Thursday, August 9, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
If you are thinking of starting a raiding guild:
DO listen to the people you trust…they will be the ones who stick around and have your back when things go to hell. And they will go to hell to at some point. I would have quit a long time ago without my “core”.
DON’T give access or rank to people just because they join with many other players. Guild mergers/acquisitions need to be well thought through ahead of time.
DON”T think you will get “uberleet” players. Just don’t. The competition is too high. If you aren’t an 8/8 hm guild at this point then take your well meaning energy and apply it to a guild that might want you as an officer.
Here’s the thing: you need to not only love the game to be successful but you need to invest in your members. That means they have my cell number. They know my name. They come to me with game related things but they also come to me with real life situations and ask for advice, understanding, and compassion. If you can’t or won’t invest in your guild then you will never be more than the guy trolling trade chat advertising that you have 936 members and are looking for more.
And on that note, Happy Birthday, Heroic!!!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Nesingwary is a small server with a very tiny pool of raiders to pick from. Inevitably we are going to have to take on some folks that might not have the gear yet or might be lacking in the experience in hard modes that we would like to have but we take them on with the hopes that they will prove to be worth the effort. Yes, it means a few more wipes and may take a bit longer to down something new but our options are limited.
You might think a server transfer would solve the issues but that in and of itself would open up even more challenges. Most guilds I’ve known that moved servers wound up collapsing in a very short amount of time due to key players not moving over and being unable to find the recruits they were certain were just sitting there waiting for a good home. Not to mention I run guild full of altoholics and it would cost everyone waaaay too much to transfer the co-dependent little bastards! A better option for us is to recruit off server and bring them to us. They are hard to find though and it’s a commitment to pay the real life money to do it. We’ve had success but it’s dicey.
The other suggestion that periodically comes up when people get frustrated with progression is to go back to 10s. The trouble with that is we have recruited for 25s. I stare at the roster and all the duplicates of certain classes and have no way to decide which really great mage to cut or which DK I would want to do without; we have 3 very good healing priests, 3 locks, 3 hunters…I like them all and they do well. Who could I possibly evict from raiding with us? Things would have to get very, very bad for us to go back to strictly 10s. I care too much about the folks that raid here. And did I mention how much more exciting it is to get 25 hard modes down?
Right now we’re in a pretty good spot. We have 27-30 for each raid so emergency RL stuff is largely covered but that doesn’t mean I get to stop looking for good people! I’m concerned about folks that have been raiding non-stop since December and don’t want them to burn out and maybe make rash decisions about the game before the final patch hits. I worry about people needing to make changes due to new jobs or family situations. There’s always the possibility that some of the new folks will flake out and disappear (no, no, you know that NEVER happens!). Mostly, I just worry. The odd thing is….I actually care about the people behind the toons in Heroic and want them to be happy and doing well in RL too. That means if they need a break, they get a break. And I figure out a way to cover it.
On the upside, we’ve been around for two and half years and have been raiding consistently the whole time. We’re talking about who are rolling monks for MoP and working the PTR for Deathwing. Something tells me we will be around for a while yet and will make it through all the challenges and frustrations of progression in a 25 man guild on a backwater server…somehow.
Friday, October 28, 2011
We are also now 5/7 hardmodes on 25 and 6/7 on 10. We kinda cheated one week while we were heavily recruiting and did a 25 with a mix of mains and alts and then took a progression team in on mains for 10 man. It was better than not raiding and/or doing no progression at all!
Saturday, September 24, 2011
The resto druid who, frustrated by confusion on meteors on Ragnaros, says to the raid…”Okay, everyone, stand back, I’ve got this…let me show you how it’s done!”
And then his moonfire misses three times and he wipes the raid.
He will NEVER live that one down. At least once per raid someone says….”Stand back! I got this!”
The Well It’s Still Plate Award of the Week goes to….
Not one but two pallies who managed to attempt boss fights in the right spec and wrong armor. Healing in tank spec….not so much.
The It’s a Hole…I Had to Go In Award of the Week goes to….
The hunter who wandered off during the Alysrazor assignments and fell into a hole behind Major Domo. And then was followed by no less than nine raiders who also had to see the hole. Yes, folks, there are a lot of confused virgins in WoW.
The But Isn’t Bad Luck? Award of the Week goes to….
The lock and hunter who suicided in lava….just because no one died on the trash to Ragnaros.
The 1, 2, 3…WTF Comes Next? Award of the Week goes to….
The many raiders who can’t count to 8 and find their ways to the right transition adds on Ragnaros.
Especially the raider who said (seriously), “But I don’t see a number on them.”
The Hiding the Evidence Award of the Week goes to….
Shammie: What gets blood out of carpet?
Me: Cold water.
Me: Wait…What? Are you ok? How much blood? Pools or drops?
Me: Cold water, blot don’t scrub, then soap. Wait, are you ok?
Shammie: Yeah, there’s just blood everywhere from my foot.
Foot surgery, not supposed to get it wet, got it wet, blood everywhere. Followed by a picture with the caption “My mom is going to kill me”.
We’re pretty sure he covering up a murder.
The Blonde Rogues Have More Fun Award of the Week goes to….
“i hate when i think i'm stealtehd but i'm not
it's bad p. much all the time
in pvp OR in a dungeon
oh i'm just gonna go sap this OMFG AGGGH”
The Raid > Safety Award of the Week goes to….
The warrior who raided through a major flood and police banging on his door saying he had to evacuate because we were on a progression fight. I finally called raid to get him out safely and he waded out with water up to his ass holding his computer over his head. Now THAT is dedication.
Monday, August 15, 2011
So my cohort and fellow badass Bre, aka the Enforcer, is currently away on top secret rogue training that will allow her to shiv you in your sleep, thus I am here to let you guys know that there is some serious shit going on that needs to end. I'm going to cover some things in this little post that maybe you should watch out for, or you'll find yourself on the end of one of my tricks pulls dumping a mob or twenty on you....ya dig?
So here are some things you can do that will be good:
- Show up on time and be ready to raid.
- Make sure you have all the things you need for raid night.
- Don't needlessly chatter in vent during boss fights.
- Don't ninja AFK unless you're super good at it, like me, or you're a ninja. Either way....you probably just shouldn't do it.
- USE THE EFFING CALENDAR. (P.S. this would make your GM pretty happy)
- CLICK THE LIGHTWELL OR I SWEAR I'LL SHANK YOU.
Here are some things you're doing that are BAD:
- You're standing in all kinds of bad. If its something that looks like fire...don't stand in it. If it is something that looks dark and menacing, don't stand in it. If its shooting out of a mobs mouth/ass....DON'T STAND IN IT.
- I know that I said don't stand in things right above, HOWEVER, if its shiney, and blue, green, white, and or another "pretty" color. It is probably from your healers, stop running out of that shit and get some heals. HELP YOUR HEALERS HELP YOU.
- If the raid leader says spread out...spread out. Don't stand there and hold each others hands like you're in first grade, spread the hell out. If the raid leader says group up, get nut to butt and get packed in there. We're all friends, ACT LIKE IT.
- DPS: How about you stop focusing on your meters and instead worry about all that damage you are taking. You're draining healer mana, I personally like it when healers can you know, heal the TANKS or other people that are SUPPOSED to take damage. Healers going oom from stupid makes my tricks finger get itchy.
- Hey, those lava lines on Rhyolith...move away from them....actually screw that, those things suck period. Do your best.
- If you pick up a feather before myself, Bre, or a healer, I swear I'll find the teddy bear you still sleep with and remove its head from its body...I'll do it...I promise.
Now this is only a brief example of things you should and shouldn't do. I understand common sense usually flies right out a raiders ass when they get to raiding, but please use a little. It will help us all out a ton, and it will cause me from having to start taking blood pressure medicine again....that shit ain't cheap.
So please, do your jobs so that I don't have to hurt/maim/harass/punt/kick/slap/shank or whatever twisted thing I decide to do to you for doing bad things. I want to be a nice guy, I swear I do...mostly.
Now go hold your blankey,
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Let game time lapse and don’t have a plan to update it before the next raid
Bitch about reading strategies and doing homework
Think iLevel trumps skill
Think they don’t need to farm for rep items
Decide a “date” is a priority on a Tuesday
Log on when it’s convenient for THEM and don’t give a rat’s ass about the other 24 people in raid
Ignore the calendar like I put it there for my amusement
Have to go AFK for dinner/take out the trash/mom/dad/anything but sex they are willing to stream live
Think welfare epics say they have skill
Go AFK during trash
Go AFK during boss assignments
You play a huntard
Think that farming mats for raiding means getting Doritos and diet coke for the night
Space out during boss assignments
Think that their DPS is more important than moving out of bad, also, everything is the healers, and or tanks fault.
Tell you they have to deal with raccoons in the attic and never, ever come back….ever…like 3 months later….I’m worried….
Break up with their girlfriend and “need time”
Get scared away by a trial run for an application and DC for 3 days
Think that reviewing the bosses is looking over loot tables so you know what you want
Can’t tell you what is BiS for their main spec
Think trash is srs bzns (can you say FACEPULL TRASH INTO NEAT LITTLE PILES FTW???)