From The Eyes of a Guild Master

Once a week I will be interviewing a GM of a guild. This week I interviewed Lexivus, a Co-GM of the Elune guild, Fight.  I greatly enjoyed my conversation with Lex and was giving some great info that I will share with the other officers of Perpetuus Mos.

Ok, so, lets start with what made you want to help run a guild?
I’m a pretty big wow nerd, and I wanted to help out my guild by doing that kind of stuff for straight leadership stuff, I wanted to feel useful, and I didn’t want other people to have to bear that burden.

You seem to be the kind of guy who enjoys helping people out. How does that impact how you carry out your duties as an officer? gear doesn't fix stupid
I’ll try to go out of my way to help people, with quests or information, or showing them how to be better, that sort of stuff.

“Showing people how to be better” do you ever have problems making suggestions to others on playing?
Yeah, sometimes, for simple stuff it’s not so bad like “You need to keep dots up more” but, if I was going to tell someone how EXACTLY to do something, I’m a bit hesitant to do that.

Yea, that tends to make me nervous too, especially with classes I don’t play, haha. Let’s say there’s a new guildie who seems to be troublesome, how do you handle that? Someone who’s not following raid rules, or is being purposely offending to another guild member or an officer.
Any sort of personal matter, we’d kick them… The same for people who just don’t “fit in” with us, such as  people who can only talk dirty. But as far as raid rules or performance, I’d have a chat with them on what they are doing wrong and show them how to improve.

what’s your favorite part of being an officer?
Making a difference.

What’s your least favorite thing about being an officer in your guild? Does anything really make you cringe?
I really don’t like when the other officers argue, but the most frustrating thing is the people who don’t pull their own weight and having to deal with them, even though they have been around for a very long time.

I can see how that could be rather stressful.  Does being an officer ever have an impact on your day to day life?
You bet,  dealing with that many peoples lives, for so much time out of the day you feel some sort of connection with them, then they go and act like a retard, or start acting like a new person, and you have to deal with it trying to come up with stuff that will keep everyone happy but that never works, thinking to your self “what could I have done better”, or second guessing yourself when laying down something new (those are pretty much reasons for stress, not necessarily things that happen as a result of stress).

Have you ever regretting becoming an officer? If so, when?
I’ve regretted some of the decisions I’ve made, but not actually becoming an officer

My mom used to say ‘You can keep some of the people happy some of the time, but you can’t keep all the people happy all the time”, which I always think about when settling something in game. What sayings do you think apply to real life and wow both?
You’re damned if you do, you’re damned if you don’t.

What kind of goals do you and the other officers hope to accomplish with the guild?
Well, we’ve been around for like 12 years we’re a bunch of guys who game together we were around before wow, and will be after… We’ve met up in real life to mess around, we’ve helped our members in time of need (Hurricane Katrina). But as far as WoW goes, we want to beat the game, which to us, is killing Illidan

It must be nice to have a guild with people you’ve known for so long, kind of like an extended family. 
realIt is some people are in it just to raid, which is cool but we’re not quite about that we’re more interested in getting people who “get it” and having them stick around as long term members, even outside of WoW.

What advice would you give to someone looking to start a guild?
Find good people with common goals to your own, have definite reasons for starting your own guild, rather than joining another, and be prepared to sacrifice.

Last but not least, I’m going to give you a free space to say what you want. Be it rant, invite to readers to join the guild, random joke, just something you’d like to share.
The one thing you can’t fix is personality.  Gear can be easily acquired, skills can be improved, but you will not be able to change the way someone acts or thinks.  Recruit the person, not the avatar.  Also, gear doesn’t fix stupid.

What’s something that other officers, guild masters, or even guild members should keep in mind?
When dealing with people, remember, it’s not some imaginary person on the other end. It’s really a person, with emotions, and feelings… You have to act like a person back to them you have to be nice and civil.

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