The Guild Leader Episode #40
Questions from Readers
As we hit #40 for this column I wanted to answer a few more emails that I got over the last couple weeks that have to do with being a guild leader or a better one. Before I get started please keep the questions coming in. They are great for getting out information that you need. If I don’t answer them directly right away, I will get around to them in time.
What is the hardest part about running a PVP guild?
Running a PVP guild has all the challenges that every other guild has, but you normally have more competitive players in a PVP guild. PVP play require more skill so you have some of the better players in a PVP guild.
This all leads to one thing, not always but a lot of the time. Egos! This what stands out for me the most when you have a PVP guild is the butting of heads over nothing most of the time.
Another problem most PVP guilds has is a lot of turnaround in personnel that is the nature of the beast when you have people competitively playing. If they find a better unit that suits their style there gone!
We keep having problems with our guild bank, items missing!
This is something that happens a lot, you’re not the only ones. I guess the best place to start is to restrict access to only a few members and come up with a plan to distribute loot and other items as needed.
If you have a plan laid out, your members shouldn’t have a problem of taking these actions. I recommend that you have an officer take control of the bank organize and get an inventory, then work on the details of what should be done to give back to the members that need items.
Once you get things under control you should be able to add more members to the access the bank, but if you plan well that might not be necessary.
Our guild was big, but we keep losing members daily, what’s wrong?
Losing members is a giant problem for any guild, especially if you can’t get some replacement players to take their place. When I hear this I say you have to look at yourself in the mirror. Not literally, you just need to take a view of your guild from the outside.
You should ask yourself, what is it that is driving away members? Can you see any problems that a new member might have with your guild? If you were a new player what would you expect from a new guild?
Those questions might not solve anything if the problem stems around the reputation of the guild. That’s a much harder problem and might takes weeks to fix.
Let’s get back to basics, we need to simplify the guild. First things first, now that we know there is a problem it’s time to get help. Ask your officers what is wrong with the guild, ask them how we could improve things around here.
If they have no ideas it’s time to open the floor to the rest of guild to see if they have any ideas. I’m pretty sure if you have to go this far the problem will surface. You should be on the right track after getting some input from the guild. As a guild leader never be afraid to ask for help after all that is what a guild is for to help each other.
One quick suggestion if morale is the problem then this might help you out. A quick way to boast guild morale is to promote people, this lets people know you have noticed, what they have done for the guild.
As a guild leader you will learn that most problems are easy to fix, they just seem harder at the time.
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.