Prismatic Aspects [PRSM]
Size: 418+ members
Preferred game mode: PvE
In-game contacts: Kaerie.4053
Our Values: Cooperation, Helpfulness, Progress and Transparency
Our Vision: Assemble experienced and active players to have a guild that can provide help, support and training to newer players.
The end of the year brought the return of Wintersday to Guild Wars 2 and its many, many events. Players once again got to choose from a variety of events to pass the time and earn rewards, such as the Winter Wonderland jumping puzzle, the Bell Choir Ensemble, Snowball Mayhem PvP, Toypocalypse, Tixx’s Infinirarium and the Secret Lair of the Snowman strike mission. If players want a break from the constant farm and grind of Wintersday, some guilds host events that are entertaining to watch and participate in. One such NA guild is Prismatic Aspects [PRSM]. I had a talk with the guild leader and some of the officers and event organizers to get an idea of what the guild is like behind the scenes.
Prismatic Aspects was founded by Kaerie, a year ago, as a PvE focused guild with their 418 members taking part in every aspect of the Guild Wars 2 PvE environment. When asked for a quick description about the guild, Arceus aka Cal, said “[PRSM] is great! I have made a lot of friends and it’s better than the last guild I was in.” So what makes [PRSM] so different from other guilds out there?
When asked, Kaerie was a little lost for a response saying, “Oh god that’s hard. I would have to say it’s because we welcome everyone but also participate in all aspects of PvE and we do not exclude members from anything that we do.” I asked a couple officers for their opinion as well. Officer Pmsrhino aka Pomm said, “I find we are really accepting but we have a good emphasis on being respectful of others but not being too restricted either. It’s a comfortable and accepting place.” Officer LunaClarke tells me, “I think it’s different because we accept everyone from all walks of life and we do a lot of fun events. We are creative, super welcoming and nice to everyone. I like the energy we have in our guild that lets everyone approach others in the guild, including the founder.”
With an idea of what the guild is about and those in charge, I wanted to delve into the events that the guild hosts or participates in. During this Wintersday, [PRSM] held some events that were organized by members of the guild which turned out to be quite interesting and fun. There was a Toy Tonic Hide & Seek in Divinity’s Reach, a Princess Doll Battle Royale, a Festive Costume Contest and a special giveaway.
Events such as this can be difficult to organize and put together. How often does [PRSM] hold events such as this? Kaerie says “It depends on the seasons, but we do one for each holiday plus we do one for each guild birthday. If we do not have events organized ourselves, we join one of our partner guilds who also host events.” With so many seasons and events in the game, I wondered why [PRSM] holds events through the guild. Kaerie offers, “I think it’s more fun to play the game with people you got to know through different activities, something fun and relaxing. No boss to beat, no event to complete, just hanging out and talking to other guild members.” Most events hosted by [PRSM] are also open to outside attendants, whether from partner guilds or just random other players who happen upon the events. This allows for more feedback from different sources, which Kaerie finds invaluable. Kaerie says, “from both our members and outside attendants, everyone has loved them. We did an event for Pink Day in LA and we got a lot of positive feedback during and afterwards.” I asked Kaerie if it was difficult, as the guild leader, to come up with and organize events for the guild or community. She shared that, “I think there is a lot of potential in the game, so there are a lot of things we can do. The challenge is mostly being innovative and keeping people interested in joining us.”
[PRSM] holds events all throughout the year and some are more popular than others; two, in particular proved most popular, according to Kaerie: “the pink quaggan race we did for the pre-Pink Day in LA and the Escort the Officer event.” For the pink quaggan race, members had to use a level 2 character under the effect of the pink quaggan tonic and run from The Grove to Lion’s Arch. Participants had to remain under the effect throughout the duration of their journey and were only allowed to use waypoints they unlocked along their run. For Escort the Officer, participants had to escort a guild officer on a lvl 2 character from a starting point in Hoelbrak to Fort Trinity in the Straits of Devastation. The bodyguards had to keep the officer alive, but if they died, they had to waypoint and run back. No reviving was allowed. “Both events were really popular and had a lot of positive feedback,” Kaerie says.
While talking to the officers about the events, I wanted to know how they managed their roles and responsibilities during them and if it was difficult. Pomm tells me, “Everyone is happy to pick up parts and we get to decide which parts we want to take care of.” Officer Luna also agreed saying, “We try to help as much as we can or is needed when ideas come up.” I also asked what the officers enjoyed most about the events and it was a refreshing response. It’s not about the guild getting recognized or recruiting, it’s all about having fun! Luna says, “I enjoy the laughs and memories that are made as well as getting to know other guild members. I like that some events are done for a cause, such as the Pink Day event.”
Planning for events is more than just finding a holiday or season and creating a theme around it. It’s also about the planning and making sure the members are there as well. For the guild based events, there can be other obstacles to think about. Talking with Cal, I was surprised to discover that finding the right time to host events was one of the more difficult aspects of the planning process, as many guild members are from different time zones.
With the holiday season over, I was curious about the guild having a community presence in the future. Kaerie tells me, “Being around for a year, we have established our player base which will allow us to maintain a greater community presence. We have also established a community with other guilds so we can enjoy the game together.” So, if you are looking for a fun and welcoming environment or a guild that stays active with events and unique activities, keep an eye out for Prismatic Aspects [PRSM] while along your travels through Tyria.
A big thank you to the members of Prismatic Aspects [PRSM] for taking part in the interview and a special thanks to Kaerie for contributing the screenshots.
Special thanks to editors Miko and Belph for helping bringing this together.