I have been Guild Master of my main character’s guild since it was created back in October of 2005 (the 17th will be it’s 5 year anniversary, hehe). The guild has been pretty inactive since the end of BC, but now that Cataclysm is approaching and many of the characters who have been offline in the guild for 6 months or more could be coming back, I have been considering starting it back up again. I was asked a few times throughout Wrath why I hadn’t attempted to return the guild to it’s former fluffy glory, and I even had a few people ask if they could be GM and attempt to get it back on it’s feet, but I could never give it up! Now that I am online all the time again and my focus has shifted back to the Alliance, I’m starting to entertain the thought of starting to recruit some members.
My biggest concern about resurrecting my guild is my stuff! There have only been two people active in the guild for the past two years, and everything in the guild bank, we put there. We could take everything out, but a lot of what I have collected was in preparation to someday share with guild mates. I am more than happy to give a guild mate some rare chest piece I found or a stack of Fel Iron if they are leveling a profession, but what I have seen happen far too often (from running my Horde guild) is that as soon as someone joins the guild, they ask for stuff, and as soon as they get it, they leave. Or as soon as they reach a high enough rank to access the guild bank, they use their 1 item a day limit to take a stack of the most expensive thing in there, and then quit the guild.
What I am thinking to help eliminate the threat of guild bank ninjas is as follows :
- LIMIT Guild Bank Access! – I am thinking that only the highest rank in my guild will be able to directly withdraw an item from the guild bank.
- Charge A Fee! – Since you are not usually taking things out of a guild bank that belong to you, I believe charging 50% of the average Auction House price for items is totally reasonable! It might be more work for myself and the officers to mail out items CoD and then deposit the money back into the guild bank, but I’d rather deal with that than some random level 47 hunter making off with a stack of 20 Titanium Bars!
- Watch The Logs! – Officers can ninja too (as I have learned from personal experience), so making a point of checking the guild bank logs for items and gold withdrawn/deposited every day will help me keep an eye out for such things! It will also let me know who is donating useful things to our bank.
- Follow Through! – If someone does manage to get away with some of my guild’s stuff, there’s nothing worse for a ninja than calm and persistent pursuit. Informing them that you will pass knowledge of their betrayal on to every guild they join from then on is scary to your average “opportunity ninja” (meaning ninjas who don’t ninja every chance they get, just when they believe they can get away with it). They will probably be really angry and lash out, but if you contact a GM as soon as the ninja joins, most Guild Masters who have dealt with ninjas before, will be happy for the head’s up, and kick the ninja asap. There’s even a chance the ninja may even return whatever they stole if you can be diligent enough getting them kicked from other guilds!
I don’t know how all of these methods will work, as I have only ever had the opportunity to try out the last two I mentioned, but I think I am going to give it a try! I remember running a guild was a lot of work, but it also was very fun at times and I have never found a guild I liked as much as mine, lol. As I succeed/fail with my preventative guild ninja methods, I will update my list!
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