Finally, Confused Warcraft Player, you might do well to review how to tackle current content. Today's game is built on the premise of catch-up content that will boost you into current content as quickly as possible, so head to the Timeless Isle
as soon as you're able. Blizzard offers a (now slightly aging) guide to help you slide into Pandaria-era play
, and WoW Insider's Elizabeth Harper has rounded up a whole slew of resources for returning players
. We can also help clue you in on what's expected from players in today's raids
Good luck, have fun, and good gaming!
dear drama mamas,
I have recently come into a position where I am thinking of leaving my guild to join one that has a higher standard of raiding. I love the guild Im in, and the people are all so much fun, and I get along great...but my skill level is just too high to keep raiding with them, I find myself getting bored on raid nights. how do I let them down gently that Im seeking more competitive play without coming off as a massive elitist?
Letting them down gently is a Drama Mamas specialty, challenge-hungry raider -- and there's a guide for that! It's clear you've identified that it's time to move onward and upward. There's definitely a technique to leaving a guild without burning bridges
, and we can show you how to make your departure without losing your friends in the process.
Make sure you spend some time thinking about what else you're seeking in a new
guild beyond a specific raiding schedule and progression level. "Friendly raiding guilds" are a dime a dozen, so figure out what qualities will make the eligible choices rise to the top of your list. Whatever you do, don't take the first group that comes along; run an informed guild search
and stick to your guns until you find the right fit. The first line of defense against drama
As we point out in the Drama Mamas Drama-Buster Guide, belonging to an effective, well organized guild is your first line of defense against in-game drama.
Savvy guilds provide a drama-free zone by offering clear, explicit guidelines and rules on common bones of contention such as loot, raid attendance, and player behavior. Debate and controversy are handled in private chat channels or forums. Not at all an attempt to squash freedom of expression, a no-drama edict is designed to free players from being forced to bear witness to an outbreak of drama, allowing guild officers to clean up the mess quickly and effectively behind the scenes. (Learn more about the structure and habits of highly effective guilds in WoW Insider's weekly Officers' Quarters.)
But no guild can protect you from social drama outside the guild context and beyond the keyboard at home. Squabbles with your mom or your spouse over game time, keeping up with a raiding schedule in the face of final exams, how to set yourself up for success if you've never tried raiding before ... The Drama Mamas Drama-Buster Guide
can lend a hand.
Robin and I are working hard to continue to build resources you can turn to for guidance through the social side of Azeroth. Let us know in the comments what topics you'd like us to add in future installments.Be excellent to one another
Dodge the drama and become the player everyone wants in their group with advice from The Drama Mamas Drama-Buster Guide. Got a question? Email the mamas at firstname.lastname@example.org