04/27/2011 10:20 AMPosted by KaivaxMaintaining an active guild asks a lot of the guild master and leading officers
Since I took over my guild in august after a mass exodus ( the previous GM started an ICC guild and most ppl went with him we had 250+ members, after the mass exodus we had 90 members),I worked real hard to rebuild our ranks with good people who wanted the guild to excel. Upon hearing that Blizz was going to introduce guild leveling with bennies in cat, I spoke to many of my members and it was a greed that we would need ot lvl out guild as quickly as possible to be able to compete.
What happened after December 7, 2010 was horrible. most people in my guild took the Christmas holiday away from the game during a critical time, while other guilds levled very quickly. After the holidays another horrible trend emerged. Many members seeing other guilds being much higher levels, Jumped to the higher lvl guilds to get free access to other peoples hard earned bennies instead of helping to lvl their own guild.
This in turn led to a 3rd horrible trend - Maga-Guilds - Guilds who were lucky and got a fast start at leveling and attracted more free loaders grew to epic proportions some guild have 500 to 800 members - the more members, the faster they can level and attract even more people so they can level even faster, a snowball effect.
On the one hand I wanna say good riddance t the free loaders, if they were disloyal to us they'll be disloyal to the Mega-Guilds eventually too. But on the other hand all the people who jump to the Mega-Guilds are leaving smaller (normal sized) guilds and making it much harder to level up our guild and maintain or attract new people, is reverse snow ball effect the more people who leave our guild the harder it becomes to level, and more people want to leave. People have joined, saw what our level was and /gquit in under 20 seconds... on several occasions.
Add to this the greed factor of the Mega-Guilds, 2 in particular on my server have consistently targeted and cherry picked all my top producers. like they scope our my guilds report on wow armory every week and see who the top producers are and seduce and recruit them away.
I have resorted to paying major cash prizes every Tuesday morning for the top guild exp producers in hopes of motivating ppl to try and win the prizes by doing what they normally should be doing... build up guild exp. and guild rep. This is not working, most people still don't strive for it, and those that do usually win 2 or 3 weeks in a row then get cherry picked by the Mega-Guilds.
Just like in the corporate world the bigger companies put the smaller ones out of business until they have a monopoly. At this rate blizz might as well DESTROY ALL guilds and just have 1 guild for the whole server, bc that's what's going to evolve if these trends continue.
Blizzard loves nerfing things, Blizz needs to nerf this problem by setting maximum membership limits to prevent mega guilds from forming, set diminishing guild EXP as guilds get too big, make the guild Bennies available only to members who have achieved Honored so new members still have to work to earn them and DO NOT ALLOW THEM to TAKE their Guild rep with them to a new guild that will exacerbate the problem immensly. One of the FEW reasons people who have been in a guild for a while have to stay is they'd have to start at the bottom of a new guild. When you hire in at a new company you don't start off as the CEO, well not usually, normally you start at the bottom and pay your dues.
Rather I would suggest adding new guild rep bars to the list of factions, just like blizz adds new factions with every new drop listed under classic, BC, LK, Cat, Horde, ect,, they can add a section for guilds and add your new guilds under that section, so you can leave a new guild and come back to yer old one and still have the rep you built... Or have it like opposing factions where adding positive rep to one causes negative rep to the other. If you had a lot of rep with yer old guild, you start of very unfriendly or even hated with the new guild and have a lot of work to do to earn their trust become friendly with them, meanwhile yer rep with yer old guild is fading.
This is my perspective as a guild manager trying to keep a once great guild alive against all odds. I hope Blizz will think seriously about these concerns and address them in upcoming patches.
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