I'm part of this group/community on Google Plus called, Combat Wombats. There are 55 members as of the last time I looked. They've set up guilds in several games, but none of the games really had a huge membership. The Wombats aren't really a guild to me they're a community of like-minded gamers that love all the games and have busy lives. It's not really what a guild can survive on in a game.
I've joined several guilds like this thinking "this is the guild and game". Unfortunately these types of guilds never stay active past about a month. The players, including me, are too much into every game and not enough into 1 game. Sooner or later we all stop playing and move on to a new game or the dedicated players move on to a guild that fits their passion for that game. It sounds bad, but it's really perfect if you're in the right mindset and embrace the concept.
Why is the Combat Wombats different?
They've embraced their love of game hopping with an experiment. One of the community owners (could be a guild leader, but leading these individuals is like putting atoms in a straight line in your hands. Not impossible, but damn near lucky if you do.), Chris Smith had devised a brilliant plan to gather us all up one night a week and then release us back into the wild.
To really grasp the concept of being a Combat Wombat I had to research wombats. This is what I found:
"They are not commonly seen, but leave ample evidence of their passage, treating fences as minor inconveniences to be gone through or under, and leaving distinctive cubic faeces."
To me this is exactly what it means to be a Combat Wombat. We come to games, shit all over the place, and then go hide. Some people have a hard time understanding this. They join guilds like this and get all pissed when the majority of Wombats start making new burrows under new fences. Being a Wombat has never meant being part of a huge social interaction like a guild to me. You need proof again? Here is another fact about wombats:
"Wombats seem to be solitary animals and not very social. There appears to be little contact between adults. When wombats meet on the surface, they try to avoid each other."
So what does it mean to be a part of a community of gamers that really aren't a community?
You're your own animal and you can do what you want. Take it or leave it you can be a Wombat, but avoid other Wombats if you want to. Shit, I know of a couple Wombats that block each other on Google Plus. You know, wombats are known to headbutt each other on a display of dominance? I hope whomever discovered the Combat Wombats knows how fitting the name really is.
Night of the Wombats:
Just like the animals, Wombats need to interact at sometime to breed. Chris decided to make a fun gaming night for the Wombats. We all took a poll and discovered:
1. What game
2. Best time
3. Best day
Even his perfectly anal Google Doc was not a match for the Wombats. A game that wasn't even on the list won the game of the week, Dragon Prophet. I'm with you on this one, what the hell is Dragon Prophet? It's a game! When I saw this I didn't get pissed because my precious WoW didn't win or my second game, GW2. I said to myself, "this sounds fun! I'm going to play a new game I've never heard about. It probably sucks ass, but I'm willing to play it to see."
I see it like this:
I'm the last man on Earth and I NEED to have sex with this really ugly girl to save humanity. I can put a bag over her head and go to town. In the process I might find out she has an amazing vagina or I can run away screaming in hopes I find a cliff. Either way I need to pull my penis out and get laid. That is never a bad thing... unless she has an STI, but still I got some before the pain sets in.
The whole point of this post is to help you understand Wombats and I hope you join us in Dragon Prophet on Friday at 8pm EST to 10pm EST. And no, you do not need to be a Combat Wombat or a community member or a guild member or some social butterfly or a momma's boy or a sex addict or anything. Be your damn self and play the fucking game if you want to. Just know, there are no guarantees being a Wombat.
Wait... There is a guarantee...
I guarantee you'll play a game and like it for at least 1 sec. After that you're on your own.