Officers Quarters

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Officers’ Quarters: The boom/bust cycle of recruiting Of all the aspects of guild leadership, the one I’m asked about most frequently is recruiting. It’s no surprise — this is probably the most critical, life-or-death task that a raiding guild’s leaders have to accomplish. This week, one officer asks about recruiting and retention at this point in Legion. I’d like to discuss that, but...

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Officers’ Quarters: 10 tips for progression With the Tomb of Sargeras recently released, many guilds are still progressing through their difficulty of choice. Here are ten tips to help officers, and especially raid leaders, guide their guilds to victory against the Legion!




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Officers’ Quarters: Is Mythic raiding worth it? The Tomb of Sargeras is open and guilds are now firmly into the progression phase of a new raid zone. This week, a raider asks if it's worth making that extra jump to Mythic difficulty.

Officers’ Quarters: Legion and raider shaming This week, Nyx asks if raid leaders should call out players who aren't spending enough time earning Artifact Power and Legendaries.

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Officers’ Quarters: Waiting for Kil’jaeden The Tomb of Sargeras looms over the Broken Shore. It has stood there throughout the Legion expansion, taunting us, and soon we’ll be able to discover its secrets. But we can’t assault it yet. For raid teams, this is a delicate time. Some teams are pushing to clear the Nighthold on their difficulty of choice....

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Ten years of Officers’ Quarters OK, maybe not quite. There was, after all, some time at WoW Insider when there was no budget for Officers’ Quarters. However, it is true that Officers’ Quarters debuted on that site ten years ago, in May 2007. Looking at that very first column today, it’s a little bit embarrassing. I wanted to make a splash...




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Officers’ Quarters: Voice of dissent Guild leaders are not meant to be tyrants, dictators, or demagogues. The leadership core of a guild has one primary mission: to make sure everyone in the guild is having fun. The definition of said fun is slightly different for every guild, but that’s the whole reason every guild exists. At times, members of the guild...

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Officers’ Quarters: Kick and tell When a guild member leaves under less-than-sunny circumstances, the best thing to do is often just to learn from it and move on. But what about the new guild they are trying to join? Do you have an obligation to tell their officers about why the former member left the guild — or why you had...



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Officers’ Quarters: Four ways Blizzard can help guilds Many players are generally unhappy with Legion‘s most recent patch, 7.2. The gated content, the Nethershard grind, the rep grind to unlock flight, and short-lived Broken Shore buildings have not been well received. Guilds, as usual, bear the brunt of this unhappiness, as unsubscribed members make activities like raiding and organized PVP more and more difficult. Blizzard is...

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Officers’ Quarters: 6 qualities of a good officer As Legion rolls along, many guilds are experiencing turnover in their rosters. We’ve already discussed some reasons why. You may find that officers are playing less or unsubscribing. The duties of running the guild remain the same, however. To keep everything running smoothly, you’ll need to promote new officers. How do you choose the right...

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Officers’ Quarters: Legion and raider morale Back in December, I told raid leaders not to blame themselves for poor raid attendance. I talked about the many ways that Blizzard has intentionally made organized raiding as optional as possible for the average player. This is a good thing in many ways. Speaking as a long-time raider, I can say without a doubt that it...

Officers’ Quarters: A guild member’s “moral problem” What can you do as an officer when you think one of your guild members is in a problem relationship? This week, an officer is losing a raider to the raider’s boyfriend and she’s wondering if there’s anything she can do. I think your concerns are reasonable, but at the same time, I would caution you against taking...

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Officers’ Quarters: Coping with a guild leader’s passing There’s no easy way to introduce this subject. I’ll just let the question speak for itself. I’m so very sorry to hear about this and my thoughts are with that person’s family today. Unfortunately I, like too many people around the world, have experience with losing someone close to me. My father passed away, suddenly...

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Officers’ Quarters: Raiding in the Legion economy There’s no debating that the cost of raiding has skyrocketed in Legion. The prices of consumables and gear enhancements are at an all-time high. With many guilds worried about attendance, one raider wonders, is raiding asking too much from players? Since Legion‘s launch, I’ve received several questions along these lines. I’ve held off on answering them until...

Officers’ Quarters: Creating a Mythic+ guild This week, a military service member comes home to a dead roster and wants to know whether he should revive it into a new Mythic+ guild. We’ll look at questions you should ask yourself before embarking on such an endeavor and then the ways that you can make it happen. First of all, Lithorien, I’m sorry...

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Officers’ Quarters: Don’t blame yourselves, raid leaders For many guilds, attendance on raid nights has been dropping throughout Legion. Some raid leaders, like the one who asked this week’s question, look at their own faults and wonder if they’re the reason their guild can’t get enough people online. But unless you’re doing something very wrong, it’s not your fault, raid leaders. Let’s...