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?