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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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Lots of stuff going on but I don't want this to fall by the way-side as January's GMotM did. We received a wonderful nomination for a guild member and decided that's who deserved to be recognized. 

In part, "This guild member, though sometimes on pain pills and sometimes playing with just one hand and arm, has managed to level several toons, participate in garrison invasions, raid lfr and normal, tank and heal and just generally make himself available when he's able to be online, to anyone in the guild. He wouldn't wish shoulder surgery on anybody, but that has not stopped him from finding relaxation in the game and to be an asset toward all the things we do here."

We agree and so, our March Guild Member of the Month is 

Kegenstein.

Congratulations, Keg, and thanks for being a vital part of this guild. 

--Gimm

Kegenstein thanks everyone so much! You have no clue how much this really means to me ...

Field Photographer, Part 1

Gimmlette a posted 9 hours ago

Having received the mission that turns the selfie camera into a toy in the toy box, I'm having great, great fun going around taking selfies to fulfill the Field Photographer achievement. I think I'm half-way through the stops. I'm going to share with you a route to do all the Eastern Kingdom stops easily with minimal doubling back. These kinds of achievements can be frustrating because you can't see, at a glance, which stops are where so you could do them in one route. That is by design. I know I'm going to come up with a couple stops that I missed along the way. And then there are the places I can't remember. Have the achievement available so you can check when you get credit. Some places are pretty specific about where you have to be to get credit.

My first stop was to port into Stormwind. I actually didn't take the Stormwind selfie at that point. I went to Karazhan but let's do this logically. You can start at the top of the continent at Light Hope's or at the bottom at Booty Bay. I'm going to start at the bottom and work up. Hie thee to Booty Bay. 

Your first stop will be Janerio's Point. What I find interesting about the achievement are the locations you may not know. Janerio's Point is one of them. 

That would be the island in the middle of the entry to Booty Bay. It's got a giant stomping around on it. He's for a quest line. If you've never done the quests out of Booty Bay, I heartily recommend them. They were a huge amount of fun and took you all over the bottom half of the zone. You get to be a pirate! That alone should make you want to finish all the quests. 

From here, go north to the Gurubashi Arena. I have a warning. For the selife to count, you have to go INTO the battle area.

When I was there, there were people just waiting for those of us who simply wanted to take the photo and get out. This is not good on Blizzard's part. I was taunted, called names, spit on and, as you can see, attacked, all for taking a selfie to fulfill the achievement requirements. Gurubashi Arena is a PvP free-for-all and some people take that to extremes. I reported 4 players. This falls under the mind set that we have to expose people to parts of the game they do not like, which I have railed against since starting to play. It also promotes extremely bad behavior. And, if you run back to your body after being killed (I just let them kill me.), you can't rez close to the edge and not still be targetable. Since all you're doing is taking selfies, rezzing at the spirit healer is an option. You aren't flagged for PvP and you won't be encountering hostile mobs so the rez sickness can wear off. 

From Gurubashi, I flew to Surwich and headed to the Dark Portal. You could fly to the Blasted Lands flight hub and go from there, too. You need to be at the portal, not over by Khadgar. If you stand on the sides, the mobs that come out of the portal ignore you. Probably, this could be done on the Outlands side, too. Since I happened to be in Booty Bay, I hopped over to the portal. 

Head north now and go to Darkshire. You need to be in town, not at the flight path, to pick up credit. From Darkshire, fly or ride to Karazhan. Run into the raid and take your selfie. 

Stupid Attumen. Just give me the horse. 

If you have the juke box, this is a great time to pick up the scroll from the Opera event for your juke box. (Opera music is great garrison invasion music.) You need to kill Moroes to be allowed into the theater. I got the "Wizard of Oz" event. The scroll drops off the final boss of whichever Opera event you get. 

From Karazhan, go to Blackrock Mountain. I flew up to the entrance to Blackwing Descent, but any place inside the mountain works. Make sure you go into the mountain, either side. Head from Darkshire to Moonbrook and run inside Deadmines. You have to go into the instance for it to count. I got quite turned around in trying to get out, that I used my cloak and hearthed to Stormwind and doubled back. I always hated that place. If you hearth from Deadmines, you'll need to fly back to Moonbrook to go to the Westfall Lighthouse. When you finish there, fly to Stormwind and take your selfie there. After you've done that, go into the Deeprun Tram. 

When I hit level 60, one of the first things I did was to run the length of the tram from Ironforge to Stormwind. If you've never done that, it's a neat thing to do. There are a number of places along the route where additional stations could be inserted. Plus, on one side of the tram is "Nessie" and on the other side is a gnome in a diving suit. I think, if you target him and /wave, he waves back, or maybe he just waves randomly. 

There is no selfie in Ironforge so your next location is Valley of Kings. I had to ask in guild chat where the heck that was. It's near Thelsamar in Loch Modan so fly there and take the road that leads to Searing Gorge. This is another very specific location. 

I had to ask in guild chat because looking it up on WOWHead just sent me to the achievement and didn't, as of last night, have links to specific locations. I had completely forgotten about this area. The Valley of Kings is where the road from Dun Morogh meets the road going from Thelsamar to Searing Gorge. There are two gigantic statues, one on each side of the road. You need to stand either on the statues or, if you're a wee toon and not flying, on the road between or close to, the statues. I did not get credit when I was at the "T" intersection of the two roads, even though "Valley of Kings" had popped up on my screen. It could be wonky, but this is why having the achievement ready to pop up after you take your selfie to make sure you got credit is vital. The whole area south of Thelsamar is listed as the valley, but I only got credit by the statues. 

Once you've visited the valley, fly to Thandol Span. If you've never quested in the Wetlands, this is the bridge that goes from the Wetlands into Arathi Highlands. There are lots of places for interesting selfies. Who remembers Sully Balloo's Letter quest? 

From there, I flew to Chillwind Camp. You need to fly to Ravenholdt Manor which, if you haven't done the "Explore" achievement or aren't a rogue, you might not know is a place. If you find Durnhold Keep in Hillsbrad Foothills, Ravenholdt Manor is due north of the keep, up in the mountains. It's interesting to poke around in this place. It's a training ground for rogues and those who are working on Fangs of the Father know this place well. With a flying mount, you just fly up to the house and take a screenshot. If you don't have flying or even if you do, the road up to the manor is interesting.

After going to the manor, head over to Uther's Tomb. It's just a quick flight past the two graveyards east of the camp. If you don't know where the tomb is, follow the road heading east. Once you get through the graveyards, look right and you should see it. There will be a bridge into Andorhal to your left. You must go into the tomb for your selfie to get credit. 

Standing on the road outside the tomb doesn't count. 

After visiting the tomb, you'll want to head to Hearthglen, at the middle north of Western Plaguelands. If you didn't finish all the quests in Western Plaguelands or if you didn't level through here, you might not know it's there. There is a flight master just off to the southeast part of the central area. There is a very interesting quest chain going through here and you'll encounter Highlord Tirion Fordring for the first time if you do it. He's in the main building. He paces and getting a selfie with him will be a chore. But, it doesn't count for the achievement so stick to the main area in the center of the town. This place was a major plot point in the old Darrowshire quest chain. 

Your last stop will be Light Hope's Chapel in Eastern Plaguelands. There are a lot of places to get interesting screenshots there. This should complete all the Eastern Kingdom stops. My next article will deal with Kalimdor stops. 

I also want to make a note on the Auchindoun-Draenor stop. I spent a good 10 minutes running around Auchindoun taking selfies, none of which counted. 

You need to go INTO the instance. Just run in, take your screenshot and run out. No need to get a 5-man together. 

I hope this helps you with this part of the achievement. 

--Gimm

Caption Contest Winners

Gimmlette a posted Wed at 10:34

I've picked the winners in our "Caption This" contest for February. Here was the photo you were asked to caption. 

First place goes to Mullingrew. "THIS is why dryer sheets are necessary when laundering your chain mail." 

Second place goes to Squidchin. "This is what happens in game when you spill water on your keyboard."

Third place goes to Worandpaws. "Spectacular Death--now featuring cutting edge applicant testing technology." 

Look for your prizes in the mail. There will be nothing quite so electrifying. In case you wondered, this is part of a quest chain at Toshley Station in Blade's Edge Mountains. You were testing some goblin invention. I don't remember the whole details. 

Congratulations. Look for a new contest coming in April. 

--Gimm

Recap

Gimmlette a posted Mon at 13:58

So much happened last week. The roll-out of Patch 6.1 went about as flawless as a herd of diarrheic horses. (I'll just leave that image right here.) Judging from the Mac Support Forum, there are still people who don't have the patch working right. Hey Blizz? Just apologize and tell us you're working on it. I think that's the most infuriating thing. They had CMs working the forums last Tuesday, but unless you're having graphics issues, they aren't helping with patch issues. Anyway, after losing 2 days to this, I came back to more things than I can possibly understand. Let's jump in, however. 

S.E.L.F.I.E.S.

You'll need to get the mission from your garrison to get the initial camera. There is an achievement for taking selfies in 42 different places. I know some of you (looks at Keg) have taken quite a few since getting the camera. I've set up a folder in the forum with locations from the achievement, plus instructions for posting photos to the forum. We'd love to see your selfies. You can add a thread, say "Ulduar", or put your selfies in the appropriate thread. I didn't know the face I picked had violet eyes. I think Neo was having a conversation about "vampire teeth" on night elves. Oh the things we never saw. Look! Freckles! 

Officers

Moving on. Dorelei has decided to step down as 5-man officer. Real life, whatever that is, is catching up with her and she just doesn't have the time to devote to the game as she used to. Redneckwichdr, our leveling officer, will step up to run 5-mans. With the Numistmatist in Ironforge, there is more incentive to run current ones. Plus, the 1750 gold we would get every week for maxing out our 5-mans is helpful. Remember, if you can put together any 5-mans of the appropriate level for an instance, it qualifies for our weekly instance total for the bank. So a bunch of level 70's running heroic Shadow Labs or a bunch of level 86's running Jade Temple work. If you would like any of the mounts that come from the meta 5-man achievements, please let Red know. Although most Mists and below content is soloable, it's more fun with a group and goes faster. Watch for 5-mans to be on the calendar. 

Ulduar

Speaking of the calendar, we're slowly getting things posted. The Herald of the Titans group found out that killing Algalon is going to be a pita. Seriously. The item squish heavily impacted raids like this. The group is probably going to have to fine tune their gear, gems, enchants, flasks and food down to the nth degree. they are probably going to need best in slot gear. This group takes precedence over other things we have going on. We will be in Ulduar or other raids to get people the gear they need. Please be willing to help run people through things. 

Also, if you are signed up to come, you need to show up. Please don't come if you can't stay for at least a full hour's attempt. This achievement cannot be done with 9 people. If you want this achievement, you need to be online and ready to go the days we are attempting it; Saturday, March 14th and 28th. After this group gets this achievement, I'm not sure when or if we will do it again. So, the Herald group's needs are coming first. We're filling in the calendar around that. 

Raiding

With the new pets added, you'll see raids for Mt. Hyjal, Sunwell and Black Temple on the schedule. We are also going to resume raiding heroic Throne of Thunder and, eventually, heroic Siege of Orgrimmar. We had a group that got as far as heroic Dark Animus in ToT. We want to get farther and get that content conquered for the guild achievement. We'll need your help to work through that boss. Heroic Throne of Thunder has an extra boss, Ra-den, who is only available once you down Lei-Shen. Add to this Mists Mount Runs and impromptu calls to down the Draenor world bosses and we have a lot of raiding available for all levels. We'll be running ICC and Firelands to assist with obtaining parts for the legendary weapons. If you have pieces for legendaries, let me know. Sure you can solo most content, but it's more fun to do as a group. 

Speaking of Firelands, meet the "Firelands Achievement Raid Team". (You do the acronym.) 

Our team of highly trained professionals will help you get all the achievements in Firelands so you, too can have a purplish blue bird to ride. 

One of the keys is to have Gimm and/or Ollivor in the raid but not have them do the whole kneeling thing for Only the Penitent. Our next Firelands run is in the middle of the month. If you want the achievements for this raid, come on along. 

PvP

Minaithelan has an exciting event planned for Friday the 13th. Let's just say we are "going to visit horde life styles", which could result in the rewarding of a certain ursine. There will be a couple of BG nights on the calendar. We need to up our CreepJackers total which is around 548,000 horde killed. Think we could get to 575,000 by Labor Day? I was reminiscing last night how I love to knock horde off hill at the Lumber Mill in Arathi Basin. With the increased damage to Power Shot, it will be infinitely more fun. 

Faire-ly Exciting

The Darkmoon Faire is going on right now. 

There is a new racing game and all sorts of updates added with the patch, although they neglected to add an achievement for being a gnome and dancing with L90ETC when they perform. Check out WOWHead's guide to the faire. Don't forget to ride the carousel, if you are leveling toons. When the faire's in town, there's so much to do that we all need to find someone to pay us to play. 

Guild Achievements

Finally, if you are a regular to the web site, you might have noticed that you had to log in again to see everything. You might also have noticed that you got some "guild achievements" attached to your character. Enjin introduced this idea last year. Your officers and I have been slowly creating our achievements, things which represent the character of the guild. Squidchin rolled out the ones we've created this past weekend. We hope they express the nature of the guild, the fun and camaraderie, and family, we have here. 

Gradually, over the next weeks, months and, yes, years, we'll be adding more, as something happens which leads us to say, "We need an achievement for that". Plus, more people will be getting more achievements as I go through the roster and attach your name to an achievement. We hope you like this feature.

To see all the awards, go to the menu bar and click on "SD Guide". "SD Achievements" is the last button in the drop down menu. You'll see the awards we have created as well as a button for what you've earned. Those of you who participated in the less than 1% wipes on The Butcher, please let me know. I have some people's names, but not everyone. And if you have an idea for an achievement, let us know. We're always on the look-out for fun things that represent what we do here. 

March promises to be packed with excitement. If we can get through the lousy Smarch weather, we'll be fine. 

--Gimm

Live Long and Prosper

Gimmlette a posted Feb 27, 15

I had a couple of posts I was going to put up today but Leonard Nimoy passed away. 

Star Trek's undeniable cultural influence laid the ground work for so much of what we take for granted today. Does anyone know if there is a Spock reference in the game? If not, this needs to be rectified. 

Live Long and Prosper among the stars, Mr. Nimoy. 

--Gimm

Winterbow There used to be Sprok, a Goblin NPC in Gnomergan when you teleported there from Booty bay, but I don't know if he survi ...
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