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Applications & Guilds – A Tool for Finding the “Perfect Fit”
People create guilds for a variety of reasons; for personal bank space, for a place to play with family and friends, or a way to set an ideal gaming environment for a larger group of players. Regardless of the reason your form your guild, one of the first things you must consider is the method of recruitment you wish to use.
Many new guilds utilize Blizzard’s World of Warcraft Recruitment Forums to get the word out that their guild is actively seeking members. Once that word is out, however, the next question is whether or not your guild will accept every person who requests membership. One way some guilds decide on whether a potential member will be a good fit is through a website-based application.
There is no one, set “universal” application that can be used for all guilds; a good application for one guild may not be ideal for another guild. In this article, I will try to explain some of the different types of applications, and try to explain the purpose behind each application type.
Social Guild Applications. Social guilds generally look for “quality” over “quantity”; in other words, a social guild might not be overly-impressed by your uber gear or your raid experience. They would rather learn about you outside the game (your likes and dislikes), what you like to do (aside from raid) when in-game (like, “I like to explore, and so far my favorite area of the game is Nagrand”). Many social guilds try to maintain a family-friendly atmosphere, and often have special events within the game. These types of guilds are eager to know that you are able to adhere to that family-friendly atmosphere and that you’re interested in the types of special events that they are often known to host or take part in.
These applications tend to be less “question-oriented” and more open. They will often have only a few questions that are open for interpretation where the applicant is allowed free-reign to answer as they see fit. This serves to give the guild a good feel for the applicant’s personality, how well they can express themselves and speak about themselves, and might serve to give the guild an idea as to whether or not the applicant will be a good fit socially within the guild.
Raid Guild Applications. Raid guilds generally look for a player’s experience with game content, character equipment and a player’s availability for raid scheduling. Raid guilds may state on their application a minimum equipment requirement and/or minimum instance experience requirement before a prospective member can even fill out an application to join. These applications are often more focused and have a series of short-answer questions in order to reveal the prospective member’s ability to work within a team setting, week-to-week schedule availability, personal game goals, and prior experience in a raid setting. Some raid guild applications may require links to the applicant’s Armory page, an in-game interview, a “test run”, or even a referral from a prior guild leader.
The “Somewhere In Between” Application. Some guilds may find that they are not completely socially-oriented, but they also don’t consider themselves raid guilds, either. They consider themselves social organizations that happen to raid, thus falling somewhere between the “Raid Guild” designation and the “Social Guild” designation. Applications to these guilds also often fall in between the two previous application types. They may ask a few focused questions designed to gauge raid-worthiness, but at the same time ask the sort of open-ended questions designed to gauge whether or not the applicant will be a good fit within the guild socially. These “hybrid” guilds survive on the camaraderie of their members, often sacrificing speed of progression for the sheer enjoyment of progressing with their fellow guild mates.
For many players, applying to a guild is a big decision. They are choosing a group of people to spend all of their in-game time with, and many players research to find what they think will be the “perfect match”. A guild administrator (and his or her officers) is just as obligated to make an open, honest decision on applications submitted to their guild, insuring that the guild gets a new member that will be a good fit within the guild, and insuring that the prospective member can find a guild home where they can make the most of their gaming experience.