Managing Expectations for the Big New MMO. (Also video game music and Escape Goat 2!)

WildStar has opened pre-orders and just had a big beta weekend, which means my guild is all excited about the game. And that’s a good thing! MMO launches are fun, and they are even more fun with a group of friends! But already my (retired) guild leader senses are tingling, and I’m worrying about making sure that expectations are managed. “Everyone will start playing again and it’ll just be like the old...

How to Raid More Seriously as a Guild, or Life After Casual

A couple of weeks ago I got into a discussion with someone who was struggling with running a casual guild and yet wanting said guild to perform more professionally in raids. I’ve seen similar discussions going on quite a bit lately, particularly in the wake of Pandaria. So how do you convince your guild to focus more on raids without becoming a shouty jerk? As someone who built a guild from a couple of low level characters...

Balancing Multiple Games in a Community

World of Warcraft inspired the creation of thousands upon thousands of guilds. Once the population started dropping, though, and fickle gamer eyes started to wander I think most savvy guild leaders saw the writing on the wall and started looking at multi-game structures. I know I did! It doesn’t matter whether we called it a community or collective or organization, the idea across the board was not to hook our group’s...

Preparing for the Guild Wars 2 Rapture

Tonight at midnight in my time zone the Guild Wars 2 headstart will kick off, with probably millions of players taking part over the next few weeks. I’ve been jokingly calling it the “Guild Wars 2 Rapture” in RIFT guild chat. This is the first time I’ve been sticking with the “little guys” during a hype-ful launch, whereas in the past I’ve either been engrossed in WoW during its behemoth days...

Pondering the Future of Appointment Gaming

For a long while after quitting WoW I laboured under the impression that if the Cats were to find a magical One True Game again, we’d all fall back into cooperative group gaming. In my mind this would be raiding, because that’s what I have experience with, but really any kind of group activity would count. What I realized lately, though, is that I’m probably one of the very few people who actually want this again....

Guild Influence Rewards in GW2

Everyone is talking about Guild Wars 2 today after the beta weekend! If you’re looking for a general summary, Spinks has written a good overview and collected many links to different reactions. Generally folks seem to be speaking positively about the game today for both PvE and PvP. The biggest negative comments revolve around social features, and I couldn’t agree more with most of those complaints: things like a good /who...

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