Hi! I've been debating whether or not to do a post like this, or to message admin directly and privately, and I settled on doing a forum post because this feels like something that would be better treated as a community discussion, given that I don't think the problems going on in the Dominion are widely known by the game at large, especially cross tether.
I've been playing Nhahlar for a couple months now, and have been having a blast roleplaying and (badly) PKing, but my experience within the Dominion guild has not been a fun one. The Dominion has a lot of the issues @Kurak
talked about in his post several months ago
regarding the Teradrim: unengaged leadership positions held by people who don't really do anything, guild matters being handled in OOC discord servers, and a rather entrenched ingroup/outgroup mentality that seems baked into the organization that discourages people who show initiative and actively excludes people who don't belong to a predestined OOC clique. One of the worst examples of metagaming I've heard about was a Dominion guild member (and leader) screen sharing their game screen on Discord while in voice chat so they could be coached through an in-character interaction.
Other concrete examples include making many known-quantity characters jump through a ton of silly hoops to get a guild rank with any degree of respect behind it (@Asaraii
upon coming back to the game was treated pretty much like a newbie, @Bulrok
I believe had to go through some of the same thing, and @Azarae
failed two GR1 interviews before ragequitting the guild), while someone who appears to be OOC friends with them gets boosted to GR3 within 15 minutes of joining the guild:
2022/05/12 20:36:50 - Callidora inguilded Macavity.
2022/05/12 20:44:10 - Callidora appointed Macavity to the position of Gifted.
2022/05/12 20:48:13 - Callidora > I have gone through the necessary requirements for the Nightstalker and Gifted scrolls with Macavity. He has met the proper expectations and may be promoted to GR3.
2022/05/12 20:48:17 - Callidora appointed Macavity to the position of Ascendant.
These are the broad things I've seen just in a couple months, and it doesn't even touch on the problems with IC guild culture and the pretty shoddy progression system the guild has. These are all fixable issues, but leadership actively keeps people who don't really do anything in positions of authority and ostracizes anybody who tries to take initiative. I've basically been ignored ever since I contested a few weeks ago, and I've seen other players who have passion and drive to improve the guild wilt like lettuce in the sun over time because they can't gain any traction. The guild remains this way because they slowly drum out anybody interested in doing anything over time so that its left with this reduction of people who are good with the OOC group. The slow trickle ensures that there'll never be any real numbers to push through change using in-game systems, and it also avoids raising alarms in the Pools as it's not a mass exodus type situation.
It's very discouraging. To mirror Kurak's sentiments, this is largely an OOC problem, and I personally can't think of any solution other than to try to bring everything to light here. I've been discouraged to the point of near apathy after running a guild event meant to encourage Dominion folk to engage in the Bloodloch Slave Drive, which was met almost entirely with negativity from leadership in spite of it being wildly successful, and the only real "attaboy" I got was from my character's sire (nepotism for the win). It seems minor, but this feels like another entry in a long list of methods used to discourage and isolate people who show drive, because they are a challenge to the extant status quo, and every attempt I've made otherwise to promote ideas has been ignored across the board.
I just want the guild to be good and fun, which it isn't, and I'm at a loss of what else to do. Edited for formatting, the mismatched bolds were driving me up the wall.