Well I’m finally back to the office today. Oy, how do I get more vacation?
Hopefully tonight I’ll get back to the WoW as well. I haven’t “played” since August 14th other than just popping in to check on guild status after my week vacation. We lost a few and gained a few, but we’re settling in after the most recent surge of new members. We also had many new level 80s during my vacation. It’s great!
We’ll be attempting some 10-man raids this weekend. And now that we have enough 80s for raiding, and enough interest, I’m starting to feel some pressures and stresses that I didn’t have when our guild was just leveling casual craziness. We had scheduled up a raid for this weekend and the 10-man roster filled pretty quick. We actually had more people interested than available, but not enough to make it a 25-man…and now with lots of the new 80s that want to get in on the action I’m going to start having to decide how to divide people up, maybe start a second 10-man group, which might mean recruiting more tanks, and oy…my head is spinning.
I figure the first thing to figure out is who is interested in raiding on a regular schedule, and when they can make it. I am already envisioning this taking some Excel spreadsheet work. Who the casual sub-in raiders will be and all that business. Also figuring out a loot system as well though I don’t think that our guild will have “too” much trouble with that. Everyone seems really interested in helping each other get geared – as displayed by the generous gemming, crafting, and enchanting between us all – and hopefully our current loot distribution of rolling on pieces as needed will work.
I was with a group that had everyone just roll if they wanted it, highest roll won. But they had someone keep track of who had already one things. If you won the next time you won the roll the item would go to the next highest roll of someone who hadn’t gotten anything yet. I really liked this system. To me though, the most confusing thing about loot is “off-spec” to me it’s mostly confusing because I only have one spec on my characters. So I sometimes get a little peeved that someone gets to roll on my item for off-spec. Figuring out the best way to do that will take some thought too. I think I’ll give main spec (i.e. the spec you’re currently raiding in) priority and if no one needs it then it goes to off spec. That seems better than sharding the item…how to “count’ the off-spec items though. I guess the loot rules will probably need to be drafted up and if people don’t like it we’ll amend and change until we can please the “most” people…no group is ever 100% happy.
So filling raid slots and loot distribution are now things that I’m going to have to start thinking about where before I only thought about helping people through dungeons. Things are changing, but we’re excited about it. For most of us, this is all very new territory.