So Reversion and I have been kicking around “rules” for our raid. They’re more of “guidelines for us to keep in mind as we wangle this thing”. I’m interested in feedback and suggestions from others who have raided in other situations. Do these seem optimist? Insane? Would you raid in a group with these policies?
If you are going to miss, tell us, and as early as possible so we can fill the slot. Missing is ok – real life happens. Deciding you don’t really feel like raiding tonight and not telling us? Not ok.
If you miss without informing us then you are out and into the ‘backup raider’ tier. If you have a really good reason, and tell us later then you can stay in that tier. If not you probably will not get an invite.
‘The raid must go on’. We will try like crazy to keep the main players in but we might ask people to change alts. Sometimes we might ask them to sit one fight out. If we do either of those they will be swapped back at the earliest convenience. But the success of the raid is paramount. We will do whatever swapping is needed to make the run work.
If you miss Friday and we sub someone in then that person has dibs on your Saturday slot if they want it. You’ll be back next week (assuming you told us you were out)
Player discretion is good at any time. Do what you think is best even if the plan was slightly different… BUT if you plan to ignore the plan, don’t. If you think there’s a problem with it, ask. If you have an idea, suggest it. We will always listen. We are VERY open to new ideas and suggestions… but…
Once we finish talking strats and have one, no more debate. Please save it for the next try. It is imperative that everyone knows what the plan is. Your ‘small tweak’ to the plan is more likely to leave someone confused at a critical time. Unless there is a severe unworkable FLAW in the current plan, buck it up and wait for the next round. It is more important for us to get a good clean try with the current plan than it is for chaotic or uncontrolled things to happen. With chaos we can’t even figure out what killed us. With a clean wipe on a bad plan we can update things and learn. A clearly articulated plan that everyone follows is better than a ‘better’ plan that leaves a few people confused.
We are open to bold and crazy ideas…. Somewhat. The rule is one per run. Per person. If your idea actually works we might allow you to have another crazy thought. If your crazy ideas always work we might stop thinking you are crazy… maybe. If you wipe us? No more crazy ideas.
This also goes for wipe ‘post mortems’. We need all the information we can get. If you think you saw something, speak up. If someone claims something was your fault, listen without taking it personally. Someone who is busy justifying a mistake is not listening to the solution.
Don’t be afraid to own up to something that may or may not have been a mistake. It is impossible for everyone to see everything that happens in a fight. There is a good chance you saw something we did not see. Speak up. Even if it seems like you are pointing a finger. It may be someone did something wrong they did not know was wrong. They will not know the next time unless someone points it out. However, once you have clearly pointed something out, then let it go. Once we have added that new piece of information into the mix for the next try’s strategy then it is no longer of any importance.
Everyone makes mistakes. We learn from them. We don’t dwell on them
If we ask you to switch specs for a fight, or pull out a pet, or be on dispel duty, there’s a reason for it. If you’ve got a problem with that, talk to us after the raid and explain, but do not say in vent “The other guy should do it, my dps is better”. Or worse “I don’t want to”. Or “I don’t have Healbot”. I expect that you know your class well enough to know, for instance, that you can cure diseases. That means you may be asked to cure diseases, which means you should be prepared to cure diseases. Do you need Decursive? Have it ready to go.
This is a ten man. Right now, we’ll use the built in rolling system – roll need if you need it, if it’s for an off spec, ask first. When we get to Cataclysm we will have a loot master and use the prio/main/off system. One priority roll win per raid. Unlimited main – but we reserve the right to re-apportion loot if one person has won three drops and someone else hasn’t won any. Offspec rolls come after main spec, but you can have as many of them as you like. Again we reserve the right to quickly gear up an offspec someone is likely to use in the raid – say, the switch-hitting healer/dps who needs more gear for one set. Badges only if there’s a piece you currently own that you can upgrade. BoEs if you’re going to equip them right away, otherwise they go to the guild.
Be ready to raid at raid time – flasks, repaired, online, ready to rock. Be in vent, don’t be in a heroic. We haven’t had any problems with this yet, let’s hope it continues.
Come as what you were invited as. If you want to change, talk to me. Please let me know what geared alts you have – you never know when we might really need you to bring in a particular ability to a fight. But generally, I’ve thought about the raid composition already and I need you to be who I invited you as.
It should go without saying but please have DBM or the equivalent. We’re not perfect at calling things out in Vent. Vent can go down, or lag, at the worst possible time. Having DBM will help you be aware of what’s going on. Understand what’s going to happen – we can explain fights, that’s fine, but if you don’t understand the explanation please ask. If you get through a fight and have no idea what just happened, please go watch a video or read a guide and find out.
Have fun – seriously, raiding takes work, and we have to be diligent, but if you’re not having fun please stop, figure out what would make it more fun, and do that. Maybe that means you stop raiding. Maybe it means you change your role. We’re willing to work with you but you have to let us know
Treat each other with respect. My number one rule. We’re supposed to be friends. We’re supposed to cooperate. Don’t be rude in vent. Saying “paying 5g for a misdirect to Mage X” is probably funny. Actually paying, and then gloating about it? Not funny, plus you’re wasting all our time.
We appreciate that you’re here, and contributing your time. There are nine other people also here contributing their time. No one’s time or fun is more important than anyone else’s. Don’t waste each other’s time.
Don’t curse in vent. A slip of the tongue is one thing, a constant string of foul-mouthed profanities is not ok. “Retard” jokes are not ok. Anything that is designed to hurt or offend someone else is not ok – we’re here for a common goal, and that goal is never furthered by making someone else feel bad.
Again, have fun. Reversion’s and my raiding goals right now is to see excellent new content, before it is obsolete, with a group of friends, while having fun. None of those are merely optional. You will have fun, or else! (er… wait….)