I was recently speaking to one of the several people with whom I am still friendly who are in my former guild. During the chat, it came up that another person who is still in the former guild but with whom I was never terribly close is saying odd things about me.
My friend asked if I spoke to this other person much and I said that other than having seen them briefly and exchanged a few “How are you?” sorts of pleasantries a few months back, I had not spoken to them at all.
As my friend and I chatted more and I pried at them for details because I am too often too curious for my own good, it came out that this other person is putting words in my mouth that I never spoke. For some of it, I can understand where something I wrote here might have been misinterpreted or applied to more people than the one or two I had intended. For others, it is outright fabrications and lies.
I am half amused and half irritated.
After all, the things I write here are open for everyone to see and while I cannot prevent anyone from misinterpreting them, I can at least point to specifics and quote myself if anyone ever felt the need to challenge something I have said. Besides, I already admitted I’ve been less than kind about some of the people who caused me a great deal of a stress and caused the former guild a great deal of drama.
And sometimes I do feel a little as though my references to the former guild are going to be taken as some sort of seething and petty hatred I can’t just get over and let go, even though I really just mention it as the closest thing I have as an apple to my current guild. When you’ve only ever been in two guilds and have been GM of both of them, there’s not a whole lot out there you can compare your current situation to.
That really is the more amused side of me talking. If it were only that someone was taking my every comparison as a slight against my former guild, I wouldn’t even bother writing this post.
What I find irritating is that this person that I barely even knew is apparently manufacturing whole conversations that I suppose I am to have had in game with them and then talking in their guild chat about all these things I allegedly said. Like the one where I am apparently trying to poach people from my former guild.
I admit that three old and dear friends have been made aware from the earliest days of my departure that I wouldn’t turn them aside if they wanted to come over, but the rest of the membership of the guild at large is not a membership I covet. I say this not because I hate them or for any reason other than that I had them before and they did not have the same goals I did or they would have come over when I left. I am not trying to nor am I desirous of recreating my former guild in any way.
And certainly I have no use for this person in particular, who seems to be trying to stir a pot even after the contents were chucked months ago.
Given all the drama that spouts up like mushrooms in this game, I am starting to wonder suspiciously where all the tabloid type blogs are. People love drama, so this could really be a niche for someone. Bold yellow headlines: GM CAUGHT TALKING TO SOMEONE IN FORMER GUILD, ALIEN ABDUCTION OR ATTEMPT AT POACHING? SHOCKING DETAILS INSIDE.
Yeah, I can see it all now.