The following are the raiding rules for inclusion in Spectacular Death's raids. Please note that these rules are subject to change should guild progression warrant updates. If you have any questions about these guidelines, talk to Gimmlette. Raids and guild events start at 9 p.m. Llane server time. This is East Coast time. Notification to start heading toward the raiding location is generally given 10-15 minutes AHEAD of raid time. On the occasion that we might have a different start time, this will be publicized in advance.
1. We are doing this for fun, because the instance/raid is there and to do something as a guild. This is not a life or death event. Enjoy the wipes or your characters deaths as well as the killing of the mobs. I want to strongly, strongly discourage the use of the sentence, "Okay, who pulled?" Doesn't matter who pulled and it doesn't matter the outcome. This is a game and it's supposed to be fun.
2. Courtesy is expected at all times. Treat everyone as a friend.
3. The Raid Leader(s) is/are the leader(s). His or her say is the final word on which bosses will be done, how groups will be configured, explanation of boss fights, etc. It is permissible to disagree with the raid leader but this should be done with guideline #2 in mind. A suggestion that a fight be done a different way is acceptable, but suggestions must be given after an initial wipe or if the raid leader(s) ask for them. Otherwise, your task is to execute the instructions of the raid leader(s) to the best of your abilities. Argumentative players will be kicked from a raid. Remember the rule of typing, "We cannot hear your tone of voice. Therefore, be certain the words you use cannot be misconstrued."
4. Come on time and ready to go with all potions/reagents/food on you. We provide many raiding needs, but come with whatever you feel you need to raid effectively and successfully. This, often, is not what the guild provides. Come fully repaired. Do not wait for summons. It is your responsibility to find the entrance to any and all raids you wish to run with Spectacular Death and then get there at the appointed time. It is your responsibility to stop what you are doing and start moving toward the raiding location. Do not ask to start a new event at 8:45 as this is hugely disrespectful to raiders. It is also strongly suggested that you not ask to start a new event at 8:30 as people assembling for a raid need time to wind down their tasks, collect their materials and move to the raid location. Raid times listed are Llane server time. Llane is an Eastern time zone server. If you are not in the Llane time zone, you need to figure out what time you need to be at the raiding location relative to your time zome. People consistently sitting around waiting to be summoned will not be invited to raids.
5. To be considered "raid ready", if you have new gear, get it gemmed and/or enchanted. Even low level gems and enchants are better than none. If you are unsure of what would be useful to your class and spec, ask in chat. We have a weatlh of information in this guild. Plus, we have people who can cut gems and do enchants. ASK. In the event we have more people ready to raid than we have slots, players at the raid site on time will be given priority over people not on time. If you will be late, talk to the raid officers or Gimmlette. Real life always, always, takes precedent over this game. You are not penalized for missing a raid. We just ask for courtesy to your fellow raiders. Remember there are other people who have blocked off their time to come raid.
6. When you get gear/weapon upgrades from a raid, please wait until after the raid to gem and enchant them.
7. Do not have any non-combat pet out during a current content raids unless permission is given by the raid leader(s). They are a distraction when we are trying to learn a fight. The sole exception is item #13.
8. If the opportunity is presented, do not release during an endgame fight unless you are told to. Watch the fight. Provide encouragement. Once the boss fight starts and you die, you cannot return to battle. Just wait it out.
9. We require Discord. Set up information for Spectacular Death's Discord server can be found on the front page of the web site under the "Voice" tab. If you do not have a working microphone, you need to let the Raid Leader know that you are "hear only". We do not require any other software to raid with us, but we strongly recommend you get a threat meter and DBM or equivalent.
10. Breaks will be given for bio and food. This usually comes within one hour of the start of a raid. Longer raids will have more breaks. If you need a break for any reason outside the usual break time, whisper an officer.
11. Real life takes precedent over a raid. If something comes up while you are raiding, an "afk-rl" is requested. Please try to whisper the raid leader(s) or assistant(s) if you need to leave.
12. Please pay attention in voice or raid chat. Fights will be explained. Directions will be given. Questions asked and answered. Joking between fights is acceptable and expected, the badder the pun, the better. But, when we are ready to fight, we need to be ready to fight. Watching TV or playing where family members may distract you is discouraged. It's a matter of courtesy and respect. If your family wants to spend time with you, they take priority over pixels. If what's on TV is important to you, that's where your attention should be.
13. Someone needs to remind Gimmlette or the raid leader that the guild mascot, Mr. Wiggles, needs to accompany us for boss fights.
14. We respectfully request that you not run current content raids at the same date and time that SD runs their raids unless there is no room in our raid. Repeatedly doing this is rude and disrespectful to your guild and is a sign that, perhaps, what we offer is not what you want.
These are guidelines and will be adapted to every raiding situation. Always discuss things with the raid leader(s) or Gimmlette. Remember guideline #1, we are in this for fun. It's not always going to work right the first time or second or even third. Patience, courtesy, and respect to your fellow players goes a long way toward making the raiding experience a fun one.