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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.


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Guild Member of the Month

Gimmlette a posted 17 hours ago

We like to think we have the best casual raiding guild in WOW. The people here make all the difference in wanting to play versus feeling that you have to play. One of those people who makes it worth logging in is our Guild Member of the Month this month.

He hasn't been with us long, but in this short time, he's proven himself to be an asset to the guild. He has most any craft you might need and any garrison building across all his toons. (Alts? I don't have alts. I have a lot of mains.) If you ask in chat, he'll do his best to help. You can count on him to run the apexis daily and to show up, even when he's more than two sheets to the wind, for raids. He's funny in GameVox, too. 

For these reasons, we have selected 

Zargz

as our guild member of the month. 

Congratulations. You can have the item that's in the large box or trade it for what's behind curtain number 2. 

--Gimm

A Month of Achievements

Gimmlette a posted Mon at 16:08

We officers decided one way to make the seemingly endless grind of content more exciting was to do an achievement month. Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 5th, we will officially start our month with a by request run of Blackwing Lair. 

Come get the achievement, cool transmog gear, experience, if you're close to level or if you are still leveling (Hey, 2 xp is 2 xp you didn't have before.) and an achievement if you've never done this raid. Personally, I think Nefarian in BWL is the best looking dragon in the game, hands down. Also, if you have a set of classic/vanilla gear, wear it. You'll see Gimm in her T2 gear set which includes trinkets and jewelry. If we go really slowly through Nef's phases, you might get polymorphed into a cow. Hunters, if you want to tame Chromaggus, we'll let you do that. There are pets that drop in BWL for you pet collectors. 

Throughout the month, you'll see 5-man achievements as well as raid achievements on the schedule. We are going to try something new this month. Our Highmaul raids will alternate with PvP nights on the weekends. We hope to get people PvP achievements and I know some people have expressed an interest in Brawler's Guild and Arena, so our PvP nights haven't been set in stone as to what we are doing. They will revolve around achievements. We hope, by putting Highmaul on weekends, that more of you can come. 

One thing I wish to express is that we will not be inviting people after the raid starts; for any raid. We have become way, way too sloppy in being prepared and ready to go when it's raid time. To the left is a poll regarding our raid time. I've asked if 9 p.m., which has, historically, been our raid time, is acceptable to most people. So far, it seems that it is. We try to do invites at 15 minutes of. You NEED to be stopping what you're doing and preparing yourself for invites. If you know you are going to be late and you still wish to come to a raid, you need to let an officer know. But coming late disrupts the group and delays us. We only raid for 2 hours with a 5 minute break in the middle. Waiting an additional 10-15 minutes while someone gets their act together to come to a raid is 20 minutes we're not attacking a boss. That's 2-3 attempts on a boss as we learn. That's too much down time. You're ready or you don't go. It has to be this way. 

Also, if you know you will have obligations which will pull you away from a raid for more than 2-3 minutes or which cannot be handled during our break, please don't come. Lately, we have had too many people who need to "brb" in the middle of a raid and they are gone for 10+ minutes. Again, this is delaying the group. It's disruptive and both being late and having obligations which pull you away is not respectful of fellow guild members who have been on time and have cleared their schedules. Emergencies happen and real life is much, much greater than a game, in spite of what General Chat may tell you. We need, however, everyone focused on our events so plan accordingly. 

We will be doing two "Achievement Hordes" nights this month. (No, that's not Gimm's tauren. Might be interesting to get her this set AND Shadowmourne.) Deathtacular is very close to the Classic Raider guild achievement. We just need the Ahn Qirag raids; 10 and 40 man. We need 10 people for AQ 40 so we might as well take those 10 into the other one. Then, we can work on the Burning Crusades raids. If you have a horde, please check the calendar and come along. We just got the guild achievement for having 7 bank tabs, thanks to Jorlynn looking up how to get it. (It had been several years since I purchased it for SD so I had forgotten.) 

Finally, Rednekwichdr is going to start a couple of programs. First of all is Class Nights. The first one is this week and will involve healers. In these classes, we will go over some of the things that class needs to watch for. There will be practice time and sharing of things that work and don't work for each kind of class. So for the Healer's Class; paladin, priest, shaman and druid healing will be discussed and practiced. It promises to be great fun and a great place to ask questions, provide ideas, make suggestions and get tips and tricks for each class. I will be bringing Heilandcoo to the tanking class. Then maybe I won't be so worried about starting her down the path to get Shadowmourne. 

The second thing Red is going to do is run Challenge Mode Dungeons. 

Challenge Mode Dungeons are just that, a challenge, a real challenge. They are not easy, in fact, "brutal" comes to mind. But, once you get past the "OMG! This is so hard!" factor, they are quite addictive in their own way. You must bring your "A+" game. During Mists, we had a number of people running these and we did get silver in, I think, Gate of the Setting Sun. There is a mount, which is what Red is going to lead us toward, for getting silver time in all the dungeons. You need to sign up on this thread if you have even a vague interest in doing this. You must also agree to Red's conditions. This is not something you can sleep through. We'll be starting in earnest in June. 

People have had some issues with following Squid's handy GameVox installation guide located in the links at the top of the page, mainly that you can't see the handy guide. If that's the problem, you need to log into the web site. If you can't remember your password, there is a "forgot password" link to reset it. If you've forgotten your log in email, well, you'll need to talk to Squid about that. You may need to reregister. If you are a long-time member, and have been around pre-February 2011, you probably haven't registered on this site. You'll need to fill out an application, which we will approve. (If you'd like the extra-special follow-up questions, please ask for them. They are well worth it.) Then you'll be able to benefit from all the wonderful goodies contained in the forum and on the pages. There is a huge amount of information here just waiting for you. Lots of memories here, too, with photos and an extensive folder on guild history. 

Finally, over Memorial Day weekend, we clean out the guild roster and remove unplayed toons. For new people, we do this twice a year. Some people move on but forget they have toons still in SD. Some people forget that level 16 alt. Whatever the case, if the toon hasn't been played in 6+ months, we remove it from the guild. So, if you have an alt that you rarely play, you should log onto it in the coming weeks or it won't be part of SD after Memorial Day weekend. For our Canadian and other country guild members, that's May 23-25. 

It's going to be a great month for achievements. If there's something you'd like us to help you with, please let me or any officer know. 

--Gimm

Did You Get This Scroll?

Gimmlette a posted Apr 28, 15

Remember when we did this? I finally sent in the screenshot. If you still need this scroll and can't find the glade, speak up and we can help you get it. 

Ilrisse Ditto. Thought I had all the parts for the auctioneer, found I was missing one, looked at it on the block and it was &qu ...
Pinkel Sigh, I still need to find the time to get the jukebox.....

Changing Voice Servers

Gimmlette a posted Apr 25, 15

After all your feedback, I have decided we're going to make the jump to GameVox. 

The ease with which you can install and set this up was cited as a primary reason people liked it better than Mumble. People also love the overlay which tells you who is speaking. The sound quality is exceptional. Plus, you can see that we can link an RSS feed from the front page of the web site to GameVox. Although it's in beta, the load testing we did didn't crash it or cause sound degradation. Thanks Squid, for finding this. I think it meets our needs very well. We will be discussing the cost and paying for the server. One we figure that out, we'll have a donate button to pay for service. 

The negatives of GameVox is that we can't pay for a year of service up front. This will be a month to month service. If you are on a Mac, when you set everything up, you need to restart for those changes to be applied. Took me a bit to figure that out. Also, GameVox runs in the background unless you make a conscious choice to close it. Once you leave the chat window shown above, you are not fully out of the program. You'll need to highlight the log in box and exit the program again. It doesn't seem to use that much memory, running in the background, but if you have memory issues, you'll need to check to be certain you are completely out. 

One thing you MUST be aware of as we go to this voice program, if you play with a TV or radio playing in the background or if you watch movies while you play or if you play on the sofa with your family surrounding you, we can hear all of that if you don't use headphones. Some of you have very LOUD TVs in the background. I will be calling you out, publicly, to turn stuff down. If you choose to not use headphones, you need to be aware of your background noise. It's one thing to hear a purring cat or the crickets on a summer evening. It's quite another to hear The Avengers or Ghostbusters or Spike TV. It's hugely distracting and we can't hear you. Please consider this when you log in. 

I really like this voice system. I think it's a great compliment to our guild adventures. Again, thanks Squid, for finding this for us. 

--Gimm

You saw it, I'm sure. In Patch 6.2, you're going to need 6,000 garrison resources to build the next big thing, a shipyard. You need 5,000 to build the thing and 1,000 to make it operational. After BlizzardWatch reported this, Blizzard attempted to walk back the number.

@BlizzardWatch It is a placeholder amount. We'll lower it for an upcoming build to avoid further confusion.

While they say they are lowering it, I wouldn't be surprised if the 6,000 figure sticks. You need to have a level 3 garrison to build the shipyard. Once you get to level 3, making the required amount of resources should not be a problem. I routinely max out my resources 4-5 times per week. That's 10,000 resources, regularly, even if I use up a chunk of them. Let me tell you how I do it. 

First of all, I am not spending resources. I don't have anything I'm desperate to obtain which needs resources. I recommend that unless you have things you need to spend resources for, don't spend them until you have 6k. "Need" is the operative word here. If you don't have 6,000 resources, save until you do. Don't spend any other than what you would use to send followers out on missions. Admittedly, if you are upgrading a garrison, your resources have to go towards that project. But you need to spend them there if you want the shipyard. Make sure you're spending your resources toward the things that lead towards the shipyard. 

Second, look at those missions. Here were my available missions for Thursday. 

I have a hierarchy of which missions to take. (I use the add-on Master Plan to see, at a glance, what I have available and whether I can be successful in completing it.) I'm working on the achievement, The Rarer The Better, so my first order of business, after gearing up any followers who need it, is to send then out on any rare missions. To me, it doesn't matter if it's a 645 or a 90 mission. If it's rare, I do it first. I am a bit over half-way toward the achievement so this order won't change any time soon.

Then, looking at my garrison resources at the upper right of the panel, I see that I don't really need resources. Even when I deploy all my followers, the amount of resources I have isn't going to get below 9800. So, gold is the next priority. (I'm saving for the hippo mount from the apexis vendor.) Then, I take any gear missions I have. Even a 570 level piece is gold in my bank. When that's done, I start taking the resource missions.

If my garrison resources are below 8,000, and they will be on Tuesday when I use resources to buy seals for raiding, I change the hierarchy of missions. The amount of resources I have on Tuesday determines if I use those or apexis crystals or a combination of each, to buy seals. My personal cut off is 8,000 resources. If I am below 8,000, then I flip flop the gold and garrison resource missions. Resources then come before gold in the hierarchy of what I do. Got that? Okay moving on. 

Your followers have been dispatched. Let's look around my garrison. Your first stop for resources should be the pile next to Sargent Crowler. 

The maximum amount allowed in this pile is 500. If you have a stack that looks like this, check your resource total before clicking on it. This stack will take whatever amount you have available up to 10,000. So, if you only need 322 resources to hit 10,000, that's all you're going to get out of this stack, regardless of how many have accumulated. I can't tell you the number of times I have failed to accumulate the full amount in the stack because I was close to the cap. Know before you click because you don't want to leave 100 resources simply because you're at the cap.

If you are accumulating resources, you'll want to let this pile go for over 12 hours so it can stockpile more. The resources accumulate over a 12 hour period. They won't accrue to 500 if you keep clicking on the pile. Click it once per log in session and let it be. It's tempting, oh is it tempting, but you get more resources if you click once and leave it alone. 

Next stop is my Trading Post. If you need resources, this is your single biggest help to gain them. As long as I have work orders going, I have resources out front waiting for me. 

Trading Post resources accumulate, period. So far, the most I have ever received was 850. There may be a cap; I would venture to say 1,000 would be a good guess. I've never hit that number to know. 

Trading Posts are medium-sized buildings. The Sha'tari quartermaster takes up residence inside and the trader who will ultimately allow you to make the auctioneer is inside with an insidious ! over his head. I really wish Blizzard would let you turn in the pieces of the auctioneer as you make them. I have them rattling around in my bags so, when I get a piece I can see if I've already made that or if I need this for the next step. If you've got a Trading Post and want to work on the auctioneer, we have people donating extra mats. Those can be found on the first tab. I used to be able to sell my extra pieces but it seems the bottom has dropped out of that market. 

Anyway, you accumulate resources by trading in materials. 

It varies from day to day what materials will buy the work orders. You can't assign a follower to the Trading Post to increase your work orders. I check what's wanted every session. If the materials needed are something I have in abundance, then I take the order. If it's something, like leather, which I don't have much of, I will pass this over because I don't really need the resources.

Taking the work orders depends upon what you're using your materials for and whether you are pushing resource accumulation. The nice thing about Trading Post resources and resources from missions, you can't accept the full amounts if doing so puts you over the cap. You'll have a mission you can't complete and you'll have a stack of boxes in front of your Trading Post you can't remove. I've found that I sometimes can't start new work orders if I have resources out front I haven't picked up. Sometimes I can, however. 

There are other ways to get resources. An invasion of a garrison can net you around 150 or more resources if you get a gold rating. If you have invasions, please ask in guild chat. There are a number of us willing to drop what we're doing to come help. Invasions are huge fun, but you get loot only once per week. 

A lumber mill returns resources. I don't have one of those so I don't know how much it provides. Doing the daily dungeon quest nets 175 resources, but finding a group is a challenge so I don't consider this a reliable method, particularly if you're dps. Most rares will drop resources when killed. Some will drop tokens with additional resources. Once you kill a rare out in the world, it ceases to become rare and won't drop any more resources. Rare farming, which you can do in the areas where apexis dailies are, is not a reliable way to gather resources, although some rares are great for testing your soloing capabilities. 

Many treasure chests contain resources. But some, even when I see them on the map, are nearly impossible to find. Perhaps utilizing a mapping add-on like Tom Tom would help, but if I can't see them, I can't see them. I don't find this reliable. Another unreliable source, but it's worth a mention, is fishing pools. I've fished resources out of pools while going for the fish in those pools. All of these, excepting the lumber mill, should be considered supplemental sources. 

It took some time to get to 8,000 resources. I used to hear, in guild chat, people talking about being resource starved. I never was. I assessed what was important to me and spent my resources accordingly. I didn't upgrade buildings until I was 500 resources over what was needed. I think that helped me get to, and stay at, the cap. 

I hope you find this helpful. If I've forgotten any other way to get resources, please let us know in the comments. And, if you have a lumber mill, how many resources do you get? 

--Gimm

Idiko Gimm, you have a couple of garrison resource missions in the image above that are offering a very large amount of resour ...
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