My scrub Dwarf hunter alt is guilded again. She was left on Dath’remar ( my original home realm) and I had planned on bringing her over to my mains realm, maybe, one day, or faction transferring her because I don’t have a 85 horde toon, so it didn’t matter that she wasn’t guilded.
Doing the occasional BG, or Tol barad daily got her random invites to guilds – sometimes they asked first, sometimes they would just send the invite. You don’t see as many unguilded toons now a days, as unguilded people are a commodity, they can help your guild level by doing daily’s, or questing and they get perks from being in one.
When a level 25 guild invited me, without an interview, or an app and with no immediate plans of transferring, do you think I declined, no way!
For a level 85 with a Neutral rep I get at the very least,
Bartering ( Vendor price reduced by 10%)
Bountiful Bags ( Increase in quantity of minerals from mining, skinning, herbing and Deing)
For Great Justice ( Jp point increase by 10%)
Hasty Hearth ( reduce cool down on hearth by 15 min)
Have group will travel ( mass summons)
Honorable Mention ( increase of Honor points by 10%)
Mount up ( speed increase by 10%)
Mr popularity ( rep gain increase by 10%)
Reinforce( repairs reduced by20%)
The quick and the Dead
Working Overtime ( Increase in chance in learning trade skill)
They are all decent perks. Sweet!
So in probably the 3rd case in the most recent weeks of putting my foot in my mouth ( it’s a disease I tell you, I can’t help it) I quizzed an officer aka an Elder – as to what was their philosophy in inviting randoms like me. Apparently it was only a recent change, or decision of the GM, to open up the doors, but there doesn’t seem to be an obvious gain for the guild, they already got to 25. I’m assuming officers are the original members as they are the only ones that can invite, but they couldn’t give me an explanation as to why the open door policy.
I have been online for a few mass guild purges of inactive toons so they could fit more in,
Guild chat ( so far) is more often a cesspool of immaturity – but I don’t expect delicate conversion, especially during school holis/long weekends.
I may have also ‘put my foot in it’ by asking about what they are doing about organizing stuff. Of course they would be interested in doing semi premades, or even rated BG’s if they just had someone willing to organize it……..
But most the members are riff raff : 900 odd people, no regular raid group, bg group, ecte ct.. ( can I say that without being too insulting considering I count my scrubness as at least Raff, if not semi riff, mostly raff) and guild chat has become less annoying with a /ignore
Is there a need for a guild like this, a rag tag group where even trolls and obnoxious kids are welcome? Playing on your own gets a little lonely, this alt is like my last bastion on a realm that I considered my home realm. It was where I did all my growing up. I have the best memories here, even if no one knows me anymore, and for the little I will play here, I like being somewhere I get access to perks, and maybe even some people who you, know, do stuff occasionally.
Would more people stay in the game if everyone was welcomed open armed somewhere? Guilds are a big learning place, and may, as some of the younger people have learned, ” If you don’t stop talking about your Pen*s I will put you on ignore ” be a place where you learn things like social norms, and acceptable behavior in game.
Or perhaps, this open door policy is just a fundraiser. Warcraft Realms says there are 500 odd active players 244 odd level 85′s and 144 85′s having logged on this month , then consider the people questing, wanting to use the Perks for leveling alts. 25 people ad hoc looting would not make you a lot of money.. but 500 odd..
I guess we see.
I am suspicious of this altruism, I mean who just opens up the door to a level 25 guild? But the perks are pretty good so I’ll stay unless I decide to transfer.