Friday, August 18, 2017

Storytime - Scarlet Confessional Book

"I don't know how you do it, Navi," said Pancakestab.

"Do what?" I asked, popping a piece of chocolate in my mouth as I continued cataloguing the guild bank contents.

"How you can listen to everyone COMPLAINING all the time."

"The secret," I said, as I put aside twenty five stacks of Starlight Rose, "Is that only 10% of what is said is actually relevent. The rest is just noise. In the middle of the noise, you make agreement sounds, throw in the odd 'I see your point' and a few sighs."

"Wow, Navi," said Kjerstin. "So you're telling me that half the time you're not listening to what people are saying?"

I threw him a wry grin. "Probably closer to 70% of the time."

"HOW can you do that! You're the guild leader!"

"That's EXACTLY why I can do that."

Kjerstin folded his arms, a stern look in his eye. "What OTHER secrets are you hiding that we should know about?"

I shrugged. "I dunno. Ask me something."

Pancake stood up. "I have a better idea. Where's Amelior?" He sprinted out the door and vanished.

"I don't get that. Why does he have to cloak in Dalaran?" I turned my attention to the Dreamleaf and packed them into neat piles of two hundred.

"Probably to surprise Amelior. I bet you he's fallen asleep."

"If he's asleep he wouldn't see Pancake coming anyway. I suppose it's just another rogue thing." I frowned at the empty chocolate container and sighed.

"Hey!" said Pancake in my ear, as he appeared out of nowhere. I squealed a girly shriek as I fell back, clutching my chest, glaring at him as he collapsed in gales of laughter.


Amelior sat down next to me, yawning. "He woke me up, saying that we were playing confession time with Navi. What's he talking about?"

"Nav has secrets. We want to know them," said Kjerstin.

"Do you agree to this, Nav? To tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?" Amelior took out a small red book, the Scarlet Confessional Book, ready to make me talk.

I shrugged, pondering what I secrets I had that I didn't want anyone to find out. Ohh wait, there was one...

As Amelior cast the spell, I could feel the urge to suddenly talk about everything and anything. The compulsion was so strong!

"Hey, Amelior," I said, "Did you know it upsets me that you out heal me when you play holy priest offspec that I feel like I should just not raid sometimes?"

Kjerstin and Pancake howled with laughter as I clapped my hand over my mouth. "Earthmother! I didn't mean to just blurt that out, sorry Amelior!"

Amelior laughed as he closed the book and slipped it back in his robes. "The spell lasts for 2 minutes, so if you guys want to know anything, you'd better get her to start talking."
"Navi," said Pancake. "You know Spoon's DK?"

"Yeah, Elfishpresley. Why what about him?"

"Do you remember he used to have a really bad name... Amelior and I have this theory - that someone in the guild reported him and forced him to change his name. Do you know anything about that?"

Oh oh. I could feel the urge to spill the beans bubbling up. I tried to deflect it. "What was his old name anyway?"

"It was Dixienormous," said Amelior. "We talked about it yesterday because we saw someone with an even more offensive name and wondered how come THAT name didn't get banned..."

"Now that was a funny story," I gushed. "I told him that I didn't like his name, but he didn't seem to care. And you remember how we were doing that Upper Kara Mythic plus and we were on the last boss and suddenly he went offline?"

"Yeah, we were all there, I remember that," said Pancake.

"We were just standing around and I thought, well I'm bored, I am going to report Spoon's name, and I literally did it just as we were opening the door. And suddenly he went offline. And he said 'Hey Nads, I just got flagged for a name change...' and I was like.... OH SHIT, was that because of me??"

"NO WAY! It was you?" said Kjerstin, his mouth agape.

"I was like, why would you get reported in the middle of the night? And inside I was thinking Holy crap that was me... and when Amelior said 'Well, it was probably reported ages ago and only now they're dealing with it,' I totally latched onto that and said 'Yeah, the Americans are probably waking up now or something,' trying to deflect the blame away from myself. But I never told him, I should tell him one day...."

Amelior, Pancake and Kjerstin howled with laughter. "Well, he's going to find out now!"

I smacked my hand to my head. "Well, I guess I did have a couple secrets after all! WHOOPSIES!"

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Raiding - At capacity

Raid was REALLY full on Wednesday. And I mean REALLY full.

There were 27 people there, and 2 raiders who didn't raid as they were not well. And I had an enquiry about a raid spot so I am super hesitant about saying anything to that person, though I wasn't exactly DIScouraging.

And as there were some 7.3 quest crumb lines being started up yesterday, there must have been something glitchy because we had maintenance right in the middle of raid again. Ugh. Nothing like maintenance smack bang in the middle of raid to ruin a night.

Of course, when you're rushing, you make mistakes. With the server shutdown 15 minute notice, we rushed in and then we had a mistake and had a wipe. Of course it happened on my tranq for the Embrace of the Eclipse, when it felt like it was not healing ANYBODY'S bubble off. Solution was just to use two cooldowns for that since we were so healer heavy.

The biggest piece of rubbish that evening was 3 vanquisher legs dropping from Mistress and zero Protector. With an extraordinary number of raiders on that token, that was a huge blow. Let me think... that's 5 warriors (Splatz, Moisty, Falln, Gale, Consti), 7 shamans (Cosima, Crooked, Spoon, Vork, Eurie, Slug, Fin), 3 monks (Aimei, Ram, Lushen) and 1 hunter (Ultra). Vanquisher tier is dreamy with 4 druids (Navi, Yeti, Gravy, Gen), 1 rogue (Pancake), 1 mage (Xethi) and no death knights. Conquerer has 3 priests (Amelior, Kinry, Mag), 2 paladins (Kj, Tri), 3 warlocks (Sev, Aza, Dugg) and no demon hunters. Good for me, since I got an warforged leg tier out of it. Woo!

Even Cosima/Koda, who is the most quiet and tolerant of our raiders, said "Navi, just saying, NO MORE PEOPLE IN PROTECTOR TIER FOR RAID please."

Now that prepatch stuff for Argus is up, I have had a few people thinking of moving classes. Splatz is considering tanking on the DK. I don't think Falln will change anytime soon, though of the shamans, only Spoon would be fluid moving to another class since he plays all his classes well. I wish he would play his mage but he moved that to another guild.

I have always been an advocate for "play what you want to play, not what the guild needs". Longevity in game comes from playing what you enjoy not something you've been forced into. That's why I worry about people like Kjerstin and Triarchi, both of whom are tanks at heart and being forced to DPS. I had a word to all the healers about DPSing and we should all take turns, even though Kinry is the loudest complainer that he might as well be sat out, and yes as heals he does an extraordinary amount of healing, but it gives the rest of us an opportunity to work harder and work on our own healing. This goes against all I said about play what you want to play, but it's either DPS or sit out.

We are not even recruiting! I honestly cannot believe the number of people we have who are interested in joining. A fair bit of it is word of mouth, which is lovely and speaks for itself, but I hate turning people away. Looking at what we have now, I feel like I can honestly say that we will never have raiding problems again, for lack of numbers.

What is going on? Why is the guild busting at the seams?

There seem to be a lot of ex-mythic raiders wanting to decrease their time commitments because of work and family. I suppose that late teens-early twenty year olds who played WoW and kept playing now have families and work commitments, and still would like to play but at a reduced level. Also, I am not sure people want to play a game for hours on end anymore - a few hours a time seems to be the most that people can sit still for these days.

Thursday went really well and we got everything cleared so that was a rather satisfying week. Interestingly, we had just on 20 people so it was a much smaller raid!

We'll see how things pan out with numbers. I do have on guildie leaving for a mythic guild but feels guilty about it - told her not to stress, we're all fine with people wanting something we don't offer (ie mythic). Besides, she can come back if it doesn't work out. I guess that opens a raid spot - but then, we're pretty full on healers anyway!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Guildleader chores - Frostwolves health check

I should be glad we have a good reputation and attracting good people to the guild. It's just that we are so FULL that we are bordering on sitting people out of heroic when there are 30 people (though we haven't gotten to that point yet. But there are plenty of people who have volunteered to sit out)

We had a new healer who is friends with Tri and Kinry, and I went through a HUGE long chat with them trying to figure out if they would fit in. So we introduced ourselves and I asked him to tell me a bit about himself. Then I got the I-was-in-a-top-5-guild-before spiel and used to play WoW really heavily back in X-expansion, and I thought uh oh, is this guy going to fit in here. But, he said he now heads up a company with 10 employees, married with 2 kids and doesn't really have time for that anymore, and can only play after 9pm. So after a bit more chatting, this guy was actually really patient and mature, so I invited him to the guild, brought him along on the Sunday raid and he actually healed really well. The only bad thing was that he hadn't done the last few bosses before (but had done them on LFR) and made Splatz cranky coz he ran ahead on Maiden picking up orbs. It was fixed with a quick explanation, and even on Wednesday raid, Splatz said "I'm giving Slug 3 strikes with Maiden," but I quickly reassured me that the problem had been rectified. So far, I'm pleased. At least he isn't a druid healer - having more shamans is good, a paladin would have been even better!

However, that just means we have too many healers. And I am not going to recruit any more DPS! So, the healers just better do some better DPS - and that includes me, because I am the only one with DPS legendaries and I do a dreadful job DPSing.

In fact, on Thursday night, I went DPS (because Yeti did Wed night DPS) and I moaned and groaned all night. It's so fun being at the bottom!

Consti was making me grumpy on Maiden because he is cleave spec on his warrior and so he follows maiden around cleaving her and the boss. He normally does 4x the damage on her then the next DPS down, and it has been pointed out to me multiple times, and despite me telling him not to do that, he said no he's not stopping. Fortunately we don't have a big problem on her dying before we get the Avatar down lowish so it's not a big deal but it's annoying when people don't listen.

KJ was struggly, whether that was because we have lots of people in raid, or whether we have too many healers or whether people are not doing mechanics right or maybe it's a combination of all those things. Anyway, so despite our best efforts, we will still have to do KJ on Monday.

I feel sad for my friends who have been having the usual mythic guild woes, and hope that things are on the upturn for them soon. I feel glad that I no longer have to worry about those things, because it really does seem that casual heroic is the only way for a guild to have longevity and stability in current WoW times.

I had to have a word with another guildie for getting upset in guild chat and calling people nasty names because they were picking on him. I did read the conversation - I don't think that they were picking on him, just disagreeing with what he said. He just didn't like being disagreed with and lashed out. I made a point of telling him that it's not appropriate and that everyone is entitled to their opinion but in general our guild is very PRO WoW so having people slag the game off and then call people names is really not how we deal with things. Logging off and having a rage and then logging back in is a much better thing to do, rather than say things that you can't take back. When I confronted him about it, he said that he gave back as good as he got, but when I pointed out that nobody said the f word (whereas he did) or calling everyone in the guild a low IQ and autistic... totally not in keeping with guild policy. So I told him not to do it again, and that this was his first warning. Warning bells were ringing by then, since he seemed to show neither remorse nor an apology for his behaviour, and also no indication that he would not do it again when that happened. Totally different to another incident with a different guildie, whom I let back in because he was remorseful and seemed sincerely apologetic after an extreme outburst.

But, my problem was solved. Come raid day, he asked if he could raid, and I said is your ilvl good now, and it was. However he was missing 2 enchants. I said he had to get his stuff enchanted. He said it was too expensive, and I said I would do it for him, just send me his greens. He didn't have any, he said. Now I wasn't very clear, perhaps, but I didn't mean he had to give it to me RIGHT NOW, but he could send me all his subsequent greens. But we started raid, he didn't join, and then he gquit whilst we were doing the first boss. I asked him what was going on, he didn't even say good bye, and he said that he was annoyed about not being able to raid. An hour later, he whispered me saying that he got his stuff enchanted, and he wanted to come to raid. "But you're not in guild anymore," I said. He said invite him back to the guild. I said I'll talk to him after raid, and then he pouted that he was missing a raid again. I said "Well, you shouldn't have left the guild. I will talk to you later." He said that I had been a bit unfair, firstly putting an ilvl requirement on raiding, and then asking that people be fully chanted and gemmed. He asked what hurdle would I put next. I was feeling really irritated by then and I told him that raiding requirements are clearly listed on discord, and that he is not so special that he is exempt from those requirements.

So later, I chatted to him and told him that I didn't think he seemed very happy here, and I would rather people be in the guild that were happy to be here. I told him to find another guild and try it out for a month, and if he wasn't happy there he could talk to me in a month and discuss returning. Otherwise, maybe he would be happy there. He said he didn't know whom to talk to and I rolled my eyes, and very kindly spoke to officers of 2 guild on the server and gave him their names. Talk about generous!

In other news, I promoted a new officer. Splatz got promoted to officer on Monday - whether congratulations or commiserations are in order, I am unsure. Sev said to me that he had suggested that a LOOONG time ago. However, there was a reason it was so long in coming. I have promoted a few people to the supply officer rank (which allows full guild bank access but not officer channel access) but it has now been more than 6 months since Xyn passed. If I had done it any earlier, I would have felt like I was replacing Xyn - I guess I wasn't quite ready yet. Now, when I promoted Splatz, it felt like something that was long overdue, rather than looking at Splatz as the new Xyn. And I think that everyone else in the guild would think so too.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Raiding - Ahead of the Curve: Kil'jaeden

We did it!

Raid attendance was a bit low with 19 people turning up to raid. Well, it was actually 20 but Eurie was lagging so badly she decided to drop.

However, we had made some progress on it last Thursday and all we needed to do was get through that dark phase again so we could finish the last bit.

Our first attempt of the night was our best yet, down to 19%. We had Amayeti, myself, Ram and Cosima healing and surprisingly no warriors in raid save our tank, Splatzor. We bumped it up to 5 heals with Mag healing, because he has been whinging that he doesn't like DPSing Kil'jaeden because his damage is super lame coz of the flying bit.

We had a few hiccups after that with missed Armageddons and things. Ultra and I died on one attempt because we soaked 2 armageddons right before the darkness phase and of course we just rolled over and died. I felt stupid.

But on the kill attempt we were doing it well, the orb was kited reasonably with only one crappy placement but I was so OOM by then I was going off fumes. People kept their focus and tried not to tunnel and do the mechanics correctly dipping their butts into the yellow circle briefly before we came out and hit the boss again.

And then yay! KJ is dead!

Don't you hate it when you lose your achievement popping up on the screen because of a cut scene? I didn't see a cutscene (prob skipped since we have seen it before) but that's why I have to use this armory screengrab instead.

No super shiny loots, but there were shinies!

Yay Frostwolves! Now, what do we do? Take a break? Try some mythic?

We'll see what interest we have. Traditionally, people just start taking breaks and our numbers drop. But the cool thing is, that's ok! I think of all the people not here tonight - Moisty, Falln, Consti, Eurie, Kinry, Triarchi, Goodgravy... hopefully those who missed out will get their achievement next week!