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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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Today is the day. Today, Patch 7.0 drops and changes everything again. It gets us ready for the pre-expansion festivities and ultimately Legion. It gives us... THE WARDROBE! (Let's be honest, many of us are most excited by this.)

As always, with a big revamp patch there's going to be a lot of changes so this here post is help ease you into the changes you can expect so you can be ready for what is coming.

Keep coming back as we will be adding more links and references as we find them.

First up, Blizzard's Patch Survival Guide.



Patch Notes for 7.0

Blizzard Watch's Class and Spec Guide

Gimmlette a Thank you, loads, Squid.

The new transmog/wardrobe system is incredible. If you are any kind of gear hoarder, you got a plethora of achievements regarding all the things in your bags, bank and void storage. 

But in case you are missing pieces or just want to collect more and more and more, we have opportunities for people. Plus, if you have all sorts of things you want to get rid of, this is the time for you to do it. First of all, shirts. 

The achievement is for collecting 15 shirts. I cleaned out the glyph tab. 99% of glyphs, as  you know, went away or their cosmetic ability was molded into a specific attack. There are some glyphs which are still viable, but I opened up that bank tab (number 5) and saw nothing but charred glyphs. That is the perfect place to put shirts. 

Look at the variety! If you are a tailor and can make a shirt not in the tab, feel free to add it. Just a note, you can't simply take the shirt, add it to your bag, and have it count. You have to actually wear it. Then it becomes soulbound and you can't put it back into the bank for others to use. If you don't have bank access, you need to talk to an officer. I've been asked to ease restrictions on the number of items removed from this tab. Sorry. That's not happening. You can have someone with access help you or just wait out the days until you get the achievement. We should do a screenshot of as many different kinds of shirts as are available in the game. Next up, gear and housecleaning. 

By now, I hope you've checked out the transmog tabs on both your UI and at the tmog vendor. This is one page of my available helms. 

I think hunter helms tend to be, um, strange. Who knew there were 355 helms available to me? 

Anyway, on Sunday, beginning at 8:00 pm, we're going to have a guild garage sale. I'm thinking the new and improved Stormwind park is a good place to meet. Bring all your stuff; all the gear you have to get rid of, all the bits and bobs taking up space. Don't want 15 stacks of rugged leather? Maybe someone in the guild will take a few stacks off your hands. 

The rule for this is thus:  If the person asking to trade is an SD member, you can't charge them anything for taking things off your hands. This is a trade only event with SD members. But because there are suddenly a lot more people in Stormwind, if you can make a sale to someone not in SD, go ahead. Remember, you can't trade with someone not on Llane or Arygos and Stormwind is suddenly CRZ. So someone from Blackhand will have to drool over your 8 stacks of frostweed. Souvlaki recommended an add-on "Can I Mog It?" and, having spent a day with it, I highly recommend it too. 

So, if you are looking to fill out helms or bracers or cloaks for the achievement or looking to get rid of stuff, Sunday is your day. Also, if you are looking for crafted items, check out the profession tab to see if someone can make it and bring the mats on Sunday. We might even have yaks for instant transmog abilities. 

Questions? I've got answers and thank Othel for this suggestion. 

--Gimm

Silence is Not Golden

Gimmlette a posted Jul 12, 16

One of the frustrating things about an MMORPG is the harassment. This can take a variety of forms, but one of the most pernicious is verbal harassment. We've all experienced it from people in a raid, a party, PvP or just out in the world. Trade chat doesn't have the reputation it does because people say, "Please" and "Thank you". As a victim of harassment in the game, I have long wanted Blizzard to step up policing its members. Just because you pay $15 a month to play, it doesn't come with the right to harass someone. Other games have struggled with this and have come up with their own methods to deal with it. 

Today, Blizzard released a program call "The Silence Penalty". Here is the text in full. 

I am curious how this will be enforced, but it says, "after investigation". I predict quite a bit of reporting of others because those people who talk smack and verbally harass, will jump on this as a way to further be trolls. But, this is a very good step in the right direction, anticipating a large volume of people returning or coming to the game and a vocal minority bent on trolling people just because they can. 

Now, a word of warning. Until this shakes itself out and the community gets used to these terms, if you talk smack to anyone outside the guild, be prepared to be reported. If you get silenced because of your verbal assaults, I will demote or kick you. This guild is based on respect and verbal harassment is, clearly, not respect. Yes, there are people who "deserve", if such can be termed, some minor trolling, but, it seems to me, the people we have trolled in the past, who have been disrespectful in raids or PvP, will find their voice stilled without overt help from us. Report. Report. Report, but please look at what's said and not just report because someone is saying something you don't like. Name calling, slurs, unwanted whispers; those kinds of things should be reported. "Ugh. This group sux," is not harassment.

Also, in reference to talking smack inside the guild, I want to remind you of the Code of Conduct. "...there is no way to tell, with typed words, if you are joking, so choose your words carefully."

Pre-patch drops next Tuesday. Let's hope this change to the game will make beating back the Burning Legion a much more pleasant experience. 

--Gimm

Exhuberance

Gimmlette a posted Jul 6, 16

I defy you not to smile. 

What could be more silly than a mammoth on a trampoline?

Or maybe you'd prefer the angst of a dragon on a trampoline?

Or perhaps you'd like to watch a core hound on a trampoline?

Or you could go to Whistling Grove in Mount Hyjal, hop on a mount and bounce around yourself. You'll need to have opened the zone through Grove of Aessina. This location is where you have to rescue bear cubs trapped in trees. There is an achievement, Bounce, in this location. 

Go. Have fun. Nothing's quite so silly as a mammoth on a trampoline. 

--Gimm

Zyemay I had no idea you could do that while mounted. It's too bad they fixed that druid bug where druids could mount each...

Zargz has been doing a yeoman's job of killing horde lately. It's all in the name of getting the Nemesis meta achievement out of the Gladiator's Sanctum. I log in and notice the Creepjackers total. Ah nice. Log in the next day and another couple hundred tics have been added to the total. It's always cool when we are close to another thousand turning over. Being the "hard-core pvp" guild that we are, our determination to reach one million is exceedingly admirable. 

Nothing was planned for this weekend other than a Throne of Thunder achievement run on Saturday so you could have time to spend with your family, friends or cats. (Hey, that's who I spent the evening with. A book and a purring cat. Life is wonderful.) After spending time doing our own thing, we decided we'd give a potential guild member a trial by fire, as it were, by using his level 33 self as bait in Undercity. We took over our usual spot and dared them to remove us. That took a good 30 minutes to do. I was actually whispered by one of the people who wiped us out, thanking us for providing some fun in the dark days of the end of the expac. "I had so much trouble getting people to come kill you," he said. "Thanks for the fun. It's been too long since we had a good row in Undercity." Obviously, the poor fellow hasn't been around when we've paid a visit. 

After that, I asked for cover as I went to get the flame in the Ruins of Silvermoon. The last time I'd been there, two heavily geared DKs were protecting the flame and I gave up trying to get it. There was no one in attendance this time. "Hey, as long as we're here, let's get the Silvermoon flame." That went well until we were trying to leave. A warlock and a rogue, the latter of whom had been in Undercity, ambushed us and, gradually whittled all of us down. (Yes, we managed to get our level 33 into and out of Silvermoon with the flame.) It took some patience, letting the pvp drop off, before we moved on. That experience solidified our desire to capture all the capital city flames. Why not? It will give us a challenge to get a lowbie into and out of a capital city. 

We had no problems with Undercity or Orgrimmar, given that we land right next to the flame, steal it, and depart. Last stop would be Thunder Bluff. We hopped onto the top of the blimp from Orgrimmar and had a pleasant journey across the miles to the tauren capital. That's when the real fun began. I noticed we were very close to 708,000 horde kills in Creepjackers. Could we actually get that? There hadn't been much in the way of opposition to a group of alliance stealing flames. But, Thunder Bluff has always been our nemesis when trying to do For the Alliance. 

Our level 33 died the second he hit the ramp off the blimp, killed by the guards on the boat. It became quite the exercise in strategy to keep him alive. He was a very, very good sport about all the dying. We got him the flame and hung around for a bit. Mina made sure people knew who was in attendance. 

I was just hanging out around the flame and was suddenly yoinked and killed by a dk. What the...? Turns out it was Mullingrew on his horde dk. Eventually, he was joined by Dorelei, Lasts, Cianne and Winterbow on their horde toons. They sort of let us kill them repeatedly to pad our Creepjackers total. (For the public record, Mullingrew is incredibly hard to kill.) Mina killed Lasts in spectacular fashion, ask them about it, and we went to 708,002. By 10:30, when we decided to end the evening's festivities, we were over 708,200 kills. The high number of kills is not because we killed that many horde. You get a tic on the kill count for each person in your group. We had 7 people who could get a honorable kill so we got 7 tics every time a Deathtacular member died. 

Quite a few skeletons around the flame. I have to say it was so much fun. We are pretty evenly matched so it can be a challenge to down someone. I can't thank Mull, Lasts, Winter, Cianne and Dore enough for coming over to Thunder Bluff and helping SD pad it's horde killing totals. The new guy was very impressed with how much fun we had beating each other up, how we included him, welcomed him into the group and our general air of "this is a game and we're going to figure out how to be crazy in it". 

So, as of this moment, our total stands at 709,462. It's going to take us at least another year to reach that high peak of one million kills, but this is excellent for a non-pvp-specific guild. I'm really proud of us. 

--Gimm

Dorelei It was lot of fun dying repeatedly!
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