It’s been 7 months since I lead a guild and approximately 1 year since leading a 25 man raiding guild back in BC. To me, one of the most important aspects of guild leadership was defining your guild in terms of game style and progression goals. How can people understand what they’re signing up for if you haven’t made this incredibly clear?
After disbanding I picked a new guild based on their website, charter & raiding rules. They seemed organised and had the same goals I wanted out of raiding and WoW…. Boy was that a terrible mistake! I spent 3 months in this guild bashing my head against the wall astounded at the big step backwards I had made.
I left this guild, and decided to take the plunge into what I considered a Hardcore guild – they raided 4 nights a week, started on time and didn’t mess around – if you were dcing in boss fights, you were benched. I was amazed at how little administrative organisation was put into this guild. Their DKP system, raiding rules & guild charter were quite simply non existent. But amazingly it worked and it appeared to work well. Things have been going really smoothly over the last 3 months, I feel I’ve proven my worth as a healer and raider. I also genuinely like a good portion of our raiding team and the guild officers. We cleared Yogg Saron for the first time a couple of weeks ago, everyone was happy….. however this is where things started to get tricky.
The Guild officers want to try them – and announce via Guild Message of the Day what we’re working on. Suddenly and mysteriously people don’t turn up. We’ve gone from having 25 people in raid and a couple on standby to last night having 20 people turn up! When we struggle with the tough stuff people are whinging over vent about it.
Frankly I just assumed that this was a hard core guild and of course we will be doing hard modes. It never occurred to me that this wasn’t necessarily what other people thought of our guild. The GM posted a forum thread the other day titled “Hard Modes… Yes or No?” to gauge the guild’s interest in continued progression. I think this is a big mistake. To me if you run a guild, you have a plan and you damn well stick to it. If people don’t like it, oh well guess what? They go and join another guild that fulfils their needs.
So far the majority of comments on the thread have been YES to hard modes, but it will be interesting to see how many turn up on Sunday…..