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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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Ring Bits

Gimmlette a posted Mon at 12:19

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

Usually, I do this at the first of the year but I didn't have time until now to actually punch numbers into a spreadsheet. As of today, Saturday, April 23rd, here are graphical representations of guild membership. The numbers were taken off our Armory roster. Said listing didn't used to show toons lower than level 10, but it lists 6 toons between 1 and 9 so this compliation is probably as accurate as possible. 

First of all, let's see how names break out. This is a representation of how many toons have names starting with each letter of the alphabet. 

"S" has the most names at 68 toons. "B" is next with 57 toons and "A" starts the names of 41 toons. Bringing up the rear are "Q" with 2 toons, "U" with 5 and "Y" and "V" tied at 6. 

Moving on, let's look at race distribution. 

We have 148 Humans; 87 Dwarves; 113 Night Elves; 74 Gnomes; 112 Draenei; 70 Worgen and 50 Pandaren. 

Lastly, we'll look at class distribution. 

It should probably come as no surprise, but hunters are the biggest class. We have 82 of them. Next is Paladins with 73; Druids with 72; Death Knights with 64; Shaman with 57; Priests with 56; Warriors and Monks with 54; Mages with 52; Warlocks with 48 and Rogues with 40. Every time I do this, and I've been doing this going on 6 years now, I wonder how our numbers compare with Alliance overall. Granted, we have more hunters than, probably, the average guild, but do the other numbers correspond to percentages in WOW? This chart will be interesting come January 2017, when we add Demon Hunters to the mix. (Probably should recruit more hunters.) 

I also spent a great deal of time in the "guts", if you will, of the web site, removing names and ISPs of people who did not meet our strenuous recruiting process or who have left the guild. Since we moved to Enjin in 2011, we have had 503 people apply to Spectacular Death. The approved pages numbered 35. That's a lot of toons to process. It was getting unwieldy to find you when I want to make sure you've received one of our special guild awards. The clean-out there is all done now. Some of you did not apply using your toon name, probably because the name was in use by someone else on Enjin. If I deleted your application, which means you can't see the "Member's Only" material, it was by accident. Please reapply so you can take full advantage of everything on this site. Applying to the web site and being approved is the only way you can see all things. Also, if you are a member of the web site, take a moment and link all your toons to the name you applied with. It will greatly help me find you when I need to give you the "You Have a Beautiful Singing Voice" award. If you have questions about linking toons or your application, please post them here so Squidchin, our web master, can see them. 

Now is also the time to remind people I will be doing a roster clean-out over Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30. At that time, unless you've made arrangements with me, any toon which has not been played in 6+ months, will be removed from the guild. We do not mind you taking a break and leaving your toons in SD, but I need to know about it. If you don't think you'll be back, just send a note through the web site to let us know. Our roster needs to reflect active toons. As some of you who have come from dead guilds can attest, seeing 18-22 people online is a glorious thing. 

Also, we will be doing a major reorganization of the roster in August. I have mentioned this before and I want to mention it again. We will be removing people who do not participate in the life of the guild. We ask that you make 2 events per month or contribute in meaningful ways. A guild is only as good as the people in it. If your idea of being guilded is to log on, do your thing, and log off, Spectacular Death is not your guild. You probably would be better served by making your own guild. We can assist with that as many of us have toons which are name place holders and can be used to sign a guild charter. Over the next three months, you need to think about your participation; what you can do to keep this guild active and alive. We have never needed to recruit, a fact I am very proud of. We provide what other guild cannot; an active, alive and vital guild life filled with conversation and activities. If you can't or won't participate in that life, it is time for you to move on. If you have questions about how you can contribute, please talk to me. 

I'd be interested in your thoughts upon seeing these graphs. I always find them interesting. 

--Gimm

Ilrisse I also contribute interesting salvage equipment someone might want for mogging/ legacy purposes FWIW.
Aerdilan I love these graphs!
Souvlaki https://realmpop.com/us-llane.html Dunno how often they update data.

Our New Recruiting Video

Gimmlette a posted Apr 23, 16

In case you haven't seen this, I present Minathelan's most recent Spectacular Death video. 

Might be his best one yet. 

--Gimm

I recently recruited Professor Felblast to my garrison. She comes with the strangest tabard. 

What is that? Is it a bug? Is it a pineapple? What do you think?

She is, however, right at home with her, um, unusual gear. 

--Gimm

Kazkhan Pile of Gold coins with crossed Shovels? Jolly Roger style?
Perki Looks like one of those prehistoric bug things they have fossils of. *eww*
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