It has been a funny few days in the world of WoW but I think overall, everything that has happened is for the best.
It all started Sunday. I was on Twitter and noticed a conversation forming and people on both sides were getting pretty pissed off. I tried to put in my 2 cents but it didn’t work out so well. And when the words, “loyalty doesn’t kill bosses” were uttered, that’s where the change happened for me. The guild has been changing for a very long time, away from the fun, relaxed guild I joined, and into a raiding guild in which conversation can happen but more often doesn’t. These words just made me realise that raiding is where the focus is now, and if you’re loyal well.. what does that matter?
There was a little outburst later on with another member who wasn’t keen on the way things were going, so I decided it would be best to see what can be resolved in a mature manner.
Monday the conversation happened. I tried to explain the issues many people felt, but sadly it turns out that the casual side of Harvest Moon doesn’t see eye to eye with the raiding side any more. It is a completely different guild to the one I joined many many months ago (18 months, if I’m correct) and so I made the decision to leave it behind. If I stayed, I’d have just become more and more stressed and frustrated and that could have led to explosive drama and the loss of friendship that I hold very dear. I feel I have done my best to avoid drama in these sad circumstances and I hope I have been successful.
I let my friends know that I was leaving and decided to start up our own guild. A casual place for fun, chats and messing about. We want to do pet battles, old content, flex raids, and whatever else in an environment that we are happy in and so together we’ve been discussing guild name options and how the running of the guild will work (for the record, the guild council idea is pretty unanimous. We want to run things together, the council will have final say when it’s needed but will also include members on discussions to keep everything warm and welcoming).
Last night, I left Harvest Moon. My home of (probably) 18 months. The first guild I was truly loyal to. The last guild I ever expected to say goodbye to. It’s a bittersweet moment. I’m sad to leave behind something that made the game for me but the new guild will be just as wonderful.
I wish the people of Harvest Moon well. While we didn’t agree in the end, I believe everybody left is happy with where things are and looking forward to further evolution. I hope things continue going well for you and you down many bosses in your future!
Now it is time to move on and it’s quite an exciting prospect. I’m looking forward to recruiting soon when we get things put together and seeing what we can do!