Currently, I play in a guild that tackles hard mode content. Previously I played in a guild that tackled normal mode content. Before that there was just content and you were a Sunwell guild or a Kara guild or anything in between. There’s 10’s and 25’s, guilds that encourage personality over skill, guilds that encourage skill over personality, and every combination of the two that you could ever imagine. Want a guild without officers? Want a guild that offers PvE and PvP content challenge? It’s all out there, and it’s all good.
It’s really hard to get past that last niggling line when you’re having a WoW discussion. At some point, assumptions come into play. The one that is bandied around most frequently is that all available content, normal and hard-mode clears, are end-all be-all goal of every single guild… and if they’re not, then they’re just not being honest with what they really want. I know I run into this stumbling block a lot in my own conversations–of course you want to be as progressed as you can possibly be. But then I find myself adding caveats, even to my own list of what that means to me. I want:
- An adult environment
- A clear leadership structure
- A group that can be silly, but isn’t too silly
- A lack of vulgarity
- A place of prominence, or at least active play-time 90% of the time
If I’m this picky about my own goals and expectations and have spent as long in the game as I have before finding somewhere I really feel comfortable, how much longer must others look? Or maybe they’ve decided to prioritize differently and place progression much farther down their list of desires than an active and fun guild environment that provides guild meets and contests?
The thing is, you never really know, so it’s very difficult to talk about any kind of “standard” even in a niche part of the end-game like raiding. Raiding means as many different things as their are players who participate in it!
So for today, I don’t have a long musing on my own experience, I have a question for you. In 5 words or less, describe your ideal guild environment!
Windsoar’s Words: Raiding, Commitment, Communication, Friendly, Adult