Ravings of a madman
It's been a long and fun ride, hasn't it? It's been a year and a half since I succeeded Everstryke as the Guild Master for Unknown Heroes. In that time, I have met some fun and interesting people, and made more than a few friends. People have come, and people have gone; on good terms and bad. In that time, we’ve seen 3 new chapters of the guild open up. Anonymous Champions on the Imp side, and Unknown Heroes in Rift and now Wildstar…
That brings me to the point of this blog post. I have finally realized that I cannot lead multiple guilds and commit myself to each of them in the way that they deserve. I thought I was still young and virile enough to pull it off. Whelp, my physical and mental limits have been reached as a result of this and my own personal endeavors. Just can’t hack it, I guess. Heh…
This decision was not come by easily, and it still rips me open. Effective immediately, I will be stepping down as the Council Chair for Unknown Heroes: Republic and Anonymous Champions. Successors have been chosen, briefed, and prepared for what their new roles will entail. Ddamu will be the new Chair for UH: Pub, and Mesvah shall lead the Champions. I will still be on the... More
by KrayVinDark on 2014-06-24 04:52:02
There are times when I look back at the past year and wonder, "How the hell did I get myself into this?" I never intended on being a Guild Master. Hell, I never even intended on being an officer. I was just going to play SW:ToR, go to work and school, and try to enjoy my time as much as possible. When the first ToR server transfers came about, we thought, for sure, that ours wouldn't be affected. Then on the second day of open transfers, our servers name came up. It was a trying time. Having to clear out the guild bank, then disband the guild, then reform it on the new server and wait for CS to credit us the bank tabs we'd paid for. Trying to stay online as much as possible to ensure that other members were able to get themselves back into the guild. Geez those two weeks were stressful. We made it through it though, and continued to grow since then.
Then, out of the blue, Everstryke approached me with devastating news. He needed to retire from GMing. School, work, family life, it was all getting to be too much for him. We've all been there, but this one hurt a bit more. He'd brought us together, showed us how a guild could be casual and still be... More
by KrayVinDark on 2013-07-31 03:39:25
So, apparently, a miss-click on my part caused a bit of a stir. If you didn't notice, for a brief period of time, I was listed on the guild site as Member. This led some people, whose names I don't know, to believe that I was going to abandon Unknown Heroes: SW:ToR. Well, guess what. You are NOT getting rid of me that easily! You're stuck with me, buah hahahaha.
My alt Eriksonas also proved to me that the Officer Corps is on top of things. When I clear out the guild bank, I use an alt that I'm not actively playing so that credits don't get mixed up. The items I pull out get put on the GTN and the credits get deposited back into the guild bank. Someone saw his name in GTN, double checked the bank ledger, but didn't check the character Rank & Member note. Good on you for catching this devious thief. lol.
A new charter of the guild recently opened up in the game Rift: Planes of Telara, on the Shatterbone shard. This lended credence to the rumor that I was leaving UH:ToR. While yes, I will be spending some time over there to help grow the roster, I will still be playing SW:ToR. I will still do the audits, member note updates, and run dailies,... More
by KrayVinDark on 2013-07-04 12:41:19
I took this responsibility onto my own shoulders 9 months ago. I was not sure if I was the correct person for the job. I was not sure if I would be any good at this. The only thing I was certain about, was that I didn't want to see Unknown Heroes get disbanded. I didn't want to see the people who had called this guild their home having to find a new guild. I also had a score to settle with someone I kicked out who claimed the guild would be disbanded shortly there-after (Eat it Vobin/Dredan!).
I look back now, and I am still not sure that I'm the right guy for this. It is not any worry over whether I will be able to handle the administration work or the recruitment (Thank you Officers for helping with this one). I worry because I feel each and every loss our roster takes. Every time I've removed someone who had been with us for a while, or someone has chosen to quit after being with us for an extended amount of time, I feel as if a piece of me, personally, has gone with them. This is even more evident after recent events. A player was "benched" from the Ops teams for having a poor attitude (this was confirmed by a secondary source), and as a result, another player... More
by KrayVinDark on 2013-05-13 01:04:41
I don’t do these things very often, but perhaps I should pick up the pace.
In the past month our officer rank has grown, which has taken some of the pressure of recruitment off of me. I’d like to thank our officers for this. The last thing I want to do is end up feeling like this is a job despite the responsibilities that I have to you guys to maintain a healthy and active guild. We’ve also started running regular Operations, which is a big selling point in getting people into the guild that will stick around. Day-by-day, our family grows. We still lose a fairly large chunk to the inactivity audits, but we don’t need people in our guild that aren’t going to be playing.
As our family grows, there are bound to be those who rebel, or feel neglected. We recently had two people leave the guild because they felt they deserved a spot on a regular Operations team. While I would like to see everyone have a chance to participate, we all need to realize that when the Ops leader tells you that you don’t have the gear for it, it’s nothing personal, it just means you’ll need to run some Hard-mode Flashpoints or... More
by KrayVinDark on 2013-04-26 02:01:54
For those of you who haven't become aware, Everstryke has retired from the position of Guildmaster, you can read his blog post on it here. It's been fun working under him these past few months in The Old Republic. I will admit, I did not agree with some of the policies that he had in place, but I understood and respected his reasons for having them. He ran a tight ship, and I can only hope to keep the guild as organized and active as he did. I've got big shoes to fill, but I'll do my best, not for myself, and not to prove to him that he made the right choice, but for the players in the guild and those yet to join/re-join.
It is on this note, that I will admit, that I'm taking the opportunity to make a few seemingly miner changes to policies. I've always felt that we are, above all else, a community of gamers. I understood Everstrykes reasoning for having the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy that he did. It made perfect sence, but sadly, in my opinion, removed part of what brings gamers together. As such, I've altered the "Don't ask, don't tell" and reduced it down to the base purpose. I agree, and I'm sure you will too, that we don't want UH being used as a platform... More
by KrayVinDark on 2012-09-28 03:08:43