I know. It’s like I can’t shut up about guild leadership lately. But I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what the immediate outcomes have been of not having any officers in the new guild.
Honestly, it’s been great so far from a GM perspective. Yes, we have a few little wrinkles to get worked out, such as figuring out which ranks should have which permissions so that I am not, as GM, stuck with being the only person able to invite, promote, demote, have bank access and so forth.
In our short time of being a guild without officers, I have personally been able to really relax into the game for what feels like the first time in years. As an example of how things have been going:
Guildie X points out that if we want to attract raiders, we need to get raid-ready ourselves, poking a little at a few people who haven’t been doing their dailies. In response, Guildie Y goes a bit mad with creating spreadsheets of who is and isn’t enchanted and gemmed and makes a post praising Guildie Z for being fully decked out. (The GM is chastised for having been rather lazy on the enchanting front and ashamedly gets most of her gear enchanted that day.)
Meanwhile, Guildie Y has also seized command of the guild calendar, and nightly signups for heroics or just regular 5-mans to get some more people geared for heroics have proliferated.
I look back on how it used to be, with too damn many officers, all of whom did very little to actually help the guild, preferring instead to treat officership like some sort of insiders club where they could talk amongst themselves in their little clique. I recall making rules and chivying and cajoling and beating my head against the brick wall that was getting anyone else to step up and take responsibility for anything.
I find I much prefer being fenceless and officerless. If I can be a dork for just a moment, it makes the opportunities in Eff the Ineffable seem boundless.
To steal more words from Zel, the officers in WWAB needed incentive to do their jobs. In EtI, we don’t have jobs, but we all have incentive to get shit done.