I’m finding Groups of Words to be a very thought provoking blog (aside from the promises of hot engineer sex). In today’s post he categorizes endgame players as loot-driven, explorers, or social. He then explains “guild hopping” in an easy-to-follow way.
Toddle over there and give it a quick read, it’s worth it.
Ok, what struck me.. is that I, and most of my guild are stuck at the EndgameA position. West Kingdom has completed Kara and for the most part is fully Kara geared on our mains. We’ve also completed (with Shadow Warlords) Gruul’s Lair. At this point we should be moving on to EndgameB but we’re running into a couple of problems.
Problem 1: We don’t have enough warm bodies to independently run the next endgame. We can reliably field 14-16 well geared 70s. Unfortunately the next level requires a minimum of 25 warm bodies.
Problem 2: We have a relatively exclusive recruitment policy. You have to be a real life friend-of-a-friend in order to get a guild invite. We trust the people we know.. and believe that they will recruit other trust-able people. This means that we end up with a lot of people who join the guild and then level to 70. So most of our new recruits are either still levelling or just entering the EndgameA and aren’t ready for EndgameB.
We have a lot of existing guildies.. who are fully Kara geared who have two options for progression: stay with the guild and hope that it gets enough warm bodies to move into EndgameB or leave and find an EngameB guild. Oddly enough… we have had very few players leave for other guilds(where “very few” is defined as one who left pre-BC and is in the #3 raiding guild on the server). So I guess that means we’re a Casual Social Raiding Guild. Huh.. I hadn’t really pegged us as social.
Personally I’ve pegged myself as an explorer. I want to see new content.. and in order to do so I need gear. (See: Golden Ticket) But even knowing that I might be stuck in Kara for the rest of BC.. I’m not out looking to join another guild. I like my guildies too much. We’re like a family.. and you don’t abandon family (even if they are sometimes disfunctional and make you sputter in frustration).
Instead I’m leveling alts. Or helping others to level alts.. or going through Kara on all-alts..and having a suck-tastic time of it. But still.. it never occured to me to jump ship and change guilds.