This week’s guild spotlight is with the guild Esperanza! We have the guild leader, Miriamel, here to tell us more about the guild.Guild: Esperanza
Can you give us a little history about Esperanza?
Esperanza was initially formed as an end-game guild on March 15th by Miriamel. However, since she was a Senior Officer and briefly Acting Guild Leader in another guild at the time, she wanted to wrap up her affairs an help the guild stabilize before leaving to start Esperanza.
Esperanza was re-founded as a social leveling guild on April 8th by both Miriamel and Kialash, based on the philosophy that the only way to be successful as a guild was through a strong family of members.
We felt that too many guilds focused on pulling in high level players and raking in items and wealth, but failed to see the big picture of online games and the social element that games like Allods Online bring. With Esperanza, we wanted to take a different approach. We created Esperanza with the vision to make an active, friendly, and enjoyable guild which focuses on goals of the people who are a part of the guild, and that has been our main focus ever since.
We chose the name Esperanza, which means “hope” in Spanish, because we felt it embodied what we want in a guild — the hope to become better than what we were before as both individuals and as a guild at large.
What are the people of Esperanza like?
The people who are in Esperanza are the foundation of our guild; everything else is just smoke and mirrors. We have a very fun, diverse group of people, each of us bringing something unique to the guild. Most of us have characters whose levels range from around level 15 up to level 45, and our ages run along that same range as well.
The guild can be quiet sometimes, with people focusing on questing or instances, but we feel that the guild is overall a very warm and friendly place to be. We’re always here for one another when we need
each other, like any other family.
What are the goals of Esperanza? Are you a casual PvE guild? Hardcore PvP? Raiding?
Our goal right now is to constantly make ourselves better. We achieve this goal every day doing by the little things, whether it’s helping a guild member with a quest, raising the guild level cap, or just by
bonding together as a guild doing some silly event like racing from Novograd to Frozen Frontier on foot or forming a full raid to kill off Rabid Squirrel for a guild screenshot.
Esperanza is a social leveling guild at the moment. However, because our vision is to create a guild that supports everyone’s goals, we’re planning on becoming more end-game oriented as we progress. We
already have partnerships with both Sinister Reapers and Valkyrie Profile, two other great guilds on the server, and we’re pulling our resources together to help one another to achieve end-game quests.
How would one go about joining Esperanza? Are you accepting applications? What are your recruiting criteria?
We are always looking for people who are willing to be a dedicated member of our community. Our criteria is rather straightforward: we want people who can at least log in twice a week (preferably more),
who are nice, social, amiable people, and can follow our guild rules. Our guild rules are pretty simple too — we basically want all our members to follow the in-game rules for Allods Online and to be nice people in-chat and in the community at-large.
The minimum level required to join Esperanza is level 12 at the moment, and we have been raising it steadily as we grow. We chose level 12 for now because we typically find that people under that level aren’t quite sure if they want to continue with the game in the long-term, and we want people who can be dedicated to our community. However, if you show the drive and determination to be a part of the group but you aren’t quite level 12, we can always figure something out.
People who are interested in joining can either apply to join on our website or can be interviewed in game by a Senior Officer. It is a very informal process; we basically talk to people to make sure they’ll be a good fit for Esperanza and that Esperanza is the right type of guild for them
What do you see in Esperanza’s future in Allods Online?
We strongly believe that Esperanza has a bright future, or we wouldn’t be here. As we grow larger and get more people who are higher levels, our priorities are going to shift from leveling to end-game, and the minimum level it takes to join will continue to rise. As a community, we’ll begin to get closer and more familiar with each other as turnover decreases, and more of us will feel like Esperanza is like a
The biggest challenge that we face in the future is the same as any other guild. When we grow as a guild, we change as a guild, and sometimes it will be tempting to look back in the past instead of
looking forward to the future. Not everyone who is in the guild now will join us in the future, whether they leave the guild or the game entirely, and it will be our job to make sure that we’re always
progressing and always becoming better and always making more out of ourselves.
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