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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.


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Changing Voice Servers

Gimmlette a posted 9 hours ago

After all your feedback, I have decided we're going to make the jump to GameVox. 

The ease with which you can install and set this up was cited as a primary reason people liked it better than Mumble. People also love the overlay which tells you who is speaking. The sound quality is exceptional. Plus, you can see that we can link an RSS feed from the front page of the web site to GameVox. Although it's in beta, the load testing we did didn't crash it or cause sound degradation. Thanks Squid, for finding this. I think it meets our needs very well. We will be discussing the cost and paying for the server. One we figure that out, we'll have a donate button to pay for service. 

The negatives of GameVox is that we can't pay for a year of service up front. This will be a month to month service. If you are on a Mac, when you set everything up, you need to restart for those changes to be applied. Took me a bit to figure that out. Also, GameVox runs in the background unless you make a conscious choice to close it. Once you leave the chat window shown above, you are not fully out of the program. You'll need to highlight the log in box and exit the program again. It doesn't seem to use that much memory, running in the background, but if you have memory issues, you'll need to check to be certain you are completely out. 

One thing you MUST be aware of as we go to this voice program, if you play with a TV or radio playing in the background or if you watch movies while you play or if you play on the sofa with your family surrounding you, we can hear all of that if you don't use headphones. Some of you have very LOUD TVs in the background. I will be calling you out, publicly, to turn stuff down. If you choose to not use headphones, you need to be aware of your background noise. It's one thing to hear a purring cat or the crickets on a summer evening. It's quite another to hear The Avengers or Ghostbusters or Spike TV. It's hugely distracting and we can't hear you. Please consider this when you log in. 

I really like this voice system. I think it's a great compliment to our guild adventures. Again, thanks Squid, for finding this for us. 

--Gimm

You saw it, I'm sure. In Patch 6.2, you're going to need 6,000 garrison resources to build the next big thing, a shipyard. You need 5,000 to build the thing and 1,000 to make it operational. After BlizzardWatch reported this, Blizzard attempted to walk back the number.

@BlizzardWatch It is a placeholder amount. We'll lower it for an upcoming build to avoid further confusion.

While they say they are lowering it, I wouldn't be surprised if the 6,000 figure sticks. You need to have a level 3 garrison to build the shipyard. Once you get to level 3, making the required amount of resources should not be a problem. I routinely max out my resources 4-5 times per week. That's 10,000 resources, regularly, even if I use up a chunk of them. Let me tell you how I do it. 

First of all, I am not spending resources. I don't have anything I'm desperate to obtain which needs resources. I recommend that unless you have things you need to spend resources for, don't spend them until you have 6k. "Need" is the operative word here. If you don't have 6,000 resources, save until you do. Don't spend any other than what you would use to send followers out on missions. Admittedly, if you are upgrading a garrison, your resources have to go towards that project. But you need to spend them there if you want the shipyard. Make sure you're spending your resources toward the things that lead towards the shipyard. 

Second, look at those missions. Here were my available missions for Thursday. 

I have a hierarchy of which missions to take. (I use the add-on Master Plan to see, at a glance, what I have available and whether I can be successful in completing it.) I'm working on the achievement, The Rarer The Better, so my first order of business, after gearing up any followers who need it, is to send then out on any rare missions. To me, it doesn't matter if it's a 645 or a 90 mission. If it's rare, I do it first. I am a bit over half-way toward the achievement so this order won't change any time soon.

Then, looking at my garrison resources at the upper right of the panel, I see that I don't really need resources. Even when I deploy all my followers, the amount of resources I have isn't going to get below 9800. So, gold is the next priority. (I'm saving for the hippo mount from the apexis vendor.) Then, I take any gear missions I have. Even a 570 level piece is gold in my bank. When that's done, I start taking the resource missions.

If my garrison resources are below 8,000, and they will be on Tuesday when I use resources to buy seals for raiding, I change the hierarchy of missions. The amount of resources I have on Tuesday determines if I use those or apexis crystals or a combination of each, to buy seals. My personal cut off is 8,000 resources. If I am below 8,000, then I flip flop the gold and garrison resource missions. Resources then come before gold in the hierarchy of what I do. Got that? Okay moving on. 

Your followers have been dispatched. Let's look around my garrison. Your first stop for resources should be the pile next to Sargent Crowler. 

The maximum amount allowed in this pile is 500. If you have a stack that looks like this, check your resource total before clicking on it. This stack will take whatever amount you have available up to 10,000. So, if you only need 322 resources to hit 10,000, that's all you're going to get out of this stack, regardless of how many have accumulated. I can't tell you the number of times I have failed to accumulate the full amount in the stack because I was close to the cap. Know before you click because you don't want to leave 100 resources simply because you're at the cap.

If you are accumulating resources, you'll want to let this pile go for over 12 hours so it can stockpile more. The resources accumulate over a 12 hour period. They won't accrue to 500 if you keep clicking on the pile. Click it once per log in session and let it be. It's tempting, oh is it tempting, but you get more resources if you click once and leave it alone. 

Next stop is my Trading Post. If you need resources, this is your single biggest help to gain them. As long as I have work orders going, I have resources out front waiting for me. 

Trading Post resources accumulate, period. So far, the most I have ever received was 850. There may be a cap; I would venture to say 1,000 would be a good guess. I've never hit that number to know. 

Trading Posts are medium-sized buildings. The Sha'tari quartermaster takes up residence inside and the trader who will ultimately allow you to make the auctioneer is inside with an insidious ! over his head. I really wish Blizzard would let you turn in the pieces of the auctioneer as you make them. I have them rattling around in my bags so, when I get a piece I can see if I've already made that or if I need this for the next step. If you've got a Trading Post and want to work on the auctioneer, we have people donating extra mats. Those can be found on the first tab. I used to be able to sell my extra pieces but it seems the bottom has dropped out of that market. 

Anyway, you accumulate resources by trading in materials. 

It varies from day to day what materials will buy the work orders. You can't assign a follower to the Trading Post to increase your work orders. I check what's wanted every session. If the materials needed are something I have in abundance, then I take the order. If it's something, like leather, which I don't have much of, I will pass this over because I don't really need the resources.

Taking the work orders depends upon what you're using your materials for and whether you are pushing resource accumulation. The nice thing about Trading Post resources and resources from missions, you can't accept the full amounts if doing so puts you over the cap. You'll have a mission you can't complete and you'll have a stack of boxes in front of your Trading Post you can't remove. I've found that I sometimes can't start new work orders if I have resources out front I haven't picked up. Sometimes I can, however. 

There are other ways to get resources. An invasion of a garrison can net you around 150 or more resources if you get a gold rating. If you have invasions, please ask in guild chat. There are a number of us willing to drop what we're doing to come help. Invasions are huge fun, but you get loot only once per week. 

A lumber mill returns resources. I don't have one of those so I don't know how much it provides. Doing the daily dungeon quest nets 175 resources, but finding a group is a challenge so I don't consider this a reliable method, particularly if you're dps. Most rares will drop resources when killed. Some will drop tokens with additional resources. Once you kill a rare out in the world, it ceases to become rare and won't drop any more resources. Rare farming, which you can do in the areas where apexis dailies are, is not a reliable way to gather resources, although some rares are great for testing your soloing capabilities. 

Many treasure chests contain resources. But some, even when I see them on the map, are nearly impossible to find. Perhaps utilizing a mapping add-on like Tom Tom would help, but if I can't see them, I can't see them. I don't find this reliable. Another unreliable source, but it's worth a mention, is fishing pools. I've fished resources out of pools while going for the fish in those pools. All of these, excepting the lumber mill, should be considered supplemental sources. 

It took some time to get to 8,000 resources. I used to hear, in guild chat, people talking about being resource starved. I never was. I assessed what was important to me and spent my resources accordingly. I didn't upgrade buildings until I was 500 resources over what was needed. I think that helped me get to, and stay at, the cap. 

I hope you find this helpful. If I've forgotten any other way to get resources, please let us know in the comments. And, if you have a lumber mill, how many resources do you get? 

--Gimm

Idiko Gimm, you have a couple of garrison resource missions in the image above that are offering a very large amount of resour ...

BlizzCaps

Gimmlette a posted Apr 12, 15
Because I've been so busy, I missed this. 
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Published on April 8th, 2015 at 10:00 am | by Elizabeth Wachowski

BlizzCaps: The function and purpose of gnomes

“Gnomes seem to be the butt of a lot of WoW jokes, mainly of the ‘punting’ variety,” writes submitterEpicurian of Spectacular Death on Llane (US-A). “We are a vital part of the Azerothian economy. Where would you be without gnomish engineering, less deadly than goblin engineering? Sometimes, however, it can be hard to find a job that doesn’t involve a high degree of death. After stumbling around for 82 levels, I finally found something. Once I got the warlock T6 helm I was even offered the job. Frost wyrms need to keep their teeth sparkly, and my helm works perfectly to get in between where the bits of armor and adventurers wind up.”

The Journey of Langour

Gimmlette a posted Apr 12, 15

Let's set aside, for a moment, the fact that my life has been insanely busy lately. There was the daughter's wedding and my mother's 80th birthday. Add to those events, my office is having the busiest March on record and having what looks to be our busiest April. This means I have to be out of the office, in my car, traveling to and from jobs. I actually hit the wall of exhaustion last week. That's not fun. All of these things prohibited me from being in the game.

But, as I said, let's set all this aside. There are days when I simply don't want to log on. This is a very new feeling, an unsettling feeling, for me. I have never, since starting to play in October of 2006 (Don't get into a /played contest with me. You will not win.) not wanted to log on. Lately, that feeling can be overwhelming. Here's the thing, though. I have heard it from a number of you, too. What could be driving this? 

The feeling is not limited to me. I haven't read BlizzardWatch in over a week because I've been so busy. In reading today, I stumbled across this question and answer in The Queue. 

Zzrryll asked:

Have you folks seen a massive drop off in traffic the past few weeks?

I was super excited about the game about 2 months ago, and I’ve since cancelled my sub again. Usually when I get frustrated with the game, I find later that many others are as well. Assuming I’m not the only one that feels like they have been paying for “nothing” since a month or so after the Draenor release.

Not really! We’ve seen it get more spiky at times, which is what our general indication of “players are board and are looking for something to get excited about.” We’ve found over the years that our traffic is pretty stable at the lulls between content patches, certainly less than it’d be normally, but not dramatically so.

But more important than our traffic, I think you’re on to something about the way players are feeling. Blizzard needs to keep people engaged, and I think they’ve made a tactical error in the way garrisons were implemented. There’s so much just sitting in them that the outside world doesn’t seem as relevant as it once did. Garrisons with daily quest hubs elsewhere? Something as simple as that would have gotten people out of their throne room and into the world more; thus keeping people engaged.

I think that is the crux of the ennui.

Over the past week, for those times that I logged on, I kept a tally of just what I do when I log in. 

1-Handle missions. This includes dealing with scrap, upgrading followers, adding to my reagent tab and sending followers off on new missions. I try to get every single follower eligible out on a mission. Yes, I do use an add-on, Master Plan, for this. (Thanks to Jovarastus and Minaithelen for recommending it.) But I still spend 15 minutes dealing with missions, followers and their stuff. 

2-Herbing and mining. This is another 15 minute time sink. I've noticed that mining picks are not as frequent as they used to be. Coffee, on the other hand, is in abundance. It's a lot of clicking. 

3-Work orders. I pick up my alchemy, trading post and mine work orders. Then I start new ones. That's about a 10 minute task, most of which is spent running from place to place and starting the new orders. I also transmute, when I remember it, my savage blood. Do I have enough crescent fish? No? I'm going to have to fish or go to the trading post and exchange garrison resources for fish. (There may be an add-on for automating this task. If so, suggest it.) 

4-What's the apexis daily and who is in my town hall with opportunities for me? I usually do the apexis daily so I pick that up. I joke about how it's usually Muradin in my Town Hall. I actually don't mind having him there because I generally don't feel compelled to do what he offers. 

5-Is Erris in the garrison? If so, do I want to try the pet battle she offers? Is there anything else I've forgotten before I leave to do the apexis daily? 

At this point, I have been in my garrison for almost 45 minutes just doing the tasks offered. I don't mind soloing apexis dailies so add another 20-30 minutes to do that and I'm pushing 90 minutes just doing garrison stuff. That's before going out to help people or joining a group for whatever. Notice that I haven't done the fishing daily. I love to fish in game but it's just one more thing to do that takes away from what I would really like to do and that's to run around with my guild doing things. 

I offered, to a former player whom I really respect, the opportunity to come back for our For the Horde runs. The guy is a brilliant tactician. I ran a couple of raids with him as a level 25 cow. They were so much fun. We chatted about the state of the horde, which is bad. One of the big issues is that people stay in their garrisons and talk. They don't venture out in the world anymore. I think he's on to something.

I notice that General chat is very active, something that's never happened since I've been playing. It's where people are talking now. There isn't an incentive to go places and see things. You can queue from your town hall. There's not much of a reason to go to the capital cities, although Ironforge seems to be more active than any other capital city. Our For the Horde run this coming Saturday is going to provide more excitement than these cities have seen in months. 

I'm dissatisfied with the state of the game. I know I can ignore my garrison. Indeed, there is a movement to "un-garrison". Once you establish it, because you have to, don't use it. Don't upgrade it. It becomes just another flight path. People feel oppressed by all they feel they are required to do and it's wearing them down. Could I do that, ungarrison? Unfortunately, the garrison provides things I can't get anywhere else. Yet, I'd love to log on and not see yellow dots on my mini-map demanding my attention. 

I think garrisons have hurt our guild experience, too. How many times have I said or thought, "I'll help as soon as I finish [insert garrison task]?" Too many. It's one thing to be doing a daily, you kind of want to finish that. But mining? Fishing? Even an apexis daily can be resumed. We are all off doing our own thing and that doesn't promote guild unity. We've seen a huge drop off in event and raiding attendance. You're all out doing your own thing. It's hard to want to log on when you feel a bulk of your guild doesn't care what you put on the calendar, they aren't going to come anyway. 

It seems, with every expansion, Blizzard gets something right and something wrong. I detest the change to 5-mans, as an example. I don't like all the hills and vales and crags of this world. Getting around is a pain. I like all the rares. I like the storyline. I want to know what comes next. Blizzard is exceptionally good at telling a story. 

So, what do you think? What's keeping you from logging in? What do you think they got right and what did they get wrong this expansion? 

--Gimm

Dorelei I too find that I can easily burn up an hour just on my garrison. Trying to keep two level 100 characters up this expans ...
Jorlynn I have a lot of alts, but I do not spend all my time in garrison. I have herbs that haven't been picked in over a week o ...
Aerdil Zylo I really like your comment about releasing yourself from the garrison servitude. I'm going to give it a shot. Some ...

Boogie Shoes

Gimmlette a posted Apr 7, 15

Our 5th Annual "Take Man Taketh Naked Orgrimmar Run" will be held Wednesday, April 15th at 9:00 p.m. "What the heck?" you say. Well, let me explain. For 4 years running now, every US tax day, we run through Orgrimmar wearing just our jewelry and boots, shouting about how all those taxes Wrynn forces us to pay leave us with no money for armor. We've always had prizes for whomever got the farthest into Orgrimmar. It's been a half hour of hilarity. 

This year will be no different. We will meet up outside Orgrimmar's main entrance and, wearing not a lot, charge in. Everyone gets 10 gold for showing up. You'll get 50 gold for making it all the way behind Vol'jin's throne without dying. We'll have one of our members on the horde side waiting in the throne room to see who the lucky people are who make it all the way inside. You are allowed to wear boots for this because, well, kodo doo doo, you know. It promises to be much silliness. Any level can come along and you can use speed boosts and stealth to try to get to Vol'jin. Just remember, the guards can see through stealth. Come have a rousing good time and remember, it will only take, at most, a half hour of your evening.

Next up, For the Alliance run. A number of you mentioned all you need is to kill Vol'jin to get your Black War Bear. On Friday, April 17th, we are going to make this happen. We will need a good group of people, at least 18, to kill Vol'jin and hold off the horde masses who may come to gawk and then attack someone whose health gets low. Please come support your fellow guild members who need the leader of the horde for their bear. We'll be starting at 8:30 p.m. for this. If you need more than Vol'jin, we'll be happy to head around the world and off the other horde leaders. We've never killed Vol'jin since he became the horde leader so it will be something different. 

The next evening, Saturday, April 18th, at 8:30 p.m., we will hop on our horde toons and antagonize the Alliance. Horde raids of leaders have become a thing of legend so let's make an event people will remember. We need everyone who has a horde toon in Deathtacular to come. Our ability to down an Alliance leader is kind of slim, with the possible exception of Velan in Exodar since no one goes there, but the point is not really to kill them, but to antagonize the Alliance. We actually intend to attack Wrynn in Stormwind and I can't remember the last time a horde group did that. As with the For the Alliance run, we'll be starting at 8:30 instead of our usual 9:00 p.m. Come prepared to die a lot but to do it with splash and verve. 

Finally, an important announcement. For the leaders runs, we will be trying out new voice software called GameVox. Squidchin will be explaining where to go to get it and how to set it up. We've become disillusioned with Mumble and the integration between it and Enjin. Plus, the cost to get the number of slots we generally use has gone up. So, now is the time to kick the tires and test drive something new and different. We may decide Mumble is okay but we won't know unless we check things out. The officers have been fiddling around with GameVox for a few weeks but we want to give it a stress test with a lot of people on our server to see how it functions.

Don't install anything right now. Wait for instructions from Squidchin. 

Please circle these dates on your calendar and come on along. It will be a lot of fun. 

--Gimm

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