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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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What's In a Name

Gimmlette a posted 1 hour ago
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 12 hours ago

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
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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.

Around SD's Azeroth

Gimmlette a posted Thu at 10:19

Around Azeroth: Orange is the new Stylish Black Shirt

"According to the patch notes from April 1, 'For safety, all hunters must now wear bright orange vests at all times,'" writes submitter Gimlette. "Absolutely. Spectacular Death on Llane (US-A) decided we'd better follow the patch notes. We started forming up for Tortos and we made sure our hunters had their safety vests."

Huzzah!

Gimmlette a posted Apr 7, 14
What do these 5 people have in common, besides dashing good looks and a sartorial splendor?

Left to right:  Lasts, Kelidor, Minaithelan, Kaider and Ujimmodi.



They formed into two Arena teams and got us the Arena achievement. 



This gives us 2275 guild achievement points and solidly in 5th place. Ahead of us is the horde guild, The Wolfpack, with 2310. Behind us is the horde guild, Wicked Legion, with 2260. Not bad. Not bad at all. 

Now, this weekend, we're going to run BG's for achievements. We're going to start with whatever the Call to Arms is and go from there. There is a request to run a rated BG to get the guild achievement, Call of Duty. We tried rated battlegrounds back in Cataclysm. It was a disaster. No one questioned anyone's desire to participate but we were rofflestomped and then they camped the graveyard. We tried it 3 separate times and it was the same thing. We were matched with a guild in complete Conquest gear. As we are a guild that doesn't PvP all the time, we were no match for these people. It is not fun to be graveyard camped. 

I'm hesitant to try it again because we won't have 10 people with PvP gear. But, there has been a request so let's try it on Friday. If we can get 10 people who are willing to try a rated BG, we'll go. If we get graveyard camped again, I will never do it again nor will I put it on the calendar. To me, that is not fun and nowhere near the spirit of the battleground. We will spend an hour working on BG achievements and then go to an RBG, assuming we have people. Understand that this could be frustrating and you will die, a lot. But if we can get matched with a comparable group, it could be a lot of fun. 

Thanks guys for getting us this guild achievement. 

--Gimm
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