As Stargrace pointed out in a comment, the old system of petitioning for your guild name and waiting for a GM to come along and approve it is gone in EverQuest.
Now Alt-G in EQ brings up the following dialog box if you are not in a guild.
You just put in the name you want and, hey presto, you have a guild.
So our own little guild was formed, the Qeynosian Scouts. (That link may fail in a few days.)
Not that we really needed a guild.
I suppose it gives us a chat channel outside of group chat and a guild listing to see who is on.
But more importantly it gives us a little tag that says, “I’m with the band.” No longer are we just four random characters wandering the lands. We’re in a guild, so we must be wandering the land on important business.
I’d like to say that it would also stop all those pesky guild invite requests, but to date I have received none.
Of course, I do not know if the other restrictions still apply. It used to be that if you did not get 10 members, which is to say 10 different accounts, as members over a given period of time, the guild would be automatically dissolved.
But if the guild fades away, we’ll make a new one. It will be Potshot’s turn to pick a name then.
Guild of the week might be more fun than just a static guild… unless SOE has thought of that already and has something in place to thwart us.