Monday, September 28, 2015

For those interested in my holiday antics....

I'll be back next week! My guild was gleefully telling me that on their first attempt on Archimonde when I was away they got to 9%!  Of course, my first thought was "OMG, everyone will be saying that Navi was holding them back," and I wasn't wrong because someone DID say that, but after that, they were unable to repeat that effort.  So, perhaps there will be some Archimonde for me to do yet. However, I'm unsure right at this moment whether I would love to be there for the kill, or have them kill it whilst I'm holidays and let everyone enjoy telling me about how I wasn't needed and then carry me for my kill.

For those who are interested in my holiday antics you can go check out here.

But here are a few pics of the week so far of my holiday.  I warn you though, I have a food fetish so there are more pictures of food than there are of sightseeing...

Good luck on Archi Frostwolves! I will be back for next week's Monday raid so you only have 3 days left to get Archi down /grin

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Guildleader chores - Checklist before I go on holidays....

OK, only a few hours to go!  What do I need to make sure is done?
  1. Guild repairs permanently turned on.  Check!  Reduced the repair amount though - I wonder how much gold will be there when I get back...
  2. Tell Sev to get the EPGP addon.  If he whinges about it, he is getting an officer demote /wink. He now has to start EPGP and do all the loot and make sure the EPGP 15min reward is on.  Hope he can remember that.
  3. Tell Ash and Quad to behave themselves while I'm away and hit stuff harder
  4. OMG have to cap conquest for the week.  Thank goodness it's PvP night.  Just spent 2 hours in Ashran trying to get my 700 conquest.  Luckily there were also a few worgen there to kill as well. Kyxyn got into a different Ashran, LOADED with Worgen!  I envy him!
  5. Stockpile some Champion's Honour to use whilst I am away.  Some lovely guildies have generously given me theirs!
  6. Oh I forgot to do my mythic dungeons.  Oh well :P Any excuse not to finish them!  I did only have 2 to go.... should I get back online?
  7. Tell everyone to kill Heroic Archimonde and carry me for it when I get back.
  8. Oh should I have finished selling all those BoEs?  Nah they can wait till I get back, I reckon.
  9. I also forgot to nag Voe to NOT keep changing Kyxyn's appearance, because that really makes him mad. He's so childish....
  10. Send a message to Yuuda to not go out so late on Thursdays because otherwise raid will be short on Thursdays.
  11. Congratulate Crooked in advance for his class trinket on Archi this week because there's a good feeling going around!  Bish got his tier AND his cloak from Gorefiend this week so we never have to go back to Gore again, so I'm thinking Crooky is going to ride this wave of luck to victory!
  12. Hmm, should I pack my crochet or not to finish on the plane??

Oh raiding, I will miss you!  Shipyard, I will NOT miss you!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Guildleader chores - Remembering that everything is NOT my responsibility

It is stupid to feel like everything that doesn't go right is my fault or my responsibility. I know that. Just that sometimes when things don't go right, I sit there thinking about it and wondering how I could have done it better.  Like, a LOT.

Take for example, recruiting.  I feel it's like a personal failure on my part if people don't perform well, and I guess the reasoning behind that is like it was my pick, but you have to start SOMEWHERE.

The new guys are slowly gearing up, but their damage has not increased to a satisfactory amount.  I'm pretty patient, and think that people need to find their stride, but everyone else complains that it holds us back.  It doesn't help I suppose that our top few dps have decided to take a break, but I have always advocated that superchickens do not make a team.  Working together make a team.  Yes damage counts for it too, but that should come with time and practice.  Unfortunately, not everyone is as patient as me, nor do they have as much faith.

(I actually also felt guilty that me recruiting caused some of our team to quit raiding.  But perhaps it was a good excuse for them to take a break?  I think if you're sick of the game you tend to get more cranky and easily upset by game things.  Take what happened with Madcow, as an example. He and I have since kissed and made up so we're all good now - he was sick of the game and the argument about the addon was the last straw.)

I feel personally responsible that they have not lived up to expectations. Part of the reason why our highest DPS players stopped playing was because they felt like we were carrying them - and perhaps we were. However, when you recruit, you always have to recruit lower and train up, just like in real life.  For example, why would someone with my qualifications apply for a training job?  Even if they were short of trainees?  Of course I wouldn't because I am overqualified for it.  Why would I take a paycut, get worse hours and less management responsibilities, if I was looking for a job, when there are other places that would take me at the higher paygrade?

I imagine that people who have good ilvl and already done 13/13H are thinking like that.  So we are left with whoever hasn't done that.  Which is why we will always get people who are not as geared.

There is also the flipside.  People who are looking for guilds feel like they are never given the opportunity to be able to prove themselves because they "haven't got the ilvl or the AotC".  And of course, you can't get into a PuG to get the AotC because they don't want to take you if you haven't got the AotC achievement.  So it's a vicious cycle and people end up disillusioned, and they quit playing the game.

It's hard to find the people that are those that start from not much and work their way up to being great additions to the team.  I remember Hwired started like that - he only PvP'd and came to raid with us and played well and rapidly became an officer and raid leader - though, he does get bored easily and has since quit playing.  Danleet/Thohand was like that too - my one and only raider who came through the in-game guild finder tool - and he has been fun to play with and a great team member. The thing with Dan was that he did casual raiding on the weekends and then worked his way up to Heroic raiding.  Not so easy now because we've cut back on weekend raiding due to lack of interest or people needing it, but perhaps when expansions/patches hit, those are the times we do that.

I was feeling more glum about the whole thing yesterday, but I feel perked up today because one guildie said that instead of being down on the new people for wipes and not so great play, that we should be helping them. This came from someone I didn't expect, and I felt like perhaps the generous heart of the Frostwolf is still there, and even if I am the only one who tries my hardest for it to continue, even if I influenced one person to think the same way, then the effort and the emotional ride are worth it all in the end.

I guess I won't give up my recruitment forum trawling just yet then!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Geek talk - New luggage for my kids

So how cute are these! My kids are a too big now to take their Gruffalo Trunkies on holidays (and hubby Hyad hates them - even though they are supposed to pull them along more often than not he ends up carring them and they are awkward to carry). So I started looking for trolley luggage bags for kids.
I do like Frozen but I am averse to buying a Frozen or Thomas the tank engine luggages - firstly they are too small to be practical in my opinion and eventually they will outgrow them. So I started looking for colourful "grown up" luggage.

There was a fair few Disney luggages around and I thought I would try my luck with "Star Wars luggage" on Google and the one pictured above came up. I was sold! Browsing "Marvel luggage came up with this Captain America's shield luggage as well as an Avengers comic one. I also managed to find cool looking Batman and Superman luggage too in the same store ( It was a tough choice but I ended up with these two and I am thrilled because not only do the kids love them but I will also be fighting to have my turn using these carry-on luggages.

2 sleeps to go!