Yesterday I read about a guild recruitment website called WoW Headhunter and for me its announcement in the community is topical. I’m thinking about a new guild. This is one of those brain dump posts where I’m thinking while typing…
The need for a good Guild Recruitment method is almost as needed as a good LFG tool, but it is basically how we find like minded folks. You might think this is a little skewed (and personal), but now that I’m looking for a new guild, I’m finding that there are no measures or consistencies in the way we’re talking about Guilds.
So WoW Headhunter has something to offer. A quick review:
- Searching is by Server and Faction. Good.
- You can browse really quickly, and the information is succinct.
- Application to a Guild is simple, but its odd that you can’t quickly create a login without doing an application.
- The classes, levels, needed for, number of folks, guild website and short paragraph are stuff you’ve expect.
- Needs a time stamp or an obvious way for the browser to see how long an opportunity has been present.
- The key feature is the type of player is sorted using a very interesting series of metrics.
- Reckless vs Deliberate
- Sociable vs Competitive
- Fun vs Serious
- Learner vs Veteran.
I love this idea. Its like the Myers-Briggs personality assessment, but in a WoW sense. This is a step in the right direction, and if the community started to use a scheme like this we might better understand other people’s wants. eg. when a R.C.S.V. says they like chatting, we’ve got an idea that they’re chatting about serious tactics, not about the silly wow movie; or the very least the things they’re chatting about will not be entry level content.
It could be argued that these ratings are still totally subjective to the individual, but at least some measures are there, and there are not any tools I can think of where a user’s objectivity can be neutralised. Maybe someone with a sociological background might tweak the classifications, or add some more? I think the creators deserve some kudos for putting the system together. It is worth checking out.
Like all these 3rd party services to WoW it will only be successful once the usage base reaches a critical mass. That is a hard thing to achieve given the Realm and Recruitment forums exist, but the forums are not a patch on this – and adoption already seems to be in progress. All three servers I chose had a few Alliance and Horde guilds looking for various classes.
I also like it because it helps address the bad, frustrating, and too narrow aspects of finding a guild:
- Casual vs Hardcore as terms are way too binary, so over used, and to easy to misunderstand.
- A measure of how experienced the applicant might be, without it degenerating into a full leet-sauce resume.
- What attitude they might bring to a team or raid.