In a blinding flash of the obvious, apparenty most folks raid from 8 to 11 pm each day. I blog this for the reason that in Australia with such a wide range of players in our guild we don’t get rolling till 8:30 to 9pm AEDT, and often have to end the raid when we start to get tired around 11pm (I know! 11pm – what a bunch of soft-touches). If you’re raiding a solid 8-11 without delay then you’re a lucky sod and I don’t like you at the moment.
What I’d like is raid members join at 7:30 to 7:45, 15 minutes as a grace period (slackers!), first pull at 8pm, and last wipe ending at 11pm. It gives 3 solid hours of raiding
wipes fun. But most folks can’t do that, so what do we do?
- Recruit folks who raid in same core hours, and by extension start to de-proiritise the folks outside these hours. Who likes to be “de-prioritised”? Hmm.
- Accept and be strict on folks who can only come before or after certain hours, thereby trying to force players to attend.
- Run a flexible raid where we swap toon in and out? Frustrating, possibly more fair, and certainly a pain in teh arse.
Again I blog with no answers, just questions; but readers will hopefully feel that at least they are not the only ones who deal with late raiders, bad starts, or all the other joys of organising 25 people to get to a location together. Thank Ragnaros’s burning belly button that its not 40 people like the old days.
Linkage via WoW.com http://www.wow.com/2009/10/22/world-of-warcraft-in-the-nets-traffic-patterns/, yup, those guys never stop.