The Daily Grind: Have you ever run a ‘solo’ guild in an MMO?

    
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Forgiven.

When housing first arrived in Final Fantasy XIV, a lot of people wanted personal houses but couldn’t yet get them. So they did the logical thing by forming a guild which was only meant to house that one player and maybe an alt or two, nothing more. All of the benefits of guild membership other than the, you know, camaraderie or support or friendship.

It’s hardly the only example I’ve seen. Any game with tangible benefits for a guild (such as World of Warcraft or Star Wars: The Old Republic) will have people who want the benefits without the organizational headaches. It’s usually not too difficult to form these guilds meant to house just one person, and some games even let you get something nifty out of it on the exchange.

Of course, it also means that, again, you’re basically playing alone, including taking on group tasks by your lonesome. So what about you, dear readers? Have you ever run a “solo” guild in an MMO? Would you consider doing so?

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Adri

In some games, you just get pelted with guild invited so it’s better for your own sanity to create an alt-guild.
In other games, I needed more storage space and had some vault guilds.

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camelotcrusade

Well, not exactly solo, but let’s say exclusively small. It’s a good way to share some amenities and have a ready-to-go channel if you’re playing with just a small group of friends or a duo. I don’t do it if the guild “perks” are too heavy handed and constantly remind me I need to be huge and dreadfully busy, though. Anyway I remember one time doing this and I made some friends and they ended up joining, so we went from 3 to 7 for a while. Guildes a slippery slope for would-be soloers, eh? ?

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Sally Bowls

In eve it saves isk. But I hav done it it SWTOR and have several for the wow guild banks

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Namtubb

I’d totally make a solo-ESO guild if I could for that extra item space.
In Warframe I run a solo clan for three reasons: because there was waaaaaaay less to work towards years ago when we first formed it, because I chose Warframe to be my “me time” game and because my former guild mates/friends abandoned me T_T Actually we all play other games together now and then. They just didn’t get into Warframe like I did.

Ah well at least every non-pvp activity is doable alone, it just takes more time.

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MagmaFist

“All of the benefits of guild membership other than the, you know, camaraderie or support or friendship.”
Or the benefits of solo, you know, avoiding the drama, the in-fighting, stealing of resources or backstabbing. Sorry, but your last line came off as a little condescending.

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Anton Mochalin

Actively considering doing exactly that in Warframe, not sure I’d be able to be a responsible member in any real guild.

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xpsync

I tried this with my buddy and once we realized the resources required to get anywhere, we quickly joined one.

In Warframe and i could be wrong but it’s almost a requirement to join one, you can only get certain items via clan, so if you want to progress you need to join.

Joining one has far more pros than cons in Warframe anyway, it has a high percentage of really decent peeps.

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Namtubb

In a one man Ghost clan you don’t need to feed as many resources into research than a Moon clan. I imagine it’d be really bad for anyone managing a Moon or even Mountain Clan with real inactive members.
As the only surviving-I mean active member of my Ghost clan I do admit that I don’t have ‘everything’; I’m still unlocking colors for my dojo but I’m really not prioritizing it.

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Mr Funktastic

Well, being an active member of a active clan would probably be a lot easier. But, if you’re fully committed to the solo life, then it’s definitely possible.

I’ve had my own clan for a little over a year, now. My dojo isn’t all that impressive, but I have access to all of the labs, and I’ve managed to unlock a most of the blueprints.

Forma, and construction time, were the biggest hurdles when I started. I did end up throwing a bit of plat at it, to speed things up a bit – but, it was plat I got from a ‘75% off’ daily log-in reward, so it didn’t feel like too big of a waste. Once you have the dojo set up in a way that you’re happy with, it just becomes another thing you need to farm resources for.

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xpsync

Hey thanks for the info. We’re in a pretty decent clan so not going that route but still good to know it’s doable.

I guess i shouldn’t be bewildered about it as it wasn’t long ago i simply didn’t have the time for clans, guilds, cabals and the like, but i’m once again left wondering at the sheer dedication to solo’ing it all.

Specifically in Warframe, the one i’m in never requires anything from us at all and it’s super nice to have decent convo’s and learn stuff in chat you can keep up with. Region chat is a blurr, it’s clean, but way too many peeps talking it’s impossible to keep up with it.

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Anton Mochalin

I really like Warframe community always ready to help, provide info and such, sometimes it’s quite unexpected. Thanks to everyone who replied, I haven’t come to the point where I absolutely need a clan but really feel I could need it soon. Warframe community FTW!

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Alatar

I’ve done it in both Dark Age of Camelot, RIFT, and WOW. All for the storage.

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Tobasco da Gama

I currently have a “Ghost” clan in Warframe just to do research with. It’s not wise to do right away, because you won’t even have access to a lot of the required materials until later in the star chart, but it’s a totally viable method of obtaining some of the best weapons in the game.

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Tandor

I ran a solo guild in WoW, just to stop the constant guild invites.

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Tobasco da Gama

A lot of games let you just plain disable guild invites now, thankfully, but I’ve definitely started solo guilds in the past for this reason.

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Tandor

Agreed, but that doesn’t do anything a lot of the time. I get sick of the following whispers:-

“Hello”

“How are you today?”

“I see you’re not in a guild.”

(I say I’m not interested in joining a guild)

“I realise that’s your right, but may I ask why?”

(/ignore)

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Vunak23

Played TERA in what started as a decent sized guild and then dwindled into only me (didn’t care to keep recruiting and all that). I was pretty successful. I won GvGs against larger guilds, MUCH larger guilds and was one of the top Sorcerers in the game for PvP and PvE.

I eventually joined a friends guild and we had some fun and then started another guild that was pretty successful for awhile.

My first guild just eventually became a deterrent for people asking me to join their guilds, really didn’t work all that well. But it gave me an easy excuse to say no. Didn’t really ever feel like I was in a solo guild anyway because I was constantly being asked by friends and the community on my server to do things, which was nice.