What’s better than spending a night killing and looting with guildmates in Karazhan? Drinking and eating with guildmates in town! My guild, Aegis Hestia, has a large contingent in Salt Lake City, with around a dozen of us having known each other before entering the lands of Azeroth and another eight or so that we’ve met since we began playing. Last night, a group of us gathered at Valenna’s player housing to meet a couple of guildmates who were passing through the area on the way to a family reunion in a neighboring state. Drinking, eating, and an excessive amount of WoW banter ensued till the raid was called and everyone hearthed.
I’m a fan of real life gatherings of virtual friends, having met my husband at a gathering of EverQuest guildmates in Las Vegas in 2003. I feel like these sorts of out of game activities can greatly strengthen an individual’s attachment to her guild, putting faces with names and sometimes giving context to how their guildmates interact through text (or even voice chat) when they’re online. Meeting guildmates face to face can also lead to friendships with people who are less likely to get irritated that you’d rather stay in to raid than go out to a nightclub on a Friday night.
Here are some screenshots from last night’s gathering:
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