Memoirs of a New EQ2 Guild Leader

December 21, 2006

The Guild’s First Raid

Filed under: EQ2 — lishian @ 4:39 pm

So – my guild went on her first raid last night; organized by yours truly. Rougly 14 folks showed up for the raid. Enough folks, but not enough to build the preferred X2 raid group composition. It was great that we had enough folks for the raid, but I have over 50 accounts in the guild. I think that I really need to clean house, the other two guild leaders (before I was appointed) had no requirements for guild entry other than that your toon is a fae. I implemented a recruiting strategy, but it still isn’t so harsh. I figure we get lots of folks, keep them at a recruit rank until they have shown their worth and then hope that we have at least one person out of a handful that will be raid material.

There were a couple hiccups right off the bat. First was that we went to QH to get the raid quest and we are all from Kelethin… entirely my fault. We did have one person bring in one of their alts that was qeynos-based; we didn’t have to port back to Kelethin to get entrance to the guild raid zone. I forgot the name of the raid quest, but it was in the vale of the shattering. We had to kill High Something Something, the gnoll. We failed, but it was great fun. We lost a few folks during the raid and eventually only had 8 folks left. Not enough to complete the raid.

Some things that I have learned:

1. Threaten guildies with public flogging if they don’t show for the raid. hehe… kidding.

2. Recruit folks specifically for the raid team. I don’t mind having lots of casual players in the guild, but I do want a stable raid team. The casual players could potentially serve as a pool of backups.

3. Recruit folks for the raid team that have stabile computers and internet access. 4. Advertize the fact that there was a guild raid and the outcome. I think this is important
for a new raiding guild. Others will know that we are serious and that we can organize events like this.

5. Raid leader should be one of the DPS guys. I was tank and sure as hell, I was really busy. As soon as the waves of adds came after us… I was taunting like a mad man. I would rather have a vast area of taunt effects than a single offensive CA. In fact, I am respecing my AA from the sta and agi line to the strength line.

6. Let other tanks know that they should not be taunting unless an add gets away. Assign specific folks for him to protect.

7. Bring potions!

This post could be huge, but I won’t bore you all with too much. Bottom line: The raid was a boatload of fun!



  1. Grats on the raid! It’s a pretty tough one. The only way we have beat it is by mentoring to a lower level before we entered. Embarrassing to admit…

    Not sure how many people you’re going to get to raid in a Fae-only guild, if only because lots of the Faes are probably alts of people in other guilds. If you want people to consider your guild their ‘main’ guild and be available to raid, then you have to have some allowance for your guildies’ non Fae characters.

    Comment by Tipa — December 21, 2006 @ 11:39 pm

  2. Now this is a blog I need to follow. Looking forward to reading about how you keep things going in a raid guild!

    Comment by mrrx — December 22, 2006 @ 7:03 pm

  3. Sounds like you are off to a great start! I am sure things will get on track:) Good luck!

    Comment by Adele Caelia — December 27, 2006 @ 3:33 am

  4. The only problem with having a lot of ‘casual’ players as a back up pool (speaking from experience) is that once you take your ‘core’ raiders, and start succeeding, those casual players will want to start raiding too, and why shouldn’t they after all, they’re still guild members… then suddenly you have a team of 30+ people wainting to attend raids where there are only 24 (or 12 if you’re doing a x2) positions available and you have to pick and choose.. it can get messy.

    Good luck though, it sounds like you’re having fun. 🙂 Another blog to add to my list of readings.. wuwu 😀

    Comment by Stargrace/Silverstep — January 3, 2007 @ 5:58 pm

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