Expansion Planning (Part 1)

Guild leaders, both of this week’s columns will focus on expansion planning. There’s been a lot of speculation about the release date of Warlords of Draenor, particularly due to Blizzard’s odd announcement that we’ll be able to play Warlords of Draenor “on or before December 20”. However, if we look back to two years ago, Mists of Pandaria was announced on July 25, 2012 and was released on September 25, 2012, just two months later. Of course, Mists of Pandaria Beta opened several months before Warlords of Draenor Beta did, so we may yet be looking at a release date in December…

Basically, a release date could be announced at any time and you’d best be prepared for when it does, so strap yourselves in, because here we go.

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Guild Leadership :: Splitting Duties

I got an awesome email from Optiq this week, asking a really interesting question. Optiq is the GM of Often Misquoted, a guild on the Icecrown (US) server. While I responded to him privately, hopefully he won’t mind my talking a bit about our email exchange.

Optiq asked: “Just curious on your insight on Guild Leaders, who are also Raid Leaders, and when (if at all) to split up those duties?”

Since I’d always been my guild’s Raid Leader and then picked up Guild Leader afterwards, I’ve had a lot of experience juggling the two roles. I told Optiq that, the way I saw it, a lot of different things factor into the decision. Here are the major ones I identified.

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Guild Leadership :: The Weight of the World (Part 1)

Sentry Totem’s very own contributor, AlternativeChat, wrote a blog post the other day. (She’s actually quite prolific and writes at least daily!) She put in a footnote at the bottom of the post:

“Being a GM has done a great deal to completely destroy the notion of ‘fun’ in a great many things I do in game.”

Show of hands, please: who can identify with that feeling?

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Guild Leadership :: Changes in Direction

I was reading Twitter the other day and I came across a tweet by @Matticus linking to his most recent blog post at World of Matticus, entitled Is it Time to Level Up the Guild? Essentially, Matt wants his raiding guild to be more progressed in the new expansion and his post has him throwing ideas out on how to go about accomplishing that.

Reading it, I realized the idea of changing a guild’s direction would make for an excellent column for this space. Inspiration was born and now you get to read my thinking on such things. (Don’t forget to read Matt’s post, too!)

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