Guild's in Tera Online have existed since the start of the game. People join guilds for different reasons whether it is to have fun playing with other people. To enjoy end game content or to enjoy the various PvP aspects of the game. What ever the reason each guild will be built differently and will have different things that motivate the players that join to continue to play. Some newer players may not see a purpose in joining a guild because they might prefer soloing over being a social type of player. And while soloing might work fine in most games Tera's guild interactions do make the game much more fun.
Originally when I first joined Tera Online during the open beta test which was a week before the game was released I had no intention of making a guild at first cause I really was not the leader type of person. It was more my friend Prozac who really wanted to make a guild and she wanted to make our old guild from conquer online which was called Dragonfury. I went along with the idea since it was the three of us and she was really excited to play the game.
Then once it released she did not have the time to invest in building a guild so she gave me guild leader and was like you recruit people I'm antisocial and you know I won't talk to people. Most of our old members of Dragonfury only joined out of the fear that "Daisyanne" her old character name would kill them over and over if they did not join. So the method of recruiting could not stay the same because in Tera you never really lose anything when someone kills you and you can hide in towns conquer online was not like that it was a free for all except in the market place.
At first I had no idea how to recruit people so I pretty much kept it simple and just did all my recruiting person to person. I always found it annoying to have to spam global chats trying to recruit people. Not to mention global is always filled with trolls and people that have 5th grade educations who usually spam like "LF GUILD!!!!" and usually don't want anything other then just being in a guild without much of a reason why they want to be in it. Some people might think this method of recruiting is a slow and one doomed to fail but believe it or not I've not just built a guild. I have put together a family of players which come from all different places and have strong bonds because of the valuable personalities I gathered along the way.
Even with the guild's success a guild is still a revolving door and people will leave because ideals change the demands of a player will also change. And then there's also the guilty by association players who associate with people that make them change in some negative way such as having a problem with helping new players, feeling that they are better then the rest of the guild, or wanting to be in a try hard guild. These try hard guilds feel that they need to have perfect players and try so hard to be the best but in the end these are the guilds that are filled with the most drama. Players who join and do not realize the type of guild it is then die in PvP get kicked or insulted without never knowing the reason. Many of these types of guilds are sexist to the female players thinking they are some lesser of a player just because they are female.
Ever since wow came in most players have developed some sexist feelings towards female players and while global would say something like girls do not play on the internet Tera Online has many more female players then most mmorpg's in past years at least many that will admit to playing as a female which no girl should be afraid to admit.
Dragonfury will always be that unique guild that enjoys the company of female players treats them just as good as any male player and continues to be the atmosphere of open minded friendly players like no other guild on Tera will be like. It makes me sad to see so many other guilds humiliating female players or so against helping and teaching people how to play Tera. But our guild will always offer to teach people who are willing to learn.
Don't get me wrong this article is not meant to recruit people since in the end whether people apply to the guild or not they still end up going through me to see the kind of person they are in the first place we never just auto accept people into the guild without first talking and seeing the type of person and what expectations they have. This is more of a what to watch out for type of article and reasons you might want to join a guild in the first place. And I figured what better way to explain then use the experience of my own guild.
Usually the type of guild is one of the biggest ways of defining the type of guild your looking to join some of these might be:
Social Guild's-These Focus on social conversation being the main purpose most people login to do nothing but sit and chat with other players.
RP Guild's- These guild's enjoy role playing with other players whether its on a guild wide basis or whether its individually. RP can also extend to the more adult content type as well depending on the guild.
PvP Guild's- PvP guild's main focus will be the fighting of others in GvG's open world PvP or battlegrounds they usually do not stress any PvE and are usually pretty strict when it comes to rules.
PvE Guild's- PvE guilds are the type which either don't allow PvP get upset when someone PvP's and are more dungeon and raid based guilds ones which place little or no interest outside of player vs monster.
Leveling Guild's- Leveling guilds are usually based mostly on helping low levels level. In Tera Online questing is hard to accomplish without being the same level so not many guilds like this have a purpose in Tera Online.
A guild can be more then one of the above depending on the guild. For example Dragonfury is a PvP, PvE guild that is non elitist and casual. What that means is we don't turn Tera Online into a second job we don't tell you that you have to show up at a certain time or during different parts of the day and don't force participation in things. We are not a strict guild its more like a group of people that enjoy running dungeons doing pvp and having fun together. Every guild will have there own rules our guild rules are more simple then most. Such as needing to at least be able to listen in Teamspeak for certain dungeons like MC or KN raid's since explaining is much better done over microphone and much better when you can call out taking buffs in MC or skip of buffs. The only other rule that we have is that people have to be nice cause we don't recruit elitist people that won't help or teach others not so much of an unreasonable request.
Most people that don't fit into our guild's type usually will not last long. Elitist types usually think we suck or want something more strict even if they really are not great players cause most elitists only think they are really good when they usually are the ones just looking to be carried by other guilds. The people who are mean, or cause drama usually end up getting kicked out. And the antisocial people players who never chat with anyone or never speak up to go on any dungeon runs usually leave thinking they are not part of the guild. But that is your own fault our guild is not a static everyone is willing to run with anyone that's interested if your a nervous person I will usually end up telling you to whisper someone if you do not feel comfortable. Like talking to an officer or letting me know as a guild leader.
If the guild leader does a poor job at running his guild then that guild will reflect poorly if your a guild leader that does not do anything but insult his members then chances are your guild most likely has a terrible reputation or no reputation at all if no one really knows your guild. A good guild recruits members itself without having to spam global chats. Some of the guilds in my own server have some pretty poor quality guild leaders one example is that of Royalty who's guild leader has even on quite a few occasions called his own guild members crap. But part of the issue that many of these guilds have is they will recruit anything and everything they don't care the quality of the players so they have many trolls, bad players, and people that are just mean.
Other guilds can be so strict that if you die during a GvG its an instant kick out of the guild or require you to put gold into the guild bank for each kill you give out like Asylum was or Man Up some others will put people they feel suck in the recruits guild and only allow the best of the best in the main guild like for example Shatter or Overpower. Another great example of a terrible guild is that of Forte that the members will actually insult female players or attempt to sexually harass them maybe can't speak for everyone but I think most people wouldn't want to join a guild like that.
Some of the reasons you would want to join a guild might depend on what your interested in and the type of guild you pick will depend on that as well. But guilds in Tera only have one main purpose outside of the friendship and company of other players and that is the vanarch system. It's not really worth mentioning much because it will be replaced with the alliance patch sometime in the next few months. But if your interested about the vanarch system you can find it here. I will make a newer post to explain about some of the new alliance patch changes which we can expect.
Guilds can still be a great way to get the dungeons and raids completed since the new KN10 and 20 man raids require some smart players to avoid all of the abilities and be able to iframe out of them. Not to mention when your in a guild you will not have to pug with the retarded players who could not get in a guild because they usually get carried all the time and lack all the skills a real player has. And then of course there's the alliance patch which will really end up stressing the point of being in a good guild and having ally's and putting daily work towards doing dailies everyday which includes PvP dailies too. The GvG system currently has no rewards for winning so until the alliance patch is added PvP is mostly just about epeen and has no major point currently.
But hopefully some of the information above will help you in trying to decide on which guild and also be some good information about reasons you might want to join a guild. I will eventually add some information about the alliance patch and some of the nice updates we will be getting. But until then good luck with Tera and also enjoy this weekends double drop's.