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5-23-2009 @ 7:12PM
I'm really not sure as to the truth of this statement. It works in theory. In theory. Our guild is small, but unfortunately, we cannot scrounge up the people of the right classes to run *any* ten man content just on a guild basis right now. We're finding we need to seek alliances with other guilds who have more healers (the big thing we have a shortage of right now). Nor can we make sure that, even with the right balance of classes, that they're on consistently at the right times to run stuff. Hell, I can't even scrounge up five people to do regular instances, let alone heroics anymore, good luck on ten man content. Either there's no healer available, or the healer and the tank shoot down doing the heroic because it's too hard.Big guilds, or at least medium size guilds, will always have the advantage over smaller guilds in these areas. They'll have a larger rotation of people, likely a better and varied selection of healers, and enough hardcore people willing to run heroics and gear people so they *can* more easily run 10 and 25 man content. They'll also have people coming on at a wider variety of times to facilitate some earlier runs and late-night runs.Given a completely static environment, a small guild could accomplish this stuff easily. But the problem is, it's not a static environment. People have real world commitments, and alts that they work on in addition to main characters. The smaller the guild, the more easy it is for the cogs to come off the wheels and for the whole thing to fall apart. There was a great period of time about 1.5-2 months ago where my guild was running heroic instances every nights and we were excited and talking about running 10 mans. Now, my choice when I get on after my daughter is asleep is to PUG a heroic, or work on my meta-goal of the 40 exalted factions. The last time I ran a heroic instance was at the end of Children's Week, when I did Utgarde Pinnacle.
5-23-2009 @ 8:10PM
As someone who has run a guild for 18 months now, and gone from small to (arguably) medium in that time, the only thing I can say is 'quality matters'.Officers don't have the time to hold the hand of every pampered teen out there and shouldn't try. You'll miss the point. Be patient, recruit hard and watch as many flow out of the guild as those who flow in. But along the way, you will find quality people who will stick.I know you're an academic (I read these forums) so you'll hopefully understand me when I say all guilds regress towards the mean. That is, we all grow and we all constrict. It's easy to get excited during times of growth and down during times of contraction, patience and good long term members is the key to survival and permanent growth... and for us, has lead to easy 10 man raiding and 25 mans with half pugs. There's more nuance to it than that but on a blog reply... that's the essence of it.
5-24-2009 @ 11:30AM
I agree with Pongo above 100% as another Guild Leaeder who has been at it for around 18 months. Describes our guild growth and experience entirely. :)
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