and like an idiot I'm doing the raid preparedness grind again.
a few thoughts...
Underground Connection is a social/leveling guild with some casual raiders who are NOT casual at all. I triggered on a hot spot for myself last night after a whole long day of frustrating grind for gear and iLevel.
I've done this. I'm so good at coming from behind that I frankly have no idea how to go about it any other way. I do it differently than I'm being led to do it here, and it's all still the same grind no matter how it all adds up. Go check Crass, Uldaman for gear and what he's stat stacking... go find a gear optimizer (ask mr robot seems to have replaced some of the others) and search the guild professions tab for who has what that I need. Grind your rotation until you get it and it's getting you where you need to go. Same old same old.
Except I don't want the fucking same old same old. I fucking hated being all about the iLevel and DPS. I fucking hated running with asshats that I wouldn't piss on to put out if they were on fire and I really had to pee. Last night one of the raiders outed himself as just such a person.
Refer to 2 paragraphs ago. I know what I'm doing. I said so. I said, and I quote, "I may need some help on my rotation because I feel like I'm hitting a lot of buttons and some of them aren't going to be necessary." I did not say, "I need your help right now." and I did not say "I need your help." I said, "I may need some help..." I have my own resources, and he may or may not actually feel like helping, it's been a really one-sided relationship with him as guru and me as paeon... and still, he's brilliant, wonderful and so-far also very helpful. I'll go to Crass because I trust him and he's always been an awesome dude. One of the very best at what he does and humble and awesome enough to share it.
So it brings me to the question of why did I bring Allumette over if I don't intend to raid. I do intend to. I may not do it if I can't have the sorts of experiences I need from it. On the face of it a social raiding guild with the ability to be laid back is right up my alley. Folks that take an hour to get ready to raid after scheduling for 11pm our time is NOT my idea of laid back, that's just rude. Not explaining fights? Not my idea of casual raiding.
Casual raiders is in and of itself a misnomer... there's no such thing.
A casual raiding guild means that part of your player base are building your guild level by being casual social players and a small group of more serious players are taking advantage of the guild levels for raiding. That's entirely what it means.
So here I sit with the idea that I should tell the GM that he kinda lost points with me last night by overly qualifying himself before he set the rules down out loud that he'd already told me in text before.
Really... have appropriate gear on for spec, have the iLevel of the raid you're replying for and have all items gemmed and enchanted isn't a hard requirement. It also leaves very little in the way of rule-lawyering. Be prepared or don't show up. Jeebus fucking christ on a cracker... he had to double explain himself to be clear and that's already a bad sign.
I really like this guy and his partner and how well they run this guild. Decadence could have taken a few notes... it worries me that he's so worried about making sure he's clear and no one can exploit him, like maybe it's happened. I've been taken advantage of and I've been in guilds trying to make the balance work. I love this guild. I don't want bad things to happen to it.
"Sometimes I can be an asshole."
Yeah, well I'm always a bitch and if you haven't noticed it's just because you haven't been on the wrong side of my lines yet, that's all.
Set the rules, stand by them. Drop kick the assholes who wont listen. Easy.
lol... kill 'em all and let their gods sort them out... this is World of Warcraft not some after school knitting club.