The Curator Hump

Tonight will begin HOTA’s fourth week of Lower Karazhan. We have the first four bosses on farm, despite switching the group roster from night to night depending on who is available. But we cannot seem to down Curator.

 Many people don’t seem to realise that Curator is dps a gear-check. If you can down Curator with the gear you have, you should be ok with the rest of Karazhan. If your group can’t put out enough dps, you will grind against Curator for several weeks until your gear improves to a higher level.

 As a result, my raiders are getting discontent. Nobody likes a stop in progression, and especially for the people new to raiding that don’t realise that kills don’t just “automatically” happen, it’s frustrating. Some of the better geared raiders are leaving HOTA to join other guilds that can give them an easier ride through the content. This slows us down even further as we have to find and gear up another person in their place.

 It’s starting to feel like we will be bashing our heads against Curator for some time yet. I have nightmares about that menagerie! Oh when will it end…. I guess even when we do get over this hump, we will have to face the noob-test that is Shade of Aran. That will be interesting!

Contingency Plans?

I recently returned to WoW after taking a 2 week break. In a nutshell, my girlfriend became emotional about the amount of time I was spending in the game and expressed concern that she was losing me. In a fit of drunk devotion I uninstalled the game and gave her the discs for safe keeping. Sometimes you have to take drastic action to prove your point.

 I kept in touch with my 5 Officers using the guild website and instant messenger, and it quickly became apparent that without the GuildMaster online, and without a strong contingency plan in place, the members’ faith in HOTA started to wane. I had been leading our first forays into Karazhan, and with the raid leader gone a few of our best raiders jumped ship (some people have no patience). There were also a number of confrontations between the Officers and some of the more outspoken guys in the raid which caused a lot of discontent.

 The Officers I left behind have all been competent enough in the past but usually required my support on anything that required leadership, and I think they floundered a little when I wasn’t online to boss them around.

 I’m now taking steps to make sure there is a better contingency plan in place if anything should happen to take me away from the Guild in the future, and to make sure that the raiding continues. I’m giving some of my raiders experience in organising and leading the Karazhan runs, and intend to promote another Officer or two, preferably some strong leaders.

 Does anyone have such a contingency plan? Do you have any suggestions I could use myself?


A New Guy In Town

Guild Masterpiece Theatre just got a new player!

  My name is Davarnus, a Protection Warrior and GM of Heroes of the Alliance, a PvE guild on the European realm Auchindoun. Hmm that was quite a mouthful…

  HOTA is a casual guild that has recently started dipping its toe into Karazhan and is making steady progress. We currently have 147 members, plus a bunch of alts, all ranging from level 30-70. Our minimum level is gradually increasing to both allow for our current members to keep levelling in the guild they call home, and in anticipation of having an all-70 roster once the next expansion arrives.

  I’m a relatively laid back GM, as befits a casual guild, and would never dream of forcing anyone to play a particular class or spec in the name of progression. Our members are also pretty laid back, which (I suppose unfortunately, because lots of us enjoy raiding) means we’re unlikely to get far in 25-man content, if we even make it there before Wrath. 

  Here’s me, riding my trusty reindeer through Terrokkar. I’ve actually updated my gear a bit since then, so I should really get a new picture!


Well that’s it for my intro… I have a few things I’ll be posting about in the next few days. In the mean time – be nice to the new guy!