I’ve been a guild leader for over 7 years, and since I started there hasn’t been a great revolution in understanding between members and leaders. You still see the same drama stories, the same challenges and the same lamenting about the troubles that come with leadership.
I firmly believe it doesn’t need to be this way. While there are a great many differences between guilds in different games and even guilds in the same game, largely guild leaders face similar problems. And a major problem is that so many feel the need to attempt to solve those problems in isolation.
Moreover, the role of those of us who have been doing it a long time isn’t exposed to our members. In the hopes that things can change, I’m going to be writing a daily entry to this blog for a week starting Wednesday about what I’ve done that day for my guild, Mystic Spiral,
So a brief background about my guild for the unfamiliar. Mystic Spiral was founded in May 2006 in Guild Wars 1, because I felt that you didn’t have to rule a guild by a power trip. Rather than being PvE or PvP or even PvX orientated, MYST is a social guild. The overriding thing that brings us all together, and indeed what we recruit for, is outgoing people who want more from a guild than just people to play with, but also people they can form long term bonds with – friends and sometimes more. To make that happen we recruit slowly and have a stable base of around 40 people who are online daily. These days we don’t play Guild Wars 1 much any more, but play Guild Wars 2, DOTA2 and other games. I’m supported by 2 awesome deputy leaders and a handful of others who help when they can.
The challenges I’m facing at the moment involve the mix of people we have in the guild and the platforms we operate on. Migrating from Guild Wars 1, highlighted the need for our main channels of communication to be game agnostic as tastes will evolve and no one should be left behind. The forum and Steam group chat are front and centre of that, but making them appealing so that people frequently visit and participate on them is something I’m trying to work on. Likewise, I’m always working to improve the sense of community within the guild, to get people to mingle with people they normally wouldn’t and set boundaries, goals and adversaries. This is harder when there isn’t one shared experience.
On top of my usual duties this week I have to prepare for a guild meeting set for Sunday, with a survey to follow, and prepare a software update for the guild website. Oh and hold down a full time job and get settled into my new home.
I hope you’ll check back regularly this week. See you Wednesday!