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Posted: Nov 26th 2010 9:50PM Space Cobra said

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Been thinking of commenting.

Nice article and nice sentiments. I tend not to be in a guild, due to my nature and many times, I will leave for long periods of time then return. Still, wish I could find a nice guild in some game. Nature of my wanderlust.

Good points all around on this article. Always foster interaction, but don't push too hard. :)

Posted: Nov 27th 2010 7:19AM peyo01 said

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Hello Karen, lots of fine ideas in your article, very interesting to read.
As one of the leading staff of pearlsacks in my FF XI LS, I have been dealing with this issue of setting the "freedom cursor" at the proper level, especially in difficult or controversial situations (and those happen more often than expected if your guild is growing in size).

Thanks for giving here a new perspective that I had never considered. I think you are totally right, even more than you think. From my own experience, we are all back to childhood when we play MMOs. We can be so in the pleasure of the moment, enjoying the game, that we often forget that we are adults and behave very childish. Therefore, your idea of dealing similarly with players and children is very likely to work pretty well.
I am always amazed with children's innocence and curiosity. I try to keep a child-like open mind as often as possible, even if life reminds me more than often that I am not a young boy anymore.
Looking forward to reading you next week. I really appreciate your guild counselling "booth", here at Massively ;-).

PS: it was my first post on Massively by the way. Hopefully, it went well :)

Posted: Dec 1st 2010 3:28PM Ravoss said

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Hey there,

Love the topic. For the past 6 years I have been playing WoW. In that time I have only been in one guild Clan Silver Beard, Garona. Our guild started the day after the game went live on one of the first servers brought up. In its history we started with free invites for all, to a mass kicking, to a raiding guild, to a casual guild and now a small community.

In its 6 years of history I have helped lead this guild for 3 years. From raid leadership, guild laws and guild development. I am a Technical Recruiter by trade; so I spend all my time talking to people about jobs and reading resumes. In my time as a recruiter I have never seen more dedicated people as those that have stood beside me in leading a 150+ member guild.

There is so much to talk about with this topic that I am not going to start here besides saying that leading a guild is a labor of love. We care not just about personal advancement but of guild advancement as a whole. That next guild boss kill is a lot more important than that next peice of gear or achievement. The biggest reward of all? Being flagged down in Facebook by someone you played with 4 years ago and being told you were part of what made them stay in game for so long.

We were never raiders, but we were a community. Even today our guild has brought so many people together in real life, still. We are also the oldest guild on our server and all of our old friends are coming back for more in the coming Cataclysm.

My peice of advice: Be nice and get people engaged. Members that use Vent and forums without being proded are the members that will stick around and give their all. With that said it is a guild's responsibility to GET people engaged. Compitions are an awesome way to do this. We did this Tank compition once, will be remember by all for years to come (the lava challange was a HIT!).

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