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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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Some Reminders

Gimmlette a posted 9 hours ago

This Saturday, a group of level 80 guild members will enter Ulduar's Planetarium and down Algalon for their Herald of the Titans achievement. 

This is big stuff. There are restrictions on how to accomplish this. People have been working since before Warlords started to gear up their toons in anticipation of this event. When I did it, it took us two Saturdays to accomplish. You tend to forget how mechanics work when you can solo this old content. It would be nice if we could have a bunch of people online at the time of the raid, to cheer them on and provide moral support. The raid starts at our usual time, 9 p.m. Please let Jorlynn and Redneckwichdr know if you are planning to come. We have a list on a post below of people who are ready and we have others who have offered to bring toons to round out the raid. 

We have a tentative schedule for March but it can't be completely filled in until we see how this group fares. If they need another Saturday, they take priority. We'll be posting things soon. We intend to have events to help you get the selfie, juke box and new pet achievements. There's also going to be an amazing event, lead by Minaithelan, on Friday, March 13th. You'll want to clear your schedule to come along for that. 

Guild Member of the Month nominations are due by Sunday evening. I need to know who and why on an in-game letter. The only person who can't be nominated is Red and his myriad alts. 

We have a lot of things on our guild library tab and a few things stored off-site which are duplicates. Please take a moment to look at what's on the tab and learn those things you don't know. You never know when someone will be looking for something for transmog. 

The same thing is true of our glyph tab. 

If you don't know it, consider learning it. Inscriptionists, we're always happy to take your extra glyphs. There is a column for each class. Monk kind of spilled over there. Looks like we could use some mage, warrior and paladin glyphs. I always check the hunter column and learn something even if its application is more for Survival or Marksman than Beast Mastery. You just never know. 

Your officers are always looking for feedback on what things you'd like to do. Reikasdwarf approached me with a fantastic screenshot idea that we have to make happen. There's a lot to do in this game and it's so much better with the guild. 

--Gimm

Legendarily Large

Gimmlette a posted Feb 9, 15

So the question is, how does she swing it?

That's Pinkel with Val'anyr, the legendary mace. It took a quick hour to blast through Ulduar to get to Yogg-Saron and the final step in the creation of this piece. Along the way, we got 3 more fragments for yet another mace to be created. (Only 27 more, Zylo.) In the end, when Pinkel has to toss the fragments into Yogg's mount, we had a slight panic attack because the mace that comes out wasn't in her bags. We all saw it in the chat log as Pinkel receiving the "recombined mace", but she couldn't find it. My heart sank that the game might have screwed up. All those months and runs and nothing. Thankfully, Kazkhan remembered that quest items don't go into your bags anymore. We dashed to the archivium and Pinkel noted she had a ? on her screen. She clicked on Brann Bronzebeard and boom, got the mace and the achievement. We couldn't have been happier for her. 

As the possessor of a legendary myself, I often wish I could transmog it. As much as I love guns, you'd never see me without Thori'dal. Right now, it just sits in the bank waiting for the random event when I can haul it out. There is no usefulness to this weapon now. It's glamor, if you will, comes from the sheer amount of time it takes to obtain. On the other hand, I understand why transmogging of legendaries isn't allowed. They are legendary, rare. For the Warglaives or Thori'dal, many, many runs of Black Temple or Sunwell is required for them to drop. The other legendaries simply require months of running raids to get pieces. It takes a lot of desire, and luck in the case of Val'anyr (stupid drop rate on fragments), to get them made. You have to dedicate a lot of time to these pieces. Yet, they just sit. 

I think a compromise would be to have the ability to display them in your garrison. Pick a spot in your Town Hall where the piece hangs or sits, a place of honor. I would love to visit Pinkel's garrison, sit around the table in his Town Hall and have him regale us with the stories of conquering Yogg-Saron and getting the mace. After all, we let him push the button. 

Congratulations, Pinkel. 

--Gimm

Pinkel Thanks Gimm and all! It was quite the night and quite the fun number of runs through Ulduar with many of you to get it, ...
Squidchin a See I think the fact that you can't transmog legendaries are a crime and a disservice. As you say, they take a lot of ti ...

A Final Edition

Gimmlette a posted Feb 5, 15

Way back in Wrath of the Lich King, when my little guild was humming along, we officers discussed the possibility of class officers. The "big guilds" had them. In fact, one of my mentors was a Marksman hunter named "Farsight", the hunter class leader from Mostly Harmless. I owe a lot of my style of play to the hours we spent in Ironforge at the training dummies and his unflagging desire to get me to understand what those buttons actually did. I do not remember how we met or what caused him to decide I needed tutelage, but I can't thank him enough, even though I think he left the game about 3 months into Cataclysm. 

The idea that there is someone to assist with class questions or to provide suggestions or just be a repository for information is a time honored staple of larger guilds. Generally, however, those guilds have an "A" team, which is the raid team that clears content first, and a "B" team, which is everyone else and their alts. I refuse to have that here. You're all on the "A Team" (although I reserve the right to be Hannibal), as far as I'm concerned. We take anyone anywhere and I won't ever put people into #1 or #2 team. (It nearly broke us apart. If you want to hear that sad tale, hop on Mumble some time and ask me to tell it.) 

I also will never tell you how to play your toon. From personal experience, I know the discrimination and jeering you get when you play a spec that is considered "less than optimum". My mentor could not save me from being kicked from an Ulduar group because I was Beast Mastery all through Wrath and BM hunters didn't do the dps of our Survival or Marksman cousins. I was never more strengthened in my resolve to form this guild around "You play what you like" than I was then. 

That being said, I think we're at the point where having one person be a help to players is necessary. We do have a lot of people who know classes and know buttons, but one person who is willing to look up the resources, read those and then distill the points in a way that makes sense is something I think we need. We're not that little guild anymore and with so many of you with other classes, changes to the alt you play every third Friday can be hard to remember. We'd been discussing this very topic, off and on, amongst the officers since Warlords dropped.

Then, in January, one guild member approached me about helping. His encyclopedic knowledge of his many alts and how things worked caused us to think, "Maybe we could, finally, have that 'Class Officer', we've periodically talked about". "Class Officer" isn't the name. There are days, as you all know, where we have no class here, and that's just the way we like it. 

So, tonight, I will be promoting Redneckwichdr, Azram, Crispybacon and a whole host of toons to our new position of "Leveling Mentor". Red is going to help me find the information for all toons as it's released with the upcoming patch, and get the changes up in the forum, as well as maintain the forum information so it's all in one spot. I've been so busy, a lot of Warlords and Patch 6.0 stuff never made it to the forum.

Red wrote the fantastic leveling guide, you can find in the forum. If you are stuck with something on your toon, ask him. Send him a letter or a whisper or ask in chat. Hit him up on our Facebook page. He's been keeping tabs on the heirloom gear situation on Facebook and will be watching the patch notes to post all the changes to classes upcoming. Please welcome him to the officer corps. 

With that, I think, for the time being, our officer corps is complete. Brickbank and I cleared out the guild bank last night. Tab 2 has been reopened for your use. You can start sending your overflow to her, or me, too, but Brick will be watching and keeping the bank looking reasonably nice. We have 2 raid leaders so I can be told in Officer chat now, "Gimm, shut up" and just play without leading raids. We have a 5-man officer whom you can abuse by asking for runs from 6 sections of this game. We have a PvP officer who wants to lead us into battle against Vol'jin. We have Skip who handles HR, unless it's a request from Mooch, and interacts with the WOW Community outside of SD. If you are frustrated with the human aspect of WOW, you can talk to Skip. He's also got a couple of projects he's working on. 

I remember when we had less people in SD total than who log on on a Saturday night. It often doesn't seem possible that this guild, the one Superkind and I started way back in December 2007, is as large as it is. I'm grateful to every single person who is here and to those people who have volunteered their time to help me lead it. With our new venture, www.floortanking.com , I'm taking the information we have learned from these 7 years of WOW and putting it out there for the WOW-verse to see. It's a great time to be in SD, even if that was a 0.08% wipe on The Butcher last night. 

--Gimm

Minaithelan congrats red .
Skiptank a Congrats to everyone! I'm thrilled we have more people willing to help out! Mooch, in regards to your HR complaint: I h ...
Worandpaws Congrats--and this is awesome, because so often I get back to a toon I'm leveling and really only remember the 3-4 butto ...

Two Events

Gimmlette a posted Feb 4, 15

Lots of fun upcoming. I did want to point out two important things. 

Saturday.

We're going into Ulduar. This is a very important run. Pinkel will get Val'anyr, the legendary healing mace. I don't remember how long he's been working on it, but it's quite a few months. We're finally at the stage where he can get the weapon. We will have to go slow on the final stage of Yogg-Saron so we don't kill him before Pinkel can complete the mace.

Plus, we have this and one other run on the schedule for those toons who are going to run the Herald of the Titans event at the end of the month. I don't see us doing another Herald run for a long time after this event so if you want the title, you need to be as ready to go as possible on February 25th. The actual run is Saturday, February 28th, but this way, if you're ready, we can get a final head count. We have people who froze toons at level 80 specifically to help and we need to know who needs to come to fill out the group. If you have questions, please contact me. Herald of the Titans is available to level 80 toons who do not have armor above ilevel 226 or weapons above ilevel 232. We have a forum dedicated to this. 

I will take people along in the following order:
1)  Pinkel - obviously. 
2)  Any level 80 looking for more gear for their Herald toon.
3)  Anyone with a legendary weapon. 
4)  Anyone else to fill the raid. 

If you can't make the raid and have a legendary weapon, please meet in Dalaran around 10:30 for a photo. I'd like as many people as possible in attendance to cheer Pinkel on. This is a big deal. Even though you can solo Ulduar, having a guild help makes getting legendaries faster. We have a number of people working on Shadowmourne and Dragonwrath. I know of a couple people working on Fangs of the Father. The Warglaives and Thori'dal are drops. There might be people with pieces for Sulfuras and Thunderfury. We are happy to help so just let me know what you're working on. 

A side note:  Pinkel informed me that the Boston area where he lives, is slated to get more of that white stuff. It should not affect whether he's online, but if it comes down heavy, there could be Internet interruptions. If, for some reason, he's not able to be online, we will still run Ulduar for level 80's and I'll do some flip-flops with the schedule so we can all be around when he gets the mace. 

Second side note:  Some day I want to come in here and let Mimron's enrage timer go off. I wonder what happens. That's not something we'll do on Saturday, however. His enrage timer is 15 minutes. This is also NOT a proto-drake run. We can work on achievements on the 12th when we do another gear run for people. 

Next item:  Play Your Horde Night. That's coming up on Sunday evening. 

Deathtacular has been successful in getting the following two achievements:

 and 

So, we're up to Cataclysm 5-mans, but I'd like to go backwards and run Molten Core and Blackwing Lair for the achievements. To get them, we need 10 people from the guild. You need to be level 60+. If you can come, we'll be starting at 7 server time for this to maximize the amount of material we can cover. Come on along. It will be fun. Who knows, we might get a drop and have to figure out how to get materials from SD to Deathtacular so someone can make Sulfuras on the horde side. 

If you don't have a horde, you're welcome to make one. You MUST be in Spectacular Death in order to make a horde toon. Be advised, as Vashkiri (a.k.a. Worandpaws) can tell you, it's really quiet horde side. Deathtacular was created in 2008 to help us live up to our goal of providing the total WOW experience which includes the "other" side. I'm on Heilandcoo when I'm over there and any officer of SD is an officer over there. We're happy to invite your toon. 

The schedule is going up slowly. I hate the in-game calendar so you might not see anything and then suddenly, there is something. Remember to check back often. As always, if there is something you would like to run, please let any officer know. 

--Gimm

Tuyi Really wish I could afford to bring all my toons over from Bael'gun... Do you want Calle with Sulfuras, or Tir with Thu ...
Pinkel I'm doing the best "No Snow" dance possible. It's looking ok for Saturday, but we'll see. We'd over 50" o ...

Just in time for February and our once a week Highmaul experience, we have a new co-raid leader. Ollivor volunteered. No, really, he did. Pay no attention to Jorlynn's cattle prod. (They are married, if you don't know.) He volunteered of his own free will. He will start raid leading with our February 4th Highmaul raid. Please welcome Ollivor to the officer ranks. 

Speaking of Highmaul, it seems we'll be doing Kargath whether we want to or not. I did some poking about on the forums and he seems to be an automatic reset right now. Guilds are not happy about this; it's akin to that stinkin' Siege bug that threatened to derail our efforts. I really want to maintain the lock out so we don't have to kill this guy every time. I'd rather, for a month, we work on a boss we don't have down, then come back and start the month with him again, but such is WOW life. So, we're going to hit the lock out, but, if Kargath is up, we'll take him down. I need that gold for my Alliance chopper anyway. 

Next, with the demise of WOWInsider, if there is something you want to save from those pages, you best spend the next 24 hours copying and pasting. There is no word on whether Insider will be archived. I went through all the "Around Azeroth" posting we had last year and saved those, as well as the three we have had this year. We were in AA 37 times in 2014. We jokingly said it should be renamed to "Around SD's Azeroth". That's not quite the once per week we were challenged to attain, but that's darned close. You can find all the AA's in our Screenshots forum. 

We were going to, at the end of the month, stage a "Power Rangers" screenshot specifically for "Around Azeroth". On Tuesday, we'll know exactly what's going to happen with archiving material from Insider and what editors Adam Holiska and Alex Ziebart have up their sleeves. They announced on Saturday, via Twitter, that they had purchased a domain name. Something's up and it feels awesome. (If you want the Twitter handles of Insider staff or want to know whom SD follows, we're at @SpecDeath on Twitter or hit the button under our Twitter feed to the right. With the Twitter feature coming in WOW, I expect to see a lot of you tweeting.)

Speaking of WOW and awesome, if you were online in Mumble on Friday night, you heard me bounce an idea off guild members there. WOW can feel, particularly for us casual players, like something that needs hours of work, hours of prep, hours of grinding and theory crafting just to do some of the more powerful things, like raids. You know that's not who we are. We'll get there, eventually, but it's not our focus. The purpose, stated above, is something we adhere to, like duct tape stuck together. Our journey through this game is a saunter and everything we do is geared toward the casual player. There's not really a resource for us, until now. 

www.floortanking.com. This is the brand new blog that we are going to produce to address the view of casual play in World of Warcraft. If you go there (I'll wait), you'll find two posts already. I'm inviting SD guild members to write articles for this blog. Everything that goes there will be geared toward the casual raider; the person who can't spend or doesn't want to spend hours playing this game. There is a wealth of information contained within this guild and we should make it available to others. WOW focused blogs are not very common anymore. We will be filling a niche. 

This will not promote Spectacular Death. What we do here is just the framework of casual raiding. We always say, for instance, that raiding strats are guidelines when it comes to our style of raiding. We will be letting other casual guilds know that they, too, can see content without demanding players commit hours to game play. SD will get mentioned, to be sure, it can't not, but the focus is on the broader impact of casual gaming. If you are interested in contributing articles or photos, please talk to me. 

Schedule is going up for February in fits and starts. In going through Insider to copy all the AA we submitted, I stumbled across some things I forgot to remember we were going to do. So, I've got to do some tweaking. Expect everything planned up by the end of the week. We're doing a Mists mount run on Tuesday with Highmaul on Wednesday.

What's really, really important is that on Saturday, Pinkel gets Val'anyr, the legendary healing mace from Ulduar. If you have a legendary, please bring it and come to the raid, or meet us in Dalaran after the raid for a group shot. We will take level 80's gearing up for Herald of the Titans. We will be doing Ulduar one more time before we do our Herald run at the end of the month. Once this group of people has their title, it will be a long time before we do this again. If you intend to run Ulduar with us at the end of the month for your Herald title, you NEED to be ready by February 25th

Finally, we've got something up our collective sleeves. You'll want to check back and watch this space. It's going to be exciting and it's something we've talked of doing but never had the resources to do before. 

--Gimm

Faience We've been told that WoW Insider will be archived, but no word on how or when, so anything you want to save you are best ...
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