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Dealing with a declining guild.

Posted in Cataclysm, Guild, Rant with tags , , on 04.03.2011 by Pothos

How do you demote a GM?
It would be pretty boring to just say “/gleader <player>” and end the post right here wouldn’t it?

(This intro may seem a bit off vs the title, but this post was originally about the possibility of not being a GM anymore.  My apologies for the wanderings.  Like usual, this wasnt a very planned out post, just a spur of the moment type thing.)

I kid, i kid.  I’ve been GM of my guild since early BC.  That’s a pretty long time.  I don’t often think about the time-scale of my GM-ness, but it was brought to my attention yesterday in a pug raid.  One of the raiders was someone who left the guild (quit wow) 3 years ago.  Due to being on an alt he didn’t know that it was me, but he remembered who his GM was all the same.  I do admit, i’ve seen a lot of people come and go.  I dont remember *all* of them, but i blame that more upon people who never left an impression on the guild.  I remember all of my core//frequent raiders at least >.>

It’s not entirely an unknown fact that I miss being a raider.   After leading this guild for however-many years, I do miss the days where my only concern was showing up on time, and being the best raider i could be.  It doesn’t help that my guild is in a serious decline, and in the foreseeable future may be no more.   Yet, I cannot abandon my guild.  They are my people.  And there’s still a lot of dependable, loyal members.  None of my officers are silly enough to accept a promotion though.  They know all of what i put up with in my position (i certainly complain to them enough hehe).  I cannot promote someone unless I am certain they would be a great leader, a dependable, valuable asset to the guild.   One with leadership qualities of course (more-so than myself I would hope).

At the same time, with the future being what it appears to be, I’m not sure it’s very possible to prevent relative disaster from striking us!  Our server is pretty low in population, many times of the day there is nothing in trade chat, or any chat for that matter.  The quality of recruits is….  well…  I think leaving a group with empty slots would be more effective.  This is not to say that there aren’t progressed guilds on the server, but nigh everyone that has shown skill is already part of said guilds.

Time has moved on, and so has the lives of my main raiders.  Schedule changes, work, school, family (in some cases, all 3) have changed the landscape of their lives.  We just can’t put together the same team that we used to be able to.  I’m not immune to this.  My own school/work schedule for this semester means I am unable to attend what was our main raiding day (and for the most part, only day now).  I’ve only had (up to) 4 full raid days attended since cata came out.  This of course being extremely frustrating since I *am* available on our secondary raid night, but not enough people are anymore to form the raid.

And yet, this isn’t entirely a negative.  I know these people.  Their lives are moving forward and in some weird way, I’m proud of them.  My raid leader was promoted at work, a main raider is going to graduate school, other raiders are entering or continuing with college.  This is amazing.  Hell, i’m part of it.   I’m hopeing to get my CCNA certification this summer (yeah.. right.. /pray).  Along with that i may try other cert’s as well.  Life goes on.

So despite everything, the good, the bad, the frustrating…  in the end i’m actually somewhat neutral towards all this.  Some of my people are growing tired of wow.  Some have already cancelled.  Some love it just as much as i do.  They will come and go as they please, and I’ll still be right here.  This is not to say i’ll be in a guild at that point though.  I wont disband of course, even if things are hopeless.   It’s still a relatively high level guild, with a 7-tab bank.

Not everything is hopeless.   This post definitely sounds like i’m expecting failure (and i am), but I know there’s always a chance.   I’d have figured the guild was going to die when i first took over out of desperation and love of my guild.  Yet we thrived.  All the way to the start of Cata.   There’s always hope.  But like any GM (or any player for that matter), i have to be ready for anything.  So I sit and wait.   Lead the best I can, and observe everything.

If and when the end comes, I’m not sure what i’ll do.  I have a bunch of characters, and i’d be willing to raid on a number of them.  Who knows, maybe i’ll apply to one of the wow guilds that i follow on twitter XD   That would be amusing.   Maybe if i’m not GM i’ll have more time to keep a blog going, instead of this intermittent posting i do right now.   Who knows, who knows.

For what it’s worth, in the future there might be a DK Tank/Healing Priest/Enhance Shaman LFG 😉

Can’t say which character i prefer anymore.   I was a main warlock until early Wrath when I became a DK tank for the guild.  Really enjoy tanking now, although I really enjoy healing as well (although more stressful).   In fact i even regret not rolling a tank/heal at the start of wow.  As far as DPS goes, i think i enjoy the enhance shaman the best now.  I don’t mind warlocking in cata, but i didn’t enjoy it nearly as much in Wrath.  (Warlock isnt 85 yet either)   I have an up-and-coming Hunter (84) who’s fun, but i cant see focusing on him to raid.  I use my hunter more like a Pokemon trainer and collect pets >.> (i love my ghostly Jormunger (spelling?)).

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3.3 and Cataclysm

Posted in Cataclysm, Rant with tags , , , , on 12.08.2009 by Pothos

So here we are.  The fall of the Lich King.  I expect trumpets to sound at any moment, but that would require the server to be up! (cheap shot, i know)  It’s at this point i have to worry about cataclysm.  I haven’t seen any word that even the F&F alpha is going on, and there’s definately not a beta happening.   So how far away is cataclysm?

I understand that ICC is going to be released over time similar to ToC, but how long?  I have guildies that hold a (as i see it) misguided belief that Cataclysm is in line for XMas ’10.  I dont know about other WoWers, but that is a long time.  Even if ICC is stretched out for 3 months before we can hit Arthas, that’s still 9 months of farming him.

The Gods know that Arthas will be down by the top guilds the week he’s released.  I mean, they’ll probably not even wipe on their path of destruction to his doorstep.   Sure the ‘common’ guilds, even the pseudo-casual like my own might not be up to him at the point he’s released.   My own people may never even reach him, i do not know.  (but more of an issue with their own effectiveness/dicipline to the craft that is war)

But i digress.  9 months is an extended period of time to have no new content of.  Unless blizzard goes back on themselves and 3.3 isnt the last content patch of this expansion.  So where do we go from here?

Is Cataclysm going to take until the holidays?  Will it go through a (everything is relative, especially in blizzard time) fast alpha/beta cycle?

I cannot honestly say i’d have very much motivation to log in if 8, 9, 10 months from now, im still zoning into the same raid portal i’ll be going into from this wednesday on.

Save me blizzard, for the only cure to my disease is rolling that Goblin.

Gold! I needs it to survive!

Posted in Cataclysm with tags , , on 11.24.2009 by Pothos

Is it odd that while i dont really have a use for gold in wow, I loooove profit. I like seeing large numbers on my account total.  Large is relative of course.  The most gold server-wide i’ve ever had was just over 11k.  Currently i’m sitting at about 9.

I was almost dirt poor until ToC.  But when you run Toc 10 and 25 on your main, and another 10 on your alt.  that’s 45 triumphs a week, not counting any VoAs or Onyxias.   My server is not a high ranking server, we dont have world class guilds, and the economy is horrible.   So with that, there was a decent stretch of time that people still horded all their triumphs, and didnt sell a damn thing.

Hear that? It’s my greed.  So I sold a number of Crusader orbs, and got myself up to where i stand now.

This begs the following thoughts.  Do i really care about icecrown?  I dont forsee my guild clearing it any time soon.  Maybe we never will.  Who knows.  But what i do know, is that i’m very excited over cataclysm.  What better way to start cataclysm than with a lot of gold.

Do i really need to get tier 10 right away?   How much are the new crusader orbs going to be? (primordial saronite this time around i believe).   Will the market for them go well?   I certainly hope so.  I will bleed out my emblems of frost if it means i can fatten up my wallet in preperation for….  for anything.   For whatever may be.  Cataclysm-esque mammoth?   Did our mounts get too used to the cold, so we need to train temperate flying?***

I dont know what i’ll need gold for.  But at the same time it doesnt really matter.   If theres one thing that always happens in wow, it’s a gold sink.  Mark my words.  I’ll be ready.

 

 

***:  I really, >>Really<< cant wait to see the reason blizz uses to keep up from flying right away in cataclym (if any of course.  they might not)

I Remember back in the day….

Posted in Cataclysm, Changes on 10.28.2009 by Pothos

Wow ages.  It’s about to hit 5 years old.  Some people out there are like me, and played since release day.  Some longer with the beta/alpha.  Think about this.  Did you go to high school?  You have spent more time as a wow player, than you did in High school. (arguable true, but i refer to just time being a member, not time online.  Just go with it for now :P)  This is a long time for any one game to last.  Despite new bosses, new expansions, this is still world of warcraft.  You’re still mashing shadowbolt, still taunting, still casting flash heal.  For the most part, the fights are different, and you have to avoid things that arent fire, but in all respects to movement, might as well be fire.   Warcraft is still just warcraft.

What can wow do to keep people into it?  Well that’s simple.  The one thing i love about wow beyond anything else.  Changes.  Nerf? Buff?  I don’t care.  I love changes.  I love new expansions for the way they complete @$%& over the normal method and change what you’re doing.  The proposed talent changes are a great start.  The renewal of the old zones (maybe i’ll actually get an alt up).  These are all things that while people may not all care for, it still changes what they’re doing.   Change is the single most powerful tool the WoW dev’s have.

 

I guess i’ll use this post to go over some of the changes with some thoughts on them.

As far as new races go, goblins are nice.  Worgen I *sort* of have a problem with.  I find it hard to see them as alliance, although their starter quest chain may shed some light on that.  Now don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying i see worgen as horde either.  Humans (and by extension the alliance) doesn’t have a great record in allying with ‘people’ that are different.  Worgen have in the past attacked humans and caused much grief to the alliance and the horde.  I just dont see, without any new information, how the alliance would be so quick to accept them into the fold.   The horde on the other hand, would (almost) never trust anything that is even partially human.   But i also do not see what race they would have picked beside worgen and goblins.   Goblins have existed as character models compatible with everything but helms for a long time now.  And worgen are just…. humans with different racials.   and fur.

New class combinations!  Dear god finally.  What i want to see is troll animal forms.  There’s quite a bit of debate about them going on, so i’m not going to speculate much as far as that goes.  Doesnt do me any real good anyway, i lost the motivation to level my druid 2 years ago.  He’s still logged out in Un’goro, waiting to see the light of day.

Five extra talent points with no new talent.  I’d like to believe that it would allow more freedom, and more utility talents to be taken.  But we all know that you’ll be able to reach some new uber talent in the next tree with those 5 points, that you’ll need to spend every point to get that last dps out of your spec.   So at least you get that much.

Guild advancement!  Weeee!

 

But of course.  I really have one main concern as far as cataclysm go.  This outweighs my worries on any other subject in the entire world.   of warcraft.
When i hit 85, and maybe have entry level raid gear.   Will i be able to solo The Eye?  I want to farm for the pheonix, but i dont want to risk losing to anyone >.>

 

~Gaoul
p.s.  Soul shard change? About damn time.

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