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1-11-2011 @ 3:33AM
I totally agree about not splitting the focus of a guild. The guild which I was a member of, then an officer of and finally the GM and raid leader of for three years began as a casual raiding guild. As time went on, the casual elements largely boiled away and we were left with a group that was very serious about raiding. Unfortunately, a few people (officers among them) were the sort who reacted to frustration poorly. When we would have a bad week or two, either due to attendance or raid wipes or losing someone to a big raid on another server, some would retreat back into the casual raiding mode as a defense. When I tried to get the guild back on task and asked people to really put in a strong effort for the guild (both in the raid and out), they'd play the casual card. These people who were more than happy to call themselves hardcore raiders when things were going well attempted to deflect the blame when things went badly. If we weren't #1 on the server, they'd say it was because they weren't interested in hardcore raiding. But when we were climbing the ranks and pulling down firsts, they'd be right there in it.The moral of the story is that a lack of distinct focus - and a lack of specific communication about what that focus is - can rip a guild apart. My guild disintegrated at the foot of the Frozen Throne because, for too long, we tried to have it all. We tried to keep the casuals (both the real ones and those just hiding from frustration) happy and tried to be on top. You just can't have it both ways.I loved leading a guild, and for my part I was pretty good at it. But whether you're casual or hardcore or somewhere in between, WoW is about having fun. And no matter what kind of experience you want from the game, a guild that only partially wants to play the same way you do will never really fulfill you. I stuck with my guild to the bitter end, and I wish I hadn't. In the end it soured me on WoW for many months. That might not have happened if I'd accepted a bad situation for what it was and moved on when I recognized it. I urge everyone out there to do the same. There's millions of people playing this game, and finding a few dozen who want to play it the same way you do isn't that difficult. Fond memories and hopeless optimism just can't make up the difference.
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