Imagine yourself suddenly getting frozen in a cryogenic chamber, like in Futurama, and waking up a thousand years into the future. Everything around you changes, while you yourself remain the same.
A guild can change in almost the same way while one is away from the action for a prolonged period of time. Sometimes you miss a mass-recruit, or a mass-exodus, and when you sign in for the first time in a while, it can be a shock to see the explosion of unfamiliar names, or an implosion of familiar ones.
Having been away for Lent, I signed in to see a very different guild indeed.
The first thing I noticed was a large number of new names in the roster. Interesting. I initially thought that this would equate to more reinforcements for both the morning and evening raid teams. But instead, I had quickly found out that most of the evening raiders that I grouped with had splintered off and formed their own guild. I won’t disclose reasons due to both a lack of information, and out of respect for my guild. But at the same time, there was a large wave of new recruits to fill in the void.
In a way, it’s almost as if I had rejoined the guild. Many of the new faces already have had a week or so worth of raids to get to know each other as well as the guild, and I will have to take a few weeks myself to get to know them. With exams for the next week, this will be difficult indeed.
However, I am somewhat surprised by the fact that I had not taken this event as seriously as I did. If you recall the last time I experienced a guild roster shakeup, I had been very much affected. Here are a few reasons off the top of my head why this is so:
I was not an officer of the guild. As an officer of the Ironwill Mercenaries back on Arygos, I had invested my time and effort to serve the guild. Seeing the guild hemorrhage definitely took a toll on me, since that investment provided a negative return.
I was not a long-serving member of the guild. I’ve only been in Exiled Legion on Winterhoof for barely two months, compared to the five or six that I spent with my guild back on Arygos. Not knowing many of the members well, I didn’t develop a connection deep enough to have a significant effect if they left.
I had been away for Lent. My WoW absence has definitely given me a new perspective on the way I view the game, and I was glad that I gave it up for Lent. Coming back, I feel more relaxed and less invested about the game as I was before. Yet at the same time, I still hunger for raiding, and am thankful that the outlet was still there. In the end, I guess that’s all that I cared about.
Doing a Three-Sixty
Touching on that last point, despite the fact that the guild roster had changed quite dramatically from my perspective, I had determined that EL was in the same position as it was before I left. They had a 180 when they lost the majority of their evening team, but with new recruits and a plethora of alts from the morning raiders, the guild did another 180, and are back on track to raiding as usual.
I really admire the Guild Leadership Structure for being able to do this at all. The benefit of having a medium-to-large sized guild is the ability to survive splinters such as this. I also really admire the co-GM’s for having a very positive attitude about the entire situation. It’s almost as if nothing happened at all, and I am very certain that I will continue to be a member.
Now if only I could just get that exam out of the way…