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Welcome One And All To Spectacular Death's Website.

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. 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.

For any questions about the above information, please talk to Gimmlette or any officer. Officers are listed under the "SD Guide" section of the web site menu. If you are interested in hopping on the bus for the ride, please fill out our application. It's under the "Join Us" button at the upper right. You will be contacted by Gimmlette or the membership officer after the application is received.

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Wednesday's recruiting statement. 



For those who don't know, Cthulhu is the demon/monster in H.P. Lovecraft's short story, "Call of Cthulhu", which was printed in 1928. There is a whole mythos surrounding Cthulhu and C'thun, the final boss of AQ40, is a direct homage to him, including the tentacles. 

--Gimm

This Needs to Happen

Gimmlette a posted Wed at 14:47
Today's "The Queue" in WOWInsider has an exceptional idea from columnist Anne Stickney. I'm reprinting it here because this is amazing and I want you all to read it. I don't know that it can happen, because Blizzard is working on the next expac as we speak, but let's file this under the "What If" category. Read it and enjoy. 

Let's assume we do see a Legion-themed expansion. What is the best way to link existing WoD content for a good flow into the next expansion? A raid? A new dungeon? Or something open to all of the player-base, such as a handful of new quests, a solo scenario or two, etc.?

In an ideal world, I'd like to see the final tier of raiding ending not with the Iron Horde's downfall, but some sort of massive assault on Shattrath City. We'd end up defeating whatever major boss happened to show up (Kil'jaeden would be a good prospect for this, given that his plans have been foiled, Archimonde's getting fed up with him, and he needs to make some kind of major move if he doesn't want to end up in the doghouse), and we're treated to a final cutscene.

The boss falls, disintegrating as all Legion demons do, but instead of crying out in despair, they begin to laugh. Wildly, maniacally, gleefully. As we look on in what should read as utter confusion, they have only one thing to say: "Enjoy your victory here." And Shattrath City, unlike the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, is restored to what it was before the Iron Horde and Legion got there -- we get a new dual faction capital city out of the deal. Everyone is kind of happy about this, but also kind of left a little puzzled.

Until we go to make that leap back to Azeroth. In the pre-patch for the next expansion, we're treated to a cutscene of our characters emerging triumphant from the Dark Portal, only to be greeted with an apocalyptic landscape, the skies torn open and bleeding fel energy.

That's when Khadgar turns on us and begins to laugh. Wildly, maniacally, gleefully -- just before he disappears.

And then throw in a quest chain that takes us to Karazhan to figure out what the heck just happened.

What I'd like to see, as a companion to this is that we have to fix the zones which are now destroyed. This would be akin to opening up the Isle of Quel'Danis at the end of Burning Crusades. I really enjoyed doing that. Every level 70, horde and alliance, had to come do 'x' number of dailies to open up the new dailies and, ultimately, the Sunwell raid. I remember being able to ride around some unopened sections of the island, but the sheer number of mobs made doing that akin to suicide. 

We'd have to purge each zone of demons and fel energy. I'm thinking there would be a wall at the entrance to Deadwind Pass so that we couldn't get to Karazhan until all the zones on both Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor were cleared. There would be no questing in a zone until it had been cleared, but the demons in zones like Loch Modan, would be at level for toons questing in that zone. They did that for the Cataclysm pre-launch. We ran to Loch Modan and destroyed a group of elementals there because we were 80 and they were 15, but that meant at level toons could participate. 

I think we can agree that the last two pre-launch events have been lousy at best. We can't get Blizzard to make this happen but we can pretend it might. What do you think of Ms. Stickney's idea and what would you add to or change from it?

--Gimm

A Change in Officers

Gimmlette a posted Wed at 10:58
The thing about SD is that we don't penalize you for having a real life. You all know what a "real life" is, right? That's the part where you actually leave your basement computer room to buy those Cheetos and to make that coffee you chug in gallons. Officers have real lives too and for one of them, it's meant some change. 

"As time passes and life changes, things we do often change as well. I have been privileged to be the bank officer in SD. But, in my life, things have changed a bit and now I'm working more hours and can't totally focus on everything in WOW. So, after many hours of thought, I felt, for the better of the guild, I need to step away from the bank officer position and just focus on being a member until time allows me better options. I love the guild and the people in the guild. Know I am always here for anyone in this guild. Thanks for the opportunities and so many wonderful deaths. Bear"

We're sad that Bear is stepping down but he was unemployed for a long time so having a job, even with a lot of hours is important. I'm sure many of you can relate. Please thank him for his service. He'll be around to tank things for us but you won't be able to ask him to invite your alts. (For the record, any officer can invite. They are the Squires of Bacon rank.)

Even as Bear is stepping down, someone else is stepping up. Over the weekend, Skip's wife, Skipette, approached me asking if I minded if she did a bit of tidying in the bank. "Um, How would you like to do the whole thing?" I asked. "Can I? Really? I'd love to!" So, Skipette and her associated bank toon, Brickbank, will be the new bank officer. Please give her a hearty welcome when you see her. 

I want to thank all of  you for your support of the bank, too, since the debacle of last week. I did some major cleaning of the back tab and sold some gear that had been in the bank for a very long time. It's netted us 1400 gold over the last week. That's money for you to use for repairs when you say, "Hold my drink and watch this". As always, if you don't want it and don't want to sell it, we'll take it. And if you are looking for those last few pieces of rugged leather or sungrass or blood garnets or saronite ore to finish a level, just ask if you don't see it in the bank. We can't keep a stack of everything, even with the wonderful reagent tab, but we (cue goblin voice) might have what you need. 

--Gimm
Ilrisse Thank you, Bear, for all the time and effort as an officer, and hoping to continue dying spectacularly to your battlecri ...
Worandpaws What they said! Huge admiration for everyone who steps up and takes an officer position when they can.
Wendrah Thanks Bear, you are awesome. Welcome Skipette!!! You will do a fine job.

The Noggenfogger Challenge

Gimmlette a posted Sun at 14:53
Satuday, January 31st is the highly mysterious "Noggenfogger Challenge". What is that, you ask. Well, I'm glad you asked that question. 

Step 1 is to get yourself some Noggenfogger elixir. You buy it from this gal in Tanaris. 



Unfortunately, it's soulbound so I can't go buy a bunch and stick them in the guild bank. You'll need to go get your own. I remember when you had to make it. That was quite the odd-ball quest chain. 

Anyway, get yourself a stack or two, you can carry up to 20, and meet me in Stormwind at 9 p.m. on the 31st. You'll need flying or, if you're a low level, a guild mate with a 2-seater or who can carry you.  You'll need to fly up high. 

Over the course of the next hour, I will, periodically, drop an Elune stone somewhere in Stormwind. It makes a bright column of light. 



You need to be at maximum height over the column of light. 



You'll be dismounting over the column and falling. You can do one of two things. Drink your Noggenfogger and hope, hope, hope, you get the slow fall feature or land, splat, in the column of light. 

There are 3 effects; shrinking, slow fall and turning you into a skeleton. You can right click the effect off and there is a 3 second cooldown between each drink of elixir. You need to be neutral in rep with Gadgetzen to buy these so you should do some quests in Gadget so you can buy them. A couple quests should do it. You only have to be level 35 to buy the elixir. Plus, it's one of the few shapeshifting effects that will let you ride the gryphons. 

Now why, on earth, would you want to do this? Well, there's 100 gold for everyone who safely gets slow fall and makes it to the ground. And for those of you more interested in the splat, there's 150 gold for everyone who actually hits the circle.  That's 250 gold for an hour of yucks. You'll want to remove your armor for this. Put it in your bank. Your armor takes durability damage even when it's in your bags. Resurrections will be provided. 

So, you've got a couple weeks to prepare. Mark your calendars. And I can't take credit for thinking this up on my own. I appropriated the idea from Lasts and added a twist. 

--Gimm
Gimmlette a I'm hoping one doesn't use levitate for the spirit of the event.
Ilrisse Or Levitate. ...
Perki I do have a 2 seater for helping out (hopefully I can get on and join you all, depends how I'm feeling). I must confes ...

Where We've Been

Gimmlette a posted Sun at 14:21
I've been remiss in recounting our exploits for all to see. Credit a heavy work load that doesn't give me time to post a quick article on the front page while I'm eating my pot pie for lunch. But, we've accomplished some great things that I want to trumpet. 

First of all, a group of 20 downed The Butcher in Highmaul last night. 



Took us, roughly, 40 minutes of work to tweak the encounter to our style of raiding. We went on to Tectus. We made quite a bit of headway on learning that fight. On Wednesday, we'll start there and see if we can get him down. It's about staying alive during the ground pound phase as we don't have that much of a problem with the red stuff or dps. We'll get it. Our sheer determination will carry us through Tectus. Just a note, though, know how to self heal. Make bandages. Carry health pots, although they share a cooldown with cookies. That will help the healers and you stay alive. 

Friday, there was nothing on the calendar. We like having days "off", so to speak, to give you an evening where you can bum around, beating things up, things like Demidos. 



This rare is a level 102 elite found on Socrethar's Rise. If you're running that daily, it's in the north corner of the rise. You need to either jump on the rocks to get to the platform or find the rope (that I didn't know existed) which will take you up there. Be advised. This boss is very difficult to solo. Generally speaking, however, there will be people wanting to kill it because there is an achievement associated with killing it and there is a 15% drop chance on a pet. I won the pet the first time I killed it so I thought it dropped every time. If you happen to be over there and see that Demidos is up, give a holler. You'll need a bit of help.

We also decided on Friday, since we had nothing to do, that we'd try to polish off the last heroic Mists of Pandaria raid we needed for the meta, Heart of Fear. We started with 21 people but wound up with 23 at the end. 

We wiped a few times. The very first boss, Imperial Lord Zor'lok, was a problem. After wiping twice to him, I rather rued begging you folks to come along. But we got him and moved on. Ironically, the tornado boss, Blade Lord Tay'ak, was not a problem. An hour and 30 minutes after starting, we found ourselves in front of Grand Empress Shek'zeer. 



I'd have to run normal again, but I don't think her digits glow in normal. I think the best part of running these was, "What do you suppose is different about heroic?" We went over what we remembered from normal or LFR and then jumped in. Some bosses, like Garalon, we thought we'd have problems with, were one-shots. Wind Lord Mel'jarak needed some brain storming. That's what we do best here. "This is the strat, but how can we make it work for us?" 



The Empress wound up being a one shot. That netted us 20 achievement points; 10 for the raid and 10 for the meta. 



Notice the reward at the bottom of the achievement. Yeah. That's a pretty nice reward. 



Blue-green lightning mounts for everyone! Neolatro said, from above, we kind of looked like a mass of tadpoles. You can buy this mount from the guild vendor, which is why we're all in Stormwind. It costs 3,000 gold. If you're collecting mounts, it's something you'll want to save toward. The problem is that you also need cloud serpent riding to use it. That you get in Pandaria in the Arboretum. The fastest way to get riding is to collect eggs from the island to which they send you. I never could find an egg so I did it the hard way, doing their dailies, every day. 

I think the best part of Friday's raid was how many people had to sing the battle cry. There were a lot of "1's" rolled. Personally, I'm waiting for Betwyn to put "Gimm, I hate you" to music. 

Speaking of raids, bunches of toons are running ICC to get Shadowmourne. If you need Primordial Saronite, let me know. I have some stored off-site just for that. We ran it on Thursday and I didn't realize that if the airship takes off to do the battle with the horde airship, and you're not on it, you can watch it leave without you. 



The game does grab you and deposit you on deck, but we had a laugh about this. /wave You all have fun up there! 

What other raids can we work on? Well, in addition to methodically working through Highmaul, we started working on heroic Throne of Thunder. 



Yes, that's a 1% wipe on Horridon. So...much...poison. But we figured out what we needed to do to contain the poison and he died. We got as far as the Dark Animus. 



Heroic mode on this fight is very tough. We spent a good 2 hours over 2 days working on this. We either need to do it on 10 man or we need close to 25 people on 25-man. There's a lot of damage and a lot of mechanics to overcome and we just couldn't do it. Clearing heroic ToT allows us access to a separate boss, Ra-den. The concept is similar to Sinestra in Bastian of Twilight. You can't fight her until you've defeated Cho'gall in heroic. So, watch for another crack at ToT in February. 

We will be going back into these raids in non-heroic mode to work on achievements. Some, we can get in heroic, but it's easier to do them in non-heroic where the only thing we have to worry about is not blasting the boss to smithereens before we get the achievement done. 

Have you picked up Nat Pagle as your follower yet?



(Trust us, Nat. We're still wondering how it's possible we got to Draenor.) Once you get him, assigning him to your fishing shack allows you to catch lunkers. You turn these in for currency and that coin will allow you to buy his pet and a new mount. 

If you're out fishing, Nat will often join you. Here I am fishing the pond up by the flight path into Shattrach. If you're looking for Blackwater Whiptail, there are at least a dozen pools that spawn in this pond. You can easily fish from the bank but I find that hopping on my raft makes getting round the pond very easy. 



For being a renown angler, Nat's pretty dumb. You see I'm on my raft in the pond. He shows up, on his horse, generally behind you. That puts him in the water. He dismounts, talks to me and then promptly dies because, well, standing underwater is generally not a good idea. I think I've killed him about a half-dozen times now. I'm beginning to think Blook or Tormmok are smarter than him. 

Our screenshot ideas are coming along. 



Last year, we had the Dancing Arthases. This year, well, "Arthas got run over by a reindeer. Sitting in front of Orgrimmar with SD." It's Minaithelan's idea to show up in front of Orgrimmar with his Arthas costume and a bunch of Potions of Illusion. We need to make this happen. 

Plus, the "Power Rangers" screenshot is coming along. 



For this one,  you need to make an armor set that is predominantly one color. I'd like every color of the rainbow plus black and white and brown and maybe gray and gold. Minaithelan, in his Skeletor outfit, and Tarsan as, well, giant Tarsan, will be our opponent. I'd love to mash a number of cartoon themes into the photo. If you have Leorajh, he would represent Thunder Cats. There is an outfit you can get which dresses you like He Man. I'm open to other suggestions but, for now, start accumulating your armor. We'll try to stage this at the end of February. 

Finally, a couple of Mooch-isms. I have no idea what we were discussing but I found this when cropping screenshots. 



Here's our Saturday recruiting statement. 




--Gimm
Maximooch "Moochism" is a new one. I like it.
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