Rebuilding a Guild – Can You Do It?

Rebuilding a guild isn't an easy feat.

So you have a guild that has fallen on hard times.  Membership is low… activity is low… you have only 10 remaining active members when you used to have 500. The realm you are on is slower then a turtle on morphine. What can you do? Give up? Abandon all hope? Find a new guild… play a different game?

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8 months ago, I was faced with that same problem. My WoW guild had dropped from a height of 800 members down to only 300 and with only 4% of that being active.
 Our old realm, Shadowmoon, had lost tons of guilds and players. We couldn’t get enough people for raiding.. or random battlegrounds. The second end-game content events we really loved. So I sat down with my remaining officer team and we began to discuss–what the hell could we do?  I logged on many realms… looking at the trade chat. I visited the auction houses seeing how many items were listed to see the activity.  Finally after a month of deliberation… I moved one alt to Bleeding hollow and without the backing of my guild… I joined alone. I explored Bleeding Hollow.. realized how active the world PvP was on that realm.

Then on December 31st, 2012, I moved our guild Ashesothephoenix to Bleeding Hollow and renamed us ‘Exhilaration.’ With the help of my dedicated team, we began to rebuild.
It has not been easy… but the difference in activity and fun is staggering. We have 3 random battleground teams. We can PvP, and we still raid. Five years of time invested in a guild and a community was not lost.

What I learned was that at some point it’s okay to make a change. You have to ask yourself.. if you still love the game you are playing, if you enjoy the company of those you are playing with, then for sure don’t give up. Build a plan and follow through.

Your guild can be resurrected and you can enjoy that experience you used to have once again.


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