Posts Tagged ‘guild’

… where Pug-Foolery lives.

Soooooo… I started my own guild.  That’s right- a guild of one.. with the help of Hubby, some nice strangers and some former guildies- all of which either quit or got kicked by me after I turned my charter in.  We all had an agreement from the beginning.. no ties, no obligations, just sigs, please.

Dancing to my own beat!

My first foray as GM and sole member of <OMG Priest> was into an ICC 25 pug.  It started late, but we made it to Saurfang.  My damn token dropped; however, I rolled a 38.  Too bad, huh?  But it was nice, raiding without being on anyone’s schedule but my own- with my fancy new guild tabard on. Sexxy!  It was a good group surprisingly, and I had fun.  Nothing to report in the way of pug-foolery except for the fact that the raid leader pronounces melee as mee-lee.  That irks me.  It irks me about as bad as a guy who used to say, ay-LEE-uns- like saying “alien” in a weird way but really meaning “alliance.”  Maybe the new raid week will bring more entries to the Pug-Foolery category.

I asked Hubby to come back to my guild.  He promptly told me “no” because he doesn’t want <OMG Priest> over his head. 🙂 I even promised him space in the guild bank.  Still a “no.”  So the name of this guild may be changing soon to something he can stomach. LOL He is trying to come up with something he can live with.  Anyhoo… just thought I would give you an update on the newly crowned Queen of Casual, Princess of Pugs.. Exanna: proud to be the founder of <OMG Priest>.. where Pug-Foolery lives.

Happy Raiding!

Exxy

Exxy.. Casually

 Her name is Exanna.  I call her Exxy for short.  We’ve seen good times and bad times together.  Friends and enemies.  Victory and defeat.  Good guilds and bad guilds.  And through it all, Exxy just kept plugging away- as did I.  I think one of us got a little burned out.  Bet you can guess who, right?

Now comes the time, where Exxy and I may part ways.  It’s weird because I have invested so much time in her- not to mention RL money to play month to month; however, over the last six months, I have not been happy.  I was not happy with where I was in game or the majority of the people I was with in game or how they ran things.  But something in me kept me loyal to people I had never even seen before.  They were only voices- many of them quite annoying- on the other end of vent.  LOL

Then came the /gquit.  I left all the loyalties on the screen, said fudge it, and took off to another server in search of the glory days of The Outcasts- the guild that taught me everything I learned about raiding.  We raided twice a week usually on the weekends, and it was fun.  Somehow, even as a casual raiding guild, we rose to 9th on the server.  Alas, that guild is now defunct to a degree- has been for quite some time, but I have missed a lot of the people there.  The GM Gabe who I had to break the news to that I was leaving to see new content.  The Pally Healer Jenavive who was always such a good raid leader.  Tollenrall who stumbled across this blog and left a message saying, “hey.”  Barakstone the American soldier who right now is putting his life on the line in Afghanistan.  Odenmire, the sweet pally that everyone loved.  Ister, the most knowledgeable player I know (he’s the mage that taught me how to spriest), Healya the spriest who went horde.  There were so many voices I can remember.

And now, I am in a new place on a new server- that is absolutely phenomenal (ranked 68th on wow.guildprogress).  These people pug ToGC without any problems.  Toravon dies in 2:20 here in a frigging pug.  The server and the battlegroup are intense.  It’s really amazing to me.  I am in a new guild- that just this week lost two main people to RL issues.. then another 2.. until finally the decision was made to be a casual raiding guild.  One of the officers offered to pay our transfer fees, but we really like this server.  I guess I should be upset, but I am really okay with it.  Honestly, I can’t wait to get my alt over here.  These pugs are awesome for her.  Plus, I have had more free time in the last few weeks than I have had in quite some time.  No rushing home after work to get to a raid.  No more more raiding for four hours a night 5 to 6 sometimes 7 nights a week with some folks I had come to detest.  No pressure, no DKP, no biased Loot Council, no absent GM or self-serving attendance takers, no one making racist comments in vent, no emo RL, no rush- just fun- on my own schedule- when I feel like it with a mature group of people.

So here I am.  Hubby wants to take all my badges for his mage.  Exxy has like 130 now.  That would be a nice gift for him wouldn’t it?  We discussed selling our main toons but figured we put too much money, time, and energy in them to do that.  In the end, it wouldn’t be worth it.  So, I will be on when I am on.   And when I am ready, I will raid again.

I still love writing and hope to keep blogging about priest stuff.

Now I can concentrate on more important things, though- like losing WoW weight (don’t act like you have no idea what I am talking about.. we found a gym that’s $10/month per person), getting my resume tape together, and raising my Sims.  🙂  The Sims version of Exanna and Faelong now have one-and-a-half kids.  She’s preggers again.  Fae wanted it that way.. and who knows- maybe a real baby in the future?  LOL  Who knows…

Anyway- I have to run Hubby’s mage through the daily on DanityKane.  Wouldn’t you know its frickin Halls of Reflection!  Oh noes!  The fail booooooat……

Casually yours,

Exxy

TGIF + Other Stuff

Yep, it’s Friday, and as I sit here taking a break at work, I can’t help but wonder when will Exxy and DanityKane be reunited again?  Sad, right?  Yep.  They really miss each other.  Danity is getting new shoulders, but wait!  Exxy forgot to buy the Sons of Hodir shoulder enchant before she left.  She also forgot to make some scroll enchants, and Danity forgot to send Exxy flasks before she left.  So the two toons feel really lost- and really broke- right now.

It costs $25 bucks for each transfer, and last week Hubby and I spent $50 moving our toons from Antonidas to Cenarius.  We’ve got three more toons between the two of us to move over.  He was pining over his mage the other night.. poor thing.  The new server is so much more active with some high-powered pugs!  It’s really insane how different the skill level is over here.  Hubby wanted his mage in some of those runs.

So now, when it comes to transfers, the question becomes, “Who’s got next?”  I told him to move the mage if it would make him feel better.  Maybe he will.  If not, Danity will be packing her bags soon.

New Server, New Guild

We moved to Cenarius to join Wasted Space.  They are pushing their way through ICC 10 and 25 with 7/12 on 25-man, 9/12 on 10.  I have to say I have enjoyed it thus far because I am seeing some things I haven’t seen like Sindragosa.  The raid ID for that one is open permanently.  And the best part is.. I am learning so much from the other priests– one of which clocks in with 720 haste!  All I can say is “WOW,” but he will tell you he has mana issues.  This was a great move.

So Many Emblems

I have like 106 Frost Emblems now, and I don’t know what to do with them.  I have all four of the holy T10 and the belt. I don’t really want the trinket, so what do I do?  Do I start building a shadow set?  If that’s the case, I am going to need a refresher course on how to shadow properly.

I would like to hear from you.  What do you think Exxy should do with these extra badges?  I mean- I could buy primos for DanityKane, but I don’t know if that’s the best use.  I’ll be staring at my comments and inbox, people! 

Happy Raiding!

Exxy

Life On the Other Side

Stepping away from raiding has been a reality check for me, and I have to say I am quite pleased with the break thus far. I don’t have to rush home from work, feed the dog, feed hubby and then raid. I can just come home, do the other stuff and then just.. be. I also don’t have to worry about getting my dailies in although I do log the DK in to tank for Hubby’s mage. It’s been quite relaxing. I even have time to make my Sims into millionaires (thanks to the cheat code of course LOL).

Yesterday in Ironforge, Exanna was checking her mail for gold when a stranger whispered her.

“How come you’re not in a guild?”

“Well, I /gquit.”

“You’re epicly geared. What guild were you in?”

“Ah, it doesn’t matter. I am just taking a well deserved break.”

“Oh,” he writes seemingly worried, “I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings. I just wondering why you weren’t in a guild.”

“LOL. My feelings aren’t hurt. I am fine :). Take care!”

“You, too.”

Free.. for now.

And that’s what it is for me: a well deserved break- not only from the drama but from the work. I raided 5 to 6 nights a week. I was the webmaster. I created our site and made it useful. I was responsible for posting pics and strats and stuff like that. I put the 10-mans together to make sure the groups were equally skilled and geared. I heard all the whispers about people being upset about this or that. I encouraged some of the healers when the RL would make them feel bad. I tried to think ahead when it came to problems the guild may face. I made the recruiting posts when it was time to recruit.

And when it came to my toons, I ran the dailies and the weeklies- never missing them. I grinded the mats and made the stuff to sell on the AH just so Exxy could get the money to buy the saronite her crafted gear early on. I made cloth every three days like clockwork. I ran the randoms to get badges for DanityKane so she wouldn’t be useless. ransmuted gems daily, herbed and made flasks or raiding.  I worked really hard- on a game.  And now, I get to be free. For a bit.

I do, however, feel bad for Hubby who /gquit last night. He says his heart wasn’t in it without me there, and for that I feel terrible. I never asked him to quit. He just did, and he worked hard on his toons, too. I took a lot of the blame for stuff I did not do, and he told me he didn’t feel right continuing to raid with them. Isn’t that just a big ball of sadness and sweetness mixed altogether?  Thanks, Hubby, for standing by me.

I plan to get back into raiding. I plan to find a new guild but not one that raids quite so much. I plan on having fun.

For now, I will be getting a podcast together this week. I am so excited! Miss Medicina has agreed to be my first celebrity guest! /smile. She is going to teach us all the basics of Discipline Priest healing in ExxyTalk After Dark. So stay tuned. And for those of you who have written to encourage me to keep going, thank you. And please know- I am not done yet. I am just resting and rebuilding.

Happy Raiding!

Exxy

Exxy… OUT!

Well, it’s a daybreak here, and I have finally made the decision.

In a few minutes, I will /gquit.

Any of you who read this blog know how extremely proud I am of my guild.  I love it when the guild succeeds.  It sucks when the guild fails, but now it’s just time for me to move on.

I’ve been thinking about it for months now.  Guild Drama.  It never amounts to anything good.  Call me a Drama Mama if you would like, but really, I just wanted to play the game, beat the bosses and get phat lootz. 

Let’s play “I never.”

  • I never wanted to have to take over the ten-man slotting but I did.  Had I not certain folks might make Group A a gazillion times better than Group B dooming group B to repeated failure.  It was always my goal to balance them out. 
  • I never threatened to leave the guild because my husband wasn’t in a raid nor would I ever. 
  • I have never been p-whipped by cyber-p.  I hear it’s pretty powerful for some reason.
  •  I never tried to make up a written loot policy for alts just because DanityKane hit 80.  It’s a very selfish way to run a guild.
  • I never tried to re-write said policy because my alt lost an off-spec roll to a main.  Shame. LOL
  • I never cut a deal as an officer with the officers to buy orbs at half price for an alt.  Oh, wait, I take that back.  I did try to broker the same deal with the GM only to be told I was low-balling the guild.  Yeah, I guess the same rule will apply to the primordial saronite, too, huh?  More shame.

Did I roll on BiS gear for me?  Hell yeah!  You’re damn right I did! Some of the things on my “wish list” aren’t even BiS due to the stats I like my character to have.  I prefer a number of haste items to crit.  Did I get to vote for myself on the Loot Council?  Nope.  Did my husband get to vote for me on the Loot Council?  Nope. 

  • We were never allowed to vote for one another, but the other officers did.  So please, place the blame on more than just me or him when it comes to my gear being nice.  Maybe ask why you were consistently passed over on gear if you really want to know why such decisions were made- that is IF you really think the LC has passed you over.  You most likely will not get a straight answer.  FYI, my gear is ranked 16th in the guild now for all who wonder… EDITED TO MENTION the fact that 10 of the 15 items I now wear were either crafted by me, earned by me through Ashen Verdict rep or bought by me with badges.  It would be 11/15, but I like the haste on my bracers more than the Moonshroud bracers (also made by me).  You can’t really depend on the guild to get you everything you want or need.  A weapon?  Yes.  A trinket?  Yes.  But there are a lot of things you can get on your own- which some “guildies” just can’t grasp for some reason.
  • Oh, yeah.  I never liked going to old raiding zones like AQ 40 or even OS once ToC and ICC came out.  Why?  Because I came to WKN for progression.  I went to OS a few times to help people get trinkets, but for folks to complain about me not doing other things outside progression and my dailies is just dumb.  Get a life.  You like achieves, and I don’t really care.  Grow up.

I have been the only female officer in this guild as long as I can remember.  In this all boys club, I have had other officers discount what I and other female members say or think as irrational.  Like it or not, women can see the drama coming from a mile away.  Hell, a lot of the times, women are the cause of a guild’s downfall.  Sometimes- women like me- try to stop the drama only to be “put in our place.”  I bit my tongue on so much for a long time.  Last night, I decided not to anymore, and it was about something even our male counterparts complained about:  a key person once again showing favortism to someone else- trying to get an invite for them by giving us what amounts to an ultimatum.  Second time in about three months that has happened.  The last time it happened 24 people waited for 30 minutes while one person held us all hostage because someone was not invited.  All of us, just waiting in ICC but not able to move because this one person was threatening to leave the server.  It is bullshit, and until I raised hell last night, nothing was ever going to be done about it.

I’m sick of it.  Maybe this is just how guilds go.  I don’t know.  I have been in three my entire WoW lifetime.  I left the first one because the GM was 12.  LOL.  I left the next one- which I loved- because after Wrath came out, it just kind of stalled and I wanted to progress.  Now I am in a progression guild, and while I love the progression part, I can’t take the drama.

I would love to keep raiding, and maybe I will get back to it one day soon.  Right now, I just need a break.  So this is Exxy signing off as a semi-hardcore raider.  I am trying to decide if I will keep doing my dailies while I figure out what to do.  I am sure hubby will love to use my toons for something if for nothing else than the flask master and gem transmutes on Danity.  I may be hitting the pug circuit… ooooh, patience is a virtue.  LOL

So, Soliss, Seca, Lito I will miss talking to you in The Healer’s Sanctum.  It’s been so much fun raiding with you guys.  Shawn, I have missed your guidance since the day you left us.  You were the Drama Master, and believe me, we needed you back.  And good luck to WKN.  For those who say, “OMG.. Good Riddance, Exxy!” I give you a hardy “OMG.. FU!” LOL.  You are probably one of the people mentioned in this post. 🙂

Oh, well.  Maybe I will find a new game to tickle my fancy.  I have been wanting “my life” back for a while now.  This is just the first step.  Wish me luck!

Happy Raiding!

Exxy

Human Nature

It’s just a game.  Right?  Yeah, but it’s something I really, really, really like to do- so much so- I have a blog, but at some point, you have to learn to separate the game from RL.  About a week ago I told you how bad I felt about missing a raid night.  😦  But now something else is bothering me, and it seems to be a constant these days.

In-Guild Strife.

I hear a good bit of “stuff” as an officer, I “see” a good bit of stuff as an officer, and I have come to a few conclusions.

  1. Yes, Virginia, you can know too much.  I am a really private person so people really don’t know that much about me personally (it’s by virtue of what I do), but there’s a lot of information I could go without.  Like the cyber of the week for instance or the fact that someone is near suicidal- which was the case in my previous guild (we had to run a vent intervention after he lost his wife because honestly, he was driving the membership crazy with his ups and downs.)  The only good thing about knowing this stuff is that you can expect drama to ensue from the cybering (I have seen a guild break up because of it) and you will know that Player X is having a hard time.  But imagine all of this flow of information flooding your tender ears and eyes.  It gets to be too much.
  2. It is hard to keep people happy.We all know this is true, and it’s usually two things that affect people the most.  Slotting and loot.  I guess I could throw badges in there, too.  I admit: I hate being left out.  Everyone does.  How you react to the situation says a lot though.  Over the years, I have seen more people apply to other guilds and /gquit in these instances than I can count on my two hands.  I saw my first guild split up because of it. That makes me sad.

So I have just been really bothered this week.  I am giving myself two options: ignore the drama or just stop giving a darn all the way around.  Are those the best solutions?  No.  I feel compelled to care, but my caring nature is pissing me off.  Let me know what you think…

Happy Raiding!

Exxy

Quel'delar… Incoming!

hilt questThanks to a very nice and selfless guildie, I finally have The Battered Hilt!  (Shout out to Kenickie!)  It happened in the Halls of Reflection.  I “Need” rolled a 3.  Two other guildies passed.  A pug rolled higher than me, but Kenickie won the roll- on his alt Zucco.  He said he rolled to give it to a main that would use it.  He actually gave it to me! I’m not rich and simply cannot afford to buy it for 15k off the AH.  So I gave him a little sumthin-sumthin for it and also asked him several times if he wanted to keep it so he could make some gold.  His generosity almost brought me to tears… seriously.

So, now I am working on the Quel’delar quest chain.  First stop, Argent Tournament Grounds!  I am not stopping until the Hammer of Purified Flame is mine!  If I had an in-game gps, I would let you track my progress by Twitter… :).  Wish me luck!

Happy Raiding!

 

Exxy