So you want to lead a guild says the immortal to the mortal. I see you have what it takes. Your hair is still purple and your eyes are still blue. But Mr. Immortal what does it take to lead a guild says I the little mortal? So you can go with this, or you can with this theory.
Time: As I age and have more little pups in my wolf clan. Each one wants to hop onto my PC with the 24” monitor and indulge games, the web, the fun game making tools, Netflix, and the kids “you tube filter”. Even despite the fact that I have set the little woman up with an iMac in the kitchen. The Kids want to play with papa Mario! And they are just so cuddly and fun like a little baby wolf cub! If you have free time to be young and single then guild leadership is for you. It is fading for me! My wife is so happy-indeed.
Patience: Guilds have Drama and personality issues. There are always conflicts with personalities and especially with raiding. I have one friend who just pitches a fit if things don’t progress quickly in raids. Who wants to listen to that in Mumble, Team Speak, or Ventrilo? But as a leader you have to just take it with a grain of salt and define the issue with patience.
Fairness: Never get caught up in the click that wants so and so kicked out without facts and proof. You have to base your leadership on facts. Getting caught up in the click is going to cause future problems. Everyone is in your click and you are the ruling judge and jury based on your structure. Make them yours.
Racism: Never tolerate it. A code of conduct is essential for any guild to flourish. Remember we are a global community now for online games and we have everything under the sun and it gets hot. I am a firm believer that gaming can save the world for the best. In my days I have played with all sorts of political backgrounds, preferences, and religions. Extremist and jerks get the boot. We have a common factor and that is the game that we play and the governance of a guilds code of conduct is key. If you’re racists you’re considered an outsider here in the US society. And as far as I am concerned if you can’t respect a woman, race, religion, or personal preferences, then you suck the noob life death sticks with no sugar.
Events: Guild Events are very, very, key for guild activities but also have consistent and responsible schedules that everyone can sign up for. I once asked a friend of mine that used to lead raids in his MMO for a solid three years how he was able to get everyone to work together consistently- he said the key is to know your content, your personalities, your stats, and the map. And to rule with a loving fist.
Website: I used to think a website makes a guild but shiny means nothing. A website is really a communication tool for message boards and events. It also helps build community and gameplay. If you’re lucky enough like I have been in the past to have game artist as guildies who want to make shiny I say let them work their magic. But only the basics are required these days. There are lots of free options or more advanced options to build a good gaming community and presence online.
Delegate: You cannot take all the pressure on your shoulders. An infrastructure of leadership is key to successful leadership.
Attitude: People will always let you down but so what. Pick yourself up and rock out with fun times in the guild. Remember why you started to play online games and why you wanted to be a guild leader. If you wanted to be a leader to rule the masses try politics in D.C. But be cool because we gamers love to have fun. And most of all…don’t be a jerk.
, I just had to decline the immortals request to lead but so are my thoughts on the task at hand. I think some of the best guild structures I have played in has been Sturm Grenadier
and Eve University.
Some of the nicest people I have played with have been in SR
for Star Wars Galaxies on Star Sider. I hope to have taken some of the good in all these guilds and passed it on. And I am debating to rez my first guild for TOR which was Obscuri Lateris
. What is a gamer to do?
Have fun storming the castle this week!