The Damper I Wasn’t Expecting on my Vacation

I avoided the internet for a few days while hanging out in Hawaii. It was awesome. I got way, waaaay more sleep than usual.

See that waterfall? I swam under that waterfall.

Then today I finally log in to happily share my sun-filled adventures and… and find out that my guild is no more.

It was one of those moments when you think “this can not possibly be happening!” Yet once I dried my tears, it occurred to me that I was expecting it all along, I just wasn’t expecting it to happen… you know…right now.

As far as I could tell, things were going well: our progression was excellent, we didn’t need to aggressively recruit anymore, everyone got along pretty well… Our leaders were extra-dedicated though and extra-dedicated leaders always crack.

Since I’m far from a proper computer, can’t listen in on mumble and was only fed a few lines on twitter, I only know the rumours. Plus it all happened literally a few minutes before I logged on, so it sounds like everyone is trying to figure out what hit us. Something about our leaders and a select group of players taking the guild (and the guild bank) offserver to be a 10s group, leaving the rest of us hanging.

Quite frankly, I expected better, but, in my time as an active member of the WoW community I’ve heard a lot of guild implosion stories and, well, this is pretty typical of guild leaders cracking. It sucks because I really liked this guild, really liked this guild. But if my past guild heartbreaks have taught me anything, it’s that nothing lasts forever and there’s no point in crying over the inevitable.

So what now?

It’ll be over a week before I can log into the game again. I have no idea what will happen to my fellow abandoned guildies.

Will they pull together to start over?

Will they merge with another 25s guild? (Since we have no leaders at the moment, we’re perfect candidates for mergers. We’re strong players and none of us need to be in charge.)

Will we all just scatter?

I can’t stop wondering what I want to do. I liked this guild. It’s hard to fit raiding around my work schedule, I don’t want to run 10s, and I sure as heck don’t want to do “casual raiding”. I tried casual raiding and hated it.

If my guildies go for a salvation attempt, I’ll be behind them 100% regardless of our chances, but if not, what are my options?

It’s really hard to come back after a break from raiding, but at the same time, I’m so tired of fighting to get my work schedule to let me raid. If I quit raiding, or joined a guild where I have a lot of friends as a social/occasional raider, my real life would be way easier. But I would miss raiding like crazy.

It’s times like this where I sort of regret not getting a 9-5 office job like everyone else.

(Amusing fact, a few weeks ago I went to Vegas with some ex-guildies and we joked about me going back to them. While I doubt they’d genuinely want me back, and I could never fit their raiding style or schedule, if I had to pick somewhere to return to as a non or occasional raiding member, I think I would enjoy their mumble server the most. Funny how fate teases us like that.)

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19 Comments on “The Damper I Wasn’t Expecting on my Vacation”


  1. Ugh, how frustrating. Never fun, and even more annoying because you’re on vacation! I sort of know the feeling…I was on vacation last week and no sooner than I touched down did I receive dozens of tweets alerting me my twitter account had been hacked and was sending phishing DMs. TIMING, BLAH.

    Anyway, enjoy the rest of your trip and hopefully your other remaining guildies and you can figure something out to salvage the nice group you so enjoy! Crossing fingers for you!

    • Ophelie Says:

      Thanks! Looks like a lot of people are willing to start 10m. I’ll help out however I can and stick with them until everything is settle, but I’m not a 10m raider. Honestly, I’d rather quit the game then raid 10m indefinitely.

      Hope you had a good vacation and the bad twitter news didn’t sour your memories of it!

  2. Derkhan Says:

    It happened to me like that during Cata. One day I was with a guild that was raiding and with mostly reasonable people, I went traveling and logged in afterword, no guild and no explanation. Very frustrating. I hope it works out for you.

    If you are reforming something let me know I would pitch in as I learned this week I cannot raid with the guild I am in due to time differences.

    • Ophelie Says:

      Looks like everyone is going their separate ways. Too many people are too hurt to want to keep playing together.

      It’s weird how these unexpected guild breakups happen. I’d be angry, but I’ve heard of this happening so so often that I decided it’s just how nature works.

      Best of luck to you with your guild search!

  3. slo Says:

    Sorry to hear about your guild, life (and WoW) always finds a way to smack you in the face I guess! My guild recently transferred faction, but since I can’t see doing that I am in a similar spot as you – a guildless raider. I am sure something will work out for you (and me!) soon, so enjoy the vacation while it lasts :)

    • Ophelie Says:

      Ugg, guild faction transfers. Now that would make me mad. As much as I mock cosmetic stuff, I’d never be able to give up my achievement points!

      Best of luck to you with your guild search!

  4. Megacode Says:

    So sorry to hear about your guilds implosion. Wow is a place full of ups and downs and you’ll persevere my friend . Hopefully your group of guildies can put together another guild and 25 man team to continue through MoP. If not, your a talented player who will easily find a new home :)

    • Ophelie Says:

      Aww thanks :)

      Looks like everyone’s decided to go their separate ways. I’ve been wondering a lot what it’s like to have a slightly more conventional life, this might be fate’s way of giving me the chance to find out. But I’ll give it more thought when I get home. It’s so hard to think about WoW right now!

  5. Shy Says:

    Go for what you want. If you settle for something less than what you want from the game it will not be worth it.

    You’ve said you’re not a 10m raider, then do not do 10man raiding. You don’t want to run casual raids, then don’t.

    If you join a guild that cannot give you what you want from the game you will be unhappy and make them unhappy.

    • Ophelie Says:

      Absolutely!

      This is a lesson I’ve learned the hard way…time and time again (I’m a slow learner). There’s no “right” and “wrong” way to raid, only like and unlike minded people.

      I’m leaning toward getting back in the market for a new 25 guild. Hopefully I can find another who believes in progression on a 2 night schedule (and on 2 nights I can get off work!)

  6. Saif Says:

    I’ll just leave a /hug here and hope to raid with you again.

    • Ophelie Says:

      *hugs* I hope to raid again with you too! There’s no way I can manage more than 2 nights a week of raiding, but maybe we’ll see each other in alt raids for a few weeks?

  7. DKlotz Says:

    /Hugs

    -Clasmir

  8. Megacode Says:

    I know what you mean “O” , conventional life. I’ve decided myself that MoP will be my last progression oriented raid. With both daughters lives getting busier as they get older I feel that I’m going to need to be there more often, in the not too distant future. Plus, I absolutely love alts, ToR, and want to check out some other games; which I can’t do now thanks to prepping for Raids(Dailies, dailies,LFR). Did I mention dailies ;P. So enjoy the mini break until you figure it all out :)

    Mega

  9. Rauxis Says:

    *puts a chocolate cake in front of the door and silently leaves*

  10. AmerPriest Says:

    I never been to Hawaii! But Im planning to go there sometime next year hopefully… well see! =) that waterfalls looks really nice, wish I can swim lol haha i would definitely need a life jacket or something lol

    • Ophelie Says:

      You’ll love Hawaii! There’s soooo much to see! I wish I had 2 months instead of 2 weeks there (though I was traveling carry on so by the end I was tired of wearing the same 3 shirts).

      It’s worth taking a quick swimming course before going to Hawaii since a lot of the best stuff in underwater! You don’t have to be a super strong swimmer to get by, so 1 hour at the pool with a friend showing you the basics would be more than enough.


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