Note for non-gamers: A PUG, or pick-up group, is when you wind up playing an online game with a group of more or less random strangers, rather than with people that you know. Given how most online games are teamwork oriented, and given how most people on the Internet tend to behave, this frequently turns out to be a Very Bad Idea.
See also: Charlie Foxtrot, Leroy Jenkins, Azerothian Roulette, and “What the hell are the idiots doing?!”
Not to be confused with the small dogs that look like their face got smashed in with a shovel.
(Note from the Stephanie)
For your World of Warcraft fans:
I’m in a smallish guild on WOW. We usually have enough for some 10-mans but outside of raid nights, we often don’t have enough people on to do things like Vaults or OS and have to join other groups or partner with another guild for 25 man content. So the long and short of it is several of our members join PUGS for these things (that’s pick-up-groups for the non-WOW folks but also means someone who joins a pick-up group) or put out general calls for pugs to join us. This list is based on the experiences of my fellow guild members and myself:
(Submitted by Stephanie)
You know it’s going to be a bad PUG when:
1. The raid leader whispers you and asks “Are you DPS?” and you are a warlock.
2. You join the raid and are immediately made the raid leader.
3. The raid leader starts putting raid members on ignore, but won’t kick them.
4. The mage doesn’t know how to make a food table.
5. You are about to start and the group leader asks, wait do we have any healers?
6. And your answer is “well I have healthstones.”
7. You are waiting on your tank to stop pvping with people outside the instance entrance and said tank keeps dying but wants one more go at them.
8. The people already at the instance can’t figure out how to use the summoning stone.
9. The people at the instance once they figure out the summoning stone don’t understand why they should summon the warlock first so we can get people inside quicker.
10. Not even when the other people to be summoned are coming from Wintergrasp and a bunch of pvpers of the other faction are milling about the summoning stone and don’t look happy about losing.
11. The hunter/warlock has left their pet on aggressive and steps into the instance right after everyone else.
12. After everyone dies, they do it again.
13. You realize that you are the oldest person in the raid and desperately want to turn off the raid chat or maybe just claw your eyes out.
14. Someone starts singing the “Grand Old Duke of York” when it becomes obvious that the raid leader is lost (OK that happened in guild on an old-world raid achievement run but it was still funny and could easily apply some PUGS).
15. After the fourth death on a boss, the tank realizes they are in the wrong stance/mode/spec and that’s why they can’t keep aggro.
16. The raid leader explains that all range dps needs to split up and decide which will do x and which y and that’s when you realize you are the only range dps in the raid.
17. The raid leader has to drop out just as the raid starts because they have to go to bed, it’s a school night.
18. You just joined the raid group, haven’t done anything yet, don’t know anyone and they invite you to join their guild.