The Salad Senate's inaugural run was a successful one. We downed the Stone Guard and collected a nice amount of bones along the way. After our original forum post, lots of people put their name down, but I wasn't sure who was going to actually show up. The answer: everybody. Anyone who could't make it let us know to expect them the next week. That left us to pug about seven spots from the CTR guild. That isn't a problem with a guild of almost 3000 folks who are there to raid.
Zhug, the guy in charge of Convert to Raid and who was directly responsible for all of us coming together on Aerie Peak. It was was regenerating to hear some of his trademark sayings as we charged in and nailed those doggies to the floor.
So we got a boss down on the first night. I'm not gonna say that I didn't expect to, but I was prepared for the possibility that we wouldn't. The Stone Guard is a hard fight, and we had to deal with all four of the council members in 25-man. (you only deal with three of them in 10-man) Who could expect such coordination from a new team? We didn't even know names to call each other. The heroes were certainly the tanks this week. My job was easy. I stayed alive and did damage to the bosses.
I'm glad we went for 25-man. I know it will be hard to keep everyone together and organized on a weekly basis, and the fight mechanics will be different for us than for most other people in WoW. I think 25-man fosters an atmosphere of inclusion. We had lots of dps on our list and nobody was turned away. We were missing key classes and we didn't mind at all. (but for real, if you know a warlock....) In the end, the people that pugged in went to our forum page to get a spot on the weekly roster. A few people got gear. We took some screen shots. And we made plans for next week.