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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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SHARK WEEK!

Gimmlette a posted Thu at 18:30

First of all, if you have a Twitter account and you are not following @Oceanrch or @ MaryLeeShark, get on that. Ocean Research is involved in tagging sharks of all sorts up and down the eastern seaboard so we learn more about these magnificent animals. It is thought there is a great white shark nursery off the coast of Long Island, New York, but no one has been able to fund even minimal research into this area. Ocean Research just got a Kickstarter funded to do just that. I have to say that following a great white is awesome. I really enjoy checking the Twitter feed to see where she has pinged lately. There are a lot of sharks with Twitter feeds now because it's clear, following sharks is cool. Oceanrch and MaryLee follow us back so I'm flattered. 

Anyway, Discovery Channel's annual Shark Week starts this coming Sunday and we will be celebrating in our own inimitable style. First off, Sunday. 

That's only part of my stable of aquatic pets. We're going to do an aquatic pet battle. You'll take your summons and battle on the beach. We'll start with level 1 teams and when everyone has battled everyone else, then move to other levels. I don't have a whole lot in the middle but we'll see what we can do. It will be fun and there will be prizes for everyone who comes. 

Monday, we're heading into Orgrimmar and lining the road from Grommash Hold to the front gate with fish and seafood feasts. Why? Because. Next question. The fun begins at 9:00. 

Tuesday we are going after whale sharks. We'll start in everyone's "favorite" place, Vash'ijr. We'll go after the shark. There is an achievement "From Hell's Heart I Stab at Thee", so you're welcome to bring a toon that doesn't have it. 

From there, we're going to the Timeless Isle and killing that shark and ending up at the Iron Docks in Tanaan to kill that shark. I believe you need to have Timeless Isle and Tanaan opened in order to be summoned to those locations. If you need assistance in opening either, just ask in chat. 

We'll do our regular mythic 5-mans on Wednesday followed by another Firelands run on Thursday. We have quite a few people working on the Legendary staff so please tag along and help. 

On Friday, July 1st, we have a fantastic event planned. Called "Swimming With the Fishes", you'll take your summons, around 9 pm, and like it. You'll also need to have room in your bags for all your gear. You just have to be faster than the person behind you. We end Shark Week with a Throne of Thunder achievement run. Lots of water in that place. 

Plenty of things to do this coming week. I look for you to attend some or all of these events. 

--Gimm

Jorlynn We had a slight change in plans.....we will be placing feasts Sunday evening, before the pet battles begin!

Lok'tar O'gar

Gimmlette a posted Jun 21, 16

Yeah, yeah, yeah. That's the horde battle cry. Well, just once, or maybe twice, or maybe 3 or 4 times, we're allowed to yell that. As part of his winnings for coming closest in the "Guess the day Legion comes out" contest, Souvlaki decided he wanted us to try a For the Horde run. Mina did his research and felt, if we had close to 15 people, we could get almost all the leaders down. Ironforge might be tricky as it seems to have the most Alliance in it. Our first attack was at Stormwind. 

We pulled Wrynn from the throne room to the courtyard. 

I was actually rather disappointed the guards don't come. For being the head of the Alliance, if you can drag him into this area, the guards don't seem to notice. Genn Graymane didn't seem to notice either. We had one Alliance player from Dark Oath, watch us. Wrynn was very easy to kill.

From there, we headed north to Ironforge and got there right after another group had killed the council. That was hilarious, although it spelled doom for us later. We came back and there were too many Alliance around. We couldn't down the council, although Moira died. 

After having a nice chuckle, we headed to Darnassus. I went on ahead on my mage and discovered the group had killed Tyrande so we changed our destination to Exodar because Velan was still alive. Once he was down, we headed to the dock to await the boat back to Darnassus. 

That's quite the group there. 

Tyrande and Velan proved to be longer fights than Wrynn's was. In the end, we just have Ironforge left to conquer and a whole bunch of people will get Black War Bears horde side. We'll schedule the attack for some time in July. 

Thanks, everyone, for coming along. It was a lot of fun. Here's the video I took of us killing Wrynn. I forgot to put on the sound. 

--Gimm

Souvlaki This was great, and thank you to everyone who came along! Aka'magosh!

FREE KEG!

Gimmlette a posted Jun 21, 16

It is time for the winners of the caption contest to tell us what Keg did to land in jail. 

Basol's story invoking Deathwing, Ironforge and the Hall of Explorer's won first place. 

Gimm was second with her caption involving frog licking, a fountain in Stormwind and a Simpson's quote.

Zylo was third with her discussion of a "slight" misunderstanding of which "kegs" were going to get smashed. 

Your winnings will be in the mail in the next couple of days. Thanks, everyone, for the very funny captions. 

--Gimm

Lotsa Shots

Gimmlette a posted Jun 16, 16

We've had a lot of screenshots get into the BlizzCaps column. I shall present them in chronological order from oldest to newest. I sent 3 more in last night and have 2 sitting on my desktop awaiting caption inspiration. 

If you are in the beta and are taking screenshots, feel free to post them to the Legion folder. 

We are still looking for that ogre garrison token which calls the Mage-Lord. The ogres in Broken Precipice are intermingled with ogron and you can get a Goren invasion when you're over there. If you just want ogres, Stonefury Cliffs is the place to go. The area is huge with lots of ogres. If you are in need to apexis crystals, grabbing a missive from Sergeant Crowler will get you double the crystals for time spent at the cliffs. 

Our Legacy raiding is taking a break. We just don't have the support for this as we did when it started. I cannot justify putting it on the schedule when we have only 12 people show up to run content. We know we need at least 18 to be successful in Blackwing Lair. I've let the lock out expire. If you want to level your Legacy toon, go ahead. I don't know when we will do this again. It's frustrating because we could be on to Burning Crusades era content if people who said they would do this would actually show up when it's scheduled. 

Major event horde side on Monday. Please come help. 

And finally, one from today. 

Keep the screenshots in their mailbox. We do this documentation of WOW very well. 

--Gimm

Go See It

Gimmlette a posted Jun 11, 16

I had my chance, today, to go see the Warcraft movie. This review will not contain spoilers. Rather, for those of you on the fence about seeing the movie because critics have been unkind, this review, will, I hope, get you into the theatre. 

First of all, I give it an 8 out of 10 stars. It takes a bit to get going and I had real difficulty understanding Durotan. If there are people around you who are talking, you are likely to miss dialog. There was no one around me. Indeed, the theatre was empty, save for me, until 12:20 for a 12:30 show. (I could have come at 12:45 and not missed anything, stupid previews, but that's a whole 'nother issue. Ironically, Toby Kebbel, who plays Durotan, is in Ben-Hur and that was one of the previews. I had no idea that was him.)

There is a lot of exposition; people talking, explaining; and when you can't quite understand what is being said, there's a disconnect between what's going on and what you comprehend. When I took a screen writing class years ago, the emphasis was on showing what you need the audience to know, not having someone tell us. It was called "Take a walk through the zoo", meaning the characters just walked somewhere and talked. In a novel, you can get by with that. In a movie, not so much. For realism, I admire having the actors wear their orc teeth, but for ease of understanding what they need to tell me, I think laying in clearer voice tracks would have helped. 

Secondly, the way some of the characters are portrayed bothered me. I won't go into who. That's for a more comprehensive review after June 17th, when the spoilers ban is lifted from chat.

Third, I could not identify some people in the movie. Again, I won't go into who, but I am not a complete lore nerd and it wasn't until some time into the movie that I knew who they were. Perhaps that is by design, but it changed how I viewed them and I wished I known they were "x" to start. I had some frustration with why are they talking to Durotan or Llane. I feel better character identification would have helped us feel more for the characters. There was one person I recognized instantly, who is not in the credits. I was very, very surprised. And I never saw Chris Metzen, even though he's supposedly there. 

Fourth, the computer graphics are stellar, amazing, outstanding. If ILM is not nominated for an Oscar for this movie, it will be a travesty. Khadgar writes symbols on the ground and they turn blue! I want the ability to write stuff on the ground and have it light up. Remember that point where Lothar runs, barefoot off a high tower and falls, only to land on his gryphon? We made merciless fun of that snippet. NOW I know what he was doing and why that happened. It's a necessary plot point. Still, I want a gryphon. After seeing them in the movie, I want a gryphon to take me to work. 

Finally, the critics who have savaged this movie don't get what it's about. Yes, there are plot holes. It is a big, huge adventure, with actors working against imaginary things. But does it work as a fantasy movie? Yes, it does. It's not a 10, by any means. They keep comparing it to the Marvel franchise. The only thing these have in common is that they are big budget movies. It's NOT the Marvel universe. If they never make another one, does it stand alone? Yes. The ending is ambiguous but they could never make another and it would still be a great popcorn movie. To compare this to Marvel isn't correct.

Making a movie about a game is tough. There are preconceived notions about what should and shouldn't be in it. Assassin's Creed has a movie coming out at the end of the year. I never played that game so I have no frame of reference for the movie. I'm not inclined to see it, frankly. From the trailer, I think it's going to have some of the same issues Warcraft does. It takes too long to get going. Folks, I think Guardians of the Galaxy, as much as I like that movie, has the same problem. 

One warning, It is violent. If you have small children, this is NOT a movie that's suitable for them. Death and destruction is everywhere. And I saw it in 2D. I don't think it suffers, as some do, from a 2D treatment. I'm not sure I want to see it in 3D, actually. I had a grand time. 

For those of us who play, this is a labor of love, created by people who love the game. It's a grand adventure and should appeal to people who like fantasy movies. There are several times where the influence of Lord of the Rings: Twin Towers is evident. That's not a bad thing. If you are on the fence, go to a matinee. Don't spend full price or see it 3D until you've gone once. 

The next movie does need to have Spectacular Death impaling ourselves on the spires of the Stormwind Cathedral. That building is impressive. 

A final comment, I want that pistol the dwarves make. 

--Gimm

Grenwald I had some fruit gummies and a fruit juicy red drink i think its called, spent more on those 2 items than i did the tick...
Souvlaki I had Reese's Pieces (ET's favorite candy).
Åurorå I also didn't think the beginning was great, I thought it was choppy and hard to follow. My husband loved the whol...
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