UPDATE: Apparently there was no talk on the Wednesday, the guild was disbanded along with the contents of the gbank on Friday without a word. Fucking disgraceful.
For me, as with many other players, the people you meet are what make the experience of WoW great, in fact most of my entries for Saga's 20 day challenge on the subject of best WoW memories related to other people.
It took me a long, long time to find a guild. I don't mean a meaningless nameplate floating above my head, I've had a fair few of those, I mean A Guild. The guild. The guild where I'm a valued member of the raid team, where running HCs and dailies together is something to look forward to instead of a tedious grind, talking freely in gchat, having in-jokes, even piping up on vent. Anyone who's been reading CtL for the past month or so will remember my elation over finding my guild and I regaled you with our progression and antics regularly. And by regale I might mean bore to tears, but I hope not.
It's been my shortest stint with a guild in my history of WoW, but easily and by far the best. I write with a heavy heart that I will be leaving them this week. What's left of them anyway.
As saddened as I was by the news, I was pissed off in equal measure because of the terrible way the whole situation has been handled. Unless you were on vent the instant they decided to move on (I wasn't) it was all left to trickle through the rumour mill, and you don't need me to tell you that is not a good way for people to find things out, especially people you've recently reassured that it'll all be ok.
I confided in my aforementioned priest friend for advice, who without question or hesitation offered me a place in his guild and let me know he was setting up a second raid group. The short version of the discussion was that, if I could bring a handful of my guild with me, we'd have a good grounds for setting up and managing that group as well as the security of a solid guild with very, very good players.
Of our guild one officer was left, who became GM and expressed interest in recruiting and getting back on our feet with who we have left. I could see this working, so a guild meeting was organised for Tuesday night. I turn up on time (as usual) to spend an evening waiting for other people to turn up for an hour only to have the new GM disappear on a phone call for a further hour and a half before announcing we'd have to do this tomorrow.
I don't know whether they talked or not on Wednesday, I didn't bother logging on until late and there was no-one there by that time. All I know is that my decision was made for me on Tuesday night. If you tell people that you want them to be somewhere for something important, and then don't turn up or leave them hanging for whatever reason, then the message you send is a) I don't care and b) It's not important. That is not the kind of attitude that will get regular raiding and motivated raiders.
I understand that some people take raiding more seriously than others, and as I've talked about before, it's not wise to mix the two attitudes. I am someone of limited free time, I don't have any to waste on the un-motivated and the un-reliable.
What adds insult to injury is, only a few days before this all kicked off, another guild very keen to bring a Holy priest into their group for quick progression and hitting hardmodes asap asked if I'd join them. They were polite and understood I was already guilded, but wanted to know if I was achieving the progression I wanted. Even though we'd had a couple of bad turnouts leading to no raids for a couple of weeks (so no I wasn't happy with progression), I thanked them for the offer and said I was happy. I did this out of loyalty. Loyalty I have not been shown back by the so-called leaders of this group.
I could go on but, to be honest, I've been writing this post bit by bit all week and in that time I haven't seen anyone from the guild online and the idea of this being the end has been allowed to settle. I'm no longer upset but I'm still angry, and anxious as well now because I don't know if it'll be another year and a half until I find a guild that's right for me. I guess if I don't start trying, I won't know.