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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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It's that time again. 

 This Saturday begins the 7th Annual "Win Gimm's Gold" event. Last year, owing to Iowa's 12-0 football season, I gave away over 5500 gold. 

For those of you new to the guild, here's how it works. Beginning this Saturday, my beloved Iowa Hawkeyes start Big Ten play with Rutgers. Between now and Friday, November 25th, with October 29th as a bye week, they play a Big Ten opponent. If Iowa wins AND you are online when I announce the winning score, you win their score in gold. I gave away 40 gold to each person online 3 times last year. It was a popular score, it seems. 

Saturday, October 8th is a special game. We play the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Corien and I have a special bet on that day. The person whose team loses has to recite a poem in honor of the winner. Corien's last year, was impressive. It's going to be tough to top it. 

I tend to give out gold Saturday night, unless the game is a night game. I have been known to wait until Sunday evening or even Monday to reward people who hop over to "Play Your Horde" night. So, what you want to do is root for Iowa to win AND root for a high score. For those who might be concerned, these are my own funds. No bank funds are used in this event. 

11 a.m. Saturday, September 24th kicks off another season. I don't expect my team to go undefeated, in fact they lost last week. You should hope they do. 


Now THIS is a Contest

Gimmlette a posted Sep 18, 16

Announcing the latest contest from the minds of the officers, the Terrible Transmog Contest

Running for the next 6 months, each month there will be a theme for which you make a transmog. At the end of the month, we'll all meet in one location, probably Dalaran or Stormwind where the light is good and there are steps so everyone can be seen in a group photo. Participants will be judged on how well they achieve the theme of the month, receiving a number from 1-10, with 10 being highest. Winner(s) will get pets, gold, current content items, a 5-man run of their choice; we're still coming up with prize ideas. The first judge will be Roaranor, since he came up with the idea. After that, judging will be on a rotating basis. If you'd like to judge, let Roar or myself know. Yes, we have the themes picked for the next 6 months, but we will only announce them on the judging day. 

You will need to send Roar an in-game letter with the pieces of your outfit. Each armor slot and your weapon must be tmogged. Jewelry and trinkets do not. We will post individual shots with your gear list to the Terrible Tmog Contest thread. After all, maybe you want a red pointy hat of your own and want to know how to get it. (I've had this hat since BC. I know the reward opposite this was an upgrade but, red pointy hat! It's been in my bags or bank ever since.) 

Sooooo...our first tmog contest is kicking off right now. Our first theme is, in light of what next month is, "Terrible Tmog Halloween Costumes". We will announce the ending date of the contest later this week. It will probably be the last weekend of October. Pets and toys, as long as they fit with the theme are welcome. The Romantic Picnic Basket is okay. The Orb of Deception is not. Costumes will be judged on how well they meet the theme and how truly terrible they are. If it makes your eyes water, it's probably excellent. 

Have at it, folks. If you have a question I haven't covered, ask. We have a folder, "Four Sail Cheep" where you can post a thread looking for a specific piece of gear. I even started a thread just for that. This will be particularly handy if you're looking for someone who can craft certain pieces. And really, even if you are looking for a particular piece of gear and not participating in the contest, post your want there. Who knows what someone has in their stash. 


Gimmlette a I would be remiss if I did not post Miz' comment from tonight. She said Par is planning tmogs "which will ...
Gimmlette a Today is the start of the contest.
Souvlaki Am I reading this wrong or is today the only day to enter this month's contest?

This popped up in my tech feed. It's grainy but this was the announcement of some game you have, perhaps, heard of. 

Fifteen years. How many "WOW killers" have come and gone in that time? Has anyone seen numbers for Legion shipments? Blizzard quit giving quarterly subscription numbers back in early Warlords, I think. I'd be curious to know if Legion exceeded projections for subscriptions. 

Whodda thunk we'd be here, 15 years later, still as passionate about these pixels as people were in September of 2004. 


We're Doing What?

Gimmlette a posted Sep 14, 16

After the exceptional weekend just passed AND the great camaraderie I'm seeing when we want to run 5-mans, I need to call your attention to upcoming events on the schedule. 

1)  This weekend, we'll be in Hellfire Citadel. The goal will be to get as far as possible, perhaps downing Archimonde on Saturday (!?). I still had a lock out on Gimm, but I won't be there on Friday night. If you were part of the August group, you probably have a lock-out, too, and we'll need that to continue from where we left off.

We can take up to 30 people into this raid. You need to be ready to go at 8:45. Make your way to Tanaan Jungle and the stone. Again, please make sure you're gemmed, if necessary, and enchanted. You don't need to go all out on current enchants. There are a stash of Warlords enchants on the first tab of the bank. They will do fine.

2)  Talk Like a Pirate Day is Monday and Tuesday, September 19/20. Monday, we play horde but we could all meet in Gurubashi Arena and have a free-for-all.

3)  The 'no-strats' Emerald Nightmare run. /heavy sigh. Mizauki looked up the raid and you need an ilevel of 820-825 to get into the place. We might have a smattering of people that high, but we certainly don't have enough as I type this, to run the content. We'd need a minimum of 2 tanks, 3 healers and 5 dps. I refuse to put that kind of pressure on my guild because I know I can't make a deadline like that. So, we are discussing our options.

It's possible we could have a small group ready by the weekend, September 23/24. It hasn't been acknowledged, that I know of, what the ilevel will be on all...those...coasters (/cry) that Coren Direbrew will drop during Brewfest, but I'm willing to wager they will be 800+ loot. That will go a long way toward helping people get to that 820 minimum entry number. We'll run Coren every day, several times a day, to make sure people get the trinkets. (I'm giving up on that stupid ram, just so you know.) 

4)  Orgrimmar "Pub Crawl" on Saturday, September 24th. Pick up any case or stack of alcoholic beverages and come join us for a visit to Orgrimmar. We're going to do our usual take over of a building, but this time, we'll get sloshed and then "defend" said building until they rout us. After that, we will move on to another building. With any luck, we'll add a few more to the Creepjackers total, which is closing in on 717,000. It promises to be simply silly, something we're known for. 

5)  Mists Mount Run. On September 27th, we're bringing back one of our fun events, a mount run, but moving it forward to Pandaria. Back during Cataclysm, we used to do a mount run for Wrath mounts roughly every other week.

Now that there's an abundance of things to do, we'll do this just once a month. We'll be hitting up the world bosses; Galleon, Sha and Oondasta, followed by a quick run of Mogu'shan Vaults. Elegon drops the astral cloud serpent. MV is easy to do with a group. If there is time, we'll head to the Isle of Thunder. We will down Nalak and then run into Throne of Thunder and down Horridon. All of these bosses drop a mount. (Jin'ko in ToT does, too, but she's too far in to make it on this run.)

Now a few words about Mists mount drops. You can use your extra roll on all these bosses except Elegon and Horridon, to try for the mount. This means, you need to stock up on Elder Charms of Good Fortune for Galleon and Sha. You can purchase quantities of them from Lo Ping at Nuizao Temple in Townlong Steppes, although killing bosses pretty much anywhere in Mists will net you a decent handful. For Oondasta and Nalak, you need Mogu Runes of Fate. These are obtained on the Timeless Isle from Mistweaver Ai. You need to turn in 1000 Timeless Coins for each rune. Timeless coins drop off all the mobs on the Isle. We will be doing an achievement run of Timeless Isle, probably in November. There are a huge number of achievements and getting them is something we love to do here. For the time being, a quick run to the Isle and a couple hours spent wiping out the mobs there should net you enough coins to get one or two runes for extra rolls. 

6)  Back to the raid. Because we might be stymied in actually going in there for a no-strats run next Tuesday, we are looking at going in on another date, as soon as we can get a nucleus of people with the right ilevel. And also because I do not believe in forcing you to run content, nose to the grindstone, to get the right ilevel, please do not worry you won't be ready. Take your time. Level at your own pace. We'll get there. We may also move some things around on the schedule so keep tabs on the calendar. 

7)  Friday Night Fights returns on September 30th. It's Arena Skirmish weekend. On the 30th, if you have any interest in arenas or are curious about how they work, come on along. The following evening, October 1st, we're going to investigate the Underbelly as a guild. The Black Market Auction House is down there. Mina will explain the ins and outs of roaming the Underbelly and we'll spend some time poking each other with sharpened objects. (Just fyi, it takes 2000 coins to get the rat mount.)

8)  On Thursday, October 6th, Kaz is going to lead a "Hidden Appearances" run. You can sign up on the calendar through October 2nd. Please sign up on the toon you wish to bring or obtain the hidden appearance for. He will put together a route so we maximize the chances for people to get a new appearance. 

9)  Finally, this weekend the officers and I will be sorting the roster. People who have not participated in any event since being notified of the change to membership will be moved to Turkey Bacon. They will not be able to chat or read guild chat. If you find yourself in this rank, the quickest way out of it is to participate in an event. There's so much on the calendar and you do not have to be 110 to come on at least half of it. October 2nd will be our final roster cull of the year. 

If you have questions about events or would like to see something on the calendar, please contact any officer or myself. In case you don't remember, officers are:  Squidchin, Mizauki, Roaranor, Totorodoo, Amaera and Minaithelan. 


Well, That Went Fast

Gimmlette a posted Sep 13, 16

Heroic Blackrock Foundry is history. 

We lost our raid lock out, which actually turned into a good thing. It meant we had to start over from the beginning. For a great many in the group, this was their first foray into BRF. On Friday, we reduced Heart of the Mountain to a puddle of orange goo. 

On Saturday, we went back in to tackle our nemesises, the Iron Maidens. We've been stuck on these three for some time. We set it all up; who was going to the ship, how the bombs worked, where to go when and then let it rip. They never had a chance to go to the ship. Boom. Downed. We took a break and when we came back, the motion was put forward to try heroic Blackhand without strats. Um...well...okay...sure. 

Well, that went...well. The only casualties were myself and Tarsan because we got caught in a massive shattering smash and were launched off Blackhand's dias. And, best of all, we still had 50 minutes of raiding left before our 11 pm end time. What to do? There's this raid over in Nagrand, folks. We don't get the guild achievement for raids unless they are done in mythic mode. We could go see how we do. 

This was a "no-strats" run. This means, we simply run in and do those things we know happen in most any encounter. It helps that most of us knew what was to happen because we'd done this on regular and heroic. Mythic means extra items like 3 pigs with the Butcher instead of 2, or more attacks or compounded attacks because everything is still up. But, we managed to down Kargath, the Butcher, Brackenspore and Tectis in 45 minutes. It was a lot of fun. 

So, I'm saving the raid lock out. We'll go back in probably in early October. I have a list of people who were in this raid and they will get first pick. In Mythic, you can only take 20 people, so I can't grab everyone who wants to come. I guess next month, we'll look into clearing mythic Foundry so we can get the guild achievement. 

This weekend, we're going to finish Hellfire Citadel normal.We have a Friday and Saturday set aside for this run. If we can clear this, then we can look at coming back in here on heroic and, ultimately, mythic for the guild achievement. Plus, there are boss achievements to be had in the raid so we definitely want to come back to work on those. 

Thank you, everyone, for coming along over the weekend and helping us clear Blackrock Foundry. Now, we look ahead to fun things upcoming. 


Tarsan Wait a second... You didn't disengage off in the middle of the fight with me because people were complaining no one...
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