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Drama Mamas: The case of the good friend who's a bad tank {WoW}

May 27th 2011 11:38AM I had to deal with this exact issue at the start of WotLK. He was my then-Warrior officer and had been with the guild through half of Vanilla and all of TBC. He was dedicated, loyal, supportive, personable--and a friend.

He was also a keyboard turner (at the start) and while he wasn't a terrible tank, he made a lot of mistakes--and repeated them. Near the end of TBC I recall recruiting a new Warrior that, within a few weeks, made it painfully obvious to me that my Warrior officer was falling dreadfully behind, both in skill and knowledge of the class. I worked with him and made it clear I expected an officer to be someone who was the go-to person for that class in the guild, which meant they needed to play at a (near) expert level, and stay up-to-date. He assured me he would, but I could tell his real-life responsibilities were taking over (new job, new kid, etc.)

I made a painful decision to demote him and give someone else a try at leadership. Though the intention was not to remove him from the guild completely, it was a serious blow to his self-esteem, and he quietly left on his own.

With new leadership at the helm, we went on to remain successful at what was our most important selling point: to be a casual/hardcore 25m raiding guild (2 nights/week) and were able to complete a respectable heroic 25-man kill of everything in WotLK, save LK and Halion (and yeah, long before the 30% buff went out).

Not a day goes by that I do not think about the decision I made; I face it regularly--he's still on my Facebook list. It was an extraordinarily difficult decision. However, I also have the best interests of the guild at heart, and in today's Cataclysmic environment where 25m raiding guilds continue to collapse around us, we remain strong and maintain our 2 night / week schedule that we began at SSC. Tough decisions need to be made if you want your guild to remain stable and successful. Keeping problem players around (or worse, putting them in a role of responsibility) breeds animosity between your truly gifted and well-played members (the ones you want to keep), and the people you have to carry. You'll lose the good players...and be left with a handful of scrubs that are super nice people...that can't move out of the fire.

It's important to identify those issues and resolve them quickly. It's not easy, but it must be done, for the good of the guild.

Officers' Quarters: Burnout already? {WoW}

Mar 21st 2011 9:59AM You want to know why we're (guild leaders) are burning out?

The time we spent filling in for 10s throughout the week, we now have to spend micromanaging who is raiding what and when, so that people don't cross raid-locks and eff each other's teams over.

So, Blizz thought we were raiding too much by giving us both a 10 and a 25 and moved to solve that by combining the locks?

Congratulations, I *do* play less now...because I administrate *more*.

Thanks, but I would rather have just continued to fill in for 10s and enjoyed playing.

Breakfast Topic: The most memorable raid interruption {WoW}

Mar 18th 2011 3:04PM My story was already typed out for a screenshot gallery, so here's a link to the shot + story:

Observed and Hanzo's 911 Call:

Drama Mamas: Family or fun? {WoW}

Nov 12th 2010 5:39PM Bravo to the guild leader. Taking pride in your play (gemming appropriately / researching quality rotations, etc) should take precedence over tradition / complacency (slap in the face for 79 levels? The game is completely different at 80).

Some guilds enjoy progression, they see that as 'fun', as opposed to wiping on Marrowgar for four hours because the GL's brother & fiancee don't want to take it too seriously... TCG Loot Giveaway: Sandbox Tiger and the Flag of Ownership {WoW}

Oct 13th 2009 10:56AM Sign me up for free stuff!

Win one of five TCG codes today on WoW Insider {WoW}

May 19th 2009 3:08PM Yan can cook!

Breakfast Topic: Does the guild recruitment channel work? {WoW}

Apr 8th 2009 11:43AM Looks like another cheesy opportunity for me to plug my site:

Remember, WoW Lemmings is *not* a listing of guilds looking for new people (like the aforementioned WoWRaid).

Rather, it is a consolidated listing of people looking for a new guild, farmed from many different fansites (MMO, WoWHead, WoR, etc.), as well as the WoW Forums.

WoW Lemmings is built for and geared towards guild officers that are recruiting and need fresh blood.

Breakfast Topic: What is WoW's biggest mistake? {WoW}

Mar 25th 2009 11:17AM High up on my list of biggest mistakes is one from TBC: Making PvP and PvE gear use the same in-game models. Talk about devaluing any effort that is put into raiding whatsoever. Instead of struggling through SSC/TK/MH/BT (and don't forget, in those early months, it wasn't a walk in the park) to try to work your way up to the Tier 6 gear, you could do the same from a few pathetic arena games per week.

Nothing felt worse than walking through Orgrimmar, catching a glimpse of a warlock with the 'wings' animation procing off their T6 helm, running over to see what raiding guild they were in and when they had killed Archimonde...only to find out it was yet another PvP faceroller in Vengeful Gladiator...and it wasn't long before *every* Warlock in the city had it.

Dive right into recruiting with WoW Lemmings {WoW}

Sep 20th 2008 2:33PM The beta of v2 just went live. New features include:

1. Site speed improved
2. Keyword search/filter
3. Server preference -> Transfer eligibility
4. Death Knight support

For details on that, current bugs, and future developments, refer to this blog post:

Dive right into recruiting with WoW Lemmings {WoW}

Jul 5th 2008 6:46PM Thanks for the responses, so far I've received quite a few.

Many people (including a few posters here) keep asking why haven't I put in a filter for your specific realm name? The answer is: The filtering is only as good as the data that's supplied; in this case, the WoW LFG Forums. If players don't specify their realm name in their post, there's no way for me to allow you to filter on it. Very rarely do people specify their realm name in their post.

However, people almost *always* specify if they are on a PvP or PvE realm, which allows you, as a recruiter, to at least filter down to the appropriate realms that match the server-transfer rules of your specific realm.

In my experience, many people posting that they are looking for a new guild try to be anonymous, so that they don't anger their current guild officers. I think it's important to respect that, and this is why WoW Lemmings doesn't harvest the Armory data linked to the WoW Forum Avatar you've logged in as...chances are, you're posting on an alt.