be generic..right? :)

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Alex Js.

This might have worked in the past because past MMOs had much larger active population. Nowadays it doesn’t work really great.

For example, in FFXIV on our server/world we have a weekly “Lalafell march” (every Wednesday at 8:30PM EST a bunch of players, predominantly Lala characters, march around 3 main cities then do some contests with prizes after that), but since there aren’t many active Lala players, the FC which organizes these marches also welcomes any player in general, regardless of their character race, to participate. And the FC itself, while being called “Lalas United” and being themed around Lalafel race, also allows players of any other in-game race to join the FC. All because of what I’ve said above – the active population isn’t large enough to be able to afford an FC/guild only based on single in-game race. And this goes for majority of current MMOs.

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Vaeris

I loved it when themed guilds had their basis from in-game lore reasons. They were front and center and they added a level of fidelity to the game lore/world. I liked it better back then.

Now the predominance of “real life” qualifiers for theme guilds makes the idea of looking for a guild, for me, a non-starter. There’s so much more “junk” that has built up around playing the game that just “playing the game” has somewhat gotten lost (in relation to guilds).

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Zen Dadaist

I’ve seen everything and still do tbh. Yeah hardcore loud ones get most of the screen time but the more casual gimmicky or themed groups haven’t stopped forming. Warframe is stuffed full of Clans based around some schtick or other, be it Red Veil fanatic black-and-red edgelords, Finnish speakers, cross-game folks, Clem-worshippers or whatever.

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Toy Clown

From a roleplay PoV, I prefer themed guilds. Catch-all guilds lead to a watered-down immersion experience. Since it’s rare I join non-RP guilds, I don’t have as much experience, but in BDO I like themed guilds as they help sort out a playstyle I don’t want to partake in. I’m heavily contemplating joining a sea-themed guild since I love ocean content. Just wish I could find a sea-themed roleplay guild and I’d be pretty happy!

What I like about themed guilds is it helps sort through the multitude of strangers on the internet to plop down into the middle of a group of people that at least share that one thing in common with me.

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David Harrison

I enjoy themed guilds when I am playing on a RP-preferred guild.

My favorite themed guild in the past (I wasn’t in it, but I loved the name) was Munchkins of Mayhem (MoM) on EverQuest. I believe their theme was they only allowed small sized races to join their guild. It was pretty hilarious.

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squid

We had a guild on Innoruuk back in the day call Da Grobb Skwad—trolls only.