Grrr, silly forums won't let me pick Medevacc at the moment. Suppose it takes a while for databases to catch up after a transfer.. Only transferred last night so our people will drift in over the next few days or so. If you want a look at our roster, take a look at dreadmaul / now in stereo.
So, yes, Mangs (former GM) wll be moving his toons over but he has not been playing for a while, too busy with work. I did drag him into a raid a few weeks back, but its a rarity. I am hoping (so is he!) that he will be back at the expansion. Ironically I moved from FM years ago to get away from the organisational side, so I think I want him back more than anyone about now! I'm a GM in RL and more than happy for others to help take the load in game! My role of late has been to delegate various roles as people put their hand up and simply handle any gaps and strategic decisions.
As for 25 man comments. Yes!
Till the last few months I have always raided 40 and then 25s. 10s just seems too simple and just not very epic. I do enjoy 10s but the 25s still seem like serious business to me, 10s are just something you do for a casual run. Has been difficult to get used to and then take 10s seriously. I know they are supposed to be on par difficulty wise and by most measures I think they are, but the style is very different and as a healer I like diversity in 10s, but I also miss niche roles of 25s.
Was sad when we dropped back to 10s on Dread, another long standing guild did same a week later, and that was it for Dreadmaul 25 horde, I think just the one left on Alliance. Just no decent raiders left to keep numbers and quality up. Its been a struggle esp since adept left the server (top 10 world guild that attracted quality players to Dread, we were a long 2nd to them for a while). For much of this expasnion we had to fill our 25 with weaker casuals or just go with as few as 22 peeps some weeks. Of course that only accelerates our top players getting bored with it. Players rarely leave us for other guilds, but we had a lot simply go casual or give up, the game and/or drift off to SWTOR (I woudl add, that grp seem to be returning).
I have also found 10s to be a little vulnerable to one or 2 key peeps missing relative to 25s. Typical raid this week -- got a trial into our wednesday run after someone away for a week, cleared to spine and first 3 attempts make it to last plate. Thu, someone caught at wor at last second and things don't go well.
It will take us a while to find our feet on FM. I'm expecting practically all our regular raiders to make the move over the next week but we still need a lot of recruits to make the jump to 25s. I don't want to have to trial a zillion new peeps in a single raid so probably will plan for the sunday run to be a bit casual and fill up with pugs, as well as runnign new peeps in the stronger wed grp where possible. Mainly there to get a look at new peeps. Hoping it will take just a few weeks here to be north of 20 solid raiders (expecting about a dozen odd currently active raiders to transfer) before we look at making the jump.
Particularly looking for people who have the patience to build a strong 25 man grp over time and want to be part of a lasting guild community. NIS are near 4 years old now, we have a long term view and the guild has never been dependant on a small group of people as many fly by night 10s are.
Yes, I also write too much. And I want the sort of people who can read, and want to know about the people and guild they are joining, so maybe its not too much!