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The 8th Annual Terrapin 500 is nearly upon us. Are you ready?

In conjunction with the transmog contest, we'll be making a full evening of excitment. 

The Transmog Contest starts at 8:30 pm in our usual place in Stormwind. Please note:  this is one-half hour earlier than usual. The theme of this month's contest is to pick a battle pet and make a transmog around that pet. Last month's co-winner, Mizauki, will be the judge. Winterlight is unable to attend. 

Once the contest is over, we will head to Ironforge for the race. Remember the ONLY mount allowed is the Sea Turtle. There's still time to get lucky and fish this up from pools in Wrath, Cata and Mists zones. You can also get it from fishing quest bags in Cata. If you'd like to have a bit more luck, I'm happy to invite you into my garrison on Draenor for a chance to fish it up there. Miz will be our announcer again this year. I could use someone to take screenshots. Even if you can't ride, please come to Ironforge and cheer on the racers. It means a lot to us to see guild members on the bank steps, cheering as we race past. It's a half hour of your time. The race begins at 9 pm. Racers who come in costume get 75 gold. First place gets 200 gold. Second place gets 150 gold. Third place gets 100 gold. I hope you like milk because you gotta drink a glass after you win. 

When we are done in Ironforge, we'll head to OLD Dalaran and race around it. If you'd like to bring your horde toon, you are welcome to do so. Again, if your horde comes in costume, you get 75 gold. Prize money is the same for the Dalaran race. From there, we're heading to NEW Dalaran and racing around the city. This year, we won't have to contend with demons attacking the city. Everything should be done by 10:30 pm. 

This is always one of our best guild-wide events. We can do summons for players who haven't, yet, discovered Dalaran so you can cheer on guild members. Make your plans. Bring your popcorn and beer. See you Saturday. 


The Eclipse

Gimmlette a posted Sat at 17:06

I found a photo from the penumbral eclipse of May 1994. 

I have always liked how the leaves on the tree acted as an eclipse box and you can see the progression of the moon across the sun. 

I've started a thread in the forum for your eclipse photos. We have guild members from Washington to Virginia and I know a few of you had relatives going to the path. I am so very excited to see what photos we all get. I'm asking for three; start, middle, end; but you're welcome to post as many as you like. And if you only take one, that's wonderful, too. 

Remember not to look directly at the sun. Finding eclipse glasses might be difficult, but check with local libraries. Mine will be giving them out once they open on Monday, until they are gone. 

It would be cool if there was some tie-in with WOW, but this is more "WOW" than a game. I hope it's clear where you are. 


Neocalamity Here is an image I took (Maine)
Souvlaki Oh, that's neat!

A Skewered Miz Special

Gimmlette a posted Aug 13, 17

We had our August "Miz Special" last night. 

We met in Stormwind, in front of the Cathedral, while Miz announced the winners of the "Send your grays to Miz" contest. 

First of all, Miz received over 6,000 grays. It took her hours to clean out her bank and to tally up the results. 

Second, we sent enough grays to add 4,000 gold to the guild bank. Nillen matched that and Gizmo decided to double it. Thanks, everyone, for cleaning out your banks, and for not automatically vendoring all those shimmering scales and fangs and talons and gear. 

Third, points were awarded for each gray. Stacks of the same thing, were awarded 1 point. Gear was awarded 2 points. Unique items or items with interesting flavor text were awarded 3 points. 

In third place, with 1,207 points - Tarsan. 

In second place, with 1,936 points - Gimm.

And in first place, with 2,418 points - Gizmo. (Miz said, "So many iceweb spider claws.") 

Gizmo received a toy for coming in first. 

Afterward, we all got drunk, flew as high as we possibly could over the cathedral, and dismounted. It's been a long time since we did a "Stick the landing, with an emphasis on 'stick'" event. Some of you who attended the Miz Special event had never had the opportunity to skewer yourself on the Stormwind Cathedral. 

Musashi got himself on the point so there was a bigger target for people to find. I know, in the pile, there's Syfi, Gizmo, Miz and Darq. I don't think anyone else was able to 'stick the landing'. Thanks to Zylo who did a lot of mass rezzing. 

In case you haven't looked up, Argus is now in the sky everywhere, for everyone. Prior to last Tuesday, you had to have killed Kil'jaden in Tomb to see the planet. Now everyone can. 

I thought it would be cool to collect screenshots from all over the world, of Argus in the sky. I've started taking them and you'll find my shots and the thread at this link. If the link is not working for you, make sure you're logged into the web site. You can also navigate to it by either the title in the box to the right or going to "Forum -> Guild History -> Legion -> Oh Look. There's Argus". You will need to upload your photos to a photo sharing site first and then post the link from that site in the pop up box when you click on the picture in the tools. Remember to list where you are because the angle of Argus doesn't always allow for identifying features from the surroundings. 

Thank you, Miz, for a most delightful event. Jax is already champing at the bit for next month. 


Superkind Glad to see that you guys are still keeping the fun alive! Truly Spectacular!

Weekend Events

Gimmlette a posted Aug 10, 17

The weekend is fast approaching. I just want to remind you of what's on tap for the weekend. 

Friday, we will be going into Trial of Valor. 

Now that Emerald Nightmare has been conquered heroically, next up is Trial of Valor. We have done this raid completely only once, so we don't know it very well. We will NOT be doing this in heroic mode. This run is to reacquaint ourselves with it with the idea that our next full run will be in heroic mode. We probably won't get this completely cleared, although, I've been known to be wrong before. Meet in Stormheim at 8:45 pm. 

 Just a reminder that there are only a couple days left to inundate Mizauki with gray items for the Miz Special on Saturday. She's been carefully tallying up the submissions and selling them, putting in excess of 800 gold back into the bank. You still have time to get in on the fun.

Looking ahead. How are you doing on your fishing for the Sea Turtle for the 8th Annual Terrapin 500. 

If people are interested in the silliness which happens when we do a group fishing event, as well as ridiculous hats and the chance at either the sea or riding turtles, I'm willing to make a fishing group on Saturday in my garrison. The last time we did this, several people got the mounts. I need someone willing to take screenshots. Let me know if you can do this. All the fun happens Saturday, August 26th. The transmog contest will start at 8:30 pm and we'll head over to Ironforge after that's done to run our race. I really hope sharding won't be a problem for us. It destroyed a server wide event on Moon Guard recently. 

Blizzard's Transmog Event is in a week. We'll be doing it as a guild event on the 18th. We have raids and 5-mans planned, lots of fun. Please refer to the calendar and sign up. 



If you ran our Trial of Valor clear back on April 18th, you might have picked up a quest off Odyn at the end of the raid which asks you to collect 1,000 soul fragments. The quest is called "Trial of Valor: The Lost Army". The reward is the ability to collect four different recolors of the armor set which drops in ToV. For transmoggers, this is most desireable. 

However, collecting the soul fragments is a long slog. I think the devs want you to, ideally, run ToV, but this raid is like Ulduar or Trial of the Champions or Heart of Fear. Once people do it, they aren't likely to want to run it again. It's like ToV was the stopgap raid on the way to better content. So, you can be forgiven for deleting this quest from your quest log. 

I have, however, discovered an alternate way to accumulate soul fragments. Periodically, a world quest will pop up which asks you to repel invaders from Helya's forces. This screenshot is from Azsuna, south of the murloc area. 

Killing these forces will net you soul fragments. As long as the quest is active, I get, on average, one soul fragment per kill. Supposedly, you can continue to farm these forces for more fragments, but an hour of farming after completing the quest got me gear repairs, greens and gray items. No soul fragments. I don't think it's worth it to farm after you've completed the world quest. 

In Highmaul, south of the murloc area, just south of the basilisks, there will be a quest to kill 4 casters who are trying to summon Helya into the world. They don't net very many fragments, but you do get a couple. In Stormheim, behind the building which houses Trial of Valor and down along the coast, there will be a world quest where Helya's forces are taking over the village. This village is usually overrun by naga in between vry'kul invasions. As with the quest in Azsuna, I average a fragment a kill when doing this quest. And, as with the Azsuna quest, supposedly you can farm these mobs for more fragments after the quest is completed. I haven't gotten any fragments outside of doing the quest. 

Just doing these world quests has my total to nearly 400 fragments. We're going back into Trial of Valor in August so I'm hopeful the drop rate on these is higher once you're in the raid. 

If you're not interested in transmog, most likely, this isn't your cuppa. But if you are, these world quests will help you progress toward more "You have not collected this appearance" gear. 


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