I started my guild on Ghallanda three years ago so that my two sons who play DDO and myself had our own place in the game.
Having developed their roles in the game and made their own friends I was left with a level 25 guild on my own.
I set myself a challenge to get my guild to level 60 so I could get a bigger ship get +30 resists and if I joined another guild I could always revert if I decided I didn’t fit. Having my own home to park alts and guild loot (I’m a hoarder) seemed a great plan.
Now that my guild is level 59 I am almost at my goal. The sense of achievement is pretty good (I don’t use sagas for guild favour and I don’t buy renown pots). I have played hundreds of hours to get here but now I’m thinking what’s next.
If I am to join another guild will I enjoy it. Having enjoyed my freedom so far, will I feel restricted or liberated from leader responsibilities. Will I get frustrated by guildies, probably. Decisions, decisions. I have seen lots of guilds at about the same level so there are many out there in the same position.
What if you could affiliate your guild with another within the rules. Keeping your individual achievements but working to help another larger guild too? A sort of merger of like minded guilds who could benefit each other whilst maintaining their own individuality.
Would that appeal to others? I love DDO and I want it to continue for years to come. Maybe affiliated guilds will allow more solo players to get the same rewards and benefits as large guilds keeping them active in the game.
What puts me off large guilds is the commitment. I like to do my own thing, sometimes very sociable, sometimes just grinding out xp to get onto my next life. I will eventually join another guild but may take my time in doing it.
I will have to think on what I mean with affiliation and how it might work. I know there are many guilds with only one or two people in them that sit waiting for an LFM to appear. How can their small guild benefit them in finding groups of like minded people? Maybe we should all just join a bigger guild?
I hope my meanderings make some sense.
Thanks for reading.