My guild is really small. I’m talking tiny — We have 3 actual members (35 toons though!): Me, my husband and my real-life best friend. We started the guild to get the guild bank since we (read: my husband) likes to keep everything. But I have some aspirations, mainly to raid.
Of course, keeping a small guild has benefits and costs. One benefit is complete trust of the members. We know each other really well and we have good real-life relationships. This transfers to the game in most aspects because we know what the other is thinking or going to do/react/feel. The cost, however, is that we miss out on things like pre-made battleground groups, raids, and even full guild dungeon runs. Before patch 4.0.1 and the onset of Guild Reputation, this cost was not as visible. But now we won’t even get credit for a 10-man PUG. /sadface
I want to get us raiding, but my biggest concern is that my guildies are not ready for raiding. My best friend has done many, many (many!) 5-man dungeons/heroics in Wrath on her shaman as both ranged DPS (Elemental) and healer (Resto) and is quite a good healer. She has never raided though. My husband has done bajillions of 5-man dungeons on his ret paladin and fury warrior; he’s even done the weekly raid a couple of times (Noth the Plaguebringer). God bless his heart, he’s not very situationally aware, however, and I’m concerned that he would die 2 seconds into the fight because he wasn’t paying attention (this is also a topic for another post that I’m going to draft right now).
I’m ready to stop complaining (and leveling my alt army) and do something about seeing raid content. I would be content at this point to start with vanilla raids to get our feet wet. I’ve even scheduled an Ahn’qiraj raid (which we will likely 3-man..but I digress) for next Sunday at 1:00p central. I’m working now to get some guides together since we* have never raided before and don’t really** know the first thing to do.
I’m also sprucing up our guild website in the hopes of recruiting more players soon. I approached the issue last night with my best friend and she mentioned “maybe we need to get some toons in another guild.” I’m not adverse to this idea; I think it’s great. I do have some concerns, but I’d rather not voice them publicly. If you care to help, send me an email at lizziaftw (at) gmail (dot) com. Also, if you have any suggestions on expanding our guild, let me know in the comments!