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The Seventeen Chapel

the-creation-of-adam-detail-of-gods-and-adams-hands-from-the-sistine-ceiling-giclee-print-c12973858Hence forth, Naxx shall be known as the Seventeen Chapel.

The setting: Starting pulls in Naxx-25 Spider wing. Tank pulled a group of big green spiders.. and then the melees butt-pulled a group of little spiders.
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TRIUMPH!

Last night for the first second time since Wrath was release West Kingdom fielded a (almost) full guildie raid group and took down 25-man content. We did H-VoA and had to pug 3 spots. Then we dropped those puggers and got guildies and ex-guildies to fill those last three positions.

Last time we did this we had to pug in 6 spots. So we’re very very close to doing it on our own.
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Guild First: Noth and Heigan

I’ve been lax about reporting guild firsts. Mostly because I keep getting this feeling that my guild is “behind the curve”. Oh well. We’re making progress and we’re getting better. This week we killed Patchwerk, cleared spider wing and for the first time, we cleared the military wing. Horray for downing the four horseman for the first time in-guild.

Last night we started the night by making many many attempts on Grobbulus. On the very last attempt we had him at 5% when we wiped. I’m certain we’ll get past that fight soon.

After the “last attempt” at Grobbulus we went over and started on the Plague Quarter. Last time we tried this wing we couldn’t make it past the first set of two stoneskin gargoyles. Last night, not only did we make it past but we downed Noth and Heigan. We made several attempts on Lotheb but in the end the best we did was getting him to 16% before people had to go.
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HEAL ME!

I think West Kingdom is facing a healing shortage. I’m not panicked about it.. I’m sure we’ll get through it.. but I’m concerned. Times are tough all over.

Our main Holy Priest pulled her main out of the guild to go raid with more hardcore guild.
Our only Resto Shaman has instead leveled a Warrior tank.
One of our priest is leveling a Boomkin. I don’t know if she plans to stay boomkin.
Another Holy Priest is leveling her warlock (which could partially be my fault).
On of our Resto Druids finally took this opportunity to go back to playing his Mage main.
Another Resto Druid is leveling a Death Knight.

A long while back I changed my Warlock to be my main and stopped focusing on my Holy Paladin. The Paladin is still there but I’m still feeling kind of kicked in the kidneys when I play her.. so she’s still stuck at 70.

Thank god for Persephany (Holy priest) and Leadpally(Holy Paladin). If it wasn’t for them we’d be totally healerless.
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Asshattery, Beaurocracy and Cheesedickery: The ABCs of Guilds

We started off simply. In the beginning the only guild rule was “No Drama”. It was simple. Anything that happened in the guild.. you could look at it and say “does this cause drama?” If the answer was yes.. the don’t do it.

Then we grew. We got more people into the [...]

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Drama Llama is hungry

Drama LlamaThe drama llama still has no power over me.. but unrelated to the previous potential source of drama (Holierthanthou not getting loot) a new and special form of drama reared it head.. and then was .. headded-off.

Three members were unhappy and left the guild. We (the guild and Grand Council) had -no- idea they were unhappy until they left. We (mostly the guild master) continued to talk with them after they left.. and the very next day they rejoined the guild. We (the guild and the Grand Council) are now aware of some issues we weren’t aware of and we’re trying to make changes to prevent this from happening again.

Losing good players from your guild for asinine reasons is .. Asinine.
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Evolution of a loot system

Pot of GoldLet’s just start out by saying there is no “one-true loot system”. All loot systems are flawed to some extent. I’m using this post to map out the evolution of our loot system.. not to suggest that everyone should use it.

The Constraint

We started.. and try to remain dedicated to the ideals of chivalry and honor.
We will -never- use DKP of any form. The GM is opposed to it.
In all cases we want to be fair and distibute loot as evenly as possible.
We would rather give loot to -someone- who will use it than shard the loot.

Everytime we try to address a failing in the loot system.. our rules become more complex.
We really -want- a simple loot system. Unfortunately “simple” doesn’t feel as “fair.”

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Your drama has no power over me

Drama Llama

Last night we .. didn’t have drama. We had the potential for drama.. but it just kind of .. didn’t become drama.

How it happened: Two months ago a holy paladin, who we’ll call “Holierthanthou,” was recruited into the guild. He played with us for 2-3 weeks.. but then disappeared for about 1.5 months. Last week he showed up again.

Two days ago we had an all-guild meeting to discuss the loot rules. The current rules boil down to one-purple per raid night with priority given to Mains over Alts. I actually don’t know if “Holierthanthou” was present at the meeting.. but he was invited and encouraged to attend. The guild was told that after the meeting the guild’s decision would be binding. After a long discussion and a vote the guild decided to leave the rules as they are.

Yesterday we went into TK. We downed Al’ar and the big flamey bird dropped a melee leather piece. We called for rolls from Mains.. then from Alts.. then offered it up for off-spec. “Holierthanthou” rolled on it and picked it up for his “retribution” set. The next piece of loot was a healing ring. “Holierthanthou” rolled on that too and was reminded that he was only allowed one purple a night. The ring then went to one of the Protection pallies as part of his healing set.
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Guild First: Morogrim Tidewalker and Fathom-Lord Karathress

Tidewalker DeadOn Sunday, 10/19/2008, for the first time -ever-, West Kingdom completed Zul’Aman. We then went on and took down Tidewalker and Fathom-Lord Karathress. We one shot Tidewalker and two-shot the Fathom-Lord.

Fathom-Lord DeadIn attendance were:
Heimdall, Axnil, Dudu, Grale, Lilac, Delow, Doomie, Erasmmus, Goatwench, Weaver, Avatarlordon, Hrothgarr, Paligor, Saranth, Validor, Adonismaster
Ceraphina, Nexishard, Xephina, Ynit, Hoose, Krullwyn, Odisia, Persephany, and Zynnia
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Guild First: Magtheridon

Magtheridon DeadLast night, for the first time -ever-, West Kingdom took down Magtheridon. Congrats to everyone!

It took us ~three attempts to get him down.

In attendance were:
Heimdall, Axnil, Andreg, Weaver, Khoss, Leadpally, Menolly, Benevolence,Ireena,Persephany, Mugruith, Clineslena, Erasmmus, Krullwyn, Lilac, Nexishavard, Aurella, Azaria, Delow, Fearthewild, Bigfurmuscle, Doomie, Draligor, Nassar, Saranth and Ynit.
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