Decisions: Girl Guilds, Transfers and (!) RP Realms

I’m thinking about transferring characters to another realm. My main raids several times a week, and I spend most of the rest of my time on alts, which are unguilded. I solo a lot. As these alts reach endgame, I’d like to raid with them, but in most raiding guilds alts a) aren’t welcome in MC/BWL, and b) can’t compete with mains for drops – fair enough, I admit. But these are characters that I spend a lot of time playing. I’d like to be able to raid with them. And that brought me to the decision that I’d like to join another guild with them.

I like the idea of serious all-girl guilds, although I personally haven’t seen any strong ones. Which led to the thought that perhaps I’d like to start one myself. (eek!!!) Bad idea? Possibly…perhaps even probably. Read on, and tell me what you think.

I’ve had a Live Journal account for years, and so the first step was to post in the wow_ladies community to see if anyone else was interested. Some response, mainly from people who would be interested in transferring to Moonglade, a roleplaying server.

I’d never thought about transferring to a RP server; I haven’t the faintest idea what one would do on one, aside from having the hazy understanding that I’d have to make up a backstory for each character and try to play it (I’m a night elf raised by gnomes, I’ve always had confidence issues because I was so different from everyone else, blah blah blah…) But I could be wrong. :P

I’m quite nervous about transferring, to be honest, and also about the idea of starting a guild. I’ve never done it before, and it seems like an incredible amount of work – which I’m willing to do. Girl guilds (in my experience) tend to socialize a lot, but never seem to get everyone levelled to the point where they can do the high-level instances, so the serious/hardcore ones leave (as I did) to join mixed raiding guilds. But in theory I would really love to support and work towards the success of a strong all-female guild.

What’s a girl to do? I don’t know, but I’ll let you know how it goes. Any tips or personal experiences would be appreciated before I (gulp!) start moving characters.

4 Comments so far

  1. veronica (unregistered) on August 15th, 2006 @ 8:06 am

    If you come to Bonechewer, I’d gladly join your guild! The hard part is getting anyone to go to Bonechewer…

  2. Andrea (unregistered) on August 15th, 2006 @ 8:24 am

    My personal experience as member of the girl guilds Daughters of the Horde and Daughters of the Alliance (both on US-Bronzebeard) has been very positive. It’s different as that girl guilds do indeed seem to be very social. Running into other girls from the guild is always a happening.

    I am an officer in Daughters of the Horde, and we’re hosting a party this weekend, for us and our alliance sister guild. Events will include a scavenger hunt, a raffle, dueling, and the usual party fun stuff like Savoury Deviate Delight binging etc. It’s fun, it’s social, and more likely to happen in a girl or heavy RP guild, I guess. :)

    I think the problem is the mix of alts and mains in such guilds. Fact is, a lot of girls start playing because of their boyfriends/husbands/fiances, even though they love the idea of a girl guild. In DotH, a lot of members are alts. But you need a core of mains to actually advance. We’re at a point now where we can actually start doing more high-level stuff, as we have 12 level 60s, and about 6-8 coming up to ding the big 60 in the very near future.

    As alliance has a bigger pull on girls, DotA has been doing better, and they’ve always had a higher number of 60s. They’re actually making inroads into Molten Core now, in an alliance with one of the bigger raiding guilds, The Underground.

    I guess my point is that it will take time, patience, and a good number of people willing to dedicate time to a girl-only guild to make it work. Enthusiasm. You need active officers and you need to give the girls something to do, be it social events, Guild Group Days, instance runs or just questing together. I think a good example of what works can be found in wow_dota, the LJ of the Daughters of the Alliance. Back in the day, they used to have a Social Sister appointed who was in charge of hosting events. There was some fun stuff they did. :)

    For me, joining DotH changed the way I play WoW. I used to solo a lot, but I don’t anymore. I joined DotH in April and haven’t run anything with a PUG ever since. I play with a group of fabulous girls who come from all walks of life, are tons of fun and the most generous people one could imagine. I love it.

    Tratsch, undead warlock, US-Bronzebeard

  3. Leah (unregistered) on August 15th, 2006 @ 10:42 am

    Being another woman that plays WoW, I have also thought of putting my main in a all-female guild, but there doesn’t seem to be any on my (RP) server either.

    As far as RP servers, most of the RPers stay to themselves and the non-RPers leave them be. The only time there’s a problem is when they grief each other, which is becoming less common as time goes on. If you’d like to try RP, most find it fun and relaxing, but no one really cares if you decide not to on an RP server.

    As far as being a good guild leader, it is similar to taking on another job; except you get paid in epics instead of real money.

    Venefika, Undead Warlock, US-Shadow Council

  4. Ravven (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 4:42 am

    Good feedback, thank you very much. :)

    Last night I spent several hours grinding wolves and kobolds with a new character to get the ten silver for the guild charter (amazing how difficult that is for a lowbie, when you’re used to your main having stacks of gold!). Now I begin the process of transferring characters over.

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