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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 "Whoops...We broke it," 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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Well, Call Me Impressed

Gimmlette a posted Thu at 16:05
Maybe you saw the promo for this series, "Azeroth Choppers" on WowInsider. The premise is that one of the top motorcycle design companies in the US has been hired by Blizzard to create a chopper, one for Alliance and one for Horde. This is a web series which will run for eight weeks and then we get to vote on the chopper we like the best. The winning design goes into the game. 

My initial reaction was akin to Insider editor Anne Stickney's. "What? Huh? Right. Whatever." I have a chopper that I rarely use. Big deal. I decided to take a look at the premier episode. 



Watch the whole episode. A bit over 9 minutes in length. 

All I will say now is, Squidchin, we live in the Chicagoland area. We know how to "vote early and vote often". 

--Gimm

Retro Week!

Gimmlette a posted Wed at 6:00
You can thank or vilify Lasts for this idea, but it sprang from comments he made. It fits, very much, with what we do here. I'm announcing this now because there is one event you'll need some time to accomplish. In keeping with the upcoming expansion, I am proud to announce a theme week in May. 


So much will change when we go back in time. Let's poke around in Outlands now. 

Here's what you can expect. 

Monday and Tuesday, May 12 and 13, we will plow through the 5-man dungeons. Bring your level 60-70's. Don't have all the achievements? Come on along. 



You, too, can see the glorious sewers of Shattered Halls. 

Wednesday, May 14th, oh boy, do we have an event for you. You know how getting to the Shade of Aran in Karazhan involves running up a lot of ramps?



And going even higher means more ramps, up and up and up?  Well, we're going to have the great SD Diving Contest. That's right, we'll go way up in the ramps near the Shade of Aran and then people will jump off into the library below. Myself and two other people will award each diver scores, just like they do in the Olympics. You can wear anything you like. There will be a target to hit, or miss. It's up to you. We will award points based on your pre-jump yell, your "costume", how close you come to the target or, if you choose to miss the target, just where you happen to land in the library below. We will need to clear Kara through Shade of Aran. As Kara is a 10-man raid, we will cycle people through who want to jump. Once the Shade is down, you can run in and talk to the guy by the steps to Moroes and he will teleport you straight to the Shade's area. 

There will be prizes. You will not want to miss this event. 

On Thursday, May 15th, we will run Magtheridon/ Gruul and Tempest Keep. Maybe the Ashes of A'lar will drop. Not likely, but we can hope. 

Friday, May 16th will be quite the event. This is the great Dueling over Nagrand event. Minaithelan and I picked the perfect floating island. 



Yes, this dueling event is going to be in the air on one of the floating islands in Nagrand. You don't have to duel, if you don't want to. You see the standard? That's the perfect island for you to watch the duelists below. Two duels can go on at once on this island. You automatically win if you knock your opponent off the island. (I swear I didn't do it on purpose.) 

Winners will be the people with the fewest losses. We will be giving away mounts. We have a Vial of the Sands, a jade panther and a chopper. You don't have to be good. You just have to not get knocked off. Come cheer and laugh and have a great time. Bring your fishing chair. There's room on the spectator island for some pet battles. 

Saturday is our big event and the event you need to do a little work for. 



We're going to see Illidan. I can hear you say, "Yeah, so. Even naked, he's a push over." Yes, he is, but here's the twist. You need a set of Outlands gear. It does not have to match, but almost every piece needs to be from Outlands. 



This is the hunter Beast Lord set. (It never had boots, sadly, and the helm didn't drop for me until Wrath. Grrrrr.) That is the legendary bow, Thori'dal. I have, in my bank, a bag that is just level 70's gear. It includes a necklace, rings and trinkets. You do not need to go that far but, with this much advance warning, there are items that can be made by our jewel crafters for rings and neck pieces. Trinkets always were the hard part. 

So, we'll be running 5-mans and 3 raids ahead of this. There is ample time to decide which toon you're going to bring and to deck it out. If you've been looking for a reason to whip out your complete set of Aegis gear, here it is. I'm thinking eyeball shoulders, for the win. 

This gear does not have to match. In fact, Burning Crusades gave rise to the "clown suit" moniker. Only sets actually matched. As you were out questing, the stuff you picked up made clowns look well dressed, it was that awful. On Saturday, I will be checking out your gear AND taking a screenshot. In the contest folder, we'll have a screenshot of everyone who comes along to BT. There will be prizes for "Best Clown Suit" and "Best Looking Set". Everyone will vote in the next week, with the winners announced May 26th. 

Our last event will be a wee bit o' PvP. 



We'll take Halaa. I'll put a small notice on the Llane and Arygos server forums. If you're interested in the Dark Talbuks, they are only obtained with research and battle tokens. The vendor for these mounts is only available if your faction holds Halaa. Halaa, back in the day, was a hotbed of world PvP and was the impetus for Wintergrasp and beyond. I remember the fun we used to have when the word went out that the horde held Halaa. You could, easily, have 40-50 people in this area. We'll hang around for an hour or hour and a half and call it a night. 

You will not want to miss this. Clean up any missed quests. Poke about in areas you never saw because you power leveled through. Black Temple seems to be the Alliance base of operations in Warlords. It's going to look very different than it does now. The whole of Outlands will. 

Mark your calendars now and get crackin' on that gear. 

--Gimm
Gimmlette a Anyone can come. If you have a 60-70, this will be a great opportunity to have level 90's run you through stuff. Everyon ...
Zyloshield This looks like it will be great fun! Question: Is this just for level 60 -70s, or for anyone level 60 and up? I do ha ...

What's In a Name

Gimmlette a posted Tue at 23:02
It started with a name in a Battleground. Minaithelan reported he saw "Fruitloops" in a BG he was running. "Now why didn't I think of that?" Well, just like the Dragonfart adventure, we suggested he look at an alternative spelling. Sure enough "Phrootloops" was available. That lead to, "Dang, I should have checked if FruityPebbles was available.  For the record, it's taken on both Arygos and Llane. But there are ways around that. 



Meet Phrutypebble and Phrootloop. Doesn't this just scream guild event? I'm not sure what we'd do, but we'd figure something out. Just whisper an officer when you make your cereal toon. 

--Gimm

Around SD's Azeroth

Gimmlette a posted Tue at 12:16

Around Azeroth: Pork and beans


"This mob says it's 'Embodied Despair,'" writes submitter Gimmlette. "Spectacular Death on Llane (US-A) says that's not the embodiment of despair. We heard that, due to a virus affecting pigs, bacon prices were expected to soar another 15 to 20 percent. The average cost of a pound of bacon in the US is over $5.00. Now that's despair. The guild mascot, Mr. Wiggles, probably doesn't have anything to worry about. Given all the places we've taken him, his bacon might be, well, certainly not applewood-smoked. And besides, who could do anything to such a sweet face? Even if it's kind of creepy that he just stands there watching."

Security

Gimmlette a posted Sun at 18:05
A whole lot of Internet 1s and 0s have been commandeered in the discussion of Heartbleed, the huge security flaw. If you don't know what it is, this comic explains it so even I can understand. 

I asked George to give me an overview, since he deals with this stuff on a bits and bites basis. His take is that the "big guys", i.e. your bank, for instance, have been on top of this since it broke. Having had a problem last year with the illegal use of my debit card and my bank catching this in the middle of the night, I know my bank is pretty good about these things. If you poke around in the web site from which I took the comic, they have discussed Heartbleed at length, what it means and who is vulnerable. 

Of course, we immediately worry about our game and Battle Net's security. George mentioned that Mumble, our voice server, was on the affected list. It seems to be fine, at the moment. Blizzard addressed gamers' worries about WOW. 

Many news sites are reporting a vulnerability (dubbed the Heartbleed bug) discovered in OpenSSL, an encryption technology used by a majority of websites and online services-including banks, email providers, and social media sites-to protect sensitive data as it's transmitted from users to web services.

We want to emphasize that Battle.net's encryption was not affected by this vulnerability. However, if you use the same password on Battle.net that you use elsewhere, your Battle.net account could be at risk if those sites were affected by this bug.

If the above situation applies to you, we recommend changing your Battle.net passwordto a new, unique password. As always, we recommend that you maintain separate login credentials for each online service you use. Using the same email or password across multiple services greatly increases the potential impact of any compromise.

More information about the Heartbleed vulnerability can be found athttp://heartbleed.com, and you can find additional information on how to protect your Battle.net accounts at http://www.battle.net/security.

We might have nothing to worry about but it's still very wise to change your passwords. Use an alpha-numeric password and one unique to WOW. I admit to being bad about changing my password. It's a hassle and I have this one nicely memorized. I also have an authenticator. Nothing is, however, 100% fool proof. The old joke is it can't be because they will make better fools. Making your computer as secure as you can means someone won't waste a lot of time on you. There are easier pickings out in the world. 

So, consider this week, "Change Your WOW Password" week. 



--Gimm
Gimmlette a George posted this list to Facebook. If you see a green checkmark, you need to change your password. http://mashable.co ...
Corien HeartBleed is a very serious vulnerability that was accidentally put into OpenSSL quite a while ago and missed by the pr ...
Squidchin a Also: Authenticator, authenticator, authenticator. They are your friends.
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