rugame for 2011

rugame is back in 2011 with a series of exciting talks about libraries, education and games.

The year starts with your stories. How are you using games at your library? This will be a quick information sharing session. Then we move into a reading discussion, inspired by the new worgan toons and the summer reading theme in Australia which is Scare up a good book #suagb. You don’t have to be in Australia to benefit from this discussion. Just read a scary book and come along ready to discuss it.

This is a great opportunity to bring ideas along and have people help you develop them further. You might even find someone to collaborate with on your ideas.

Your toon will need to join the guild as well – so whisper Franticread (who will be online an hour before the scheduled start of the discussion).

The talks will tale place 9.00am Australian Eastern Daylight Time.  Note: for North American participants this talk will take place 12 January in the afternoon or evening – 2.00pm Pacific time

The talks are held in the Ironforge Library, Saurfang realm of World of Warcraft.

Please contact me on ellenforsyth@gmail.com with any questions you have about how to do this.

There is information about talks later in the year and transcripts of previous talks.  I hope you can come along and join in the discussion.

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.

Using WoW for professional development

You are invited to participate in a series of occasional talks which have started in the Saurfang realm.  Each month a different speaker will talk, using IM, about games and libraries.  The first speaker in this series was Shawn McCann, Digital Projects Librarian at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  A full transcript of this talk can be seen here.

To participate in the talks you just need to have an Alliance toon in Saurfang.  Guild chat is used for the talks, so you need to join the Where is the library guild.  This can be done just before the talks take place by whispering to Franticread for an invite.

The next speaker in the series is Craig Anderson. For more information about upcoming talks, including times see the Games and libraries wiki.

These talks follow on from a seminar which was held in WoW earlier this year and featured Liz Danforth, Scott Nicholson, Adam Beck and Peggy Sheehy as presenters.  You can see a transcript of the seminar here Liz Danforth has written a blog post about this for Games, gamer & gaming.

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.