Memoirs of a New EQ2 Guild Leader

January 10, 2007

My EQ2 Toons

Filed under: EQ2 — lishian @ 9:22 pm

I don’t have a thing to say about leading a guild or raiding – so – I’ll tell you about my toonage.

Currently, I have 4 toons that I use on a regular basis and they are all on Venekor. Venekor is a roleplaying pvp server, but I’m not really much of a roleplayer. I would transfer to Nagafen if that functionality was available.

  1. Risi is a level 57 swashbuckler and a level 47 carpenter. Risi is a female wood elf (*gasps* and the real me is male; a straight male). I started this toon the day that the PVP servers opened. I often change mains, but I always seem to come back to this toon. I guess you could say that Risi is my main.
    • You ask, “Why do you, a male, play a female toon?” Well, here is my reason (or excuse):  I can’t immerse myself into a character on Everquest 2 like I can with a book. I don’t feel like it is me running around in Norrath; I feel like it is someone else that I am watching. Give me a book and I can put my feet in the character’s shoes, but not in a game. Let me sum it up in one sentence: I’d rather watch a female’s butt for hours on end than a male’s. I’ll end it there.
  2. Lishian is a level 38 Berzerker and a level 26 provisioner. I made a Berzerker because the guild that I joined, the guild that I now lead, did not have a tank. I really don’t enjoy tanking during my normal solo play style, but I love tanking when there is a mass of folks helping me kill stuff. Lishian is my new main, but I have taken a break to level up Risi and make some cash because my toons are broke.
  3. Rhue is a level 25 fury and a level 29 tailor. I sometimes really want to heal folks. I’ve been told that I’m a great healer and a great tank for that matter.  I play Rhue when I feel like attracting PVP. I can just stand around or harvest in the commonlands and eventually someone will attack and Rhue can kick the pants off of a non-healer 4 levels higher… most of the time.
  4. Theovar is a level 22 Ranger and a level 26 Jeweler. This is another PVP toon that I will be level locking soon. He has a 46% pathfinding buff and is often found diddling in a hut near Bloodskull Valley. The pathfinding buff makes it really quick.

January 5, 2007

The New Guild Leader Rants

Filed under: EQ2 — lishian @ 9:40 pm

I would like to start off this post with saying Happy Holidays and Happy Blah, Blah, Blah, and Blah. 

My guild hasn’t really done any raiding during the holidays. I’ve had raiding events scheduled, but not enough folks have shown up for those raids. This really had me miffed. It takes lots of effort toorganize a guild. You get forums set up, get the website setup, organize events, listen to people bitch,recruit folks that may or may not be permanent guildies that are worth your efforts. You give money to folks that are trying to do things like transmuting for the guild. I gave a plat to a guildie that was trying to build transmuting in hopes that he would return the favour to his guild mates — He hasn’t show his face for nearly three weeks. My toons aren’t rich either, in fact they are next to broke. You say hi to everyone that logs on so that they don’t feel that they are just another *cough* pretty face in the crowd. You pay REAL money for things like forums, websites and ventrillo. Is there any real reward for being a guild leader? Do folks really appreciate your efforts? If they did, they would show up for the events or tell you that they can’t make it. 

And what’s even funnier I have some folks in my guild that are rather well-known individuals in other large guilds on Venekor. One was even a guild leader of one of the more successful guilds on Venekor. Why don’t the put the same effort into my guild? I was a nobody when I joined my guild. I got promoted to guild leader within a month after its inception and started organizing. Why was I promoted? I cared about the guild! Why can’t other folks put even a fraction of the same effort into the guild? 

The initial fae fad has either died and folks have gone back to their “real” mains or my guild just plain ol sucks. I don’t think it sucks. It can’t be worse than it was when the original guild leaders were in charge.That is not possible — they did nothing for the guild! 

Why do they guildies always complain about this and that, but when you empower them to help do something about it, they do nothing? 

What is the secret to building a great guild? What is the secret to finding truly dedicated guild members? 

I believe I am doing both. The guild is only a month old and we’re on a server that has been around about a year. Is it possible to get all this done so that folks won’t lose patience and leave because there is nobody in their level range to group with? 

Anyway! I mailed all of the guildies and told them that we would have a guild meeting 2 pm EST, this Sunday. We will discuss the future of the guild, the lack of event interest and why, writs, grouping and heritage quests. I really hope it goes well and I hope I can get the momentum going again. I’m also concerned with how vanguard will effect my roster. 

On a fun note: I took a few of my guildies to Commonlands for some pvp action on my ranger alt, Theovar! I’ve been using him more often while waiting for the rest of my guildies to catch up to my berzerker Lishian’s level. Quite honestly, I enjoy the ranger much, much more than my berzerker. We had a boatload of fun and we killed nearly 20 Freeportians. Sorry to those of you that are Freeportians on the Venekor server, but you all know very well that what goes around comes around. I have also been to the  Commonlands solo. I find this exhillerating! I have found how fun it is to kite three Freeportians with my ranger and win! Pounce, Run, Pounce, Run, while shooting off other ranged combat arts while time allows. I put 8 AA into making my toon faster than most horses, which I believe is a viable option on a PVP server. I was able to run and get out of spell range very quickly. I am also putting AA into the agility line which will eventually give me more in-combat speed thus allowing me an even faster getaway. I also have Theovar suited in leather armor which is cheaper (my toons are broke). Since I don’t plan on going toe-to-toe often, I’m fine with wearing leather.

Ok! Let’s wrap up my rant! I will post the progress of  my guild and if any of you are on Venekor and wish to join up with a guild that has a guild master that truly cares, Contact Order of the Fallen Leaf. We could use more experienced folks that care as much as it’s guild leader.

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