Congratulations to our first 85s

I am happy to announce that Xerac, Matoaka, and your humble correspondent have all braved the trials and tribulations of the long journey from level 80 to 85. Speaking only for myself, it was a bit more difficult than I anticipated initially but all in all I am happy to have that behind me. And looking forward to getting more characters through very soon.

Life in a Raiding Guild

Last week was our first attempt at Wrath-style rading. We ventured into Naxxrammus to deal with Patchwerk and with the able assistance of some great substitues, made it through the first five bosses of Icecrown Citadel.

This week, the raid quest was XT-002 which meant for many of us our first trip to Ulduar. We initially brought someone in, but when they left, were able to put together our first-ever 10-man guild group. Participating were Xerac, Buckram, Melvyl, Naco, Kidra, Kardexia, Smarty, Qyandri, Librarette, and Allora. We were successful with Flame Leviathan, Razorscale, XT-002, and gave Ignius a bit of  a workout. That is a very interesting fight.

Conquering Karazhan

Our recent Blackwing Lair experience was very successful so we are making a move up to Burning Crusade and the legendary home of the mad sorcerer, Medhiv. We are going to Karazhan.  Come join us as we work our way through one of the most colorful and fantastic instances in WoW and face off with the evil
Prince Malchezaar.

Anyone with a character 70 or above who can be on at 1:00 pm server time (4:00 pm Eastern) is welcome.

Epilogue: We didn’t have a massive turnout but as it turns out, 5-6 pretty well-geared 80s can do a lot of damage in Kara. The Chess Game was actually the trickiest part, but we got through that and punched the Prince in the face.

Scavenger Hunt in World of Warcraft

This event is being planned for September 18th at 2:00 pm EST (11 am server time).

There is a currently a Facebook event page and a Google Wave for discussion. Everyone who would like is encouraged to participate.

Realm: Aerie Peak

Server Time (Pacific): 11 a.m.

To begin, we will have six categories –

1. Horde: Level 1-30
2. Horde: Level 31-60
3. Horde: Level 61-80

4. Alliance: Level 1-30
5. Alliance: Level 31-60
6. Alliance: Level 61-80

Each category needs one designated leader that will not be a part of the hunt. The leaders will serve as a guide to the groups and judge for winner of this scavenger hunt.

Each category will be divided into groups of 3-10, depending on level of interest.

Originally, we were going to have everyone meet in Shattrath City. To simplify things, our meeting places will be based on your category. See below:

1. Horde: Level 1-30 meet near Mebok Mizzyrix in Ratchet. The leader of this category will be nearby.
2. Horde: Level 31-60 find Michael Garrett in the Undercity. Again, the leader will be nearby.
3. Horde: Level 61-80 meet near Vahgruk in the Burning Steppes, and the leader will be around.

4. Alliance: Level 1-30 find Marshal Dughan in Goldshire and wait. The leader of this category will be around.
5. Alliance: Level 31-60 meet near Daelyshia in Ashenvale. The leader will be nearby.
6. Alliance: Level 61-80 find Halu in Orebor Harborage. The leader will be close.

Category leaders are the only participants that can receive a list of items in advance. We do not want participants prematurely hunting. So, a list of items will be given on the day of the hunt with a time limit to acquire those items. Groups will return to the same location when the time limit has been reached.

Every item does not need to be found. Items can be found in any of the areas related to the groups level, and will vary in point value according to ease of obtainment.

For example:
*[light feather], can easily be farmed from a number of creatures in Terokkar Forest, would be worth 1 point;
*[feathered sash], can only be farmed from one creature in the Terokkar Forest, would be worth 10 points.
*[tiny green ragdoll], one item will be hidden in the forest, a group member will take a screen shot of item to be submitted at the of the hunt, would be worth 15 points.

When the time is up, all participants must be in the predetermined location to hand in the items for their team. Points will be divvied up per team. Prizes TBA.

Account Security

In the wake of our recent troubles due to one of our members having a hacked account, Roszmairta has put together a list of resources for all of us to review.

Battle.net Account Security

Blizzard  on account security

What should I do if my account has been compromised?

Computer Security Recommendations

Of course, I really think your best bet is to get an authenticator. They are available as hardware, or software versions for your iPhone/iPod Touch, Android, and other platforms. Plus you get a really cool Corehound Pup.

Computer in Libraries 2010

Our illustrious Guild Leader Librarette aka Libraryman aka Michael Porter participated in a presentation at Computers in Libraries this week. Joined by Bob Beck and David Lisa, the presentation was entitled Bridging Community Research, Skill-Building, & Entertainment with World of Warcraft & Libraries. They discussed a bit about WoW, about how to implement the game in a library setting, and even something about our very own guild. You can read a full report over at 8bitlibrary.com.

And to anyone who attended the presentation and is now interested in joining with us, you are most welcome. We have gained a number of new members over the past few months and while we aren’t quite up to scheduling events yet, we have had several great opportunities to put together adhoc groups.

Hallows End: The Masquerade

Trying desperately to get The Masquerade complete? Or just looking forward to another chance to hang out with the guild. Either way, we will be having a Guild Event Saturday, october 24th, at 8:00 AM Realm Time. Just be logged in and have any of your wands handy and we will decided where to meet. We may do some trick or treating after.

Extra Life The Marathon

Recalled and Roszmairta did their marathon sessions on Saturday, assisted in part by Questionr and myself. They got to see the wonderful sights of Hellfire Ramparts, Blood Furnace, Scholomance, and a full clear of Stratholme (alas, No Baron Mount). Everyone seems to have a good time and a fair bit of money was raised. Hopefully, next year, we can make it an even bigger and better experience.

Extra Life 2009

Extra Life: Play Games, Heal Kids
Extra Life: Play Games, Heal Kids

Extra Life is a 24-hour gaming marathon to fund pediatric cancer research and treatment. Extra Life 2009 will take place on Saturday, October 17th, 2009 as gamers from all corners of the globe come together for a 24-hour video game marathon raising money to strike a blow against pediatric cancer. Last year, their first year, Extra Life raised more than $120,000 and was put together in just a couple of months. This year, they are starting early and throwing open the doors of Extra Life to anyone who wants to have fun while making a difference.

To get started, visit our team page.

You can also visit these blog posts by guild members.

Recalled (aka Liz Danforth) – Raising funds for the Texas Children’s Hospital

Roszmairta – Guild raising funds to fight cancer in children

We would welcome anyone who wanted to participate by coming to Aerie Peak and playing for the day.