The Daily Grind: How do you deal with multi-timezone MMO guilds?

The Daily Grind: How do you deal with multi-timezone MMO guilds?

There was a neat thread on the MMORPG subreddit a few weeks back about how to organize MMO guilds across multiple timezones. If you pretty much play with only local friends or folks in your own timezone or country, this probably seems like an odd question, but it resonated with me since really my guild has been multinational since the beginning, with players from North America and Europe and at one point Asia too.

And that’s hard. It was hard to coordinate dungeon runs, raids, even roleplay night – a lot of our events had to be on weekends, or early in the morning for the Americans so that the Europeans were still awake. For a good long while, we had a regular group that didn’t start until 10 p.m. at night because it allowed West Coasters to meet up with a guildie in Eastern Europe before he had to rush off to his work day. It also meant hunting for games that suited casual play or sidekicking or content that wasn’t necessarily time-gated – or sometimes, just giving up on the MMO parts and just chatting. On the other hand, I wouldn’t trade those loons for anything. They’re irreplaceable, and I won’t even try.

How do you deal with multi-timezone MMO guilds?

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If we’re scheduling event, we use the time that is convenient for as many people as possible. Its impossible to include everybody, so I don’t bother.


I don’t, in the sense that I don’t really engage with guild events. A guild, for me, is basically a higher tier of the friend list, and I treat it as such; if people have an issue with that, no problem, I will just leave.


Australian guilds a great to hang out with…

…but it gets pretty quiet during prime time game play. >.<

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In the past our guild used shifts and shared all the same resources. NZ and the Aussies were on NA “night shift”. It worked well. Big important events for either shift was attended by all shifts as best as possible. It worked.

We all benefited from the arrangement.


Last time I needed a guild – 2013, raids in Rift from 4am to 8am. Ended after couple months, screw that. Humanity will be on much better schedule in orbital cities with a single time zone (or more like 3-6 time zones – considering 6 hours shifts).