Picking up the reins as guild leader has been an interesting and steep learning curve.  I’m not afraid to admit that there was a lot of things I ‘knew’, but didn’t really know, until I was put in that situation myself.  I also am forced to admit that there is something I should be doing, but I can’t work out what it is.  Things seem to run contrary to whatever I plan, or don’t plan, so I am not sure of my next step.  It’s quite difficult when most of the officer core, and most of the core raiders, upped and left the guild in one big mass exodus (thus explaining how someone as incompetent as myself ended up in charge).  The people who I would ordinarily turn to and go ‘uh, what do I do now?’ just aren’t there anymore… nor are the people who could attend things on a regular basis.

I have recruited a few new members, but most of them are somewhat undergeared and inexperienced.  Now, there is nothing wrong with that at all.  A little practice in some early raids, and we’ll be apples.  However, getting people to sign up for raids like OS10 or ToC10 (I tend to only go for the quickies at this point in time) is an absolute pain.  Why?

Because it’s more valuable time spent for most people to do bloody daily dungeons.  The badge reward is greater than that of a non-current raid, it’s a lot faster, and totally brainless.  Unfortunately, it is also never going to help our new and old guild members mesh together in a group and learn how to work together.  It’s never going to promote a sense of teamwork.  It’s never going to give our new tanks and DPS practice at RAIDING.  The things that I think are crucial to a guild that is re-gaining its footing just can not be achieved by doing random dungeons with other people.

Unfortunately, I can’t chase people around with a whip and make them sign up.  I ask them what content they want to do, and I create events based on that feedback.  That STILL doesn’t help.  Guess I just need to recruit more, until we have so many numbers that I can get groups for most everything going.

… Don’t even get me started on recruiting!

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5 Responses to “How Random Dungeons Have Ruined My Life!… Or Something Equally Melodramatic Like That.”
  1. Yeesh, rather you thank me sweety! >_<
    .-= Marylin´s last blog ..Bloody Government Benefits… =-.

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  2. Meh. If they don’t want to do old content, they don’t have to. However, if they’re learning to raid, don’t let them into ICC until they go on a TOC-10 and prove that they won’t stand in the fire.
    .-= crankyhealer´s last blog ..Zomg Drood focus! Why did I not know of this awesomeness before? =-.

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  3. That’s the rub though, isn’t it? Do they even want to raid? I mean ~really, truly~ want to raid? You can’t force a square peg into a round hole, and (to borrow a more crass idiom) you can’t put a shine on shit*.

    I commend your efforts, but if what you’re left with is people that have neither the skill, tenacity, gumption and dedication to want to raid, and furthermore lack the understanding of what is required to raid, then I fear your frustration is only beginning, Angel. :(

    Raiding may now be accessible to anyone in WotLK, but I don’t think that necessarily implies that just anyone can be a raider.

    By the bye, should you decide to come back, there’s a tunneling service out there called http://www.wtfast.com that might solve some of your latency issues.

    * Mythbusters proved you can shine shit, but who wants to spend that much time rubbing and buffing shit with your bare hands?

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  4. Well, they all say they want to raid. I think the biggest problem at the moment is sheer numbers. however, recruiting at the end of an expansion is ugly, as most people are looking for a guild that can offer more raid wise than what we can provide.

    I guess I am trying to diagnose what went wrong in the first place with the guild as well, for everyone to leave. It’s all very stressful… but I guess it’s, well, not fun, but not altogether bad at the same time. It’s interesting :-)

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  5. Sar, BD was lucky to have been able to GET someone like you. It only seems like this right now, where there doesn’t seem to be a team, and everyone is just after badge rewards and stuff (sounds familiar?)…

    … then you get your team, and for a few glorious months they work together splendidly. Don’t worry, you are doing this properly. People DO want to raid… it’s just that too many people think it’s all about just gear or individual skills (eg “As long as s/he knows how to play his/her class/role, ‘they will mesh’”).

    Hang in there, Sar. I know you can do it.
    .-= Ærynn Lómëhtar´s last blog ..An Ancient Grudge =-.

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