With all the nice people to be found in EQ2, you'd think finding a guild I like wouldn't be that difficult. There really were just a couple things that were important to me. First, there needed to be no pressure to group since with my son, frequent afk's are in order. And second, and this is a biggie for me, the guild leader and officers are regular Joe's, not bosses expecting to be treated better than other members. Nor are the regular members there just to serve the leadership and provide them and their alts with all the loot they desire. These are the people who greet you warmly when you log in and cheer you on when you level so that you feel a part of the guild community and not some peon. At least that's how I always viewed it should be.
Unfortunately, it just hasn't seemed to work out this way. The egos I witness never cease to amaze me. So there I was, sitting in Kelethin with my husband at work and my son with his dad for a few days. And I thought oh what the heck, I'll just make my own darn guild. Even if it's just the two of us in it, our status points will be working towards building something.
But I needed to find a few kind souls to group with me to get it started. Being the holidays, a lot of folks were off and Kelethin had quite a few people. Checking the zone I singled out some "nice" sounding names. I ruled out the ones like "Fuzzybutt". I sent some very polite tells asking for assistance with no obligation to remain and every single person said "Sure." Woohoo!
While waiting to fill up the group, I chatted a bit regarding my reasons for starting a guild and my future intentions, and much to my surprise everyone asked if they could remain guilded. Everyone is lower level and many brand new to EQ2. The way the guild recruitment works is based partially on the levels of the guild members, so our guild was showing up to mostly low level players, which turned out to be a boon. I received several tells from others who also just started playing so after the first week, we're now up to 12 members.
When my husband came home from work that first day I said, "Guess what I was up to while you were gone?" And he just replied "Uh oh". But he's been enjoying it as much as I have. He's making spells and I'm providing backpacks and other crafted items to help. And fortunately, they all have been the type of people who don't ever ask for anything, which makes giving even more enjoyable.
I'm sure there will be some bumps along the way. I've already received a complaint from another guild about a player taking their mob, but it turned out to be a misunderstanding. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people looking to be offended so they have something to complain about. But we'll deal with that as it comes.
There's no guarantees on how this will all turn out. But it's added a lot of enjoyment to my gaming. Happy New Year everyone!