The Daily Grind: How much effort do you put into your MMO guild names?

    
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I don’t think I am alone in thinking way, way too much about guild names, at least when I was first starting out in MMORPGs. Remember when everything was Something OF Something? And then when the one-word power names came into vogue during the WoW raiding era? I mean, I’m guilty of falling in with all those trends. I once named a guild “Hand of Justice” – it just doesn’t get more pretentious than that.

The guild names that actually make me pause nowadays are the ones that make me laugh. <At Least We Got Stables>, <Ominous Latin Words>, and <Gnomeland Security> will always stick in my mind better than anything super serious. I wouldn’t join a guild just for its name, but it’s definitely made me more likely to shed guild tradition and go with a catchy joke next time we need to roll up a team. Then again, maybe the jokes get old faster.

How much effort do you put into your MMO guild names? Do you go for serious, silly, or something in between?

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Namtubb

I never make a guild with the intention of inviting randoms, they’ve always been a personal thing and in case any friends actually join me in the game.
I’ve always gone with the same theme which changes a little depending on the game:
For Warframe – ***** in a Dojo
For Elder Scrolls Online – ***** in Nirn
For Guild Wars 2 – ***** in a Guild
I’m censoring the name ’cause, while not a curse word or a racist term or anything like that, it is a word that makes some folks uncomfortable.

I’ve considered changing the Warframe name to something more personal since it’s become my hobby that I’ve grown attached to and because I’m the only one playing it out of my guild. But my fellow founding member, who traded in his ninja card to become a sentient potato in FFXIV, refused to let me change the name. Ah well, ***** in a Dojo it shall remain!

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donvweel

I think joke names are amusing and I have seen some that made me chuckle but long term it is not something you want to carry around. Plus if you want to do some harder content you may have trouble attracting a more serious player.

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Pandalulz

I’ve never really bothered to make my own guild, but I’m overly amused by clever punny names. I give no cares about immersion, not in games where other people are involved.

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NeoWolf

Nonsense naming is a major bugbear for me it annoys the heck out of me. So I make a point of giving meaningful and pointful names that are appropriate to the thing being named and the i.p it is within across the board.

I have never and would never give a nonsense, comedic, or random name to anything EVER.

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Makhiel

The only guilds I got to name are my personal guilds, so not much effort aside from “must actually be a name” and “must fit the setting”.

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ogged451

Sooooo mich effort ? some of my cabal names in SWL (I need several for the extra bank space) are

  • Stockholme Syndrome I haz it
  • Song from The Stiffs covered by Overkill
  • Choir of the sick
  • Escorting always makes me grumpy
  • Lucidity is never my default setting (this one got rotated out a few weeks ago)

And I change them often, depending on current events.

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Vaeris

I’ve always went with “serious” names that seemed to me to be fitting to the lore of the game. The guild name immediately gives an expectation of what types of personalities are most prominent in a guild. People have their perceptions and mine of silly name/joke named guilds isn’t a very good one.

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Xijit

I go for one word names …. easier to advertise.

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Adam Russell

I never formed a guild myself but once came up with a name for a guild. My choice was Ascendent. Unfortunately, the guild leader spelled it Ascendant because thats the only spelling found in the dictionary. You are allowed to make new words by adding antonyms and -ent is a proper antonym and means something different than -ant. I dont know enough technical grammar to explain the difference but it’s not the same at all.

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Utakata

…I have a guild bank I named the Fairy Musketeers. It was an interesting name, as when those who I recruited top help me set up the name in WoW seem to quickly leave the guild under their own volition as opposed me politely /g kicking for the exercise. With one saying they wouldn’t be caught dead under name like that on their way out, lol. I wonder why? o.O

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Crowe

Heh, I wouldn’t take it personally. In a new game, I generally leave one character unguilded *just* for helping people make their own. As soon as they hit the minimum needed, I /gquit so I can free that character up to help others. FWIW, that particular name wouldn’t bother me a bit. But then again, I’m confident in my own choices. (well, at least that one!)

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Hirku

I’ve made some decent money signing guild charters and the like. It’s just business. ; P