Feb 23rd 2012 11:13AM I try to plan an all guild event for my guild every other month, or so. We've been kind of busy clearing content the past couple of months so I haven't scheduled anything. But, looking ahead, we have our 3rd annual End of Winter Bash, which is a server-wide PvP event. We'll be doing our 2nd Annual "The Tax Man Taketh" naked run into Orgrimmar where the winner is the person who gets the farthest into Org before dying. We had a Christmas party where everyone brought a wrapped gift and we exchanged gifts. Lots of 19 pound catfish at that party.
We used to sponsor "Take Over Halaa" events so both horde and alliance members could get their Halaa battle tokens for the mounts. We did a flash mob in Stormwind and then took it to Orgrimmar. A bunch of hunters tamed the deviate tallstrider in Southern Barrens and then we pecked to death one of our horde friends outside Orgrimmar. We had several horde who came just to be pecked by a bunch of flamingos. We used to do For the Alliance runs every 6 weeks and would try to mobilize the troops when the horde would come on Saturdays and Sundays for their For the Horde runs.
I miss the epic Crossroads and Southshore/Tarren Mill battles. The last Hallow's End before Cataclysm, we sponsored a final SS/TM battle. It went on for 4 hours ending finally with a disco ball in the graveyard at SS with everyone dancing, throwing snowballs, flirting, laughing and racing turtles on the road.
It takes a lot of time to organize an event but those can be among the best remembered. I'm going back in the guild archive to see what we've done in the past to bring it forward since we have a batch of new guild members. Hmmmmm..."The Great Race through UBRS".
Feb 20th 2012 1:44PM I think a guild summit is a good idea. We mustn't be under the impression that the things we want we will get because we raised our voices to ask for them. But, there are things that don't work anymore (Guild Finder, if it ever did), and Blizzard could benefit from hearing from us who have to work with the tools they give us.
Who would be a part of this summit? I think the concern that more raiding guild leaders would jump at the chance to be heard is a valid one. From my experience, they tend to be a more vocal group. I run a casual raiding guild that acts socially. I have a few complaints with the current guild system and tools, but, otherwise, I'm happy. Yet, if asked, I'd love to participate in a summit to air my thoughts on how to make the guild experience better for my segment of WOW.
Which brings up the kinds of guilds who should have a voice. Family or friends small guilds; raiding guilds, role-playing, pve or pvp only guilds as well as guilds like mine should be offered a chance to come. What works for me may not work for one of them. I think other kinds of guilds may have ideas that I could take away from a discussion.
Feb 16th 2012 4:58PM There is a deterrent to griefing now. When an NPC is attacked, they usually call for the guards. Suddenly you are attacked by archers who can shoot through floors, walls and ceilings. This has significantly reduced, perhaps even stopped, taking over opposing faction towns on my server. There are no epic Crossroads battles anymore.
The consensus was this was done to stop those people who would, on an evening, pick an opposing faction town in roughly the level 20 range and spend 3 hours killing everything when it spawned. This has had the effect of not having to worry if the quest giver will be alive when you turn in, but it's also ended world PvP.
I wouldn't want a debuff surrounding an NPC if I came too close with a mount; just dismounting me so I have to run up to the quest giver would be sufficient. You're right that it might be a programming nightmare, but it would be very nice.
Feb 16th 2012 3:14PM Many of us in my guild have noticed how those with bright shiny new mounts love to park them over mailboxes, repair people, quest givers and the like. Yes, I can see you have the new mount. Now move it so I can conduct my business. We'd like to see no mount zones around mailboxes and NPC's with which you have to interact. You would automatically get dismounted when you got within 5 feet of them. Yes, 15 people swarming a quest giver can still make it hard to get the quest, but add 15 people on mounts of any sort, not just the Tundra Mammoth or the new dragon, and it becomes nearly impossible to proceed with any speed.
Feb 14th 2012 1:25PM These are my suggestions.
1) Are you PvE, PvP or RP oriented?
2) Look at the available servers based on the above question.
3) Decide what you want to do. Do you want to raid full-time or just play to see the scenery?
4) Go to that server's WOW Forum and scan the recruiting posts. Is there a guild that catches your eye? Check out their web site. Keep in mind that for every guild posting a recruiting message, there are probably 5 or 6 that aren't advertising but who would love new people.
5) Make a level 1 and linger in Trade Chat. You'll find almost double the recruiting posts in Trade that you will on the forum. You can ask the recruiter questions such as how soon can you join, what their raiding policies are, do they have a web site you can visit. Be sure you have a list of questions before hand.
Once you've found a guild, then the other things can be dealt with. I've got rerolls in my guild who are, even without heirlooms, leveling faster than I ever did on my main. They benefit from our being level 25 and getting the increased xp bonus. I have people who have leveled solely via the dungeon finder. I leveled a mage to 73 without setting foot in a dungeon. I think it depends upon your play style.
It's relatively easy to make enough gold just by questing and taking a gathering profession that you shouldn't have trouble having gold for mounts and training.
And finally, Horde or Alliance? I don't know. The starting areas have all been redone so, if you've not leveled a toon from 0-85, any starting area is going to be different.
Feb 14th 2012 1:00PM @ Killik
My mother is worried about her rhubarb crop. It has not been a cold winter and she is concerned not all the plants will produce this year. I remain unconvinced having watched it come back after being trampled, buried, squashed, sprayed and mowed. I don't think dad ever burned it but then, he would slice off a stalk and eat it raw.
Blizzard is missing out by not having villains with permutations of certain names. "Roo Barb" anyone?
Feb 14th 2012 12:03PM Steamed Rhubarb?
Do you have the recipe?
When we totally obliterate ourselves as a species, the only things left will be cockroaches, Cheeze Whiz and rhubarb.
Feb 13th 2012 3:32PM I have to admit that, 7 years ago, I was on the other side of this topic. I felt it was addictive and that my daughter, who was living with me at the time, was spending too much time involved in it and not enough time doing those things necessary when two people live in the same space. I didn't charge room or board so she needed to get her nose off the screen and do a load of laundry once a week. She decided I needed to see what was so exciting to her. Now, she's 2 years gone from the game and I'm still plugging along.
When I get together with my siblings, nieces and their families and my mom, my mother surprises me by asking how the game is going. My mom has embraced technology, sometimes more than anyone else in the family. She's watched me play and says it's too much information for her to process. When I got the Vial of the Sands, I posted a screenshot of myself as the drake to my Facebook page. Mom won the unofficial comment prize by asking, "Congratulations, but if you're a good dragon, why don't you look like 'Puff'?"
Feb 12th 2012 2:29PM Since my children are of the four-footed variety, my emergencies tend to be of the "real life intruding on game life" variety. This fall, I finally found the hole where the mice were getting in. I have not had to afk to capture a live plaything and toss it outside in 6 months. (Watch. It will happen tonight.) Crashes still must be attended to quickly as curiosity about what's up there has lead to knocking the leftover spaghetti which was going to be lunch at work the next day, onto the floor. I washed the floor after the raid. A doorbell rung at 8:30 p.m. needs to be attended to as it's probably not a positive. (After telling the officer I didn't see or hear anything because I am in a room at the back of the house and was in the middle of a Naxx raid, he cocked his head and asked, "What boss?")
This being said, I have a policy in my guild that real life comes first, period. "B" has a sick dog. That takes priority over a raid. "M" has a 9 month-old. That takes priority over a raid. "T's" girlfriend has a weird work schedule so if she's suddenly free, he should spend some time with her. "F's" on call this weekend so, if the pager goes off, he'll finish this boss but we better have someone on stand by for his slot. And so it goes.
It's hard, because we're human, not to feel some resentment when "S's" kids constantly interrupt with what can seem, from our POV, to be needless requests. But, if we are facing problems, like mice running amok in our living room, we want everyone else to understand this is an emergency to us and to be understanding. I do ask everyone who comes to raid to make sure they have dealt with everything they can, all 'honey do's', etc. Sometimes what the spouse/child/roommate/pet needs can't be anticipated. A simple, "I'm sorry. I need 5 minutes for an emergency" or "afk emergency" is all that's needed.
There are also times when even that can't be typed. A guild member tripped and fell coming back to the computer during a break, fracturing his wrist. On our end, he just didn't come back. We waited 10 minutes beyond the break and then kicked him, everyone feeling ill used. Two days later, I got an email with an explanation. Boy did we feel dumb being mad at him. We learned that as long as everyone knows we'll wait for a bit and you need to be okay with us going on without you, it's cool.