I play GW for about 20 months. In this time I've been in guilds small and big, made of friends and made of PUGs, had my own too. Some time ago I've found myself guildless again [people stopped playing], so I thought this time I'll look for some big, respected and well known guild to make it my home.
I've found one, joined, and for first week or so, I was convinced it was the best guild-related decision I've made. I tried to get some of my friends into it, but to my surprise I learned that they already been there, and quit for certain reasons, which I argued against at the time.
But after few weeks I realised my friends were right. I was just a number on a roster. And I was not alone, there were players in the guild, who felt the same, who tried to voice their concerns on guild forums and were told that officers are not to cater to their needs and if they want something they should take care of it themselves. I tried to get some advice on how to make myself more at home.
I got ''Whisper ppl.'' - maybe it's only me but whispering unknown players with goal of making friends seems a bit like a net perv on a hunt, and also, I have friend list to whisper to, not guild chat.
I tried to have some discussion on alliance chat, unfortunately, they weren't idiotic spam about all things ''cookie'', nor LFG spam/title boasting, and so, were crushed by alliance authorities [''Take it to the forums please''].
I tried to be nice and greet ppl when coming in, getting no answers from AWAYed leaders or officers, which at the same time could, while being AWAY, greet some of their friends coming in. I asked questions about the game in alliance chat, not to have them answered with simple ''I don't know'' even.
I've read Guild of the Week article about the outfit I was in. I thought, how full of lies it is, because it forgets to mention that facts stated [about guild athmosphere, in guild communication and such] only applied to maybe 5% of members, the rest, as me, were never a part of it. Apart from being on the roster.
So, after 2 months of this, I left. It was a usual day, talking in guild chat to myself again, feeling like I'm the only one in a guild. So I decided not to say goodbye or anything, as it most probably would go unnoticed anyway. To my surprise, my leaving was very quickly noticed, as I was removed from guild forums in less than a minute...
Why do I post this? To let you, fellow players, know, that sometimes big famous guilds are not that good. That maybe, if you have few friends in your small, unknown guild, they are worth more than hundreds in a famous big one, and don't be tempted to leave those friends, as it may not be worth it.
I didn't loose friends on joining this guild, as I had no guild at the time, and my in-game friends are on the f-list. But I thought, what with those who left their small guild hoping for a better one, and have found themselves in situation like me?
My friend list buddy was right: ''First week is great, after that they forget you exist'' - he was a member before me and left for similar reasons.
Also, I want to know if anyone had/has similar [or different] experience, just give no names please. It may be that I've just been unlucky enough to find one of a kind crap guild of the week :)