Its been a while coming, but our guild alliance has merged together into one guild.
This is (hopefully) going to be a smooth process. We have been raiding together for months so there are no DKP issues. We have spent lots of time together on vent and in raid chat so we already know each other pretty well. I think that a lot of issues that cause strife in guild mergers will not be a factor here.
Sunday evening, after the merge, our guild had 25 people online. For a non-raiding night, that’s awesome.
The only part of this that I feel bad about is the name. We decided that we were going to absorb them into our guild rather than disbanding both guilds and forming a new one. I think that some of the members of the other guild might be a little disappointed.
The practical reason for this is that they are only bringing about 6-10 people into the merger, while we have around 20-30 or so that are active. If we disbanded with the intent of reforming, then I expect we would have lost some people in the transition either due to inattention or seizing the opportunity to jump to a different guild.
More personally to me, I want our guild to continue. Yes, we have a cheesy name (how many guilds are called The Dragons or some variation?). But this guild has been in continuous existence for over two years now, maybe more. I can trace guild members back to at least August ’06, well before I joined. Other guilds have come and gone. Great raiding guilds have blossomed and then burned out. The Dragons continue.
Not only has the merge bolstered our roster, but we have had a number of former members return to the fold. I think that, with the expansion coming, they are looking for a place to sit around and enjoy guild chat without the pressure of raiding during the week. The strength of our group is the camaraderie. We’re a fun bunch.