Ever since I can remember as far back as Lich King days I’ve always fancied to try horde side. I mean, I have some horde characters although only 1 level 90 and a bunch of lil lowbies dotted around but I have never spent more than a fleeting moment playing horde.
Occasionally I will get a real ID whisper from someone with a message along the lines of ‘whooo what you doing over there? Spying?’ or something like that. It’s because I have so much vested interest in The Dambusters which makes me feel like a fish out of water in any other place. Truth is, if you were all to leave the guild, I would be totally lost in this game.
Like anybody else, I dream of joining a big heroic raiding guild where I can excel in just 1 class and get some cutting edge raiding but in reality that whole idea comes a distant 2nd in my priorities which almost completely involve all things Dambusters. When people come to me to tell me that they’re leaving ‘to go help a mate out with his guild’ I’m like wtf man, am I not a mate? Don’t we need your help just as much? I can never leave and I have no intention of ever expecting my guildies to be as rigid as I am but sometimes people should maybe consider what they are actually asking. They’re looking for my blessing to vacate our guild for the benefit of someone else’s half-arsed guild that ‘needs help’. Instead, maybe they should manage their guild better so that it’s not flailing to the extent that people feel the need to come to the rescue, or maybe they should give up and join a proper guild who are more professionally maintained, like The Dambusters
Basically, everything The Dambusters is all about is that way because I have pushed us to being that way. If I felt the guild should become a raiding guild then I would push it that way. I would love to be the GM of a top-100 raiding guild but that would come at a cost of other positives we have as a group. I want personal progress but I am unwilling to accept rude attitudes and elitism which so often comes from filling a team with the best raiders possible. I find it hard to bite my tongue when I hear certain elitist tones and if they start rearing their heads in our guild, you can be sure of a warpath moment from me.
The Dambusters roots are in being a pleasant place to play and as I’ve mentioned before, it’s a very difficult balance to maintain while trying to contain strong, skillful teams within. It’s not an easy task but ideally we would have a top class group of players who prop up a larger community of people while we all get along together. That 8/14 heroic raid squad should be a source of pride for our guild and the social community we have on whatsapp, overall activity throughout weeks and months should be a source of pride for everyone associated with the guild.
There’s a reason why people who leave us often return. They seek a dream but find out that actually they desire the things only The Dambusters provide. A strong leadership team who may not be perfect, but they work hard and care a lot. A social community who get involved in chats together in game and on our multiple whatsapp groups. In-game events and parties where people are warmly welcomed and get made to feel special. A growing strength in depth of skill-based team play where people are encouraged (forced) to improve if that’s the game you want to learn.
These are the reasons I can never walk away, and I will never go off only own to horde side. It’s a pipe dream and we all have them. At the end of the day, it’s important to recognise when the grass isn’t necessarily greener elsewhere. I’m sure a change would be fun for a time but inevitably, I would miss the goings-on here. Maybe one day we will all faction change the guild but that’s another discussion for another time way in the future