The Daily Grind: How many MMO guilds are you in?

    
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The Daily Grind: How many MMO guilds are you in?

I’m always impressed when I talk to MOP’s Justin and he’s just joined a new guild in the MMORPG he’s playing at the moment. He’s spectacular at shopping around and finding good ones. Honestly, if I needed a new guild, I’d just figure out which one he’s in and be in it. It’d save a lot of research and pain!

But personally, that’s just not how I play MMOs. I’m usually hanging out with a few people from my one guild, and more lately, from my family. I’d be pretty bad at juggling multiples without neglecting somebody and feeling so bad I’d stop logging into the game. It’s actually easier on me to just have a home guild and then make friends elsewhere than try to actually participate in lots of guilds.

But I do suspect I am not normal on this. How many MMO guilds are you in at any given time across your games?

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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mosselyn

Just one. My guild spans multiple games. I’ve been a member almost 10 years and love knowing that I’ll find familiar faces (and similar administrative practices) no matter what game I play.

In some games, we have very large in-game guilds, in others we have tiny ones, but in all of them, I find the same community ethic and general outlook on how to have fun together. I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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EmberStar

I am in zero “real” guilds. Meaning ones containing other people. I have two solo “guilds,” one in Warframe and one in Star Trek Online. These exist for the sole purpose of allowing me to NOT be locked out of some of the progression gated behind being in a guild.

I have no interest in putting up with the drama and politics. And I have *less* than zero interest in using voice chat.

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PlasmaJohn

I do best in a close-knit but non-clingy group so I’m usually on the lookout for a good guild to join. Being introverted to a fault finding a group like that has become a significant challenge.

As for recent history it used to be three but I’m now down to one and a vanity guild.

Two of those were RP guilds but they died for a variety of reasons not the least of which was how atrocious XIV’s chat implementation is. I still stick around with one because every once in a blue moon we catch up in-game but in the other an officer got RL political so I noped right on out.

The third came real close to being that unicorn. Sadly it turned out the GM was more interested in appearances than keeping the community running through XIV’s COVID content lull. When the few active officers tried to clean things up they got demoted. Seeing the writing on the wall those officers left which triggered several others including me to cut ties.

The worst guild I was in was a so-called “family” guild. Super clingy and utterly insular. They believed they could be all things to their members but were sorely lacking in certain aspects. You got the stink-eye if you dared socialize outside the guild. It took me longer than it should have to realize how toxic that environment was.

I’ve had awful luck with guilds that bill themselves as LGBT+ friendly. Each one has been drama-prone, often involving RL politics. Pro-tip: Advertise a comprehensive non-harassment policy instead.

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NeoWolf

Two

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Anstalt

None right now, but a maximum of 1 when im playing an mmo.

I only play one mmo at a time, and for the long term, so it makes sense to stick to just one guild. Getting to know everyone in the guild well leads to more fun when teaming up, it also helps with getting to know the wider community.

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SmiteDoctor

I have no idea, I have a lot of alts that I’ve discarded over the years in WoW so I’m sure a few of them are in dead guilds, I’m in one on ESO, I’ve got all my slots filled in GW2.

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Rndomuser

None right now, but I’ve been in guilds in almost every MMORPG I’ve played, there are always plenty of those on every populated server to fit any kind of preference.

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Turing fail

Thought I’d be more of an outlier (as usual) not being in any guilds, surprised this isn’t the case. Like some of the other commenters, my tolerance for asshatery is at an all-time low. I put up with it at work, but refuse to do so on my own time.

Realizing my own brittleness prevents me from experiencing the main point of being in an MMO has not been enough for me to overcome it.

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Toy Clown

Usually 0-1. The guild I’ve been in the longest is in ESO, which was created as a hub guild when ESO introduced that one server/phasing tech so that all the RPers could stay together. When the game went One Tamriel and there wasn’t a need for a hub guild on each faction, it died! But I’m still in there with about a dozen other folks that never talk to each other. I stay in it because it’s great for when I make a new character and need to hop a ride somewhere.

Largely, I’ve given up on guilds as the majority use voice for communication now and I honestly can’t think of anything that makes a person feel more lonely than being a non-voice user in a crowd of voice users. I stick to socializing outside of guilds and I’m always on the lookout for people that don’t use voice.

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Hope you don’t mind my asking, but curious why you don’t use voice?

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Schmidt.Capela

There are many reasons someone might avoid voice chat. Lack of hardware (not everyone has a headset or a dedicated microphone), not being able to make noises while playing (fairly prevalent among people who play at night and don’t live alone), shyness (text chat is far less intimidating), not being willing to give out their gender (somewhat common among girls who fear like they will be treated as a girl first and gamer second, or even that they will be harassed), physical disability or other issues understanding others or being understood (in my own case English isn’t my first language and, while I can read and write almost as well as a native speaker, I find it difficult to understand spoken English and have an atrocious accent), etc.

I intentionally avoid purchasing a headset or a microphone stand (my microphone is highly directional and almost useless if not directly pointed at my mouth) so I can’t be pushed into using voice chat “just this time”.

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Rndomuser

Yea, pretty much. There is huge amount of reasons why people cannot or do not want to use voice chat and all of them are valid and every game should at least provide an option for those people to communicate with others without using voicechat.

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PanagiotisLial1

1. You may usually play late and do not to wake the whole living block plus the ones you live with

2. If you do once people will ask all the time(tested) even when you cannot and will get grumpy about it and there are times you want to take it easy too.

3. You may need in that time, especially if you work in support to answer some phone(yes on your house and out of normal working schedule) and muting/unmuting etc gets annoying

4. Makes ingame chat channels semi-dead even if there are many people on guild(or on server)

5.Not all people are coming from an english speaking country. While they may type decently their accent may be hard to understand. It is far more common than you think

6. On PVP sandboxes they ask you to come on coms to validate a) that it is a person and b) that it isnt any of their enemies – which I find almost insulting. On many PVE guilds too they wont do a simple dungeon with you unless you come on comms.

Overall I think voice comms can reduce the desirability to join guilds in general

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EmberStar

5.Not all people are coming from an english speaking country. While they may type decently their accent may be hard to understand. It is far more common than you think

That can even be the case with people from English speaking areas if they have a strong regional accent. Scottish, Irish, Texan or a strong New England accent come to mind. There’s an individual I watch on youtube who has become really self-conscious of his own accent because when he says “three” it comes out as “tree.” (As the most obvious example.) And because his stream chat and video comments section *constantly* points out things like that. :(

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Rndomuser

I honestly can’t think of anything that makes a person feel more lonely than being a non-voice user in a crowd of voice users.

Oh yea, I know the feeling. Luckily FFXIV is one of the games where voice chat is never a requirement, at least in casual guilds which are not forcing members to do any kind of raiding, which is a vast majority of all FCs/guilds. I’ve been in few on Faerie and Balmung which had guild Discords and most people never used voice chat at any part. One of the major reasons is that this game has huge amount of LGBT players and many of them are uncomfortable with letting others hear their voice. I don’t play it anymore but I doubt this has changed in any way.

This is part of the reason I really disliked Fallout 76 – aside from being poorly performing co-op game with pointless housing building system (because everything is not persistent and disappears once you log off unless it is your private instance of server which you must pay monthly fee for), you cannot really communicate with random people in it because there is still no text chat. It basically felt like playing a game populated by AI players unless I was doing it with online friends whom I known for a long time and with whom I could communicate through Discord’s text chat.

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Schmidt.Capela

If you exclude vanity guilds, then currently none. The most I’ve ever been at the same time was 3, but that was before loyalty to a guild made me keep playing long after I was getting burned out with WoW and almost made me get burned with MMOs as a whole.

In essence, in a game I refrain from ever depending on anyone else (otherwise it frustrates me enough to actually make me leave guild and game), won’t ever allow other people to depend on me (feeling a duty to the people who depended on me is what almost got me to burn out in the first place), and flat out refuse to let anyone — including guild leaders and officers — dictate what I will do or how I will play. This isn’t exactly conductive to being in a guild.