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4-02-2012 @ 4:35PM
I ran a guild from 2007 to 2010.There are plenty of people around who will say they were helping and offering to help who never did or do. And plenty more who will say so to the guild members and then never approach the GM. Finally, many officers will offer, and then when tasked; do nothing.At the same time you always end up with a few quiet folks who say nothing, and do lots.All of which leads to people making assumptions about what is going on 'in officer chat' or the 'officer forum' which are often not accurate.This is not to say that GMs also don't make incredibly bad choices and pick the wrong people for the wrong reasons, the right people for the wrong reasons, or the wrong people for the right reasons... :)- I did plenty of that too...And of course... the information is often "filtered" by people's biases and opinions before it ever reaches the GM...And the above is just in good times, when the drama is low. When the drama ramps up; people start trying to do all of the above -on purpose- and making the right choices as a GM gets very complicated...I've got a lot of respect for a GM that manages to hold a guild together that isn't holding itself together. Ans the only guilds that will hold themselves together are ones with a mission and purpose in good times: like a raiding guild making solid progress, or a RP guild with a great story going on.- Anyone else... they have to work to keep their guild together (one reason raiding guilds tend to explode suddenly when they blow up - is it takes almost no work at all to hold one together in good times - people gloss over a lot of hate when they're kings of the hill, so when/if bad times hit the GM is a lot less experienced and a lot less forewarned about handling drama-crisis).
4-02-2012 @ 5:24PM
Wise words, my friend.
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