I’m just tired of it.
It’s not the gearing myself up or my alts. That’s not the problem.
It’s the seemingly never ending state of recruiting. We get a number of players who apply, their application looks good and they fit the player profiles that we’re looking for. Except a good number of these tend to be players that have just gotten back into the game after missing an expansion or a patch cycle. So they get that itch to play again and we fit what they’re looking for.
The problem? They’re a little bit behind on gear. They’d do well going into the opening parts of say, Throne of Thunder. But they’re in no shape to adequately compete in the heroic aspects of it yet.
Now it’s perfectly okay to carry a player through the heroic stuff. It’s possible to do that if that heroic boss has already been killed and is on farm mode. But start adding two, three, or a whole group’s worth of new undergeared players, and it adds up. Enrage timers start being harder and harder to reach.
I understand that for new 90s, it’s really easy to get the gear. You can craft some stuff with the Haunting Spirits. You can buy certain BoEs. You can participate in the various catch up mechanics but that gets you up to the floor of doing the normal mode stuff. Then we as a guild need to farm that normal mode stuff and rely on the right drops to adequately gear out the newer players and give them the equipment that they need. Then inevitably, the veteran players end up quitting the game because of a new job, school, or a boyfriend/girlfriend or our pace is too slow and they switch guilds and we have to start the cycle all over again.
Should be happy that I have a guild that’s even raiding but the constant act of attempting to gear out new recruits and players is taking a toll on me. And I know it’s taking a toll on the older players. They’ve already done their time. They’ve already killed the normal mode bosses and by all rights they deserve to be wiping and killing heroic mode bosses. Every patch is a limited window to kill stuff before it becomes irrelevant. It’s hard to swim for the finish line when you’re spending more effort trying to stay afloat.
Sure it sounds like I’m ungrateful. Honestly, I’m quite happy and thankful with the crew here. But there’s a part of me that’s just exasperated to all hell. It would just be golly to pick up geared players that don’t need to have that stuff crafted or already have most of the items that need from normal mode.
Wyn keeps telling me to call it a career and retire. Still latching on though and not ready to do that yet even though I’ve watched hundreds of people pass through this guild.