Last week Vanguard released it's new "Update #2" with numerous changes and improvements to the game such as guild housing.
At first glance, the list of items required to procure a guild hall seems substantial. At second glance the word "sadistic" comes to mind.
Taken from a list posted on Vanguard Warcry http://vs.warcry.com/news/view/75530-Info-on-Guild-Houses-from-Test-Center-Champions the raw materials alone would constitute something akin to a full-time job for several weeks for any small "family styled" guild (ranging from 10 - 25 active members) to complete. At the minimum this would be a steady part-time job for guilds of greater numbers of players dedicated to the task to organize and that is just in materials alone.
Vanguard guild houses will require everything from raw materials to crafted items, diplomacy rewards, and even some items only attainable through adventuring. This is only one of the many goals set forth by many different games being played by the community. The question then becomes,
"How do you rally that many troops toward a single, and not always so personally rewarding goal?"
Do you put it to a vote and let the members decide who is going to do what (if anything) toward the whole? Or do you assign tasks to those best suited for them, running the risk of overwhelming those people, in a world where quitting your job is as easy as clicking a mouse button?
The more I look at the goals being set in the MMO world the more I am reminded of the real world and what is required to keep things running from day to day. Democracy, such as our government, moves slowly as the sheer size, girth, and worth of those involved in making our policies dictate the direction in which we will move from thing to thing and must be judged not only on the numbers they represent but the quality of those who are voting (See Electoral College http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_college.) Dictatorships, such as what exists in many businesses, move more swiftly (albiet still depending on their size) but challenge it's workers more to make decisions about the quality of their lives in relationship to the quality of their work.
The Epiphany that I gained while thinking about all this is that "Our government is made up of a democracy of dictatorships."
But that is a whole different entry on an entirely different kind of website.
The question I ask however is -
As an individual, which form of goverment do you prefer from your guild?
As a guild leader, which form of goverment do you run? What successes have you had and what losses?
I got a lot of hits last week so I decided to step off the podium for a minute and thank you all for taking a look. There is room for plenty of discussion in this one, at least, that is my understanding of it.