- The Casual Raider’s Handbook: Paying Market Value
- The Casual Raider’s Handbook: Gearing Strategies for All Play Schedules
- The Casual Raider’s Handbook: Planning, Scheduling, and Plotting (in-game and out)
- The Casual Raider’s Handbook: Don’t Procrastinate
- The Casual Raider’s Handbook: Working Stupid Hours
- The Casual Raider’s Handbook: Professions
- The Casual Raider’s Handbook: Night Before Raid Checklist
Let’s face facts. Your days mucking about online waiting for an event to come together (if you ever had that luxury in the first place) are over.
Planning is NOT just for Raiding
If you have 2 hours to do a heroic, you want to spend those 2 hours in a heroic, not 1 hour getting the group together and 1 hour actually doing the stupid dungeon (and not finishing). Time to be anal-retentive and pencil it into your datebook.
What? You can’t make events there? Ask your GM for permission! As long as you’re not poaching from srs bzns official guild events, it should be cool. Or your GM is a turd. I mean, uh, did I say that out loud?
You could ask an officer to make the events for you if you’re in the type of guild with a hierarchy. I forget that those exist sometimes.
These SHOULD be frequently used by the casual player and are woefully underused! See, you can plot and coordinate on the forums at any time of day, from any device, without an authenticator. You can log into the forums from your phone, from work, whatever. If you have little time in-game, calendar events may be difficult to manage, because you are only coming face-to-face with the calendar once a day, if that, depending on how often you log in. You can login to the forums every day multiple times a day. So can everyone else.
What are you waiting for? /buttslap
Making Everyone Else Get with the Program
Isn’t THAT the million dollar question. Seriously, I have no clue. There are guild masters all over the internet at this very moment tearing their hair out, rocking back and forth, and muttering incoherently about “we have forums, you know” or “checking the damn calendar.”
If your guild happens to use one of the above, then that’s great. Stick to whatever they already happen to be using. Don’t try to herd the cats into a new spot by moving their litter pan. They’ll just pee on the floor in confusion.
If they’re using none of the above, and just dead-set against it, well you can try. If enough people are using a planning system, and the ones who don’t use it end up getting left out of crap because they fail to reserve their spot, maybe they will get cracking on it. More likely, they will whine about being excluded from “that clique of nerdy forum people” and fail to grasp the point. But again, you can try.