Where did everyone go, Kaliyo?
I don't know, agent, but I don't like it.
It's too quiet. Guns out.
Lock and load, agents! Well, at least those of you who are left. Before this week, I was disinclined to hear the naysaying that 'servers were dead' and 'no one is on!' I thought to myself, "What poppycock! Surely there may be some servers who are a little lighter than others but the merest idea that people have left the game in droves? Unthinkable, I say!" all the while adjusting my monocle and dusting my top hat.
But this week, the absolute truth has hit Shien like the goddamn hammer of the heavens. Folks, I hate to say this ... but yeah. They're right. It's a damn ghost town. I was on Tuesday night, operation re-set day and our standard weekday raid. We start at 8pm Eastern. There were a grand total of 5 people on guild, including me. The Imperial Fleet housed only 23 souls (although that number would balloon to a whopping 34 half an hour later!) and there was absolutely zero interest in PUGing.
I am now legitimately afraid for the health of this game.
We can't muster enough folks to raid. Our main tank may be leaving the game and going back to WoW because of PVP imbalance. My officers are off playing Tera or Rift or Diablo 3. I knew times would be lean when new games came out, especially D3 as there are more than a few Diablo fans in my guild. And maybe I'm paying the price for my laissez faire attitude to guild management; for the most part I left the guild to its own devices and didn't pester them too much. I valued their time and made sure they knew that they could spend it anywhere; S&V would always be open for business. Heck, even I wandered off to play 360 or go outside occasionally - I logged in only 2-3 times a week. Maybe my attendance and attitude has driven S&V to this sorry state. I can't be sure but I sure feel guilty.
I think the course for us is clear; we may suspend raiding, we may switch to the Republic side (which is about twice as active), but I think S&V will always exist in some form or fashion. We may have to mothball it for a while, but Targeter will live on. He may just not be used for a while.
Either way, things are looking grim. So, I turn to you fellow GMs and bloggers ... what can we do? What can we do to preserve our guilds in the face of these trying times? We've got Guild Wars 2 and Mists of Pandaria coming soon as well ... can the Scummers, can your guild, can any guild survive that? What are your plans?