For me it’s Being a guild leader taught me a lot about leadership, especially when you have employees. It taught me that transparency and fairness is valued above everything else. That one bad apple can infect and ruin a team, no matter how skilled they are. That you can’t make everyone happy all the time and you can’t do everything yourself no matter how hard you try. That the kid who takes your phone calls is just as important to group cohesion as your top programmer. And that you don’t have to be the best to lead the best, you just have to listen before you lead.
I loved being a guild leader, the pride of it, but I loved being a good guild leader even more. Long after I stopped playing the game I’d get messages from former guildmates telling me they’d never found the same again and it really touched me. I think about all the time I spent in that game, literal years in hours played, and not one moment of it wasn’t worth it. There is nothing in this world more satisfying than 40 or 25 or 10 people working and practicing over and over until finally nailing it. Remembering the eruption of cheers in ventrilo and feeling everyone bask in that glory still makes my eyes water.