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Our FC History

Post by Admin on Wed Oct 19, 2016 3:49 pm

Our FC story is not the typical “We are a group of tight-knit players who have been playing together since 10+ years ago”. No. We are not.
In fact, this FC went through a lot to become what we are today.

I am going to tell you our story from a first person point of view, as the 3rd leader of this FC.
It could be biased, so please read with a grain of salt.

Our founder created this FC with our co-founder from Reddit in December 2015.
I was invited to this FC on my first day in this game in early January 2016, when I just found my way out of the town, at lv. 1, trying to figure out how to engage a ladybug in a battle.
I received an invitation from a FC member, who happened to be at the gate.
At that time, I had no idea what a FC was.
The founder and co-leader were hardly around at beginning, so we only had around 2 or 3 members online at peak time.

After the leader was lucky enough to get a small house at the beach front in the Mists in early 2016, we got few more members, and started to do more things together, such as daily dungeons, main story clearing, and such.
People were nice to each other. We actually had some fun together.
Until, one day, the leader decided to try coils.

He set a time and told people to show up.
When we were first invited to this FC, we were told that it was a casual FC. All the members also made it clear that due to busy life, we could not commit to a set schedule for a game.
People tried to be there, albeit 1 hour late.
We still had our clear, but the leader was pissed.

After the fight, the leader set up coil again for the next week.
But this time, only 3 people showed up.
No one actually promised to show up in the first place.  The response was mostly, “I am not sure, but we will see.”
The leader got very upset.
He realized that it was not what he wanted from a FC, so he announced that he was selling the house, which was mostly paid for by the co-leader, the very next day.
People were told to demolish their rooms, withdraw the chocobos, or be kicked from the FC.

The house was sold.
Leadership transferred to the co-leader.
The leader left with half of the money.
We were told by the leader that he “did us a favor by not disbanding us”. And that was that.

We became homeless.
That was around April.
The remaining members decided to form a council of four as our new leadership, which later turned out to be dysfunctional.
Two council members never log-on much.
One council member loves to flirt and induce drama between guys. She left the FC complaining that a guy wanted to get serious with her. Then, her brother joined the FC, and soon started chasing all the females except for the chocobos in the yard, causing cat fights.
The co-leader, who put half of the money back into the FC chest, now holding the leader pointer as a council member, was around and among all the drama.
He actually managed to get us a house!
That was an interesting time.

After a big fight with the co-leader, the brother drama queen left the FC with his friend.
They were drama causing, but still were good at recruiting and helping new members. They actually helped me personally a great deal. With them gone, the FC took a hit.
Around that time, I was asked by the co-leader to be an officer to help with the FC affairs.
I agreed to help.

Things were quiet for a short time.
Then, the founder/ex leader came back after a break. He started contacting our members.
The co-leader, now the leader (since the council members were either inactive or left), didn’t like that very much.
He freaked out at every new recruit, thinking that they might be an alt of either the drama queen or the founder.
Some members left since they got caught in between.
Among all these, recruitment stopped.

I made it up by socializing with our neighbors around our new house.
We had our own neighborhood LS <being unproductive>. People in the LS are friendly and helpful.
We slowly built a nice community.
We did dragonskin maps, Diadem, and many other casual things together.

Of course, you cannot avoid drama as long as you have social interactions.
Drama occurred once again when a former council member came back to the game from his inactive state.
That former council member had higher skill level compared to the rest of the FC/LS, since he focused more on improving personal performance and hardcore raiding while the rest were using the game as a mean to relax after work.
The clash occurred when some LS folks from another FC tried to help our FC members with their Ravana ex clears.
We asked for the former council member’s help, since the leader just recently assigned him an officer role.
Out of the 8 people in the party, 4 never went into the fight before; 1 only did it once and barely knew the mechanics (our leader); 1 helper from another FC knew the mechanics very well so was calling out/explaining via typing. (Some people are not comfortable with voice)
That left us with only 2 functioning fighters: me as the solo healer and the former council member as the strong dps.
Even the solo tank was totally new to the fight and barely met the ilv requirement.
With this setup, wipes were expected. Clear was possible, but not without struggle. Since we are casual, we embrace wipes with a positive attitude and laugh about it.
However, the struggle was proven to be too much to the former council member, who was in a static that could clear the most current ex primal Niddy at the time with ease.
It wore out his patience.
Even though we still cleared the fight after several practice tries (I think we still cleared before we got timed-out), he and the leader became very critical in private chat of the call-out person’s dps, who was from anther FC and was just there to help.  
After the former council member announced in the private chat that we were wasting his time, and that each member should try to clear on their own (tho, his brother was one of the person we helped to clear), I told the leader that due to the differences in our playing style and expectation of what this FC should be, I quit officer position.
I would also keep the LS and FC apart, since their help was not only not appreciated, but also looked down at.
I would also stop hosting events since the officer demanded that “you are on your own”.

The leader rage quit the leader position, left the FC, and passed the leadership to the former council member.

There goes our second FC leader.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to stay in a FC where the new leader believed that each person should be on his/her own.
I was ready to leave.
That was late at night, so I just went to sleep.
The next day, when I logged on, I found out that the former council member distributed the 17 million in the FC chest to whomever still active at the time, including himself and his brother, and left with his brother, passing me the leader.
I was left with the remaining few members who were worrying about the fate of their rooms.

Now what?

Well, when I first started to play this game, I just wanted to craft, fish, and garden.
Running a FC never came across my thoughts.

As a leader of a FC, you are directly responsible for other people's playing experiences.
Maybe our founder sees the members more like his personal army, who must show up to help him clear contents, but it is not what it should be.
Leadership means responsibilities and community service.
I didn’t want to see this FC fall apart, so I just kept running it.

This FC was redefined as a casual family FC aiming to build a nice and friendly small community where everybody knows everybody. We started recruiting new members and began hosting events. We also had volunteers to help with FC duties with their roles and responsibilities clearly defined and communicated.

Lessons learned from all the dramas:
1) Don’t force members to do things
2) Don’t false advertise (casual FC but hardcore contents or vice versa)
3) Need to define officer roles and responsibilities and make sure people all know about it
4) Leadership needs to acquire leadership skill to handle and manage drama + don’t be part of it
5) Promote better communication between members with different priorities in the game (hardcore/casual)

Personally, I am still learning to be a better FC leader.
People all have their limitations, strength, and weakness, so I am just doing the best I can.
This is not just my FC, it belongs to all the members. We are working together to build it, because I cannot do it alone.

So far, people are having fun together!  We haven’t had any drama. (Hope none in the future)
I hope the legacy of this FC will continue, even if I stopped playing in the future.

As long as people are having fun in the game, that’s all that matters.

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