A tribal merger, like a marriage, can yield a whole stronger than its parts — or it can end in utter disaster. So it seems a tribe has merged and they are asking how people feel about it, you can read the full article here.
Tribes may fall in bad times, I know that from first hand, with dwindling members online, OOC drama or just plain being invisible on the radar of other tribes.
3 basic lessons I learned when Luna Caleeng Panthers merged with Forest Moon were:
Lesson 1: make you share the same ‘culture’
Tribes have their own culture, way of doing things, by overlooking this, trouble could be looming in the near future.
Lesson 2: communicate, communicate and communicate
Nothing is more distressing than logging in one day to find yourself kicked out of a group, the camp or the sim gone and having absolutely no clue why.
Lesson 3: address implications of tribal name change
I left the hardest aspect of a merge till last. Tribal names and their history can be considered a gem on both sides. How do you assess which tribal name carries more weight? The name that is lost, will leave the other party feeling ‘lost’ and perhaps even ignored. A name may also carry a cultural significance, like a well- known para rp tribe. You see a tribal name is like a brand and that is how you must approach it.
In the article I referred to, the thoughts about the merge were split, some were pro, some were undecided, but one statement stuck with me and you can read it below.
Do mergers work? Perhaps if they are done gradually as described over a period of time. In this case..no. If we had met more of FM before the merger and got to know them it might have worked. However as it worked out, I was at the ONE meeting when the merger was discussed (I am the Tavern Keeper bodi referred to) and it seemed most had already been agreed before I arrived. The next thing I know we have a camp full of strangers whose tribe name and flag we will be assuming …err..no..that’s not how it’s meant to go.
Tavern Keeper & Last of the Shekinah
So, mergers take time, hopefully lessons can be learned from each one.