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Well, then.


Our raiding guild sort of collapsed since the last time I wrote. The Guild Leader was sick of having people only show up on the first raiding day of the week to down the easy bosses that we already have on farm. Then they would just not appear on the second and third raid day of the week for the encounters that we were still learning and, thus, wiping on.

Prior to this, the guild officers had announced that they were keeping a log of attendance, carefully logging who said they were coming, whether they showed up and if not, whether they left a note saying they would not be online. It's just common courtesy that you would expect from any kind of group event.

The attendance log was originally meant to help the officers deliberate and break unlucky streaks for good raiders when we went to a Loot Council Assisted Need/Greed Roll loot distribution system. But when it became obvious that there were members who expected to be carried and given free loot, by both their words and actions, there was a mass gkick of all the individuals who only came for the easy kills or did not consistently attend raids.

This left us with about 15 core, dedicated raiders. Which isn't enough for the 25-mans. It was sad that we lost many of our best players at that point too. They wound up leaving to join other guilds because they wanted to continue doing 25-mans. At the time, I was wanting to take a break again from raiding anyway, so I didn't bother joining another guild. I also didn't like the name of the guild that most of the better players went to and didn't want that in the name plate over my head. IMHO, there aren't very many guilds with cooler names than my current guild, so I have no desire to join another one.

My Huntard has become my main character. The Old-Timer's raiding schedule of one night a week has been suiting me just fine. Some weeks, we don't raid at all because people are busy or have other things planned on the designated raid night. With three raiding nights a week, I'd want a break after a few months. One raiding night a week is comfortably sustainable for me. I feel like I have time to myself and not have to spend my off raid nights farming boring-ass dailies for money so I can pay for the ever increasing equipment repair costs from wiping.

And if I feel like running more in the week, Icecrown Citadel on 25-man is very puggable now, even though they're more rare than 10-man ICC pugs (which I can't pug because I need to keep that open for my Old-Timer's group). I'm almost never denied an invitation on my Hunter with my gear score and experience.

I did pug a 25-man Ulduar Hard Modes group the other day and they reminded me a lot of my current guild on a good raid night, back in the day. They're a laid back, dorky, they did and said hilarious things, but at the same time, didn't tolerate bullshit. I watched them kick an asshat DK out of the raid, then immediately from the guild. Asshat DPS DK ran into a group of ranged DPS and TAUNTED the boss just for giggles.

They're in nearly the exact same situation as my current guild just before the implosion... 11/12 ICC10, on Putricide in ICC25 and having a tough time getting enough people for the 25-man ICC runs. They sounded willing to pug me until they have enough people to fill all the spots consistently. I was very tempted to join them, because they're a really fun bunch to be around. But, I realize that I've never seen them on a bad raid night, so they may also be remarkably similar to my current guild on bad night. And I'm not sure I want the three raid nights a week again.

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highnez
Jun. 8th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
Some weeks, we don't raid at all because people are busy or have other things planned on the designated raid night.

I giggled at that line. It's amusing enough to think there is a "designated raid night", but more amusing to think that big, tough, guys won't go on a raid because they have other things to do, like, perhaps, drink tea with their grandmother. ;-)

I know: not everyone is a "big, tough, guy"; allow me to indulge my mental fantasy for a moment.

I do agree that having a commitment one night a week instead of several nights does make it more likely that you are willing to participate on a regular basis.
bride
Jun. 8th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
big, tough, guys won't go on a raid because they have other things to do, like, perhaps, drink tea with their grandmother.

I lol'ed =D
rcantilles
Jun. 8th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
ah guild implosions. Ours imploded in rather spectacular fashion, the least dramatic reason being that the officers were unable to put in the time to manage the dramatic reasons because of various real life things. (one couple were in the process of buying a home. Another officer was beginning to get busy with grad school. I got pregnant and Robin had to do all the cooking cause I couldn't stand the sight of food.)

I really miss WoW these days. But I can't see us going back even after the expansion comes out, as we just don't have the time to put into the game to find the perfect group of 10 who would mesh with our kid centric schedule.
bride
Jun. 8th, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
Heh, we have parents with newborns in our 10-man group. It does get tough on boss fights sometimes with the /afkdiaperchg, /afkfeedingtime, /afkscreaminganddon'tknowwhy, but I hear you'll be fine to play again after the kid and you start sleeping through the night. =)
rcantilles
Jun. 9th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
well, that's the funny thing... we dropped it while I was pregnant, started again when he was 3 or 4 months old, and then dropped it again when he was 7 or 8 months old, and actually sleeping through the night. He's almost 2 now, and goes to bed reliably at 7:30.

Problem is that all our good friends from our old guild are east coast, and their raiding times are 8pmEST. That's 5pm our time. No go. And you know how hard it is to find people to raid with that you actually LIKE. By the time we managed to figure out a whole new social scene on a PST server, we probably will be on baby #2 and have to start the whole process again!


Funny story, during that brief time we were playing again, but before J was night weaned, we were in a 5 man (I can't remember which one I just remember there were dragons involved... maybe Old Hillsbrad?) and just before the final boss, J woke up wanting boob. So I tried to nurse him while main healing the final boss. (with the right hotkeys and macros, it's totally 1 handable.) Problem was, J decided the dragons were REALLY COOL and he would up watching the screen instead of nursing. And he was wide awake by the end.

That was the beginning of the end for us. Didn't want to end up like Clara from The Guild. (I knew people like that. Exactly like that. So disturbing.)
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