One Year of Unitology
Congratulations to you all on our one year of being a guild together.
How We Got Started—Our History
Over one year ago, my friends Tylonious, Siñ, Wildfire, and Rebeltaco tried to convince me to start a guild. After jumping from guild to guild together, we thought it was about time to start the guild that we had always wanted to be a part of—active, social, and above all a guild that we all wanted to log into. I had a macro that I used to spam in Trade and LookingForGroup for a fake guild called Unitology—a guild named after the cult religion from the Dead Space series that you all know I love so much. It was the perfect name for our guild‐a social and active guild with a cult-like atmosphere that wanted to draw the right people in.
After midnight one night, I decided to finally do it. We all left our previous guilds and headed to Orgrimmar. In the early morning hours of May 26th of 2015, Tylonious, Wildfire, Rebeltaco, and Siñ all signed the guild charter with me to start <Unitology>. We thought the guild would just be a few friends that we had all made over the years of playing on Moon Guard. Little did I know how large the guild would grow. I never would have thought Unitology would become the largest horde guild on Moon Guard, let alone one of the most active guilds on the server.
Where We’ve Gone—This Past Year
Over the past year, we’ve had incredible moments that we could all probably write a book about. I remember our first website and creating a form to get raids started after Dyse suggested it. I remember our 100th member joining the guild, Snapchat. Moments of intense drama, from leadership changes, the random and oh so temporary edgelord members, to having a guild created with the sole purpose of destroying us in PvP. Guild naysayers, some of which claimed they’d never join the guild, and now they look forward to logging in and hanging out with us all. We’ve had our moments of dominating Trade and LookingForGroup with random conversations. We’ve had our hilarious moments, our inside jokes, from our cat dick totem poles, meatball oil, to buggs up in raid (why didn’t you say so?).
We’ve raided Blackrock Foundry, Hellfire Citadel, Siege of Orgrimmar. We’ve done dungeons together as we level up, farmed mounts together, unlocked guild achievements, and killed critters in Orgrimmar. We’ve led and joined invasions of alliance areas, from Stormwind to Stormshield. We’ve transitioned from Ventrilo, to Mumble, and finally to Discord. We’ve had the time as a guild to expand outside of the game, from Blade & Soul to the recently released Overwatch. We’ve had numerous events, from server-wide to guild-only Skeleton Wars, our Holiday Party with an amazing Secret Santa gifting party, uncountable Karaoke nights, to a Formal Ball on the hills of Pandaria. We’ve had alliances with guilds that have since fallen apart, and made informal alliances with guilds that we love to love. Moments and friendships that will last with us for a long time to come.
One thing that has been most rewarding about this guild has been seeing the friendships that people have made with one another. I’ve seen relationships start, I’ve seen guild members meet in person, and I’ve seen people make plans to meet each other. I’ve seen members join, shy as ever, then blossom and emerge to become “one of us”. You all saw me grow too, from when I was still in college, to my graduation that you all livestreamed, to now where I’m in my first full-time job post-graduation. Having the support of everyone in the guild was absolutely instrumental. We’ve gained friends, lost friends, we’ve cried together, we’ve offered our shoulders to cry on, and we’ve undoubtedly laughed together.
I truly believe the friendships we’ve made in this guild will last for many years to come, far beyond the life of World of Warcraft’s servers. I think, more than anything, we’ve become a family, and I doubt I’m the only one that feels that way.
Those That Matter Most—You All
As guild leader, it’s been an absolute pleasure being lucky enough to have led this amazing group of people. There have been some tough moments, difficult decisions, sometimes a bit of extraordinary stress, but it has been worth every ounce of effort I have put into this guild, and that the officers have put into this guild. I am truly honored to be a guild leader, especially of this amazing group of people.
I can’t put into my words my gratitude for those that signed the guild charter and made Unitology happen: Tylonious, Rebeltaco, Siñ, Wildfire. Thank you for pushing me and encouraging me to start the guild, finally! Thank you immensely to the rest of my amazing team of officers: Dyse, Nikoilea, Kyue, Wolf, Snapchat, Skelly, Garnet, Caydoria, Blissy, Unhealz, Calarra, and Rainheavens. Credit your hard work, support, dedication, and above all, friendship, because of you all we can celebrate this milestone of one year of being a guild together. You are all such incredible people with such amazing personalities, perspectives, and insight. I couldn’t do this without you all, and for you all especially I am most grateful.
In addition, thank you to Axiom for being an amazing environment that encouraged me to create my own. Thank you to all of the friends I have on Moon Guard that have been supportive, and the people I’ve interacted with in other guilds that have been more than friendly and welcoming to our guild.
Finally, thank you to every member of Unitology, no matter your rank, no matter how long you’ve been with us. Thank you for putting your time and effort into making this place a fun place to lead. Thanks for encouraging us to make events, to think beyond what most guilds do. For being so supportive, for signing up for events, for helping out others in need in the guild. For sharing your lives with us, for sharing pictures, thinking of one another so kindly, treating each other so wonderfully. And most of all, for becoming one of us.
Where We’re Going—The Future of Unitology
I am excited for the next year in Unitology. With the upcoming launch of Legion, I expect a lot of fun in the future for all of us. I anticipate a lot of fun as we all level together as a guild for the first time together. I would certainly expect our raiding to continue to progress as we move onto new content in Legion. With a new PvP system, I would expect us to get much more involved on the PvP side of things, including in world PvP. I also hope that we can really start the path to having casual RP events a few times a month based on the cultist storyline we’ve constructed. But most of all, I think this upcoming year is going to be absolutely incredible.
Thank you to all of you for making this guild and this game one of the best online experiences one could ever have. You truly haven’t played World of Warcraft if you haven’t gotten to experience the love, support, and friendships that we have in our guild.
A Final Word
One year ago today, I was still afraid to take the plunge and make my own guild. I thought might fail. I thought there were enough guilds on Moon Guard that there may not have been a need for Unitology. This past year has proven me completely wrong, and boy, am I glad to be wrong.
In closing, I’d like to share a quote from one of my favorite authors, Seth Godin. I hope it inspires you to continue to do the things you think are impossible.
Life’s too short” is repeated often enough to be a cliche, but this time it’s true. You don’t have enough time to be both unhappy and mediocre. It’s not just pointless, it’s painful. Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.
“Everyone will think it’s stupid!” “Everyone says it’s impossible.” Guess what? Everyone works in the balloon factory and everyone is wrong.
– Seth Godin from Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
Until next year,
Guild Leader of Unitology
P.S. See you all at the guild anniversary party.