Anticipating, Planning, and Other GM Stuff
I’m not entirely sure how I got stuck with being a Co-GM, but um, I am. And as such, the natural planner in me is getting quite the workout. Take the last few weeks…
One of my main tanks (and one of my raid leaders) is leaving the game because the game isn’t doing it for him. OK, we’ll miss him, but we’re ok, we have 2 full-time tanks left and a part-time tank/dps, and 1 raid leader. Even so, I start thinking that’s not enough roster depth – or enough raid leaders.
Hey, Monkey (one of our raid leaders), how would you feel about being a tank? Leveling one? Ya know, just in case… Anyone else want to lead raids? Oh OK, we got that covered… and then…
Then my Co-GM and her husband (a TANK!) decide to play with cuddly WoW Pandas.
Now I’m in freakout mode. I have just gone from Co-GM to potentially the GM – at least until I find a replacement. It also occurs to me that my Co-GM currently does raid rostering and recruiting, which now need to be done by someone (hint: not me).
Also, now we’re clearly short a tank! Oh wait, that’s right, Monkey is leveling a tank for just such a predicament! And because I was neurotic when our first tank quit, Monkey is already within spitting distance of 50! Whew, crisis averted on that one.
So now we just have to see what we have and what we need to recruit. I have heard rumblings about people maybe changing roles, so I want to nail that down before deciding what we need to add to the roster. In the meantime I’ll remove the “we are not accepting applications at all!” notices from the guild website, but not make an announcement soliciting applications until we know exactly what roles we need.
But wait! F2P comes along. Is everyone going to be still subscribing? Um, dunno. Let’s give them a few days to sort that out before figuring out recruiting needs. And of course there’s still a chance that the pandas will kidnap a few more guildies.
About a day later it dawns on me that my Co-GM also has the mumble server. Oh right, mumble. We need that.
At this point, I have a few gdocs going for planning purposes. One is aptly named “GM Shit” and I take perverse pleasure in doing a strikethrough of the shit I’ve already completed. And all sorts of other checklists. I may be losing my mind.
How did I get stuck with Co-GM-ship?