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I’ve spent a lot of my time in the guilds I’ve been in, in either a guild management t position or as a raidleader, sometimes both. Now I’ve joined my new guild and am taking a backseat roll in these respects I thought I’d give a retrospective of my time as both.
Its hard at times to realise how hard it can be to shape a guilds direction at times especially when the majority of it is done behind the scenes. My first experience of how tough it could be was in my first guild where I was an officer, raidleader and co-gm kinda of a little guild called Victory of Light.
VoL was run be an awesome guy named Argentus with whom I got on fantastically well with. He was fairly new to the game but had a drive about him and dedication to achieving his goals that few people have. 
 

We had several officers in the guild, with which things were discussed with but ultimately the decisions were made by me and Argentus, so in some respects guilds management was very patriarchal on style. I did a lot of work on the raid side, I knew every class inside out I knew their gems their caps, what enchants they should use, their rotations and general talent builds. You wanted to raid? Well you had to pass my vetting first.

 

It was fun but immensely tiring. We were new to the raiding game see a d I was new to the whole raid leading stuff. I spent a lot of time making sure I knew the fights in and out as well as making sure I knew all the classes etc.

 

Me and Argentus carried a lot of the guilds problems.on our shoulders when we didn’t need to. This kind of guild management is one I wouldn’t recommend as what ends up happening you have everyone relying on you to answer all the questions and to solve the problems.

 

I remember vividly one day he whispered me on an unguilded and said he had needed a break from all the questions and whispers. I knew how he felt. Upon logging in you could guarantee a whisper within the first minute or so and could spend up to an hour or more just dealing with shut and not actually playing at all. It was massively stressful and something I learned a lot from.

 

I get emotionally involved very easily with a guild which is both good and bad, but I’ll talk more about this later.

 

See now I’m of the opinion that guild management is best achieved by a collection of people not just a sole entity who rules it all. If you’re still out there Argentus buddy get In touch its been far too long!

 

My next major guild came before the start of mop June 2012. Batteries Not Included a wonderful little reroll guild who’s aim was to clear all content at level in appropriate gear and we had an absolute blast! I’m still in touch with some of those guys today and even met two of the in person last December which was exceedingly hilarious.

 

I started out as a regular member before eventually becoming raid assist for the wonderful Xedoth (this would eventually fall to me and Danny later on).

 

The BNI was run a bit differently than VoL was mainly due to the fact that the guild was run as a council of sorts. Officers would discuss issues, we would come up with a plan of action and then more often or not we’d put it up to the guild to decide which option was better as a whole.

 

After my VoL experience this was a revelation and IMO the best way to deal with most things. Its a lot of work planning, rethinking and implementing but it achieves things that a patriarchal systems does not.

 

It allows for a greater view of the problem, 5 is better than 2 when solving a problem and thinking of a solution. More people to spread the load means more people taking the burden of management and so less likely to get burnouts which can be pretty bad for leaders. You also provide the guild with choice makes them feel more involved and fosters a community feeling, even if the choice is only  the illusion of choice sometimes.

 
Its a thankless job at times being the go to people, I tip my hat to anyone who manages to do it for extended periods of time.

I’ve had this blog ready for a long time now, just waiting for the right moment so that I can dedicate my attention to it. The problem is I feel a little intimidated at the thought of starting. It’s not the fact I haven’t blogged before (hell I’ve even had three personal blogs over the last few years!), or the fact that I get all twitchy when speaking in public which is making me feel this way.

It’s you.

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