I fear that having only a Borg-like super guild that would very likely treat its members with indifference would drive many people from the game. Since joining this server a little over a year ago, I have learned that it is more important to me that I be a part of something in which my presence in it makes a difference and with a guild leadership that appreciates me being apart of their guild than it is that I am able to obtain elemental planes gear for my characters. It is my hope that I can have both, but if I can only have one, I'll take mattering to my guild.
Just my yearly two-cents: I've played EQ since March '99 and been on AK since 2005. Every other time I played, I was bored after 6 months, quit cold turkey, started again 6 months after that, and quit yet again in another 6 months....
Alkabor is different, thank god. I was two years in Destiny, now three years in Tem. The outright myth that you have to sacrifice the full game, general adventuring, off-beat fun and making good friendships in order to be a member of a progressive, powerful guild is a tough one to kill, but it is just that- a myth.
On Alkabor I have never had to choose between your perceived options- I have always been in guilds that are both inclusive and close-knit, and at the same time focused on progressing as a whole to the next level. Reading what you think are your two exclusive options, I shake my head and sigh that there is someone else out there that has been hoodwinked into believing that they can't have both.
And to be clear, as others have said, your own ideas about what your two options are is flawed. There are very few people in Tem or Destiny about nothing but loot (are there any at all like that?). The point of everything has always been to pull together, test your abilities, and advance to the next level for the fun of it.
Anyone that thinks you sacrifice one for the other is sorely mistaken.