So, we’re giving power to the people.
Before Wrath hit, the officers and I sat down and decided on when we would start raiding again. We looked at the people we had, and the kind of players they were and what sort of play schedule they could manage while still being part of their real lives and figured that it was going to take most of them a month to get to 80. Which puts us into the middle of December. We also realized that Dec. 20th – Jan. 5th would be a complete write-off due to holidays. We then figured it would take folks close to another month to get heroics on the go and get badge gear and generally be ready to raid. Some would do it much, much faster than that, and some would be a little slower, but we had set the end of January as the time when we’d start raiding again.
This has been a problem for us.
The officers and I knew ahead of time that there were several folks who were going to try for the realm firsts and that there were folks who have a lot of time on their hands and would be able to level very quickly. We knew that there were also some who had school and work and families and the like and would be much slower. We forsaw the dichotomy this would produce and the tension that would result. And boy, were we right.
We have around 10 members now who are level 80, though only one healer. Most of them are tanks and a smattering of dps. This is not a good mix for us to raid with and anyhow and the bulk of our guild is hovering around the 75 mark, or even less so if we did start raiding now, there would be a lot of very upset people who felt they were being left behind.
But we have some very upset level 80 players right now, too.
So, on the reccomendation of one of our members, we decided to give the choice of when to raid to the guild. The end of January date that the officers set was done in order to accomodate as many people as we could, but it has begun to feel like a barrier rather than a goal. Instead of imposing this from above, we’ve decided to start raiding when enough players are ready.
However, we’ve defined ‘enough’ and ‘ready’ for them.
We will raid with two teams in Naxx, so that means we need:
allowing for substitutions and folks who can’t raid every night of the week.
We’re not going to step into Naxx in lolgreens and a few instance blues. We decided at the outset that Naxx was not going to be the 9-month-long wipe fest that Kara was. We will be geared and ready and we will go through there cleanly and efficiently. Initially we had vaugely said that folks needed “some blues and the right enchants” which wasn’t really stellar leadership on our part. So, we’re defining ready as having the Superior achievement. This gives our members a very specific goal to focus on and also gives a very specific method for those who are already 80 to help those who are not.
The other thing we are doing is giving folks a bit of leniency. If you have the badges to spend and purchase one of your T7 pieces, you are allowed to be short of the achievement by one slot. If you purchase both T7 pieces with your badges, you may be short of the achievement by two slots.
We will be rolling this plan out to the guild either today or tomorrow and I am really very optimistic that it will help ease a lot of the tensions. There have been two blow-ups on vent already over the differences in leveling speeds and the frustrations that it causes. (I admit it, one of them was me. I never said I was a great Guild Leader, I just said I try. It’s not the first time I’ve told someone to “fuck right off” and I’m sadly convinced it won’t be the last.) We’re really hopeful that by putting the choice into the hands of our membership that they will feel they have freedom and control.
I still think we won’t be raiding until the end of January, but at least folks will realize that was their choice and not our imposition.