Skip to Content
11-30-2009 @ 10:30PM
This is too long, I know.Being the leader of a social RP guild, I can without a doubt say that raiding has kept us alive. We started to do it on a whim back in BC and it’s helped us remain united and active. We’re still an RP guild, 95% of those that join our guild are RPers first. But from them I learned the lesson that even though we all like/need to roleplay, we also want to play the game itself and see the content. Since Wrath, the ability to see all content and experience the game lore as a 10 man has kept our guild viable. And since we only do a casual two-day raid, 3-hours a day, we have time the rest of the week to do everything else from RPing to RL. Here’s what I’ve learned over the years of having a raiding group in our RP guild.-You CAN raid only two days a week and progress. They should consistently be the same days/times every week. Find the days that fit most people’s schedules, especially the raid leaders. As long as you do the same days every week, you’ll be surprised to see how many more people’s schedules will change to be able to go when they see the raid is always there.-You have to progress. This does not mean you must move from 10 to 25 man stuff. You can do nothing but 10 mans, like we do. Just means you see something new every once in awhile. If you don’t, as close knit and friendly as you all are, people will start to disappear from the game/guild because they’re bored seeing the same thing over and over again. See a new boss, a new raid instance, get new gear. Hardmodes come into play when the raid needs something new to do.-You don’t have to have the same people come every raid in order to progress. We have a number of people who can only go once a week or one or two times a month. People need to take care of RL things. I try to make sure everyone gets a chance to see things when they can come and play. So long as you have a good core of players who understand stepping out every once in awhile for others, and the raid has constistent leadership that has the ability to find fills should you end up short one week, then the raid will keep going. I usually pull from other RP/friendly guilds we know because 99% of the time they don’t have a consistent raid and 75% of the time they’re not looking for one.-You’re players have to care about progressing themselves. Keeping their gear up to date/enchanted. Not everyone needs to have the most up to date gear every raid. Lord knows, our raid doesn’t. I’ve found though that with most folks caring usually happens naturally so long as they know that they have a raid to go to. I’ve also found that so long as a person is playing the spec/class they love, they’ll do their best to make it work and it usually will.-Lower geared guild members are not leeching off the more progressed. They are catching up so they can keep coming. Slipping new folks into the raid and giving them a chance gives you a pool of people who you have some familiarity with and are at least partially geared to take over when one of the ‘old guard’ leaves the game/guild.-If you are a smaller guild, know your members. Don’t just think of them as raid fillers. You don’t have to know everything about them, but asking people random questions about their day/life/game every once in awhile makes them want to keep on playing with you not just want to play the game. Keeps the guild alive, keeps the raid alive. You have to be social. As life has gone on with our guild, I’ve found we need to make sure people get not only a raid (gameplay), but also RP (social activities). Without a balance of both, the guild starts to dwindle.-And if you haven’t gotten the point yet – consistency. Consistent leadership, consistent days, consistent progress, consistent fun. Consistent but casual is totally doable.
First time? A confirmation email will be sent to you after submitting.
Members enter your username and password.
Enter your AOL or AIM screenname and password.
Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments.
When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password.
To create a live link, simply type the URL (including http://) or email address and we will make it a live link for you. You can put up to 3 URLs in your comments. Line breaks and paragraphs are automatically converted — no need to use <p> or <br /> tags.