Memoirs of a New EQ2 Guild Leader

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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7 Comments »

  1. In my experience, people with mains in other guilds devote their attention to their main most often. I’m not sure a guild that allows only Fae can also hope to raid. I would organize smaller events, like doing the lightstone quest for everyone as an example, that people would find hard to get help for with their mains. Do enough of those and perhaps connections will form between the people, if even on their alts, that will encourage them to spend more time together.

    Comment by Tipa — January 9, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

  2. I changed the all fae requirement. We allow all qeynos and kelethin folks now. Still, we were a guild made upof mostly alts. I have brought my main into the guild and we have a handful of dedicated folks now.. So – we have started an open recruitment to get bodies in the door.

    Comment by Lishain — January 9, 2007 @ 5:50 pm

  3. Oh yeah small correction on your blogroll. Amber doesn’t play EQ2, if she plays any MMO, it’s WoW. And where is West Karana? HUH? 🙂

    Comment by Tipa — January 9, 2007 @ 11:15 pm

  4. Ahhh! I meant to add it yesterday, but ran out of time. It is there now! 🙂 I’m slowly adding all of the blogs that I reach via eq2-daily.com. Your mentioned that an all fae guild would comprise of mostly alts is entirely correct. After some investigation, I found that just about everyone had multiple alts in different guilds. I do have some folks that are mostly dedicated to my guild. Which is good! I’m glad that some are! We’re gonna be losing a few folks to Vanguard, which makes me yack. I don’t like the character models and that is big for me no matter how much better the gameplay might be. I’m staying in EQ2.

    Comment by lishian — January 10, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

  5. hey now where is mmoquest.com/blog ? *smirks* I have you linked off of mine!

    I agree with Tipa about the all-Fae aspect. It sounds like you’re getting a solid base though, that’s all it takes. Good luck with your continuing efforts! Keep those posts coming too 😉

    Comment by Stargrace/Silverstep — January 10, 2007 @ 5:13 pm

  6. You’re next, Silverstep. I’m getting to everyone. I love you all the same. 🙂

    Comment by lishian — January 10, 2007 @ 7:23 pm

  7. Silverstep: I was in germany around the same timeframe as you. Early 90s! Funny! I was in Mannheim…

    Comment by lishian — January 10, 2007 @ 7:58 pm


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