As part of starting a guild, I’ve been our raid leader since day one. This was more due to necessity than me feeling I would make a good raid leader; in fact I had always intended to pass the responsibility off to someone else at the soonest opportunity. However, as time went on, I did not feel much of a leadership vibe from any of my raiders, and I was actually starting to enjoy the role myself. I believe I was able to shape the raid environment to have the distinct feeling that Ka Pai’s raids retain today; many of the resounding items of positive feedback I’ve had about the guild and its raids have been centered around the way the raids are run, and the constructive, focused environment they provide. As time has gone on, as raid leader I’ve started noticing some long-term patterns emerging, and these fascinate me. The first (and probably most obvious) is what I call The Wall (highly scientific term). Read the rest of this entry »

With Wrath of the Lich King, Blizzard gave new raid guilds starting out an enormous leg up, in the form of a 10-man version of every raid. In The Burning Crusade, 10-man guilds were very limited in their raiding options (especially before the release of Zul’Aman). And starting a 25-man raiding guild from scratch was no easy task – it can take a significant amount of time to build up a stable core of 25 people and start clearing content. Read the rest of this entry »

Continuing in the vein of the previous post about the guild website, this post dives into another very important aspect of growing a new guild; recruitment. Recruitment is a complex topic, and one I will probably touch on again at a later date, but here are a few points to mull over… Read the rest of this entry »

So, with Introductions out of the way, let’s get into the nitty gritty of starting a guild.

When I first started the guild, I was on my own. I had done some reading on creating a successful guild, but I was really trying to build up a raiding guild from scratch. I had no friends who were going to take the plunge with me, and I literally had noone but myself in the guild on day one. My guild now (less than a year later) successfully raids 25-man content 3 nights a week (2nd Alliance guild on the realm in terms of progression), and has over 200 members (across just under 100 individual accounts). So, how did I go from having literally noone, to building a successful raiding core?

Well, as will become apparent, it was not easy, but I’m going to kick things off with a few thoughts about one of the most important aspects of a budding guild; the website. Read the rest of this entry »

Blog, Internet.

Internet, Blog.

To kick things off, I’m going to give a brief introduction to myself and the origins of the guild.

I started playing World of Warcraft (WoW) shortly after the release of the Burning Crusade expansion. I’m not sure of the exact date, but it was approximately halfway through 2007. My friend who got me into the game was a pretty avid raider at the time, and naturally, once I reached level 70, I found myself also drawn into raiding. I had a few fleeting experiences with hardcore raiding guilds, the longest lasting about 3 months. However, the more I raided with these guilds, the more I realised that it was difficult to balance normal life (ranging from social life, to work, to university studies) with raiding life. This was compounded by the fact that I was raiding with guilds that were based in a timezone 2 hours behind my own, meaning that I was often up raiding till the small hours of the morning. Read the rest of this entry »

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