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Are Guilds a Thing of the Past?

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Years ago, plenty of people used guilds. They were like a hub of communication for plenty of people. Someone was always advertising for one or wanting to be in one. There were guilds for every subject under the sun!

But now that Neopets is dying, it seems that guilds are slowly slipping away with it.

Don't get me wrong, I love the guild I'm in, it just seems... different.

What do you guys think?

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I am in an awesome guild called "The Kindness Project" http://www.neopets.com/guilds/guild.phtml?id=4176228 Feel free to check it out.

"At the TKP we are spreading joy all over Neopia! Our guild was created when 2 people were sharing our visions of helping other neopet players achieve their dreams. We have always found joy in helping others and a guild could help us to do that so much more effectively. We seek out to grant 1 large wish and several small wishes for randomly chosen Neopian's monthly."

My guild is pretty new and very active.

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Guilds have been dead long before Neopets took a dive and I think the culprit is social media. You can meet on places like TDN, tumblr or reddit and speak more freely with a larger group of players. Additionally guilds are quite restricting in what they can do whereas if you post on social media, you can conduct giveaways or activities for your peers without risk of anyone getting in trouble via the guild.

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I was in a guild - Purkle Couch - an 18+ guild which was EXTREMELY active, doing RL meet-ups and gift exchanges and all sorts. I participated in 2 gift exchanges myself, despite being on the other side of the Atlantic from everyone else, the other side of the WORLD from the lady in Australia. I enjoyed the guild very much, but joining that guild was the indirect cause of me drifting away from Neo, and my experience is one reason at least for guild inactivity these days...

I'm talking about 2004 or so here, active on Neo on my original account - jellysundae, which I subsequently lost access to - a bunch of the ladies in the guild had discovered avatar sites and were signing up for a bunch of them. I was slow to jump on this bandwagon and they'd all been active on Gaia, Zantarni, Menewsha etc. for a while before I caved in and made a Gaia account at the end of January 2005. I basically didn't bother with the Neo guild after that.

Avatar sites were FUN, but the immediate BIG improvement over Neo was the total revelation of having a FORUM to post on, separate threads...for each conversation?! It was like a MIRACLE! So a Purkle Couch guild was created on Gaia, and a whole bunch of us migrated over there and conducted the guild there instead, and I didn't miss the Neo guild one bit, and because avatar sites are a lot of fun, and so much easily to socialise on, I lost interest in Neo after discovering them.

For guilds to be worthwhile again now, I believe they'd have to follow a forum set up, and then they'd have to be moderated, and pigs will fly before JS does anything like that, because it would be a huge amount of work and it's not an area of the site that can be monetized to make that viable, and, as hrtbrk says, the rules would be SO restrictive that it wouldn't be a whole lot of fun, either. But the system as it is is so out of date that it's no surprise at all that only a few use it.

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i was in a guild from 2000-2003 ... then another one from 2003-2006 ... (a bunch of us left the old guild when the guild owner passed away and we created our own guild) ........ then my account got frozen and i quit neopets for 2 years .. i started playing again in 2008 and rejoined my old guild but it was already dead ... although i was on the council (was it a council? i dont remember) but the most active member had grown up and was in highschool now so she kinda lost interest in Neo ... i left the guild in early 2009 and never looked back .. i miss my old friends there though ...

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Is it weird that I treat TDN as sort of a Guild, but now that I joined TKP, I feel like I'm split between the 2 places. I "ran" a Pal-entine Event at TKP for everyone to get a small gift of friendship for being a Pal but did a BD Blitz Event for Obelisk Thread TDN members before that. Anyway, I see both places as having great friends and I enjoy thinking of different things to do. Definitely indicates an obsession of some sorts, I guess. :arrowhead:

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I'm in a really good guild called Zapping & Giving: http://www.neopets.com/guilds/guild.phtml?id=4171319

I joined because they seemed really active, even though it's kind of a lab ray themed guild and I don't have one.

There are active members, messages, free auctions, giveaways and an adoption agency.

I post if I blow all of my NP, or if I need a quest item and someone always supports me, it's kind of kept me coming back to neopets. Most of the members are in their 20's it seems.

Anyway, I think there are less active guilds, but the active ones are really the place to be. You should find a guild you like that is active (especially on the message boards) and you'll have a much better experience!

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The Harry Potter guild I'm on right now is pretty active. New posts, events, quiz, even homeworks & tests every day :o 

I agree, the very sad thing about Neopets guild is that message board which seem stuck in the Y2K-ish era :( 

During CC, they mentioned that "The donation will help build our new Community Hall!" I hope that's not only for Neoboards but also for the guilds.

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I miss the guilds of the past, I loved making guilds. I learned how to make layouts and Code because of guilds. Sadly they are not as popular as they once were, I think it is because Neo has more adults now but is still so child centered so it is hard to really interact on the site. I'd love to make a new active guild, they were always so fun and rewarding back in the day.

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I don't agree that Neopets is dying. It's not as popular as it once was and it would be nice if TNT figured out better security and customer support, but people are joining all the time and a lot of people who used to be on are coming back. All considered, I still think it's a great site. Anyway, as for guilds, I was last on one in 2009. I posted a couple of times and realized the guild style in general is not my thing. I didn't know guilds are not as active nowadays because I was never that involved in the one I joined. I think it is the case overall, though I will view lookups advertising guilds that are still active, so some are kept up.

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On 2/16/2017 at 6:03 PM, hrtbrk said:

Guilds have been dead long before Neopets took a dive and I think the culprit is social media. You can meet on places like TDN, tumblr or reddit and speak more freely with a larger group of players. Additionally guilds are quite restricting in what they can do whereas if you post on social media, you can conduct giveaways or activities for your peers without risk of anyone getting in trouble via the guild.

 
 

That's very true. Other social media sites don't have the restrictions that Neopets has, which means that players can interact more freely with each other.

Neopets really needs to get with the itmes!

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@jellysundae That guild sounds like a lot of fun! I'm happy you were able to find a place that suits all of you!

You are right, Neopets needs give Guilds a face lift, but I don't think they would be willing to even try ):

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@life_eclectic Neopets is still nice, but it is slowly dying. But that doesn't mean we can't enjoy it!

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I was late to the guild party.

I was asked to join my current guild years back, when they (and the HC) were still fairly active. I wish I had!

 

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26 minutes ago, brynchilla said:

 

@jellysundae That guild sounds like a lot of fun! I'm happy you were able to find a place that suits all of you!

You are right, Neopets needs give Guilds a face lift, but I don't think they would be willing to even try ):

@life_eclectic

 

 

It was loads of fun! They played Survivor too, do you know the game I mean? I was only brave enough to sign up a couple of times and I got "killed" really quickly both times, and I can't remember a single thing about how it was played now! But I know it was a lot of fun!

I bet it's something we could run games of on here if people know how to play it and were willing to run it.

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9 minutes ago, jellysundae said:

It was loads of fun! They played Survivor too, do you know the game I mean? I was only brave enough to sign up a couple of times and I got "killed" really quickly both times, and I can't remember a single thing about how it was played now! But I know it was a lot of fun!

I bet it's something we could run games of on here if people know how to play it and were willing to run it.

 

Oh gosh, I loved Avatar suvivor! And avatar simon, too!

I used to be really active on the avatar chat years back, and I played those games all the time!

It is tricky getting someone to run it. It can get a bit messy.

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57 minutes ago, brynchilla said:

 It can get a bit messy.

Understatement of the CENTURY :laugh:

I remember now that one of the reasons it took me a long time to be brave enough to participate was the MASSIVE drama that kicked off when people got voted out, oy! :rolleyes:

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