Traditionally, most of you know I like to lighten the mood of serious topics with a bit of humor shuffled in. Unfortunately, I don't feel that is possible in this case. Several of you knew and were awaiting an announcement this Friday and rather than make the announcment in forums where only members have access I have decided to make it front page news to allow everyone outside of the guild access to the explanation.
Several issues have converged. This is not the result of any one thing, or 1-person, So the blame game is pointless. Despair by and large for the past few years under my leadership has attempted to be a guild built around the principle that being good in any facet of a game doesn't require us to be assholes or poor sports and that good gamers can be taught but good people, not so much. With regret, our good nature has been taken advantage of on several fronts. Guests in our mumble, welcomed in to play and fly with us, have taken GSF strategies and conquest tips for example, and used that knowledge against us, bragged about it to our face, been poor winners in spite of our ovatures and attempts to be good sports in losing, and in general gone out of their way to label us as elitist assholes to anyone that will listen. Our attempts to fly on ungeared ships, give harbinger flyers a break by flying on different servers, and just not be as overwhelmingly dominating in matches as we otherwise could be as well as being welcoming to any and all interested in flying with us and getting better has proved futile and seemingly fallen on deaf ears to those whos minds are made up that being good = being elitist and a jerk.
Also, there have been confirmed reports of guests recruiting out of our mumble channel. Regardless of the amount of success or lack thereof, this is universally considered within the gaming community to be bad form. There is no scenario, ever, that coming into someone else's mumble, another online family's virtual house as a guest, and soliciting people there to join another guild is ever going to be acceptable. That's just a fact of life since the dawn of gaming time.
Additionally, there have been very strong lines drawn through the gaming community regarding the ravagers exploit. People have entrenched themselves very firmly on either side of this issue. Guilds have ripped themselves apart over it. The punishments have been administered and yet the divide continues within the gaming community. People will have their opinions and are entitled to them. We will have ours. We also have a right to express them privately and remain above the fray of general chat, witch-hunting, and/or rubbing of noses in it. So while we may express our views privately amongst the guild, they are just that. Private.
As such and for the above reasons, Despair mumble will be for guildies only going forward until such time as to be determined that issues subside and are no longer concerns or time heals all things as it has a tendency to do. Either way, being a drama-averse guild and one of the select few formed since before the game even launched we are gonna get back to doing things the Despair way.