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The Point of the Guild

Darkside of Whimsical Guild Icon

Darkside of Whimsical Guild Colors

It seems that Darkside of Whimsical is having a bit of an identity crisis.  What, exactly, do we do?  What’s the point of being a member here?  Now that the guild is level 25 and can level no further, one unifying direction has passed, and we are looking for a common goal.

Lately it seems the guild has been doing a large number of high level, end content raids.  Certainly, my own inability to participate bothered me.  It seemed I couldn’t do anything with others because my item level was simply too low, and that made things lonely.  But then, it occurred to me that it wasn’t so easy a problem to solve.  I want to be included – but I want as many people as possible to be included.  I want people to chat and talk and have fun with each other.  A guild should promote the interests of its members, but in a guild of almost 300 characters (many of them alts), it is impossible for everyone to be at this end game stage.  In fact, we accept new members of all levels.  To my mind, the 85 only, 350+ item level raid invites on the calendar indicated a focus on high level raiding that was unavailable or out of reach for lower leveled partipants or casual players.

I know I’m biased: I am a casual player with an extreme social focus.  Given my past MMORPG background, I define a guild as a group for the purpose of building friendships through shared experiences and events.  It’s about keeping each other company through the grind, the dailies and the sheer stupidity of other players.  I have years of experience in attempting foolhardy things on low level characters (i.e., “I will fight in this maxed out high level PvP battle as a noob character!”  “I will run naked through this tunnel full of monsters and see how far I get!  Anyone want to race me?”), invariably accompanied by a higher level friend or two who seemed determined to keep me alive no matter what I ran into.  Did they succeed?  Hell no, this is me we’re talking about.  Was there any material benefit to them when we did these random, pointless things?  Nope.  Was there material benefit to me?  Sometimes, but not always.  Was it a time waster? In practical terms, absolutely!  It was about having fun, getting to know people, doing different things and enjoying the game world.  By that, I mean not just the leveling or the mechanics of fights, but the very setting itself.  I actually liked sitting in some city or random field, chatting away.

Well, This Solves the Problem

Well, That Solves the Problem

Suffice it to say I’m accustomed to people of all levels hanging out, sometimes for no apparent purpose.

If I am not soloing quests, I much prefer playing with friends and guildmates.  I prefer this to a point where I will not bother with the dungeon/raid finder unless I really, really, really want to level or change up my routine.  The gear I get via quests suits me just fine for more of those quests, after all.  Honestly, who loves random heroics (or any dungeon for that matter) when the tank has a hissy fit and drops the party, the healer hates your guts because you’re squishy (and then pulls mobs and dumps the party, killing everyone), people go AFK, you don’t know what you’re doing/your DPS sucks therefore you suck, etc. etc. etc.?  I don’t.

I’ve been trying to communicate this perspective to my fellow guildmates.  My vague, general idea is “let’s do different stuff together.”  It’s great to have high level raids, sure, as we have high level members.  But why not some Lich King dungeons for the achieves and/or the storyline?  How about a night of running lowbies through low level instances?  Why not have an “Alt Night” where we get midlevel alts together just for the hell of it and do crap?  If we accept people of all levels, we ought to do stuff involving people of all levels.

As a result, it was somewhat dismaying to hear others voicing the opinion that there is no point in doing low level dungeons or raids.

  1. You don’t get good gear, unless you’re transmogging (but transmogging isn’t important enough to cover for the sheer hassle involved for the non-transmogger).
  2. Lowbies wouldn’t get any items or EXP.  (My experience argues otherwise on this.)
  3. You don’t get experience useful for end game (since you can do stupid sheeyit and still live)
  4. It’s a “waste of time” for higher level players/boring as hell since they’ve done it before (they have how many alts, after all?)
  5. Isn’t that what the dungeon/raid finder is for?
  6. It sucks putting together regular high level raids since you can’t count on people to show up.  Trying to organize additional low level events would only add to the suck, since you can’t count on them to show up either.
  7. We do things “spontaneously.” (Why isn’t that good enough?)

These can all be true. And yet, I still find myself hoping that we can figure out a way to involve the people who have crappy gear, who are level 40, or who just started and/or returned to WoW.  Does a focus on end game content automatically prevent working with lower level users?  Is my concept of a guild irrelevant or useless in WoW?  Is a player putting an event on the guild calendar contributing to guild focus?  What if that person is an officer?  Does a consistent set of events started by an officer speak to the guild’s goals?

In short, we’re level 25, yay!  Now what the hell do we do?

Public Service Announcement: Caliverne is Awesome

Caliverne wins the Awesome Award!

Caliverne wins the Awesome Award!

Caliverne, a fellow guild member from Darkside of Whimsical, has more than twice over earned the Awesome Award.  First, he helped Centina find her beloved Gulliver.  But he truly went above and beyond when he helped Centina camp for Pogeyan, the shiny cat Fire Spirit of the trolls in Northern Stranglethorn.  Centina has about as much patience as a two year old, so the process was not easy.  (Thank God there were no round rocks anywhere in the area, or else I would have had Noblegarden flashbacks.)

Hunting Pogeyan

Hunting Pogeyan
Many a person’s sanity perished during the long hunt.

But thanks to Cal and his amazing endurance and/or macro that targets Pogeyans only, success was had!  Versebelg happens to have one rare pet (Nuramoc), but that was out of sheer luck, as some guildies were passing by and happened to see it.  This was the first time any of my girls ever camped out for anything other than Noblegarden. By the time Pogeyan actually showed, I was a drooling, babbling wreck.  Caliverne had to point out that there was an enormous cat with fiery eyes standing right behind me.

 

POGEYAN IS REAL OMG OMG OMG

POGEYAN IS REAL OMG OMG OMG

 

Glossie and Gulliver, Thanks to Caliverne

Glossie and Gulliver, Thanks to Caliverne

Oh Sheeyit Screenshots: Son of the Posting

Bad Example

Bad Example
Is the “bad example” the eating of cake, or the not sharing of it?

Don't Jump Off Your Dragon

Don’t Jump Off Your Dragon
Mechalis jumped off her dragon in the middle of battle.
That was a problem.

Size Disparity

Size Disparity
Even though Mechalis is wearing a disguise that makes her huge, Mr. Chicken stays the same.

Bunnehs can ride!

Bunnehs can ride!
Dreadly helps Mech get the “Hard Boiled” achievement.
It didn’t occur to anyone to go to Un’goro and then use the damn branch.

One Last Dance

One Last Dance
After this, Majig ditched the staff and picked up some swords.

Oh Sheeyit Screenshots: Posting Reunion

Why, God, Why?

Why, God, Why?
What did Centina ever do to you?
Why are baby raptors trying to eat her face?

Sandbox Tigers

Sandbox Tigers
Mechalis looks so happy to have found these.

Just a Moment

Just a Moment
Really, they blend in so well.

Dramatically Dead

Dramatically Dead
And soon to be literally so.

Beth, Meet Beth

Beth, Meet Beth
Darkside of Whimsical approaches Bethilhackwhateveritis

Oh Sheeyit Screenshots: The 4th Posting

Centina and Thrall BFF

Centina and Thrall BFF
Wait, is Kaja the Raptor photobombing?

Mechalis Being Dramatic

Mechalis Being Dramatic
So it wasn’t actually that dramatic.
She got stuck looting, but she could still sit down.
That said, it made for a great “Death Knight reaches out for YOUR SOUL” sort of shot.

The Tauren Chieftains

The Tauren Chieftains
… and you can see Gulliver the Seagull!

Bad Romance in a Russian Accent

Bad Romance in a Russian Accent
Mahanth clearly knows how to win men.

Oh Sheeyit Screenshots: The Posting II

Versebelg, Flying into the Shiny

Versebelg, Flying into the Shiny
If only I could remember where the Shiny is.

The One and Only Eyeface

The One and Only Eyeface
Documented evidence of Eyeface’s unlife before his squashing by King Krush.

Why isn't Budd getting eaten alive?

Why isn’t Budd getting eaten alive?
This was his idea! It hardly seems fair.

Somebody's Shorter than Mechalis

Somebody’s Shorter than Mechalis
Under the Influence of Illicit Beverages

Vashj'ir Underwater Dance Partay

Vashj’ir Underwater Dance Partay
For some odd reason, only Sunblood wanted to attend.