Guilded Is a Discord Alternative Gamers Should Keep an Eye On
Guilded is a brand-new communication tool that looks and feels like Discord on steroids. And, in case there’s any doubt, we mean that in the best possible sense. It’s also strange seeing a direct competitor pop up, given Discord’s mind-blowing popularity and omnipresent nature. Still, Guilded has something unique to offer, and it might just be what you’re looking for, so read on!
It’s no secret that Discord outgrew its original purpose; it is no longer a slick alternative for gamers looking to migrate from Skype, but rather the go-to communications tool for everyone, regardless if they game on the side or not. It is omnipresent and is part mIRC, part bulletin board, part VoIP with a surprising amount of depth. Guilded, therefore, wouldn’t stand a chance if they were to offer a carbon copy. Discord is, in many ways, pretty darn amazing at what it does, so it’ll undoubtedly retain top billing for the foreseeable future.
If, however, you’re a gamer through and through and want a more specialized tool for you and your friends, then Guilded might be the way to go. Gamers are its sole focus. It’s a surprisingly streamlined tool as well (not to mention feature-rich)!
An Original Take on the VoIP Formula
There are many similarities between Discord and Guilded — a positive thing, as far as we’re concerned. The way you sign up for Guilded and how you set things up is pretty much the same as Discord. Not having any deviation from that well-known process will hasten the onboarding process for anyone looking to give Guilded a shot.
What makes Guilded unique are the many original bells and whistles brought to the table. For instance, you can create dedicated sections for each game your community plays. That way, you can separate things a bit easier and prevent your server from becoming an absolute mess. More ways and options of organizing things are always highly welcome, and Guilded takes that to a whole other level.
Users can also create separate threads for each message — a huge benefit that’ll make written communication a lot easier (and intelligible) in highly populated servers. But if there’s one unique feature that makes Guilded stand out, it has to be the ability to create events, documents, and full-blown calendars. Have a raid next Friday? Put it in writing, and let everyone know. Add as much media and content as you like and make it official. Organizing tournaments and anything of similar nature is a breeze — you’re given the perfect tools to work with. It also comes with 1080p video and 256Kbps audio — free of charge. Maybe these things (and a myriad of other perks) will eventually be reserved for paying customers only (i.e., a paywall) but right now, as things stand, Guilded undeniably a better experience for those who aren’t looking to splurge on a Discord Nitro subscription.
Importing — A Genius Move
If you’re already submerged in the Discord ecosystem (as we all are), you don’t have to start from scratch. Instead, you can import your entire Discord server with just a couple of clicks! Plus, you can use the same commands and key bindings to interact with the Guilded server, much like you would if it were on Discord. As if all of that wasn’t enough, you can link both platforms so that the same content gets posted on both automatically. Sublime stuff!
The only thing Guilded is missing right now are bots, but given its recent growth and speed at which it’s being developed, we wouldn’t be surprised if that gets added at a later date as well. It is, after all, an integral part of the gaming experience nowadays.
Update: funny enough, shortly after publishing this article we discovered that Guilded had just added bots to their platform today!
Either way, Guilded might not be what anyone was clamoring for, but it’s certainly what some of us need. Give it a shot — it’s definitely worth your time!
Ask and you shall receive! As luck would have it, our piece went up on the very same day Guilded decided to announce that they’re hard at work on the oft-requested public bot API! And, better yet, they’ve “partnered” with some of today’s most popular bots to build the absolute best bot ecosystem imaginable. This list includes Top.gg, Rythm, Statbot, Pixel Chat, PatchBot, Tatsu, and many more! These bots’ potential — and those that have yet to be created — is immense and is arguably only limited by the creativity and ingenuity of those developing them. In other words: we can’t wait to see what people come up with!
To read more about this exciting bit of news (and all that it entails), make sure to head over to Guilded’s official website.
If, on the other hand, you’re interested in getting early access, you can sign up at the following link.