I want people to want to raid with us. I want us to have a pool of raiders that is greater than our need. I want people to be able to “take a night off” and not have it prevent us from raiding.
This means that we’ll end up with a situation where we need 25 people and have 30 people available.
How do you choose who goes? How do you keep it fair so that the 5 people who aren’t chosen stay in the guild and have a fair chance at going “next time”?
Right now we’re very bad at this. I want to get better.
I dislike the idea of telling the raid that 5 people need to volunteer to not go. The 30 people showed up for the raid because they want to raid. Asking 5 of them to opt out just seems like it’s heading for frustration and unhappiness.
Fiancee (guild leader) suggested that it should be the responsibility of the Raid Leader to pick the 5 people to sit out. I agree with him that in the end is should be the Raid Leader’s decision.. but I want to establish some kind of rules so that the raiders don’t feel that the Raid Leader is just picking their favorite people to go.
– Give preference to players who signed up for the raid and showed up on time and prepared.
– Fill roles and required classes first (If we must have 2 warlocks for this raid.. and only 2 warlocks showed up, those two are guaranteed spots).
– If roles/classes can’t be filled with the “mains” that showed up start looking among the alts.
– Give preference to people who didn’t go last time. (I guess this means we’ll need to track who was asked to sit out previous raids). (Caveat here.. I really want to raid on my main.. but because we lack healers I’m often asked to change to my alt.. I want to raid on my main so saying “Nibuca needs to sit out this week because she raided with us last week” when I raided last week on my Pally at your request.. doesn’t seem terribly fair.)
– Penalize people who sign up for raids but don’t show up.
The question is.. how do you implement this? Really, I’m looking for ideas.. I don’t want to re-invent existing wheels.