Filling the ranks

Recruitment is one of the biggest part of running a guild, especially if your goals involve scheduled play where you need a dozen or more players to even participate.  We are currently in the ramp up stage of recruiting which is a place that I’ve been in a few times when jumping into a new game.  I marinated on bring the guild into WoW for a few weeks to see if the itch to jump back into it all would pass, it didn’t.  First I reached out to all the people that I played with previously including a friend who normally filled the officer role.  This brought back some familiar faces and ramped up the excitement for the new game we were playing.  Next I start to look for the best way to find our ideal candidate and I’m overwhelmed by the amount of different platforms that seem to be everywhere for WoW.  I update our guild’s profile on a variety of platforms and sites and while having this information out there and up to date will be useful in the future, it was not bringing us very many players.

There are a few recruitment methods that I’m considering:

  • Spamming – quick way to get bodies into your guild and great for groups with a focus on general activity.  Most likely you will not get the exact type of player you want by announcing “message me for a guild invite!”  By opening the flood gates, you could be setting yourself up for headaches in the future.
  • Targeted recruitment – What I mean by targeted recruitment is finding the specific qualities that I want in a player and pursuing them.  I both sell our brand and share our goals.  If we both want the same thing then I speak to each candidate in person and offer them a trial position in the guild.
  • Partnering with another guild – This will most likely get you the most members for the least amount of time investment.  A lot of the time partnering with another guild requires compromise and changing your vision for the guild, allowing new leadership to take charge or become officers.
  • Community interactions – one way to grown in a semi-organic way is through making your presence know through community interactions.  This is a slow process but I have found some great friends this way.  Being active on a forum talking about things that I’m interested in has found me some allies.  This is more of an indirect way to find new friends and guildies.
  • WoW Communities – this is a new social platform in wow that allows you to join a group without leaving your current guild.  I’m currently experimenting with a “I want to raid eventually” type of community.  I don’t expect it to take off until the beginning of the new expansion when a lot of players return.  I’m hoping to drum up a sort of larger guild type community with more relaxed standards for membership than what will be required in our raid groups.

The raider is a fickle creature, easily spooked by unrest and sometimes difficult to reassure.  I’ve seen it before where a guild with the best of intention winds up not being a great fit for a small group of its members, who eventually leave.  I don’t want that to happen, so I make it clear what the goals of the guild are and reinforce that message periodically.  Ideally I like to recruit enough people around to run a small bench to ensure that we are not short on our raid nights.

For those out there who have participated in the guild recruitment process, both recruiting and being recruited.  How did you find a guild?  Did they reach out to you, or did you find them?  What did you like/dislike about the experience of being courted.  I need to know!  Help me be better at this 😀


7 thoughts on “Filling the ranks

  1. It’s been a while, but we had like 3 main funnels. Mostly the “these are the guilds on the server” sticky posts and active “we are recruiting” posts on the official forums, and also just asking unguilded players anyone encountered who seemed to be decent, and lastly everyone recruiting their RL or internet friends that happened to play on that server, or sometimes getting them to transfer. But this was never hardcore raiding, most of the “friends of guildies” ended up being replacements who were sometimes happy to get a raid spot or glad to help out, or just did some regular but rare normal signup. I never tried it but I also would’ve never dared to try the global channel recruitment announcements…

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  2. I’ll be curious how these communities work out.
    Our biggest gain in raiders was from puggers joining us and then liking us and wanting to exchange battle tags; perhaps communities will replace that. In this situation you have to be good and fun. It seems that the standard for new players to access our situation is “y’all are chill”, whatever that means.
    There are challenges to this, we now have a player who loves to dominate the mic and talk non-stop – who wants to join a team when you can’t have a voice?
    Anyways our raid leader was very good at exchanging battle tags and keeping a little note on who was who. Some players come and go but some stay for years, over on their own servers.
    So, you need a healthy raiding environment on the mics and that can be the hardest thing of all.


    1. When people get a bit too talky that can be a big challenge. I normally begin with the general “We need voice chat to stay open so that important calls can be communicated” Then I move on to “You, need to stop talking during the boss fights or I’ll mute you.” Followed by a global mute for the rest of the evening. Of course this tactic may seem harsh but it has worked for us well in the past and I very rarely have had to mute anyone. In general the people that are in the raid want to continue playing with us and try not to piss me off 😀

      My battletag friends is a hot mess. I’m extremely excited for communities and will likely be writing more about them in the future.

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  3. My favorite recruitment was when I was going to one of the main cities in Lineage 2, in the middle of the game’s night (it is kinda scary when it is all open-world PVP), to buy some new jewelry for my character. Then a woman just stopped me and asked “Hey do you want to join my clan?” or something like that. I started the game not a long ago so I was a bit wary. I asked her if she wouldn’t mind answering a few questions first, which she accepted and patiently did so. Satisfied with the answers I accepted to join her clan.

    It turned out to be a good decision for that game as they were a small clan, with good people, who didn’t mind my aversion for PVP (long story). Unfortunately we were never able to find a game again that all of us enjoyed as they were (in the words) too addicted to open-world PVP.

    Nowadays, I just join guilds that friends of mine created or are in and they are playing actively. I don’t have the patience to try my lucky with random guilds anymore. Plus the fact that I have social anxiety doesn’t help if I have to deal with a bunch of complete strangers.

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