Blog Name: Eight Years in Azeroth - Memoirs of a Casual/Hardcore Raiding Guild Leader
Blog URL: http://eightyearsinazeroth.blogspot.com
Blog Focus: Memoirs, Guild Leadership, Raiding, People Management, Criticisms of WoW design changes over the years.
Character Name: Mature
Twitter (if applicable): http://twitter.com/Hanzo55
Character Server: Deathwing (US)
Other Information: If you wish to start at the beginning, click here
I formed a guild on Deathwing-US during the week of WoW's launch, back in Nov. of 2004. Over the course of the next eight years, I grew this guild into a raiding machine that walked a fine line between both casual and hardcore. One year ago, on 1/5/2012, we officially stuck a fork in 25m raiding, a decision that was difficult--but inevitable.
I've taken up blogging about it, which has mostly been to get things off my chest, vent, and to reminisce about what an incredible learning experience it was--and how it moved from being simply just a game that we all played online together, to a real daily exercise in people management...something the media often overlooks, and what skeptics often fail to recognize when dismissing the effort involved.
I do not profess to be a genius / expert GL; I made a lot of bad decisions along the way.
But, I also like to think I learned an awful lot about people, and how to make a team jell. Hopefully, you'll find some enjoyment and humor in my errors in judgement, and at the same time, see how the game has shifted over the years--not from the point of view of Blizzard and "where we think things should be"--but instead, from a guild leader, who had no say in the matter.