One of the hardest things to do in any game — unless you are lucky enough to be part of a multi-game guild whose members’ interest in MMOs aligns with yours over time– is to find a guild that’s the right fit. But that’s where this guide comes in.
Before launch, it was, in theory, pretty easy to find a guild thanks to the guild recruitment functionality on the SWTOR website. With that handy tool removed, it is a little more arduous a task to find a guild that’s a good fit, but it truly can be done. Though it may take some trial and error– including joining a few guilds that turn out to be duds.
So, how do folks find guilds? A few of the more common methods include:
- Word of mouth–asking your gaming buddies if they’d recommend their guilds as a good fit
- Joining a guild affiliated with a blog you are a fan of or a website you’re a member of
- Scanning Kristin Archer’s guild profiles on TORwars
- Perusing the guild list on reddit or Ten Ton Hammer or TOR Syndicate
- Eyeballing the guild recruitment posts in the server forums on SWTOR.com
- Joining a guild that is advertising in trade or general chat on your server
- And if all else fails and you can’t find quite what you are looking for, you can always start your own guild
At this point in my gaming life, I’ve pretty much done all of the above, EXCEPT for joining a guild that was advertising in chat for members. Call me old fashioned, but I would like to think I’m joining a guild that is more discriminating about creating a positive and collegial guild culture than by inviting all comers via a mass chat channel.
Before you jump in and start applying, make sure you know what you are looking for!
Before you start checking out guild recruitment posts, however, I think it’s a good idea to take a few minutes to think through what you are looking for in a guild. When I sit and think through the most important qualities I look for in a guild, a few of the top things that come to mind are:
- I’d prefer West Coast, PvE. I’ve played on East Coast servers mind you, but I’m never home before 6PT, so unless the guild is a bunch of East Coast night owls, it doesn’t usually provide enough to do w/others.
- I prefer a guild ruled by DBAD. In the guild’s overview in one form or another, I need to see that they don’t tolerate D-y behavior. Of course having it in writing is not always a guarantee the guild isn’t being run by a bunch of D’s but it’s a good ground floor.
- I like a guild to have 15-20 people on per night minimum. This means there is a high likelihood of Operations and Flashpoint groups forming. Raiding has been one of my favorite activities in MMOs, so I like to see at least a glimmer of hope that there can be such activities in the future.
- I prefer a diverse guild. What I mean more directly is: I don’t want to play exclusively with a bunch of teenage to 20-something dudes. It’s not that that demographic can’t be fun (I have enjoyed playing with so,e folks who fall into that category), but I get the most out of a guild when there is a solid mix of older professionally employed people, including a solid group of ladies. In fact, some of my favorite raid teams had a higher than average percentage of couples. I think that led to the high degree of coordination amongst the team.
- On SWTOR specifically, I prefer the Empire. Because they have the purple lightning. I’m addicted, what can I say??? When searching, you want to make sure you only look for a guild that actually is the faction you want to play –ty to @Asros for making me realize I left this out.
So now that you’ve made your list, get out there and start hunting for your ideal guild! And let me know in the poll and the comments how you found your guild.
So far the best luck I’ve had in SWTOR guilds has been from asking friends on twitter and one lucky guild posting on a blog. The first was with a lot of people I already knew, so it was a very familiar setting. The second I knew absolutely nobody.
Sticking with your closest friends isn’t always the best idea. It worked well for me in WoW, but it almost killed the game for me in SWTOR until I branched out and found some new homes.
It is interesting to see how SWTOR guilds are a slightly different beast than WoW guilds. And I am happy that as such it’s caused me to really branch out — from leveling to 50 on a PvP server to rolling on an RP server! I think it pays to have an open mind and branch out for sure.
Finding a SWTOR guild to call home is definitely on the to-do list. This was a very timely post!
Glad to hear it! And I do have the impression it’s a to do many folks share atm.
I agree; I was surprised there was not a “not in guild” poll choice or even “no longer in guild” and “never been in guild”
Find a guild is on my todo list but not a priority. TOR Leveling is fun; a good guild experience would be better and a mediocre guild experience would be worse. And I can get all the egos, [loot] drama and scheduling issues I want in my WoW guild.
Plus, if I wanted to raid I would need to get datcrons. And I find most of them more suited for 10-year-olds and Nintendos than for adults in an MMO. Regardless, I am not a fan. But I don’t want to raid with people who won’t get their gear enchanted.
Plus I like crafting and it is hard to get an hour or two to battle the GTN with people always wanting to run something.
Swtor for free said:
I been looking for a good guild now for a month….it sure isn’t easy!
I was referred by some friends. Basically they used to play Star Wars Galaxies a long time ago, and their old guildies from there were all moving over to TOR. It’s been great because I fit right in even though I never played SWG myself. It really can’t be overstated how much a good guild adds to the game experience.
Also, I didn’t know they added server forums after all! I’m so behind the times.
Totally agree. Having a great guild is essential to enabling the fun. Just as one bad apple can ruin it just as easily!
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gamers glory said:
hey im also looking for a good guild im doing SWTOR videos on youtube and want to find a guild who would like to be in them.. let me know via youtube
Im looking to help other channels grow along with mine
Thanks for this. There are tools that I had never heard of on here. I have been extremely disappointed in most of the guilds I’ve tried, and I’m really not that hard to please. So many guilds say they are an RP guild. You join and they say “well, a couple people RP, but most don’t” It would be much easier to find the right guild if there was more accuracy in some of the guild posts and web sites.