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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. 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.

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The Reason We Run These

Gimmlette a posted Mon at 12:32
On Saturday, for kicks and giggles, Tarsan, Mina and I ran Nalak. I missed doing the spontaneous Mists world boss run on Thursday due to game problems. (You can read about my issue and what I did to resolve it here.) There was a horde warlock there trying his best to solo Nalak. He was level 92 which, as buffed as warlocks are, I don't think is strong enough to solo the beast. With our usual efficiency and more than a few "Wheeeeeee", as Nalak tossed us about, we got him down. I click on the body and look what drops. 



That's the Reins of the Thundering Cobalt Wind Serpent. Best I can tell, the drop rate is 0.06%. That seems to be the drop rate for all the mounts off the Mists world bosses; Oondasta, Nalak, Galleon and Sha. Mina and Tarsan will tell you I was completely speechless. After my problems with the game beginning on Wednesday, this was a nice "We're sorry". 

But, it reminds me that we used to do, every other week, a mount run of Wrath and Tempest Keep. Depending upon the status of Vault of Archavon, meaning, does the horde have Wintergrasp, we'd go there first or head to Eye of Eternity. Then we'd do Obsidian Sanctum, Onyxia and end with Tempest Keep. Sometimes, we'd throw in Atumen in Karazhan. We've seen every mount except Ony and A'lar drop while running groups. Now, with the content so easily solo'able, we abandoned the organized runs. 

Yet, getting this mount makes me realize that we should still do these. There is a mount in Throne of the Four Winds, off Al'akir and I'm willing to bet a lot of you haven't seen that raid. It was not the most popular raid of Cataclysm. So, in February, we're going to resume bi-weekly mount runs. We're going to start with Mists bosses and, based on what people don't have, go from there. Please let me know, either via an in-game letter or by posting here, what mounts you don't have that we can help you get. Dorelei is running legacy 5-mans and we can run Culling of Stratholme and Utgarde Pinnacle for you. (Please let her know via this thread where your interest lies, whether it's simply completing the instances or getting all the achievements for the mounts.) It often takes longer to get from place to place than it does to run the event, but we are happy to do this. It's a lot of fun and if you are looking for transmog pieces or have an at level toon that needs gear, we'll take you along. 

Finally, you must check out the comprehensive legacy mount, pet and gear information Tarsan spent the weekend compiling. If you want it, his lists tell you where to get it. 

Watch for our bi-weekly mount runs coming in February. Maybe you'll get lucky, too. 

--Gimm
Wednesday's recruiting statement. 



For those who don't know, Cthulhu is the demon/monster in H.P. Lovecraft's short story, "Call of Cthulhu", which was printed in 1928. There is a whole mythos surrounding Cthulhu and C'thun, the final boss of AQ40, is a direct homage to him, including the tentacles. 

--Gimm

This Needs to Happen

Gimmlette a posted Wed at 14:47
Today's "The Queue" in WOWInsider has an exceptional idea from columnist Anne Stickney. I'm reprinting it here because this is amazing and I want you all to read it. I don't know that it can happen, because Blizzard is working on the next expac as we speak, but let's file this under the "What If" category. Read it and enjoy. 

Let's assume we do see a Legion-themed expansion. What is the best way to link existing WoD content for a good flow into the next expansion? A raid? A new dungeon? Or something open to all of the player-base, such as a handful of new quests, a solo scenario or two, etc.?

In an ideal world, I'd like to see the final tier of raiding ending not with the Iron Horde's downfall, but some sort of massive assault on Shattrath City. We'd end up defeating whatever major boss happened to show up (Kil'jaeden would be a good prospect for this, given that his plans have been foiled, Archimonde's getting fed up with him, and he needs to make some kind of major move if he doesn't want to end up in the doghouse), and we're treated to a final cutscene.

The boss falls, disintegrating as all Legion demons do, but instead of crying out in despair, they begin to laugh. Wildly, maniacally, gleefully. As we look on in what should read as utter confusion, they have only one thing to say: "Enjoy your victory here." And Shattrath City, unlike the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, is restored to what it was before the Iron Horde and Legion got there -- we get a new dual faction capital city out of the deal. Everyone is kind of happy about this, but also kind of left a little puzzled.

Until we go to make that leap back to Azeroth. In the pre-patch for the next expansion, we're treated to a cutscene of our characters emerging triumphant from the Dark Portal, only to be greeted with an apocalyptic landscape, the skies torn open and bleeding fel energy.

That's when Khadgar turns on us and begins to laugh. Wildly, maniacally, gleefully -- just before he disappears.

And then throw in a quest chain that takes us to Karazhan to figure out what the heck just happened.

What I'd like to see, as a companion to this is that we have to fix the zones which are now destroyed. This would be akin to opening up the Isle of Quel'Danis at the end of Burning Crusades. I really enjoyed doing that. Every level 70, horde and alliance, had to come do 'x' number of dailies to open up the new dailies and, ultimately, the Sunwell raid. I remember being able to ride around some unopened sections of the island, but the sheer number of mobs made doing that akin to suicide. 

We'd have to purge each zone of demons and fel energy. I'm thinking there would be a wall at the entrance to Deadwind Pass so that we couldn't get to Karazhan until all the zones on both Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor were cleared. There would be no questing in a zone until it had been cleared, but the demons in zones like Loch Modan, would be at level for toons questing in that zone. They did that for the Cataclysm pre-launch. We ran to Loch Modan and destroyed a group of elementals there because we were 80 and they were 15, but that meant at level toons could participate. 

I think we can agree that the last two pre-launch events have been lousy at best. We can't get Blizzard to make this happen but we can pretend it might. What do you think of Ms. Stickney's idea and what would you add to or change from it?

--Gimm

A Change in Officers

Gimmlette a posted Wed at 10:58
The thing about SD is that we don't penalize you for having a real life. You all know what a "real life" is, right? That's the part where you actually leave your basement computer room to buy those Cheetos and to make that coffee you chug in gallons. Officers have real lives too and for one of them, it's meant some change. 

"As time passes and life changes, things we do often change as well. I have been privileged to be the bank officer in SD. But, in my life, things have changed a bit and now I'm working more hours and can't totally focus on everything in WOW. So, after many hours of thought, I felt, for the better of the guild, I need to step away from the bank officer position and just focus on being a member until time allows me better options. I love the guild and the people in the guild. Know I am always here for anyone in this guild. Thanks for the opportunities and so many wonderful deaths. Bear"

We're sad that Bear is stepping down but he was unemployed for a long time so having a job, even with a lot of hours is important. I'm sure many of you can relate. Please thank him for his service. He'll be around to tank things for us but you won't be able to ask him to invite your alts. (For the record, any officer can invite. They are the Squires of Bacon rank.)

Even as Bear is stepping down, someone else is stepping up. Over the weekend, Skip's wife, Skipette, approached me asking if I minded if she did a bit of tidying in the bank. "Um, How would you like to do the whole thing?" I asked. "Can I? Really? I'd love to!" So, Skipette and her associated bank toon, Brickbank, will be the new bank officer. Please give her a hearty welcome when you see her. 

I want to thank all of  you for your support of the bank, too, since the debacle of last week. I did some major cleaning of the back tab and sold some gear that had been in the bank for a very long time. It's netted us 1400 gold over the last week. That's money for you to use for repairs when you say, "Hold my drink and watch this". As always, if you don't want it and don't want to sell it, we'll take it. And if you are looking for those last few pieces of rugged leather or sungrass or blood garnets or saronite ore to finish a level, just ask if you don't see it in the bank. We can't keep a stack of everything, even with the wonderful reagent tab, but we (cue goblin voice) might have what you need. 

--Gimm
Ilrisse Thank you, Bear, for all the time and effort as an officer, and hoping to continue dying spectacularly to your battlecri ...
Worandpaws What they said! Huge admiration for everyone who steps up and takes an officer position when they can.
Wendrah Thanks Bear, you are awesome. Welcome Skipette!!! You will do a fine job.
Satuday, January 31st is the highly mysterious "Noggenfogger Challenge". What is that, you ask. Well, I'm glad you asked that question. 

Step 1 is to get yourself some Noggenfogger elixir. You buy it from this gal in Tanaris. 



Unfortunately, it's soulbound so I can't go buy a bunch and stick them in the guild bank. You'll need to go get your own. I remember when you had to make it. That was quite the odd-ball quest chain. 

Anyway, get yourself a stack or two, you can carry up to 20, and meet me in Stormwind at 9 p.m. on the 31st. You'll need flying or, if you're a low level, a guild mate with a 2-seater or who can carry you.  You'll need to fly up high. 

Over the course of the next hour, I will, periodically, drop an Elune stone somewhere in Stormwind. It makes a bright column of light. 



You need to be at maximum height over the column of light. 



You'll be dismounting over the column and falling. You can do one of two things. Drink your Noggenfogger and hope, hope, hope, you get the slow fall feature or land, splat, in the column of light. 

There are 3 effects; shrinking, slow fall and turning you into a skeleton. You can right click the effect off and there is a 3 second cooldown between each drink of elixir. You need to be neutral in rep with Gadgetzen to buy these so you should do some quests in Gadget so you can buy them. A couple quests should do it. You only have to be level 35 to buy the elixir. Plus, it's one of the few shapeshifting effects that will let you ride the gryphons. 

Now why, on earth, would you want to do this? Well, there's 100 gold for everyone who safely gets slow fall and makes it to the ground. And for those of you more interested in the splat, there's 150 gold for everyone who actually hits the circle.  That's 250 gold for an hour of yucks. You'll want to remove your armor for this. Put it in your bank. Your armor takes durability damage even when it's in your bags. Resurrections will be provided. 

So, you've got a couple weeks to prepare. Mark your calendars. And I can't take credit for thinking this up on my own. I appropriated the idea from Lasts and added a twist. 

--Gimm
Gimmlette a I'm hoping one doesn't use levitate for the spirit of the event.
Ilrisse Or Levitate. ...
Perki I do have a 2 seater for helping out (hopefully I can get on and join you all, depends how I'm feeling). I must confes ...
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