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8-04-2008 @ 1:13PM
On Llane, the number of guilds, both horde and alliance, posting recruiting messages has jumped exponentially as summer passes and Wrath looms. They aren't just posting one message either. As the first gets moved to page 2, they post another, worded just a bit differently, in the hopes of filling the spots they need to progress. At the same time, the number of people saying, "Goodbye" is increasing. I'm told this is similar to what happened right before BC came out. I can't attest to that since I started playing a scant 3 months before BC was released. I do know of several people who have said, "I'm tired and I want to do something else". I've had several guild members go to "Age of Conan" because they want something else for a change. I don't have the same problems as the guilds running SSC/TK/BT/Sunwell content. Being a novelty, I'm always getting asked when our next old world raid is and I can pretty much fill the slots I need even if it's with friends of guild members. But I did have worries about last weekend's Onyxia run. Several of my guild members were on vacation. I thought of canceling the run but didn't and I'm glad. We had a guild first of a Onyxia one-shot, although we joked that we missed that first wipe. I have a schedule posted for the next 6 weeks. I'm always reminding people of our goals and what we have decided, as a guild, to accomplish. People either buy into what you want to do or they don't. Asking the guild, as a whole, "What do you want to accomplish the next month or before Wrath?" helped me decide where we will go and what we will attempt to do. That's helped a lot toward keeping those raid slots full. Plus, I scheduled fun nights. We held a guild snowball/steam tonk/robot night in the throne room in Ironforge. We held a Guild Dueling Night where the losers had to jump off the bridge in Stormwind. It's not all raid, raid, raid. It's silly stuff that breaks the push and I think people need that as well as the next raiding goal for the guild. I think 1) you need to talk to your officer corps and make sure they are behind progression. If they are feeling burned out, they aren't going to want to come day after day and not get anywhere. 2) Talk to guild members, particularly the ones who are consistently online and ready to go. What would they like to accomplish? Maybe the majority would like a reduced schedule to have time to sit on the deck with friends on a weekend and roast hot dogs. 3) Seek out an alliance with another guild in the same spot. You can easily find out who needs help by going to your server forum and reading recruiting posts. 4) Schedule raids and events even if you don't think you'll have the people. 5) Encourage people to have fun, even if it means they aren't on when you need them. I don't care if "X" is on every raid if she resents the pressure and feels she can't go see "Batman" with her friends because she has to raid. 6) Don't even think about recruiting people from other guilds. I think an understanding this is a slow time is necessary too. Relax, breathe and try to enjoy what you've accomplished so far. A baby step forward is a step forward even if that's getting alts Kara geared.
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