Sunday, January 30, 2011

What's in a (guild) name?

Would a guild by any other name smell as sweet?

Do not be fooled by the stubbornness that a set of horns may conjure: I can be as indecisive as a spring breeze. For instance, consider our guild name: Ever Thus To Deadbeats.

We in the guild did not make this decision lightly: it speaks to both our human and super-human interests. Azeroth is full of tyrants and deadbeats, and its demanding, exhaustive, endless grinding of truth and justice seeking blah blah blah never ends. There is always one more oppressor to strip, one more monster to slay, and one more rug to, well, you know. Micturate on.

We are a small but hearty guild. We are loyal and true. Our mission is to enjoy the world, gain favor, achieve success, and have fun while doing so. We cannot begin to compete with some of the mega-guilds such as Alea Lacta Est or some of these others.

Guilds, large and small, and every shade in between, have a story behind their name. Though we have our own little story, I have driven guildies to distraction by thinking out loud what it would be like to have a different one. Some of the ones I have considered are:

  • Loyalist Scum: a hordie friend liked this idea so much they used the patent.
  • Revenant: Revenant means back, especially from the dead. Here is a quaint Visual Thesaurus definition:
He's Back! Word of the Day:

We were Misunderestimated for years, until one day, while walking in the pre-Cata sunshine of downtown Stormwind, I spotted some young jackanape-hooligan sporting OUR SAME GUILD NAME but with typographical accents! The audacity! Flattery is one thing, but way to spoil the mood.

I keep a running list and every so often burst out, "Hey, that would be a funny guild name!" and then am reminded of the little engines who could who have spent their time and energy leveling up the new guild to its current cozy state. I have personally been whispered several compliments on the name, which brightens my weary day.

So, now we are thumping Deadbeats. And proud of it. And obviously you are not a golfer. (And I can imagine if you Wordle'd this website what the largest word would be.)

Some of the guild names that spark curiosity (?) are:

No Chicks Allowed: Is this akin to the old-school "He Man Woman Haters Club?" Wonder what prompted that outburst. And, how do they really check? Are they going to look under players' robes? What if that draenei stuff her chestpiece with wool? Doesn't DADT work in Azeroth?

Rocket Surgery: Very, very clever. Because this is neither rocket science nor brain surgery, is it?

Sleepless Knights: That's just cute.

We Know Girls: With their charm and creativity, I am certain they do. Check out their website.

Specifically on Whisperwind:

Ever thus:

Very interesting Patch Notes:
Pop Culture references in WoW

My own little pie chart:

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