Posted by: ariedan | April 9, 2009

How To Get Past Your Trial Period.

This guide is meant to be a follow-up to my previous guide, How To Get Accepted Into Any Guild. If you haven’t read that guide yet, I would recommend you reading it first.

The Trial Period

Congratulations, you were accepted into your guild of choice. Regardless of how good your application was, however, this is the real test of character. People are going to be judging your personality and skills harder than you’ve ever been judged before in this game. Can you make the cut?


Research

Before you ever step foot in a raid with them, there are certain things you need to research. If you’re jumping into a guild far more progressed than you’ve experienced, then you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you. Thoroughly research every new boss encounter and the trash leading to it, read every strat available, and watch videos to understand the fight in action. Make sure you understand your role in the fights, and if you have any questions regarding how the fights are done, do not hesitate to ask someone in your new guild. The only stupid questions are the ones you never asked.

Even if you’ve experienced all the content this game has to offer, you still have a few things you should find out. Ask around, find out how this guild does things. Some of the worst mistakes I’ve made in a new guild were made because I they did the fight differently than I was used to doing. Again, never be afraid to ask questions. I would rather someone who asked a lot of questions over someone who constantly made mistakes because he/she was too proud or shy to ask any questions.

Mods

If you’re a new transfer, your mods are going to be reset. If you use a lot of mods like I do, you’re going to probably be spending 15 or 20 minutes sorting through all the crap that’s on your screen. Make sure they all work before you raid. Nothing is more irritating than for an initiate to wait until their first boss fight to say, “Crap! Sorry, guys, I need to reload my UI.” If you use fancy raid frames, ask for volunteers in guild chat to briefly join a raid group so you can sort out your mods.

And regardless of being a transfer or a server native, make sure you use the mods the guild requires. Update Omen and Deadly Boss Mods, and ask to make sure you’re not missing anything important.

Girls

This is a rather delicate subject, and one that I don’t particularly enjoy discussing, but it’s something that needs to be said. As a fellow female player and one that takes this game relatively seriously, there’s nothing that will get under my skin quicker than the e-flirt type. Most officers feel the same way, regardless of gender.

If you’re a female, you do not need to advertise your gender. You are there to raid, not to ask for dates. There’s nothing wrong with posting your picture in the guild photo thread, but for god’s sake, don’t post it the first day you join, and don’t post anything with large amounts of cleavage or little clothing. Second of all, don’t expect extra attention and leeway for poor performance. And last of all, do not flirt. Again, you’re in the guild to raid, not to provide cheap amusement to the more immature guys in the guild.

On that note, guys, do not flirt with the girls in the guild. It’s annoying when anyone does it, but even more so when you’re a new recruit. There’s nothing wrong with being social and friendly, but it reflects poorly on your character when it looks like you’re just there to flirt. Not to mention, you might offend someone. Some, maybe even most, girls don’t play for dates and attention, and are offended when guys won’t leave them alone.

Punctuality and Attendance

At least 15 minutes before the raid is scheduled to begin, make sure you are online. Don’t be involved with anything- dailies, pvp, five-mans, Karazhan, and so on. It shows you don’t care about wasting people’s time, and is deeply frowned upon. Make sure you are repaired beforehand, and that you have the proper consumables and gear you will need for the night.

If you have to leave the raid early, let the officers/raid leader(s) know before the raid starts. Don’t wait until five minutes before you need to leave to let them know they need to find a replacement pronto. Try not to do this as little as possible. If you can’t stay for the whole raid, you’re eventually not going to get any raid invites.

If you have to miss a raid, be sure to inform them. Most guilds have attendance threads or forums, and expect you to post when you will be absent for a raid. Don’t wait until the last minute to post you will be absent, either- try to give them as much notice as possible.

Realize that as a new recruit, you will be expected to have nearly perfect attendance. Some guilds will work with you if you have to miss a raid or two, but most expect you to at least have perfect attendance during your trial period.

And on a similar note, don’t go afk during raids. If you need to take a small bathroom break during trash, that is acceptable, but always tell the raid you’re going afk. Barring emergencies, do not ever take a prolonged afk.

Invites

Be prepared to not be invited to all the raids. As a new member, you get last priority on raid spots. Don’t complain if you aren’t invited, and don’t ask for an invite if you don’t get one. Be waiting outside the instance and on vent in case they need you. Some guilds switch people in and out for different boss fights, and it could be they would prefer you to come in for a certain fight later on. Don’t log off if you don’t get an invite. It’s unbelievable how many initiates you see log after when they don’t get a raid invite, and then aren’t around when we’re ready to invite them 30 minutes later.

Don’t Expect Anything

Don’t expect summons- sign on early and get to the instance on your own. It shows initiative and effort. Don’t expect consumables or marks of the Illidari- be ready with your own consumables. Don’t expect loot- if nobody wants the loot and they plan on disenchanting it, sure, pip up and mention you’d like it. But initiates do not EVER ask for loot. This is your trial period, so you’re here to show them what you can provide them, not what they can provide you.

Don’t Complain

People who complain are annoying. Initiates who complain are even more annoying. Don’t cry about dying, your loot luck being horrible, or not getting raid invites. Don’t complain about other members. Don’t complain about your past guild. Got it?

This Isn’t Your Last Guild

Want to know what annoys people more than people who complain a lot? People who join a new guild and complain about how they do things, comparing every trash pull, boss positioning, and strategy to what they’re used to. Yes, this is a different guild. Quietly accept that things will be different. You made the decision to join/transfer to this guild, and you need to understand that some sacrifices will be made.

Mistakes

Grow thicker skin if your feelings are hurt easily. Be ready to endure people telling you everything you do wrong. You need to also be on the lookout for your own mistakes- some raid leaders don’t actively point out mistakes the first time you make them, but expect you to notice what you did wrong and fix them yourself. And do not for any reason try to justify or make excuses for your mistakes. Accept constructive criticism when given, learn how to fix it, and don’t make the same mistake twice. And take responsibility for your own actions! If you accidentally pulled that extra pack of trash and wiped the raid, don’t wait for someone to ask who did it, and certainly don’t blame it on anyone else. Be mature and own up to your blunders. It makes you look a better person.

Know Your Place

If somebody in unfair or rude to you, don’t argue. If somebody makes an outrageous mistake, don’t point it out. If someone’s spec or itemization is horrible, don’t attack them and tell them how to improve. This isn’t your guild yet, you’re a trial member, they’re trying you out. If you have an issue with a member’s behavior, approach an officer with it in whispers. Don’t try to handle it yourself- even if you’re right in the situation, being involved in heated arguments or drama as a new member makes you look bad.

Don’t try to jump in on all the jokes your first night. Yes, it’s probably funny when the whole guild gangs up the MT and mock-insults him. But you don’t know this guy yet, so it would be odd to chime in and call him a stupidmeaniepoopyface the first night you join. You’re not going to pick up on all the inside jokes in the very beginning, so don’t try.

Talk, Don’t Type

People don’t want to read raid chat during raids. If you have something important to say, especially if it’s during a boss fight, say it. If you’re personally addressed in vent, especially respond.

Loosen Up, Have Some Fun!

Last of all, don’t take it all too seriously! Run heroics or do some battlegrounds with guildmates. Talk in guild chat, hang out in vent when you’re not raiding, post on the forums. Try to get to know some people, it’ll make everything more fun and make you less nervous. Crack a joke every once in a while, take initiative to make a new friend. This is a video game, after all, so be sure to enjoy yourself along with everything else.

Stay positive and don’t be afraid to work a little hard, and you’ll do fine. Good luck, and I hope this was of some aid for those seeking a new guild.


Responses

  1. I love how well thought out every single one of your posts are, and I commend you on that. And you certainly touch every aspect of this subject with great explanation! Great post!

    • Thank you! I have a really bad habit of rambling on, though. But I guess I gave you all good warning about that with the blog title. :D

  2. I know what you mean about the e-flirts, but it does remind me of the raid I joined in TBC where one of the raid leaders was a very friendly woman who was also a dreadful flirt and turned the air blue with her jokes on vent (even the guys laughed a bit nervously). She was a great player, just kind of a ladette.

    The other side of trials imo is that you have to decide if you like the guild or not. If they turn out to be really crazy, or really slack, or offensive on vent, or some other thing you can’t stand, you can always give a polite excuse (sorry, it isn’t working out) and leave.

    Good post!

  3. “On that note, guys, do not flirt with the girls in the guild.”

    Would it be ok for the guys to shamelessly flirt with the other guys? Seriously though, the ditsy girl thing is -so- over played it’s becoming more sad than funny for me. Then again the “cute” little giggle and suggestive emoticons are pretty much wasted on me…

  4. Your note about girls in gaming is too true. I have a female, WoW-playing friend at work, and she’s told me horror stories of wiping raids when she’d speak on Vent for the first time, and everyone else found out she was a girl and couldn’t control their excitement. (I’m assuming this was a PUG situation, but still…yeesh!)

  5. This was a nice post for my girlfriend who’s just been accepted as a trial in my guild!

  6. Love your blog. Just don’t get burned out from posting too frequently cause then we all lose out ;)

    • Oh, I won’t! I already have a few drafts stockpiled in case I get busy. ;)

      What can I say.. I’m a warrior of.. many.. words? *rimshot*

  7. […] lists including how to make your raid leader love you or being a good officer, how to get through a trial period with a new guild, and musings on why she (you) still plays, there’s certainly something for […]

  8. Most women who play WoW that I know do nothing but sit around in guild chat flirting with every nerd that speaks with them. To find one who not only plays the game but is this versed in the matters of relations and game mechanics is a breath of fresh air. This zombie is pleased.

    Sargeras sent me

    • Sargeras is a dangerously devious man.. er, titan, or whatever he is. He has my thanks for recommending me to others, even if you are a zombie.

      • The trick is to not care if you offend :) It’s gotten me far in life >.>

      • Oh, one more thing. You are on the first realm I ever played on. I was a night elf rogue (before I became a zombie rogue on my new server)

      • Which realm? I wonder if we might have known each other in passing.

      • Doomhammer. I was on there for a few months after launch, probably didn’t see me.

  9. Not to sound overly dramatic or anything but this is mostly true, but alot of it points to a more work perspective. THAT HAS TO STOP. THIS game is not a job, this game is made to have fun and be entertained, dont get me wrong, unseriousness is a bitch named… something, but to quote “you are here only to raid” sounds baaaaad, you are here to progress in the game, you are here to enjoy the raid, you ARE here to HAVE FUN.

    Sorry but even though most you wrote was “right” it still should be said in a different tone.

    Too serious for my taste.

  10. I just found your blog, and I’m loving it. I’m not a raider, but I still find your blog interesting, so that should say something (what, I’m not sure :-) )

    Anyway, in reference to your point “This Isn’t Your Last Guild” I figured I’d point something out that may not have occurred to you. I got in “trouble” with this issue back in college – certainly I didn’t win friends. I had gone through 5 years of Army ROTC in Jr. High and High School, and then I got to college and was in Air Force ROTC. There were some differences, to say the least.

    I would ask questions to clarify things, and often preface it with “We would do it this way. But you want it like this… and list differences” Now that I’m older, I can see why people would possibly think I was complaining, or saying my way was better. That was, in fact, not the case. It was me trying to clarify the differences and cement them in my thick skull.

    Anyway, I figured I’d just point out that not everyone who mentions there old whateverous is doing so because they wish they were still there or think the old way was better.

    Thanks again for the great blog – it’s good reading :-)

  11. Anyway, I figured I’d just point out that not everyone who mentions *their* old whateverous is doing so because they wish they were still there or think the old way was better.

    Ack. I promise I know how to spell. *sigh*


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