We Wanted a Place to Host Our Games
Guild Hall co-owners Clegg & Jacob have been gaming together for years. When they were in the tech startup world back in the late 90s and early 2000s, it was easy. They would orchestrate raids, fight in matches on their favorite PvP server, or even commandeer the massive and well-appointed conference room after hours to play D&D 3.5. The community was limited to other folks in the startup, but the facilities were free (well, "free") and plentiful.
Later, when they were housemates, Clegg & Jacob would try to squeeze everyone around the kitchen table for an epic game of Arkham Horror or Munchkin. It was great to be able to meet and hang out with gamers outside of their limited start-up community, but the facilities weren't as nice, the space was limited, some folks were allergic to Clegg's dogs, and the other housemates didn't always appreciate a gang of rowdy gamers making noise in the kitchen until the wee hours.
We Built It. But Would They Come?
It wasn't until Clegg & Jacob found themselves both living in Savannah in 2014 (long after they had both left that tech startup), that they started talking about making a space where other gamers, like them, could hang out, meet new friends, and play games in a well-appointed, comfortable space that was just for gamers like them. No more stealing the conference room or squeezing into the kitchen! But were there other gamers like them who would come join the community?
Yes there were! In May 2014, 60 people showed up to our soft open party! Just a few months later, 600 hundred people attended Guild Con, our 3-day grand opening celebration! Since then, The Guild Hall has grown to encompass not just a video gamerspace, but also a gamerpub (The Chromatic Dragon), a game store (Jolly Goblin Games), a gamer-themed summer camp (STEAM Camp), and a gamer-themed donut shop (8-Bit Donuts).