Raid Leaders, Why is it so hard to train one?

I must say, I am recently trying to train an officer to run the raids when needed. Just small stuff like khara and za, or bosses that in theory we have so far on farm we can do them in our sleep. We all credit the stability and success of a raid on the Mt, and the main healers, you can have slightly less on the ball people for anything else but those positions have got to be the best. It just never works if you don’t.

But what about the raid leader, does a slightly less on the ball raid leader really make or break your raid? Does the raid rely on those calls for the things they should be watching that much. Is everyone really that immune to the bars, the warnings, the mobs running around? I mean when your halfway through ssc, do you really need your raid leader to tell you so and so is sacrificed on illhoof in kharazan? In theory, we’ve all been doing this for months and it should be autopilot, i mean khara clears in under 4 hours every week both raids for badges mostly, put a new raid leader in to take charge and all of a sudden its a two night event. Is this due to the raid leader or people not paying attention.

I wondered this, so i decided to get sneaky and slip into the vent channel with the announcements off and see what was going on. I slipped in and i listened to the raid, the new leader was doing much better this week, but it all seemed so stiff, there wasn’t allot of communication, and everyone was quiet because the prior week they had spent the entire raid overriding the raid leader and ignoring the instructions, or outright contradicting them even though they were the correct instructions. So of course they got balled out for that. But all of this brings me down to one question.

No matter how wonderful your raid is, does your raid leader make or break it?

And if as i suspect this is the case, what do you do when you find you need to train a new one, and no one has the  certain something it takes. I’ll tell you now theres not alot of good raid leaders out there that can hold there temper, and solve the problems the raid runs into. I find as time goes on that the people who could be good raid leaders are scared to step up, due to former issues where there stepping up was considered an attempt to take over and caused conflict with the officers.  And so this one way monologue, waunders into a conversation on drama and maturity.

Where do you as guild leaders and members draw the line? We all know the line, the someone that is trying to show there worth, but ends up arguing with the gm instead of listening as they should be. Or the raid leader who can’t handle people stepping up to help them out because they are so much in control. BTW this is me to a slight extent, if im in the raid im in charge Period, Exclaimation point, were doing things my way and no one elses. However i fortunatly listen to my officers and my way has been developed through research and trial and error.  So at least i temper the control freak in me with a little moderation.

 Another question to the guild leaders, Why are you a Gm? Why do you day in and day  out deal with the difficulties, the trials the stress and the sheer time from your real life to be a guild master and raid leader. People rarely thankyou for it. 

I think these are all good questions you should ask yourself. If your confortable with the honest answers more power to you. Anyhoodle back to work now, thats my meandering for the day. Ill put up an antecdote next time i think.


Why I am always a slow writer on the weekends…

Believe it or not, my guild has decided that the weekends are the WORST time for us to raid.  We can’t get consistency in our raiders, and we have trouble making the right groups for the raids, so we just don’t raid on the weekends.  It is fun though… we hit up kara, mag, and gruul with whoever is online, and we just hang out and have a good time.  With all the badge rewards coming out in 2.4 kara is at least a good farming option.  I gotta say though, my guild was late in the game starting out on raiding this content, so I can’t wait for the Xpac.  I wish it was coming out tomorrow!  It will be fun to be on even ground with the other guilds on our server!

So I am not a tough Guild Master…

I have trouble yelling at people, and I am not so great with the tough love tactics.  I am more of a kind guild master, I listen to your woes, and I always give people the benefit of the doubt.  I never yell, and I keep my raid leaders from losing their tempers as much as I can.  So, last night, when I was having to grab tainted cores from the people on the bottom of the stairs, and people were rambling on in vent and I yelled “Shut up!” it got REAL quiet.  I don’t even like that phrase.  I am a kindergarten teacher by trade, and to five years old that is the equivalent of telling someone to “F off.”  But I needed to know who to grab my core from, and I needed to be able to get there and I needed to be able to hear when the mage at the pillar was ready to get it!  SO… I yelled it… haha I still can’t believe it, but it worked.  The entire raid got quiet, got their business together, and we killed her.  It was awesome.  I almost got my helm too…. damn mage.  🙂

Support, why are they all so inattentive??

Ok i’m sure you have all run into this, and yes its not directly related to gaming but its something i use inorder to raid 😛 I’ve talked to support for a couple of games and most recently creative and there email/chat support always seems to have issues with the concept of reading your issue.  I mean i understand that you do this all day and its boring and you’ve got scripted replies, but Please people if you are going to do a job where you are trying to fix something make sure you understand the issue before whipping off a reply that has nothing to do with it and looking like an idiot!!!!

Now for the examples, heh. So i recently bought a second creative sound card. The xfi to be specific. Its snazzy sweet has awesome sound, enter the problem. I run Dual sound card’s i’ve been doing this for about 6 years now with a sound blaster and some on board sound. I recently built myself a new computer. The New pc’s onboard was realtek, and i really really hate realtek even high end realtek. So i went out and got a second sound blaster card. There not the same model, so hey there should be no problem right? Differn’t drivers and all that. WRONG!! Creative in there infinate wisdom has apparently decided that if you are installing the driver package for a product Any creative software you previously had installed must be something not in the system any longer and it auto uninstalls it. I mean comeon people you couldn’t put a damned prompt in? We detect blah is installed on your system do you wish to uninstall????? So i send creative an email about it because of course like so many companies now adays they don’t have any actual phone support. And i get a reply that reads the following.

“From the detailed description provided; I understand you have an issue
with your Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer wherein you run dual sound
cards. When installing the driver and software for one of the sound
cards, it uninstalls the other sound card’s driver and softwares.

I would like to apologize for any inconvenience that this webcam may
have caused you and I understand where you’re coming from.

However, let me just advise you that it would not be possible to use two
sound blaster cards at the same time since these may create conflict.
Therefore, I suggest using just one sound card one at a time.”

Now to add further insult to injury i’ve already got it working but the shiny xfi software isn’t, And i’m not using a webcam children… No where in the damned email i sent did it mention a webcam. And this is one of the better replies i’ve gotten lol. So what i want to ask the world is, Why is it so hard to actually read what your replying to, when this is your job? I guess it boils down to being lazy or something. Or potentially english is not there first language who knows.  Oh and to tie this into the gaming thing, I use this for streaming music to vent and speakers as well as running a headset for vent. Nothing funier than dj’ing some classic songs in vent preraid lol. You can get some really good sound quality doing it as well, but it does require some fiddling with the settings.

Oh and Woot morogrim tidewalker added to our kill list last night. He died and everyone was Hes dead really? As usual the wonky strats worked for us. but ill post another blog about that later once we’ve refined it a bit. That puts us 4/6 in ssc with lethoras, and vash to go.

Greetings from Runetotem Fellow Wow gm’s and Players

Well as one of the more recent albeit slow to post additions to this site, i will attempt to give you a brief idea of who i am. My in game name is Bellemorte, I run a alliance raiding guild on runetotem Called vindicated. Were relativity successfull inso far as we are actually making progression in SSC/TK but are no where near hyjal yet. I run an adult guild yes you read that right, adult. This means were probably less mature than the 16 year olds on the server, and pretty much everyone ill be writing about is 20 + age wise.

I’ve been playing wow since it came out, didn’t beta though. I’ve run guilds on two servers in wow, and also when i was in galaxies. I’m an extremely blunt person, and cut to the chase allot. Not a yeller and screamer though , at least when it comes to raids 😉 And oh I’m a girl 😛 This makes for some interesting wow situations. I work full time as technical support, Have a boyfriend who thankfully understands wow more important than valentines lol. Yes my priorities are screwed up, at least i don’t call in sick to work to play games…. well most of the time.

 The guild is structures as a dictatorship, i haven’t found raiding to work any other way. I’ve got two fill in Gm’s that are my voice when I’m not around, and about 8 or so officers of varying flavours. They keep peace in the guild keep the drama to a minimum, and make it so come raid time everyone is ready to roll and not pestering me with things like, where do i get the strat, i forgot my flasks, i forgot to repair, Wahhh so and so stepped on my toes. Although i very very rarely if ever get the last one.

I’m pretty wordy, and a horribly bad typer so if there’s spelling mistakes, or grammatical ones. Don’t point them out i don’t care, as long as you get the drift of what I’m saying.

 Anyhoodle, this is my introduction. Now to some of the fun stuff. I’ll be posting in spurts as i have time.


Man I love Digg!

So, this morning I sign on and check out Digg like I always do, man you can get lost in that site for hours and there on the front page I see this article: Husband and Wife get Divorced over WoW and it makes me think about the game. As a GM I spend a LOT of my free time on this game, and I don’t ALWAYS have my priorities straight, but I would like to think that most of the time I do. I feel like this is one of the top five toughest parts of being a GM. Sometimes when you sign on your screen turns totally pink in whisper, or sometimes when you log onto vent people are begging to yank you into a super secret channel… these things happen all the time, and before you know it, a quick log in to check your auctions can turn into an hour and a half of dealing with why so and so really wants his mom’s best friend to join the guild to raid even though she is a rogue who turned 70 six hours ago. (I would totally let a mom in BTW, cause MoM WoWers are the coolest.) But still, you get the picture.

Over the course of being a GM, I have discovered a few ways to handle this. On occasion I will put up my <DND>sign, and people for the most part get that means I don’t want to be disturbed. But then, there are always the select few that don’t get it. One of my favorite things to do is to just go <AFK> and stay that way. Then I don’t feel obligated to answer any whispers, because I am obviously AFK. 🙂

Now, I am not saying that as a GM you should always do that… that would make you suck a lot. But, I am saying that as a GM I sometimes find that I need to finish my darn dailies… or else someone is going to have to cover my repair bill!

So… how do YOU guys deal with the taxing time it takes to be a GM?