One of the first professionally produced shows to air on YouTube, the Guild had a lifespan that showed the world what was possible in the near future. It aired across several platforms, from YouTube to Xbox Live, and even iTunes. The episodes were never very long, anywhere from three to 12 minutes in length, across 70 episodes. Most of the earlier seasons were short, with the last few increasing in time due to an increased budget. You could easily knock this series out in one day.
The series, created by Felicia Day, follows a group of mostly self-centered friends, who all met on an MMORPG. It primarily follows Day’s Cyd “Codex” Sherman as she navigates her real and cyber life simultaneously.
Joining the main cast are Jeff Lewis as Herman “Vork” Holden, a neurotic, penny pinching, logic-based character, who also happens to be the Guild’s de facto leader. Sandeep Parikh plays Sujan “Zaboo” Goldberg. He develops a crush on Cyd in the game, before moving out to essentially stalk her in real life.
Vincent Caso plays Simon “Bladezz” Kemplar, one of the younger players in the guild and often comes across a stereotypical video game bully. Robin Thorsen plays Clara Beane, a vapid mother, who oftentimes ignores her family in order to play the game. Lastly, there’s Robin Thorsen as April “Tinkerballa” Lou, an arrogant and judgemental young woman who often lashes out at the rest of the group while hiding most of her private life from the group.
The series is pretty typical in the directions in which it goes. The group gets into weird adventures, play video games, argue and get back together. Typical sitcom stuff, only now revolving around a massive multiplayer experience. The show really highlights and focuses on Day’s character as she deals with her video game addiction and social anxieties.
Unlike Con Man which had more big names than you’d expect, The Guild only really has one noticeable cameo in Star Trek’s Wil Wheaton. Wheaton does a great job, and you can tell he and Day are close during their few scenes together.
No wonder both were so heavily involved in Geek and Sundry for a time.