Drama

gurthalak voice of the deeps
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...

flying serpent kick
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...




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...

guild battle standards
Officers’ Quarters: Guild election controversy The world isn’t sick of hearing about elections yet, right? This week’s question is from a guild member who wanted to be an officer, but lost in the election process after some ethically questionable moves by his opponent. The way this person ran her campaign, and the fact that she taunted you about losing the...

cloak models
Officers’ Quarters: Cloak of the indifferent raider Raids in Legion feel a little bit easier than in Warlords of Draenor so far. The world-first race to clear Emerald Nightmare didn’t last very long (which Ion Hazzikostas admitted was a mistake), and many guilds have seen success at all different levels of EN. That doesn’t mean, however, that your raiders can afford to...

ursoc in emerald nightmare
Officers’ Quarters: A disappointing raid leader Legion raiding is in full swing for many guilds. We’ll get even more of it with 7.1, hopefully in just a few days! This week’s question is about a raid leader who isn’t getting the job done: Progression in a new expansion is definitely the time where these sorts of issues crop up. If a raid leader...




shaman tier 19
Officers’ Quarters: Managing Legion’s loot system This week’s question was a rather straightforward request. Every expansion brings with it some new twists to WoW‘s loot system and Legion is no different. Let’s go through it!

altrius vs kayn
Officers’ Quarters: Deciding who can Demon Hunter Legion‘s systems patch features the first time that a new class became available prior to the release of its expansion. Players who preordered Legion are now able to create their own Demon Hunters and learn the ins and outs of the two specs. If my experience this past week is anything to go by, just about...



paladin kneeling in contemplation
Officers’ Quarters: The repentant quitter and the wandering officer This week we have two questions. One is about a player who rage quit but now wants to return. The second question is from a former officer who can’t find the right guild because they see the glaring flaws in every community they join. I approve of your use of caps here. You make it sound like the worst...

Officers’ Quarters: Ranked raider perks In this week’s question, an officer wants suggestions about incentives to offer his highest-ranked raiders. I’ll offer some suggestions for ranked raider perks, but I also want to discuss the idea of separating raiders by rank according to skill.

Emerald Nightmare raid
Officers’ Quarters: Social raiding guilds Large social guilds often have a fraught history with raiding. Their raiders span a spectrum of experience, each with their own methods of approaching the challenge. This week, a guild leader wonders whether he should step in and change the way his guild’s raids are run.

Officers’ Quarters: Rewriting the guild rules Many times over the past nine years of Officers’ Quarters I’ve recommended a set of written policies for your guild. In this guild’s case, however, the policies are so outdated that they almost drove away a new recruit, who’s now concerned about the situation. What can you do to convince entrenched officers that it might be time to...

socrethar with his trash
Officers’ Quarters: Loot systems for guild-plus-PUGs raids Nothing causes more headaches for officers than loot. It’s the biggest source of drama in raiding. This week, an officer asks about the best loot systems for a raid team that has to rely on PUGs to fill a few extra slots.

demonology warlock
Officers’ Quarters: How to help your guild’s struggling raid DPS What should you do when a damage dealer is incredibly low on the DPS meters? This week, a raider is concerned about a Warlock on his team. Should the team institute a minimum DPS requirement, or is there a better solution?

shadow priest at raid entrance
Officers’ Quarters: Dealing with a shady raider In the lull between expansions, raiding guilds want to keep as many active players as they can. But sometimes, with specific players, you need to rethink that strategy. This week, a guild leader wonders whether he was right to bench a member of the raid team who was underperforming, but their performance isn’t the only issue… Wow. I would say this...

A meditating mistweaver
Officers’ Quarters: Benched by your guild Archimonde is the final hurdle for raiding guilds in Warlords of Draenor, and he is an appropriately daunting challenge. Some guilds trying to down him for the first time can be ruthless as they try to get that guild-first clear of Hellfire Citadel. This week, a Mistweaver Monk gets benched for Archimonde — and wonders whether it’s time...