As of writing, Haus Stark has their hands full defending their home in Greytop Pound, but guild leader KeRin still found the time for this interview. We talked about their current situation in the black zone, the guild’s future plans and last but not least what it actually means to be a member of Haus Stark. Enjoy!
Haus Stark was created at the beginning of the first Beta Test in November 2015. Ever since, the guild has been trying to make their name as a German-speaking community and keep in touch with the rest of the German-speaking guilds of Albion. While they still have a good way to go to be named in the same breath as ZORN, their dedication and tenacity already shows the fruits of their labor.
With the start of Galahad, Haus Stark decided to turn it up a notch by venturing into the black zones of Cumbria. However, unlike most guilds, they do not measure their success by the amount of owned territories, but instead they focus on their own progression in skill, knowledge and the time they spend together as a guild.
Being a new player in the Outlands, Haus Stark was at first overwhelmed by the harsh competition around their new home as they quickly came to face-to-face with the Russian guild Red Army. Their enemies’ unpredictable tactics, numbers and resources forced the guild to put in extra hours into the game in order to keep up. However, thanks to dedicated members, the help of their new alliance WE ARE and above all the assistance of the allied guild KDS, Haus Stark managed to defend against the relentless attacks of Red Army.
Nowadays, Haus Stark still fights the Russian guild in GvGs on a regular basis and they are excited for the conflict at hand. “Red Army is our daily motivation and reminder to play the game on a higher skill level than we could have imagined us playing in the last Beta,” KeRin honors their opponents. He adds: “Even when we lose our farm, even when our members are stressed out, even when we lack the needed resources, even when people can't handle the situation and want to quit, we still stand together as one solid unit and defend our home plot, because it is worth fighting for… and in the long run this challenge will be our best preparation for the actual launch of Albion.”
Aside from being busy defending their territory against the forces of Red Army, Haus Stark also finds time to fight the ENVY and TY alliances in open world skirmishes. “We are always proud of being able to successfully fight against these enemies as everybody knows their level of skill,” KeRin expounds. “It also gives us a great boost of motivation to continue on our path when we can outsmart them even while being outnumbered. These fights are especially meaningful when the opposing team is led by other top tier players such as Lugzi, who we all respect for his capabilities as a raid leader and his contributions towards the German community and as well as for what he stands for as a guild master.”
For a long time, the guild has tried to evolve around the idea of fulfilling every single member’s needs. After countless different approaches changing the guild to satisfy those needs, Haus Stark recently came to a very important conclusion: You cannot please everybody all the time!
Realizing that, Haus Stark began to change and their goals shifted. The energy that was reserved for trying to please everybody was now freed and allowed them to focus on their guild’s progression instead. “We now have clear defined expectations for people interested in becoming a member,” KeRin explains. “Being a member of Haus Stark means that you enjoy working and depending on a team in which everybody matters. There is no Haus Stark without our gatherers, crafters, GvG players, and PvE players.”
Everybody in Haus Stark started to work together hand in hand towards their shared goals as a guild, rather than pursuing their own needs. Now, everything and everyone belongs to the guild as the members of Haus Stark are the guild. There is no more personal property within Haus Stark. Being a member means to embrace that philosophy and standing for it. As a return for the time and effort Haus Stark’s members invest into their guild, they get everything they need to successfully take on their next challenge.
Through this change in mentality, Haus Stark has become extremely efficient at focusing their resources and manpower where they are needed the most. Comparing the guild’s total resource value with those of their current enemies, they use only 10% to 20% of what their opponents are working with. Nonetheless, even while being outnumbered heavily with their roughly 60 members, Haus Stark has become more than just a nuisance to their enemies.
Haus Stark’s development is definitely built on the fact that everybody acts in concert, and the dedicated leadership is making sure they get steered in the right direction. Thanks to the hard work of KeRin and his two Right Hands Larpskendya and xDiamond, the guild keeps moving forward towards their goals.
Each of them manages their own area. Larpskendya is the guild’s mastermind and focuses on planning and managing the guild as well as dealing with internal affairs. xDiamond is the guild’s executive force, first raid leader, and Haus Stark’s ambassador. Lastly, KeRin makes sure the guild is a well-oiled machine, where every gear works together smoothly. On top of those three core members, Haus Stark also has a set of hard-working officers to help out wherever they are needed.
In order to ensure proper communication, Haus Stark has three weekly meetings: one for the guild’s core leadership, one for officers, and one for the entire guild.
&ldquoroblems and worries have to be expressed and dealt with so that we can move on as a whole and continue having fun,” KeRin elaborates. “So that one day we can look back at our journey and be proud of what we accomplished together as a guild.”
For the remainder of the beta, the main goal of Haus Stark is to hold and manage their home in Cumbria but they also plan to take back what they have lost to Red Army. Another obstacle Haus Stark has to overcome to survive in the Outlands, is to completely adapt to their new philosophy as their old mentality still peeks out sometimes causing them to temporarily lose focus.
Nevertheless, even while experiencing those problems first hand, Haus Stark wants to stay as a competitor in the black zones. The only limit they have set themselves is the number of territories they can conquer within their own time zone.
I asked KeRin for a closing statement to share with the community of Albion. This is what he chose to say:
“We have come a long way and are ready to go even further. I encourage everybody who cherishes the advantages of a well-organized guild and those who also want to contribute and spend their time meaningfully to apply to Haus Stark, as we will stand our ground until the end.
Winter is coming!”
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