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12 Days of Winter Veil Giveaway Day 12: SteelSeries prize pack {WoW}

Jan 3rd 2011 12:21PM thanks for letting me win this!

WoW Insider's Cataclysm Launch Giveaway: GeForce GTX 460 graphics card {WoW}

Dec 7th 2010 2:17PM give me this or I will quit WOW.

Breakfast Topic: I fell asleep at Majordomo Executus {WoW}

May 24th 2010 11:16AM I have one almost the exact same, it was first week or two of ulduar and I was MTing as a druid. As a lazy tank I charged him thinking I would end up right in front of him....I did not.

Also once tanked Curator in Kara (at 70) in cat form. I had been switching from Tank to DPS all raid long and didn't listen to the explanation or who was doing what. I was confused when I ran in and was the first one at him....also confused when no one else cane and someone pulled him as my friend said "ummm you are tanking here". sigh.

Both still get brought up.

Officers' Quarters: A friendly loot system {WoW}

Apr 19th 2010 10:32AM So here is the problem that I see; we don't have the "full" story. I run in a similar guild setup with a casual environment and a main spec roll loot system. In our guild the system is the rules we use but we have always done it on the understanding that the group, as a tight-knit guild, will usually pass if someone has a bigger benefit or upgrade from a piece. However there are always fringe raiders who throw that off, they show up once a month and can really cause an issue by denying a nice upgrade to a consistant raider.

What if in this story the further back story is that the guy who was looking for the piece was a main tank/healer/dps who came everytime and was always there to make sure he was helping OTHERS get loot they really wanted. What if the guy coming in was a fringe guy who had raided a few times and thought "sure I will go". I say this because the writer was clearly morally torn on what to do, which says to me there was more to the story than who won the roll. Maybe the guy who wanted the piece was a long time guild member who took on a lot of roles (guild site designer, vent owner, etc) does that change the black and white "rules are rules" mentality? In the letter of the law (their rules) the guy was fine rolling but in spirit maybe not...also if this was the level of support for the player (OTHERS gquitting in anger) what does that say about both players?

Player who won should have known that their would be a negative reaction....was it really worth tons of drama. On the flipside I acknowledge that the first player was out of line to go that nuts over loot, especially if its like something off a boss they can consistently down. If so then just wait till next week and block off the piece for him or something.

I think this is one of the tough spots for "casual/friendly" guilds the dynamic between hardcore black and white rules and helping your friends out.

Drama Mamas: Of scrubs and terribads {WoW}

Jul 24th 2009 3:21PM First thing, I wanted to say I like the column. At first I wasn't sure if I would but now I find myself clicking the link and enjoying it every week. Yes Guildwatch did handle some of this stuff but it also dealt with more guild admin issues like how to recruit or what to do about loot etc.

I think the title is a bit misleading because it's not always overt drama in the emails but could potentially be and this column gives pretty good advice on how to avoid it or minimize it. I think having a column to go to for outside advice is always welcome and that it is interesting to read other peoples issues and compare them to my own.

To the email with the bad warrior; I would say you are pretty much stuck with him/her/it, like the advice said the officers of your guild know about it. We have a couple people in our guild that get stuck as that last spot bad dps/player and there is not much to do. We have tried to help them with gearing and play style tips but some people just out and out are not great at the game. It might not even be an attitude thing it could just be that they don't have fast reflexes, which this game does require AT TIMES. I would say if the warrior is just bad suck it up and deal if he is clearly holding the guild back (if he is the sole reason of wipes, aggro pulls etc) then you might want to approach a RL/GM and ask them if they have any plans to replace him. If not and you can see the guild won't progress with him then it might be time to move on or at least look around.

Bottom line is that in 95% of guilds you will have "that guy" bringing way lower dps or bad play to the raid and everyone knows him and wishes he was better. Most of the time "that guy" is friends with someone/everyone and he latches on and no one has the heart to kick him or tell him not to raid and you just deal with the sub-par play. Also I find muting people that I dislike on vent has helped me a lot to not stress during raid about them being there (now if only you could block his toon from your field of vision)

Officers' Quarters: Normal raiders are people, too {WoW}

Jun 15th 2009 4:49PM I am a raid leader of a 10 man raiding guild (#1 server, top 90 world) and we HAVE done hard modes and are up to Yogg on normal modes. We still have this issue, one big thing is that the population of the server is low so most of the people who want to raid (and not one that just hope to sneak in and sponge gear) are taking up in the multitude of raiding guilds on the server. We have been recruiting while a while and all I can say is, keep at it. You just have to have a trade chat spam make sure you post on the boards and just hope you catch the eye of a like minded person. There ARE a lot of people out there that have run in 40/25 guilds for most of their real life and are either tired of the drama that most 25s bring or whatever. We still raid 3 days a week in Ulduar (occasionally four when people want to but 3 are set) like a "real" raid guild, our main attraction for people is hard modes: we have downed some and each week we spend most of our time attempting new ones (if we did all normals we could clear Ulduar in 1.5 raid nights) our wipes come from progressing on hard modes 75% of the time and maybe Yogg 15% (some random wipes of course from normal screw ups not accounted for). The other thing we bring is the small atmosphere and that you can reasonably expect to get to know everyone in the first few times you raid, I have raided in plenty of 25 content prior to wrath and most of the time 25 guilds are segmented into cliques of friends or harder core versus more casual etc. In 10 man you don't really run into that as players raid with the same basic group every night.

To the author of the letter, just keep trying and get some hard modes down try and get a core group that you can keep hold of for the Argent raid and Icecrown. Might be worth looking at a server transfer if your guild can find one that accommodates more memebrs