Memoirs of a New EQ2 Guild Leader

October 15, 2007

Viral Rage – Guild Level 15

Filed under: EQ2 — lishian @ 5:20 pm

After nearly two weeks, Viral Rage has hit guild level 15. We were very close to reaching it yesterday and after turning in my completed ‘In Service and Honour’ Heritage Quest, it pushed us from guild level 14 to 15. This is a great moment for a new guild! We are now able to display our guild colors in the form of a cloak.

It took us nearly a half hour to decide which was ours. Initally, we had our minds set on the skull pattern. We tested umteen million color combinations and were almost set on taking an orange skull with a black background, but as I was getting the coin from the bank, I saw two different guilds with the same pattern. I don’t want to be generic guild number 1,203 that is set to fail before its one month birthday. We aren’t a generic guild and we’re going to be a great guild! In a mere two weeks, we have 30+ unique accounts and we have raided Commonlands and Darklight Woods nearly every night. We need something to call our own. The Freeps need to recognize who just slaughtered them as we run from their pixel corpse. After a few more links, we found OUR colors — a black cloak with a blood red crescent moon. This cloak had Viral Rage written all over it and it is the best cloak I have ever seen.

I had to share this proud moment with everyone.

Thanks for reading!

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October 10, 2007

Viral Rage – The First Few Weeks

Filed under: EQ2 — lishian @ 7:30 pm

The guild, Viral Rage, I created is going much better than I could have imagined.  After only a week, Viral Rage has 44 members and 24 accounts – most of which have been online every day. I am now at the point where I have had to turn down a few folks. It seems that warden is the most popular class on the PvP servers and rightly so. Even a mid-teens warden with master-crafted gear and a few key adornments can be an extremely formidable opponent for even a small group. I’ve been fairly successful on all of the classes that I have tried out in T2, but I have never felt as safe as I do on my warden, but anyway – I’m steering off topic. The guild is going great and I’m extremely happy so far.

 

Why has a brand new guild started off so well? I believe the name of the guild was a big factor. A guild’s initial impression is very important. When a potential recruit sees your guild running around with a cool name, it is very compelling. If my guild was named “I Smell Like Orc”, I seriously doubt that I would have more than a few members and those member would more than likely be immature and probably much younger than I am. I am shooting for late teens to adults.

 

Your guild recruiting message tells the world what your guild is all about. You display in your recruiting message your main recruiting criteria and the purpose of your guild. Viral Rage is a slow-leveling PVP guild, currently locked at level 15 that is looking for mature recruits that want to kill lots of Freeps. Just a few sentences and we have enough information about the guild to compel folks to join Viral Rage. I believe a big part of the reason we are getting new members quickly is that we are leveling slowly and we are focusing on PVP.  Many folks that have joined us are either new or the are new on the server and are now looking to just have a good time PVPing rather than stressing to defeat Epic A through Z.

 

Don’t promote officers until you get to know them. When I sent shout outs for help starting the guild, I told folks that they aren’t expected to stay in the guild after it is created. They were of course welcome to stay. I did not promote any of them to officer ranks. A few of them asked if they could be officers because they helped start the guild, but I didn’t know if they were officer material. They might be great guild members, but I don’t know if they are going to be great leaders. Don’t promote immediately after creating the guild. You’ll be making a mistake. If you do promote these folks and demote them after you’ve realized they aren’t good officers, you might lose a potentially super guild member. Promote the guild members that show you that they are leaders. Promote the folks that selflessly help others and only if they comply with the standards that you have set for your guild. For example: they are active in-game, active in vent and have registered on the guild website.

 

Set a short-term and achievable goal and live by it. I let folks know before they join the guild that we have a short-term goal. As soon as you stop doing what you have said you will do – you will start losing guild members. Viral Rage’s short term goal is to get all guild members equipped with at least master-crafted gear and Adept III spells and combat arts. Another goal is to PVP almost every night as a guild. Whether we have one group or a x3 raid, we will PVP together. This is a key factor for growing the guild – not only in skill, but in gaining visibility to all those potential Viral Rage Zombies out there and letting Freeport know that they have a new guild to worry about. We have been able to muster a x2 every night for the past few weeks. I hope that we can keep this momentum going.

 

Be approachable! When you log on, let the others know you are there. Say hi when you log on and bye when you log off. Talk to your guild members. Let them know that you are interested in their time in Norrath and that you are there to help. When a guild member needs help, you should be the first one to help them. When these new folks are trying to finish their quests in the caves, get there and help them. They will remember how they finished all their quests in a half hour instead of three hours. They will remember who kept them safe from the vicious Freeps that love camping the lowbies in the caves.

 

This is the first of my guild status posts and I will post the status of my wicked awesome guild whenever I have the motivation. See you all soon!

October 2, 2007

A New, New EQ2 Guild Leader

Filed under: Uncategorized — lishian @ 6:43 pm

I have finally decided to create a Qeynos guild on Nagafen, one that conforms exactly to what I want to do and conveniently applies to what a lot of other folks want to do – slowly leveling through the tiers and locking at a strategic level between tiers. Why lock mid-tier? So we may accrue enough faction to get PVP gear at the next tier.  

After we gain enough faction, we will slowly level around mid-tier, preferably 5 levels below the  n2nd level of each higher tier in order to avoid toons that will have a new tier set of gear. After only a few days, I already have about 15 unique accounts. Half of them are experienced EQ2 players or EQ2 PVPers, some have experience in other MMOs and some have no MMO experience. I have designated two officers and they clearly care about others in the guild. They are  great team players and seem to really care about the future of the guild. I think I have a great start and I am starting to get requests from players to join the guild.

Viral Rage! Viral Rage is the name of the new guild and I think it is a great one. This name, I believe, is key to getting new recruits when the guild level is low. The movie 28 Days Later inspired me. Spread the rage virus! 

Now, I can finally blog about what I initially intended and I’m glad to be back to normalcy! If you’re looking for a guild on Nagafen and you want to level slow, kill lots of Freeportians, have loads of fun and see as much content as you can while leveling – join Viral Rage!

August 9, 2007

One of those days

Filed under: Uncategorized — lishian @ 8:01 pm

Every once and awhile I think about this person that helped me understand how precious friendships are and that there are good people in the world. Shes no longer with us, but I remember her like she was here yesterday. Well, being the sap that I am — I wrote a song for her.

 3 PM

you know you were too good to be true
I can’t believe that you had chosen me
at a time when i wasn’t whole
you filled up that empty part of me

but now you’re gone
and I don’t know if you were ever real
but still the same
I know exactly how i feel

I’ll never stop thinking about you at 3 pm
no matter how much the years are changing me
and without fail i’ll think of you at 3 pm

you were more than a man could ever ask god for
my heart breaks every time I realize that you’re no more
but i smile when a close my eyes and I see your face
maybe when I die I’ll get to see those brown eyes again

I know you’re gone
and I know that you were real
and still the same
I know exactly how i feel

I’ll never stop thinking about you at 3 pm
no matter how much the years are changing me
and without fail i’ll think of you at 3 pm

I’ll never stop thinking about you at 3 pm
no matter how much the years are changing me
and without fail i’ll think of you at 3 pm

I Feel Like Crap

Filed under: Uncategorized — lishian @ 4:48 pm

So – my girlfriend started this detox cleansing thing that is suppose to remove the toxins from your body. I really need that! I have high-blood pressue, I feel like crap, I smell bad (just kidding), I have no energy (could be late EQ2 nights creeping up on me) and I am 20 pounds heaver than my fighting weight when I grappled. I need something to fix up my body! I really want it back! It has been stolen by 4 large cups of coffee and a pack of cigarettes. So — I did a little research and came across some interesting finds. Here is what comes out of you, when you get cleansed! FYI: The demons are pretty damn gross.

 http://www.detox-cleanse.com/colon-cleansing-kit-mucoid-plaque-photos.htm

August 7, 2007

Jarvis and Dingle 8/7/07

Filed under: Uncategorized — lishian @ 7:34 pm

I’ve been getting so many compliments about my fantastic MS Paint drawings that I have decided to create a weekly comic for you. This comic is titled “Jarvis and Dingle”. It is about a very nice dog that has a gnome, Dingle, living up his ass.  I hope you enjoy and can learn to appreciate my fine art and humour.

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My Little Pony MMO

Filed under: Uncategorized — lishian @ 5:37 pm

Cuppycake is looking for folks to make an advertisement for a new “My Little Pony” MMO. It isn’t a real MMO.. Just a contest that she is holding. Here is my entry! 🙂

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August 2, 2007

No More Dragon Magazine

Filed under: Uncategorized — lishian @ 2:24 pm

I started playing D&D in the early 80s. I was fanatically in love with that game. I painted miniatures, create campaigns, modules, drew pictures of my characters and played some of the old solo modules when friends couldn’t play.  D&D was a huge part of my life for many many years. If I hadn’t played D&D, I probably would not have looked at MUDs or MMOs. I can proudly say that I played D&D while in combat, even during mortar attacks.

A very sad thing is happening….   when I wasn’t playing D&D, I was reading Dragon Magazine.  As of Sept. 2007, Dragon Magazine will cease. I haven’t bought a Dragon Magazine for quite a few years (i no longer play D&D), but I had loved that magazine. I believe the earliest issue that I have is something like #14, tucked away in my parents attic and I have many issues under #100. hmmm…. they might be worth a boatload now!

I remember when they came out with a ninja class for the first time.. ahh..

RIP Dragon Magazine… you will be missed!

http://www.geekinthecity.com/games/holy_crap_drago.php 

August 1, 2007

Greatest PVP Moments

Filed under: EQ2 — lishian @ 6:18 pm

I know everyone has one of their PVP greatest moments remembered. Some are fights where they won and some could even be battles that they lost. Well, I have a greatest pvp moment that I will always remember where the battle never even started.

Some guildies and I were hunting around north eastern Antonica. On our way from the Spires to Oracle tower, a Freep showed up on track. The Freep was in Windstalker Village below the eastern cliff. So, we decided to all jump down and we “thought” we would land in the lake without pressing our spacebars. We ended up dead from falling damage right at the feet of this Freep! The Freep looked at us for a few seconds then ran away! He should have did the x dance (corpsehumping by rapidly pressing your x key) on us all for being stupid! I bet he died laughing… good for him because if we had reached our target, he would have been a quick kill.  BTW: I believe we found him later on and put him out of his misery.

What are your greatest PVP (or PVE) moments?

And Tipa… I will get fraps!

July 27, 2007

I Give You Fae!

Filed under: EQ2 — lishian @ 6:51 pm

I decided that it would be a good idea to post my new troubador fae… here she is! Enjoy!

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P.S. I hope you all have been enjoying my sense of humour. I already know that I am extremely warped…

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