The Guild Leader Episode #34
An explosion rocks the guild house!
As I have talked from time to about trying to squash small problems before they get out of control, what happens when one of them really gets out of control. So I figured I would tell you about one of those occasions that this happened to me as I was the guild leader.
This was back in the early days of my guild and I really didn’t have a clue what I was doing back then, but I learned quickly and that’s the only thing that saved my butt. One thing I learned with personal problems and differences with other guild members, is that is best to solve them fast and move on.
The fire that was lit under me!
When you start use a charter to define your guild philosophies and to lay down where the guild is going. Of course that’s easy for me to say now, like most guilds we didn’t have a charter until after this event.
As the guild was merely a few months old and expanding weekly at a massive pace, way more than it should have been. This was a contributor to this problem.
So what happened to me was more or less an attempted coup of the guild leadership, but in a roundabout way. I have talked about how differences in personality and attitude can have a big effect and well this had that I effect and we almost lost a lot.
I will call this player “Tara” and we butted heads a lot. She almost single handily took the guild down to the foundation. Tara had an idea which way the guild should go and I had mine, but let me be clear I was a lazy guild leader at the time.
We were an open guild not declared either way, we had people from both factions and neutrals. It wasn’t a big issue because at the time we didn’t PVP much and when we did it was normally just fun stuff around our town. We were casual and we all helped each other and everything was fine.
Since we had both factions Tara made it a point to always bring up factions as an issues and she started to convince others that this wasn’t the way the game was meant to be played. What can I say she was right there was a civil war going on in-game, and one was about to start in the guild.
We started to see a decline in new recruits coming in and there was a lot less chatter on the guild pages, chat channels, and voice chat. I thought nothing of it at the time. It was business as usual as the guild leader.
Then it happened, one morning I logged into find that more than half the guild had left overnight. One faction had split to form their own guild, so that they could get more action in-game civil war. I was floored. I didn’t know what to do next.
How could this happen?
The easy answer now as I look back, was laziness! I gathered all the officers and to my surprise they didn’t see this coming either. Were we all that complacent, what were we doing wrong, we only came up with the fact that we were not informing our members that the guild was faction neutral before they joined.
A few days later we wrote out a charter and all the members agreed and it was approved as our guild’s rules from here on out. We started a new campaign to recruit and it was very successful, our guild once again began to grow and this time we had a plan.
About three months later a lot of the people who had left asked if they could rejoin the guild because they were tired of the constant fighting in their new guild. I let them all back in after they viewed the new charter and they all agreed.
The other officers said I shouldn’t let them back in but I thought they deserved a second chance just like me the guild leader had gotten a second chance after writing the charter. Laying down the rules for you guild is very important part of planning for the future.
Guild Leader is a weekly series by Beer and Joysticks .com and written by Chris Gillis covering all aspects of being a better guild leader. If you have any questions or comments we welcome them below this article.