Wednesday, August 12, 2009

To Guild or not to Guild

Yes, that is the question people.

Since I have been playing again, I am feeling the urge to raid. Not only that, but to actually belong somewhere and have green chat again. Back in Vanilla WoW, I was in a huge guild. This was due to the fact that if you wanted to raid, you had to be in a big guild because every raid required 20 or 40 people.

When I made my own guild we had an average of 5-10 people online pretty much at all times. During our active times we had more along the lines of 15-20 people. Times were good and it was by far the funniest time I ever had playing WoW. This all changed when I took a 3 month break from the game. 90% of the guild left on their own and we had about 8-9 people left in the guild that were active. I decided to kick the active people and make the guild a friends only guild.

However, this was done before I realized that I would be playing again. I probably wouldn't have done it if I knew that I would get back to playing normally again. So now when I log in I am usually the only one in the guild. I still talk to friends via whispers, but its not the same thing.

Thus my problem...

To guild or not to guild

So yes, I do want to be in an active guild. I have two toons that are ready to step into Ulduar 25 and not be a liability to the raid. Sounds easy right? Just go fill out some applications and get yourself a guild.

Not as easy as it sounds.

I want to make sure if I do join a guild, its a good one. However, I lack some of the requirements to make it into most good, established guilds.

For one, I never got the exalted shoulder enchant. I only have the honored one from the Hodir reputation. This looks very poor in most established guild's eyes. Mostly because it shows that you didn't put in the time to get it done. Its not like its an instance drop that you just never got, it something that everyone has the option to just have to do it.

Secondly, I can not make the attendance requirement for most of these guilds. As of right now, I could make at TOPS, two days during the week. I can easily fit that into my schedule without too many absences. However, top guild's usually raid 3-5 times a week...not something that I want to do again....LIKE EVER.

So where does that leave me? Asking a top guild if I could be a social member or apply for a raid bench spot. Not a bad idea IMO, but most guilds are going to pass on that chance.

My other option is to get into a super laid back guild that raids, but doesn't force you to do anything. As a former guild leader, I know that those guilds usually end up failing and drama tends to happen a little more.

I could just say...

F it and just be the free spirit that I am. Continue to level my druid (level 40 now, yay) and log into my main to do some dailies. Maybe run a heroic or get invited to a pug 10 man.

This is more likely what I will do, but there is something intriguing to me about joining another guild and taking my chances.

I am at a lost. What to you guys think I should do? Any suggestions? They will be mucho appreciated.

Until next time, I'm WTFout!


Shy said...

Well...the shoulder enchant could be solved by inscription. I made myself a character on the EU realms and absolutely didn't want to do the Hodir thing again, so inscription was the way to go for me.

Other than that, maybe a casual raiding guild to start with? Somewhere where they run their 10 mans quite happily 1 or 2 evenings per week.

Doing not so bad yourself here btw, added you to my blogroll ;)

River said...

Thats the type of guild I'm in very casual. And we been going strong now for quite some time. Sure some people leave, and we have to pug 25 man sometimes, but we rock out the 10 mans, I still see content, and I still have fun.

Or hit up some of your other friends guilds. See if they let you in.

Like Flounder your a legacy LOL!

Fish said...

Just my 2 cents worth, but I don't really see the benefit of raiding. To me, it sounds like a lot of work, wipes, and frustration.

I like guilds because I like leveling alts and farming heroics, I think thats about the right level of difficulty, but everyone is different.

Potts said...

Well the shoulder enchant is easily solved. You can turn in marks of ulduar for rep with Hodir now. So if you want to be lazy then just spend the gold.

As far as raiding I am in the same boat as you. I would like to see the content but don't have the time. With being able to get all the great gear from farming heroics my drive is down even farther.

Whatever you decide to do you should drag me along with you.