Where should I start?
....so I'm at the end of my rope here. I'm trying to help find solutions to my guild's problems, but at every turn the solution I give opens up more problems...
But I suppose I should explain first. Mind you this might be a bit rant-y but bear with me please.
So I was made a Raid Leader...oh, maybe a month ago or so? maybe a little less. I work retail, my grasp of time is limited to if I work during a given day or not. can't help it. anyway...
We'd just had a GM switch due to our old GM having real-life problems, and before he left he asked me about the position, and I told him what I'd always told him and the other officers: I'd try. Being the kind of person I am as well as not being a huge veteran of raiding and WoW in general, I couldn't be a hundred percent sure and say yes I'd do just fine.
So the old GM left, new one came in. Personally I liked the decision the old GM made as to who would lead. She's a wonderful person and a great raider and a good people person I think, so I figure she'll be able to handle Guild drama as it invariably pops up.
However she's also a mom, as there are many on WoW and more than a few in our guild, bless them for expanding our might and awesomeness. So life does get in the way and we all understand. However this leaves me and the other raid leaders with a rather tricky task: getting the guild back into clockwork raiding.
Clockwork raiding of course is my way of saying raiding a particular thing these days out of the week. Which, that wouldn't be a big thing, except...with all that's happened, I'm left with alot of problems and alot of questions that I have relatively few solutions to. Some of which I've already asked on these forums and I'm thankful to you guys for giving your answers.
However I still have things like:
My guild, like many other guilds I would imagine, is....distracted by the shiny. geared or not, everyone wants to raid Onyxia for example. Everyone wants to do the new VoA boss.
Like anyone, alot of our guild-members can and do get worried about their personal progression. They work really hard to catch up to eachother and to the guild's leaders in terms of gear, each of them personally going and finding pugs or whatever else they can to keep going on the old 80 shuffle. Normally I wouldn't mind it, but this tends to give them a...I suppose you could say self-centered view that if it doesn't benefit THEM, what good does it do to raid it? Furthermore aside from helping them to forget that the level they're personally ready to raid doesn't mean that level is what the guild is ready to raid, it also helps to wonderfully conflict people when we start a raid and half the people on at the time are saved to a pug or something else. goodie. Really not sure how to deal with this one.
One of my big things right now is attendance. It is, of course, simple to say 'just get raiders who can show up and bench the ones who don't', but I'm not a hundred and ten percent sure that's going to solve the problem. See, I have alot of people who they show up one night, and then for whatever reason if we haven't finished the thing, the next night..SHAZAM! they don't show. One would think they'd wanna finish what they'd started, but noone ever even gives any kind of explanation as to why they don't show. Which tells me they either simply didn't wanna log, or they didn't think not showing up was important enough to merit an explanation. Again, not sure what to do on this one.
(another aspect of the above is the fact that it seems like ideal raiding times are, oh....let's say somewhere between midnight and three in the morning for myself and probably most of the RLs and Officers. That one I'm kinda concerned about. How am I supposed to lead if I'm sleeping on my keyboard?)
Otherwise, I just....I dunno. we're trying to go from not raiding, to raiding SOMETHING on a regular basis and hopefully with a regular group of people, and there's just so much to address I'm not lost on where to start.
I apologize for the long post. (said it was gonna be ranty.) any help or suggestions that could be given would be highly appreciated!
"I don't have a dream, so I protect the dreams of others."~Inui Takumi