I have a few concerns regarding guilds and possible player misconceptions about them. According to the forums there are five guilds present on this server, and yet only one that ever really seems active (Crimson boys and girls, I’m looking at you). And one that continually threatens activity, but just never quite gives up the goods.
I say those things, and it sounds like I am going to rant about guild participation. I’m not. What I really want to do is ask a serious question of the players here, and then their characters.
Players… Seriously, and honestly ask yourself, why do you want your character to be involved with a guild? What is your motivation (not your character’s, we’ll get to that in a minute). With the exception of the Crimson Company, the guilds here have an extreme focus. Pretty much one to three classes can effectively join. But then, except for the Temple, just because you’re playing a character that is of one of those few classes that is eligible for inclusion in one of these guilds does not mean you have to be a part of it.
We’re not ready to talk about character motivation quite yet. Still need you thinking about your motivation. Participation in a guild here does not guarantee you riches, extra experience, extra DM attention, storage space, a home, a feeling of belonging, or any kind of extra notoriety. Re-read that sentence. Now, read it again. In fact keep reading it until you can say it word for word without looking at the screen. Live, eat, sleep, breath that mantra for a while (Okay, maybe I’m going a little overboard, but you can not even begin to understand how important that sentence is. It is the very crux of my whole little essay here. In fact I am going to go back and bold it real quick.).
Finally, now we can move on to character motivation. This is the easy one. This is a role play server, and as such you should be role playing your character. Understanding their motivations for all of the things they do is very important. And as such their motivations for joining a guild can be almost infinitely varied. Blah blah, you know this already right? Hurry up ono, this is getting boring. I guess what I am trying to say is, if you have to spend time thinking of a reason to join a guild, then you are already going about it all wrong (I lied, this is totally still about player motivation). If your character gets interested in a guild because of their interaction with existing members, or what they’ve heard about the guild, joining will flow naturally, and it will be role played. Please, I am begging you, examine your character’s motivation, and examine it very very closely. Make sure it is their motivation, and not yours.
In closing I would like to remind you, participation in a guild here does not guarantee you riches, extra experience, extra DM attention, storage space, a home, a feeling of belonging, or any kind of extra notoriety.
Thanks, I’ll see you in game,