I was quiet yesterday. I am sorry. I was mentally sorting through some WoW things that popped up after our raid Monday.
Bottom line, the officers were talking about the various paths my guild could take. One is to continue on as-is, working on M'uru and recruiting our behinds off to maintain an active pool of players. We're doing about 3-4 1-hour long interviews every week and Fozec scans the LFG forums everyday looking for classes we're getting low on (like holy priests). We added a mage and warlock just last night.
Another option is to take a break until WotLK. We've been raiding every. single. week. since about 2 months into BC. We haven't missed a raid, although we have called one or two early. It's summer, people have friends and families, M'uru is designed to make us spin our wheels...
We also talked about merging with another guild, or even transferring servers. One issue we run into is potential raiding recruits are turned off by our "RP-PVE" server status. "Do you guys rp?" is the number one question we get from people in interviews. The connotation is if you rp, you're going to spend a ton of time talking your way through an instance rather than just killing things. There are a lot of people that are scared to rp, too. I can only imagine how many people have blown us off merely for our server type.
And by being an rp server, we don't draw the type of people that want to raid. Our recruiting is 100% cross-server at this point. The closest Horde guild in progression just downed Kalecgos. Beyond that there isn't much. And would you really want to transfer to a server where only 2 guilds are doing end game? Personally I'd be kind of scared.
The guild we'd theoretically merge with is Alliance. Yes, that's right. We'd be rerolling. lol The downside is I royally pee'd off one of their members a while ago, so I doubt I'd want to make the move.
The most likely option besides just keep doing what we're doing is to take a break. I feel like if that happened I would try to find a guild that would get me through the last two bosses of the game. I don't want to give up when we're so close.
In the end, though, we're still recruiting and still making a go of things. I don't have a solution for finding more holy priests, which is what's keeping us from being viable against M'uru. One idea is to switch back mains and work on gearing up my priest. We also got a really good warlock/priest alt applicant that we could do the same with potentially. I posted a recruitment plug on PlusHeal. I'm going to do the same on MMO Champion and anywhere else I can find that might have priests.