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Life as a Guild Leader - In the Beginning

Updated on September 11, 2012
World of Warcraft Cataclysm (Deathwing)
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As an avid video game player, I took an interest in World of Warcraft many years ago. For those of you unfamiliar with the game, it is an MMORPG that has been around for years. In short, you can choose a character from many different race and class combinations and start your adventures. You can complete quests, level professions, play with friends, defeat enemies, and participate in player versus player combat. I could talk for days about what all World of Warcraft has to offer, but instead I wanted to talk about being a guild leader. So, if you would like to read more about World of Warcraft and how you could start playing, just visit www.worldofwarcraft.com.

I started playing World of Warcraft many years ago, around the time its second expansion, The Burning Crusade launched. It took me a while to get use to the mechanics of the game and to get familiar with the player base. Luckily, I had a friend that helped me learn the ropes. He told me about Guilds, and how they were much like the “Family” of a video game. There were many different guilds in the game to choose from, the hard part was finding a group of people that shared the same interests and personalities as you.

I vaguely remember the first guild that I ever joined on my little Blood Elf Warlock, Zalera. I believe the guild was named “We are Legion”. Everyone was very friendly to me when I joined, but it just didn’t feel like home. I scouted for other guilds to try and find the right group of people. I either found groups that were too quiet, too loud, too rude, or too immature for my liking.

The games fourth expansion, the Cataclysm, launched and I had given up on my search to find the perfect guild for me and decided to make my own. At this point I had become very skilled and knowledgeable with the game and felt like I was prepared to lead a guild of my own. My main character is a Troll Priest named Akara. I flew to Orgrimmar on my beautiful blue drake and purchased a Guild Charter. After getting the required amount of signatures to start my guild, I named us “Souls of Darkness”.

We were very small at first and with the feature in the game that allowed guilds to level up and gain more perks, it was getting increasingly harder to recruit more members. With there being guilds that already had all of the perks possible, not many people wanted to join a guild that was just starting out. We slowly managed to increase our numbers as people saw how nice we were and the potential we had. We struggled for a while to keep a large number of players and at times I felt like giving up. Instead, I pushed through it all and did the best I could and in the end I was successful. A large amount of people started joining and we made friends with each other. It finally felt like a family to me.

I have guild members that help each other, tell stories, and laugh with one another. We form raids to achieve a common goal in the game. But it’s not JUST about the game. We are able to talk to one another about real life issues and successes. If a guild member has a problem and needs advice we are there to help them get through it the best way we can. We are happy to share the joy with each other when someone would have a baby or get married or finally got that job promotion they wanted.

If you are interested in becoming a guild leader, know this… everything is not all fun and games. Things do get pretty tough. There are going to be people that will try to tear you down and make you feel like a horrible guild leader. People are going to argue, there will be drama, but you just need to know how to handle it. Even though it’s a game, you need to understand that you are always talking to a real person, and words can hurt. Be professional about the way you address certain situations. Handle them in your own way, how you see fit, but ALWAYS be professional. After a while of leading you will understand how tough it can be, but also how rewarding it can be.

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