I’ve recently rolled an alt and joined a mega guild.
I made application. A couple of weeks later, I was tossed an invite by an officer and joined one of the co-guilds.
The first thing I noticed was the maxed out list of guildies on line. That was amazing. To know that I was linked by Greenwall to a possible 6000 other unique players was unimaginable.
The next thing I noticed was the eerie silence in guild chat. I hopped around for 30 minutes or so. Ran an instance. Then, I logged and went to one of my main alts.
That was my first week of life in the mega guild. I would log on, usually mid morning, see a full guild of people, but hardly any conversation was going on. For the first week, I hardly saw any green text at all.
I decided that my problem was that I wasn’t interacting with what was going on.
That changed with the second week.
First, I got on later in the evening instead of mid-morning. That seemed to make a difference. I saw more green text.
Secondly, I started interacting. I tossed out the “hi, welcome, and grats” very liberally. When someone said “ty,” I replied with a “yw.”
Finally, someone made a comment about rolling a Gnome Deathknight, and asked for possible names.
I had to toss out Gnomeageddon, in salute to one of my favorite gnome players!
That started a Gnome Gname-a-thone that lasted for a good 30 minutes.
It was glorious.
I’ve now been a part for around 4 weeks or so. I’ve asked if any there were any low levels that wanted to run instances with a guildie. So far, no takers. I made a request for an enchant (I got the mats), which was quickly responded to. Also, there was at least once where a high level tailor was handing out netherweave bags. Of course, I took three!
So far, I have to give my experience as an interactive member of a mega-guild the grade of B+.
I’m not rating the guild as a B+ guild. No, I’m sure it’s an A+ guild. I’m rating my experience as an interactive member. My experience is based upon my own willingness to interact and be a part. My rating is more of a reflection upon my role as a guildie.
I also still play my new Oceanic Horde Alt Main most mornings for a while. The guild is starting to wind down about the time I log on. They are finishing a raid, and it’s 12:00 am their time. Of course, I get on Vent and sing them a song of encouragement.
There have been some *cough* strong reactions to my singing. :)
I’ve most recently ran a rated BG with a group of guildies (and we won!). That was so much fun!
I’m rating my experience as a guildie as a solid A.
I’ve interacted more with the group. I’ve opened up to the group. I’ve made a full of myself with the group.
I’ve been a better guild member.
I’ve come to this conclusion.
The relative size of your guild doesn’t matter when it comes to your personal happiness.
What matters is your willingness to interact with your guild-mates.
How would your rate your experience with being a guild member?