This is DarkSable - a hardcore player by heart who's a casual player by restriction.
Sadly, I'm also the only character left in my guild who remembers what it used to be. The Elite Guard of Eberron, when I joined, was purging the trolls (they all went to Mangar) and attempting to make something of itself. We were succeeding for a while, and then I was forced to take a short break due to school.
When I came back, the guild was empty. During the interim, there had been apparently been some drama amongst the higher-ups, and many of them left. After that, the guild was on the edge of disbandment - we went through twelve guild leaders in as many months, and the task eventually fell upon me, mostly because I was the only one left who was there from before the trouble.
Another half year passes, and I step down as guild leader due to starting college. I'm halfway through my second semester now, and the guild is level 54. We have all of four members: Glibb, who is the current leader, and an amazing guy (who sadly has a sporadic schedule), myself, and the other two members of my static group.
We do just fine as a 3-man group, but recently when I think about what EGoE was when I first joined, I get a little sad - we were a damn fine end-game guild, even if we had more notoriety than fame.
So I've been stuck with this niggily little thought in my head: I'm going to bring us back to where we were.
Unfortunately, that's a good sight harder than I imagined, mostly because I don't have any contacts within the game. (Aside, of course, from the ever-amazing Aethoria, who taught me how to play a healer well, and Percius, who taught my friend how to play a DPS without standing in every trap he sees.)
So here's my request: help me out a little. If you see Llyden, Darksable, or Aragorrn, let us run with you. We're all decent, mature players, and we're willing to follow orders. (I've trained Aragorrn to jump at the sound of a leaders' voice, as all good DPS should.) Once you've done a few runs with us, and are secure in the fact that we aren't going to cause chaos, anything you can do to help us out would be wonderful. Invite us on raids if you have an open slot, or invite us to the channels that are used at end-game. Because I mostly run with my static group, and am in a guild of four whole players, I don't have the contacts I need to find us raids on a decent basis.
Finally... any advice you could give me here on how to be a decent leader of a guild, or how to gain contacts in-game, would be very, very appreciated.