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Officers' Quarters: In the wake of drama, tragedy

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Every Monday, Scott Andrews contributes Officers' Quarters, a column about the ins and outs of guild leadership. He is the author of The Guild Leader's Handbook, available now from No Starch Press.

Drama happens in guilds. As officers, we do everything we can to avoid it. Sometimes we make mistakes that set us up for it. At other times, it's simply inevitable. Much of it is stupid and pointless. However, nothing puts it all in perspective like a sudden, shared tragedy. This week, a guild leader wonders how he can deal with this terrible circumstance in the aftermath of a guild-shattering argument.


I have a really difficult problem that I would like your advice, or at least your opinion. This problem is two fold and I will start with the short but serious series of events that have transpired the last few days. I (basically) started the guild a week before Cataclysm. We took off quick and became extremely successful. One of the first guilds to hit 25 on the server (which made me a really proud guild leader).

Early in the guilds history, we had a member join our guild, lets call him Eddie. Eddie has an abrasive personality and he tends to insult people. The thing is, hes not and never is being serious. He jokes and unless you spend more than 5 minutes talking to him, you just assume he's insulting you, which he's not. Well Eddie, being new to the guild (that had relatively little officers), hit the ground running and showed qualities of a true leader. He built our raid team, geared people, taught people, and did his job in a way that I've not seen done even as I raided through Wrath. Eddie however joined the military and had to leave for Basic Training. When he left, it was agreed upon that the raid leader spot would be temporarily given to another officer and would be given back when Eddie returned.

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Filed under: Officers' Quarters (Guild Leadership)

WoW Moviewatch: Serenity Now and the funeral

Caution: There is some offensive language in this video.

This weekend was the third anniversary of WoW Insider, and when I was putting together the big list of our top ten stories ever, I noticed there was one missing. Even though it happened in April of 2006 (we started posting in December of 2005), we never really covered the Serenity Now funeral attack. But it is one of the biggest stories in World of Warcraft, whether you think it's atrocious or hilarious or whatever, so during today's Moviewatch, we'll give it its due.

A woman who played WoW passed away in real life, and her guildies decided to hold an ingame funeral for her -- in the contested zone of Wintergrasp Winterspring (of course -- too much Wrath lately, sorry) On a PvP server. And though now, four years into the game, we know exactly what would happen, back then, it came as a surprise -- as you've probably seen in the video (set to some amazing music), the guild Serenity Now crashed the funeral and pretty much decimated everyone who showed up.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Guilds, Blizzard, PvP, WoW Moviewatch

Yes, the "Axe of Inappropriate Responses"

Yes, in case you're wondering, we did see this on Digg earlier today as well. It's a screenshot from the WoW Forums in which a player (from Syndicate on EU Ragnaros) posts announcing the death of his brother, another player who was well loved by some on the server. And then, of course (this is the WoW Forums, after all), a level one alt makes a response that's not quite the most conventional thing to say when you hear of someone's passing.

Now, Joystiq thinks it means WoW players are desensitized and "sad." But as many people have said, on both Digg and Joystiq, I like to think that, seeing as he was a true WoW player, Nano wouldn't have minded at all. In fact, he probably would have /laughed right along with us.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Odds and ends

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