Being a guild leader is sometimes like trying to herd cats who have been hitting the bottle (and possibly the LSD). At any given time, a few members will be angry about something, a few members will be pleading with everyone to just get along, and a select few will fall into both categories at the same time. Some members will complain that the guild isn’t doing enough, and then those same people will never show up to any planned guild events. Some guilds seem to operate in perfect harmony, and a lot of that has to be due to good recruitment policies and a great guild leadership structure. God bless guild leaders. Truly.
One of the hazards of running a mid-tier guild is becoming a feeder guild for the big guilds. It doesn’t feel good to work hard on recruitment in order to organize bigger and better raids and events, only to have people gear up and move on to the top-tier guilds that they now qualify for. This seems to be a disease that often affects “family” guilds who also raid, which makes it all the more painful when you feel like you’ve gotten to really know someone, only to have them ditch Friendly Family Guild for Awesome MegaGuild. And when you’re working hard to try to become Friendly Family Awesome MegaGuild, it feels like a step backward.
I know, I know, this is all part of the game, and turnover is inevitable, and now that I tend to be in Tiny Silly Social Guild(s), it isn’t really something that affects me personally, but I was wondering if any guild leaders, officers, or rank and file members out there had experiences they’d like to share, or any advice on how to avoid becoming a pass-through for bigger guilds.
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