- 1 Background
- 2 Advantages of a guild
- 3 Starting a guild
- 4 Guild types
- 5 Communicating in a guild
- 6 Running a successful guild
- 7 Guild tabards and bank tabs
- 8 Frequently asked questions
- 9 Creating a guild website
- 10 Patch changes
- 11 References
- 12 See also
- 13 External links
- For various information related to guilds, see Guilds (disambiguation).
A guild is typically an in-game association of player characters. Guilds are formed to make grouping and raiding easier and more rewarding, as well as to form a social atmosphere in which to enjoy the game. Banking guilds are also used by many individual players as a way to increase the rather limited bank storage space available in the game.
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From Joining Guilds on the old official site (much of the info below was based on this page):
- Guilds offer many benefits including free items, opportunities for groups, access to trade skill masters, quest items, and readily available trade skill ingredients through gathering guild members. You may discover that a guild greatly enhances your gameplay experience. You can meet friends, share adventures, and find people to protect you if you fight in faction versus faction combat. Typically, players in good guilds can go places and do things that players in poor guilds or no guild can't. This is especially the case at character levels 60-85, where the dungeons become very challenging.
- Keep in mind that guilds are run by players and not Blizzard. The quality of the guild and the guild experience depends entirely on the players in that guild. Guilds can be a grab bag where you never know what you'll get. Every guild is different.
- Finding a guild can be very easy. People often sit in town asking anyone to join their guild because guilds require a minimum number of members to create. However, finding a quality guild with quality members and leadership can be a difficult task. Don't be afraid to shop around. You can join one guild, try it out, then leave and join another guild until you find one you like.
NOTE: You can move from guild to guild, but this will not enhance your reputation as time goes on. Sometimes the best thing to do is try to make your guild better and leave if that fails. Guilds will be more reluctant to invite you if you have the reputation of joining, taking what you need, and leaving for the next guild that has something better.
Advantages of a guild
- Patch 4.0.3a: Guilds now receive guild perks after gaining levels, which offer a variety of rewards including an increase in experience, reputation, and money earned
- Having a group of people willing to help, and on later levels, being able to do high-end instances and raid instances such as Obsidian Sanctum, Naxxramas, Eye of Eternity and Ulduar. Also finding Battle Groups will be much much easier.
- Having a group of people to talk to socially wherever you are and whatever you're doing.
- Guild members are often a more reliable and more kind source of information than general chat.
- A guild bank lets you exchange items not right for your class or style with ones you prefer or simply help out those less fortunate. With patch 2.3 real guild banks have been introduced and players no longer need to host a bank character for their guild.
- Guilds are a great way to improve your World of Warcraft experience.
Find a Guild
There are many ways to find a Guild. Here are a few spots to check out:
- Join the Guild Recruitment Channel in game
- Watch the Trade Channel in game for recruiting guild messages
- Check the Warcraft Forums
- Use guild community providers to find guilds that are recruiting players of your class/spec.
Guild size can be a big factor in choosing a guild. Guilds that invite too many people, that don't pick quality members, and invite new people all the time are generally less organized and less powerful. However, it can be much easier to find people to group within a larger guild. Smaller guilds are more personal. One complaint that players have about large guilds is that you often run into guild members you don't know ("I don't know all these people."). With a smaller guild there is much more opportunity to get to know each member. For that reason, some players prefer a small guild. Ultimately, the "Large vs. Small" debate depends on the guild and the members that join. There are large guilds that still remain very good. Leadership and recruitment policies are the main factors in determining how a guild turns out.
- Q: What do you mean when you say small guild?
- A: Most people consider a small guild one with less than 100 members. A guild with less than 50 members is getting really small, but most guilds start out that way.
- Q: What do you mean when you say large guild?
- A: Most people consider a large guild one with more than 100 members (usually more than 150). A cohesive, large guild can be a very good thing. While many large guilds have an active core, many of the players may also be inactive and act as filler to give the illusion the guild is bigger than it really may be.
- Q: What are the advantages of being in a small or large guild?
- A: Being in a small guild generally has a more tight knit community and more personal connections and better friends. But the same can be said for a big guild, and big guilds have faster wait times for finding a group. Basically just go where you feel at home and have fun.
Guild size is less important than the amount of regularly online active members. Some small guilds have more active members than large guilds. A big problem with guilds as they grow is the abundance of alts that pump up the guild size, but not the active membership. You want a guild with lots of active members, since that increases opportunities within the guild. Ideally, a guild you join will have active members in your level range.
Grouping can be a good way to find a guild. Team up with people and play with them for a while. Make friends with them and play together for several days. If they get to like you, they will usually want you in their guild so that you'll continue to play with them. After helping them out, inquire about their guild. Perhaps they may help you join.
Do your own research into a specific guild. As guilds become powerful, well known, and popular, rumors about them begin to appear. Often when a guild member does something to offend a player, that offended player starts spreading stories about the entire guild. Jealous players make untrue generalizations about the guild and its members. Make sure you find out the real story on your own with whatever evidence you can find such as screenshots or web reports. Sometimes a guild may be good and is just the victim of a bad reputation. Guilds can be very jealous or hostile toward each other and thus make up rumors to hurt the reputation of the other guild. Or, perhaps, the reputation about that guild is true. Maybe the guild is full of troublemakers. Find out yourself.
Large guilds who don't keep good tabs on and train their members to behave often suffer from poor reputations because you don't know what to expect from their members. Generally it isn't a good idea to join a guild that doesn't maintain some standard of behavior because your reputation can get stained by some immature jerk who isn't brought in line by guild leadership.
Another point to take away is that what you do while in a guild may reflect on the reputation of your guild and may get you kicked out. You should try to find a guild that fits your play style. It's hard to believe, but some guilds form on the basis of being a bunch of jerks; however, most don't. So be aware of the image a guild wants to project.
Although some guilds form based on specific race or class affiliations, like "Elf Druids of Elune", most guild have a variety of races and classes. The best guilds have not only a variety of classes (race isn't so important to gameplay due to the nature of powergaming), but also many different professions and play styles. If you like PvP, you should look for a guild that focuses on that play style. If you're into making things, then a guild with a variety of trade skills should be sought. You may need specific classes to fill needs for doing quests in a dungeon or instance, so a guild with a diversity helps with all sorts of situations.
Visit guild web sites
Visit the World of Warcraft.com Guild Recruitment forums. They contain links to various guild sites. You can visit their web sites, see what activities they engage in, and check out their rules. Quality guilds often have very good web sites and active forums, which can indicate that they are a good guild to join. You can also ask members of a guild if they have a web site.
Interview guild members
If you find a guild you like, interview some of their guild members. Ask them how things are in their guild and if they enjoy it. If you're interested in joining, ask them who you should talk to. Be very careful when messaging guild members because their impression of you is very important. If you offend the guild member, they may spread the word about your offensive request (via guild chat), and that could harm your chances of joining. Be on your best behavior. Asking to join one of the more powerful guilds can actually be similar to a job interview in real life.
Positive guild behavior
Things to consider when looking for a guild:
- Good Grouping
- One of the most important things you need is the ability to find groups to help you complete your quests. That's why most people join guilds.
- Have good leadership
- A guild needs clear leadership and strong rules. Members need someone who can resolve conflicts and give direction to members.
- Look for guilds whose members are willing to share items and help you get things. You shouldn't expect free handouts for no effort. A quality guild will offer items and discounts to their members. Furthermore, a guild that values generosity will have little or none of the issues discussed under Feuds below.
- Some guilds show favoritism towards their core members (usually a difficult to determine and amorphous collection) or friends or relatives regardless of their behavior due to their value to the guild. Other guilds only pay attention to their high level members and generally let the lower level members struggle until they make it to a high enough level. You should look for a guild that gives lower-level members their fair share of attention as well. Since you will be a new member, the general pattern puts you at the bottom of the totem pole depending on your gear and level, so you don't want to be in a guild that treats you like dirt unless they have a reason. The best guilds help you level, pitching in on helping you complete "boss" quests and perhaps even lending some gold when in need.
- Low Spam
- Guild chat is the core-communication of a guild. Guild members typically use this method to contact other members in a private "Global" chat between individuals in the community. A good guild has mutual rules between leaders so members won't be discouraged from chatting and sharing their opinions of the guild. Otherwise, you might get repressed from your freedom of speech. And if you deem anyone in particular to be a nuisance in the guild chat, you can simply /ignore them instead of causing a feud. There are also advanced chat options that allow you to turn off guild chat; however, this might cause you to miss out on fun, spur-of-the-moment events.
- Item fights and guild members fighting with each other are common problems in guilds. If the guild has a good leader, these problems can be reduced or dealt with when they grow illogical or just to simple personal attacks. Sometimes players quit a guild because of "too much drama." which is an incorrect term for "Fighting". If too much time is spent fighting, the leader can intervene and draw a conclusion in a feud by removing one of the revolting parties. Be careful of leaving a guild because it will reset your guild reputation. (and if you're a guild leader, don't be skittish about kicking a member that's prone to this behavior)) There will always be other guilds to join but there are never any quality reassurances if for example, one guild has some feuding in the chat but another has a corrupted leader.
- Mature Leaders
- When players get power such as the ability to remove guild members, demote them, and tell them what to do, they sometimes abuse that power. Find a guild whose leaders are responsible with the power they have, although this cannot be confirmed until a corrupt action has been taking leaving all leaders eventual suspects.
Many times a guild will request that you put an application on their guild site before they offer you a guild invitation. This is particularly the case with endgame PvE guilds, who require a pool of skilled, intelligent players to progress through raid content. Just because a guild requires an application doesn't mean that they are an elitist or exclusive group. Often it is seen simply a routine requirement for guilds to establish a false sense of safety against potential ninjas due to the added effort in being able to join or a way to quickly introduce them to current guild members by sharing personal information.
Guild applications vary wildly, but almost all will ask for your character name, class, level, and guild history. Many will also ask about your real-life age and gender, specific instances you are attuned or keyed for, raiding experience, hobbies or interests outside of WoW. In general it is a good idea to be as specific and thorough as possible on a guild application. Unless you already have grouped with or otherwise know current members of the guild, this will probably be their first introduction to you and if you are serious about becoming part of the guild you will want to make an impression that will improve your chances of getting an invite. Some guild leaders and officers look for specific things on an application (and there can also be specific things they watch out for) and in general a guild application is examined closely to determine whether the applicant would be a good addition to the guild as a whole. But the best policy is simply to be yourself; if you present yourself as someone who you aren't, your new guild will probably find out quickly (and you probably can find another guild that you will be happier in).
Sometimes guilds allow multiple people to apply as a group for the guild (often because they are real-life friends), but often they ask that you do not. If they do not, or if it is not clear whether they do, it is a bad idea to put in a group application. If you truly want to join a guild as a group, the best way in this situation is for one person to join the guild and let them get to know that person. If leaders determine that this first applicant is a good addition to the guild, they will often invite other people because they know that person. Even if this does not happen, you always have the option of leaving the guild in order to find a place that you and your friends are all welcome.
Do some research, shop around, and keep trying until you find a good guild. Don't give up. There are good guilds out there. You just have to find them. Remember, you can always create your own guild if you want and make one that follows your own requirements.
Leaving a guild
(It is a good idea to let the guild leader know why you are leaving first.)
If you are the guild leader and want to disband Type
Don't do this too much, because your reputation of guild hopping may catch up with you. Very few guild hoppers can have good reasons every time they quit. In that case, guilds suspect you don't do any research.
Starting a guild
Talk to a guild master NPC in a major city. A charter can be purchased for 10. You will need 4 Players to sign the charter before you can turn it in and start your guild. Due to a bug, your Guild Charter must be in your original backpack when you give it to the Guild Master to create your guild. Another bug is that sometimes the charter breaks and tells you that any name you choose already exists, including random letters. The only 'fix' for that is to delete the charter and start over. Choosing a tabard design costs 10, but the guild can be created without paying for the tabard design. When you still have the guild charter you can change the guild name to something that isn't taken.
Guild names are case sensitive - this means that there could be two guilds, one named Guild of Rogues, and the other named Guild Of Rogues on the same server. (Note the "o" in "of" is capitalized in the second.)
Note: When signing a guild charter, once a player's character signs, no alternate characters on that account may sign. The charter must have signatures from 4 other Players, each on a different account. This is why people sometimes offer to pay to have their charters signed. Yet you can have different character from the same account join the guild after charter is turned in.
Once you begin getting signatures on your charter, focus on getting the remaining signatures on your charter and registering the guild. Signatures can disappear if you delay, since players are allowed to put signatures on other charters until you turn yours in.
It is common for people to pay players to sign a charter so they can make a "banking guild". If you are creating a guild for the express purpose of using the guild bank space for your own character or characters, please be sure to inform people of your intent up front, and that those who sign your charter will immediately be kicked out once you have formed your guild. If you want to add other characters to your banking guild, you will need someone on a separate account to add your characters since any person invited to join a guild must be logged in, and of course you can't be logged in on more than one character at a time on the same WoW account. You can, however, invite your own characters from your separate WoW accounts if you have more than one. You can then remove the friend that helped you invite your characters after you are done adding them.
Guilds are often classified into types, such as Raid Guild, Social Guild, PvP Guild, Roleplaying Guild, etc. Keep in mind that these categories are not mutually exclusive, and many overlap (for example, some raid guilds like to participate in group PvP, some roleplaying guilds raid, etc).
- All Purpose Guild
- An all purpose or general guild has no specific area of concentration, but comprises all parts of the game. They may be very large and will consist of players of all levels. Their endgame progression and raiding will be casual, but they usually spawn several raid groups as their numbers of members cap per expansion. Opportunities in this type of guild can be comprehensive, with leaders organizing achievements and social events as well as instances and raids.
- Alt Guild
- A guild for alts of members in a primary, usually Progression or Raiding, guild. The characters in this guild tend to be below the level cap, but not always. Any level cap characters are usually under-geared for the primary guild. Sometimes Alt Guilds are also Leveling Guilds for the primary guild.
- Bank Guild
- These guilds tend to be non-public private institutions or held by a small close group of friends, IRL or online. In short they are just storage, a few extra pages to stash materials, items and occasionally gold. They tend to be held by an alt toon that becomes a Mule (game term), while the main and preferred alts see game play.
- Friends and Family Guild
- These are guilds similar to Social Guilds that are usually made up of RL family members and/or good friends. They can often accept players met only in-game, but they generally have to have interacted for a long time with existing members. Sometimes these guilds try to coordinate RL meetings and events with guild or in-game events.
- Leveling Guild
- These guilds are often very large and are designed to help new players or alts level up. They usually consist of a very large range of levels, from lowbies to people in their 70s and a good number of 80s. This type of guild is a great place to find players to quest and do instances with as you level up, but is not a good place to find partners for end-game content. Sometimes these guilds have a tendency towards immaturity due to their size and general inclusiveness. It is not uncommon for a leveling guild to be connected to a raiding guild, and people who reach certain milestones in the leveling guild (gear score, level, maturity, etc.) find themselves being invited into a raiding guild.
- PvP Guild
- PvP guilds focus on player versus player content in battlegrounds and the Arena, in addition to World PvP and city raids. It's not uncommon for members of a good PvP guild to be the only players in the top PvP spots. These guilds are a great place to find arena team members. They are also ideal for people for whom PvP is the main allure of the game.
- Progression Guild
- A progression guild is a sub-type of a Raid Guild (see below) that consists almost exclusively of level-cap, PvE players who's primary intent is to progress as far into end-game content as possible. They tend only to farm older instances or raids to further the progression goal and supply items to sell in the AH or as ingredients for needed flasks and other raiding supplies. Some progression guilds don't even allow sub-level-cap alts, but may have a partnered Leveling or Alt Guild.
- Raid Guild
- A raid guild is formed to tackle end-game raid instances such as Bastion of Twilight, the Firelands, and the Dragon Soul. Raid guilds typically have a strong enough core player base to be able to attend at least the 10-man raids without the assistance of other guilds or PuGs, though they may team up with other guilds for 25-man raids. Important factors to distinguish are:
- Attendance: These guilds will usually have raiding schedules, and you are required to attend to some of the planned raids, varying from a few to close to 100% of all raids.
- Loot distribution: loot can be divided in many ways; examples are /roll, Loot council, Suicide Kings, and DKP (a coin earned via for example raiding, where the coin must be paid to get dropped loot). To prevent drama it is smart to understand the system in advance.
- Required level of gear, raid experience, connection stability, maturity etc. These are factors of varying levels of importance and subjectivity that are best informed about by talking to officers of the raid guild.
- While raiding guilds are often very focused on raid preparation and progression, there are some cases where they also help members level or participate in group PvP. As most raids are from level 55 and higher, a Raid Guild will most likely be exclusive to players that are in the low to mid 80s (as of Cataclysm; mostly level cap characters depending on guild).
- Reboot Guild
- A guild formed by group of players who all want a fresh start. Frequently these will be players who have been away from the game for a while or are just looking to start over from scratch. All guild members will be starting out at level 1 and most, if not all, will be new to the server. The idea is for these players to level up together through group questing and low-level dungeon runs. This might be considered a sub-type of a Leveling Guild.
- Roleplaying Guild
- RP guilds concentrate on roleplaying, and are most likely only to be found on roleplaying servers. Guild chat may be in-character (although there is some controversy among roleplayers about IC guild chats), and members are encouraged to behave as their character and adhere strictly to the rules of a Roleplaying realm. This usually does not extend to Party Chat and Raid Chat.
- Social Guild
- A social guild is a guild where the members are generally very friendly with each other and play more to make friends or enjoy the game than to prepare for a raid. They are not usually very big guilds, consisting of anywhere between 20-150 members. The members are friendly, caring, and fun to be with, and often help new members out.
Communicating in a guild
Most guild communication happens via guild specific chat. The guild can also communicate via forums on a guild website. Often the guild will also communicate through a VoIP (voice chat) method, especially during instances, raids, or battlegrounds using programs such as Ventrilo or TeamSpeak.
Running a successful guild
Running a guild is not easy, and can take a lot of time and effort. It can also be very rewarding. One of the most important aspects to any guild is the quality of its leadership.
Before you create a guild
Before you create a guild, think first about what you want out of the guild you will create. Read through the types of guilds listed above for ideas. Maybe you already know exactly what you want and who you want to join, but if not you should think about those things now.
Develop your ranks and come up with the responsibilities those ranks will have and what each member needs to do in order to prove they can handle/deserve those ranks. When you create your guild, use your guild control tab in your social window to change the titles and privileges each rank has to reflect your decisions on the infrastructure. If you eventually plan to make use of the full ten ranks allowed to you by the game, you should set them all up as soon as possible; the all-too-simple rank administration system will not let you reposition ranks, so you have to rename each rank leading up to the new rank spot, then demote everyone to their previous rank.
Creating the guild
When you create a guild, you'll have five members. It is recommended that you be patient and actually find 5 people to sign the charter who will actually participate in the guild, not just people who will sign it to help you out and leave as soon as the guild is created. The guild charters were created for a good reason.
As your members join, make sure they understand the rules and goals that apply to the guild. This will decrease the possibility for drama and fighting within the guild. Use your guild message of the day to get out important information, for example: "Our homepage is @ www.our-guild.com" or "guild meet 5pm Saturday in Dalaran".
Communication & Communication Guidelines
Develop a means of communication exchange so members can communicate even when they aren't all online. Some guilds get by without this, but for end-game content guilds it is necessary. You can do this with an external website, from guild hosting services or a forum or website hosted by someone in the guild. Other options are using groups on social networks such as Facebook.
Have guidelines for acceptable guild communication behaviors and consequences for those who violate guild values. Some guild members play for recreation, relaxation, and fun -- positive experiences. Bullying, bigotry, and negativity are guild issues and should be addressed swiftly and without regret. All kinds of negative behaviors in guild communication, regardless of whether or not it attacks another guild member, are socially unacceptable and some of the most insidious sources of offense and drama in a guild. Guilds are social places that should be safe for members. Using good judgment is the responsibility of members and leaders in the guild. While some guild managers do not like to "punish" members who are offensive in jest, good members do leave when the attitudes of other guild members are intolerable or unacceptable, which is surely justifiable. Good members may leave without complaining because they believe that such behavior represents the tone and voice of the guild itself (that they do not belong or fit in a racist, rude, negative, or socially backward guild where bullies and bigots are tolerated). Insensitivity to human conditions in the face-to-face world and anti-social behaviors can lead to a bad guild reputation and guild full of immature and socially inept players. Turning a blind eye to these kinds of behaviors has been the downfall of guilds for years -- and tolerance of these things is wrong. As online social codes of behavior continue to evolve, guild leaders should make sure the voice of the guild is above reproach and demonstrates the awareness that it matters how human beings are allowed to treat each other in any environment. Develop a warning system for minor offenses; communicate consequences to players without good judgment; include social development as a part of guild management and leadership. Allow people to grow, but guide them in the process, and if they do not align with guild values, send them away. Letting players know these values at the beginning of their membership may help prevent drama in the first place. Make the guidelines and consequences clear.
Ranking and Promotion
Remember that it is okay to allow others to hold power. Promoting members who have earned your trust to "Raid Leader" or "Veteran" can be quite productive. Though in order to maintain a guild, it is important to realize that the structure of the guild can define stability. When assigning ranks and dealing with promotion, it is often accepted that trust must be involved. Creation of the ranks and rewarding payers with advancement is good guild leadership and needs to be deliberate and based on criteria that is not arbitrary but reliable and fair. Having too few ranks leads to too few promotions or opportunities to advance. One way to create guild drama is to be offensive, partial, and arbitrary; trust in a guild works both ways. Guild members watch the behaviors of guild officers, and aspiring members are observing promotions and rewards, so being a fair and reliable leader who values guild member strengths is important to guild stability and lessens the chances of offending aspiring, dedicated members who may be justifiably angered by a lack of respect or appreciation from people in positions of responsibility, privilege, and leadership.
Do not promote people to powerful positions too fast. If you promote a new officer every other day, you're going to have 15 new officers in a month. So be wary about who you choose to promote and give authority. The ability to promote people is a very powerful privilege, but if you use it too much, it will lose its power. On the other hand, if you use it too little, people will lose the incentive to stay in the guild. Having multiple ranks and offering promotions that let guild members know they're not invisible is a good thing because if for some reason a guild member feels like nothing more than a vault-cow, he or she may look for a guild that appreciates all effort to build a strong guild, including social value. Some players join guilds to feel connected to other players, so valuing a social guild member who creates a warm atmosphere where people feel connected is in some cases more vital and valuable than a loner-type player with lots of experience who will not connect with others. Power mongering does not create a great atmosphere or demonstrate responsible leadership. Valuing a diverse membership with a variety of skills and attitudes will help attract and keep players who enjoy the game, make guild contributions, and experience camaraderie. Give credit where credit is due; do not overlook all kinds of contributions as you promote players. That kind of promotion policy could create a lopsided guild experience.
When someone gets promoted, when a new members joins, or when a member does something generous and so on, make sure you give them incentive to continue on that path. One tactic is to give out "goodies" like free enchantments to people in the guild when they are promoted to some of the higher ranks. Another VERY important thing to do is to congratulate someone on a job well done. Use your guild message of the day to say things like "Congratulations [Player] on your promotion to OFFICER!" or "Welcome to the guild [Player]!" Also if you have a guild homepage, it would be a nice thing to do to put these kinds of messages on the main page.
Be enthusiastic. If you're not enjoying the guild, why should your members?
Give your members goals. Give them a direction or something to feel like the guild is making progress towards something - whatever that something is, is really up to you and what you've designed the guild for.
Empower your members. If you've given your guild a goal, then give your members the feeling that they have the power to get the job done. You can do this by reinforcing their faith in themselves, or simple by encouraging statements like "You're one of the best [class] on this server, I know you can do it!"
Have regular guild events. Try to have some guild meets or events that will keep your members feeling like they are part of an active community. Guild events are a good way for you and the rest of the guild members to see each other and more importantly for you to see who's needs help, who has what it takes to be a sub-leader and who needs to be told "don't do that." Make sure that you get the date and times of your guild events known to all your members via communications exchange like a homepage, guild message of the day, mail etc.
Dealing with conflict
Show your appreciation to your members and speak with those who are having problems. If you have someone that wants to leave your guild, don't let it burst your bubble. Everyone has feelings and if you speak to and (more importantly) listen to someone who wants to leave the guild, often enough you will find that they have a good reason for doing so.
It is inevitable that conflict will sometimes arise within the guild. The fairness and neutrality of the guild master is vital in resolving these issues, which can result from many things but are often due to perceived unfairness in some way. Do your best to listen to both sides and make a decision only after you fully understand the problem. Make sure to follow the rules you have set and not cave in to a player who breaks these rules, even if they have made significant contributions to the guild - this will only be bad for the guild in the long run, as other players will see it as unfair.
There are some resources for Guild Leaders on the official World of Warcraft Raid and Guild Management forum. You may find guides and FAQs compiled there that might be able to answer many of the questions you will have as a guild leader.
Guild tabards and bank tabs
Each guild can design their own personal tabard which all guild members can wear. The guild leader designs the tabard for a fee of 10 from the Guild Master NPC found in any major city. In some cities, there is a separate Guild Tabard Designer NPC standing nearby.
A player can purchase a tabard to wear for 1 from a guild tabard vendor, found near the Guild Master NPC. If you are not in a guild, you may still purchase and wear a tabard, but it will be grey until you join a guild that has already chosen their design. The tabard is a visual symbol or badge of membership for each guild. The only purpose beyond the look is to display your guild or faction pride, otherwise tabards provide no mechanical benefit to your character. Once a tabard is designed, you must pay another 10 each time to change it, so choose wisely the first time around.
Frequently asked questions
- - 24 Characters.
- - Find a guild you'd like to be in, and ask one of its members. They might have to ask a guild leader (there can be more than one), and when they decide to let you in, you'll receive a notice that someone has invited you into their guild. You'll want to select "Yes", and that's it!
- - In all the major faction cities, there's an NPC who sells Guild Charters. You'll need to buy one, and then have other players sign before you'll be officially recognized as a guild. Whatever you do, don't go around randomly shoving your guild charter in peoples' faces. This is considered rude and annoying.
- - /gquit - This removes you from your guild. If you are the last man standing you would have to /gdisband. Alternatively, you can also leave a guild by right-clicking on your name in the list of guild members that is shown in the "Guild" tab of the "Social" panel; among the menu options that appears will be "Leave Guild."
- - /g <message> - Sends a chat message to all members of your guild.
- - /o <message> - Sends a chat message to all officers of your guild.
- - Also note that you can turn guild chat off for certain ranks in your guild.
- - The tabard is a visual symbol or badge of membership for each guild (or overall faction in the case of the Honor System reward Private/Scout tabards). The only purpose beyond looking cool is to display your guild or faction pride, otherwise tabards provide no mechanical benefit to your character.
- - /ginvite <player> - Invites another player to join your guild.
- - /gremove <player> - Removes a player from your guild.
- - No. The graphic on the tabard is dynamic and will change to the new guild's graphic when you either relog, change continents, or enter/exit an instance.
- - A guild's name may be changed by the guild master contacting a game master by in-game ticket, and politely requesting that the guild name be changed. The guild master must be the person to contact the GM, and the name being changed to must be within Blizzard's naming policy. The other option is if the name is reported for violating Blizzard's naming policy. A Guild Tabard can be changed at any time by the guild master by simply visiting a Guild Master in any home city. The cost of this is 10.
- - Name changing: Changing a Guild Name is is a simple process, but it does take some time and may be a one-time-only request. Here is an example of feedback in a blue post about a name change request:
This is something that our Game Masters may be able to assist with, Jebbediah, but understand that it is a fairly rare exception - the type we may only be able to provide once.
As for the length of time it is taking, our queue times are a bit lengthy with the holidays and fairly new expansion. You can get a good estimate of roughly how long it might take by checking out our Twitter feed - we post estimated queue times twice daily. >^.^<
Blizzard CS Twitter
- - Here is an example of an in-game message from a contacted Game Master to change a Guild Name. The ticket was still active for at least one day. The following day an in-game email appeared showing the following:
Hey there, <character name>!
Thank you for your exceptional patience in waiting to be contacted. We really appreciate it! We'd be glad to help you with a one time only Guild Name change! :) Here's what you need to do: Submit a ticket to us with your top 5 choices for a new name and we'll do our best to make sure you get the one you want! Hope you have an awesome day! Thanks again for contacting me. :) May all your hits be crits and your lewtz be phat!
<gm name>Game Master
- - After submitting a second ticket with the requested information, the ticket became "escalated" which means that it is no longer in the hands of a GM but has been instead passed onto an account specialist. This ticket took several days to resolve. As with a regular ticket, if you edit or delete this ticket, then you will have to start the process all over again.
- - Future name changing service: In a blue post it was mentioned that Blizzard is working on a service to allow Guild Leaders to pay to have their guild name changed in an automated fashion for a fee. However, in the 4 months since the announcement (as of late July 2011), there has been no followup.
- - If a guild has a name that is in violation of policy as determined by a GM and is changed, it will be changed immediately to the name of the guild leader until that leader contacts a GM to propose a valid name to change the guild to. Only a guild leader can change the guild name.
- - Currently there is no mechanism to ensure any historical aspects of a guild will be preserved when re-established on another realm/server. You can only make a new guild on a different realm/server with the same name as the old guild, recreate its permissions structure, and re-invite any members who transferred. No guild achievements or guild perks are preserved.
- - Future transfer service: In a blue post it was mentioned that Blizzard is working on a service to allow Guild Leaders to transfer their guild to another realm/server and maintain the status of the guild for a fee.
The idea is for a guild leader to be able to transfer a guild to another realm. The guild structure remains intact, including the guild leader, guild bank, ranks, and guild name (depending on availability).
Guild members who decide to relocate with their guild may initiate their own paid character transfer. Upon a successful transfer they will automatically be part of the guild when they first log into the new realm. Their guild rank and guild reputation will be intact.
- However, in the 4 months since the announcement (as of late July 2011), there has been no followup.
- - There are 5 guild ranks by default: Initiate, Member, Veteran, Officer, and Leader.
- Usually, Officers and Leaders can add and remove players from the guild.
- Members of the guild can only perform promote/demote/remove actions on those of lower ranks than themselves.
- Only Leaders can disband the guild and promote players to the Officer rank.
- Only one character can be the guild Leader.
- Guilds must have a minimum of 5 ranks. More ranks can be added by the Leader, up to a maximum of 10 ranks.
- - Rank names and privileges are customizable by the guild Leader. The privileges are:
- Inviting players to the guild or removing them.
- Promoting or demoting of members.
- Viewing or speaking in Guild chat.
- Viewing or speaking in the special Officer chat channel.
- Editing public notes or viewing/editing of Officer notes.
- Editing the guild Message of the Day or the Guild Information panel.
- Viewing, withdrawing, depositing or editing the Guild Bank tabs.
- - Most people join guilds to seek out help on quest, instances, and even to get help attaining a certain set piece you may want. Some people enjoy the social aspects and camaraderie. Others desire the structure a guild can provide. It's also worth noting that on some servers, players not in a guild are spammed en masse in major cities by guilds looking for members.
Creating a guild website
- Main article: Guild website utilities
There are many ways to build a guild website. The most common approaches are:
- Create from scratch: requires finding a straightforward web hosting provider or running a server on your home machine or elsewhere. You'll then have to install, configure and maintain software components such as a web server (e.g. Apache, IIS); add-on software modules (frequently written in PHP); and a SQL database to store the information server-side. This is both well beyond the ken of many players, as well as time consuming, technically challenging, and can require quite a bit of ongoing maintenance.
- Sign up with a guild hosting service: With the popularity of MMORPGs, and World of Warcraft in particular, a variety of specialized guild hosting providers have come into being to simplify the lives of guild masters the world over. These services may be free, or for-pay, or both (usually offering upgrades to the paid-only services). The prices vary from service to service, but are typically quite reasonable, especially in light of the complexity of the alternative described above. Options range from free ad-supported services to premium packages offering things like DKP systems or more file storage.
Typical features for guild websites
Guild hosting services typically offer:
- Public and/or private forums for members to communicate with each other, or other tools for communications such as instant messaging.
- Ventrilo or TeamSpeak voice server hosting and server status integration into the web site content. (Note that there has been a rash of people going into Ventrilo or Teamspeak channels and playing soundboards, commonly known as Ventrilo Harassment. To solve this problem, radio silence is recommended.)
- Tools for tracking the roster of characters in the guild.
- An application for scheduling and organizing raids, tournaments and other gaming events.
- Applications for tracking treasure, items, or points accrued toward redeeming treasure (often referred to as a DKP system).
- A news system.
- Applications to facilitate accepting and managing player applications for membership in the guild.
Popular guild hosting services
A comprehensive list of guild hosting services can be found here.
- ^ Nevalistis 2010-12-29. #6 - Guild name change?. Official Customer Support forum (US).
- ^ a b Nethaera 2011-03-23. Guild Transfer & Guild Rename Services Coming. Official General Discussion forum (US). Archived from the original on 2011-03-23.
Takralus 2011-03-23. Guild Transfer & Guild Rename Services Coming. Official Raid and Guild Leadership forum (EU). Archived from the original on 2011-03-23.
- ^ Vrakthris 2011-06-05. #11 - GM Changing Guild Name. Official Customer Support forum (US).
- ^ Guildmaster's Guild UI review #8 by Zarhym 2010/07/23 09:46:17 PM
- ^ Guild Members Capped in 4.0.1 by Bashiok 2010/10/09 02:09:49 AM
- Guild achievements - Guild specific achievements introduced with Cataclysm.
- Guild advancement - New ways to improve your guild and get perks since Cataclysm.
- Guild Challenges - Daily battlegrounds, dungeons, or raids for guilds that give bonus guild experience, achievements, and gold.
- Guild Dethrone - A process for replacing an absent or inactive guild leader.
- Guild leader
- Guild Mentoring Program - Official program for selected guilds to mentor new and sub-level-cap players.
- Guild window - Primary guild UI in World of Warcraft.
- Guild mass recruiting - A basic how to guide on mass recruiting.
- Guild Services - Official Blizzard services for helping relocate, rename, or change the faction of a guild.
- For a list of guilds with pages on this wiki, see Category:Guilds.
- For a list of Guilds organized by Realm, see Realms list and choose a Realm.
- For advice on making a guild page in WoWWiki, see Help:Guild article and the WoWWiki guild article policy.
- Leveling guild
- Raiding guild