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What're the biggest factors for you when selecting a guild?

TLDR: You. Current or future guild. Join why?

If you're currently in a guild, what were your motivations or sequence of events that lead you to join? Did you just randomly join based on area chat? Join a RL friend's guild? etc.

Or, for those who aren't currently in one, what do you usually look for when joining a guild (motivations, factors, etc.)?

This thread isn't intended as a recruiting one, as we have the Guild Recruitment section in the forums for that, and those who want to join a guild can go there or attend the guild fair.
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  • ArchivedUserArchivedUser Guest
    edited June 2017
    As for myself, 

    The biggest factors for me are:
    1) Mature players
    2) Players with a good attitude towards life & the game. To elaborate:
    • this applies to SNS and in-person socialization as well, but I can't handle someone who is negative ALL the time  (once in a while is okay when they're having a bad day or some legit sh** happened)
    • one that balances having fun and playing competitively
    • players are either already skilled or willing to learn to improve but it goes both ways as the experienced players should be kind and willing to teach
  • Essentially it comes down to progression.
  • For me, my biggest reason is companionship.
  • Maturity. I like to make friends and run with those friends. Progression is important as well, but the achievement feels much more rewarding when accomplished with people you have grown fond of....and not just get on, shut up and do your job.
  • Community is very important, I wont stay long if I don't like the people.
    not too casual, but not too serious either.
    Maturity, especially the among leadership.
    a schedule (raids or groups) helps, since it is good at getting guildies together.
  • Kratz said:
    Essentially it comes down to progression.
    @Kratz I take it you mean a guild that let's you become the most powerful character you can be in a game. I.e. raid power & top end gear, world PVP numbers, the ability to control multiple nodes, etc.
  • Soreal said:
    For me, my biggest reason is companionship.
    @Soreal

    Any companion in general? 
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    I jest. What makes a good companion to you though?
  • I love guilds that get everyone involved and work as a team. Maturity and inclusion ❤️ I love my guild *shout out to Ashenguard* I'm so glad I joined you guys and the fun we've had already without even playing the game is unreal xD
  • For me it's friend ship and fame 
  • Innocence and obsession with justice & perfection.
  • Joining a guild really comes down to do I enjoy spending my game time with the other members of the guild.  The ability to gain support and support others in game goals and aspirations.  Essentially a combination of all the answers provided above.  Maturity and Positivity are important factors to me enjoying my time with others.  Progression is simply attaining goals and aspirations and being willing to aid others.  I have come to think that I actually enjoy being part of someone else attaining a goal as much as attaining my own.
  • For me it would be like-minded thinking.
  • ArchivedUserArchivedUser Guest
    edited June 2017
    @Solarion How did you get a picture of me??? LOL. I mean I love to have people to chill and chat with. We will meet our goals more efficiently if we are good with each other. I like people who are laid back, but not so laid back they won't do anything.
  • Maturity. I like to make friends and run with those friends. Progression is important as well, but the achievement feels much more rewarding when accomplished with people you have grown fond of....and not just get on, shut up and do your job.
    Looks like we're on the same page!

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  • You know, @Solarion if we dated, the relationship would be So-So
  • Solarion said:
    Kratz said:
    Essentially it comes down to progression.
    @Kratz I take it you mean a guild that let's you become the most powerful character you can be in a game. I.e. raid power & top end gear, world PVP numbers, the ability to control multiple nodes, etc.
    Essentially, that's where my enjoyment comes from yes. I like things to be arranged, organized and that there's always a competitive goal. It helps me a lot because the days when I could just hang around online all the time and wait for things to happen are long behind me unfortunately. :) 
  • ArchivedUserArchivedUser Guest
    edited June 2017
    Solarion said:
    Maturity. I like to make friends and run with those friends. Progression is important as well, but the achievement feels much more rewarding when accomplished with people you have grown fond of....and not just get on, shut up and do your job.
    Looks like we're on the same page!

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    I have friends I still keep up with I made on Everquest back in 1999. Some of them we may not talk much, but we will send an email or something every now and again. Others, I will login a game I know they play from time to time, just to surprise them and say what's up. Lol 
    I love progression and being in the top, but...those friends you make along the way are priceless. 

    Hell, we even drove to Dallas and participated in a guildy's wedding. 
  • Soreal said:
    @Solarion How did you get a picture of me??? LOL. I mean I love to have people to chill and chat with. We will meet our goals more efficiently if we are good with each other. I like people who are laid back, but not so laid back they won't do anything.
    So basically people you'd be comfortable sharing a good beer and meme with if you're able to meet them IRL  :)
  • ArchivedUserArchivedUser Guest
    edited June 2017
    I typically want to join guilds with good active communities. I also want to feel a part of something and have a group people to do things with frequently.
  • Soreal said:
    You know, @Solarion if we dated, the relationship would be So-So
    Yet it would be so real. Amirite?
  • @Kratz Completely understandable. I like ambitious and "get'er done guilds" too, as long as the people aren't unbearably toxic. No amount of power and gear is worth that for me.
  • Solarion said:
    @Kratz Completely understandable. I like ambitious and "get'er done guilds" too, as long as the people aren't unbearably toxic. No amount of power and gear is worth that for me.

    Oh I've guilded with plenty of those over the years and know exactly what you mean. Best not to poke the Tiger ;) I have 2 rules in gaming.

    (1) Be active

    (2) Treat everyone the same.

    I'll stick to those rules which ever guild I'll be in.


  • Agreed. 
    Being at the top is important, by it isn't important enough to live a gaming life of strict military guidelines that sucks all enjoyment away, and a toxic player base.
  • As overlord says "power corrupts but absolute power is a whole lot of fun"
  • Diura said:
    I love guilds that get everyone involved and work as a team. Maturity and inclusion ❤️ I love my guild *shout out to Ashenguard* I'm so glad I joined you guys and the fun we've had already without even playing the game is unreal xD
    I agree and concur, @Diura. Guilds that do things together, and allow members to also do their own thing. Not a lot of rules, absolutely no drama, so on and so forth.

    Our odd little group (we call ourselves "Order of Misfit Gamers or OMG) has been built up over the last 10 years or so; some come & join, some wander elsewhere, some go back and forth as their lives lead them. But we enjoy each other's company enough that we maintain contact, and share information, even when we're not actively gaming together. It's a small group, but we're happy, we have fun, and life moves ever forward, eh?
  • Really depends on what I'm looking for in each game. I like all types of content and in every game I look for something different. 

    The first time I played WoW I liked harcore progression. in Swtor I played casually (Somehow our casual social guild still had the best progression and best PvP team on the Vornskr server) and when I went back to WoW I joined the Emerald dream and fell in love with RPPvP

    But overall I'd say when looking for a guild I look for.

    1) A solid officer team. Whether its Pve, PvP, RP, silly events or whatever you need a good group of leaders to coordinate and provide the average member a reason to be there. If the officer team is bad the guild is usually bad.

    2) Friendly atmosphere. Even the best guild gets annoying when everyone is spouting toxic words and putting everyone down for this or that.

    3) Time Management. This is really a pet peeve of mine. I really hate when people say they'll be there for an event (Raid, Battleground, officer meeting, RP, whatever) and they consistently are late or don't show. If it happens now and again life happens ok but when raid night is every Wednesday at 7PM and you say you're going to be there and every week you're late by 15 minutes AUGH! please don't waste 24+ other people's time because you wanted to wait till the last minute to make dinner!
  • @Rivest
    Yeah, I agree good leadership and management is a make or break factor. I notice a lot of guilds use Discord interviews and referral systems now to ensure the quality of people joining. It's usually a good sign of the leadership but of course you'll have to wait and see how they actually run things in game as well.

  • @Isende@Diura
    Glad to see you folks have found a guild to call home  o:)   Smaller guilds tend to be about that family vibe. I've gravitated away towards the 200~500+ guilds in recent years but I'll always appreciate the experiences I've had with small guilds and clans back in the day. 

    The guild alliance system might open up possibilities for players to stay in smaller guilds and still form alliances with the larger guilds. Though, I suppose you'd have to have enough base members to offer something in return in a game like Ashes (maybe 40 dedicated crafters or the ability to hold down a less developed economic resource node). I don't know how many members are in your respective guilds so I'm just throwing this out there as a discussion point.
  • ArchivedUserArchivedUser Guest
    edited June 2017
    No rules and casual.
    Preferably comprised of folk I already enjoy hanging out with via social media.
  • @Dygz
    What about rules set out for etiquette and respect? I take it you mean more like Spartan type rules on never missing a raid or having to fill out some forms just to organize an event with guildies. The only guilds I've been in where there were literally zero rules were small ones organized by RL friends  :p
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