Atheist Guild Wars 2 guild is a huge success! What next?

At midnight EDT Saturday morning, Guild Wars 2 became playable for everyone who had pre-purchased.  The officer corp. got in immediately, formed the guild, and in no time it had reached the membership ceiling with tons more still wanting to get in.  Guilds are supposed to be able to spend influence points to expand their roster, but there is a bug keeping us from doing that.  As soon as that bug is fixed, there will be another avalanche of incoming atheists.

I’ve often said that one of the best forms of activism is organizing fun things to do with other atheists.  Everybody loves having fun, and if people know there’s a group of atheists in their town with whom they can go bowling or exercise or just grab dinner one night each week, we’re going to be a lot more appealing to the secret atheists still in the pews.  Not only that, but for religious leaders to make Christianity sound so wonderful, they need atheists to be miserable.  They need us to be depressed people envious of how much fun Christianity is.  Having fun publicly while wearing our atheism on our sleeves destroys that (which, frankly, makes me enjoy it more).  Having an enormous guild like this on such a popular game, where all of our characters announces another fun-loving atheist, gives us this opportunity across the entire world.  Fun and activism you don’t even have to work at?  Sign me up.

And because the guild is so enormous, it makes a statement that atheists are growing in number.  We will have one of the biggest guilds on our server.  People will be seeing the Godless guild tag all over Tyria.  The size of our guild is a testament not only to the number of atheists, but what a great job the officers have done in setting it up.

Personally, I hope we use it for even more passive activism than we already are.  For instance, guilds can spend some of their influence to drop a banner that gives a boost to all earned karma points for a time.  They can also attach a message to these banners.  These will be used primarily to give one guild an edge.  But why not make a habit of plopping one down in one of the starting areas with the message: “Enjoy a boost to karma points courtesy of Godless, the guild for atheists. :)”?  Worst case scenario: you’d have people grumbling about how atheists are terrible while they take the free karma boost provided by our generosity.  The cognitive dissonance alone would be worth it.

Anyway, I’m so proud of our officer corp.  They are amazing, and have produced a stable guild that will be fun for any atheists that want a community in this game.  They have done some damn fine activism, perhaps without even knowing it.  I’m proud of them and their success, and I look forward to lots of good times with Godless.

Hopefully, as soon as the membership cap is increased, I’ll be able to wrangle a bunch of players together for a group photo.


Kagekiri gives advice in the comments on how to get into the guild once it is able to expand:

In-game, just message an officer (you can search in the Contacts list, and can find the officer IDs to search for on the forums/FaceBook page) with your ID asking for an invite to Godless.

Hope to see you all in game.  :)


Godless Guild facebook group.

Codex site where you can toy with profession builds.

My Guild Wars 2 review (for those wondering what all the fuss is about).

Sweet guild page/forum.

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • b00ger

    I bought the game on Saturday and it spent all day downloading. Sunday I was able to get in for a little while, but had severe lag problems, so I gave up and played PlayStation instead. What is the procedure for getting on the “waiting list” to join the guild?

    • kagekiri

      You can check out the guild forums and send an officer your account name.

      In-game, just message an officer (you can search in the Contacts list, and can find the officer IDs to search for on the forums/FaceBook page) with your ID asking for an invite to Godless.

  • otocump

    Aside from the ‘Guild Full’ bug, its been great playing with the Godless. Good people, fun chat, and all sorts of niftyness on the forums! Plus the game itself is great fun!

  • Alverant

    Best of luck to your guild. I’m not much into fantasy otherwise I’d join. I only really have time for one MMORPG at a time and I’ve been enjoying City of Heroes for years. Now if you and an Atheist SG there, I’d sign up for that.

  • Dave, ex-Kwisatz Haderach

    Meatspace conspired to keep me out of the digital world for most of the weekend unfortunately. But, when I did finally get in, I saw more than a few [gdls] tags running around. I hope the membership cap thing gets sorted soon, I want in!

  • leftwingfox

    Was definitely enjoying it for the relatively small amount of time I was able to play this weekend. It took a fair bit of getting used to as a long-time WoW player, and aside from the bugs, I found the comparisons were largely positive.

    With one minor exception.

    I actually liked playing Tanks and Healers.

    Still, I think I’ll have to get one of those gaming mice with the keypad on the thumb. Combat mobility and hotkeys are a bit too much for my fumbly fingers.

  • Loqi

    I was sad to not have run into any Godless guild members while I was leveling. Probably because they all rolled one of those god-killing charr and were in a different starting zone :)

  • Carina

    Ye it’s kinda crappy being one of the first sign-ups and then not being in the guild due to the bug – *throws fist in the air* damn you bug!. Hopefully they get it sorted soon so we can rock together :)