So I was talking about this with @Eliron
earlier and wanted mention a few thoughts I had about the switch from Glomdoring to Serenwilde and the ridiculous number of hoops there were to jump through. It took weeks, as I started working on this well before Glomdoring Alliance Drama 2.0 and Forum Drama version who knows? Technically, it took real-life months, given how long I've been whittling down the number of Seren enemy brands I had... and then getting more... and then losing them again...
-Was enemied to Lisaera and the Moondancers(twice), Shofangi, Hoaracle, Serenwilde, Moonspirit and Maylea(at one time), Hartspirit... and, I'm sure there's several Gloms with longer lists.
-Cost over 200,000 in fines, more essence than I can remember, and many, many promises never to do it again.
-Actually joining required talking to... um... 6 different people plus @Hoaracle
(but He gave me tea), and writing a rather long, detailed letter about why I wanted to join.
-Over a week(two weeks?) of waiting for all this to happen from the time when I first brought it up officially.
-Two deaths to Avurekhos. A third to @Tarkenton
when we raided(I mean, no, that wasn't required, but given how few skills I had and how little time I had to do anything with them, not surprising)
-A test of loyalty in the form of raiding Viravain's realm and EtherGlom.
The thing is, though, at a certain point in all this I felt very much committed to seeing it through, and I believe that those who argue in favor of "making it easier" to switch orgs or making things easier in general in terms of conflict/quests are thinking about this the wrong way. We know that in real life, you give 100 people a free ticket to an event, and maybe 5 of them will show up. You charge that same 100 people a dollar for the ticket, and you might sell only 20... but you're almost certainly going to see all 20 of those people there. People are more committed to things they have to work for or invest in- and the truth is, despite the snarky conversation with Eliron and being cast out of the family, that raid was still more fun than I've had in Glomdoring in weeks... maybe longer. So generally I feel pretty positive about the whole experience.
Which is not to say that it couldn't have gone badly, so I am pleasantly surprised it didn't. It helped that most of the people I talked to seemed to WANT me to join, even as they also seemed to keep adding new conditions every day... But there was always a sense of progress, where people responded to my messages fairly quickly and acknowledged that I'd done X task. And that since I didn't have to quit Glomdoring during all this time, I had other things to do while waiting. The biggest thing, though, was the fact that there was a reward at the end of it.
In conclusion, Serenwilde, you're alright. And it should be hard to switch sides- if it's done well.
(I will miss the tea)
"Chairwoman," Princess Setisoki states, holding up a hand in a gesture for her to stop and returning the cup. "That would be quite inappropriate. One of the males will serve me."