Confessions of a Guild Leader – Dirty Laundry
If I had a nickel for every time someone said they hate drama, don’t want drama, don’t tolerate drama, can’t stand drama, I would buyout Blizzard and rename them to Sunshine and Rainbows. But here’s the funny thing… everyone says that, but at the slightest whiff of it, all the dogs come running to the yard. What’s going on? What happened? WE MUST KNOW!!!!!
Why do you think soap operas are so popular and have been running for over 50 years? We can’t get enough drama! Without drama, life would be so boring, so mundane. So hate it all you want, but it’s like crack. Bad for you, but ohhh soooooo gooodddddddddd!!!! Not that I would know anything about crack… I’ve just heard. From uh… people who were addicted to crack.
So I think there’s good drama, and there’s bad drama. The good drama is the love triangle between Luke, Leia and Han before Luke realized Leia was his sister. The bad drama is that flaw in the Death Star that when exploited, blows the whole station to smithereens. See what I mean? If there’s entertainment value, it’s great. If it threatens the foundation of the world as you know it… not so much. And that’s not the drama leaders want the rest of society to be let in on.
I’m using analogies for a reason. Remember in the movie Armageddon where the government didn’t want to tell the world that a meteor was going to slam into earth and wipe out life as we know it? It’s because it causes mass hysteria, panic, and makes people run for the hills… or the moon. As much as nobody trusts the government, guild members have to trust their leadership. As much as I love transparency, sometimes it’s better to let problems get solved without creating that sense of panic and hysteria. Without creating those questions of “OMG WHAT DOES THIS MEAN!!!!????”
If word didn’t get out in Armageddon, the movie would have been awfully boring. But think about it… if there’s a plan in place that works, that fixes the problem, there’s really no point in the rest of the world knowing that a problem even existed. Ignorance is bliss, yes? And you have to trust us that there’s a reason why we just can’t tell you everything. It’s in the best interest of the
guild…uhhhh… the world. Who wants to be part of a guild …dammit… world, where your government airs out its dirty laundry?
It’s called “Shit Happens”. MT states in its mission statement that “we do not tolerate drama. And while it’s unavoidable at times, it will be dealt with as quickly as the situation dictates“. As guild leaders, it’s our job to keep drama out of the open. Anything that affects guild members at large will be posted and communicated. I think we do a pretty good job of keeping everyone in the loop. Sometimes, it’s best that we just throw the laundry in the wash before anyone notices that we spilled ketchup on someone’s nice new white shirt, get it all cleaned up and move on.