During recording of the latest episode of Diary of a Noob Raider I mentioned my hesitation to organise pick up raiders when we find ourselves short a few raiders, and by hesitation I mean I pretty much refuse to.
It’s not that I’ve never braved Trade Chat to fill those last few slots in a raid. Over the years we have done it countless times and on rare occasions those pick up members are so perfect that they’ve even ended up joining our guild. But it’s those other puggers that have put a sour taste in my mouth. You know the ones I mean; the rude, nasty, drunk, obstructive, AFK, elitist, sexist, racist, derogatory and downright terrible players whose parasitic presence ruin the night for everyone.
My vision for the Relaxed Raid is to create an environment where players who are new to raiding can learn the ropes in a safe environment, those who haven’t otherwise had a chance to prove themselves can show what they are made of, and us more experienced raiders can unwind and kill some bosses without the pressures that come with a more progression minded group. I worry that by taking a chance with pick up members I will jeapordise all of that, and turn something which is supposed to be a safe, relaxing event into the kind of toxic environment I am trying to protect them from.
Do. Not. Want.
While I have been lucky so far and have been able to call on my network to fill those last few spots, that network is shrinking as people move on from the game or start raiding again with their own guilds. When I inevitably run out of options, what will I do then? Will I cancel the event? What then happens to my newbies, subs and experienced raiders alike? They all miss out and my safe, relaxing environment is replaced with…nothing.
I feel like I am in a tough position right now. I am hesitant to recruit in case I end up with too many players and people start missing out. I certainly don’t want to risk the ever present toxic pug that lurk on my server, but I don’t want to cancel events either. I have been a guild master long enough to know that cancelling events consistently is the fast track to a dead guild. The idea of standing around in Trade fishing for players who may not even exist has no appeal to me whatsoever, but I suppose it is something I agreed to when I took the job.
Perhaps with 5.2 launching tomorrow Real ID fillers from different servers will become an option again. With a little more planning, perhaps I could even turn to our realm forums a few days in advance and make it very clear what kind of players will be happy running with us and what kinds of players would be better waiting for a different group more suited to their….progressed tastes to come along. We just have such a terrible issue with attendance at the moment that I could have 13 people signed up and only have 8 show up, which makes it very hard to plan for.
Hmm. Perhaps recruitment isn’t such a bad idea after all.