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Confessions of a Guild Leader: One Big Happy Family

In my last post I noted what I thought would be my favorite feature in WOD. But I changed my mind. I’m a girl, and I’m entitled to do that every once in a while.

The feature I am really looking forward to most is the new raid structure, and I have many personal feelings about this. One thing I didn’t want to happen with running a fairly large guild was the formation of cliques within the guild. Having multiple 10-man raid teams completely enabled that.

This entire expansion, I really only raided in one group. This time around, I never brought my alts up to the point where they could actually fill in raids. So for the most part, I’ve raided with many of the same people, which was only a small part of the whole guild. We reshuffled groups a few times, and although it was needed, it also got some guildies raiding with other guildies they weren’t familiar with. But at the same time, I don’t think everyone really got to know their guild mates in other groups. I know I didn’t. Up until MOP, I’ve always made a point to know who everyone is here. I ran in multiple groups so I can enjoy playing with everyone. This time, I took a huge step back, and even though I needed to for my own sanity, that’s probably been one of my biggest mistakes as a Guild Leader in MOP.

The flexible scaling technology that has been introduced in 5.4, and will become the norm in WOD will allow us all to play together as we really should be. We will no longer have “guilds within a guild”. We will be one guild, one team, working toward the same goals. We had our fun with the server rankings the last couple of years, but now I’ve removed it from the guild website. We’re going to focus on having fun together while killing the bad guys. I don’t care where our guild ends up on the server list anymore. It’s too stressful, and it sucks a lot of fun out of what’s supposed to be a hobby. No more silence in vent on farm nights. Speak up folks! Pick on Giz. Keep setting Tai on fire. Laugh at Phaedara when he Time Warps on trash. Get drunk with Emor. Even blame Cejey when you accidentally pull that room full of fail. Hell you can even get back to your “pick on Aly” fun. The key word here is fun.

And we’re all in it together.

  1. Myranda
    November 20, 2013 at 8:34 am

    This post makes me happy! I’m really looking forward to the guild getting back to that, and I agree that the Flex format is going to help with that immensely. I don’t even care what level of Flex we’re running.

    As you know, I took a huge break from talking in vent at all and recently returned to it. I’ve enjoyed it more than I expected. I feel like it has helped me forge better friendships with team-mates, and I’m excited for the prospect of extending that out to the rest of the guild.

    As a non-officer, it’s even harder to get to know guild members who aren’t in the raid group. I tend to gravitate to people in my raid group, or people who have been in my raid groups in the past which makes me a worse guildie since I don’t feel that same level of responsibility to the other folks.

    Also – yay for kicking realm rankings to the curb! Let’s have fun again. Let’s make it about being friends; not about beating other people. Accomplishing our own goals; not the ones dictated by rankings.

    • Myranda
      November 20, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Also – and I’m coming from as hetero of a place as possible here – I totally miss Grim.

  2. November 20, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    New tshirt idea: I time warp on trash 🙂

  3. Bojangles
    November 21, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Couldn’t agree more Aly. I think the divided structure is just tailor made to fuel drama. I am completely onboard with all these ideas. I’m having fun in wow again, and looking forward to the future.

  4. Calilina
    November 22, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Raiding has been stressful and it’s usually so quiet in Vent that I forget I’m in Vent because I always raid with music. I’m not sure when we all became so disconnected from each other here, but this is what I’m most excited about too. I love this guild because of the people. And having one big raid group will bring MT back to it’s roots, I think.

  5. November 22, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Oh I hope so. I really miss 25 mans.. and it’s something we were just not able to do here. Raiding and killing bosses should really be a guild effort, not the effort of a small portion. I need MOP to end now and WOD to start… now! 😀

  1. November 25, 2013 at 5:59 am
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