Posts Tagged ‘Officer’

Virgins? No.

August 10, 2009

I have recently found that two of my guild mates have a blog which is primarily used to discuss World of Warcraft. I am not a blog reader and it didn’t occur to me that people would blog about Wow. They do though and it’s interesting reading, especially for me because these two guildies are both intelligent adults. Not to belittle non-adult blogs but one of the guildies comments on things like frequentist and Bayesian statistics while the other mindblowingly measures her attention span per night and per boss kill…and then she provided enough data to suggest that she has measured the length of her attention span against the success of each boss kill which perhaps insinuated comparative measures with the rest of the guildies (atleast it did for me).

As an officer and as the caster officer of my guild, this sort of feedback is invaluable – and wonderfully accessible on my own time. What do my guildies think? I’m ‘responsible’ for the largest (17 not including offspec) and one of the most diverse (5 classes) groups in our guild. I like to think that all the casters would come to me with opinions and suggestions, and a lot do, but I know that a lot don’t. There is trust aspect in our guild, we are trusted. We built our guild with the aim of being as fair as possible and communicating how that fairness was reached. Naturally we aren’t completly fair, we can’t be 😦 but everyone knows it is our cornerstone and we have stuck to it (sometimes painfully). However, while we are fair and while we are trusted I get the impression that some players think we have all the answers. These, amoungst others, are the players that don’t come to me with their opinions. Arguably these are also the players whom I am especially interested in hearing from. Partly because they are standing on the sideline judgeing but partly also because I’d rather we didn’t suprise them with an unpopular decision (it’s happened before, justification doesn’t replace imput as effectively as inclusion).

Anyway, this is my first blog (ever?). I am the caster officer of a 25 person raiding guild which jumps from 3rd to 5th on server progression from week to week. I began raiding when Zul’Grub was released and have taken 1 short break since then. I have been an officer in 3 guilds over that time, I have seen just about everything players can throw at the game and at officers (I say that deliberatly, something new would be hot). I have always played a Warlock  but I also have a Priest and a Druid. I have raided as a Warlock, Priest, Druid, and Mage at various times, but my experience and knowledge of other classes comes primarily from theorycrafting and talking to my friends 🙂