When you hinted about addressing an issue with one of your questions on TWIMMO and The Sanctum, I thought you were getting rage replies about the shooting babies comment.
Good call. The 'everyone/every guild is different'-line might sound cliché, but is nonetheless true and you're right to put it on the table here. People, and especially guild masters make decisions individually in order to produce the best consequences they think will happen. Needless to say I wholeheartedly agreed on Lore's answer on his last PST. The GM owed it to the other people to raid, and he thought recruits were the best option.It would indeed be ridiculous to deny anyone a vacation because of a computer game (or for any other reason really), but you have to reasonably face the consequences of anything you do. (And then espcially if those concern an MMORPG, which should generally be the least of your troubles)Personally I would go even further, and say that in a close, small guild which raids with a hardcore attitude, players leaving for longer times should expect troubles concerning their fixed raid spot. Not saying they should be kicked ofcourse, but giving your GM an ultimatum to "drop them or we leave" is egocentric and simply rude. Sure, you can go off and have some cake, but if that means leaving the cookie box unattended for 3 weeks, don't be suprised when you come back and see me snooping.Again, as Lore said, it's guild dependent. If your guild wants to have a solid 10-man group that wants to be succesful at progressive raiding, then they have every right to recruit new people. Other possibilities that work for other groups are certainly valid, but don't go raging at the guild master because the option they thought to be best for the guild didn't match your opinions.Also,"Math is overrated."-- Overlord Saurfang
Speaking as a GM, I find it hard to believe it was even an issue. No one person is above the guild. I always put the guild ahead of all individual issue, even ahead of myself, it's the only effective way to lead with any longevity. The guild embodies a purpose set by its originator, it progresses as a whole. Everyone joining adheres to this principal. Otherwise join a guild with a less stringent scheduling/philosophy. People get cranky when someone goes AFK and makes us wait for 5 minutes in a raid..now a 3 week hiatus is suppose to find leniency? O.o Anyone not a GM/ex-GM should refrain from commenting...you seriously have no idea what it takes to run an accomplished guild.
that was an overly long way to justify YOUR OPINION, which is never wrong.
that was an overly long way to justify YOUR OPINION, which is never wrong.You have realised by now that that is what every one of these blogs generally is, right?Back on topic...the key to dealing with any issue like this is to have the foresight to talk to guildies before the problem starts. i.e. when they're about to leave, ask:How long will you be gone for?How can we keep raiding while you are gone?Is it ok if we recruit stand ins while you are gone?etc etcGuilds that recruit new members to replace afk preferred raiders, only to kick the newbies when the raiders return, poison their recruitment base and make their guild a comparatively less preferable place to raid. This kills guilds.