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Author: Hrothmund

The eternal woes of a raid leader.

Posted by Hrothmund Monday February 16 2009 at 12:13PM
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Slacking, ninja AFK, whining, "OMFG LOL"! If you are a raid leader, all of those terms are probably familiar to you.

It seems that no matter how carefully you choose your raid-team, prepare them for the coming encounters and try to establish a good raiding morale, there will always be that small minority of semi-afk asshats whose only intention is to ruin the evening for everyone who has allocated time from their personal schedules to take part.

This is the same demographic of people that didn't put in enough effort at practice in your football team and cost you that last minute touch down at the state finals. This is the same group of people that don't pay for their public transportation tickets, making the cost rise up for everyone. These are the same bottom-feeders who don't put on deodorant, because the guy in the next cubicle uses so much aftershave, nobody will notice. Yes, I am talking about the people who accomplish nothing more during a raid than picking their own nose and proceeding to eat the boogers. Needless to say, I detest slackers, noobs and asshats in my raids, and will not hesitate to kick one for their first offense.

Why, you may ask? Aren't MMOs meant to be enjoyed, not taken too seriously! I have heard the "I love scratching my butt-crack, eating Doritos, talking to my best friend Duane who lives in the next trailer and filing my fingernails while I raid! There's nothing wrong with that, I play the way I play!"-argument before. I have to disagree, and not only because I don't find smearing Doritos crumbs all over my ass appealing.
If you don't have all night to raid, these pocket-billiards-playing, dandruff smearing mongrels will slow you down every single "OMG SIG LOL" break they take, every time they hold up the raid with their ninja AFK or moronic questions, not to mention every time they die like the mindless scum they are, lowering your raids performance.

Their 'hilarious' exploits also provoke the closet-asshats, who are abundant in every raid, to come out in droves, sometimes causing a domino-effect of doom, spelling an end to the raid. If they are not muted on TeamSpeak or Ventrilo, you will be constantly reminded of why choosing Beavis and Butthead as one's role-model is a flawed idea. The downside of muting them, however, is that these dead lazy couch potatoes are simply too lazy to type, and too stupid to realize they are muted, so they will constantly be asking questions in your vent channel, thinking that the next thing someone says is a direct reply to them, even if someone happens to say something along the lines of "LoL I go pee".

Many of you might think I am an elitist jerk, and in a sense this might be true. However, at work I am used to people either performing or getting fired, and since I play only around nine to twelve hours a week to relax, my tolerance for immature behavior, blunt stupidity and indifference is extremely low. On weekend raids, my good friend Jack Daniels is there to comfort me and give me the support I need to tolerate these people. This helps a lot. The bad thing about good old Jack is that he is sort of bad influence on me, and if he is around for too long, alas, I turn into an asshat myself! Life is complicated, go figure...

Sargoth writes:

If your drinking just so you can play, don't you think you might find something else to do? 

Idiots are everywhere.  Slackers are too.  But society is too nice.  Start telling these people that they suck and kick them out or leave the group and let people know why you left.  Don't put up with the attitudes just to get purple epics.  If you don't do anything about it and just drink to ignore them, your being the slacker.

Mon Feb 16 2009 1:06PM Report
Hrothmund writes:


I thought I made it quite clear by my tone and the context of my post that I do not condone these people. Which means I raid kick and usually gkick them as well.

Mon Feb 16 2009 1:18PM Report
Talmien writes:

I find that these attitudes generally come from a lack of respect for your fellow raiders. You see there is this common mentality that a game is just a game and your not hurting anyone by what you do inside. Therefore the players you play along with don't deserve any kind of respect from you.

This view is obviously wrong. But many people just don't care. Because like you said 24 other people on that raid your deciding to afk for 10 minutes ever 15 took out time from there schedule to be there with everyone else so everyone can have a shot at cleaing the content, yes they are there for you, and you are there for them. You should respect the time they put in to be there alongside you by not going to choke on a cigarette every pull.

Mon Feb 16 2009 3:58PM Report
Quizzical writes:

If you don't want to have to deal with that, then don't go raiding in an MMORPG?  The main point of raiding seems to be a social experiment of trying to get a bunch of people to show up and pay attention all at once.  If you don't like that, then don't do it.

Well, the main point other than slowing players down so that they keep paying the monthly fee to get epics after they've done everything worth doing in a game, and hoping that people don't realize that there's no point in getting epics after you've already done everything worth doing.

Mon Feb 16 2009 4:27PM Report
Sargoth writes:

"On weekend raids, my good friend Jack Daniels is there to comfort me and give me the support I need to tolerate these people. This helps a lot."

You don't condone but you cannot stand.  I thought you made it quite clear you have to be a drunk to put up with your fellow man while playing a game.

Life is simple, your making it complicated.  Go play some sports and remember what it's like to get along with people without hitting the sauce.

Mon Feb 16 2009 9:55PM Report
Hrothmund writes:


Exaggerated blog posts and a dismal drunken reality of avoiding internet fiends are two different things.

Mon Feb 16 2009 11:55PM Report
rsreston writes:

I enjoyed your blog because many times I find myself in your position, hating  "the same group of people that don't pay for their public transportation tickets, making the cost rise up for everyone", be it in real life or in my beloved MMORPG. But I have to disagree with your hate for noobs. Perhaps you're tired of the "max-lvl-noob", that somehow got to the last lvl of the game but doesn't know how to play. But generalizing like that is no good, because every game needs "noopeople" to keep the blood into your dear MMORPG flowing.

Tue Feb 24 2009 8:45AM Report writes:
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