This is a continuation of a poll I posted last week, asking readers for their most common method of finding guilds. Here’s a breakdown of the results, along with my personal experiences in these areas:
29% Research or Post on Forums
This was by far the largest percentage, which surprised me just a bit — I would’ve thought more people hunt around for a guild in game, but I guess not. For some games I have certainly prowled the forums, especially prior to launch (what else is there to do?), and agonized over which guild to apply for.
Note to guild leaders: I admire and respect a guild that does have an interview/application process, but there’s a limit to how insanely tedious that process can become. When you’re forcing me to jump through a week-long series of hoops to join your little club, chances are I’m going to head over to a competitor guild and enjoy it more.
22% Go To Whatever Guild Their Friends Are In
Nowadays, this is my most common way to select a guild, via friend networking. It’s sometimes frustrating when you have good friends in more than one guild (or worse, in more than one guild across different factions or servers), forcing you to choose.
15% Are In A Multi-MMO Guild
This certainly makes things easier, for sure. For instance, I was briefly a member of The Old Timers Guild (OTG), who would create a chapter in most major MMOs whenever they launched. There’s little to no stress about finding a guild when you have one guaranteed pretty much wherever you go. The only problem is finding enough members to support all of those games.
14% Sign Up From In-Game Guild Recruit Messages
Even though these are often frowned upon by more “serious” guilds and people who hate guild recruit spam, it certainly does offer ease of access. I truly wish more MMOs would include features to let guilds post recruitment messages on some sort of in-game bulletin board, to help cut down on the spam but assist players in finding a guild home without resorting to forum hunting.
12% Go Solo, No Guild
Fair enough. I see a lot of guildless players, enough to know that a guild isn’t a necessity for all.
6% Seek A Guild Through General Game Chat
I used to do this in games like WoW, because an interesting and well-posted headhunter notice would sometimes get the eye of the guilds I was specifically seeking. I’d usually get laughed at when I’d be requesting the attention of guilds who were “mature, friendly, helpful and have a quirky sense of humor”, but I’d also get private tells from folks saying “Yup, that’s us, and you need to belong as part of our guild!”
2% Start Their Own Guild
Whew… I started a guild once, and it was work, work, work. Then again, having a great vision for a guild, coupled with a handful of trustworthy officers, could culminate in a terrific group of players — netting you satisfaction unlike anything else in the game.