I realize nobody is aware of how special today is to me other than me, but don’t worry… I’m going to tell you. On Jan. 26th of 2013, Elfindale was invited to join BT as a full-time member. WOO HOO. Exciting, right? It is, actually. Because right now, in this guild, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in WoW. That’s saying a lot because I’m a pretty happy person most of the time. Also, my 1st ever guild had 3 or 4 friends irl in it and I became friends irl with several more of them soon afterwards. Trust me, I was happy then. But of course it wasn’t just a guild of friends and there were plenty of other members. Members who caused drama or were never available or didn’t have any interest in being part of a group. I didn’t realize how toxic the whole environment surrounding guilds can be until I dealt with the drama and eventual dismemberment of that 1st guild of friends. Trust me, devastating a person is bad. Devastating a happy person who wants nothing more than to be able to fix things? That’s brutal. It’s crazy to think a video game impacts people so intensely.
No worries about any of that shit now though, cause I’m in the best guild ever. I don’t know if I can really explain why Business Time is so different, at least not without accidentally offending any other guild. Lol. It’s the first time I’ve been in a guild where everyone treats everyone the same and everyone acts like part of a team. We goof off and give each other shit all the time, but there’s never any doubt that everyone actually cares for each other. Obviously I’ve only been here 1 year, so I certainly can’t say the guild has never had any drama or had a less than ideal member in the past. But I’ve never witnessed anything like that since I’ve been here. I keep trying not to say there’s a level of maturity there that I hadn’t found before because of how pissed off that’s going to make everyone else. But oops, I just said it. I’m not trying to troll you or your guild with this post, I promise. But seriously, maturity and respect. It’s amazing.
I accidentally Business Timed, so I am surprised to see how well it’s gone. I had transferred servers in the summer of 2012 and was in a guild on Moonrunner with a friend of mine. Unfortunately, the guild was pretty dead. Not many people logging in and no one chatting. It just wasn’t working out for me. Happy people need to chat. Or something. One day while killing the Sha of Anger in a group, I got a whisper from Vidyala after the fight was over. She was in the same group and had spotted me so she wanted to say Hi. I was obviously familiar with Vid, I mean who the the hell isn’t? I followed her on Twitter and was a fan of her blog posts and artwork. I suppose I sort of knew her guild was on Moonrunner, but I just had never thought about it. We visited for a few seconds after she said hi and then we both went our separate ways. But later that day it dawned on me that if I am not enjoying the guild I’m in I should ask Vid about joining her guild. So that night I DM’d her through Twitter to find out if they accept social/casual members. Apparently it’s dependant on things and I also would need to do a trial period. You guys, this is one of the secrets to having a really great tight-knit guild. Don’t let your membership numbers skyrocket, keep membership around a certain number so everyone is able to get to know everyone and require trial periods to see if the new person’s personality is going to be a good fit. Anyway, I joined BT with an alt for my trial period and in about a week and a half I got approved to become a member. Exactly 1 year ago today. All that brown-nosing I did during my trial really paid off. I kid.
When I first joined the guild, I only knew Vid sort of and I had heard of Voss (obviously) but I didn’t know who else was there. I spent most of the first few days of my trial trying to be quiet and out of the way (I’ll admit that’s probably not the best way to let people get to know you). Luckily, that didn’t last long because the whole atmosphere there is just so relaxing. I very quickly began feeling like part of a family and started chatting it up with the rest of them. When I am awake/available during their raid times I love logging into Mumble just to listen to them. It’s amazing to witness how quickly it goes from giving each other shit to complete focused concentration. They have that dance perfected.
I’m thankful I got the opportunity to join this group and meet so many awesome people and now be able to call them all good friends. I’m thankful they’ve taken me in. Most importantly, I’m thankful that Vid has super fast fingers because I only got to go to Blizzcon thanks to her. I had already been in BT over 10 months when Blizzcon happened, so I had long ago gotten settled in and loved my BT family, but actually meeting Vid and Voss, Rhidach, and Tass in Anaheim was the coolest fucking thing. And all the other wonderful bloggers and twitter folks and friends I met too, of course. But I’m talking about guild bonding. I’m a sappy person, so I love that sort of shit even if I am shy. The 5 of us went out for a guild dinner and without even talking about the game it was one of the best things I’ve done in a long time.
Anyway, I could go on for days and days about how awesome these people are. Which means I should end this now. Happy 1 year Business Time anniversary to me. Here’s to many, many more.
Note: I am proudly wearing my guild tabard for this screenshot. I also wear the Artisan Members Shirt but you obviously can't see it.