Are you joining a guild in Warhammer Online? If not, are you worried you might be missing out on a meaty chunk of fun that guilds can provide?
If so, what’s your criteria for joining a guild? Maybe it’s just a small group of friends that you’ve gamed with before or you want to for the very first time. Maybe you’re continuing on with one of those mega-guilds that hop from MMO to MMO, laying their eggs and spawning new chapters of a guild that goes back to 1899 and Thomas Edison’s famous <Chess-Tastic!> chess guild.
Maybe you sought out a very specific type of guild. A guild that caters to your language or society, a guild of like-minded individuals who secretly sneak into zoos and toss pudding at penguins, or a guild that has set age limits. Perhaps you wanted a completely casual, carefree guild that lacked drama. Perhaps you simply could not enjoy the game unless you were in an ultra-hardcore raiding/PvP guild with a stricter schedule than NASA puts on their shuttle launches. What about guilds that are all about enforcing roleplay, family togetherness or griefing? Got all them, too.
Whatever guild you sought out (or are still seeking), they all have something in common — they offer you the chance to belong and to enhance your enjoyment of the game. There’s something so comforting about guild chat scrolling up your screen, or hearing familiar voices in vent, or seeing a guildie /cheer while you run by them in a zone. It’s comforting to know that if you need help or support or advice, you have the backing of a guild when you (hopefully) need it.
I’ve said in the past that I’m notoriously picky about guilds, and the reason why is that a MMO that I play guildless seems empty and pointless to me. A MMO where I’m part of half-hearted, mostly-silent, non-helpful guilds will see my cancelled subscription sooner rather than later. But a MMO where I find a great guild full of special friends, unique experiences and special memories is one I’ll play probably long past the expiration date.
I’ve been in guilds that have had application processes longer than my app to grad school. I’ve joined guilds on a whim, just because I’ve liked the name, and ended up making that my online home for years. In the end, only you can decide what’s the best guild mix for you, and nobody else — like all social circles, there’s a little something for everybody out there.