I'm female and I started the core ten man raid group in my guild, which I continue to lead. I form the loot rules and distribute the loot. Most of the time I also explain fight mechanics and positioning, although sometimes I will defer that role to another team member if they have spent time researching the fight. I am always open to different ideas on strategy, but in the end I make the final decision.I've been told that I am quite good at keeping my voice calm even when I get frustrated or if drama comes up (the drama is very infrequent, thankfully), but I have made a mountain out of an anthill before, so I'm definitely not perfect in that regard.I was made an officer some time after I had started the raid team. Our guild leader is male. Our officers are a pretty even split between women and men.I've been in raids with a male leader and it was a very enjoyable experience; he knew the fights and was good at getting everyone to stay calm and focused even in the face of repeated wipes. I've been in some raids where it was led by a man and it was a terrible experience--but that wasn't because the leader was male; it was because he was arrogant and condescending to the team and had an abrasive personality. He made people feel terrible after a wipe, and the overall performance of the team inevitably took a turn for the worse after his post-wipe lecturing.What it comes down to is personality and leadership abilities over gender, I think.Edit: I started out tanking for our raid. Now I tank and dps about equally.
My guild has 4 officers that lead raids (including the GM). 3 are male and 1 is female. Our GM (male) is usually the raid leader, but when he's unable to come the officer that usually takes the lead would be the female one. Something I've often wondered about is the male:female ratio with healers. It seems to me that at least in my guild, dps/tanks seem to be mostly males while healers seem to be mostly females. I wonder if the social convention of women being seen as caretakers (think mothers/nurses) has any influence?
In all seriousness though, I have seen many female guild leaders over the years. I wouldn't say 50/50 but a fair number. Women tend to be a bit more mature than us anyways.
Uhm hard to anwser fully. If u were to look at my political situation, and then compare it to me as a person or my playstyle, that would get you confused. I'd say that most players fall under the "Avatar syndrome" playing something they wanna be or tend to be someday, which is almost always the opposite of where they grew up.My guild's international with me being the raid leader. I'm not gonna go too deep into this, but it comes to a mere goal difference between me and some raid members. We have members actually wanna kill boss.We have members that don't care about the boss because they are having fun wiping 24/7 (yea I know)We have members that don't care about any of that and just try to be in charge. I'm doing Bachelor studies in Business Management, so leading a raid is awesome opportunity to test my skills. Further on, I enjoy making pugs because it's more challenging for me to get 9 totally random people that I've never seen before, get them on vent and down something. Now irl, I'm a nice guy. Fair, honest all the good stuff.When leading a raid, I'm also a nice guy. What doesn't drive me insane is wiping lich king 20 times. What does drive me insane is wiping lich king 20 times because a priest is too eager on the dispel of the plague, and after being told to slow down after each wipe, he still keeps doing it. For me, thats learning the limits of ur patience, and with same ease I remove the guy from raid, I'd fire him for not following instructions. As for political background, I grew up in country full of thieves. In order to achieve something here, you have to risk you freedom, or steel from someone. Honest working fellas get nada. Inside the game, I hate scammers. I hate ninja looters and so on. So is it a reflection of my society, or is it just me, can't tell you. We all are a product of where we live init.Srsly dawg this is a good subject to talk about so if you want, get back to me..uhm.. I can't write my email here can I... @loldawgmiami on twitter? In case thats forbidden ask Malgayne lol he knows my tweeetr ;oSorry for life story all yall =x
I'm a female, and I've RLed a few times, had no problems other than the occasional sandwich joke. I definitely see more male raid leaders, not because they're better or anything, just because they are more common on my server. I've met 1 other female raid leader, and let me tell you... she was not calm. Women tend to be a little more patient SOMETIMES, but not always, so don't go basing any decisions around it. It all depends on the person.
My RL depends on the situation:1) the 'main' RL, is there for 85% of the raids.2) the other main RL. Husband of number one, takes over when she's feeling good enough to raid, but not good enough to give the orders3) the main 'back-up' RL (me). When either of 1 and 2 are not feeling too good I take over. I also usually lead our alt runs (which often have pugs, and I know my way better around pugs then the rest =p)4) the other back-up RL. Female, like 1), she takes over when neither 1), 2), or 3) are feeling too good (or arent there at all).Each of us has over the past year had a 98% raid attendance, so this system, while elaborate, covers all bases. When all four of us are ill, we don't have enough people to raid anyway.
I've had both and hardly find much difference. Then again I prefer more, I guess, unique or intriguing players. The term "raid leader" for most of my raids just tends to be the most experienced person there who happens to know the pulls and fights. Everyone is generally given the loot rules beforehand and asked about whatever experience they may have had in the particular raid. I've had a woman guild leader and a male raid leader, but in our vent chat you can't really tell who's leading the actual raid. Mainly because the "raid leader" will discuss the fight and then she'll take over during the fight. Now whatever raids I do tend to be male raid leaders with only their voice and maybe an officer or two with whatever they missed, but I hardly raid anymore because of who I had fun with are no longer there, so I don't care much for raiding if it's not fun. As a preference... I'd have to go with female raid leaders, because in general my raid player base tends to be males and a female sticks out therefore they listen a bit more. Whether they're listening with the head on their shoulders or the one in their pants is entirely another matter. Really depends on person to person.
Our former guild leader was female. Now I'm the guild leader and I'm male. At least I was last time I checked.
All three of my different guild leaders have been male. Also, all three of our current raid leads/assists are male, as have been 5 or so males who have rotated in and out of power, with only one female leader. Out of the various pugs I've attended or groups I've been pugged into, I'd have to say 9/10 or slightly more of the raid leaders were male.
I lead eightysixed of stormscaleMale 24 the gender ratio of officers is 80% maleI ran with saphere aude a lil bit they have a female raid lead she was calm and focused
I don't think I've ever been in a raiding guild that didn't have a female officer of some description. Guild leaders and raid leaders are always male, though.
I did a research paper on something similar. Digital Culture, Play, and Identity: A World of Warcraft Reader by MacCallum-Stewart may have some useful information. I remember them talking about an in-depth survey of EverQuest players back in the day.Anecdotally speaking, I've been in two strong raiding guilds co-lead by boyfriend/girlfriend couples in their late 20s. Typically he takes charge during actual raids and strategy formation, composition decisions, etc. while she handles the more managerial stuff, like attendance and who needs what for loot.My old guild did fall apart when the two leaders broke up, but my current guild has been server first strict-10 since BC.
I've only had a male raid and guild leader, and I've never met any raid leading females in Pugs, so I can't say much about the subject. When it comes to females tending to more often be healers, I think it sounds like bollocks. Perhaps it's true, I can't really say. Personally I've noticed that alot of females I've met have actually been DPS. And, again based on my own experience with other players, they've been better at using utility spells than more male DPSers I know, such as throwing Thorns on the tank before a pull, or using tricks, or spending their GCD on dispels instead of thinking purely of damage.Though, I think this is more a personality trait rather than a gender thing.Could be that I just know egoistic guys, or maybe the guys I know feel they have to compensate for something. :D
No girls in my guild because they gquit after a week, guess we're a bit too manly harsh lol
With the desire to leave our old server to start fresh, I spearheaded a mass exodus of players from Azjol-Nerub to the Dalaran server. With them as the core, I started up our current guild and raid lead nearly all of our raids.Myself and all the officers are male, with one female member.I've seen very few skilled female players in my experience, but that alone doesn't give me cause to believe women stink at the game in general. I just haven't met that many women in the game, or if I have, they never identified their gender.
My guild has a male GL, and 8/10 officers (including me) are male. Our progression Raids have the same RL, who is an officer, and the rest of the raids are usually led by whichever officer starts the raid. We had a Female raid leader, but before she left the guild she would give out 20 minute explanations over every fight, whether we knew the fight or not. This bugged alot of the standard raiders, and it became an "us or her" mentality, until she quit one night. I don't believe this had anything to do with her being female, just her personality. The last raid I ran with a pug was a 25m ICC with a female "raid leader." She invited me into the raid that she had formed, and then asked me to raid lead, because she wasn't comfortable explaining fights on vent, so I did. I am a very straightforward raid leader, and I expect people to ask questions if they don't understand mechanics. I am reasonably calm, though I have been known to snap at raid members who aren't doing their job effectively. I am generally Ranged DPS for my raids, though I have tanked and healed most fights.Another source of information that you may find useful is a master's thesis by Richard Van Meurs titled How to Play the Game that was written about MUD players. I participated in the study the author did, and it was an interesting look into personality traits in players, and how that affected their enjoyment of the game. It was written about MUD's and not MMO's, but I think much of the information would be similar.The site with a copy of the thesis, as well as the condensed results of the survey is http://www.rofv.nl/survey/
Im Currently the only female Officer and RL in my guild. With 2 other males filling the other guild council seats, and 1 additional male RL. In all the guilds i have been in, there has only ever been 1 female officer if that, and never RL's And in most pugs i join i found are lead by males. Maybe its just my server. I personally like a mix of both a female and male RL's and GM's. Where a man might see it one way a women will see it another and often it solves the problem. As a side note, most females i know online play either a healer or caster dps. Where as men seem more draw to melee and tanking roles (not always tho)Does age have any influence do you think on RL's and Gm's? Is older better and wiser? or a mix?
I've had more raid leaders be males, but I must say we get through things faster and with less deaths if the raid leader is female...
All the guild i have been in have male guild leaders and raid leaders who are often the same person. i have known only a handful of female officers in the guilds i have been in.
Really? Must we be forced to look at every single thing in our lives through politically-correct lenses? Shouldn't the goal be to arrive at the point where one's gender (race, age, whatever) truly doesn't matter? MLK Jr. seemed to think so. How will we ever get there if we constantly keep score, and focus-- not on the content of our character-- but on the color of our skin (make-up of our chromosomes, number of our years)?I really couldn't care less if the "average" raid leader is a man or a woman at any given point in time. Why? Because their gender simply doesn't matter.