I have to thank Specced For Drama for the inspiration for this post. Ama was writing about one’s first blog post and stated the following:
When I think about what I’d like from a guild now, it would be what I had in the first guild I was in, Eclipse. It was a large guild of casual players. There was always someone around to chat with, even during the day in the middle of the week. Occasionally we’d get a guild group together to run regular dungeons or heroics or some battlegrounds. It was nicknamed “The Old Folks Guild” as the leadership and most members were older, more mature players
It got me thinking about my guild. I remember when it was created, it was meant to be for my wife and I, and it would be our bank. That was the whole idea. A couple of people who signed the charter actually stayed, though one ended up getting banned. A number of other people I met in-game rolled alts in Claws of Nature (before usually signing their main up later) and suddenly we actually had a membership. In fact, real life friends server transferred their toons to join as well and all of a sudden we were a guild of 23 accounts at peak. That included at least four couples (that I can think of) and we became pretty much everything Ama mentions above.
I still remember how much fun we had during the pre-Lich King world event out in the Plaguelands. We’d have 2-3 5-man groups just having a ball. We all had our different schedules, but we were all of the same jib and it was a grand time.
We had a couple members basically fall off the map for various reasons, and even I took a hiatus or two. One couple left for the greener pastures of a raiding guild on another server, and I don’t blame them. There was a group of us that wanted to raid, but schedules just never seemed to work out and we were such a collection of folk that we didn’t want to PuG some hardcore folk. Still, at this time last year we had over a dozen regular folk and a few sporadics.
Now I find myself in a guild with about 7-8 active members, and a couple of those are sporadic at best. So, it’s pretty quiet. I find myself missing the way it was. However, I’m too…stubborn(?) to go looking for another guild. I know they’re out there, but Claws has always felt like home. Whether Magik, Korinite, Rugwilla, Aiqu, Falkoar, Larsson, Aevery, or any of the other folk we had came back, or even new names and faces came aboard, I’d love to make the most of it all over again.
I know I could recruit, but guild spamming isn’t for me. Also, it’s hard at the moment because we aren’t what we once were and in all fairness we never were what a good chunk of the players wanted. But, we always were an honest, fun, and tightknit group…with a sprinkling of zany for good measure. Even when I have tried to recruit (and sometimes succeeded) from WoW Ladies, or other message boards, I find it really hard to put Claws into words. It was always something that had to be experienced, but it’s hard to experience when we’re at such a low level at the moment.
For that reason, I can’t honestly say if Claws of Nature will get back to what it was or not. Actually that’s not true. What I should say is that I do not know if Claws will return to its pinnacle or not. It’s never changed identity, merely body count. We’ll always have an open door to those who want to step in and become a part of the family.