"Stop worrying, it will be FINE," said Jazz.
"I'll watch the kids," said Morz.
I wondered why there was nobody online at 7:30pm and thought to myself that this raid is not happening!!! The people who were online nonchalantly informed me that the raid was starting at 8:30pm... as it said on the raid invite that I sent out. Oh. Oops. Well, that left me with an hour to put the kids to bed!
Next thing I knew it was almost 10pm... accidentally fell asleep putting my son to bed (like that doesn't happen much)! So I logged on and saw that they were in Siege of Orgrimmar, which was good, and there were a number of people sitting around various places. I asked Jazz and Morz if they were behaving but they were AFK, and then I sent a tell to Dragonray as well.
Though if I had looked in my mailbox (and my twitter) I would have seen this message:
15 people wanting to raid!!!!! FIFTEEN NAVINAV!!!!!! what the f**k?????
And she and I were worried nobody would want to come.
Then all the people I had sent anxious questions to all replied at once. The raid was running well. Everyone was playing nicely together. People were sitting out from bosses they didn't need loot from and letting others swap in, so there was a bit of musical chairs going on. So far, every boss was one shot, and the longest part of the fights was the explanations at the beginning. I even jumped into Vent to listen, and they were all having a good time, which was really great to hear. I was so happy, so proud of my guildies and also feeling slightly guilty that I was treating them like children when clearly they are all adults.
Exray told me later that there were some gems in that raid. I thought he meant that there were some hilariously silly people, but in fact he said some of them could probably sub into heroic raids or even help round out our Mythic raid. Now that was great news! I had to tell Battousaix not to hit DE on stuff, just greed or pass, any unwanted loot would be put into the guild bank as pretty little shards. I think he was a little surprised at that, but people don't know until you tell them. Kahrax was pretty excited to raid I think, and Ayelena was also quite happy to be able to go as well. So Nath was tanking on his DK, Exray was on Skullbanner, Morz and Jazz were on their shamans. The other raiders were Dragonray, Ayelena, Kahrax, Cptsars, Battousaix, Dontmountme, Drauka, Haevela, Crooked. Luxy and Tacky turned up too, I think but didn't raid, and Lom didn't bother getting on because there were so many people.
Dragonray will have a post on it later, so I will be able to read all about the nitty gritty, but I am relieved, pleased and thrilled that everyone had fun, and that my fears were unfounded after all that!