Confessions of a Guild Leader: Being the Bad Guy
I can count on a couple of fingers how many people I’ve had to remove from the guild in the past 2 years. I’ve been very fortunate in that respect. My guildies are generally a group of low maintenance low drama adults that play to have fun. That’s what I really care about here. I’m also a very nice person and I’ve been known to let a few things slide with stern warnings.
MT is a fairly large guild. We’re not one of the humongous 900+ member guilds, but we do have close to 100 accounts and over 360 characters. Naturally, there’s going to be some personality conflict. Some play styles are more laid back than others. I tried my best to have each raiding group consist of like-minded players to reduce the potential for conflict.
Except that blew up in my face.
Putting together similar people is a good theory. However in practice, when you have 2 alpha males in the same group competing to be top dog, it starts getting a little nasty. When these like-minded types of players get together, the elitism rears its ugly head. When that ugly head swells, these players think they can get away with acting like douchenozzles because “Nothing will happen to us, the guild needs us too much.” The suckiest part of this whole thing is the good people that get caught under a bad influence.
The final straw: Raid time is 9:30. The raid leader is generally a couple of minutes late on Fridays due to work. He logs in roughly 9:33. Raiders are expected to be on at raid time unless it’s known in advance that something’s holding them up. This is ok we’re not a bleeding edge guild that says WoW > All. Anyway, one raider decides he’s going to count down each minute until he logs, and finally logs off at 9:29. Two others log off about 30 seconds after the Raid Leader logs on. The raider that logged off early was invoking his own made up rule. The other 2 logged off one right after the other under the first raider’s influence. This left us scrambling at 9:35 to fill at least 3 spots.
So, what happened next? In addition to me, 2 officers and 2 raid leaders were also on to witness this. I was about to rage, and I never make decisions based on rage. I let it be known to the raid leader of that group that those 3 were no longer going to be part of any raiding team in MT. That’s when we all decided they had no place in the guild after that behavior. I imagine the former members of MT were stunned at the turn of events after logging back in without a guild tag over their heads.
I didn’t feel good about it, but had I let them remain in the guild, I would have been enabling that sort of behavior. Everything I do in this game is usually what’s best for the guild, and this move really was what was best for MT. I can be satisfied that I made the right decision. I don’t care how good you are, or how much you think we need you.. if you’re going to be a turdwaffle, then find a guild that embraces that element.
That is all.