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6-14-2011 @ 10:21AM
Normally I would agree that an Alt raid wouldn't really deter from Main raid, but I think it's important to listen to how the GM refers to his guild. He says it's a "casual raiding team (Friday/Saturday night, 6 hours of so, two 10 man raids at most) who was originally built to offer those that could not afford to raid during the week an opportunity to raid decently without most of the pressure of attendance."Their main raids are already loosely defined. They are run on high IRL activity nights with out a big attendance policy. With the Alt raid being on a Monday, it would be quite easy for someone to say, "sorry, can't make raid this weekend" and then make themselves available for alt raid on their main. It's easy to say that alt raids should impact main raids, but when you have casual or lax attendence policies it's easy for players to game the system. By no means am I saying this will happen but it could.All that said I do think there was a big overreaction towards Hoots. Initiative shouldn't be discouraged. If there is interest in the alt raid on any night it should be allowed. The officers of the guild just have to make everyone understands the situation and try and keep all of the mains in the main raids. However, if players do start to shift to the alt raid, I think it's time for the officers to see the writing on the wall. The players might not be as interested in weekend raiding as they think. If that is the case then they either need to let the guild shift, or heavily recruit to try and maintain the focus.
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