Archive for the ‘Guild leadership’ Category

Insanity   9 comments

For the past couple of weeks we have been running Heroic 10s as part of our raid schedule as a test experiment.  We do them after our normal 25 run and break our guild into three groups:  Thrall, Sylvanas, and Bloodhoof.  The goal when we set this up was to have two groups that were stong enough to kill Anub, and one group that could easily do the first 4 bosses, but not anub as we are using alt healers/tanks in this group.

We stack our two Anub groups to maximize DPS and synergies.  Thrall is our melee group, Sylvanas is our caster group (who we give a rogue for MS and interrupts on Anub), and Bloodhoof is a mismash of who we have left that aren’t in one of the first two groups.  We rotate our melee/casters into the Thrall/Sylvanas groups each week, so the groups are always slightly different to some degree.  We allot Thrall and Sylvanas ~90 minutes of time, and Bloodhoof ~60 minutes of time on our given raid night for the zone.

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The Silver Lining.   2 comments

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that I will randomly use this space to fester out issues that I’m having with my guild.  Either personal issues, progress issues, or just things I need to get out of my system.  Having an avenue to do that is one of the reasons I started blogging.  I find blogging to be…well, therapeutic, I suppose.

I’ve been extremely frustrated lately, which I think has certainly come out here.  So I wanted to share the last few days.  Caveat:  There isn’t anything informative here.  It’s just me sharing my experiences, so if you aren’t interested just check back later! Read the rest of this entry »

When is Enough…Enough?   13 comments

Niniel over at Swiftmend posted the other day about his guild master leaving his guild behind and moving on to a more progressed raiding guild.  My heart went out Niniel, and his story, and I truly felt for him.  But, I also felt for someone else in the story: His Guild Master.

Nin had stated that his former GM posted his goodbye, and from what Nin provided to us, it seems a large part of the GM’s decision to leave rested in that fact he wanted to focus more as a raider and less on guild management.  This is something that I can 100% empathize with.  It is also something that has been an ongoing thought in my mind for some time now.

I know that a lot of people in Nin’s guild were upset and disappointed in his GM’s decision to move on, but I can assure them that it was likely an extremely difficult decision for him to make.  How can I be so sure?  Because it’s been a decision that I’ve been struggling with finding an answer to for a few months.  I have put more thought into trying to come to the “right” answer on this than I did when I bought a new car two years back and was looking at houses.

Sure, when you make a commitment to run a guild it is exactly that, a commitment.  But at what point is it OK to say “I am no longer having fun because of this commitment” and move on?  For the past couple of months the game has felt a lot more like “work” to me than “fun”.  The constant recruiting, raid strategy research, theory crafting, dealing with drama (and our guild really has a minimal amount compared to most).  When is it ok for me to decide that I’d like for the game to be fun again?  Is it ever ok to do that?

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Posted September 22, 2009 by Beruthiel in Guild leadership, Guild Management, Raid Leadership

Setting Raid Goals Redux (working ToC into your schedule!)   2 comments

A new zone, new things to kill, new shinies to be had by all!  And the same amount of time in your raid week to accomplish everything…argh.  The majority of people are not likely to be in a position where they can completely drop Ulduar from their raid schedule just yet, so how do you cram everything in?

While I don’t have the perfect answer for that, I can provide some food for thought, suggestions and how we intend to approach the content as we wait for Ice Crown.

As always there should be a few points that you should consider when setting your goals:

  • What do you want to accomplish as a guild;
  • How much time do you have to devote to your goals each week;
  • Is there a specific goal (i.e. crafting a legendary) that will keep you in a zone longer than anticipated;
  • What is your guild’s wipe tolerance;
  • What can your guild accomplish – be realistic!
  • Keep things fun.

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Time and Ten Mans   3 comments

Caveat: This isn’t particularly the informative post that I originally thought it would be.  To be honest, after re-reading it, it’s little more than a glorified whine session.  However, clearly it was something I needed to get off my chest, so there you have it.  If you aren’t in the mood for some QQ, move on and come back tomorrow for something useful.  If you feel like a good rant…or playing Dr. Phil, please read on! ;)

I did something this past weekend that I’ve not done since Ulduar released back in April.  I took the weekend off from raiding any 10 mans.  I had several people ask me to come in and help and I said “no”.  No, I don’t want to take my alt to heal.  No, I don’t want to take my main and heal.  No, I don’t want to bring in a DPS class to help out.  No, I don’t want to lead a raid you are fully capable of leading.

Instead I spent some time doing other things.  Things like Houswork (I never thought I’d say housework was more enjoyable than WoW, but it was).  I finally got around to unpacking all of my books from when I moved 4 months ago (just a few more boxes left!).  I hung some pictures that never got hung after the move.  I finally got my stereo set up.  My aparment almost looks as if it’s actually occupied by people trying to make it a home.  I cooked all of our meals over the weekend.  I made some truly delicious shrimp.  I tried my hand at grilling corn on the cob (it was also very yummy!).  I grilled filets.  I made apple dumplings and one of my childhood favorites, Monkey Bread!

And I realized how much I missed doing these things.  I like to cook.  I like to bake.  I like to veg out in front of the TV and watch horrible programming (E! True Hollywood Story, I’m talking about you!).  I like being able to play and then walk away from my computer for any reason at any time with no consequences, other than perhaps running back to my dead corpse.

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Posted September 1, 2009 by Beruthiel in /rant, Guild leadership, Just Say No, Raiding

On Goblins and Guild Leveling   Leave a comment

I think that my favorite Cataclysm announcement to come from Blizzcon was the introduction of Guild Leveling.  When it was first announced it as a function, without going into any detail, I will admit to being trepedatious of the feature.  I thought “oh god, I hate leveling in groups, this is going to be awful”.  However, as I followed it through to the game systems panel, I found myself more and more excited about what it is actually going to work.  In fact, I was so excited about it, that I’m fairly certain that I bored a good number of my party at Blizzcon talking about it.

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Are Hard Modes “Fun”?   2 comments

Last night’s Hodir kill: 3 minutes, 5 seconds.  Literally seconds away from success, realizing failure too late to catch the wipe before the kill occurred.  It was borderline devastating, and it was some of the best performances I’ve seen from some of my guildmates.  They really dug in and gave it all they had to give.  But we still fell short.

As we moved on to Vezax, I couldn’t help but ponder the question:  Are hard modes “fun”?

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For The…er, Horde!   Leave a comment

I’ve been traveling for work the past couple of days, which means I’m a little behind on the “hot” news.  However, the announcement of faction changes is something that I find exciting enough to comment on.  This is largely because I started my wow career on the alliance, and I have often said that I wish I could bring my alliance toons horde.  I only have two left of any significance: a level 70 warlock and a level 66 hunter, who is acting as an cross faction transfer wench.

Of those two characters, I don’t know if I will bring them both over or just my warlock.  I haven’t seriously played the hunter in well over a year, if not longer.  But I miss the warlock, so much so that I even started my very own little horde warlock, but I’ve not been very aggressive about leveling her up.

However, bringing the lock over, isn’t the only reason that I’m fairly excited.  Let’s take a look at a couple of things that will benefit from faction changes:

  • Recruiting- Anyone that has ever recruited before knows that this is a good change for recruiting new players.  It is going to help tremendously on imbalanced servers, or even just in general, to recruit without the potential constraint of faction.  The talent pool has just been significantly increased!  I do not think that this is a bad thing!  Honestly, I think that this is the best thing about this change.
  • Re-rolling – I know a number of people that have re-rolled to another faction to play with friends and/or join in a guild that they wanted to play with.  While re-rolling may be fun, not everyone wants to re-roll their main and give up everything that they have worked so hard to achieve.  They now have the option to play where ever they want.  This also goes hand in hand with the recruiting point mentioned above.

Now, I know that there are people that are not pleased with the thought of being able to change factions because it doesn’t follow the lore.  I can certainly understand these complaints, I really can, but to me the benefits of allowing the changes are so much better.  My only other “real” concern with this is the risk of polluting the pool, if you would.  That is to say that, at least on my server, a lot of our younger player base found its home on the alliance, and with that their maturity (or lack of), has been sort of a defining joke.  Although, I am really not sure how many children would really have the financial wherewithal to actively partake in these changes, so it probably is a fairly moot point.

Overall, I am excited about the change and generally think that it is a positive direction for the game.  I can transfer some toons over that I have on alliance and my job recruiting for our guild will become much easier as I will have access to the entire playerbase, and not just those of my faction.  (speaking of which… we currently have a couple of openings, looking for a lock, ret paladin, resto shaman and rogue ;) ).

And now a few bits of Randomness!

I finished the second book in the Sookie Stackhouse series while I was traveling.  I quite enjoyed it, and picked up the third book at the airport.  I am growing quite fond of the characters in the books, and at this point think that I would wholeheartedly recommend the series for anyone in the mood for a good read!

Val’ynar fragment count: 21

Last Hard Mode Hodir Attempt: 3:10 kill (So close!)

Holiday Raiding:  Full of scheduling conflicts and frustrations…so “progress” is mostly halted for the week, but we are doing some “fun” achievements as an alternative.  However, I am truly happy our next Holiday isn’t until September :P

Mynn update:  She hit 77 over the weekend, and can now fly again (yay!).

Just Say No: Taking Time for Yourself.   6 comments

No, I am not trying to I am not trying to bring back Nancy Reagan, mullets or acid washed jeans.  What I am trying to advocate is something that I, personally, really suck at:  making sure that you know how, and when, to take some time to yourself.

Everyone plays WoW in different moderations and for varying reasons.  I happen to play wow a lot.  No, really.  You know that log in tip that pops up and says “everything should be taken in moderation, even WoW”?  Yea…blizzard wrote that tip for people like me :P

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Ugh…already? But I just got here!   8 comments

I figured that my colleagues have already sufficiently covered the upcoming changesthat we will be seeing with the next content patch (3.2), so there was really no need for me to touch on the topic.  Of course…other than to say the following to my dear paladins: no, the world is not ending; yes, you will still be able to heal; no, you will not always be OOM.  Wait for the PTR results before jumping off that cliff, dear friend.

OK!  Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way. . .I thought I’d rant a bit about something releated, but different.

Does anyone else think that patch 3.2 is coming way to fast?  I mean, I know that we’ve got 2-3 months of PTR testing ahead of us still, but I honestly feel like I just stepped into Ulduar yesterday.  I’ve barely had time to stop and breath and enjoy the instance…and we are just 2 weeks into focusing hard modes.  I feel like we are just starting to really sink our teeth into the meat of the instance, and it’s going to be a flash in the pan before we have a chance to get through it all.

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