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Spectacular Death (A-Llane-US) is the total WOW experience with lots of fun at a casual pace. We see and go to all places in the WOW universe from classic to current content, PvP and arena. This is no-pressure raiding at its finest with friendly, helpful people interested in working through all WOW has to offer together. We will never have a realm first in any endgame, but we will have the most fun when we arrive. Our "race" to see everything is more of a saunter with an emphasis on fun. Our guild motto is "Here. Hold my drink and watch this," so you can see where our emphasis lies.


This guild is not for everyone, however. You must review the Code of Conduct before asking to join. It is also recommended that you read our Raiding and Loot Guidelines as well.


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We're announcing this early because this is a bittersweet award. I met this guy in Wrath, when he was an obnoxious junior at Penn State University. I don't remember how our paths crossed, but he was in the #1 guild on Llane, Anguish, at the time and they were working really hard to get Kel'Thuzad down for the server first. He used to run me over, riding his Amani war bear from the original Zul'Aman raid, if he saw me standing by the mailbox or any place in Ironforge. I could count on him for advice on how to handle Wrath raiding content as SD took our first tentative steps into that tier of raiding. 

Then Anguish disintegrated and he quit WOW to graduate from college and start that whole "adult" thing. I thought about him on occasion in Cataclysm, a "wonder where he is" thought. As time went on, so many people I've known in the game faded from view and I never thought about them again. Suddenly, last year, he whispered me. He was back and looking for a guild. Oh man, I snapped him up faster than peanut M&M's. 

In the year since he joined us, he's been a mentor, a joker, a tank, a dps and just generally an asset in chat and in groups. But, he's leaving us. His last day of WOW is tomorrow, July 30th. He's going back to school for his master's and trying to save for a house. (You do know those are nothing but money pits, right?) WOW just isn't in the cards now, owing to the time and money required for life as he progresses forward. Before he leaves us, he donated 100,000 gold to the guild bank and sent me all the mats he's had stored, mats he couldn't sell. Speechless doesn't quite cover things. 

So, we officers decided a proper "thank you" and "goodbye" and "godspeed" would be to name 

our Guild Member of the Month. 

It's been so much fun this past year, reminescing about all the people and guilds and events we knew back in Wrath. We've totally enjoyed his recruiting statements, given before we ran into Highmaul, and his threats to "contact HR" about guild behavior. We will also miss his willingness to do things just to see us succeed at whatever the guild was trying to accomplish.  

His toons will remain in SD for awhile, mainly so he can keep tabs on what we're doing. He may be back in limited capacity around our 8th anniversary, but that is wholly dependent upon what fragments of time he might have. We will miss you, Mooch. Stay in touch. 

--Gimm

Pinkel Grats and thansk for everything Mooch. Hope life gives you some spare time down the road so you can come on back. We'l ...
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How Did It Get to Be August?

Gimmlette a posted Wed at 16:54

Man, where did time go? It's the end of July already and time for us to look ahead to August and what we want to accomplish. 

First of all, we made a schdule change. On Monday, we were going to run a rated Battleground, but both Mina and I were not feeling 100%. We just need to win 1 rated match for a guild achievement. It's no fun to try to achieve something when you feel awful so we decided to postpone the run. We'll be attempting a rated BG on Thursday. We need 10 people. I know PvP isn't most people's cuppa. It can be hugely frustrating and will be harder for us because we're not a PvP guild, our "hard-core" moniker notwithstanding. But we just need to win one battle for the achievement. Please come and help toward that goal. We're 5th in the standings for achievement points. If we can get this achievement, we'll move up to a tie for 4th. 

Second, are you ready for Basol's Spectacular Amazing Race? Do you have your toons made and your teams assembled? If you have your toons made, would you mind sending me their names? Are they on Llane/Arygos or did you go to Ghostlands? Wherever they are, we'll make the race work.

There are tons of prizes to be given away. If you are having problems forming a team, I need to know now, so I can figure out if we need to change team sizes or ask, repeatedly, in chat if someone needs a teammate. If you don't want to race, but want to watch parts of it, the race kicks off at 9 p.m. on Friday. It "should" take the racers a couple hours to go from point A to Ironforge/Stormwind. There will be commentary along the way. Come cheer them on. 

Third, what an absolutely amazing Highmaul run we had on Saturday.

I needed to keep this section of floor from attacking during the Imperator fight. Imperator, you ask? Yup, Imperator, the final boss of Highmaul. 

Our stated goal was to down Brackenspore. He's been our Achilles' Heel in clearing this raid. Jorlynn spend hours researching the fight and found a strategy we employed to perfect success. After downing him, we raced through Butcher, Tectus and the Twin Ogrons. We approached Ko'ragh. We'd gotten him to around 35% but never downed him. Deep breath and ka-pow, we downed him in one shot. Well, now what? Jorlynn hadn't prepared Imperator. Who cares! We know what happens during LFR, let's try this. We took our break and had one full hour to work on Imperator. 

Even with our not knowing the differences between the LFR mode and the normal mode, we were able to get him to 27%. 27%! RAWR! Imperator is the last boss we need for the guild achievement for Highmaul. It would be fantastic to clear Highmaul so we could start working on Blackrock Foundry. There seems to be one hitch, the raid lock-out. Jorlynn extended her lock-out, but when she and I ran into Highmaul last night, we were put at the beginning. We've been frustrated by this before. Why, on earth, is there an ability to extend a lock-out on normal raids when it is only available, it seems, to heroic and mythic raiders? She's put in a ticket to get answers, but it appears we may have to clear Kargath, Twin Ogrons and Ko'ragh in order to get to Imperator. We don't have a scheduled current content raid this week because of the race, so I'd like your opinion on running this on Sunday. If we were to start at 8:30, instead of 9:00, would you be interested in helping clear Highmaul? Once we get this raid cleared, we're going to take a break from it in regular raiding. We'll be back in heroic or mythic capacity later in the year. Please let me know in the comments here or in-game. 

Fifth, wowsers. 

Last year, for Blizzcon, we had a bunch of us in web site chat, watching the live opening stream and commenting on what we were watching. Join me and others in our chat room while we watch what Blizzard plans for our next phase of gaming. That's 10 a.m. mountain time, 11 a.m. Central time and noon eastern time. My money's on the return of the Burning Legion. I hope there is a real threat to Azeroth. Draenor is fine, but it doesn't affect the murlocs in Redridge. 

Sixth, the schedule for August is being formed. Our big event is the 4th Annual Terrapin 500, to be held Saturday, August 29th. You need to fish up a sea turtle; no other mount is allowed. We race 5 times around Ironforge and 5 times around Dalaran. Winner(s) get 200 gold and have to drink milk. You get 75 gold just for showing up in costume. We have a great time. It's one of our truly hilarious events. You'll want to come watch, even if you don't race. 

Mina made this movie of last year's race. 

Seventh, ah the schedule. We're going to drop Challenge Mode dungeons for now. I'm frustrated with them and I ran every single Mists dungeon in CM mode. I understand the need to make them a challenge, but the sheer frustration of beating our collective heads against a wall makes them not fun. So, we're going to shift gears and look at clearing WoD dungeons in heroic, to get achievements, and in mythic. In both cases, we can outgear the instance, learn it deeply, and then, later this year, come back and see what we can do in Challenge. Also, if you are in need of some heroic dungeon achievement for a meta and need help, talk to Red. We'll gladly help you get those. 

Achievements! Yes, please! After poking about in Gimm's achievement list, I stumbled across "Put a Bird On It". In this achievement, you have Pepe on your head while you run a variety of raids, dungeons and world bosses, taking care NOT to die. The thought of a whole raid of people with Pepe on their heads just lends itself to a myriad of screenshots so we're going to help you get this achievement, if you want it. On Wednesdays, we'll be doing a "Wednesdays with Pepe" where we run the raids needed, in LFR form where dying is less of an issue, as well as runs of the world bosses and the dungeons. By the end of the month, anyone who wants that achievement and the pet it gives should have it. 

We'll be attacking Orgrimmar again. We haven't done that in awhile, and some of you might need Theron for your black war bear. You'll see our usual dungeon nights and we'll be fitting in the weekend events Blizzard has. It looks like Burning Crusade dungeons will be back in Timewalker mode. As usual, if there is something you want help with, let us know. 

Thanks for being a part of the best casual raiding guild in WOW.

--Gimm

Ollivor I am looking forward to November, so is August over yet?

A Week and A Day

Gimmlette a posted Wed at 12:02

Basol's Spectacular Amazing Race is a week and a day away. Are you ready? We talked a bit about the race at the guild meet up last Saturday. People tried to shake down poor Basol for information on the race, but all he did was give me the name and a basic idea. He doesn't know what the route is. Those who do know are very, very, very tight-lipped. (How much do you like Undercity?)

Mullingrew and a few others have asked some questions about the race so I will take a moment to answer them here. 

#1 - Can we wear heirlooms?

Yes, you can outfit your level 1 toons in heirlooms. Those heirlooms will...not...save...you in some areas. Trust me on this. Only your wits or how fast you can run or whether there are adventurers killing creatures near the road or whether you can work together will save you. But, if you are going for any of the heirloom achievements, outfitting your level 1 is a way to get them. 

#2 - Can we use mounts?

No. This is a footrace. Mounts are prohibited. 

#3 - Can you rez at the spirit healer?

You will be on a first name basis with some of the spirit healers. A side note, if you don't like dying, repeatedly, often, a lot, frequently, this is not an event you will enjoy. The gnome-tested route is fraught with peril. I tried to buy Peril off but she refused. How you get through some of the sections is what makes this fun. Another side note, your gear does not take durability damage nor do you have rez sickness at this level. 

#4 - Does Day 1 end at Ironforge or Stormwind?

Yes. You can choose to end in Ironforge or you can progress to Stormwind. All teams will start in Stormwind on Day 2, but there is no advantage to moving on to Stormwind on Day 1 if you're tired of dying or need to log off. We will not start Day 2 until all the teams are by the front gate. 

#5 - Can I run this as a solo adventure? Do I have to form a team?

You can run this solo. The route was tested by a solo gnome, although with other guild members so we could discuss options when something seemed to be a huge struggle. (Again, those people will not give you information on the route prior to the race, so don't ask.) If you would like the challenge of running it solo, you certainly can. 

#6 - Do I have to make a new guild? Can't I just join SD? 

You do not have to make a new guild. This is an option and you will be given gold to start the race so you can form a guild if you so desire. This was offered as something to consider should you want to have a team name. The only way to do that so it shows up on the screen, is to form a guild. You have to all be on the same realm to do that. You are welcome to put your level 1 in SD so you don't get inundated wtih guild invite spam. 

With cross-realm availability, you do not need to have a level 1 on Llane/Arygos if all your slots are full. You can form a team with other SD members even if your toon is on, say Aerie Peak. As long as the leader of the team is on Llane/Arygos, you'll be pulled onto the L/A realm and will run with them.

If you are going to form a guild to get a team name, have your name ready BEFORE July 31st. If you are going to design a tabard, do it now. Again, trust me on this. You will spend more time on the name creation or tabard design if you wait to do it on the 31st/August 1st than you will running the race. There will be unguilded low levels in Ironforge and Stormwind specifically to sign your charter and get you up and running. You need 5 names so we can play "Sign the charter" with our low levels bouncing from guild to guild for those wanting a team name. 

#7 - I need some help forming a team. 

Mullingrew has a thread here, looking for more for his team. If you would like to form a team and don't have others, add your name to this thread. No more than 3 people per team. 

#8 - Alliance only?

Well, yeah because you have to go to Ironforge and Stormwind and, at that level, you won't get very far. After you rez, about one step before a guard shoots you. If this goes over well, we can look at doing a race horde side next summer. 

#9 - What are the rules again?

Make a level 1 toon of any Alliance race. DO NOT LEAVE THE STARTING ZONE. Do not quest. Go stand by the mailbox. Form a team of no more than 3 level 1s. Be online on Saturday, July 31st by 8:30 p.m. Take your summon and hang out at the starting line. You will want to form a party with your team so you can talk amongst yourselves. Level 1s cannot be in a raid so it will take us a bit to get everyone to the starting zone. You will receive a letter with Day 1's route AND a shopping list and some gold. You MUST stop at each location and buy the item listed on the shopping list. These items MUST be turned in to me in Booty Bay on Day 2 to prove you completed the route. 

We have wonderful prizes to give away; lots of prizes, including mounts.

If you have a question I haven't answered, please ask. 

--Gimm

#10 - Originally, we were going to be on Ghostlands server. What gives?

It was pointed out to me that people don't need to be on Ghostlands to run this. I address this in question 6 but it's worth answering separately. If your team is on Ghostlands, we have people who are acting as helps who can make a party with you to pull you into the Llane/Arygos server. The initial reason was that a number of people have maxed out their available slots on Llane/Argyos so we'd just move to a server where we had another affiliated guild. Some people were irritated at not being on Llane/Arygos. We'll make it work regardless of where your level 1 ultimately is. 

If you've got members of a team and your level 1s all prepared, you can send names to me now. That will help with my sending you what you need on Friday. 

Thanks. 

Special Feature

Gimmlette a posted Sun at 13:03

Guild web sites can be a fickle thing. As the guild leader, I put a lot of time into the content we have here. Admittedly, I was not as vigilant as in the past with posting patch notes or changes which came from patches 6.1 and 6.2. But when I do stick stuff up on the front or into the forums, it's with the hope that guild members will actually see it. And that can be something of a sore point.

Some guild members, like you who are reading this, care what's in our site. (Just a note: guild members are welcome to post to the forum. We think the categories are fairly clear about where things go. You're welcome to copy and past patch notes, toon/class helps, videos, photos, anything you think would be of interest to members. If you have questions, just ask.) Many guild members will never be back here after their application is approved. It just doesn't matter to them what's here. I've been told, "I don't do web sites" by some guild members. It's just the way they are. 

SD has had a presence on the web since, I think, 2008, maybe 2009. I don't remember what guild hosting site we used, but, like all sites of that nature back then, it was bare bones. It met our needs. There were a lot of things I could do, however, that I'd love to do now, like mess around with color and fonts. But it's probably best I don't do that, lest the web site look like the contents of a Sherwin Williams store exploded. We went from the bare bones site to a custom site. But there were huge management issues and we left that site for another guild hosting site. It was a step up from what we'd started with, but customization and what we could see we'd need in the long term were not available. Squidchin took it upon himself to research guild hosting sites and we came to Enjin over 4 years ago. Enjin meets our needs and has grown, along with us. 

If you've logged into the forum at any point and read comments, you might notice badges by some people's names. 

These are customizable awards which we officers dreamed up. Enjin added the ability to make guild awards last year and I've been applying them as people earn them. Ironically, a year before Enjin created these, we'd been talking about figuring out how to give people special recognition for things they have done which are truly spectacular. We didn't have any idea how to apply something and, boom, Enjin creates it. All that was left for us was to create the awards. 

This is what an award looks like. 

We come up with something we'd like to make an award for. Then we come up with a name, usually a title that references the award. Then, Squid and I pick an icon or we could create our own, and apply the icon to award. 

We currently have 23 available awards. These are only part of them.

Via the awards panel, we can see how many guild members have received each award. On the roster panel, we click on your toon name and apply our custom award. For instance, last night, in the Highmaul raid, Parzekial rolled a "1" for Battle Cry. That means he had to sing his battle cry. We have an award for that; "You Have a Lovely Singing Voice". That award has been applied to his toon so the next time he logs in and posts something, the badge for this award will be by his toon. When you mouse over a badge, you see the name. 

Here is the list of awards and what they mean:

Thank you for your service -- Be an officer.
Old Timer -- Be in SD for over two years.
You're So Smart -- Come up with an idea we actually use. 
It Was on Sale -- Send Gimm 150 of some material we use for crafting.
It's Just Pocket Change -- Donate at least 1,000 gold to the guild bank in one lump sum. 
Using the Change from the Sofa -- Donate 90 days of website plan time. 
Going Postal -- Reach 100 forum posts.
My Fingers Hurt -- Reach 500 forum posts. 
I'VE GOT BLISTERS ON ME FINGERS! -- Reach 1,000 forum posts. 
Chill Out -- Kill a raid boss after he enrages.
Delusions of Grandeur -- Kill a raid boss after the tanks have died. 
Field Goal -- Get punted to the rafters or next level in Blackwing Lair.
I Think We Broke It -- Be in a raid or 5-man where it does not work as intended. 
Now THAT'S a Spectacular Death - Participate in a 1% current content boss wipe.
Spectacular Death -- Die in a manner worthy of Spectacular Death. 
He Does Exist -- Participate in the Terrapin 500.
I Saw This in a Cartoon Once -- Get revived in a scheduled raid via the XL Jumper Cables.
Benedict Arnold -- Killed or defeated our guild leader.
Deux Ex Machina -- Kill a boss with everyone else in the raid dead. 
Iron Maiden -- Following the guild guidlines, raise a toon to max level without dying. 
You Have a Lovely Singing Voice -- Roll a "1" and sing the battle cry.
So THAT'S Your Excuse -- Roll a "1" and sing the reason why you wiped the raid.
I Saw the Whole Thing -- Have a toon in both Spectacular Death and Deathtacular. 

Some of these have not been awarded and could be, but, at the time they happened, like the 1% raid wipe, I didn't keep notes on who was in the raid. We're always talking about awards we could create, too. You don't get any real in-game achievement points for these. They are just a fun way to demonstrate our appreciation for your being in Spectacular Death. 

--Gimm

Gimmlette a I just need to have a list next to me when we run stuff. I always forget what we have available and then. "Oh wait! ...
Pinkel MOAR SHINIES! Thanks Gimm and the officers for putting this together!
Lasts The badges are too cool!

We Had a Party

Gimmlette a posted Jul 25, 15

It involved minions. 

I had everyone sign my minion poster. Inside, you'll see the full report. Next week, I'm taking this to be framed. I know exactly where I'm going to put it. 

We had a great time. Check out the few photos I took. I should have taken more, but you get talking and laughing and who remembers the camera. 

--Gimm

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