So much happened last week. The roll-out of Patch 6.1 went about as flawless as a herd of diarrheic horses. (I'll just leave that image right here.) Judging from the Mac Support Forum, there are still people who don't have the patch working right. Hey Blizz? Just apologize and tell us you're working on it. I think that's the most infuriating thing. They had CMs working the forums last Tuesday, but unless you're having graphics issues, they aren't helping with patch issues. Anyway, after losing 2 days to this, I came back to more things than I can possibly understand. Let's jump in, however.
You'll need to get the mission from your garrison to get the initial camera. There is an achievement for taking selfies in 42 different places. I know some of you (looks at Keg) have taken quite a few since getting the camera. I've set up a folder in the forum with locations from the achievement, plus instructions for posting photos to the forum. We'd love to see your selfies. You can add a thread, say "Ulduar", or put your selfies in the appropriate thread. I didn't know the face I picked had violet eyes. I think Neo was having a conversation about "vampire teeth" on night elves. Oh the things we never saw. Look! Freckles!
Moving on. Dorelei has decided to step down as 5-man officer. Real life, whatever that is, is catching up with her and she just doesn't have the time to devote to the game as she used to. Redneckwichdr, our leveling officer, will step up to run 5-mans. With the Numistmatist in Ironforge, there is more incentive to run current ones. Plus, the 1750 gold we would get every week for maxing out our 5-mans is helpful. Remember, if you can put together any 5-mans of the appropriate level for an instance, it qualifies for our weekly instance total for the bank. So a bunch of level 70's running heroic Shadow Labs or a bunch of level 86's running Jade Temple work. If you would like any of the mounts that come from the meta 5-man achievements, please let Red know. Although most Mists and below content is soloable, it's more fun with a group and goes faster. Watch for 5-mans to be on the calendar.
Speaking of the calendar, we're slowly getting things posted. The Herald of the Titans group found out that killing Algalon is going to be a pita. Seriously. The item squish heavily impacted raids like this. The group is probably going to have to fine tune their gear, gems, enchants, flasks and food down to the nth degree. they are probably going to need best in slot gear. This group takes precedence over other things we have going on. We will be in Ulduar or other raids to get people the gear they need. Please be willing to help run people through things.
Also, if you are signed up to come, you need to show up. Please don't come if you can't stay for at least a full hour's attempt. This achievement cannot be done with 9 people. If you want this achievement, you need to be online and ready to go the days we are attempting it; Saturday, March 14th and 28th. After this group gets this achievement, I'm not sure when or if we will do it again. So, the Herald group's needs are coming first. We're filling in the calendar around that.
With the new pets added, you'll see raids for Mt. Hyjal, Sunwell and Black Temple on the schedule. We are also going to resume raiding heroic Throne of Thunder and, eventually, heroic Siege of Orgrimmar. We had a group that got as far as heroic Dark Animus in ToT. We want to get farther and get that content conquered for the guild achievement. We'll need your help to work through that boss. Heroic Throne of Thunder has an extra boss, Ra-den, who is only available once you down Lei-Shen. Add to this Mists Mount Runs and impromptu calls to down the Draenor world bosses and we have a lot of raiding available for all levels. We'll be running ICC and Firelands to assist with obtaining parts for the legendary weapons. If you have pieces for legendaries, let me know. Sure you can solo most content, but it's more fun to do as a group.
Speaking of Firelands, meet the "Firelands Achievement Raid Team". (You do the acronym.)
Our team of highly trained professionals will help you get all the achievements in Firelands so you, too can have a purplish blue bird to ride.
One of the keys is to have Gimm and/or Ollivor in the raid but not have them do the whole kneeling thing for Only the Penitent. Our next Firelands run is in the middle of the month. If you want the achievements for this raid, come on along.
Minaithelan has an exciting event planned for Friday the 13th. Let's just say we are "going to visit horde life styles", which could result in the rewarding of a certain ursine. There will be a couple of BG nights on the calendar. We need to up our CreepJackers total which is around 548,000 horde killed. Think we could get to 575,000 by Labor Day? I was reminiscing last night how I love to knock horde off hill at the Lumber Mill in Arathi Basin. With the increased damage to Power Shot, it will be infinitely more fun.
The Darkmoon Faire is going on right now.
There is a new racing game and all sorts of updates added with the patch, although they neglected to add an achievement for being a gnome and dancing with L90ETC when they perform. Check out WOWHead's guide to the faire. Don't forget to ride the carousel, if you are leveling toons. When the faire's in town, there's so much to do that we all need to find someone to pay us to play.
Finally, if you are a regular to the web site, you might have noticed that you had to log in again to see everything. You might also have noticed that you got some "guild achievements" attached to your character. Enjin introduced this idea last year. Your officers and I have been slowly creating our achievements, things which represent the character of the guild. Squidchin rolled out the ones we've created this past weekend. We hope they express the nature of the guild, the fun and camaraderie, and family, we have here.
Gradually, over the next weeks, months and, yes, years, we'll be adding more, as something happens which leads us to say, "We need an achievement for that". Plus, more people will be getting more achievements as I go through the roster and attach your name to an achievement. We hope you like this feature.
To see all the awards, go to the menu bar and click on "SD Guide". "SD Achievements" is the last button in the drop down menu. You'll see the awards we have created as well as a button for what you've earned. Those of you who participated in the less than 1% wipes on The Butcher, please let me know. I have some people's names, but not everyone. And if you have an idea for an achievement, let us know. We're always on the look-out for fun things that represent what we do here.
March promises to be packed with excitement. If we can get through the lousy Smarch weather, we'll be fine.