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My Dr Who Scenerio Based on Current Series

I did have a rant lined up for tonight but this jumped in my head so had to pounce on it. Please note this isn’t the proper storyline to the current series, it’s just my imagination.

What Do We Know?
River ends up in jail sometime but we don’t know why
Amy is pregnant
Amy can’t remember her parents
Somebody dies this series.

My Mindjob Idea

In the first episode of the 2011 series, the mysterious River Song reveals that the Doctor first made contact with her when she was a child. We also know that she fears the pursuit of the Timelord will eventually kill her.

Now suppose that the girl in the spacesuit is in fact River Song. She knows what is about to happen but is keeping quiet to maintain the timeline. What if in the end the child River kills the older River and Amy, but then breaks out of whatever is manipulating her, thanks to the Doctor. This doesn’t however save her from jail.

Amy like I said also dies, but not before she gives birth to a little girl. Whilst dying Amy drops the bombshell “She is me, when the age is right, you must take me back”. This could explain why Amy can’t remember her parents. Could herself and Rory actually be her parents? When the child is old enough the Tardis wipes her current memory, filling it with new memories and they send her back, just hours before the newly regenerated Doctor (from Tennant to Smith) crashes in her back garden, thus preserving the timeline.

This will more than likely NOT be the storyline, but hey! I had fun imagining it. Still doesn’t explain who the new strange beings are and why the Doctor marries River.. ah well.


Social Media + MMO’s = Trouble?

Last week I found myself caught in a very interesting debate about social media (Facebook, Twitter etc), and what lengths guilds should go to implement this form of communication into the guild guidelines.

Almost anyone with a Twitter account has done, you’ve played you’re favourite MMO (in my case World of Warcraft), just couldn’t beat that over-powered DK, or stop someone from stealing your mobs or reported a bug (turned out to be a gnome, but required removal all the same), you’ve hopped onto Twitter and vented your annoyance.

Recently I found myself in a situation on Twitter where a discussion about guilds implementing guidelines about social media should or should not happen. Some had the opinion that for the sake of the guild, the message should be controlled, others thought that they censored at work, there’s no way they should be censored at home, whilst others took the middle ground that censoring is no-go except in certain circumstances.

When I first joined into this debate, I was like “no chance in hell”, but after having a while to think about it, I do think that I’ve drifted into the middle ground. And here’s why. My opinion is their venting your frustrations at certain situations or at certain individuals is perfectly fine, as long as the message is kept vague. Let me give an example

Example 1

Ffs, that Guillin just came up and tagged the mob/stole the ore that he could clearly see I was going for.

Example 2

Jesus H. Christ, what is it withtoday. They are making an army full of male blood elves look masucline. Amateurs!

Now in both of these occasions, it’s the age-old “Name and Shame”. Whilst your complaints might be valid, the words might be true, never the less, by naming the culprits you are opening yourself to retaliation. In the case of a person, it could be abuse/griefing, in terms of a guild it could be a gkick. Critisize a member of your own guild and you could cause a rift, the atmosphere of the guild could be compromised, and rightly or wrongly the guild master could take the opinion that to prevent this it could be best to remove you from the guild.

Take at look at the following two examples, both about the same as what was said before but with slight differences.

Example 1.2

Ffs, I’ve just had my ore stolen again by the same person. I wish some people would show respect and not do that!

Example 2.2

Why is it so hard for some people in this game to show up on time, to be prepared and ready to go?

Now in my opinion both of these are perfectly fine. The venting and the frustration is still going on BUT there is no comment about who it is aimed at. People might have their suspicions but as there is no concrete proof, then I don’t they have room to manoeuvre. Regular Tweeter Lufitoom mentioned a few things recently, none of it named and shamed but certain people found offence and complained to her guild officers. I wont go into detail on that particular topic as the wonderful Oestrus made a very good post on her blog on April 13th about this topic. Her post is called “Follow“.

That situation raised a few opinions from me. Basically someone was tweeting but not naming, yet some people still took it upon themselves to complain to the guild officer. To this I have to say .. If you feel that you have to complain about a Tweet in which you weren’t named, then WHAT ARE YOU HIDING? In my eyes the person who complained obviously did something otherwise they wouldn’t have felt the right to complain. Thankfully I haven’t come across this yet, but if I did, what would I do? Especially if my guild master asked me to censor myself?

In all reality, my response would be

I’m going to carry on doing what I do. I keep my Tweets vague, don’t aim them at anyone and if people feel the need to complain then it’s obvious they have a guilty conscience. Also in future if anyone complains to you in future, tell them it’s a personal issue and send them direct to me.

I wouldn’t want the leaders of whichever guild I’m in to become distracted by stupid things like this. As I’m the one tweeting, then the officers should wash their hands of it, and pass it back to me. If they went to me “We don’t want you Tweet anymore”, my reply would be “In which case, cya”. I don’t however think that any guild would have this stance. Everyone realises now that Twitter more than anything is here to stay and if you stop someone from Tweeting on one account, they’ll just go and make another one.

There’s also the option of “protecting” your account. This would prevent people who aren’t on your follow list from seeing what you are tweeting. Again I wouldn’t do this. For me, I like that Twitter lets you view timelines of other people, and people can see mine. If you want to keep something quiet, that’s what Direct Messages are for.

So far my whole blog has been saying “no to censorship”, however I do believe there’s two occasions where you should censor yourself, and two in which I do think that guilds have every right to put into their guidelines.

1) Say you’re raiding, it’s a rough night and the raid team is getting nowhere fast, so you comment on Twitter.

Had a terrible raid night tonight. The raid team were absolutely hopeless #fail

This to me is not good and common sense should prevail here. Why isn’t it good? Well it could have a demoralizing effect on the team. You never know, all of a sudden a few people might not sign up for the next raid whilst others might flat-out refuse to raid with someone who puts down the team. A guild guideline that states “If the guild has a rough night in a raid then members should not openly criticize the raid team in social media. Instead please sit down and discuss what went wrong and act as a team”.

2) You’re raiding and alt-tabbing between Twitter and WoW.

@randomtweeter I’m having a good evening thanks how are you?

<Raid Leader on Vent> “Right we’re pulling”

<You alt-tab into game>

<You do you thing for a bit then die .. Alt-tab into Twitter>

@randomtweeter Good, i’m just playing a bit of WoW

“Why didn’t you accept the battleres?”

<You on Vent> “Sorry I didn’t get it!”

Social media could cause you to lose attention during raiding, and I also think that a policy of no Twitter during raiding could also being acceptable.

Whilst the above two I think have a place in a guild policy, I don’t believe the officers of any guild should try to dictate anything else in terms of what people say. That responsibility should be down to the person who is communicating the message themselves, and therefore any consequences are theirs. It’s about common sense.


Q to the Blog (Guild Edition)

In the first of the series, I ask a guild leader about their guild and their own experience inside the guild. Today I start with a guild close to home for me. Order of the Silver Dawn on Arathor EU.

Hello there, well it’s Easter Sunday but I’ve managed to drag, Atrius away from his easter dinner/chocolate or whatever strange being he was munching on. Atrius is the guild leader of Order of the Silver Dawn, a guild on the World of Warcraft Europe PvE server, Arathor.

Quick Introduction

1) What is your in game name?

Atrius

2) What class/spec do you play?

Priest, Discipline MS, Shadow OS


3) And how long have you been playing?

Since day one, played the beta before it came out properly, things have changed a lot since then.

About the Guild

1) How long has the guild been running for?

Wow, think it’s something like 5 yrs now, we try and do and fun event on the guilds birthday, last year we had a lvl 1 gnome race from Exodar to the Gurubashi Arena in STV…that was very amusing

2) What sort of guild is it?

We have always been a social guild, one where we place having fun with friends as our highest priority, over the past few years we have taken up raiding and a more serious aspect, but we try to retain our social side, however difficult this may be at times.

3) What is the guild’s current progression?

Well we have recently killed Cho’gall in BoT 10 man and are doing fairly well in most of the raids, well over half way through most.

4) What are the main challenges in keeping a guild like this operational?

The balance between social and raiding, as raiding requires a slightly different mindset so things tend to clash a bit, trying to progress through raids and keep members that want to progress whilst having fun and keeping the members that enjoy the social environment our guild offers, it’s hard, but definitely worth it!

5) What is your guilds greatest achievement?

I suppose that depends on who you ask, for me personally it’s either killing Keal’thas in TK or killing Yogg’Saron in Ulduar, both fights were very complex and required 100% from all those involved, these kills were instrumental in showing Arathor that the social/raiding guild could work.

6) As guild leader, what is the biggest decision you’ve ever had to make?

Luckily there’s not been many big memorable decisions that have all rested on 1 persons shoulders (another thing OSD has, 3 GM’s) and because of this most decisions have been group ones, setting up DKP, changing the DKP system, setting up guild guidelines etc.

7) Are there any decisions that were taken that you look back on and regret?

Not really, the only thing that is regrettable is that I am unable to give the guild as much attention as I did at the start due to the fact that I’ve left uni and started living in the real world he he and therefore have other things asking for my time, but that is where having more than one person in charge really shines as I know the guild is in good hands whilst I am away.

8) Is there anything you’d like to see Blizzard implement to help in managing a guild?

I think having more guild ranks would be beneficial but saying that I think that since Cataclysm has come out the updates to guild control have been very useful, so I’m fairly certain that it will only be a matter of time before everything you want will be included.

9) For other guild leaders what advice would you give for maintaining a guild like this?

Have an open mind, keep you cool, listen to all sides of the story and seek advice from people you trust even if they disagree with what you would do, as it is still a valid point. Try to please everyone, but know that this will never fully happen and accept it. Also give members that you trust more responsibility if they want it, as this will spread the ‘load’ and make running the guild easier, but make sure any major changes go through you, keep a structure in place and let everything else grow around it, it’s like a garden, you don’t have to rigidly oversee every single aspect of it all, just set boundaries, rules/guidelines and then sit back and watch it grow 😀

Thank you for your time Atrius.

This was the first in what I hope will be a series of these. If you are a guild leader from any MMO, and are interesting in answering these questions, please feel free to get in touch and we will see what we can get sorted!


The Democratic Nations SHOULD Support the Arab Revolutions

Most of the world have been transfixed by the unfolding events in the Arab world. Today I discuss why I think the Western world should support those who want fundamental freedoms

So since December 2010 North Africa and the Middle East have seen unprecedented protests. 2 dictators have already fell (Tunisia & Egypt), with 1 on the brink (Yemen), and one which has brought on the wrath of the international community (Libya, more on them later). The uprisings are still spreading across that part of the world. A world where the population used to be afraid of the state services, are now standing tall and saying “no, enough!” “We want freedoms, we want a say in our country!”

My opinion is that our governments in the west (I’m British), should support these revolutions regardless of whether or not the current dictator is a friend of the west or not. At the end of the day, the general population of any country should have a RIGHT to decide who leads their country, and should be ALLOWED to express their opinion whether or not that’s the opinion of their government or not.

I hear arguments saying “well if that happens then maybe someone will get elected who is anti-west”, and to that I say “So what?”. If that’s who that population votes in then that is who we have to deal with. It should be their choice who is in charge and not open to foreign influences (whether that is from the west, or closer to home). As long as the public has an option to vote them out of office 4-5 years later, and those elections are fair and free then we have absolutely no right to interfere. Obviously one of the big arguments is oil. If an anti-west government took over some of the major oil nations then there is a fear that they might rise the prices. Whilst this would be painful for us, you have to put it into context. To what price do you place freedom? To what price do you place Democracy? For people to choose the direction their country heads, and to make amends if the previous decision didn’t work out (voting out a government).

Libya
I have followed the revolutions closely since the Jan 28th (knew about the Tunisia uprising but was only on this day when i started to very closely watch the situation in the Arab world. I would just like to make a few things known about the situation in Libya.

Didn’t Start As An Armed Revolution
One Tweet I saw a few days ago said “Gaddafi has a right to use military might during this. It’s an armed rebellion.” The revolution in Libya started with purely peaceful protests. Tobruk, Benghazi and others peacefully marched, and chanted. Gaddafi than responding by not just using the state police (like in Egypt), but using the full might of the army in all three formats (land, air and sea), to bombard these protests. These were peaceful protests that were being shot and bombed BY THEIR OWN LEADER. Of course they armed themselves, it was either be armed and have a chance of living, or stay 100% peaceful and be slaughtered.

The airstrikes are needless Western aggression
This is also a load of rubbish in my opinion. In the face of thousands of civilians being killed, cities who have had their phone lines, internet, water and electricity cut, the international community had a moral obligation to respond. Benghazi was probably 24/48 hours away from being destroyed, a city with a population of 700,000 would’ve lost at least half the population. It wouldn’t have been through fleeing, it would’ve been through a massacre. We had no choice but go in and defend these people.

I’ve seen some people in the US, even senators say that they shouldn’t get involved as the US has no interest in Libya. Er … so just because there’s nothing to financially gain from the situation does not mean you shouldn’t get involved. I don’t understand how some people/nations (looking at you Germany), can just stand idly by and say “you know what, it’s not affecting us so why should i/we care?”

At the end of the day whether it is here in the UK, in the US, Australia, France, Egypt, Libya or Syria. Every human deserves their say. Every human deserves their rights to freedom, to be able to decide who leads them, without the fear of being tortured, kidnapped or killed. In these situations, financial interests and political interests shouldn’t matter, what should matter is the basic human interest.


Round the Blogosphere in 7 days

Today is the first of what will become a weekly post, where I bring a round up of blogs from the MMO world. This week it’ll be just from World of Warcraft, but if you have a blog from any MMO then please let me know so I can add it in the future.

Dwarven Battle Medic – Day Fifteen: Art, Inspiration and a Desktop BackgroundFannon continues his 20 questions in 20 days series.

Girls Gone WoW – Day 9 – Which race/class combination are you most like in RL?Lumineus , well the title speaks for itself on this one.

Live Like A Nerd – A Game of PuppiesKadomi writes about the new “Game of Thrones” TV show that has just started in the United States.

Muradin Musings – Janyaa … Shadowraven?Janyaa discusses her good fortune in finding a new guild.

The Stories Of O – L2Holy: GlyphsOestrus writes about the glyphs that are available for holy priests  and when they are best suited to be used

World of Matticus – Matticast Episode 15Matticus and co, use this podcast to discuss “Combat Logs, Healing Meters, and Throwing In The Towel”


The History of Guillin – The Finale

Guillin has travelled from a complete nooblet at the start to someone who has thrown fireballs … okay arcane blasts into the face of Illidan. Now he travels to the frozen lands of Northrend.

The Lich King

With joining Virtus Mortis I had once again stepped into the unknown. Whilst I did a little bit of research into what is what, I obviously didn’t know the mentality of the players or officer. I had played with a few of them from time to time, but only in the briefest of periods, but here at the beginning of Wrath, I had joined them and for the moment there was no turning back.

Having learnt from levelling through Outland, I switched Guillin back to a frost spec whilst I levelled from 70-80. The first thing that was easily noticeable was that quests that required 2 or 3 people could easily be solo’d. This was the first sign of how things were going to be this expansion. I soon got to level 80, switched to the new Frostfire build and started the heroics. “Heroics”, such a loose term in Wrath. Even back in the day when you didn’t have much gear, you could still get through a dungeon without even struggling. Very shortly the assault of Naxxramas 2.0 and Obsidian Sanctum commenced. Sartharion 10 was our first target and he went down pretty quickly.

After the death of Sartharion the focus shifted to Naxxramas. Also to note, after Vesper I had sworn to myself that I wouldn’t become an officer again, but yet again, I found myself promoted. Having ran Naxx a few times during TBC it was decided that I should be the raid leader for it. Due to the number of people we had in this guild we had to stick to Naxx 10 most of the time, with only the 25 man raid appearing once a week, if lucky.

I always remember the most unbelievable of arguments I had with a warrior one week. He had decided to mouth off at the guild both in an application to another guild and in guild chat. When I asked him why the bad attitude, his response was that he thought it was rubbish (not his wording), how I pick the same 10 people everyday and that I should rotate. To this I pointed out to him that in the previous 3 nights, I had used 28 different players, not users with alts, but individual players. He had no reply to this and left the guild.

Clearing Naxxramas wasn’t too much of a problem and shortly before the release of Ulduar, I decided it was time to take a break. I had announced this and logged off. My break last a month, in such time I got hooked on Civilization IV (on Civ games, how much of my life have I wasted on you!). After the month I logged back onto the game and started playing again. The new raid leader informed me that she had established raid groups so I’ll struggle to get a raid for the time being. I thought “well that is fair enough, I’m the one who went AWOL” and I watched from the sidelines as the first team progressed through Ulduar, quite happy with the decision I made and the fact that I thought I had handed over the Raid Leadership to someone who wasn’t afraid of the responsibility.

The guild seemed quite happy, quite content. There was the usual people who want to cause drama. It was mainly those who wanted to raid purely for the epics who kicked up the most fuss whenever they didn’t get selected, but on the whole the guild had quite a nice atmosphere. The era of Ulduar came and went and then ToC appeared. In my opinion this was the most unimaginative raid instance ever devised by Blizzard. It consisted of two rooms, with a recycled boss at the end. He might have had new talents, new abilities, but it was still the same boss in name. With ToC came this expansion edition of Guild drama.

The guild leader who was become increasingly absent, only appearing once a week at best, once a month at worst, decided to change the structure of the guild and invite/promote some people. This created a huge rift and a group of officer had a massive row with the guild leader. A one night thing I thought, wrong. The next night both sides went at it again, and the next night they went at it again. Tired of drama in wow, I told them I had enough of them fighting like children and I left.

So yet again I found myself guildless, and AFK’ing on Orgrimmar bank, my interest in wow waning, when the guild master of Clarity (a 25 man raiding guild) approached me with an officer to join them. I agreed and proceeded to progress through the ToC and then the first 4 bosses in Icecrown Citadel. Despite this, I wasn’t that interested. The game wasn’t grabbing me, my character wasn’t grabbing me like it normally word, so I decided to do something drastic.

I hit the World of Warcraft Europe recruitment forum and was looking through when I spotted a post from a guild on Arathor EU. They described themselves as a social-raiding guild that had been around since 2005 on the alliance side. Now this attracted me for two reasons. 1) They were on alliance side, and after 5 years of WoW I thought a change in faction might be what i needed and 2) They were a social-raiding guild that had managed to have survived for 5 years. This suggested to me that the guild was stable so I took a chance. I went onto their forum and applied.

A few hours later I got a reply saying that they would like me in the guild but not as a raider as they are overpopulated with mages. I told them that would be fine and I was accepted. That night I transferred Guillin to Arathor and faction changed him to Alliance. When I logged onto the server for the first time the first thing that hit me was just how populated the server was compared to my old home of Darkspear. I whispered one of the officer and joined Order of the Silver Dawn. I was again amazed at the population. I went from a guild that had between 5-20 people online at peak time to a guild that had 40-50 people online. I thought as a social member this guild has a population to actually make that rank work. Later that night I got a whisper asking if i would help them our with their attempts to kill the Lich King. I agreed and was summoned to ICC. Having only done the first 4 bosses in ICC and not expecting to raid I wasn’t prepared, but the officers calmly explained the tactics and we set about fighting him. Half way through the raid I was promoted to “Raid Member”. I whispered the officer who promoted me asking him what happened. His reply was “we can see your dps, we can see you can move. It would be stupid for us to have you sitting as a social rank”.

Recommend all Warcraft fans to read.

We finally killed Arthas, huge cheers went up in Vent when he killed us all at 10% health, knowing that we were going to be mass resurrected by King Menethil and finish the job. The loot was all melee rubbish, but never the less, the Lich King was dead. This to me was kinda sad. Arthas is one of those “likable” enemies. And if you’ve read Arthas: Rise of the Lich King you will probably feel slightly sorry for him.

From there on in my interest in World of Warcraft shot through the roof. Achievements, battleground, heroics, raiding, everything was interesting again, everything was fun. The auction house was lively so was able to always sell stuff on there. It was great. Well .. until Cataclysm hit.

This is the last of the History of Guillin posts. The comment about “until Cataclysm hit” is well documented in a previous blog of mine … “The Great Cataclysm Disconnection“. I still play World of Warcraft but not to the extent I once did, and while still being a raiding member rank in Order of the Silver Dawn, I no longer feel the urge to raid as for me, I do believe that Blizzard got most things wrong then right. Thank you for reading the History of Guillin.


The History of Guillin – Part V

In yesterday’s post we looked at how Guillin levelled up in Outland, before joined a guild and after huge difficulties over came Karazhan. Tonight we look at the time when 25 man raiding became the priority.

Finding myself guildless after the disbantion (is that even a word? I’m using it anyway!), I wondered what would happen next. I was intent on getting to the next level of raiding but with what I perceived to be my best vehicle now gone I did wonder what would happen next. That night I travelled up to Blade’s Edge to do some Ogri’la dailies when I got a whisper off the GM at a guild called Vesper. He explained to me how they are ready to hit Gruul’s Lair and then move on to the bigger raids. I was interested, but the one doubt I had in my mind was their raids time. Being in the UK you’ll be surprised how tricky it can be to find a guild sometimes. Most guilds I see, like raiding from 19:00-23:00 server time, which is 18:00-22:00 to me. Now those times may sound perfect but considering i work 08:00-17:00, and then don’t get home until around 17:45 I’d rather not have to get home, turn on pc, and raid before doing anything else. Anyway, once again I digress. I was told that their raiding time is 22:00-02:00 server time. Whilst this seemed a bit late to me, i thought “why not, let’s give them ago”, so I joined Vesper.

The first thing I noticed was how populated the guild was. It wasn’t overly populated but seemed to have the right number of people to launch an assault on the 25 man content. I was thrown in the deep end with Gruul, not knowing exactly what I was doing I was assigned as the mage tank for the first boss fight. After a bumpy few tries, we finally got them down and Gruul fell pretty quickly and a few nights later Magtheridon followed (as soon as people remembered to click the boxes).

After about two weeks of this it was decided to go and take on SSC and TK. For those who raiding the Tier 5 content in TBC, you’ll remember that for the first boss in TK all you needed to remember to do was to, well, basically, turn up. He fell quickly, Solarion took us a few nights, but soon followed. Al’ar took us a week to kill but we managed it (was a pretty reluctant boss fight, as well, the boss is so pretty!). At 3/4 in TK we turned our attention to SSC, it was a fairly smooth path, within a month we had ourselves at 5/6 with only Vashj remaining.

Lady Vashj

Vashj … Just that name, brings back memories of incredibly long nights, wipe after wipe, over boiling frustrations and “extended breaks” during raids.All in all, it took us 2 months to kill her. We’d clear the other 5 bosses in one night then spend the next 4 raid nights banging our head against the walls in her lair. Nothing seemed to work. The strategy we tried was to create a chain of players from the steps to the towers that needed turning off with the orb. It didn’t work, you could guarantee someone would get smacked, and of course, when part of the plan goes down, some people just can’t “think on their feet”. It was then when I said “let’s just have one person at the tower that’s going to be turned off. Someone call where the orb is and I’ll get to the tower that will be needed”. After some deliberation, the officers agreed and we went ahead with it and that night for the first time we had reached the final phase, a few days later and Lady Vashj was dead. All in all I think it took us about 10 weeks to kill her. It’s the sort of time period a lot of people wouldn’t have the patience for anymore, and to be honest, I don’t think I would have the patience for it either now.

Kael’thas Sunstrider

Kael’thas. Now Kael’thas, this was one of those occasions where I hated being at work. With Kael’thas we spent a month on him, slowly getting him down further and further, when one night we got him to 15% we thought “tonight will be the night!” but I didn’t see it. And why didn’t I see it? The official line was that I got disconnected, couldn’t log back on and therefore missed the fight where he died. The real line? Well you see, when you’re tired you tend to close you eyes and … Yeah, I fell asleep. Was so annoyed with myself. One of the players knew, and had a good laugh about it. Even to this day she makes sure to remind me every so often. But that little incident was merely a setback (I had to get that in somewhere!)

Actually doing our month of Kael’thas attempts, two very important things happened. The first thing was that I was promoted to officer in the guild, the second thing was that Blizzard had just removed the attunement to the Tier 6 content. As you can imagine, quite a few of the players didn’t want to keep wiping on Kael’thas when they could get easy epics off Najentus. This sparked a series of heated debates both in Officer chat and Guild chat. I took the position that we shouldn’t skip content. That we should finish off the Tier 5 bosses before we went to the next tier. Thankfully, the guild took the decision to go with that opinion. At the end of it, in hindsight, everyone was happy we did because after killing Kael, there was a massive sense of achievement in the guild.

So we took on BT and MH and I must admit, I was utterly surprised with how easy these two raids seemed to be when compared to the previous one. Even Archimonde and Illidan didn’t seem as tricky compared to Lady Vashj and Kael’thas. After a few weeks running Mount Hyjal thought I started to get bored. As a mage, trash pulls consisted of aoe, aoe, oh and did I mention aoe? The most exciting part of that raid was seeing who would get to the epic mining nodes first, not for the gems as they had to go in the guild bank, but for the grey items, which at the time gave you silly amounts of money for a grey item. Black Temple on the other hand I throughly enjoyed. I thought the look and character of the place was superb and bosses seemed unique.

Before I mention the defining moment in our Tier 6 raiding I feel i must mention that also Zul’aman appeared around this time, and thus the famous timed runs. To which I managed to snag myself the Armani War Bear (I know Blizzard are ripping off the Armani War Bear in 4.1 but it’s still a nice accomplishment). That mount I tend to use more than most mounts as it’s fairly unique in comparison …

Anyway! The most defining moment in Vesper’s tier 6 raiding, was what now appears to be the first glimpses of the so-called “Wrath” mentality in players. A number of raiders decided they didn’t want to raid anymore as it wasn’t guaranteed that bosses would die that night. So after a mini reshuffle and recruitment, weeding out those who didn’t have the commitment for progression fights we carried on and managed to get through, killing Illidan.

I never got the chance to experience Sunwell Plateau. Wrath of the Lich King was fast approaching and even with the heavy nerfs to bosses that appeared pre-wrath, Vesper wasn’t in the mood for it. And those that attempted to pug wouldn’t take me, due to the fact I was a mage, and despite the “Sunwelling of Mages” being over, the opinion still held firm with some. I’ve been back there at level 80, and it looked an amazing place, and I wish I could have experienced it at level 70.

It seems like I end these posts exactly the same way, but a change in work hours meant that I was no longer able to raid at the late times that Vesper had to offer so I took the extremely hard decision to leave the guild. Having identified a new guild (Virtus Mortis) I joined them as Wrath of the Lich King launched.

I’d like to finish tonight’s post by talking about the specs used during the Burning Crusade. For I went through so many respecs it was unbelievable (I think my counter is currently standing at 5-6k spent on respecs). I start TBC raiding as a Fire Mage, but after seeing my guild master in Hysteria, thrash me as Frost I switched. I then switched to Arcane and then back to Fire. Once I got two pieces of T5 there was only one winner. For the rest of that expansion I was Arcane.

TBC for me, will never be beat in terms of fun and overall experience in World of Warcraft. Wrath of the Lich King brought on a new mentality, the usual guild drama, and eventually a faction and realm transfer for Guillin.