Set the Oven to Cataclysmic

Set the Oven to Cataclysmic

I’ve been working pretty furiously trying to get this achievement over the past week or so. Well, more like I’ve been buying all the reasonably priced cataclysm food to contribute to the quota. :P

Tonight, I finally did it!

Set the Oven to "Cataclysmic

Set the Oven to "Cataclysmic achievement

Although I already had the recipe in my collection, I saw we were about 500 off from getting this done so there’s one less achievement to worry about. :)

Mischief Milestone

Mischief Milestone

You may have seen The Cym Daily by now but here’s the latest instalment for the Mischief Monthly. Ever since Patch 5.0.4 went live, Cool and I have been keeping a sharp eye on our Guild rep. Over the last few days we have been consistently doing a whole lot of dailies and quests on our family of characters. I was all set to do the Darkmoon dailies on all six toons but by the time I got to the second day of it I was already sick of them. :P If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I was doing them consistently when the new mounts and pets were added.

Oh well, it was a nice thought while it lasted. Never-the-less, we managed to get Rank 18 today which was great to see. Although I didn’t get to see the ornate pop-up I was expecting… just a very bright spotlight. I know it’s been a while since we’ve had a Guild level achievement but was it always like that?

Level 18 Rank

There also wasn’t anything in the achievement window which shows the accomplishment (or one I wanted to use from the armory) so you get the one from the Guild window. :)

Champion

The other day I read about Erinys talking about how nice it was to be able to see which toon collected what achievement. Cool also mentioned something we hoped to see one day. Our Rank 10 PVP titles from our Alliance toons on our main Horde characters. We may never get to see this in the traditional sense of sporting our Champion titles above our heads but after seeing this, it’s something.

In other news, I spent quite a long time going through my personal bags, bank and Guild Bank. I’m proud to say I’ve cleared out a lot of room again. Some of it was listed in the AH, so you might find that transmog item you’ve been looking for or some mats at a bargain price. I also cleared the dust off my Antique Cornerstone Grimoire today which was an item I always wanted when Ony was current but only managed to get when Cool and I 2P’ed her earlier in the year. However, I don’t think I’ve actually tried out the effect before now.

Summoned skeleton

Summoned skeleton

So here were are in Twilight Highlands, hope you enjoyed your one min of fame there.

By the way, in case you missed it, the Mogolympics now has it’s own website, with each faction getting their own post. Also, the TNB Round Table I was recently a part of is up.

Making History

Making History

I must say that we haven’t had a Guild achievement for a while but this one was a nice surprise. When I logged in after the Patch on Wednesday, I noticed that amongst the personal and account achievements I received, there was this one.

Arch 500 projects

It’s not so much that we have the achievement but just look how far we are over the quota? :P

Arch dig

I love Archaeology, but all the professions in Pandaria are all kind of fun, especially when you don’t need to equip any tools like a fishing pole for other professions. :)

I’m Back!

I’m Back!

Not that you would have known any different but I was unable to log into my WoW account yesterday. Probably a side effect from my hacking incident since this was the first time my subscription was due since said incident. Granted a few days ago, I received an email which stated that my pre-paid time was due to expire in 5 days. At first I thought it was a just a fake email but it was sent to my actual game email which worried me at first. So I logged into Battle.net to check the date my payment was due and sure enough, it matched up with the email.

My payment details had not changed since the hack so I left it to see what happened on subscription day. Not surprisingly, I had the fail to login message once I put in my authenticator details. I submitted a web ticket but since it was Sunday I wasn’t expecting to hear back from Blizzard until Monday. Checking Battle.net this morning, the ticket was already listed as ‘answered’. The response told me to call their 1800 number so they could manually enter my card details.

After their office opened (after 11pm for me), I ended up being on the phone for an hour sorting things out. Once the card details were put through and my WoW account was unfrozen, I had one other issue to rectify – the Guild name. Some of you may recall a few months ago where I was in the process of deciding what to do with the Guild after a few selfish individuals abandoned us at an instrumental time. We were three weeks shy of getting our first Guild achievement for the Legendary daggers. I was so excited about it as we never managed to get the staff done, as we started late raiding in FL. Not only that but people we thought were our friends and would understand the situation of how things turned out abandoned Cool and I too. We only heard back from one individual who made an effort to say goodbye and wish us luck. One! So thx Zes :)

I had considered disbanding the Guild at the time but I couldn’t bare the thought of that. It took so much effort to get it that far. Unless you’ve been in our situation, I don’t think you could really understand where we were coming from. Cool and I have run this Guild for many years. First on Khadgar and then again it was rebuilt on Dath, slowly recruiting after we left Frostwolves. Sadly, our parting posts in their Guild forum were deleted sometime after so they only had the spiteful comments from others as to why we left instead of the truth. But Cool and I managed to get our Guild to rank 6 before we even opened recruitment for FL.

The Guild has always been very special to me from the way it started as a private guild for Cool and I. So for me to consider disbanding gives you some indication of how devastated I was feeling at the time. Instead, we gave the leftover members a clean break so they could move on as we didn’t want to hold anyone back and we wouldn’t have to worry about the remaining members. It took me a while to even want to log back into the game. In the end, we didn’t change servers but instead changed the name (including toon names and race) for a bit of anonymity while the healing process began.

People who are happy doing what they’re doing or are in long time Guilds may not understand this but it’s something I don’t wish on anyone because I’ve experienced it first hand. At times it still feels quite raw when I’m reminded of how things turned out in passing comments, etc. When people mention their legendary daggers with such bragging rights, I can’t help but think of what could have been.

So tonight, I told the GM on the phone my situation about the Guild name. In short, the old Guild name was locked for 90 days so I had no hope of changing it back before then. I was all set to go once the 90 days was up, counting down the days until…  the day of the hack. Really, the timing couldn’t have been worse. In fact, I did try before I knew about the three month lock but the system wouldn’t take my card details. A couple of months ago, a rep in the US office previously stated that they were having trouble with some transactions using AUD so I tried using PayPal which didn’t work either. Not even when I converted the currency to USD. /Sigh

But tonight, even the operator was having an issue manually changing the Guild name. I initially told him that Cool was planning on doing it but he said that the new GM would have to hold the title for 7 days so I asked if he could manually do it tonight once and for all. Good thing I did too because it took the rest of the hour to sort this out.

Basically, one of his colleagues tried to create another Guild Charter to see if they could use the name ‘MischiefUs’ but it turned out the name was in use. Arg! I checked to make sure it wasn’t being used on our server. It wasn’t. Something funky was definitely going on. In the end, he created a Guild called ‘Cymre’ for a few minutes :P After that, he was able to change it back to what it was originally, so MischiefUs is back!

I can’t tell you how happy that makes me :)

Four Days Later

Four Days Later

It’s been a few days now, so I feel the need to write about what’s been happening in the Guild of late. A while back I wrote about one problem after another trying to recruit people, particularly for our raids. We’ve had a number of duds that left for one reason or another, as well as a few who were just what we were looking for in a guild member. It’s just a shame we had so many things against us.

It’s hard to establish yourselves on a realm where the majority play Alliance, especially when there’s only ~1000 Horde on your server the recruitment pool is fairly limited already; so unless you’ve been around for a while or have a good history with a lot of people, it’s not really going to get you far. It’s also easy for one to badmouth a person when you’re in the game in the comfort of your own home but when you’re face to face, they appear introverted. I can name a handful of people from my old Guild who will only see things from their point of view and how it affects them but even when the truth is stated, they dismiss it.

I envy the couples who can do things out of the game. They can share a meal, walk the dog, spend leisurely evenings away from the computer. My partner and I don’t have that luxury as we are on different sides of the world. We do rely on a computer whether we are on the game or not so it’s only natural that we want to enjoy the time we spend online. This includes the reason we left our last Guild on the server. People still have misconceptions about why we left but after hearing how it was from some of the higher ranked people, I just didn’t feel comfortable staying. So I left. Although I know a couple of people who understood because they know Cool and I. They know the kind of people we are and in my mind, that’s all that matters.

But then, this post has more to do with what’s been happening in our Guild. Last weekend we had our raid as normal, giving Heroic Morchok a few attempts until it was clear we had to switch it back and clear on normal.  We had plans of giving Heroic Yor a few goes too. I had all my research and notes ready for the fight but in the end didn’t even attempt it. We didn’t have a full group to begin with as we’ve had several people disappear without a word and others who had given us notice of their intentions to leave. I don’t have an issue with the latter but we let everyone know that we would be calling off raids sometime in the future due the constant hardships we were facing with recruiting and numbers for raids.

The last straw came however, when after our raid on Saturday (after clearing DS in a day) our only rogue who was on the last legs of his legendary chain, sent a PM stating that he was leaving the Guild. This was after we specifically said we were willing to continue the raids until our rogue had finished his chain. I was excited that we would finally have a legendary achievement to show for the Guild as our Mage who was up for the staff, never got to get his.

It’s hard when you only raid two days a week and have to continuously spend time getting to know each other’s play styles as we were constantly getting and losing people. It took several months just to get eight Guild people for the raid requirement each week – even that was a struggle at first.

The main issue was that everyone in the Guild knew how hard we had it for months (since August) and even then having to find extra people every single week was a struggle. Even on our first Madness kill, we were all waiting around for about and hour before a friend of ours finally logged in and stepped in with his tank. But at this stage of the game, one person leaving can be devastating when it’s already such a struggle to get a raid going. I would have loved to have seen the Guild achievement pop up for the Rogue Legendary as it he wouldn’t have gotten there without Guild effort. Everyone there deserved to see it, especially the ones who had been there from day one. Although when this person first joined he knew he would be the only one up for the daggers and was elated when we told him this.

One of my Guildies told me not to let the selfish actions of a few individuals ruin what is still an enjoyable game. I couldn’t agree more with that. At the time however, it was like the last nail in the coffin of a Guild that started with such great memories, which had now turned into something that I just want to forget. I feel that this Guild (or at least, this latest re-emergence of it) is such a failure now that I just want to leave it all behind me. After this person left, I sent out a mass email telling everyone that the Guild and raids were no more. I wished everyone luck and told them I felt I needed a new start. I had not decided whether this would be a server change or character change at the time. I just knew that I wanted to put this behind me and be somewhat anonymous for a while.

In saying this, I will look forward and focus on all the positives of this game. There is so much that I still enjoy and love to write and share. I look forward to trying out the beta and all that Mists has to offer. However, there are a couple of people in the Guild I will miss. They know who they are and for that I thank them for their friendship and effort to help make the Guild what it was, however long it lasted.

Hiatus

There comes a time in every expansion when people get burnt out from the game or stop playing for one reason or another. A lot of guilds seem to be taking a leave of absence from raiding at this stage of the x-pac. This is nothing new, it’s happened ever since I can remember, especially this late in the expansion.

Over the last few months, countless Guilds and bloggers I follow have written about this. Vidyala wrote about it a few months ago, more recently Jaded Alt, Glowbie, Navimie and Dragonray too. I spoke about the difficulties of recruiting in my Twisted Nether interview last weekend as well as to numerous people in the Guild and out.

Coolidge and I rebuilt this Guild in August last year. Since then, we’ve been on a constant recruitment drive trying to get enough people for 10 modes. We’ve always been a small Guild and will always be one. Although I’ve found if you come from a large Guild mentality, then you can either adapt or not like the atmosphere in a small Guild as people tend to do their own thing or may infrequently get on. Some of the people in this Guild have their mains and alts here, while others only have their alts who they use to raid with us on the weekends. I think that is part of the problem though. How can we expect them to be more social in the Guild when they have their mains in another. However, there is one exception to the rule and I honestly think he’s a mutation or something as he’s as active in the Guild as anyone else who only has an alt or two in ours. <3 Az

On a  more personal note though, we started quite late in FL. In fact, when a lot of Guilds were already doing Heroics, when we were just starting. Sure Cool and I had some experience in FL, in fact, the group I was in was close to getting the first boss down just before I left the Guild due to certain circumstances which had arisen.

But the fact of the matter is, I love being in a small Guild, although sometimes it’s just easier being a number in a large Guild. On the other hand, you don’t have to be in a large Guild to be social; there’s a certain intimacy you get when you know everybody well but in some ways, you also have to like each other as it’s hard to avoid someone who rubs you the wrong way day in and day out.

There have been two of those in our Guild. When the problems start to out-way the positives, something has to be done. There were numerous tells about these two but when the annoyances start to be felt in the duel leadership what other choice is there?

The problem atm is having to constantly recruit over the last seven months. There were weeks when we had enough Guildies on to get Guild credit for the first raid boss or even our first official Rag kill. But they were intermittent and all too fleeting. We had the few who were constant and reliable and the few who would join and then leave on a whim.

Having to worry about filling numbers week after week can really suck the fun out of the game. But it’s a responsibility the Co-leader and I have bore over half a year now. Truth be told, I’ve felt this way for a while now. I haven’t really been getting on as much of late as the efforts to recruit are just so draining. Especially when there’s not much to show for it. We’ve used several avenues for recruitment to no avail – three different Blizzard forums, MMO-Champion forums, Twisted Nether, trade chat, Guild finder and even a few SoR.

Today, Cool and I both felt that things aren’t going to be improving any time soon, especially with the release of the beta. I will say that the people who have left the Guild for one reason or another was for the best; but that certainly doesn’t include the ones who were well liked but have stopped playing. We will still welcome the latter with a welcome smile and open arms.

So we put it to the Guild today, that we might be halting the Raids soon, although we are willing to keep going until Jabs finishes his legendary chain (as he’s 4 weeks off from it). The news was given before our regular raid today and even after bringing in another player from our ex-guild, there were a lot of silly errors from multiple people. This meant converting the raid back to normal for Morchok, as it just wasn’t happening otherwise. It also rang true that some of the DPS is too low for Heroics and I think that’s another thing that’s hurting us right now. But we have to deal with what we have.

We have a list of names/friends we can call on to help out with a day or two but they are not willing to join the Guild. At the end of the day we need numbers but we’re not going to get it with people only wanting to come for the raid spot and not the Guild.

All I can say right now is that I’m really looking forward to playing Mists and taking my time levelling with Coolidge, exploring the new areas and experiencing everything MoP has to offer. If that means LFR when the time comes then so be it. Hopefully by then some of the fun will be injected back into the game for me and I’ll feel reinvigorated.

Here’s hoping…

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