Nov 25th 2009 2:04PM Baby mounts ftw!
Nov 25th 2009 2:02PM I like books.
Nov 24th 2009 4:35PM /cheese
Nov 24th 2009 9:24AM K-k-k-k-ite!
Nov 23rd 2009 10:24AM Mmmm kitty stew!
Oct 15th 2009 2:57PM As an active participant in a casual raiding guild, I've seen first hand that persons with all sorts of schedules and commitments can raid but keep in mind even if a guild is "casual" there is still some etiquette to follow...
Try to find a guild with players with similar lifestyles - If you have a boss who loves holding you hostage, kids that randomly barge in demanding your attention, or could be the subject of spouse aggro - a guild filled with college students might be less understanding than a guild consisting of adults with families and nasty bosses of their own.
Be honest with yourself - I've come across many players that REALLY want to raid, sign up every chance they get, and then don't show up because their enthusiasm for raiding tends to overshadow reality. Life happens and if it happens frequently with you then you might want to re-evaluate your schedule before committing to anything.
Be honest with those around you - If you can't guarantee 100% commitment then tell the raid leader. Knowing in advance that certain participants have wacky schedules or might not always be there for the full duration, can allow the RL to make decisions on the group makeup (i.e. if you are a healer but can't stay for the entire raid, they might want to invite someone knows the fights but heals as an off spec, so a new dps could be brought in later) and can plan to have backups if needed.
Go the extra mile - Even if you don't plan on (or can commit to) being an active raider, still take the time to know your class, know the fights (watching videos and related articles can be a big help even if you've never done the encounter before), and have any addons necessary. On occasion the raid group might be short and they will love you (and keep you at the top of their fill-in list) if you prove yourself to be competent. It might not be true of every casual guild but we much prefer filling in with someone who doesn't get to raid often but knows their class and knows the basics (Don't stand in the fire!!) than pulling in another regular raider that needs nothing.
You're not the only one - Just because YOU have a significant other that likes demanding your attention at random intervals, doesn't mean that there aren't other members of the raid in a similar situation who have politely explained to their loved one that from 7 to 11 on Thursdays they raid. Raiding is group activity but unlike most other group activities, you don't have to look the rest of the group in the eye if you ever let the group down. For some, this fact makes it easier to blow off raid plans.
The beauty of being in a casual raiding guild with good people is the general understanding that we are not all basement dwellers with nothing better to do then play the game 24/7. Nobody is going to get dragged out into the streets of Dalaran and lynched for missing a raid night but if your fellow raiders can regularly make room in their busy lives to be a reliable member of the raid, you should show the same courtesy.
Oct 15th 2009 10:24AM In regards to: "We are so focused at DPS that we are completely helpless in every role besides pure damage. A rogue cannot off tank an add in a pinch...."
This might have brought up in the comments (didn't read through every last one) but... I'm not in a "elite" raiding guild so sometimes sh*t happens. Obviously a Rogue can't handle large amounts of damage over extended periods of time (we are squishy and CoS/Evasion have VERY limited durations. Oh yea, and we are NOT designed to be tanks). Yet on multiple occasions my Rogue's brief forays into the world of tanking has saved my group from wipes. Sometimes all you need is those few seconds to save a healer from a rogue (hehe) add or keep the boss busy until a class more capable of "tanking" takes over.
It is quite possible that you meant that Rogues can't tank for extended periods of time but for anyone new to the class I felt the need to clarify that on occasion Rogues can at times save the day with their Rogue Tanking ;)