Something has really driven this seemingly-obvious point home for me over the last few months. There’s a little back story, so please bear with me.
As most of my readers probably know I got into the Casualties guild and was GM for the Destruction guild over there for a while. We had a great group over there, and if the game had held my imagination even a little bit I would have kept playing. Unfortunately it didn’t. Then the same thing started happening with a lot of the core gamers in the guild and the game in general and a couple of server merges later I was stepping down and looking for something else to play.
I had started dabbling in WoW again and decided to see if anyone in Casualties wanted to start a WoW guild. Several did and we were off and running. I had some real life complications which kept me from playing for a month or so, and stuff happened, and well, the guild had a big exodus. When that was over there were several characters left in the guild but mostly people that had odd play times or sporadic ability to log in and play.
What we found (me and Tarkheena) was that we really missed the chatter and having other people to do stuff with. Even when we weren’t grouping and it was just me and Tark running characters ourselves we missed that presence. So with a level 71 and a level 65 each, we decided to hang it up over there and get our old pre-BC Horde characters transferred to a server where Tark has some friends playing. It’s a PVP server, something I never thought she would go for.
Even though we had to do a lot of the “work” over (it got confusing having run 2 characters through Outlands a few weeks before to do it again with 2 more characters. We kept saying; “Didn’t we already to that quest?”) we’re finding that we are having a ton more fun in the game. It has a new life, and instead of just being a game that we play, we’re doing stuff surrounding the game again.
For one thing, being in a guild that is RL geographically aligned is very cool. We’re going to lunch tomorrow with our guild leader and a couple of the other guys in the guild. New friends for me, which is pretty cool.
You may also have noticed that I’m blogging again. I’ve been in a funk. It’s been a combination of a health issue (which is improving dramatically. Thank you to all of you who have asked about it) and writer’s block and lack of excitement about gaming that had contributed to it. Getting laid off during that time didn’t help either.
The point is that just being in an active guild (one that we can’t really even group with yet because of level discrepancy) is making the game itself so much better for me.
I know I’m Captain Obvious on this one, but I guess my message is this; If you are playing an MMO and you aren’t happy, get involved with a group of people that are. Don’t leave your guild for gear, or for opportunity, but for a guild a like-minded people that you enjoy being around. No guild is perfect. Stick with yours if you like the people. But if you don’t like them, or they aren’t around, look for that perfect match.
Or at least a really good one.
PS – I really miss all you CoW Destro folks. The only thing that would make my gaming happier than it is right now is if we were able to be together in another game soon.