Guild applications and a ninja-tale

Perils of Guild Recruitment

Regulars to this blog have probably noticed that we often take a leaf from HordeReview. The blog (or is it fansite) is still in its infancy. However, what a like about this blog is that it doesn’t profess to be another That and the fact that the website is sponsored by another late-night PST guild (Nephenteum) which is much like TA.

Recently, the site offered some sensible advice for recruitment officers/ guilds.

One of the many amazing things about Warcraft to me is the unwritten code of conduct, and self policing nature of the people who play the game. We have to constantly keep our selves in check for fear of being flamed or labeled on our own servers that we may be a ninja, or unpleasant to play with. We often spend large amounts of gold at the auction house on mats and then search through tells for a player who we may never have spoken with to trade those mats with in good faith that they will craft the desired item and return it to us. Sometimes though there are players or circumstances that tempt players to violate this code and take advantage of other players, or even their own guild. Read More

And a cautionary tale.

We had a guy named (removed) who played a warlock (who)… was actually an officer in our guild which gave him complete access to almost everything, we trusted him as a model member of our guild as well always showing up on time, farming mats, etc. One day however we log into the game only to be horrified that we had been the lucky visitor of a ninja who took a large amount of valuables from the G-Bank, and Izirii had mysteriously G-Quit. As we checked the logs of the G-Bank our suspicions were realized that Izirii was the culprit, and he had made a clean get away.

Recruitment varies for many guilds. Casual guilds prefer to use (I call it spamming) trade chat, list their availabilities on recruitment threads, ninja from other guilds (happens!) and your guild website. Persistence and patience are important too, specially if your guild is on a low-pop server.

There’s nothing wrong with being upfront during the ‘interview process’, and to avoid as much buyer’s regret as possible.  Works both ways. If you’re after quality-not-quantity, don’t hesitate to ask for a boss parse 🙂 Naturally, if you’re trying to recruit an inter-server player, make sure there’s no misunderstanding with the person/ guilds raid time. Trial period is essential. It’ll probably take 2-3 weeks to assess a raider’s fit for your guild. There’s no set rules on how you should conduct your trial period, however, it’s not going to make things easier if your new recruit is away most of the times. So be sensible.