Fun Purples on Regular! I love it!

Okay so there isn’t really a lot of stuff my main needs from regular MrT, but I have to say that there is totally some stuff my just turned 70 priestie can use, and to start her off, she got her super cool purple healing ring with a socket from the last boss, and a shiny new phoenix hatchilng!  (Add that +22 healing quest reward gem, and bam that is a nice little ring.)

I think it is super fun to have those little purples at the end of those instances, and I particularly enjoy the fact that on heroic purples drop the whole time!  So far, for me at least, that instance is full of win.  Now if my silly server would just unlock that BADGE vendor.  🙂

So Patch Time…

Well, I spent the better part of last evening healing the new instance, and I did all my dailys like a good little hoardie so that we could open the damn heroic badge dude.  (My server is small… he still isn’t opened up.)  And, I must say, well done so far blizzard, it totally feels like we are in total turmoil right now all running around trying to save the isle, everything seems to be super cool, and that instance is fabulous.  I always said silvermoon was wasted on the under 20 crowd, and now we get to like really experience it.  I mean, I only play Blood Elves… so this is super cool for me.

Now, for the changes… weird how your friend’s list people are a different color, right?  And…. how cool getting to inspect players from the opposing faction?!?  Funtara!  My omen downloaded kind of weird like, but other than that… things seem to be working fine.  So far patch 2.4 is pretty cool in my book!

From Casual to Hardcore…

Well, we have decided that with the upcoming patch, and the fact that Kael Thas is wiping that shiny pink floor with our faces it is time to admit that we are a hard core raiding guild.  We have been raiding like we are for a while, but not with all the rules, etc. in place that need to be there to keep the team from failing at the bigger baddies.  So we have decided to just call the raiding team what it is, a hardcore raiding team.  Pretty exciting, but kind of scary!

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!


Wow Forums.

I was on the world of warcraft guild relations forums, when i saw what has to be the most retarded post.

There is a girl Gm, that feels her guild disrespects her because shes a girl. Now having read through the post, it got me thinking. I’ve never had one of my guildies disrespect me because im a girl. Usually because im an alpha female and would rip there nuts off and serve them on a silver platter if they got sexist with me. But the female thing just never enters into it. Theres none of the lashes batting and simpering to get them to do stuff. I’m just like any other gm, get it done or don’t raid your choice.

It got me thinking though, i know a couple gm’s like this. The ones that are soo sensative they cry about drama at night, and can’t kick people who deserve it because they’ll feel bad about it. What does it take to be a good gm? Paitence, strength, disipline, a sence of humour, diplomacy, and the ability to crack the whip. There aren’t alot of gms with the balance for this, its easier in a non raiding guild because you don’t need the organization. But when it comes to raiding guilds if you can’t at least get a passing mark in 5 of those 6 categories, don’t bother leading. It requires a certain detachment and sence of balance to run a raiding guild. You can’t be unfair, or favour people. You can’t be a psycho and just scream at your guild when there wrong. As a gm you must endear loyalty, and commitment from your raiders. People follow you because they choose too, not because they have to. If there only with you for gear, then they will just jump to the next guild thats more progressed than you when the oportunity knocks, leaving you high and dry. 

Think about this when your getting ready to run a guild, its very important and most people dont understand it.



So my guild has finally done it, we’ve dropped khara for more time to be spent in 25 mans. After all of the arguing that people normally do about who gets in and who doesn’t there was a suprising lack of argument about it. We will see how long the calm holds lol. Hopefully this will allow us to get those last two bosses down so we can start working on vash, and kaelthas. Anyone got any important tips and tricks for these two fights they look a little insane needless to say. I was watching a vashj video the other day and all i can think is wow… this is going to be a test of my micro management skills. Suggestions would be appreciated.

On the note of khara i’ve started sending anyone who apps, without the correct gear to a friends guild that is only runing khara and ZA with the intent that he sends me anyone who wants to go farther than there guild is and has the gear. Mu ha! im sneaky 😀 but its a good exchange for both of us, i get the people hes going to loose anyways, and he gets a constant influx of people who need what there doing and will show up and take it seriously.  and hey there half trained by the time they get to me. I’m not a fan of training raiders from scratch. You know the simple stuff, like kill order, mt target list, don’t pull threat you will splat, etc…

Class balance, and recruitment.

It is inevitable as a raiding guild that once you stop taking recruits that still need there khara gear recruitment becomes harder. Now im fortunate, in that i still have many options availible to me as we have never opened our recruitment to the public. But how do other raiding guilds deal with the people who say they can’t raid for 3 weeks, do you grab someone to fill that spot or do you over recruit and always juggle people in and out of your runs?  We tend to have about 4 people sitting out every night. Any more than that and i feel guilty that we’ve got too many people. ideally, this is a healer, a tank, and 1 melee and 1 caster dps. This is the balance i strive for as a GM. Recently i’ve had alot of people who have had to stop raiding for a portion of time. There not gquiting, and they will be back but how do you fill those temp positions? Is it really fair to recruit new people knowing full well in a month your going to be struggling to get them into a raid? Or do you struggle along knowing these people will be back, hoping nothing else comes up. Currently im skirting the line inbetween. If there going to be gone for more than a couple weeks im bringing someone in for there spot. If there not then i usually hold there raiding spot for them.  I’m curious how other raiding guilds deal with this.

The casual guild’s heavy guild master

As I’ve noted before, there is a large disparity between The Regiment’s raiding experience and my own personal history. As a form heavy raider – and someone gradually climbing back into the saddle after disdaining raiding for some time – my experiences pre-expansion included full clears of all raids except Naxxaramas. I currently maintain a somewhat heavy raiding schedule, including Serpentshrine Cavern and Tempest Keep on my priest and soon my hunter. I fully intend to see the inside of the Black Temple before Wrath of the Lich King is released.

This differs with the vast majority of my guildmates. Prior to The Burning Crusade, The Regiment organized weekly, extremely casual runs of Zul’Gurub. After the release of the expansion, we took a couple of months to organize a core group of raiders to maintain a weekly Karazhan group. For many of these people, Karazhan was the first raid that they had ever done. As casual raiders (which differs from casual players!), they don’t ever plan on seeing anything beyond Zul’Aman – a goal that we’ve just started within the past week. Members of The Regiment occasionally sub into any of numerous 25-man raids when openings and their availability coincides. They’re content gradually seeing new content and knowing that they may never progress any further.

This contrast in playstyles and experience results in an interesting dynamic in the relationship I maintain with the people under my command. For one thing, it results in different end-game goals. My focus during much of the week is raiding, whether it’s actually stepping foot into the instance or preparing for the raid. I spend a lot of time attempting to acquire better gear that would improve my performance in my raids, which includes jealously hording badges in anticipation for the badge gear that will be available in patch 2.4. On the other hand, most of my guild members don’t have that kind of drive. Rather than running heroics to acquire badges or even better gear, many play any of a myriad of alts. This is an particularly sore issue with me, as we continue raiding Karazhan months after we first stepped inside with people who could be better prepared for each of the fights but aren’t.

And don’t get me started on consumables and their use – or lack thereof – during fights that we sometimes still have problems with!

The balance between a raiding background and a guild that desires to be nothing more than casual raiders is a hard one to maintain. It frequently leaves me frustrated when people come to the raid ill-prepared, without consumables, their gear broken, in pieces of gear that they could have been upgraded months ago if they’d have run heroics instead of leveling alts, and showing up late or not showing up at all. As a comparatively experienced raider, this clashes with what I consider normal raiding practices and the standard that I personally maintain for myself whether I’m entering Tempest Keep to pit myself against Kael’Thas or returning to Karazhan for the umpteenth time to aid my guild in their weekly run.

What to do about the helpers…

ahh helpers…You know… the people that pst you the very second you log on.  The people who have been on all day and they are dying to tell you about all the drama that has gone throughout the day… even if it was minor, an officer took care of it, let you know about it and all is well now, or even worse, was so minor that there was no reason to bring it up…

I have one of these little busy bees… and I love him to pieces… but WOW… sometimes I just wanna kill ogres for the sixteen minutes I get to log on while I am waiting on the timer for dinner to go off, ya know?