It’s oh so quiet… on voicechat

We’ve had a little flare-up on our LotRO kin forums over the last week, relating to how much chatter we have on our Teamspeak server while raiding. We can be a talkative bunch, many of whom raid to hang out with more kinmates and get involved in some kind of joint activity. Because of that we don’t always come across as a highly disciplined fighting machine – but we get things done, we’ve been very successful in our raids and we keep a nice, friendly atmosphere going. So when one respected kin member posted something about the chatter spilling over into messy fights, it caused a pause to think.

Now, I admit (and the person who posted knows it), my first reaction was ‘hell, if I can’t chat, I’m not raiding’, but instead of posting anything on a forum, I just let the debate unfold. We will never agree on the perfect mix of pure focus vs chit-chat, that’s for sure. But it also reminded me of things we’ve discussed before – how many of our kin aren’t native English speakers, how different people like different levels of talking and of course, on how often we veer away from the matter of the raid and could possibly distract from some of the fights. It’s compounded because Barad Guldur (our current final raid) isn’t the most interesting, especially during some stages of trash mobs.

Being quiet isn’t what I’m used to. I’m pretty good at multi-tasking, I know my class really well and I can listen, understand, and react fairly well to things. But I needed the forum post and subsequent arguments to snap me back to reality. My playstyle is NOT everyone’s playstyle. And for me to enforce it on 11 others is worse than anyone asking me to be a little quieter during key fights. We have people who need to bring alts to the raids, we have non-English speakers, we have those who don’t raid as regularly as I do, and people who are just plain quieter (I know, SHOCK!!). Why is it worse? Because I’d be doing it knowing all the above.

It also reminded me that forums, while immensely useful, really do fall foul of the same misunderstandings as any form of written communication. I went through a gamut of feelings reading the thread – all the posts being written by people I consider friends and second-family, and I am so so happy I chose not to take part in the discussion. And we all turned up to raid last night, not embittered by the argument, but able to joke about it. And not snide jokes directed at the person who’d raised the issue, actual proper and respectful jokes. In that moment, I was really reminded why I like hanging out with my kin and what great people they all are. I even renamed my Hope Banner to ‘Quiet’ because the game wouldn’t let me have ‘Shhh’ – my first choice as a librarian, naturally.

As it happens, we also did our best yet at the Lieutenant of Barad Guldur, so maybe there’s something to this focus lark!

7 thoughts on “It’s oh so quiet… on voicechat

  1. “Being quiet isn’t what I’m used to.”


    I have noticed that some captains use their banners to communicate. I did wonder at the one I saw named GrumpyCaptain last night.

  2. personally I dislike chitchat during raids, I find it very disturbing and distracting for a focused progress raid even though I consider myself very good in english. the problem is that I will switch off to chitchat and won’t be able to tell when a raidleader is actually saying something important.

    in my guild we were always of the opinion that there’s no more than 2-3 people that should be talking (ontopic) on vent most of the time – corpseruns and bios being an exception ofc.

    our raids quality always went downhill when we didn’t hold to that. it can be fun too, but I prefer it for more casual raids / 10mans etc. like you said, not everyone can focus or multitask in the same way.

    one summer some years ago we ran a couple of raids in MH with another guild whose guys were constantly chatting and joking about their own little jokes – I was ready to jump off a cliff after the first week together, lol x)

  3. I see what you did thar with the title.

    My herald is currently called Quennie (it’s too obvious with a K and this sounds a little useless). He’s some uncle’s cousin’s sister’s third aunt twice removed’s son and I had no choice but to give the little sod a job.

    He’s not too bad so far and I almost never get him killed.

  4. Isn’t the non chit chat forcing their playstyle onto you?

    Usually I’d expect some sort of compromise to start being suggested at that point? Not that one side just stops?

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