I’ve noticed, as more and more alts get geared up and leveled to 80 that there is an increasing amount of people who Guild one of their alts in a less progressed guild to raid on that toon. Partly to get raid gear that an alt run would not get them, or because their mains guild will not let them raid on that toon.
I know this topic has been discussed before, and as long as their isn’t a scheduling conflict for the raids, then there shouldn’t be a problem.
However where do your loyaltiess lie? It should lie with your mains guild first, and that would mean that after gearing up your tank, participating in B guilds raids, vent, and forums, suddenly your A, ( mains) guild needs a tank, you can say well my Alt is geared, and I really like playing it would you consider letting me tank. It solves A guilds tank issue, and B guild loses an important team member.
It could be that at the time of joining Guild B really needs a tank, and the raider who’s loyalties are divided between Toons, and guilds is a good temporary solution to their need, but wouldn’t you rather know that your new member actually belongs to one of the top guilds on the server on their main, but by knowing that would you treat that player differently, not give them as much loot because they might be more likely to leave then any other player.
It may be a personal preference of mine, and it comes down to a time thing too, but I am a one guild sorta person. yes I have 2 alt bank guilds, where my unplayed toons sit, and wait for me to log them, but I didn’t join a Guild on my other server, Nagrand with my baby Shammy, Pretty I’ve lost interest in her for now, I have Hunter Alt fever. ( Level 54 now and I really enjoying BG’s with her.) At the time I was playing my Shammy though I considered trying to find a nice little guild so that I could listen to idle Gchat while I was playing. I didn’t want to do group runs, or pay taxes to a guild bank ( like some of the leveling guilds do to their members,) or help lobies. I wanted to level – and make enough money along the way for her to be self supporting.
I’ve had invites to peoples “family guild” A drunken invite from people looking to get as many people as possible. One guy was telling me how hard it is to recruit, invites me. I decline, and I explain and then he whispers me the next day wanting to know why I left his guild. I never joined – I told him – he lol’s and says he had been drinking and forgot. I explain my reasons why again and he replys back in caps OK OK I GET IT …. I ask him has he been drinking again,
Yes.. he had been.
but it didn’t seem worth the bother, I didn’t want to put too much of me in another guild I just wanted to hang, so there was not much point joining one, and maybe it contributed why I have only logged her once since the totem changes came in. Learnt the new training, and logged off after a Lap around the bank.
I think Dual Guildship could be managed, but I think people need to be honest about it. It doesn’t make you less of a player, and it gives people an opportunity to raid on a toon they may not be able to in their mains guild, but because guilds that are raiding like to have their raiders in their guild especially for loot rules and the like, are you being greedy by being in two raiding guilds?
Its like an argument that people have tried to use for employment. People with more then one job are ‘greedy’ and that one of those jobs could have gone to someone who doesn’t even have one. I remember juggling three jobs while I was at uni, because one, wasn’t enough for me to live on, and three made me a living, and allowed me to buy what I wanted. Relating it back to playing, if you have time to raid with two guilds and you love playing then why not?
However are these duel guilded raiders taking spots that could be filled by someone who doesn’t raid, and wants to, or are people by raiding with two guilds creating more opportunity for more people to get a raid off the ground. I think that would be hard to quantify without finding out how many people duel raid.
but I were a GM, and knew that this was occuring – that my raiders were looking elsewhere for something the guild couldn’t fulfil, I think I would want to know. Using the jobs as an example again, my jobs were part-time, and they assume I have some flexibility, so if one job wanted me to do something extra but I couldn’t because I had commitments at another job, then I am certainly not showing loyalty to my position, but was it any of their business that I had more then one job? Theoretically only if it interfere with my commitments to them, and thus you can apply that to raiders who duel guild.
So is being in a guild like having a job ?- Arh… my brain is hurting from all the thinking I have done this week so I think I will stop thinking.