The guild, to me, is the most crucial aspect of the MMORPG. Maybe it has something to do with my deeply rooted Final Fantasy fetish, but the most appealing aspect of online gaming has always been the promise of epic, totally gnarly adventures with the digital avatars of my companions. Now, I can ramble on for days about how the MMORPG betrayed what I first thought it would be – and well, I sort of did – but what is important here is that a strong, close-knit guild is the closest to that the current crop of MMOs can give me. A good guild is crucial to my enjoyment of a game. I don’t pay 15 bucks a month to be a loner.