Jan 31st 2012 7:35AM I'm currently working on building a group large enough to boot these jerks whenever they inevitably surface in Raid Finder. Seriously, I'm here to enjoy myself and have fun, not deal with children who take a video game wayyyy to seriously.
If you're interested in forming a majority of friendly, fun, and patient players hit me up.
Smorcus of Runetotem
Nov 8th 2011 1:13PM I have a hard time reading around the petty accusations and jabs you take in your lengthy post. Really, of the people who left the guild, I see charge after charge after charge of terrible behavior, almost exclusively occurring in /g or whisper. Yet, not a single screenshot has been produced. That you would take the effort to reply to his article, with the intent to create more drama (if it was to give "your side" or "set the story straight" you would have proof in place of baseless accusations) indicates that Phob's guild is better off now than it has ever been. Good luck rebuilding your raid team Phob. I'd recommend that those in the departing faction keep a close eye on their new guild situation. Those that have fallen into drama/lack of communication traps in the past are likely to do so again.
Nov 8th 2011 12:20PM Making such a serious accusation pretty much requires a screenshot sobriquet. There's racism, then there are oversensitive individuals who can't joke about themselves, and take it upon themselves to become offended for others despite not being the butt of jokes. Obviously, "the N word" is too far. I'd be very interested in knowing what context it was used in.
But, screenshots screenshots, screenshots. Otherwise, none of this happened.
Nov 7th 2011 7:48PM OP: I'm sorry for your loss. I can't speak to the tragedy, but I know of close relationships in the game. Pay your respects, but don't sweat doing something online for the individual if it would cause unnecessary drama.
Regarding the raid team leaving, your guild will be better off for it in the long run. It looks like you've had some turnover in your team this year. Over time, those that you truly enjoy raiding with, are loyal to you, your guild, and are your friends will stick around. I was raid leader and main tank in a guild during BC. We had a lot of fun and made some good friends, but also had a high turnover rate due to the "anyone allowed anything goes" policy. Eventually, the percentage of young children in the guild reached the point where very little respect was given to anyone. I was finding the situation increasingly intolerable, however my close relationship with the GM kept me around. At one point I decided that I was going to leave, and several of the raid team members (the majority of regulars) decided to come with me. It was to be an amicable split, on the best possible terms, keeping the door open to the guilds working together in the future. As I brought this up with the other officers, they decided a leadership summit was in order. They convinced me that despite my misgivings, I should stay, and we would work on improving the guild together. One month later, nothing had changed, and the officers who had been doing nothing were still doing just that. Those of us that were going to leave prior to the summit subsequently left, and much guild drama was had.
We formed a new guild, put some strict filters on recruitment (we don't recruit on skill, we recruit very heavily on personality) and now have a healthy, stronger than ever guild 3 years later. Also, the raid team has an incredibly low turnover rate now, despite periodically missing days due to babies being born or unexpected real life occurrences. We had a "big personality" join us during Ulduar in Wrath, a raid leader from another guild. He's abrasive, he can be an ass, but he's been the best thing that happened to us. Not unlike your "Eddie" he brings a lot to the table, not the least of which is dedication to helping improve the guild and helping others out whenever he can. There were a couple of personalities on our team when he joined that weren't very fond of him. They have since begun to understand him as a person and a friend, or couldn't take the heat and left the kitchen. We're about the furthest thing you'll be able to find from elitists If an individual joins us that doesn't gel with our personalities, and simply chooses to take potshots from afar without backing them up, then I bid them farewell and happy hunting. On the other hand, any grievances that have merit and can be backed up are taken very, very seriously. We've created an incredible experience in game for those seeking a mature, light hearted, fun guild.
Mortenebra listed our #1 rule as "Don't be a dick." This is the truth. Rule #4 is "Be able to take crap, because it will be dealt. Also, being able to dish out crap without being a dick is a valuable skill."
Mar 10th 2010 8:51AM Hey guys, if you're looking for an anti-elitist guild, feel free to check out Innuendo on Runetotem. We recruit based on personality first and don't tolerate individuals that think the game is more important than life. :) I've started pugging more recently, and have had generally very positive experiences.
Nov 24th 2009 2:16PM new mouse, mine!
Jan 20th 2009 8:36AM /target WoWInsider.com
Dec 1st 2008 5:13PM Violet hold here, 2 dropped at once.
Oct 14th 2008 3:39PM As far as the relationships stemming from friendships built within guilds, as a raid leader and main tank heavily involved in growing and administering the guild, I met my fiance in guild. Originally we raided together, and she started speaking with me regarding the night's events and strategies post raid. It grew from that into an offline chat conversation, then to the phone, then to our real life meeting. From there our relationship has flourished... and I really didn't expect that my future wife would arise from my game playing habits. Sometimes life throws a curveball at ya. :)