By the time you read this, fellow guild members will be arriving at Walt Disney World for our 10th Anniversary Meet-Up. It's been 15 months in planning, but it's finally here. We have a total of 18 guild members in attendance, some of whom convinced their families to tag along. We make no promises to avoid shenanigans. We are Spectacular Death, after all, and are skilled in the art of "shenanigan-ating". We promise to come back with stories. You will see photos on the Facebook page and, in roughly a week to 10 days, photos in a folder in the forum; lots and lots of photos.
A lot of you wish you could be there with us. Well, never fear, your guild leader has something for you, too.
(I think this is where we cue the maniacal laughter.)
If you've done any poking about in the Disney thread, you know that attendees received an achievement book.
Inside are a wide variety of "achievements" people can do while they are vacationing. These range from "Take a photo with Mickey Mouse" to "I'm not going to eat that. You eat it." (The sheer amount of food we are going to encounter is astounding.) There are achievements for taking a photo while you're on a ride, to finding an animal in each of the parks. (No. Roar does not count.) People can do as many or as few of the achievements as they want. They get to keep the book.
I must, at this point, thank Faience for all her help in getting this book assembled. We came up with the idea back in November and worked all winter to create achievements which wouldn't require a lot of work to do. She gave the final copy a dry run in April and I had to often stifle a laugh at work when another series of photos would come on my phone. I'm certainly looking forward to doing this myself.
At the back of the book is a scavenger hunt. A page of items are listed and people need to find something which matches the item, take a photo of it and then either show it to me when we meet or text it to me. Taking this idea into WOW, what if there was a scavenger hunt for people to do while we're gone? Herewith is the "While Gimm Is Away Scavenger Hunt". Your task is to find something which fits the description. There are 12 items. No, you cannot combine an item even if it works for more than one category. Plus, you'll need to answer a question in your in-game mail.
You can enter ONCE per toon. That's right. I'll accept ONE letter from each of your toons. Will Zargz have an advantage? Depends. I'm looking for clever answers to all these categories. Remember to send your letters to Gimmlette-Llane, not Gimmlette-Arygos. Letters sent to my Arygos toon won't qualify and probably won't get read for awhile. So, check the name on the mail.
These are the categories:
Something your fairy godmother would give you to wear to the ball
A piece of gear, BC or classic era
A stack of vendor trash
Something to make the guild bathroom smell better
Something that's not going to kill anything, but I can use it as a weapon.
Something you can buy from only one Alliance vendor in all of Azeroth
Something a guild leader needs
Finally, answer the following question in your mail when you send these items. "Why should I name you Guild Member of the Month?" You have one page to answer that. I will not count any "pt 2" letters.
Now, let's talk scoring. Just for entering, every toon will get 76 gold and 76 points. You then get one point for each item which matches the category. EXTRA points will be awarded, up to 3, if you make me laugh or send me a unique item. You'll get extra points if you send me a gear item whose appearance I don't know, or something which is particularly hideous, even if it's leather. (I don't have a toon that wears leather.) You can get the item from the AH; from killing mobs; or from crafting. Yes, you can band together and send me the same thing across a wide variety of toons. Tab 4 would be a good place to put extra of whatever you're sending. For the record, three of these items are also in the achievement book.
And now a twist to answering the final question. You must tell me why the toon under whose name you're sending the scavenger hunt items, should be Guild Member of the Month. So, to use Zylo as an example. (She will be at Disney.) If she sends me letters from Zylostout, Zylofletcher and Zyloclaw; she has to tell me why that particular toon should be Guild Member of the Month; not why Zylo should be. Here's your opportunity to craft some persuasive verbiage. You will get up to 5 EXTRA points for your letter.
I will tally up the letters, selling the stuff and putting the proceeds into the bank. This includes the gear. Once I've learned any gear I don't know, I'll vendor it and put the proceeds in the bank. The winner(s) will be announced Friday, October 27th after the Halloween transmog contest. Points = gold, so whatever points your toon has will result in that toon getting the equivalent in gold.
Next to last note: I'm not around to discuss this. Only Mina and Squid, from the officer corps, will be around the week of Disney. If you have questions about what may or may not be considered an item covering the category, well, talk amongst yourselves and decide. Look at what qualities I'm looking for to award extra points.
Last note: Contest begins right now and ends Monday evening, October 23rd at 7 pm server time.
Good luck. I can't wait to see what you send me.