Here is a mystical tale woven by my lounge. (Forgive my lounge if it misspells). No guild names are used because this was written to entertain and inform the reader, not to insult other guilds.
Today I was in a party that consisted of two members from my guild and three members from another guild. For ten minutes I had to listen (because the guy was on a headset) about how great their guild was, about how great they all worked together, about how they were the best guild on the server and blah blah blah blah blah. I just wanted to play some D and D today, not pull out a ruler.
Why was this guy gloating to recruit me, I wondered? Was he implying that my guild does not work together? That my guild was not great? That my guild was the worse on the sever?
I have spent countless hours on countless missions with members from my guild. I am experienced with it. I know that if I had the correct individuals online from my guild, I could go to House C, hit the ExPlan mines, and get four stars no sweat. I know who the best rouges are, who the best people are to have as a point man, and who the best healers. Now, what do I know about this gentlemen's fly-by-night guild? Nothing. I was in his party five minutes and he couldn’t tell me anything about his guild that I did not already feel about my own.
If you are being asked to join a guild, ask the following questions before making a decision, because five minutes of vanity should not be what hooks you to decide to join.
1. Why is your guild so great? >>> If you are being told that you are joining the best guild on the server, there is no crime in that. Pride may become an emotion players feel about their guild and without pause a player will say "My guild is the best guild" like a racer would say "My car is the best car," but have them explain why their guild the best. What makes their guild stand out among all the other guilds?
2. What does your guild do to help players? >>> DDO is complex. You can’t take it on alone. You need help and you need DDO friends. What you don’t need is to be added to become a renown farmer. Albeit, no one is going to play the game for you. You have to extend and be social and seek help. Seek help in your guild and you shall find help. If you don't, seek another guild.
A few tips:
I. You may be asked to contribute to the guild airship fund. Do not be told to. It’s your option.
II. The best guilds may not be the highest level guilds. DDO has been out almost a decade, so you might find in some cases that a high level guild just means seniority, a better airship, and nothing more.
III. Shop around. Not only do you get to try on different guilds to see which one feels like home, but you get to mingle with other players. Just because you are in different guilds doesn’t mean you can’t play with the individuals you meet.
IV. If you get guilded and recognized as an active player, you may get promoted to be an officer, which will give you the ability to recruit. If this happens, be confident about your guild when you describe it, not cocky. It turns people off.
Thank you for reading.