The Daily Grind: What’s the weirdest thing you ever did to get into an MMO guild?

    
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On last week’s Massively OP Podcast, Justin and I were joking around about how much guild applications have changed over the last many years of online gaming. I can remember back to when we did all sorts of now-bizarre things to “pledge” to early MMO guilds, basically a fraternity rush online: We had to wear an ugly color of clothing all the time, we had to collect and donate resources, we had to show up for meetings at odd hours, and we even had to turn our account info over to an officer so he could log in and make sure we weren’t running any spy characters on the side.

That last one was a terrible idea back then and even more weird now, but it seems to me that even things like formal guild applications have fallen by the wayside, and I don’t think it’s a bad thing. Some of that stuff was just silly, and I don’t really believe it created such a superior guild experience that it was worth it for anyone. So when Justin pops on Twitter and basically says, hey, anybody wanna guild me? it kinda feels a lot more natural for 2018.

What’s the weirdest thing you ever did to get into an MMO guild? If you’ve never done anything especially weird, what constituted the most effort you’ve ever had to put into an online gaming group overall?

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rafael12104

Hmm. Well, I guess, going through my Jedi trials with RP/Progression guild might count. Although, as I was playing SWTOR it really isn’t that odd.

  • Attended a meeting as a recruit. We were informed of the trials and assigned a master.
  • Had to run through a series of content trails including Flashpoints and PvP while being observed by my Master.
  • Had to RP a monologue off the cuff about myself and my force powers.
  • Had to memorize the Guild Code and recite it back to anyone that asked.
  • After I had completed all of that, I was instructed to go to Tython and wait in this remote area. I thought I was going to get whacked like in Goodfellas. Suddenly, out of nowhere, all the Jedi in the guild showed up in mass and I was inducted into the guild as a Padawan with another RP’ed ceremony.

    It was pretty cool, actually. I guess what was weird at least for me was that this was serious business. I could only wear crappy brown robes, and some Jedi talked down to me as if I was a pleeb trying to join a frat. The other thing I found strange was that some recruits couldn’t or wouldn’t complete the tasks assigned. It wasn’t hard.

    BTW, the requirements to be promoted to Jedi were pretty tough, and Master was leet stuff.

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    Rolan Storm

    Curious: which server was that? *to myself* I missed some cool stuff. Again. :D

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    rafael12104

    Begeren Colony was the server, The Jedi Order was the name of the guild. It was very well organized and had branches for other character classes too.

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    Rolan Storm

    Fate or just me? It was with SWG, it was with SWTOR. I was around but never in the thick of it and missed best parts.

    Good times. Though I never was around Begeren even close – my server was Ebon Hawk.

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    Sorenthaz

    I registered on their forums and submitted an application.

    /gasp

    Though back 10+ years ago now in WoW when I joined Piscus Inferno on Kirin Tor (RIP even as my Alliance characters still sit in the dead husk that is that guild) they did this whole “interrogation” bit which was pretty funny.

    And actually I guess before that point to get into the Academy of the Arcane (RP guild) I actually did need to submit a student application of sorts and do an RP with one of the ‘Head Professors’ (officers) before I got into it.

    I miss those old days where everything felt more organic and natural in WoW. :/

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    ogged451

    Written an application I guess. Every time I did that, about six to nine months later, those guilds were dead from inactivity. But hey, at least I got properly screened whether I fit or not. I think that’s why I don’t bother with that anymore.

    In contrast, the first guild I joined (hi to everyone from Frami Hreysti Sigr on Midgard/Merlin) I joined because I met people while playing the game, buffed them, rezzed them, chatted with them and that lasted almost half a decade.

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    Bryan Correll

    Other player – “You seem ok, wanna join our guild?”
    Me – “Sure, you folks seem pretty cool.”
    You have been invited to join Guildy McGuildface.*

    * Example guild name, may not be the actual name of any guild I’ve been part of.

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    Utakata

    The RP guild I had long joined where simply looking if I could gel with their guild character. I think they where cryptically billing themselves as some sorta *Dwarven yakuza. But the entry to their guild was showing up to all their RP based meetings…then after a bit, creating a RP “scenario” that best suits my character I have to “pass”. Which for them often border into the absurd. Some may refer to as hazing…but I am not sure I would go that far. A trial I think would be more accurate here.

    In my case, I was to lead group of guildies through a dungeon I was having difficulty at the time, where the tank was wearing cloth. And doing so entirely in a RP fashion. I am not sure it’s a test that I could ever fail, as that wasn’t the point. But rather to see if I had a sense of humor and not to take things so seriously both in and out of character. The “fit” they where looking for. I managed complete said test with no wipes or deaths. As well as took in stride…

    …I guess I passed, because I’ve been with the guild for 10 plus years now. o.O

    *Note: Yes. they where also very Gnome friendly. :)

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    camren_rooke

    I hear if you hang around with gnomes too much your hair turns colors…

    *whispers* unnatural colors.

    On the internet so it true.

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    Utakata

    …the colors maybe unnatural to other sentient species though. But my color is so genuine that the pigtails float. <3

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    Robert Mann

    I got nothing. Either a guild is chill enough to take in people that are interested and that they play well with, or I just make one with like-minded people, or I already have friends going in.

    I did once get invited in an odd way (due to some world PvP stuff and alts) to a guild that I felt was a bad fit (see raiding hardcore ‘this is basically a job with odd hours on call’). I don’t care how good the players are, they’d have to be paying me big bucks for that insanity. Really big bucks.

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    Loopy

    I’ve done RP in-game interviews in WoW back in Wrath. I actually quite enjoyed the process, even though it did feel weird at first.

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    styopa

    My son was kicked OUT of a guild for filling all the empty spaces in their guildbank with cheese. He had done it to my toons too, in an apparently bored evening (we shared an account). I was like “WTF bug is this?” until he cracked up, and then I thought it was a pretty funny and harmless prank.
    His guild leader went NUCLEAR on teamspeak and booted him. He was a little shocked at the overreaction, but I think a lot of people left the guild after that too.

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    Robert Mann

    That is an over-reaction for sure, although I understand the frustration (guild bank is another fine example of herding cats)! Still, that’s a fine donation of good cheese, and there are all sorts of things you can do with cheese!

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    Schmidt.Capela

    Actually, the most effort I put torwards multiplayer gaming was from before the Internet (or, at least, before internet access fast enough for 4-persons multiplayer was cheap enough for most people). I had the gear to create local networks, and me and a bunch of friends would lug our desktop computers somewhere, assemble a network (at first using coaxial cabling, before we could afford to upgrade to a hub), solve all technical issues, and spend the rest of the day playing multiplayer games.

    In other words, I used to organize lan parties with my friends during the 90s.

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    Minimalistway

    Asking for account info should be described as abuse, that is going too far, i joined few guild and none of them ask anything except “do you want to join” i ask about the rules which most of time is “just be nice, don’t be rude” and that’s it, i’m in.

    Sorry, no weird story from me :-)