This week’s maintenance day promises no downtime, so I’m going to go ahead and release a quick post early.
This week’s tip goes something like this: shut up and pay the piper.
I’ve run with quite a few guilds, PuGs, meta-groups, etc. in my day, and one thing they all have in common is people who complain about the expense of raiding. Most commonly, this has to do with the cost of repairs, which, to be blunt is simply ridiculous. If you can’t afford the pittance that is your repair bill after a day of wipes, then just find a new hobby: you can’t afford raiding in WoW.
When I get these sorts of complaints in a group, I always try to fire back that even my worst repair bill has been less than half a day of dailies. And of course then some people will complain that they don’t have time to do dailies. Which is, of course, complete poppycock, especially from anyone who is leveling – or already has leveled – alt(s). Doubly so coming from a group that offers perks like free or discounted enchants, crafting, gems, flasks, etc. I’ve even seen quite a few complaints from a group that offers free enchants, free flasks, and free gems to its regulars (not to mention free fish feasts laid out). Meaning that the repair bill is the one and only expense they are asked to pay for during raiding and they still find cause to complain. Don’t be one of those guys.
I may be being a bit curmudgeonly about this, but here’s the way I see it: do a damn daily or stfu about your expenses. I’ve seen this sentiment echoed by many fellow raiders, albeit some have used more tact to express themselves. But that’s really all there is to it. Even the most expensive day of wipes (and I’ve sat through some excruciating 2-3 hour wipefests) doesn’t add up to much: it costs less than an hour of dailies will net you. So, there’s the rub: there isn’t a week that goes by that we don’t have somebody pipe up that they have to call it quits because they can’t afford the repairs after only a handful of wipes. Which, again, sorry to be so blunt, is shamelessly rude to the other 9 or 24 people that are counting on you to finish the raid. Especially if one or more of those players has spent a couple hours fishing, gathering herbs, or doing PVP to stock your group with consumables (like fish feasts, potions/flasks, and gems, respectively) in *addition* to meeting their personal needs.
Before you sign on to join a raid group, be aware that raiding carries with it certain expenses: gems, enchants, repairs, consumables (potions, flasks, bandages, food). Expecting a raid group to call it quits because you couldn’t be bothered to pony up your fair share is the pinnacle of rudeness. It doesn’t matter how you come up with your raiding money: ply your profession in trade, work the Auction House, do some dailies. All that really matters is that you make a bit of gold during the week. There are dozens of ways to come up with the money you need to cover your raiding. I’d aim for 100g per weekend to cover repairs, but the chances are good you will never ever need that much. 100g per week is ridiculously easy to make these days. I can do it in about 30 minutes at the argent tournament. So, for the love of all things holy, don’t tell your raid group that you can’t afford your repair bills. Or at least don’t expect any sympathy from them when you do.