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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 together. 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 as well.


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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Screenshot Mania

Gimmlette ao posted Sun at 11:21

We've been busy with the screenshot submissions. If you're not a member of our Facebook group, you missed the challenge between Dorelei and Zylostout. They have decided to see who can outdo whom in the screenshot department. My best advice to you is "Hold your drink and watch this." Of course, there might be others who get some screenshots in BlizzCaps along the way. 

One for Zylo, which meant Dore had to counter. Two days later...

I can't wait to see what these two will find in Azeroth. 

Meanwhile, Basolde up and kills me. 

I was so surprised, I didn't read the recap to see what it was that actually killed me. When I released, I got the main log in screen and I thought, "Oh crap. What if it takes me all the way back to Hellfire because it was something from the raid that killed me?" No, you rez at your garrison graveyard, BUT, they give you a rylak to get back to your body. What? I can't just run back? It's right outside. 

I rode a rylak back to my body. For this, I have awarded Basolde the guild achievement "Benedict Arnold". Remember Basolde, the stairs go up and usually, what's up there is NOT what we want to see. I do have to admimt that every time I look at that screenshot, I giggle. It was so unexpected and so fitting. I can still hear Zylo saying, "Oh Basolde! You don't want to go up there!" 

Finally, from last weekend, Ollivor got a BlizzCaps. 

This is a great shot. 

Who is up next? Remember, if you've got a screenshot, you can send it to BlizzCaps@Blizzardwatch.com. You should provide your toon's name, guild name and server; and a bit about what's going on in the photo. You don't have to write a complete caption, but it's important to give Elizabeth Wachowski some idea of what's going on. 

Happy photo-ing. 

--Gimm

Legion Arrives

Gimmlette ao posted May 10, 16

The biggest news so far is that the beta for Legion arrives on Thursday at 2 pm Pacific Daylight Time. That's 5 pm on the East Coast, 4 pm Central and 3 pm Mountain time. This is according to Ion Hazzikostas, Assistant Game Director from the Twitch discussion held this morning. Supposedly, a large batch of invites will be sent out on Wednesday so people should check the email they use for WOW. If you see an invite, BEFORE YOU CLICK ANY LINK IN ANY EMAIL, go to your account page, and check the games page. If you really are invited to Legion beta, there will be, with your WOW subscription, an icon for Legion beta. You can set your watch by how many fake phishing emails will go out, if they haven't already, trying to get your account information. I'm very, very possessive of this guild so if your account gets hacke, buhbai until I can verify it's you. Don't become a statistic. 

Now, I am very, very derelict in announcing the winner of the "Guess When Legion Will Drop" contest. (If you've got 45 minutes, I'll tell you what life has been like.) The winner was Souvlaki. He missed the August 30th drop date by one stinkin' day. He picked August 29th. For coming the closest, Souv, you get to pick a raid and a handful of 5-mans that you'd like to do. Plus, Perki put her amazing crochet skills to work and made him a guild mascot. 

Is this not the cutest thing? Congrats, Souv. Once you have chosen your 5-mans and your raid, let me know so we can start doing those for you. 

Now, one thing I want to stress, some people do not like spoilers. They want to experience the game when it's ready for play. From this point on, there is to be no discussion of what you experience in the beta in guild chat. Sorry, but out of respect for quite a few people who do not like spoilers, this is what we do here. If you want to discuss things you see and experience, you can group up with people who are interested or hop into Discord and go into one of the chat rooms. Also, please do not post spoiler links to Facebook.

If you notice in the forum, in the "Guild History" section, the very last folder is dedicated to Legion. There are a number of threads already in this folder and I've started a thread for screenshots. From here on out, please add to those threads or start a new one. Class information, including changes and class halls should be put in the appropriate class folder which is at the bottom of the folder listings. Same goes with professions. Please place that information in the appropriate profession folder. 

Another note. I know a number of you would desperately like to be in the beta. Faience has no control over who does or does not make it into beta. She has to hope the Blizzard gods like her. Please do not ask her for an invite. Also, a number of people, when Warlords was in beta, whined in guild chat that they were excluded from beta. It is not our call, people. Whining that you are not in the beta will not win you friends in this guild. It's up to Blizzard. I and/or officers will warn you once but after that, you run the risk of being removed. 

One final note, if ever you needed to sign up on the Legendary ring spreadsheet, it's now. We cannot help you get ring bits if we don't know what you need. Take stock of where you are with toons and fill out the spreadsheet. Once the pre-expansion events start, you won't be able to get the ring started. 

Here we go. It's going to be an exciting and boring summer as we await the arrival of the Legion. 

--Gimm

Souvlaki Mr. Wiggles is an amazing prize and I'm even more appreciative that it's hand made. He is incredible. Raid-w...

What We Are

Gimmlette ao posted May 9, 16

I tend not to wander about in the WOW Forums. I used to be a regular and got to know quite a few people on Llane because I posted often. But changes in what was allowed on the forum and, what I feel, is a heavy-handed approach to forum moderation have made me less inclined to go there. I view the forums as either this or this. So, when a link to a forum post came through my news feed, I was a bit leery. Although authored by WatcherDev, you never know quite what you're going to get; a well written post, to be sure, but would it be anything relating to us? 

I'm posting a link to the comment here. It's page 4 of the thread, post #75, about half-way down the page. It's a long-ish read, but I think it's worth reading for the encapsulation of Blizzard's thinking on the game. In particular, I'm pulling out these thoughts. I want you to read what he says. 

This. So much this. I've been saying for years that the absolute beauty of this game is how it can be played by so many different people and be equally enjoyable to them, even if they have wildly divergent play styles. 

The other thing which strikes me is how this could describe what we do there. We try to present, in the course of guild life, a slice of nearly everything. There are some things we don't do but, for the most part, if you check the calendar over the course of 3 months, you'll see we try to provide a little bit of most everything you can do. Some things we do more of, to be sure, because we have people asking to do them, but we'll try anything once, just to say we've done it. 

A brief skim of the ensuing comments shows the snark of posters to this thought. I think those people completely missed the crux of this post. Are there things I think Blizzard screwed up on? Absolutely. Are there things I wish they would change? Positively, and any Blizzard employees who'd like to hear my thoughts, use the "email" to ask for my ideas. I'll even organize the yellow scraps of paper into coherent sentences. We're right to give them feedback when there is something we don't like. (Honestly, it's time to revamp Children's Week. Let me tell you how.) But we also need to remember terms such as "everyone" and "no one" can be disproven by finding just one person with a differing point-of-view. 

We're a big guild. I haven't been able to refer to "my little guild" in years. We are, however, a minority. Our point-of-view, as wonderful as it is, and as much as we'd love to have a dev run with us to check it out, is a minority. I'm not real good with the math aspect, but even if 100,000 people like x, that's still not a majority in a game which attracts millions of players. And our point-of-view, while attractive to 130+ people, is a tiny minority of a tiny minority. Rather makes you feel like one of those "You are here" shirts which point to Earth's position in the Milky Way. 

Still, what we do here is important to those people who find this their guild home. I'm happy to be part of this minority and this ramble through this audacious and multi-faceted game. 

--Gimm

Souvlaki Honestly, this is a big part of why I love this guild. That and the people are great.
Squidchin a I have fallen into a Monty Python youtube hole... Just so you know if you need me.

Ring Bits

Gimmlette ao posted May 2, 16

For those of you working through the Legendary Ring, we have added a spreadsheet to better track who needs what. Once the pre-patch events start, you will not be able to pick up the ring quest. You will be able to finish it if you already have it. Amaera created this spreadsheet for your use. Please follow the directions and add your toons, if you are looking to finish the ring either horde or alliance side. 

Thanks.

Gimm

Thanks to Zylo, we had two more BlizzCaps this week. This is today's. 

Such an interesting picture. Reminds me that we found that one grave up on a mountain above Ironforge. And it's also a testament to how much is in this world, especially because you can fly to spots which were inaccessible from the ground. Zylo's goal is to get a screenshot published from ALL her "Zylo" toons. She's had 8 and has 9 more to go. Personally, I can't wait to see what she sends in. 

She had this one published on April 29th. 

What's cool about it, besides it shows us being, well, us, is the commentary this photo enticed. Here's the first comment and the one which really piqued my interest. 

We could do this. Many years ago, I wanted to do a very tongue-in-cheek recruiting "commercial". I wrote and sort of storyboarded it. We had a guild member who did video editing as a living and was going to, in between other work, fashion the commerical. His life was upended before anything was finished although most of the video had been shot. Hence, the commercial was never more than an idea and a storyboard. You can see that here

We really don't need to produce a recruitment commercial. I loved, and still do, the "World of Warcraft. What's your game?" commercials Blizzard did years ago. I'd still like to do something along those lines for us. I think the best advertisement for the game is the game and the wonderful ways it can be tailored to suit your play style. Look at how we make it our own. That seques into the next comment. 

A fighting murloc chorus line. Mina? Potions of Illusion although they only last 2 minutes, would be fantastic for this as well. The Pet Mirror takes 500 charms. Unless one is a die-hard pet battler, it's a bit out of most guild member's league. The Reflecting Prism, however, is made by jewelcrafters. In reading the comments on WOWHead, the screenshot potential for a guild like us with, um, slightly warped senses of humor would be tremendous. 

It's worth mentioning that we have a screenshot folder with a thread for screenshot ideas. If you have an idea, you can post it there. 

So, as we count down toward Legion, I feel it's our duty to remind people why you play this game in the first place; to have a good time. That our definition of "good time" involves the potential for death and mayhem, well, come on along. You won't regret it. 

--Gimm

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