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I just got invited to a Guild in Guild Wars 2. But after playing for a while, I noticed that Guild Chat was... unusually quiet. I know these people. They are chatterboxes. They normally do not shut up. So it seemed odd.

Then I tried to talk in /guild, figuring I'd kickstart some conversation. But I got an error message, informing me that "You Are Not In A Guild".

But that can't be right, because I can see my name on the roster! Why can't I talk in Guild Chat?

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In order to participate in guild functions such as Chat, as well as to take advantage of various guild perks, and to contribute towards guild progression, you'll need to Represent that particular guild.

You can do this by pulling up the guild menu, and clicking the "Represent" button at the bottom of the screen. Additionally, while you can join multiple guilds, you can only represent one at a time, so you won't be able to participate in guild chat from multiple guilds simultaneously.

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I find this system very interesting, I thought membership worked as in GW1. Are there any restrictions in changing representation? Can you change any time you want? – stoldark Aug 28 '12 at 21:20
You can change any time you want. The only 'restriction' is that of access to the communal features of any one of your guilds at a time. – LessPop_MoreFizz Aug 28 '12 at 23:16
Don't you also have to accept the invitation into the guild (as in you don't autojoin after being invited) – Gwen Aug 29 '12 at 12:22
@Gwen indeed you do, but the game does provide tooltips and prompts to get you that far. My question picks up at the point where I spent several hours confused. – LessPop_MoreFizz Aug 29 '12 at 12:26
@LessPop_MoreFizz, you should probably include that information in either the question or the answer, for completionism's sake - so there's no "but this question doesn't answer my question" when we close someone else's problem as a dupe :P – Gwen Aug 29 '12 at 14:19

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