Background… if you don’t know from previous posts, I am the GM of a casual raiding guild. That title carries with it certain responsibilities as far as conduct and relations with the officers and members. But does it carry any responsibility as far as play style?
I am taking my time leveling. I am questing with my wife, so I can only make significant XP progress when we are both online. That slows me down, but it keeps the game fun for us. I will probably hit level 74 tonight.
At this rate, there will be at least 15 players in my guild who will hit 80 before me. We already have three at the level cap, and there will be a bunch more by this weekend. I have no doubt that they will want to go try 10-man Naxx once they have a balanced group.
I have been on almost every raid my guild has done since we started raiding. I am usually the top dps, although dps is a dime-a-dozen these days.
Because of all of these factors, I am feeling pressure to level faster. I get the feeling that I am “supposed” to be there for our first Wrath raid, both as the GM and as one of our core raiders.
On top of that, some of the people who are close to level 80 are not the best players in the guild. They just happen to have more play time that the rest of us. I worry that they will be included in the early Naxx runs just because they are at the level cap, but in later runs they will be excluded in favor of better players. That can cause bitterness and hard feelings. In a more hardcore guild you can just tell people to deal with it, but in casual guilds we tend to care more about such issues.
Aside… it might look like I am just selfishly trying to make sure I am getting in on our raids. Its not just me. Our Raid Leader is currently at level 75, and our Main Tank and backup Raid Leader is at level 72. Our top Holy Priest is level 72 also. So a significant part of our core is slow to level.
One solution would be to make a guild decision to hold off on raiding until most of our core have reached the level cap. Since our two raid leaders are not in the fast leveling group, that’s easy to justify. We can tell the 80s to run heroics, or join Naxx PuGs if they want. However, that would probably displease the group that reaches 80 quickly, and its also a recipe to lose guild members. I don’t think that is a good option, but we will consider it.
The other, less confrontational option is to let them do their runs if they want, assuming that one of them is willing to step up and lead the raid. That will keep them happy in the short term, but might lead to conflict later if they are not included in our sanctioned guild raids once the core group reaches the level cap.
In the end, this is going to lead to us making a formal raid sign-up process. We’ve never needed one before, but its clear that we will now. I’ll save that question for a later post.