March 15, 2010 9 Comments
I’m one of those people who would rather be 30 minutes early than 2 seconds late. You may not have known that about me, so I thought I’d share. I may be lazy about a great number of things but when it comes to punctuality, I’m your man.
I’m a big fan of my raids starting on time. In fact if everyone’s there early, that’s even better. Why is it so important to me for these things to get started correctly? Because it sets a good tone for the raid. At least in my opinion, a raid that starts on time is more likely to be successful than one that doesn’t.
Let’s compare this to the morning I’ve had so far. For those of you who are unaware, I teach music at an elementary school. Monday and Wednesday mornings, I meet with my chorus students before school for rehearsal. Well, today being a Monday, I had set my alarm last night to make sure I’d be up and good to go well in excess of the time I’d need to be at work.
Before you ask, yes, my alarm had already been set to DST. As I mentioned earlier, I’m a tad compulsive with time.
Anyway, I need to arrive at work by 7:00 to beat my students here, and on any normal day that’s certainly the case. The exception today was when my wife rolled over to say “I think I heard your alarm go off earlier.” Most certainly, she had. The problem was, I didn’t. I glanced at my watch which was reading 7:12. Somehow I managed a power-shower and was out the door by 7:16 (1 minute after rehearsal starts).
Now, normally it takes me about 8 minutes to drive the 3 miles to work. Today, it took 14. I had to wait behind the school bus that picks up an entire neighborhood of children, and another that picks up students who go to my school. I arrived at 7:30, much to the delight of my students that had been sitting in the hallway being watched by a colleague. We tried to rehearse, but 10 minutes in, I canceled rehearsal, because they didn’t have it in them with me being 15 minutes late.
What does this have to do with raiding?
I mentioned before that I believe that raids that start on time will do better than those that do not. I still hold that opinion. Players are more focused when you start at a given time. Any time that you have to wait on people or look for replacements, players often begin to lose their focus or attempt to down the AFK boss.
In fact, if it takes more than a minute or so to get everything sorted out, you’re likely to have lost the attention of some of the more responsible players that had been ready far ahead of raid time. When you lose your focus it can be hard to get it back. But the absolute worst thing is quicksand.
Quicksand is an explanation used in the movie “The Replacements” (I saw it for about the 20th time this weekend) by Keanu Reeves’ character, Shane Falco. Trying to describe his fear, he talks about quicksand. What he means is that one thing goes wrong so you push harder, and another thing goes wrong. You push even harder and another thing goes wrong. It’s cyclical.
Does this happen in raids? You bet. I find that it happens even more when you feel your behind too. When you see this happening, it’s often a good idea to either move on to a different boss / raid, or simply stop for the evening. At least in my experience, this happens most often when we get a late start, shortening an already shortened raid.
Are all raids that start late unsuccessful? No. I try not to make blanket statements like that. Is it more likely that a raid will be less successful due to a tardy start? I’d buy that.