I’m still here!
Sorry for the lack of posts, I’ve been a little busy lately plus I haven’t played WoW in almost 2 weeks so I haven’t had much to write about. Except of course, my guild meetup.
The meetup went so well. We had 16 people, many of whom had never met before all staying together in a lodge out in the middle of nowhere for 3 days. It could have been a recipe for disaster (a couple of our guildies drew comparisons to the house from Evil Dead after the 2.5 mile drive through the forest to get there), but everyone got along really well and we had a lot of fun. We played a whole bunch of board games, Rock Band, played with the horses on the property, had a campfire, imbibed a drink or two and generally just hung out and had a good time. It was worth the 30 hours spent in the car getting there and back.
Some things I learned on the trip:
- There are a lot of corn fields between Ontario and Missouri
So much corn
- Strawberry Cheesecake pancakes from IHOP are delicious
- American iced tea kicks Canadian iced tea’s ass (as long as it’s sweet tea)
- The liquor store we stocked up at sold guns! That was different.
- Drinking too much leads to drunken nighttime kayaking (not by me though)
- I ate grits for the first time. They were good.
- Sitting on a porch with a view, reading a good book and drinking and a cup of coffee is one of the best things in the world
My morning ritual - I wish I had a porch like this at home
- I suck at chess
- I’m very adept at making sangria. I’m even more adept at drinking it.
- The quiet ones make the best werewolves
- Cranium is a great game but takes forever when someone goes AFK (AFT?) every 5 minutes
- Lining up for a group photo is just as difficult as lining up for a kill pic. And camera timers are hard!
We’ve already started talking about next year’s meet. Hopefully we can go for longer this time.
Arm of Hades!
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.
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?”