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Drama Mamas: Taking guild drama to Facebook {WoW}

Oct 3rd 2011 4:42PM I almost always side with the letter-writer in these circumstances but wow, not here. This is going to sound harsh but you need a reality check and Robbin and Lisa are being a little overly nice about it:

"Victim," you need to take a long hard look at your interactions. You are starting and perpetuating too much drama. Even if you're not instigating the drama, you've obviously been wrapped up in a lot of it for a long time. Throughout your background information there are red alert flags. People are your friends, then they're not your friends, you leave guilds, you come back, you fight with people, you don't like the guild leadership, you're passive-aggressive, you complain about being wronged by in game ex-friends (or maybe friends? or still friends? I can't even follow) outside of the game and are offended when people react?

You might actually be a really nice person and a genuine victim of some overreactions, but you're also precisely the person I would distance myself from. If I was the GM, I would be looking for an excuse to keep you out of my guild because you obviously are a magnet for strife. I want people in the guild who are genuinely friends and not bickering junior high schoolers.

Officers' Quarters: Thanks, but no thanks {WoW}

Oct 3rd 2011 3:04PM A trial membership seems worse than flat-out turning people away, since it would require people to give up their prior guild reputation (that they can't get back) and maybe upset relations with their remaining guild mates. If you already have a good idea in advance if that person will fit in from playing with them frequently, it seems better to just tell them "no" up front then pretend they have a chance and cost them their current guild status.

The Queue: Shaders {WoW}

Jul 2nd 2011 2:05PM What people seem to not know is that Sub IS PvE viable now. It's DPS is barely behind the other two specs. The main issue nowadays is that it's an extremely punishing spec to play.

Officers' Quarters: The strategy behind casual motivation {WoW}

Jun 27th 2011 7:44PM You should post your letter (or something similar) in public for the guild to read. There is no reason to keep it anonymous. There is nothing insulting here, and the honesty may be appreciative and helpful.

I don't know how good the communication is in your guild, but seeing this letter may motivate some people. Your lazy players may just be genuinely oblivious. It also lets the people who have been trying and preparing know what the hold up is, if it wasn't already obvious. And to everyone, it demonstrates that the leadership cares about the issue.

It's honest and blunt, no sugarcoating. You're basically saying "the leadership is trying very hard to get this raid off the ground because we want to serve those members who are putting in the effort to raid but don't yet have a team to, but we can only do so much. The ball is in your court, guild."

The Queue: Does that movie even exist? Because it should. {WoW}

Jun 21st 2011 3:18PM What ilvl do you need to be placed in regular 85 dungeons?

If I mouse over the dice on the LFG random window, it says I am only qualified for Stonecore and Vortex Pinnacle for "because of my item level," and true to that, despite queuing close to 20 times this week, I never got any other dungeon. Oddly enough, I can queue for them directly, I just can't get them via random.

My item level is 320 and is mostly made up of SC/VP's 316 dungeon blues and some TH quest rewards until I get enough points to buy badge gear... how close am I to be able to get 85 dungeons in randoms? My friend who leveled up with me isn't have this issue, and I haven't had it on any of my other alts.

Officers' Quarters: Ready to abandon ship {WoW}

Jun 9th 2011 6:34PM Is it even worth that kind of effort?

Most people who work very hard to save guilds do so because they have a lot invested in them, lots of friends, really like the raiding team, they don't want to leave, etc. In this case, it sounds like there are really only four people you're close with (and they want to leave to), you don't like the guild leader, she's bad at guild AND raid management and the other players are not very good. You all want to leave and as far as I can tell there is no good reason to stay, much less work really hard at improving a guild that you you seem to dislike and that is obviously not a good mesh for you.

This is one of those instances that I would say just leave. It is waaay not worth the effort to even try to save this guild. You're just going to put in a ton of work. At best, you'll improve the guild but it's still not going to be one you're especially attached to. At worst, it will be a lot of work for nothing.

Don't bother. Leave. Seriously.

Officers' Quarters: Directing your cash flow {WoW}

Feb 28th 2011 11:20AM Officers are supposed to lead and direct the guild, but there is no reason one couldn't see what the guild thought of the situation. Not every decision needs to be excutively made by the leadership, especially if your guild is tight-knit.

I looked at the various ways I could use the guild money to help the raid, and I put it to a vote on our guild website. Raiders had the choice of free repairs during raid, free raiding consumables (like flasks and feasts), a limited amount of free gems/enchants per month, or they could suggest their own ideas. Overwhelmingly, people voted for consumables, so that's what I do. The guild is happy.

How you choose to reward your officers is another issue but it should be reasonable. The goal is to make the officer feel appreciated for their work and give them a small perk as thanks, not to pamper them above every one else. This will only foster resentment among your guild. Unless a particular officer is really putting in a ton of hours (in which case, maybe it's time to split the job with another), it's far better to give them a small perk like free repairs, free gems, or something like first pick at any drop recipes. If a guild officer has worked especially hard that week, toss in a little something extra you might not normally give them.

Giving all the guild BoEs to officers seems over-the-top (and also unnecessary since officers are probably raiding and will have access to BoP drops for those slots), but I don't see any reason why an officer couldn't be allowed to request the occasional item and get priority above selling.

And whatever you pick, it should be transparent to the rest of the guild and not under the table.

The Queue: Theme song {WoW}

Nov 8th 2010 12:16PM Anyone know if we only have to make sure to complete the old world achievements before 4.0.3? Or will the Feats still count towards the meta after the patch? Or do we have to also get all of Outland and Northrend done before then as well?

The Queue: Theme song {WoW}

Nov 8th 2010 11:48AM A "ton of new hairstyles" is a pretty hefty exaggeration since I've counted just four new ones (and all dwarf) in all of the beta.

The Queue: :eueuQ ehT {WoW}

Oct 28th 2010 12:23PM Yeah, I know about Windowed Fullscreen (it's what I've always used instead) but it still causes a noticeable drop in FPS compared with the non-windowed Fullscreen. This setting will not black out the second monitor. However, if you do true fullscreen it used to. Nowadays, it does not, but you still can't actually use your second monitor for anything.