The end of an era

So,Β  after some decisions and depression, I have left my guild.Β  I really shouldn’t call it my guild, it hasn’t been mine for a few weeks.

I am switching horde!!!Β  GO TROLLS ya mon!!Β  Not sure I can RP a troll, I shall have to change my story so far.

Anyway it was not an easy decision as I will miss people dearly, but I have tried for the last couple of weeks to ignore what happened, but I have this paranoia that I am just an annoyance in the guild now.Β  It is probably not the case but when I am second guessing everything including myself it is not the environment I think I should stay in.

Everyone was gracious with my departing post and I spent what small time I had fixing my mail to switch my characters.Β 

The extended maintenance last night was a nightmare, I logged on got what I needed to get done complete, but then I got booted off and couldn’t get back on….I ended up just going to bed after that, but was hell frustrating as I wanted to say goodbye to some guildies….thankfully I have their emails and I will just continually harrass them from here on.

So onto new adventures, new cities and a new mount collection, I only levelled one toon through the horde side, so this will be a new thing for me – trying to remember what is where etc.Β  This is the first time in 3 years that I have not been the GL of a raiding guild, I don’t know how I am going to cope with that, but let’s give it a shot.

So goodbye alliance, good bye my friends in MA and good bye to all the friends I have made on Dath.Β 

Catch you on the flip side!

3 level 80's and no money

I think that is why I have nomoney to be honest…I relaly need to start doing my dailies on them all, i just can’t seem to find the time to get them done…no that’s a lie, I just prefer standing in Dalaran wasting time than doing dailies!!

How do poeple find the energy and motivation to do the dailies on mulitple toons when I can’t even do it on one toon?

Time to crack the whip I think and start saving….I want to have money heaing into cata, I have a feeling flying is going to cost like 80000000 for the newer faster level (if there is one).

Time to let it go

Yup, this will be my last post about stepping down, it has been 2 days and so far only my closest friends have said anything, a pool of people smaller in numbers than one hand of fingers.

Yes I am being very self centered, and perhaps idealistic, in hoping that my guild mates would say something, anything to show their support or dissent at the decision.

This leads me to be torn as to the motives behind the lack of chatter, and as I have been reminded so vehemently the last couple of days “ASS / U / ME” is the mother of all cock ups. So I am not even going to go into my theories suffice it to say I am feeling lost in the guild as though I should not be there.

I don’t know where I stand with anyone in the guild now and I think that scares me more than anything else. The last three years I have spent knowing my place and knowing where I fit in, now I am not sure if I am even supposed to be stay in the guild after the way it all went down?

Do guild leaders stay in the guild they step down from if they do it for negative reasons and not just getting too busy in real life reasons? Have others felt this sense of dismemberment from the people?

I am too scared to message people, as I don’t know who are the ones who dislike me, I have had no one actually talk to me since Sunday, and so I am not sure what to do, i didn’t really speak on vents last night or in raid very much as I had no idea what to say. I am second guessing everything about me even being there, do people even give a crap if I am there or not? Would they prefer I wasn’t? Do they have me on mute on vents – which would explain why people sometimes never answer me?

Yeah, defiantely time to let it go. I won’t be posting about this again as there is now nothing to say, i will see how things go once everything has settled down. Maybe I am just being ultra paranoid – or maybe I am right on the money, either way a few weeks from now I will have a better idea…I hope.

behind the curtain..

So since I am no longer beholden to my guild in the sense of protecting their identities as their Guild leader, i am going to throw caution to the wind and I am going to update all my details so you can look up my toons and check me out πŸ™‚ hehehe

So I am in the process of updating my toon and personal pages with all the relevant details so you guys can crituque my crappy toons and tell me how much i suck πŸ™‚ LOL

Feel free to drop past and say hello if you see me running around πŸ™‚

We are the lucky ones

Last night before raid I was trolling a few blogs as I always do, and i noticed a theme, so many people are having trouble getting people to log on for raids because Cataclysm is coming….now I agree, it is coming – at some point, in the future, but as for when? Hell we have only just been thrown the beta opt in and from past experience, that will take at least a few months, let’s say ballpark 3….then add 2 months for the release date and actual launch etc.

So that is still a very long time to be not raiding or doing anything in game except standing around twiddling thumbs? I plan to cut raiding off once we have a confirmed release date AND after we have killed the Lich King a couple of times. I am pretty sure most of the guild would be ok with that, most of my guild though, want to see the Lich King Dead, so we are all pretty motivated to do that πŸ˜€

I have so much to do once an announcement has been made about release, I have to consider, once again what I want from the game, how to implement that with the guild and not lose people πŸ˜€ , I have to re-do the website – it is in need of a major overhaul, and the guild needs a major overhaul, and I need to toughen up as a guild leader if we stay together as a guild and move forward. The guild as it currently is, is almost in a state of perfection, yes we have shitty nights, and yes we grumble and grizzle, but we have the best group of players right now, better even than the players we had back in SSC/TK days….This group has the potential to do so much and move through content so quickly….everyone single person picks up strats so damn fast, we spend a couple of shots wiping, then you can tell when people understand the fight….I know we could be awesome…..however I digress….massive tangent there….

I would be heartbroken if we were like those other guilds struggling to get raids happening, yeah this week has been slow for us, but we have 5 people down, out of a 14 man raider base, shit happens really, and from next week everyone will be back on board anyway. We really are the lucky ones that we have found 13 other people who are just as motivated and enjoy raiding as much as each other.

I do love my guildies and I am so glad we have worked so hard to get this group to where it is. Hopefully being that we are coming into a new expansion with a great group, we won’t lose anyone and be behind the eightball. It is my fault really – every time new content comes out I move or change the guild and it sets us back, this time I am hoping everyone will stay together and we will be able to level quickly and get back into raiding really fast πŸ˜€

Nostalgia and my UI

So whilst doing the previous post about Azeroth, whilst trolling through my screenshots I noticed my UI has undergone so many changes!!Β  I thought I would link them here for memories πŸ˜€

Another image intensive post, but they are all behind a cut πŸ™‚ ( I just learnt how to do that this morning, so I am likely to use it a lot more now πŸ˜€ eheeh

Click Here for the piccies!!

Around and About

So, I though I should add to the buzz about Cata and add some screenies of areas in the game that may be getting overhauled and changed etc that I really adore, there aren’t all that many to be honest, I like lots of places but, as usual, when trying to remember exactly where, I tend to forget…the major problem with my plan was two things, I loved Dalaran and would have taken an entire roll of film on the pink bubble….but well, we all know what happened there, and a lot of my favorite places are actually in Outland and therefore not being altered that we know about πŸ˜€

So I trundled about and found some nice shots for you, well I hope they are nice, they could suck immensely πŸ˜€Β  I have had to place the thumbnails here, so click on them for the full versions.Β  I didn’t want to cut them down in size to fit the style of my blog as I think it would lose the beauty πŸ˜€

This is a very old screenshot I took many many moons ago, of me on top of a boat leaving Exodar….I love that we used to be able to climb the boats….hence why it is in this post….nostalgia coming out I know πŸ˜€


Stormwind!Β  My first character (still the one i plat as my main) 5 years later is still in awe when she walks into this city.Β  I love this screenie!Β  I really love it.


Exodar, yes I know not entirely valid as not likely to be mutated, but It is still one of the prettiest cities!


Boating into Auberdine always impresses me with the super long dock and the wonderful boats anchored….


A couple of statues that I adore whilst being in Ashenvale.Β  It just adds to the age.



Shrine of Aessina :Β  Gorgeous little secluded place.

Maestra’s post – I love this place…I don’t know why!


I can’t remember it’s name right now, but I love this swirly cortex of death!


The Shrine.Β  This was one of the most wonderful things I ever noticed in game, and was even more impressed when i read up about what it was for. Blizz never disappoint when it comes to adding memorials for those who loved the game.


Barrens Wildlife πŸ™‚Β  I had just come down from the shrine when these little guys ran straight up to me.Β  One of the things I hope they add more off in Cata πŸ˜€

If I get a chance I may do some more in the next few weeks….we’ll see how that goes!

New site I think

I am currently working on moving my blog to a new and sexy version hosted by me πŸ˜€

Have requested the web designing husband to create me a site that looks awesome, well in my head it looks awesome – it may not translate to anything so cool once done.

I am also going to be playing with the guild forums as well, am thinking of moving them across to the wordpress platform as well entirely as they have forum plugins which could be pretty cool. I do like the phpbb3 forum set up though and am not sure if the wordpress forum is as configurable, but I guess there is no harm in trying πŸ™‚ eheheh

I might spend some time next weekend on working on it and coming up with some ideas πŸ™‚ As it is I still have never really finished the guild website…I do feel bad about that occasionally, but I think there are only about 5 people that really use the forums, and yes they may be underrated but in future, if we want to expand as a guild having forums is a good way to go I think πŸ˜€

Had a thought about perhaps staying as a 10 man guild, but expanding how many teams we have. You know I was ready about a couple of guilds the other day, and there are so many out there that have different 10 man groups…at different times and raid days etc, I found it fascinating. It is like mini guilds within a big guild all working together and I thought that sounded awesome.

For example you could have a morning raid group, a weekend raid group and a midday group, but generally we will all cross paths etc, and it means you always have people online to do things with and you have a nice big pool of people for professions etc…

It would be difficult from a logistic perspective, but you just have as many raid leaders/officer type people as there are groups and go from there. It also means people can run with more than one toon -i could run my pally in the weekend team if they were short a tank etc….

Might be something to ponder πŸ˜€

magecraft.org gone bye bye, WTF?!?!?

So I went to log back onto magecraft.org,Β  now that I am playing again only to find the boards are shut down?

Anyone in the blogosphere know why or when or what happened?

I really like the forums for mages….I need a new place to haunt now… 😦

To reveal or not to reveal?

So I am tossing up posting my toons up here, well mainly my pally and my mage since they are my main toons really…and I am torn…

IN some ways it would be good for feedback etc, so people can comment on what I am stuffing up, and perhaps people who find this blog interesting (and not in my guild) can drop past and say hello etc….

but that very same scrutiny and interest is what keep sme not wanting to publish who I am….

So tell me good blog readers….do you want to know which toons are mine so you can offer constructive critiscm or cyber stalk?Β  LOL

FRAPS = LOL

So I have downloaded FRAPS as I want to start filming the guild boss kills πŸ™‚Β  However I am not sure I can handle the bad quality that comes with having to have the settings at the midrange level πŸ˜€

I set everything to the highest settings you could have and went into VOA and taped the same boss fight as per my last video – the only problem is….the video is now 1.92 Gb!!!Β  HAAHAHHAHAHAAHAHAHΒ  I really can’t explain how funny I find that!

So I may try to cut it down a little on my mac and post it in the next few days if I can manage to get synergy working on the computers again, for some reason I can’t get my mac to switch on….synergy is pissing me off to be honest πŸ™‚

Anyway here is a little snippet of my computer now, with some running around in Dalaran to just get the screen to do anything funny or weird…this was taken a few days ago now, but I just kept forgetting to post it up and show the comparison to this Β  http://wp.me/pM1hf-5tΒ Β  videoΒ  πŸ˜€

The history of guilds

I asked a friend of mine whose toon is the GM of the first guild we created to go and check out the date on it….turns out:

10th November 2007.

I was a little shocked as the people in that first guild are still with me even after 2 server moves and a crap load of drama over the years.

I am having a moment of nostalgia coming into another xpac with basically the same core group πŸ˜€

Another day another headache

So we have lost one guild member to the recent raid time issues, he has been with us since the days of Kara, and will be keeping a toon with us for chatting etc πŸ™‚

He basically apologised for being selfish…and was very amicable about it, however I am unsure why it has even come to this as we are keepingthe raid times in a suitable window…

Anyway we may yet lose another person to the same thing, 2 DPS in one night – I feel like Matticus at the moment πŸ™‚ heeheh

Onward and upward as I always say – let’s see how this pans out and what becomes of the broken hearted.

LOL

ok So I exaggerated a little bit in my previous post πŸ™‚ Β I was annoyed, what can I say πŸ™‚

Anyway it appears as though I am not entirely sure there is even an issue with the raid times…so much easier to get everyone talking on the forums πŸ™‚

Just waiting for a few more people to weigh in and then we will be leaving the raiding times – exactly as they are!!!?!?!?!?!?!??!!?

ROFLMAO!!!!

People – en masse – crack me up!!!

I am going to have to lay down the law I think and make a solid move to get the guild into a good position. No more Mrs Nice girl…..(LOL)

Thanks :)

To all my blog readers.. πŸ˜€

I hit 41 people last night, yes I know it is a small number compared to someone who is thanking for their 1000th readers etc, but well we all started somewhere πŸ˜€

My previous record was 28, which happened twice, so 41 is a big jump from that. Let’s just hope it keeps going up. I am sure once I am back in game and posting more regularaly again it will improve.

Thanks to reading and coming back (if you do come back that is!). I am excited that many people read this!