Todays WoW Insider Breakfast Topic, asked by Elizabeth Harper, is "How did you choose your guild?".
For me this is fairly simple - I didn't really choose. I've been in the same guild since I started playing in February 2012. It's the guild that my boyfriend (who has yet again returned to blogging) was in. At the time I started playing WoW properly he was an officer in the guild. I knew maybe one or two of the people from when I'd been allowed to play on the boyfs account. So it seemed a fairly locigal step to join the guild, atleast until I'd found my feet in Azeroth.
I'm not going to lie and say that I've never thought about moving on to pastures new. But the truth is I don't think I'd gain anything from moving and if anything I'd lose out. I have no interest in raiding so the lack of raiding isn't an issue. I'm happy to do dungeons and scenarios but I can also occupy my time with other activities like fishing and pet battles. I'm just happy mooching about.
So, what would I lose by moving on? There's no guarantee that I'd lose anything but there is a possibility. I like how the guid is chatty and relaxed. We're not perfect - far from it! And there are things that really piss me off! But until this really becomes a serious issue for my enjoyment of the game I think I'll stay put.
Interestingly, the boyfriend recently left. He took over as GM earlier in the year for a few months and well I guess things declined. Not his doing but an underlying issue that the guild has had for a number of years and keeps resurfacing... like a virus I s'pose. (I have been intending to blog about this for some time but I'm struggling to not create a blog brimming with tension and anger). Anyway, things started to impact on his enjoyment of the game and he moved on to his 4th guild (in 6 yrs). Since he's moved I've had some interesting things happen. One guildie was slagging him off in /o not realising I could read it - was pretty funny when he realised. Another has asked if and when I'd be leaving. It seems some people think I must follow the boyf like a lost sheep *rolls eyes*.
I think I'll leave it there - don't want to ramble off on a tangent about guild issues. Atleast not in this post but maybe one day in the near future.