My guild, Xcessive, has fallen upon hard times. A number of our members have left for real-life reasons; schooling, children, military duties overseas, and even just getting tired with the game. Quite a few people, including our beloved guild leader, Ladybug, needed a break from WoW and went to play Rift. They’ve formed an Xcessive there too, which I hear is a decent Rift raiding guild on Deepwood.
But all these absences in WoW have left our raiding group incredibly thin. We barely manage to get 5 or 6 people in our raid team before needing to pug, and pugging our Firelands raid team leads to variable success. Some groups we manage to get 6/7; others we stall out early. It’s very frustrating. And with our guild leader not playing WoW, it makes it hard to restructure, reorganize, and recruit.
That’s why, some time ago, I had a discussion with Ladybug and we decided that I could take over the guild. I have, believe it or not, been an officer for several years now, and do enjoy cleaning the guild bank. (Another choice would have been her son, Rowdy… but we all agree — including Rowdy — that he would not make a good GL. Great Raid Leader, probably not great Guild Leader).
With her not playing the game anymore, I had to put in a ticket to take over guild ownership. (Actually, Ladybug put in a ticket through the website first, but they weren’t able to resolve it correctly the first time, so then I had to wait to put in a ticket myself. Details). This was right before Blizzcon, so the wait time for tickets was pretty high, as I assume much of their staff was busy.
It did lead to a silly situation where I was promoted to GL before I was contacted by the GM. This confused one of my fellow guildies I was talking with.
Needless to say, Erya was a bit surprised:
But after the promotion, the GM did contact me. Here’s part of our conversation:
So now I am the Guild Leader for Xcessive. I held a guild meeting just the other day to discuss our current situation and what we can do to help out our raid team and generally make the guild a nice place to be. Perhaps I will write more about my adventure guild leading in the future.
Has your guild ever had a situation like this where people leave? What did they do? Do you have any guild leading advice for me? Because I’m pretty sure I’ll need it.
And if any of you play on Ysera, let me know. Xcessive is recruiting. 🙂