I have, in other venues, discussed how the Wreck List was formed. Today, I’d like to talk about why.
I’ve been in other guilds before. Good guilds. Solid raiders. Nice people. But, and this is a big but, I’d find myself watching what I talked about in guild chat. I’d soon learn that there were subjects that I could not talk about – politics, rights, equality, feminism.
Soloing was worse – General and Trade chats were infamous, and still are for the hostility. Arthas, you know this. You’ve seen it. And I was trying to level, and I couldn’t talk to my guildies, and I couldn’t talk to anyone else.
I thought it would be something, not to have a raiding guild or a PvP guild or a leveling guild, but to have a liberal guild. A guild united not by what people did in game, but what people were like out of it. A guild that, founded on the principles of the Daily Kos, would have guildies of varying interests – raiders, PvPers, levelers, crafters – working together to demonstrate liberal principles to WoW and demonstrate WoW success on Daily Kos.
While the organizing and the original recruitment was based on Daily Kos diaries, I didn’t intend for us to be exclusively tied to the site. As I envisioned us recruiting WoW players from Daily Kos, I also envisioned us recruiting Kossacks from WoW. There are eleven million WoW players, and I wondered how many of them needed the haven from bigotry, misogyny, and racism that we could provide.
I don’t pretend to have come up with the idea myself. Look at Proudmoore. Still, we’ve gone from an offhand comment in Cheers and Jeers to a large, respected, and successful guild, and after getting the signatures on the guild charter very little of it was my doing.
I didn’t start a raiding guild, or a crafting guild, or a leveling guild, or a social guild. What I wanted was a guild where we could all work together equally, where a person could lead a raid or grind a profession and not be thought better or worse for it. I wanted a guild where who you were didn’t matter as long as you pulled your weight and didn’t hate on your guildes.
And, in a large part, this is the guild you’ve made.
You wanted to hear my further instructions. For those readers on the quest, your next step is to find a hunter dressed as a pirate in a pirate town this weekend. You may also want to remember the letter W.