The Daily Grind: What do you want out of an MMO guild?

    
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We all come to guilds in different ways. Sometimes we seek them out specifically, sometimes we go through a rigorous application process, and sometimes there’s a black bag over our head, a van, and a dark room with an interrogation spotlight.

But we also come to guilds for different reasons. Personally, I look for a sense of comradery that makes me feel as though I belong. I want people to recognize me, and I want to be able to form at least passing relationships with regulars. I love to see fun guild activities, a willingness to help each other out, and a well-organized structure.

That’s just me, of course. What do you want out of a guild? Do you latch onto one for a sense of acceptance? Are you out for handouts or carries? Is it just to stay in touch with your good friends? Do you seek the prestige of carrying around that Latin title above your character’s head?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Robert Mann

Low drama. People who are cool with doing things together if it works out. Anything else positive is firmly in bonus territory.

I feel like everything else I might list here is more about game design than guilds… which should be about how the people involved act and treat each other (and even other people).

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MassivelyMacD

Clan Dojo access.
Trade terminal.
The things that are hidden behind being member of a guild/clan for no good reason.

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Alex Js.

What do you want out of a guild?

Mostly people to socialize with (especially in games with pointless “gear grind” endgame, meaning just about every PvE MMO). You know, idle/silly talk in guild chat (especially in games where people don’t like using local zone chat, like FFXIV), maybe some social events.

Also some organized PvP events if the game is focused on PvP (as long as they’re not mandatory – the game is not a “second job” for me).

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For starters:

  • No Drama
  • No elitist jerks
  • People that understand that life happens outside of the game
  • People that understand that we all have off days
  • People that allow you to play the game the way you want
  • Enough people playing at the same time I do, so I don’t feel all alone
  • People that don’t expect you to punch a clock, just for the privilege of hanging out with them
  • People that tolerate and help noobs and are willing to include them in group/guild activities, even when they need some guidance or may make mistakes
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Schmidt.Capela

Guild members who I like chatting and playing with.

On the other hand, not only I don’t care for guild activities, if the guild makes any demand on me I will leave it. No one is ever going to dictate what I can or can’t do in a game.

It’s similar to how I handle helping others in-game. If someone seems to need help I will freely offer my help, but if that person demands my help then I will flat out refuse to help even if I was planning to help before.

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Avaera

I’m looking for shared purpose (ie, roleplay value), and a way to contribute towards something tangible as part of a team which lasts beyond a single scenario or two. I want to know why that guild exists, and that my character belongs to it because it aligns with something about themselves.

I am often also looking for some sort of very clear structure and hierarchy into which I can slot my character, and through that dynamic make meaningful relationships with other players who can become familiar and friendly over time. Lots of different roles and jobs and choices to progress through.

I definitely don’t like when guilds are just a loose chat channel with a single tier of leadership, and have nothing bonding anyone together other than a preference for having the numbers to joke or small-talk with about real-world stuff while queuing for dungeons and raids (which sounds terrifying to me).

Because of all that, I very rarely join guilds in most MMOs. :(

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Adri

Doing activities together. That’s the bare minimum.
the best thing is to find people you can hang out outside of games or switch between games. I have some friends for over 8 years I got to know in an MMO guild.

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Sally Bowls

Lots of guild bank slots in a guild I own. :-)

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imayb1

Ideally, I like a small group of no more than two dozen people who pop in on a fairly regular basis and communicate with each other. I like a group that doesn’t use Discord for voice chat.

I like to do impromptu dungeon runs. Planned ones never seem to have enough people at the right time or I feel like I’m missing out if I can’t attend. It’s better if someone says, “Hey guys, we have enough people. Who wants to do a dungeon?”

Mostly, I agree with Quark. I like to meander around the maps and do my own thing. I usually open the game with a personal goal in mind and I try to focus on that. I’m happy to help others, but I prefer to do things at my own pace.

Currently, I’m part of a giant conglomerative in which I am a faceless notch in the roster. However, they have a maxed-out guild with all the buffs and benefits. I watch the guild chat and comment occasionally. That’s enough socializing for this introvert. :D

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quark1020

I’m pretty bad. The only thing I want is to stop getting random guild invites, so I’ll accept one who’s name I like and keep the guild chat in a separate tab or something.

I know. I should play with the other kids; and I agree. When I first played FFXIV, I made the effort to be more social, and enjoyed my time there more than I do in other games. Its just, I like wandering around in my game time. I make new characters. Even play other games. I just don’t want to make the effort to make new friends if I won’t see them again after a couple of months.