It’s been a while since I did an update post and a lot has been going on. My Horde guild has had a miraculous turnaround. After recruiting some great new players we are now filling raids (we even have a bench!), and making progress. Last week we got our second Halion kill, completed three ICC hard modes thanks to a Kingslayer that joined us and got our first Sindragosa kill. Unfortunately, I missed the Sindy and Halion kills (the downside to having a bench), but I’m very excited that they happened.
We’ve also had a number of local people join the guild after our first local meetup. I was a little wary of meeting strangers, but everyone was super-friendly and we’ll hopefully make it a monthly occurrence.
In other meet-up news, Arm of Hades is having our first international guild meet! We’ve rented a cabin outside of St. Louis for the long weekend. I’m excited to finally meet some of the people I’ve been playing with for the last 2 and a half years. I’m sure I’ll write some more about this later.
Over on the Alliance side, things are slowing down.
We don’t always manage to scrape together 25 people for raids and our progress has stalled. We killed our last hard mode (Lady Deathwhisper) 6 weeks ago and since then we’ve spent maybe 3 hours on heroic Sindragosa and 1 hour on heroic Putricide. I don’t expect to be able to kill them anytime soon at that rate. It seems to be really difficult to recruit on our server, it’s huge and it is very competitive. Our 9/12 hard mode progression puts us at #17 in terms of server progression which I’m sure isn’t a big draw. On most other servers we’d be in the top 10, but there are just so many other raiding guilds to compete with. Hopefully things will turn around a bit or maybe we’ll take a break from raiding until the expansion.
I’ve been entertaining myself with non-WoW things a lot lately. Reading a lot of books, watching DVDs, playing on Xbox. I’m currently reading Feed, which I first heard about from Professor Beej, and I’m playing Lost Odyssey. I’m thinking of starting up a second blog to talk about books and movies. I just joined Goodreads and I’ve been having fun inputting and rating all the books I’ve read over the last 10 years. The site seems like a much better way to keep track of what I’ve read than the crumpled notebook I’ve been using.
Hopefully I’ll be able to pull myself away from Goodreads long enough to put up a couple more Healing ICC posts this week.
Play WoW? Live in the GTA? Like beer?
As you may (or may not) know, my Horde guild, Arm of Hades on the Vek’nilash server, was created by a group of RL friends from the Toronto, Ontario area. The guild has grown over the past 3 years to include people from all over Canada and the US, but we’re always on the lookout for more local players. We get together monthly for pints and WoW talk. If you’re from the area and looking for a guild, or just interested in meeting some local WoW players, take a look at our Meetup.com page.
My first response to a Shared Topic at Blog Azeroth, yay! It’s a week late, boo! Last week, Oath at Dressed to Cuddle wanted to hear stories about overhearing WoW conversation in real life. This is the first shared topic I’ve seen that really jumped out at me, because I’ve had an excellent experience of this sort.
My story actually starts with a conversation my fiance overheard. He was at a work gathering at a local pub, when he heard a group of people at the next table mention Karazhan. My fiance, being rather outgoing (and fueled by a fair amount of booze), went over to talk to them. Turns out, they were all part of a guild and were having their monthly officer meeting. My fiance joined their conversation for a while and mentioned that I played WoW as well. They told him to invite me over to the pub to join them. I, being the opposite of outgoing, and not being fueled by any alcohol, said no. But eventually, as I sat at home (playing WoW) my desire to geek-out with some fellow players overcame my shyness and I drove over. I ended up meeting a great group of people. The idea of a group of local friends running a guild together and being able to physically meet every month to talk about the game amazed me. I ended up talking with them for a few hours, trading stories and boss strategies. About a month later, my fiance and I rolled new toons on their server. We’ve been part of the guild for a little over two years now.
I’ve got one more eavesdropping story, except this time, I was one of the people being overheard. I was at one of the monthly officer pub nights. We had an officer who was quite excitable and had a tendency to get very loud when when people didn’t agree with his point of view. After one particularly loud, curse-laden outburst, and older woman from a nearby table came over to us. Everyone immediately started apologizing for our volume and language, but she shrugged it off. She only had one question to ask:
“What the fuck is ZA?”