I make it a point to talk to every new member that joins the guild. When I open my mouth, I hear surprise in their voices when it becomes apparent that I am a woman. Yes, I am a woman that leads a group of hard core gamers and does so successfully. I’ve been gaming since a time when encountering a real girl in any video game was akin to finding a unicorn in your backyard. I stepped into my first virtual world in 2003 in a Galaxy Far Far Away and have been drinking in every MMO that I can get my hands on. I didn’t care if I was playing in a fresh, shiny new game, old and forgotten, or one in development. I loved them all!
Part of what makes me a good guild leader is that I am ambitious and competitive. I want to be the best that I can be and push my friends to be as well. I want to be to be able to brag to everyone around that “we are world first!” and that they would be in awe of our awesome guild. I want us to always get better every time we do something we need to do it a little bit better.
I maintain an absolute dictatorship over my members, which means that what I say goes and if you don’t like, tough cookies. It may sound extreme but we do so in the name of efficiency. When we only have a limited number of hours in the day to play our games, we shouldn’t be spending an hour of it discussing and voting on what strategy we’ll be using or what color our guild tabard will be. We are picky about the friends we keep and we get things done that not everyone gets to see in these games. We love to play this way and surround ourselves with like-minded people that want to trudge through and drag the raid week after week just to FINALLY kill that boss we’ve been working so hard on and discussing at length. Do you ever hear those videos of excitement and yelling after a boss finally dies? Yea, that’s me.