Here’s a scenario from the Pantheon Twitter.
You’re in a guild that can see when you’re online, they ask you to help with something boring like grinding for mats or guild finances but your friends are waiting to play with you, what do you do?
I’m viewing this one from multiple angles.
- Friends vs. Guild
- Fun Tasks vs. Boring Tasks
- Why not both?
Friends vs. Guild
I think it’s a matter of loyalties and communication. If you commit to being in a guild, I feel like you commit to helping that organization in activities that are meant to be done as a guild. If you’re not ready to make that commitment and join a guild that asks its members to participate together, then you probably shouldn’t join.
I also think that with my friends I’m comfortable communicating with them that when it’s time to do a guild activity then that means I won’t be available. Planning times when there isn’t a schedule conflict is probably better. If the guild request was extremely impromptu, then again it’s about deciding those priorities.
Fun Tasks vs Boring Tasks
I’ll keep this one short. Why does getting mats and working on guild finances have to be boring? To me those are areas where MMORPG — virtual worlds — can really shine and evolve the gameplay to be more than rapid mob grinding. Those types of activities are sorely under-developed in modern MMOs. Rephrase that to “they ask you to help with something really fun and rewarding like obtaining defensive supplies and growing the guild coffers.”
Why not both?
I’ve always tried to guild up with my friends. If I enjoy playing with certain people, then to me it makes sense that we’re in the same guild so that when activities arise we do them together.