Starting up young

One of the hardest parts of being a guild master is actually starting up that guild in the first place and that goes double for anyone not lvl 70. The lower you are the harder it gets. So just how does one go about starting a guild? Your only lvl 20 after all, what can you do? Some people like to shove charters in other people’s faces hoping that they will eventually get 10 randomly chosen people who may have just misclicked the charter to sign and boom, you got a guild (without rather few members if not only yourself). Others like to bribe people with gold to sign and leave afterwards if they so desire. And of course, my personal favorite, the “we got tons of lvl 70s that will help you” ploy which is more often than not fallacious.

Well If you’ve got the gold you could very well go bribing others (had to do that a couple of times myself actually), but the best recruiting technique that I have found is simply going around the noobie zones and putting out adds for your guild and hoping that one of them will look at it saying, oooo that might be fun and join you in your noble crusade to 70 and beyond. Well that’s not too hard, but now what are you going to do with a bunch of low lvl players who can’t even do RFC yet?

Well you’ve got a foundation, now the real recruiting starts. Group up with people for quests and instances. Once and a while you will find a player that hasn’t already been recruited into a guild already, that’s your cue to pounce. After grouping for a bit and getting a vibe for the other person casually ask if the would be interested in you guild. If they say yes, great, if not don’t get angry, don’t pelt them with insults, be nice and courteous, believe it or not your reputation does exist in WOW; especially in your lvl range (which is where you want to be recruiting). If you are always nice and helpful more people will want to join your guild and soon enough you will have a group of your peers who can grind quests, run instances, or just sit around and role-play with you if that’s what you’re all about. Don’t forget to pay attention to those noobs though, in a couple moths they won’t be noobs anymore and one day you will wake up and realize that you have a walking talking guild.

Congratulations! you survived the creation process and you did it on hard work and a friendly attitude (did I mention that’s important). If you are true to your guild and honest to your fellow players you will find yourself surrounded by some of the most enjoyable people in Azeroth! 🙂

Big Red Kitty Linked US!!!!

He does notice! He DOES!

A little history, I have been reading the Big Red Kitty Blog now for quite some times. I think he knows what he is talking about when it comes to hunters, and I have definitely learned a LOT from his posts. A couple of weeks back he posted this post, and I just so happened to be looking for the perfect blog to start up about all things warcraft, but I hadn’t come up with the perfect idea. Well, when I saw his post, I knew what I had to do! So, I quickly got to work on a blogspot blog, and posted a couple of things. When my husband the web designer saw what I was doing he jumped on it, and I got my very own website!

Well, today it got a little cooler. I logged onto my computer, checked my email and went to browsing my daily reads. BRK is on that list, so when I saw he was doing a link post, I quickly started scrolling looking for us, and there we were! AHHHHH our first link, and it was from BRK himself! How fun is that? I mean, he called me a guy, (wow, he fixed it… and groveled.  That’s almost enough to make a girl roll alliance… almost…) but still pretty cool, eh?

Guild Banks Hacked by Keyloggers…

This is just crazy.  Why hasn’t blizzard done anything to stop this yet?  People think they have protected their account and that everything is fine, and then all the sudden… You log on and watch an officer clear out the guild bank.  This is crazy.  This is just stupid.  Why isn’t there something as simple as a password protection on the guild banks to stop this from happening.  I mean, it looks like a giant vault, why not have to click on some numbers in order to open it with a combination type thing?  That is my official blue suggestion.  There should be a keypad that the GM sets the combo to, and people have to click a series of numbers (not type them… then the keyloggers would get the password!) in order to access the bank.

Why, you ask am I posting about this?  Because my bank was hacked.  I feel like the keyloggers literally wait until I am logged off for the night, and then log onto this officer’s account and clear out my entire guild bank.  The thing is, it isn’t like we don’t get the stuff back, because we do.  Blizzard takes a log of your entire bank, and they are pretty cool about returning your stuff, but it just SUCKS.  Why would we even continue to use guild banks if this keeps happening?

WoW, I actually kicked a player out of my guild tonight.

So, I take a lot of flack. I feel like that is part of the job as a GM, sometimes you just gotta deal with unhappy people, etc. and that is how the ol cookie crumbles. My officers tell me a lot that I am just too nice, and for the most part I probably am, but I feel like keeping people happy and having fun with the game makes your guild a better place to be. I have fun running stuff, so that is how I enjoy my fifteen bucksamonth, but for a lot of people it is the fun of playing with friends, etc.

Sigh, I digress… the point I am trying to make here is I am willing to take a lot of flack from a lot of members, and deal with a lot of unpleasing situations, I think that comes with the territory, but what I am not willing to do is feel disrespected. I get this member tonight that tells me, “I just don’t like you, and I don’t like anything you do, but all my friends are here so I just put up with you.” My response went something along the lines of “Wow, that was a pretty mean thing to say to someone who spends so much time making this guild run.” To which he went on to tell me just how much he hated me, what a b* I was etc. My answer… I actually used the remove member button. I still can’t believe I actually did it, but I did! And you know what… I am okay with it… that guy isn’t in my guild causing me grief anymore, and as a result for my finally growing a pair… my guild is a happier place.

Now, don’t get me wrong… I am not saying /gkick is the first button you need to hit when someone pisses you off, but if they just don’t respect you and all the time you put into the GAME that they are playing. Then guess what… it feels pretty dern good to see “soandso has been kicked out of the guild by Cheetara.”

GanonIS joins the team

Hi yall, GanonIS here and happy to be aboard. 🙂 Just made a guild with a new character on Shandris server called Order of the Storm and we are having lots of fun lvling together. I am curently power lvling my 40 mage with my guild and we have had some crazy fun. 2 years of playing WOW has taught me just how good things can get
and just how badly things can go wrong.

Adventures in Alt-Land

Have you ever had one of those nights? You come home from work, have dinner, deal with kids, etc etc etc and all you want to do is sit down, relax and hop on WoW to kill some things? That was tonight for me. So, i deal with it all, sit down with a drink, log into my server, and BAM, chat hits me like a ton of bricks.

[Server] Server Shutdown in 3:30

 …needless to say, i’m not very happy at the moment. So myself and 4 other people in guild decided to make alts on some server with a blessed populace. Eitrigg it turns out, isn’t down.

So, one hour, 3 rum and cokes, and 12 lvls later, i have a blood elf pally. This Blood Elf Pally cannot only SINGLEHANDEDLY tank/kill three mobs, but i can heal my group while they fight other mobs too.

 Guildies and i had a great time killing mana wyrms in BE land even though we kind of wished we could use our mains.

Moral of the story: change it up sometimes! as long as you do it together, your guild will never ‘wipe’

Oh, and in conclusion for tonight’s adventures in Alt-Land, Pallies are OP ^_~

If I were running this guild…

So, after a fun night of wiping on some serious raid bosses, there is almost always someone telling you how to run the guild.  These people are tough to deal with, because on the one hand you just want to tell them to GTFO and use your mind to punch them in the face, but on the other hand… they sometimes have some good ideas.  The secret to dealing with these people is to not let them ambush you.  People are frustrated after a night of wiping, but most of the time wiping is a necessary evil in the progression game, but this is not the time to get into a “here is how the guild should be ran” discussion.  I handle this a couple of different ways… the first is to take a quick break after the raid (if I want to keep playing that is.)  A lot of times those people are just full of steam and need a little chance to spout off, but sometimes they are spouting off to an entire raid , and this is not the time to take a quick break.  Instead, this is the time to grab them, put them in a locked channel and let them spout off to you.  And, if you listen to what they say, you might just walk away with a few ideas to make your guild better, but… probably not.  So log on your alt, and grind green whelplings in the swamp while they talk, that will help pass the time.

The one- the only- Kaylee!

I am a lvl 70 Human Warlock ( but only IRL). I’m Co-GM (couldn’t do it alone- we’re just too much to handle!) of the guild <Indecent> on Elune server and we’re a breakaway guild. Just a bunch of friends and some casual raiders- and the occassional wack-job or two.

We have lots of guild contests, and lots of great players ( and ten million alts)

<Voiceover>: We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog.

Vinay says Hi!

My name is Vinay and I play a 70 feral druid on the Frostmourne US server (Oceanic). I’ve been playing WoW since January of 2005 on a few different servers and many characters before settling down on Frostmourne. I lead a PVE-progressive guild called Daimyô. We’ve been running for about 2 months and are currently working on Kael’thas. While blogging about my experiences here, I hope to provide you with some comedy and maybe even insight, and to read about yours as well!

 🙂

Enuff

I have been playing WoW for about 2 years now. I am a LvL 70 Dwarf Hunter on the Teneras Server. Our Guild “TorTureD SouLs” has been up and running for about 4 months now.

And during that 4 months there have been countless situations that have came up that i cannot wait to blog about.