Our Raiding Program
We are currently running a joint raiding program with The Church of Alvis, a guild that shares our values. This allows for roster depth and more raiding opportunities for people with weird schedules.
We will strive, as a guild, for progression, and for seeing the all current raiding content in at least story mode, and hard mode, but probably later than some other guilds.
We are seeking to have fun and still be fairly relaxed – no driving for the bleeding edge of progression here – but we do want to excel as a raid team. Our raiders are motivated to perform well and will put in their own efforts towards being ready for raids.
Mains and Alts
Because we are trying to progress under time constraints, it’s hard for us to bring in alts or even alternate specs because of loot dilution. We can’t keep going back for gearing runs. We are very willing to help new guildies get up to speed, but not to gear up alts.
Having said that, it is necessary for some raiders to have a viable offspec (with gear) or a second geared toon with a different primary spec than the main toon to fill out the roster on some nights, since we are a small team. In that case, we do not only allow offspecs and alts but will support the offspec or alt with bank assistance for respecs.
So here’s the rule:
You have a main with a main spec. And then, only if you want, you get to choose: (1) an offspec on that same toon OR (2) a main spec on a different toon. Those are your 2. They have to be different roles.
Under very limited circumstances, a guild member who pays disproportionate costs for raiding by maintaining 2 raiding toons or 2 raiding specs may withdraw funds from the gbank for purposes of gearing. We try not to hold back the raid program because of a guildie’s lack of funds.
We raid three or four times a week
- Wednesday 9:15-11:15 Eastern
- Friday 9:15-12:15 Eastern
- Saturday 9:15-12:15 Eastern
- SOMETIMES: Monday 9:15-11:15 Eastern (if there is interest, or we need a little more time on a boss before the lockout resets)
We show up on time. Seriously. We also end on time. Once in a blue moon, we vote to extend the raid, but in general we adhere to start and end times because our members have other responsibilities.
Attendance and Rostering
There is no mandatory attendance, but members who fall behind may not be able to participate in the raiding program if they hold back the team.
We do not have assigned spots and everyone who is raid ready will be rotated in (and sat out) in turn. There is no QQing about sitting out! Alvians and Snarkers are rostered without regard to guild affiliation.
We expect people to be reliable and show up when they are rostered. If they cannot do this, they will be dropped from the raiding program.
We use Suicide Kings for loot. Alvians and Snarkers are once again on equal footing. Currently we only use the loot list for dread guard and above.
Normal Loot Distribution
A raider who wants a piece of loot will indicate interest by /rolling. The value of the roll is irrelevant, it is an indicator of interest.
The person who is highest on the list will receive the item and will be bumped to the bottom of the list. Easy. (Subject to the following priority list)
The priority goes:
- A main (this means either of your 2, see above)
- An alt
- Reverse Engineering for mats
Please note that people who are not in the raid will be “locked” in position for that raid. If you are number 5 and you miss a raid, you will still be number 5 when you return to raiding. You will not be shifted upward if people win things while you are not there, but you will shift upward if you attend a raid where people take loot.
If we have a guest with the guild, we distribute loot as follows:
X Y and Z are guildies who want the item. Guest A does too. All 4 of them roll.
- Guest A wins the roll – Guest A gets the item.
- Guildie X wins the roll. However, Guildie Z is higher on the suicide list. Guildie Z gets the item and is suicided for it.
In this way we are fair to guests (they have the same chances as straight rolls, 1 in 4 in the above example) but we adhere to our loot policy.
We will handle crafter recipes with straight rolls and common sense. The final decision is up to the raid leader’s best judgment. There will be no bumping in the list for recipes.
Crafting Materials (BOE)
BOE crafting materials will go to the guild bank. Any guildie wishing to use the materials may take them out at no charge, but try to put back stuff of equivalent value (cash or items) into the bank, eventually. These materials may not be used under any circumstances for anything other than crafting items for guildies. Priority for crafting mats is raiding toons (limited to 2) before alts.
In a joint raid, loot will be awarded proportionally.
Example: in a group of 8, there are 2 snarkers and 6 Alvians. 4 stabilizers drop. We get 1 stabilizer, Alvis gets 3.
Raiders must have a microphone and a headset and the ability to use Mumble, our voice program and Ventrillo (Alvis’s voice program).
Raiders must be prepared at raid time, including (but not limited to):
- studying their class
- having a raid-viable spec
- studying boss fights
- showing up to raids on timeand with:
- appropriate and fully repaired gear
- consumables such as stims, medpacs and adrenals
Raiders who continually fail to do these things inconvenience the rest of the team and will be dropped from the program.
Sign up. Show up. If you can’t, let someone know as soon as possible. Remember that there are other people impacted by your decisions, so try to give as much advance notice as possible when hiccups come along.
Raiders are expected to be able to give and receive constructive criticism from their fellow raiders. Anyone not actively working on improving their game will not be raiding with us, but we are willing to work with people who are trying to be better in their weaker areas. We do post-raid self-evaluations and we encourage everyone to participate in identifying areas that could be improved – both in their own performance and the coordination of all the members of the raid.
After the raid, we generally do a raid recap. Many members run logs, but it’s not mandatory, and in fact should not be done if it slows down your machine.