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Cost Efficiency of Change

Posted in Changes, Guild, Misc., Rant with tags , , , , on 07.22.2011 by Pothos

 

I’ve been considering finding a new home for one of my characters for a while now.  This isn’t happening quite soon yet, as my availability wont be regular until classes start up again.  For a long time, I’ve been against being in more than 1 guild, but lately I think I’ve come to understand at least why I would be interested in doing that.

Anyway, if and when I do this, I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do.  The difficult part of this is cost efficiency.  My best bet would be an off-server guild.  So this brings server Xfer cost up front.  Second consideration is faction change.  I’d rather not have to pay that extra, but I also don’t want to skimp on that and get into a guild that doesn’t suit my needs.

The last hard part is character choice.  I’d rather not do this for more than 1 character.  And don’t even bring up leveling a new main on a different server.  If there’s one thing I ::Cannot Stand::, it’s the leveling process.  I seethe with hate every time I think about it.  I’ve done all of that content already.  Multiple times.  It’s extremely boring to me.  Lucky me, is that I prefer a different class for each role in WoW. I’m just so awesome like that.

An additional difficulty, at least for a couple months, is that I made my current class schedule in alignment with  my current guild raid schedule in mind (and even then, had to miss a day because I had no other option).  So right now, I’m basically screwed.  At best, I could be an occasional attendee, or a bench warmer on some nights to fill in when someone has to leave their spot.  My class times are all night classes.   Realistically, I wouldn’t be available until…. 9 pacific?  maybe even later.

This is all partially due to my travel time to classes, and it being hard for me to get there early.  Boo-urns.

DESPITE ALL THIS. I still have hope.  Of everything in wow, Anything is possible.  Who knows, maybe I’ll pull what did last time.  Join a guild.  in 2 months become an officer.  in 2.5 months become a GM.

Hah.

The things that bind us

Posted in Misc., Rant with tags , , , , , on 07.14.2011 by Pothos

 

Friendship never ceases to surprise me.  Of the things that exists in the social setting of Warcraft, it is probably the most powerful force in holding a guild together.  I can understand sticking around with the people you’ve been friends with for a long time in wow, but to what extent?

Like most of my posts, this is referring directly to my guild.  (See previous posts for details about that).  I have a number of raiders who are completely amazing.  Their raid effectiveness is top notch, they show up when they say they will, and their social dynamic is amazing.  These are people that could easily get into top server guilds.  Hell, they could easily server transfer and get into guilds better than what our server can offer them.

And yet…  here they are on some backwater server, in a guild that really doesn’t scratch much of a raiding itch.

I can’t help but wonder what their limits are.   What are mine even?  Part of the reason I started writing entries was a way to get rid of excess energy and frustration.  If I cannot do something in wow, doing something wow-related can ease the craving.

What can I say?  I need my hit.

All that being said, I’m glad they are here.  I wish I could reward them for their dedication with more than just my company, my hilarious jokes, and witty retorts.

And sarcasm.  Lots, and lots of sarcasm.

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?)).

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.

Good information isnt easy to find.

Posted in Rant with tags , , , , , , , on 10.17.2009 by Pothos

This is true and false at the same time. Finding good information is technically easy. Accurately finding specific good information can be incredibly hard.

If you want good wow information, a lot of people will point you to elitist jerks. A veritable holy grail of information, most of it of the highest quality no less. But the threads on EJ tend to wander, and if you’re a newer reader you don’t necessarily want to sift through 50 pages of posts to find the 1 thing you’re looking for. The other issue is maintenance. Even EJ suffers from being up-to-date. Part of the problem, which is arguably a positive part of WoW, is the number of different styles of play. Even for just 1 class. Let’s say Mr. Nub wants some death knight information. That’s great! But do you want frost, unholy, or blood? Dual wield of 2hander? Tank or dps? These different styles dont even necessarily have their own threads. If you want specific dual wield unholy dps, do you look at the unholy dps thread? or the dual wield thread?

I do not have good fixes for this. I am not a cataloger of information. The variance of information also is dependant on who has the most passion for each individual classes. Shaman information in EJ is easy to find. But once again, there’s less options with the shaman. Caster dps, dw dps, or heals. 3 threads. In a world that i could create myself, i’d entrust such things to wowhead. If they had a couple of volunteers per class work out guides to class play, i think it would be a huge boon towards site hits and popularity. (not that they need any help :P) You can argue that this would be the same issue as a mod author tryign to add every feature into their mod when all they originally wanted was 1 thing. Too much bloat can be a problem. I wouldnt mind extensions of the site of course. My dream? Man, i want shaman information, i would know that all i had to do was go to shaman.wowhead.com and find everything a growing shaman would want.

Dreams ‘eh?

Finding the right information shouldnt take a long time. Soemone somewhere should have a dedicated site kept up to date (and yes, this includes PTR changes which some people dont like to do much work on due to subjectibility to change *cough*cough*) If i had the time, dedication, and team to do it i’d try. But unfortunately, i lack everything. So like many people, all i can do is sit quietly and complain on the internet.

QQ Moar.
-Gaoul