Quote fromTime to make an appearance I would say!
What we have is a guild dedicated to multiple games, and on the forums, this works well. I know pretty much everyone here, and even if I don't straight reply to everything written, I see a lot of different opinions of individuals that contribute to SICK which indicate that people do spend time thinking about various subjects. I have not however, seen a lot of people on B.Net for D2. Are these people active in other games? Do they participate with the others that play in those same games?
My thoughts are not revolutionary, but would represent a flexible way to increase membership base to a certain extent. It really should not be this hard for a guild hosted on a site like this to amass one full game of D2. It should also be a lot easier to play on one realm of WoW to a little extent.
My ideas for D2 could be summarized as such:
- In game, seperated from the overall Roster, appearance and activity will be rewarded by getting more pitch in the decision making that would affect D2. I can understand that a person has an opinion, but if he or she does not play D2, then he should not be contributing on a large scale that could potentially tie up players who do play, or should that be different?
- Along the lines of the overall requirement to join SICK, it should be made easier for the person who wants to join as well as the person consulting him or her. A nice way of advertising SICK on D2 is to run Chaos, Baals or even to be nice to people who ask questions. When a desire sprouts to join SICK however, a lot of the time people are turned back by the stuff that needs to be done first. This ends up be contraproductive to expand the SICK presence on D2 at least, although I can picture similar effects on other games.
- The way to make it easier could be for example allowing people to join even ingame. What would set "New Members" apart from the "Established Members" is that they be tied to the lowest rank in SICK (below established members) until they have joined the guild on these forums. They would get no voice on matters affecting SICK as a whole, whereas ingame they are encouraged to become part of the team and feel comfortable being with us. Members who are truly enjoying the group on D2 will be reminded in healthy portions that we have forums, and the guild extends beyond what they see ingame. Curiosity and remembering that they enjoy the presence of other SICK members are more likely to make them sign up officially than going straight to them and telling them to create an account here and post a 100 times.
Similar things can be done on WoW for sure, and probably a lot of other games as well. With more people playing games together, recruitment could snowball higher for a while, leading more people to this site and SICK than now. People could find out about this place without ever having intended on googeling Diablo3. Most importantly however, all of us will have yet another chance with each recruitee to find another ingame friend to help amplify the main reason for all of this: enjoy what you do and enjoy the people who are likeminded by bringing them together.
- We are not a group that hands out free items every chance we get, nor is it our responsibility to rush anyone who is SICK. An increased membership on D2 however could change this; rushes, competitions and even other form of rewards are more likely if we have more members to pull through with it. More importantly, it will come more natural and be fun even for those giving. We are however far from this situation with numbers as low as they are on D2.
That would be a rough description of a few things I would seriously discuss and consider. Expand the ideas, point out flaws and ask questions as needed. At the very least, we need to come up with a way to allow for individual decisions made for individual games by those who play it while maintaining the integity of SICK.
The 2 Paragraphs i made RED above are great. I've always been open for ideas. I have no problem with Ferret Making the entry/guild req's. In game recruiting is prob the BEST way to recruit players because they are active in game, currently know the game economy, and know how to play the game already. As opposed to guild recruiting through the forums where anyone who has spent a few months on the forum and have met a post limit can join. These people may/may not be active in game and may not even have a solid understanding of the game.
My d2 time will be picking up again here as my work schedule is back to normal and my fiance is working again(giving me much more free time since we live together) I plan to be on most likely this weekend to be getting back into the swing of things after about a 2 month break.
I have no problem with Ferret leading the d2 us west softcore realm as he obviously is qualified and has the support for it. He is ranked highly in guild as well already. So then let it be done. I will take the HC posiition myself as when i start to play i usually pull 4-5 members my way into the realm of HC. I know 3 already who will come play hc west again.
All Softcore d2 members report to Ferret from now on.
Since Ferret already hold rank over the majority of the members this leaves is no paper work to be done for Elfen. Also Ferret You have been elected as Keeper of the rules. So over the next few days you can shoot ideas back and forth to members and officers for feedback and thoughts until you can come up with the final draft.