There are thousands of guilds across FFXV. Some flourish, while others fade into the past. What makes a guild great? What secrets do these stable and happy guilds hold? In our Guild Creation 101 Guide, we showed you how to build your guild — but keeping people in it is another story. Let’s talk about guild maintenance.
First and foremost, when creating (and maintaining) a guild, ask the question of your fellow leaders (or of yourself): What are your goals? Some guilds’ goals are to be as big and competitive as possible. Others prefer a more social environment with slower growth. Still others like to train players. They can have any combination of these goals and more. There is no wrong answer to this question, but having an initial goal, and an ongoing clear expectation of core values, is critical to prevent dissent later down the line. Some questions to pose to your team include:
- What is our ultimate goal? A top-power guild? Do we want to win the Titan? Are we a social refuge? A trapping guild?
- Do we want allies or NAPS?
- Do we want rules? What kind of rules should we set?
- Who do we want in our guild?
- What are our core values?
Try and align your incoming members with your core values. Accepting anyone at the door can result in internal conflicts and inactive members. Just because a high-powered player is knocking doesn’t mean they will be a good fit. Take a moment to chat with the applicant if they are unknown. Many guilds have a minimum power limit, but don’t underestimate the newer/smaller players. They could be coming from other games (or starting fresh in a new Realm), looking to grow and smash.
Activity is absolutely crucial. One of the main reasons guilds fail is from a lack of activity. Humans are social creatures, and guild chat and activity is key to keeping engaged and active members. Encourage all family members to participate in events, and follow up with a note of thanks. People like to feel appreciated and valued. Not everyone can port for events like RVR, but all members can help scout. Consider other, more creative options as well. One example would be to run a contest, such as “Who can kill the most monsters in 24 hours?” or “What rank did our guild end up in the last guild event?” This is a fun way to get everyone involved and active. Monitor the guild for activity, and consider removing those that no longer play.
There are many ways to help your fellow guild members. Trading resources (having a “Cuddle Puddle” for those that don’t hive) is an easy way to help others grow. Lend an ear, and support members that are struggling, whether in real life or in the game.
The most popular of the online forums are LINE and Discord. Set up a room/group just for your guild to chat and share information. This promotes bonding and friendships. Also consider adding a 911 Alert Room for emergencies such as dropped shields or overall game notifications. This room should have no chat so that it can remain unmuted.
Above all, foster a community of respect and kindness within the guild. Nothing tears a guild apart faster than drama and negativity. Always maintain an active leadership team to help moderate and stamp out any pending conflict. Keep individual disputes out of the main rooms (both in game chat and on LINE/Discord). Even for a guild with no “rules,” this should be made clear to all incoming members and periodically reinforced. A guild is supposed to be an escape, where you can play and be supported with friends. Keep it that way!
Above all, if you’re not having fun, then there’s something wrong that needs a step back and consideration. Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire is a game, and it’s supposed to be fun! A stable and healthy guild is key.