Caster Officer Postion is Open.

We have a DPS caster officer position open,  and they are after people from the guild who would like the position to come forward.

What would it involve? 

Attending officer meetings before raids,
Distributing Flasks/Pots
Managing of Guild bank
Interviewing applicants
Reviewing /providing feedback for Raiders
Knowing the caster classes strengths and weakness’ and strat application.

It wouldn’t be a cakewalk, It would involve having discussions with headstrong people about guild directions, being at the beck and call of people wanting stuff from the bank, telling people bad news about applications, or their spec, or play style. I would have to learn more about each of the caster classes. Besides ” Don’t shammys have a tremor totem?” I would need to be able to organise them, know what was needed for a fight, defend or critique them when wipes are called and blame is being directed at Dps,

It would be an interesting learning experience. Could I do it?
I’ve managed a team of people with a variety of skills and experience, of different age groups, I was great according to some, and terrible according to others.

What’s in it for me?
A say in the guild?
Change to some of the things I didn’t like?

Can I translate anything I learn to real life? Not really. It doesn’t improve my employment chances, I can’t make money from it, and it would be extra time that I would need to spend organising people, so that  I am not playing.

I’m outspoken enough to not be afraid to speak up, I’ve done the management course and learnt about the benefits and disadvantages of change, If I treated it as management of a team then I am capable. However Is it something I want to do?

I don’t know – hence the musing over the idea here, It would be another way of further involving myself with the game extending my experience even more. However the last 2 weeks I have been making more of an effort to actually do a lot more other stuff.   To add more time  doing game related stuff thats not ‘fun’ or self servering ontop of raiding, and blogging, adding officer on top of that, and real life in which I see real people and go to work,  I am heading down the thought path that its too much.

And who knows they might even laugh at me for even considering applying.

9 Responses to “Caster Officer Postion is Open.”

  1. 1 Cassandri October 1, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    If you feel there are things you’d like to change in the guild and you feel passionately about those issues I think you should apply.

    Otherwise don’t do it!

    (ps I got Tuskarr’s on my new boots – since I got some extra +hit elsewhere!)

  2. 2 candy October 1, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I’ve been an officer, a raid officer, and a plain old member throughout my tenure in WoW. And my interest in guild leadership waxes and wanes. I’d say, however, if it is poking at the back of your mind even a bit, you should go for it. Your guildies need someone whiom is thoughtful and engaged in the game, both qualities your blog would endorse your having. Good luck!

  3. 3 Zupa October 1, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Nah, you will get sick of wow/raiding eventually, and that day will come sooner and be more of a hassle if you are an officer!

    ps: re boots, our entire guild are forced to use tuskars, unless they are a rogue or someone else who wont benefit from the movement speed buff.

    I think it was the beasts encounter that brought that on, too many people getting charged.

    Anyway, let us know what you decide, naturally 🙂

  4. 4 ablimoth October 1, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    was tanking officer for a while in my former guild. It didn’t suit me, I didn’t enjoy dealing with drama when it arose and I especially didn’t enjoy criticising peoples play style (convincing one tank not to keyboard turn was very hard). I ended up making alts out of guild and off server even before I realised what was happening and quit the officer position.

    I have a degree in management, so its not that I don’t know/like managing, I just don’t want to deal with the stress and pressure in my leisurely hobby.

  5. 5 Jormundgard October 2, 2009 at 5:57 am

    You’re asking the wrong questions:

    Does the performance of, for example, the mages bother you? Enough to get involved?

    Are you prepared to tell them they’re wrong?

    Are you ready to “tutor” them?

    Are you prepared to deal with the typical “I know my class” rhetoric? Can you defuse it while maintaining their attention (and hopefully respect)?

    Are you confident enough in your own performance to handle the inevitable scrutiny?

    Are you willing to let your own performance slip in order to monitor other players? Will it slip too much?

    Current, you enjoy chatting and socializing with everyone. You may lose that if you start becoming responsible for others. I’ve already told you my own experiences in that respect.

    My suggestion is to leave officer positions for the people without full-time jobs.

  6. 6 Adam October 2, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    The reason that I became an officer in previous guilds comes down to the fact that I care enough about the guild to stay, but I am not happy with the direction that the guild is going in or I think that there are some weak areas, and I think that I would have the time and could confidently resolve sitiuations and help take the guild forward.

    The number one factor in this equation is that the GM is a good one. Do not become an officer in a guild with a poor GM.

  7. 7 silk82 October 3, 2009 at 8:37 am

    From my limited experience, I think you’d make a good officer. You’re a very good player, popular in the guild – the biggest indicator that I can see is your willingness to drop your own dps to dispell.

    I think the issue is not could you do you (which I think you could) but should you do it?

    My experience of being an officer in previous guilds has mostly been positive. There is a different thrill in leading a group that is successful beyond just being part of one.

    Yeah you lose some of your spare time but at the end of the day you have a lot more control over the “officer stuff” than you might think.

    The downside of being an officer is you tend to get a lot more invested in the success or failure of the guild.

    One thing I couldn’t imagine is that they would laugh at you for applying 🙂

  8. 8 theeighteenthwarlock October 8, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Silk82 is correct, you wouldn’t be laughed at 🙂
    Jor is also correct though: there are a lot of questions that you didn’t ask (at least, in the blog). His best question was ‘are you unhappy with performance and are you willing to work to change it?’ Are you willing to research every class and keep up with all their changes? (Keeping up is actually a lot of work, think Living Bomb changes). Are you willing to tell people off? Are you prepared to pay attention to every caster in the raid for the whole raid? What if you can’t change something? Good guilds are regulated, they have rules which have been created to suit themselves. If there is something to change, how will that change fit into the current rules? And what do you do if your ideas are rejected flat out?

    There is a lot to consider. I think that:
    – if you wish to improve elements of play
    – if you are comfortable with the current rules
    – if you are willing to reinforce those rules
    – if you are willing to be consistent with feedback (to up to 18 people
    – if you are willing to be persistent with your ideas for the guild or your understanding of classes
    – if you are willing to be very heavily scrutinized
    – if you are willing to put 100% raid time in and atleast half of that time again into research (classes, changes, bosses, wws’s)
    – and if you are willing to slide in performance a little while still maintaining a high example of play style
    then you should go for it.

    As for the boot enchant topic (which lots of people seem to be talking about here): I have Icewalker because I like the crit. Apparently, however, if you move more than 4 seconds in a 1 minute fight you should use T.V. I don’t believe it myself and I did a little measuring with my toon – crit won out but meh.

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