I'm a dedicated WoW player who play several alts, but I focus mainly on my Warlock. Since I have a lot of characters, on this site it's easiest that I'm simply known as Saga.
I'm a raider, guild officer and altoholic who loves chasing after new mounts and pets.
This site is where I ramble about my adventures and thoughts as I continue playing WoW.
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Monthly Archives: January 2012
Disclaimer: This is a rambling post which is just me writing down my current feelings. It’s not necessarily going to make a whole lot of sense, but sometimes writing about things make me feel better.
You may have noticed that my content update is even worse than usual lately. The reason for this is that I’m struggling with finding things that I can write about. I still enjoy WoW and I’m logged in probably every day (even if some days it’s just for five minutes to check on the guild and read mail, scan the AH). I’m struggling though.
We’re having a hard time in my guild, and while it’s worse now than it’s been for quite some time I can’t shake the feeling that we’ve been fighting an up-hill battle for quite some time. Part of me wonders if I can deal with this for yet another expansion.
When coming back from the regular break around Christmas and New Year’s, we were less people than before. One of our tanks still hasn’t returned, and I suspect he won’t. Our other tank told us the other day that he is going to discontinue his subscription after this week. We lost another couple of members the past few weeks for various reasons as well.
This leaves me with a severely crippled raid team.
I keep recruiting people, but recruitment is slow and the people we’ve gotten hold of either has gone AWOL, aren’t active enough or have left again. Attendance is poor. I fully understand that people work night shifts, have families and what not – but sadly that doesn’t help our raid team progress.
I’m sitting here, looking at our sign-ups for the next raid. Six people accepted, a couple of tentatives. It’s just not doable. As much as I’d like to, I can’t suddenly drum up 2-4 new raid members. And it makes me tired. So very tired.
I also have this feeling, which I’m sure is a very unfair feeling, but I feel alone. I feel like I’m alone in this struggle. I’m sure the other Officers are working as hard as I am, worrying about it as much as I am.. But because we’re not talking about it, I feel like I’m the only one, even if I’m not.
Every time someone leaves the guild a small part of my desire to raid dies. Especially if it’s someone I’ve poured a lot of effort into talking to and trying to get things better. There are issues in my guild which need addressing, but it’s not things that will change overnight. People leaving due to those things I can understand, but it’s still a shame since we’ve not had the time to try to fix them.
Every time we have to cancel a raid because too few people signed up part of my desire to raid dies. I do my best to be there for every raid. We’ve cut our days down from three to two recently since for some reason Thursday just wasn’t working. Even with fewer days, we don’t seem to have the people available to get two raid nights going.
In the end, I’m just tired of the constant struggle. I pour so much into keeping things smooth and running, and yet it fails. Sometimes I wonder if I’d be happier not being an Officer, just one of the team. Let someone else worry about if we’ll raid or not.
What do you do to keep yourself going?
Wow! It’s been a long while! Lots has happened but I’ve not had the opportunity to log in and finish up all the posts I started. *Sad Face*
Since today is incredibly busy for me as well, I’ll paste our latest guild news! (posted 22 Jan 2012)
After our wildly successful pre-non-denominational-winter-holiday-changing of western calendar-break, we were a little cocky when we returned last week. After a Saturday’s humility raid which included few more wipes than we are used to, we got Deathwing on Sunday!
So, imagine our excitement when we started Morchok Heroic!
We started the fight with 2 tanks, 4 healers and 4 dps! That was weird! Split into two teams (With TeamA on Morchok and TeamB on Kohcrom) we set to work. 1.5 mins into our first try: Wipe! Doh! We made steady progression but TeamB noticed the noobish TeamA was struggling and couldn’t understand what was going on over there! When TeamB had killed their boss but Team A’s boss was still alive as we wiped, we decided to swap sides since TeamA was clearly unable to take care of it!
So, Team B is now on Morchok, Crystal spawns, then another, then another…what the….*Wipe!* Right, we then understood TeamA’s suffering and took a look at how to keep our guys alive. None of the guides mentioned Morchok casts 3 crystals to Kohcrom’s 1-2! Doesn’t seem like that much more, but trust me, as a healer, it is! It was then we decided to put the winning combination of Cas and Kim on Morchok and the two lesser minions on Kohcrom. (Tim on his off spec and Loutokt newly dinged 2 weeks ago!)
Within a few tries to get our CD’s coordinated, both personalities of the boss were dead and all our raiders alive!
There are several remarkable things in our kill shot this time. Tim was drinking while healing, clearly. The bears also seem to be drunk and the Tree has gon Ent on us. Three sensible people can be found in the middle while Cas seems to be warming his nose on Kim’s Baby Blizzard Bear’s backside. The orcs are too sexeh for this photo.
Well done guys!!!!
Christmas and New Year’s, like summer, is a time when WoW slows down and your raiding will most likely be suspended for a couple of weeks, I know ours were. The key to a successful holiday period is planning and communication – from both the officers and guild members.
Both of the guilds that I’m a part of are starting to come to life again after the holidays, but are finding themselves staggering a bit as they’re trying to get back to full speed. Some members are noticeably absent even two weeks into the new year. A fair few are admittedly playing SW:ToR, some are claiming “family emergencies”, some are saying nothing at all.
What I would like to ask of anyone who plays a game together with other people who depend on them for completing tasks such as raiding is this; be honest. If you’re going to be playing another game, just say so. If you just want a break, say so. If you’re quitting, say so.
There will be no hard feelings, I just want to know so that I can know whether to start recruitment to replace you – or if you’ll be back next week. Not knowing what is going on puts your guild and guild mates in a bit of a bad situation. No one wants to over-recruit and then suddenly have an influx of people returning, and having to bench half a raid each night.
I discussed this with a fellow guild leader (from another guild) the other day, and they said that they had a fair number of people who claimed “family emergency” since SW:ToR came out. Usually of course you can’t know, and it may be completely honest, but in at least one case they knew for a fact it wasn’t true. The reason a lot of people will use the “family emergency”-excuse is because they don’t want to lose their raid spot in case they decide they didn’t like that other game and come back. No one will ever fault you for leaving due to “family emergency”.
(Obviously I’m not saying that no one has a legitimate “family emergency”, just that in this particular case there was a very large number happening at the same time SW:ToR was released.)
All I ask is for a bit of honesty. If not for me, then for the other 9 or 24 people that you play with. It’s completely all right for you to want to check out another game, but don’t keep everyone else on hold and possibly having to cancel raids while they’re waiting for you to make up your mind. They have to be allowed to move on, get a replacement, and keep raiding.
Have anyone else noticed a loss of people since SW:ToR or people just not coming back after the holiday season? How do you deal with it?
Day Ten: Your WoW Crew
Who are the people you hang out with day in and day out? Do you only hang out with your raid mates? Do you have a small, tight knit group of friends that you hang out with? Or are you a strange longer who just hangs out with your pets?
My time in WoW is spent in all sorts of ways. I do spend quite a bit of it on my own either queuing for instances, trying the Looking for Raid, leveling or doing something else. That said, I like doing things together as well, and prefer to do so when it’s possible.
There is of course my raiding crew with whom I raid regularly. Some of them I also do Heroics and other things with, or level alts. You name it.
Let’s not forget my good friend and Guild Master – who loves gnomes a little too much.
Then there’s my lovely friend Kimzowy who lets me join her guild’s raids sometimes on my Paladin.
I hang out and chat with more people of course, but these are the ones I talk to/play with on a daily basis.
What about your crew?
And so another year has begun, filled with expectations and the possibility of starting over – or continuing. For me, the year started with a horrible cold, but I’m finally better and hoping not to get another one for a while (I’ve now had two really bad ones within six weeks of one another).
I hope that the new year has started well for everyone else. For me raids were cancelled during the holiday season, which was probably good since I didn’t get much play time in anyway. I’m starting to get back into the swing of things though, and I’m going to try and get back into the blog as well.
To start the new year off, let’s look at what I’ve been doing since I got back online earlier this week.
Okay, admittedly this happened before Christmas, but I think I forgot to
gloat tell you about it. I’m so happy it finally dropped I just felt I had to put it in here. And yes, I needed a headline just for this. I really did.
You might remember my little project of having one of every class at level 85? It’s taken me a long time, but I finally finished it today when my Rogue hit the desired level. I now have one of each and I have to decide what the next step will be. Oh, I already did – it’s to get them all to a decent gear level (I’m thinking around level 378, which should be easy with the new Heroics), before the next expansion. I suspect we’ll have plenty of time, so shouldn’t be hard.
Achievements and Goals
I’ve also been a bit bored, so I did some silly achievements on my Warlock. I started working on Salty, but the fishing competitions scare me. Also, I realised I can’t possibly finish it until Summer Bass becomes available again in March anyway. So instead I’m going to work on some other ones.
I want to get some of the mounts and pets that I’m still missing. I’m considering getting Loremaster, but it depends on if I can find the energy to start over since I hadn’t completed Azeroth before Cataclysm and it all reset to 0. I did however get another achievement I wanted.
So in short, my plans for this year (or until the next expansion) is:
- Get all characters to a decent gear level
- Get missing mounts from Argent Tournament on Warlock
- Get missing pets from various places on Warlock
- Get missing achievements for Warlock
- Consider doing Loremaster (and probably decide against it)
Now I need to decide on specs for the classes that I have to gear up. And do my Argent Tournament dailies… for the next 60 days or so…
I wish you all the best for 2012! What are your plans?