A Letter to My Guild

Posted: May 29, 2007 by Kendricke in Everquest 2, Guilds

I don’t speak enough about my guild on here, which is a shame. I’m damned proud of my guildmates, and they put in some serious work to do what we do.

For those of you with no clue what I’m talking about, I lead the Legion of the White Rose guild, currently on Guk server in Everquest 2. We consider ourselves a pretty casual raiding guild, which for us means we raid 4 nights each week, for 3 hours each raid. That’s it. No 5-8 hour raid sessions. We don’t raid 6-7 nights a week. Just four three-hour sessions a week.

Considering we choose to be good only, this is definately quite the challenge for us. In fact, it’s such a challenge, let me repeat that again: we’re good only. That means no brigands, no defilers, no coercers, no necromancers, and so on…

To quote ol’ blue eyes, “We do it our way.” …or not at all.

Our raids are also voluntary. For those of you who don’t understand the significance, that means we’re not in the business of booting members who don’t attend raids from time to time. This also makes it more difficult to maintain a solid, standing raid force. We make up for this by recruiting more members overall, and paying closer attention to our class makeup (particularly since we only have access to 16 of the 24 classes).

Now, we’ve been raiding in Echoes of Faydwer zones, just like most guilds. We’re not nearly as far in as we’d like to be (probably just like most guilds), but we have a good time most nights just trying.

Recently (about 2 months ago), we held a poll within the guild to figure out where we wanted to spend our limited raid time. Not suprisingly, most members were sick to death of Vyemm’s and Lyceum. What did surprise me was how many members were NOT sick of Halls of Seeing or Deathtoll. With all these new Echoes raids out there, the overwhelming majority of my membership wanted to spend more time in Kingdom of Sky raid zones for a bit more.

So…we have. We’ve buckled down a lot over the past few months and started coming together in some major ways which have enabled us to finally see some significant jumps in our nightly numbers and progress.

For most raid guilds, this is old hat. We’re small potatoes compared to dedicated raid guilds, and we both appreciate and respect that. We’re not out to raise the bar for raiding as a whole, nor are we out to prove anything to anyone beyond our membership. We’re just out to have a good time when we log in.

All that being said, we’re doing well enough, I think. After taking 5 weeks off of Deathtoll, we went back on Sunday and took down Tarinax for the first time. It was a great feeling, and even the guildmates who couldn’t make the raid were hitting guildchat with woots and congratulatory messages. Since that kill, it’s been hard to discuss anything else in our forums or guildchat. Members can’t wait till this Sunday when we go after him again (and hopefully get our first guild Claymores).

Sure, this is old news for 90% of the raid guilds out there. We’re 2 releases behind the times, right? That doesn’t matter to us, though. If you had been in our guildchat Sunday night, chances are you would have felt great, too.

So, to my fellow Legionnaires, I’d like to say the following:

You’ve worked hard to get where we are. You’ve come a long way. You’ve learned a lot, you’ve become more savvy, and you’ve finally come together in a big way. You make me proud to be one of you, and I can’t wait to see what we bring down next.

Good job, Legionnaires. Keep it up!

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