The Daily Grind: Have you ever led an MMO guild?

    
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The Daily Grind: Have you ever led an MMO guild?

Leadership in a guild has never been something I have sought. It has happened more than once, but literally every single time it was mostly an accident wherein it turned out I was at least moderately responsible and intelligent. That meant getting duties handed to me on more than one occasion, which has usually… not helped the guild as a whole, but that’s often because if your guild is handing off duties to the competent person not seeking out leadership, that says something not-great about the existing state of affairs.

So today I’m curious if our readers have also ever wound up in a leadership position in an MMO guild. Keep in mind that this is referring to leadership in organizations consisting of prior strangers, not necessarily a guild with just you and your existing friends to hang out with. Have you ever been the guild leader or part of the officer group, for whatever reason?

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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LordHaydez

I led LotD for 25 years, and I wrote a series of primers to help orient our new leaders as they came on board. For now the link to those articles can be found here: https://www.lotd.org/threads/hades-guild-primers.22357/ .

Leading guilds is tough, its a lot of work, and you have to be able to quickly plug and play as junior leaders rotate in or out. If you don’t or if a few leaders get overwhelmed, it can bring the whole thing down like a house of cards.

Hades

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Oleg Chebeneev

2 in WoW. One during Cata on retail, one twink guild on Nostalrius

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Vaeris

Yep. Started and led 2 Player Associations in Star Wars Galaxies, both prior to launch. The first one my two buddies that started it with me bailed so I stepped down and yet that guild went on to be a fairly successful group. It was the first guild I had ever created and without my friends it was kind of daunting to be in charge of 100+ people I’d never met. The second one had only around 50 or so folks but we built our city and had fun.

I’ve been an officer in guilds for Pathfinder Online and RIFT. While it wasn’t really an officer role I did have several vassals while in the Danier Monarchy on the Thistledown server of Asheron’s Call as well. We were WAAAAAAYYYY down the monarchy tree but I was sworn to Inoki Shouan.

Those are the ones (that I remember) consisting of folks not in my existing friends group. In that group I’m usually the one that starts the guild if we’re going to make one. I’ve not been averse to being a guild leader (after that first guild) but it’s not something that I need to enjoy a game. The hardest part (to me) of taking on that role was putting together a website, lol! I was never good at that.

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Morgan

Biggest regret of my life: Gnomaphobic (sry Utakata) was given to me. It was a light-hearted social guild that had really great people in it. But I was moving onto greener pastures so I gave it to one of the members who turned out to be an absolute stink. People complained to me so I decided to investigate and the guy wouldn’t even talk to me. They ended up running it into the ground ;(…

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Hikari Kenzaki

Yes. I rose to run one in City of Heroes and I formed one that was fairly well known in RP circles in The Secret World, being one of only 3 Dragon guilds at the time.

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EmberStar

I have never lead a guild nor even joined one. Not in the sense of “real guild containing other people.” There are a few games where I had a solo guild so that I wasn’t *completely* locked out of some features. I guess in the most technical sense I lead those guilds.

I’ve never seen anything about “real” guilds that gives me the slightest desire to join them. I play games to be entertained, not to sign up for a second (unpaid!) job. And anything that requires a resume and interview is a job.

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Schmidt.Capela

Nope.

Having in-game responsibilities almost made me burn out with the MMO genre as a whole; as a result, I flat out refuse to allow others to depend on me in-game. If I were to somehow end up as guild leader, I would pause all activities while I looked for someone responsible to take the reins, and if I couldn’t find someone I would simply disband the guild.

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Pandalulz

I am not leadership material. In the real world, I’ve spent 17 years meticulously working my way up the very small business ladder in just such a way that I’m way overpaid to be “just a tech” but don’t actually have anybody officially working under me so I don’t count as management.

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ThePeon25

Yes I did it once in Neo steam was rely fun and people rely liked me as guild leader because I was always helping people. But thanks to EVE online and other mmos I quickly learned that I hate to lead because people are often than not assholes or drama queens.

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NeoWolf

In almost every MMO I have ever played… originally just to house my own alts, but then to also accommodate my close-knit group of MMO friends whom I have gamed with for a very long time.
Never large guilds, and we don’t have open-door recruiting policies either, preferring to be more selective in order to ensure we gel and get along with members but because of that we have bonds that endure.