Last week I told you all about the attendance struggles that I’ve been having with my guild and I have to say that it was a lot easier to manage a guild when I had 1. more free time and 2. Had couple other people helping with the admin duties. So how do I find people that want to sign up for work? What benefits do you gain by helping to run a guild?
To run a successful guild it can be as time consuming as having a second job. And while I love managing my guild and playing with my friends I also know that I only get out what I put in unless there are other people that are willing to put in their own blood sweat and tears. In the past I’ve had those people in my circle but now that we’re getting older and busier with life, we all can’t contribute on the same level as we used to. There’s also the game. When my friends aren’t having fun the game it makes it that much harder to keep things going. As of today there is only one of my friends left from when we started BFA back in August. I have made some new friends that I’ve been playing with and hope to continue to foster those relationships going forward.
The new 8.1 patch comes out today and with it will come some streamlining of systems and a boost to leveling. The much anticipated new mini raid and the new allied race of Zandalari trolls will not be available at the start of 8.1. In the mean time I’ve been playing with the hand full of players left in the guild running dungeons or joining pug raids while chatting in discord. I’ve tapped the breaks on recruitment and have toyed with the idea of moving everyone back to my old guild before the merger occurred (since all that is left are a few players most all from my original guild). Another choice would be to look for a guild that could accommodate all of us (roughly 7 or so) or I could set off on my own and get back into the competitive scene of raiding and join a new to me guild. I’m still thinking things through and plan on waiting till the new year before I make any decisions.
Looking towards the future of my guild, I’m really getting amped up for World of Warcraft Classic and want to work on creating a giant guild of active members. The goal won’t be to raid the end game, but more so to enjoy the journey and nostalgia of the game. The function of the guild will be to create a place for people to chat, create small groups and to create friendships. Part of me wants to start working on building up this guild now or at least start figuring out what all is out there. I definitely need more of a support structure and while I can’t predict or control if people will quit after making a commitment to server in a officer role, I need to do my best to make plans to keep things moving forward. What I’m envisioning for my WoW Classic guild is about 400 active members prelaunch. This should give us a robust base of players to collaborate with and hopefully it will give me some new friends that I can rely on for officer duties. I want to do all the fun stuff that I love like scheduling fun community events, pvp, dungeon runs, level 1 races, etc.