Tony, my dear Tony... I commend you for the energy and effort you have put into carrying the Crimson Nexus. Whatever your decision is, know that it has been my honor to know and work with you in my time here.
I will say this much of it - there is an awkward time in the building (or rebuilding) of a guild when new folks arrive, but they wont stick around because they think there are 'not enough ppl' etc... not realizing that their leaving isnt helping the problem. We've undergone something similar back in the day, and here is what we did to deal with it
1. Events. These help get the name out, and get people curious.
2. Scheduled guild night... this REALLY helps because people will make the attempt to be on in the hopes of running into other people. Eventually once enough of them are there, they start seeing each other on the 'off days' too... and pretty soon you really dont even need a 'scheduled' guild night any more, the members are more and around each other
The scheduled night i think was what really really helped us here. So many of us were around, but never at the same time. Having a goal to shoot for... saying 'ok on thursday if i log on at 8pm i KNOW there will be ppl' helps solidify the group.
3. Support - support other rp communities and guilds in their efforts (which hey you've always tried to do so that part you're doing great!) ... what this does is OTHER guilds will start recommending yours to players looking to roleplay. They might not be a roleplay guild but they will say 'well check out such-n-such they're great'
3. Forum prowling at ddo.com Unfortunately the work of a guild leader or high ranking officer is never done, so be diligent about visiting the new player / newbie / guild connection forums for people looking to join a roleplaying or even a no-rush guild sometimes too. When someone posts 'where is the rp server' or 'what are the rp guilds' throw out a shameless plug!
Now here's some CN specific advice for ya
- I will have a pow wow with Sprue, but I think the Nexus would be perfect for players who are leery of coming to forums and filling out apps. Some ppl dont like that, and since we are an allie guild, that way we can deflect some traffic your way from ppl who kinda buck on the whole 'do i HAVE to go to the website???' thing... eventually they'll start going to the web once they get to know ya hehehe but initially the lure of the Crim Nex could be a less 'involved' join process until your numbers beef up some
- You also have an old history. You can mention that you were a Fashion Show judge... how long CN has been around for the RPers... and so forth. I dont like to throw my name around, but I understand how painful it is if you feel your guild is slipping away... so what I can also do a uh...Merlask seal of approval or something? Naturally since fellowship is my guild, ppl know what I think of them in terms of recommendations
but i could do something for Nexus to be like 'and this is a good place too!' I've always tried to list the Nexus when I recommend to new players.
- Thelanis Thursdays are a GREAT tool! Get out there and rp in public. Dont just rp in the group chat, get out there in the Phoenix and mingle with the people who will drop by because they're curious about roleplaying! Be persistant in forming RP only groups! In fact, if you want, I think Rowanheal is looking for an rp guild, and her ddocast presence might help you too
but that's up to her and up to you on that one. But above it all, roleplayers give up if they dont see ppl to rp with readily, so you have to be persistent and patient. I refer to the players as 'fish' in a big 'sea' because it's so true on so many levels...and when it comes to RPing, you really are 'fishing' for folk to rp with, hoping someone bites your story hook
As I said, what you decide is up to you Tony, but that is what I can offer you that has helped the fellowship to go from 3 or 4 people logging in to a whole mess of roleplayers
Whatever happens, dont be a stranger