Sidhe Devils has it’s first raid drama, now.
Although my guildmates probably don’t know it yet.
See, for the second week, I’m organizing a scheduled Saturday night Karazhan run. I’d like to make it a regular thing.
And I have a dilemma.
I have more people that want to go than I have spaces… but I don’t have enough to make two full runs.
I’m the guild leader and raid leader, so the responsibility is mine to do my best to ensure everyone has the opportunity to get in and have fun. I can’t ensure the reality of fun, but I’m supposed to get everyone the opportunity.
But how the hell are we going to pull this off?
One of the issues I’m wrestling with, is that most of the Sidhe Devils… not all, but most, are married couples. And so are most of our friends from other guilds. It just seemed to work out that way, I guess our ‘Real Life first’ policy must seem like an attractive environment to play in for couples or folks with families.
What does that have to do with anything?
Right now, I have 11 people that I know want to run Karazhan this Saturday. And each and every one is someone I enjoy playing with and want on the run. I can’t even exclude someone out of favoritism and nepotism, damnit.
But I’m going to HAVE to either have one person sit out entirely, or ask two people if they are each willing to sit out for half of the run and trade places halfway through.
And I am finding part of my decision-making process includes the knowledge that if I ask someone whose spouse is on the run to sit out, then they are NOT playing with their spouse… which sucks.
Although… if someone asked me to sit out but told me they wanted Cassie to run… my first thought is “Hey, I could listen in on vent and enjoy listening to them raid while playing my alt…”, so maybe it’s not that big a deal, but it still sucks to have to make the decision.
BUT… asking someone on the run who is single to sit out because I don’t want to break up a couple for the run is unfair to the single player.
“What, you want a spot on the run? Get your wife or significant other to play and your position will be more secure.” Yeah, that is SO not fair.
No, life is not fair. I know. But it’s still not right.
Cassie thinks the best solution isn’t to cut someone or ask people to sit part of the run out, but instead to expand. To make a second full run so everyone gets to have fun. She is the smart one in the family, after all.
But we don’t have enough people that have shown interest.
I put up an ‘express your interest in Karazhan’ thread in the Sidhe Devils forums to try and find more guildies that are wanting to go, but I’m not getting any other level 70s responding. Some folks still leveling are certainly interested once they get to 70, but right now, the existing guildies are either too busy, or tired of raiding, or prefer PvP, or, and this is what Cassie thinks, they just don’t visit the forums.
I only want people that are eager to see Karazhan along on these runs. I don’t want a single person to run that is only there to make the guild happy. But it does seem like we have a lot of people, and the flip side of the coin is, how many of those people think that they are being excluded from runs because they are not being asked to go?
If I don’t know you want to go, I put up a forum thread and you don’t respond to it, and I have a list of folks that have expressed their interest in going… guess who I ask first?
A lot of us in the guild DO have level 70 alts that COULD conceivably be part of a second group. That would let us technically do two Karazhan runs a week, with less than 20 actual players.
Off the top of my head, folks that have been interested in our Kara runs that have multiple characters;
- I have two geared 70s. (Three 70s, just two that are actually well-geared).
- Nasirah has two 70s.
- Blusummers has three 70s.
- Doodlebug has two 70s.
That’s 4 people that could, conceivably, take part in two runs each week.
But then we’re scheduling a ‘two raids a week’ raiding schedule for some players to double up on, which was a lot further than we were ever intending to go.
Hey. It’s the summer. I feel grateful I know as many folks as I do that are excited to go to Karazhan even once instead of going out to the beach for a picnic.
But back to the point… how do you decide who goes on a single run, when you have too many sign up, but not enough for a second run?
I’m afraid that if I ask the players themselves who would be willing to sit out, what I’m going to get are a whole bunch of nice people that start fighting over who gets to be the one to sit out so they don’t deprive someone else of a run. That puts the burden on them, and that seems pretty gutless to me.
I’m sure I’ll figure something out, just wanted to share the baby steps stress I’m feeling at the moment.
If you’re in the Sidhe Devils and reading this… if you ARE interested in Karazhan on your 70, how about doing us all a favor and dropping into the forums and letting us know? Hmmm? If you never tell me you want to go, you won’t ever get asked. It’s getting a little late for a second run this week, but there is always next week to plan for.