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I’ve been showing Caitlin some loving attention again, taking her up to level 53 (/gasp) and am still a very rubbish rogue. I’ve looked into my solo fighting style, removing my dependence on Slice’n’Dice in favour of more instant damage-dealing abilities even though I’m still cutting it fine if I have to deal with more than one mob. I spent about 150g on an epic dagger that has a chance on hit to send a shadow bolt to the target which, while the proc-rate is impressive, isn’t super great but still a hell of a lot better than what I had. She’s an alt so I’m not sure if I can be bothered doing unboosted instances (not as melee, I’d rather do them as Girlpants in a healer role because I want to give that a go) and yet I’m still wearing a lot of early-40s gear. What’s more, the auction house is being no help at all!

Weird thing is, questing around Un’Goro Crater I can remember levelling Anj there back in the day and constantly being on Gank Lookout but now it’s player-desolate… Makes me wonder exactly what the percentage of level 70 players is on Talnivarr.

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Even outside a guild, GroupCalendar has its uses for crafting cooldowns. Buckling down and getting to work on the Shadowcloth creation, Alysha now has a fancy 28-slot soul bag! It puts me in mind of the warlock we picked up this one time for Karazhan who was calling everyone a noob and yet still turned up for as raid with no Soul Shards at all. That’s just unprofessional.

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There’s been other alt-work going on as well, including Girlpants (the level 24 shaman) and inviting people to her guild <Fight Like A Girl>. Boys and girls are welcome to join but the rule is you have to be a female character and people are warned that there’s a good chance they will be referred to as “she”. Boys are instructed to embrace and hug their feminine side, because she’s always there to help and, oh, by the way, feminism ftw. Caitlin and Alysha have moved there to keep the presence up, I’m all about the concept guilds.

Okay, so the running of a raiding guild failed miserably, this one is just for levelling! Ain’t much to organise there except get a bunch of people together and we all help each other out when we can. Piss-up + Brewery springs to mind. Okay, I’ll see how it goes.

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Sunday 25th May, officially one whole year after handing in the completed guild application form for Avenging Angels, a suitable enough day to throw up our collective hands and say “Look, this raiding guild thing, it’s not working is it?”. Not exactly the traditional birthday celebration technique.

Raid disappointments notwithstanding, the blame lays squarely at the feet of my basic inability to run a raiding guild. At the start, all I wanted was a chance for me and my friends to chat while playing solo without having to be in some kind of mad intercontinental party. That’s pretty easy to manage, all you have to do is log in! Anything outside that I have no sort of experience about. At all. It’s a pretty good sign if your best efforts can’t even fill up a ten-man (or woman) group for Karazhan. We used GroupCalendar, raid times were posted on there with the chance for others to sign up and yet every raid that was planned either had to gather PUGs or not happen at all. What more should I do, short of asking every guild member individually and maybe perhaps getting them dressed in the morning too? See, I’m not the guild-running type.

Leadership has been passed to my bank character and the guild is going to lay dormant for a while, maybe perhaps kick it off again with the release of Lich King. In the meantime, I’m going to go somewhere else for a bit and be able to just do stuff without the fiddly organisation stuff beforehand. Give me a raid time and I’ll show up. Easy peasy.

It’s been a while since I wrote something here, I’ve just been out living it, really. Guild happenings have been… happening and at the end of each day I’ve been too tired to do anything but log out and take my sleepy head to bed. But it’s all been goin’ on! Team Angels have been moving up in the world, getting enough regular and geared-up people around to set some kind of basic Karazhan raiding plan that people actually turn up for with the extra incentive of a fledgling DKP system beginning to unfurl it’s tiny wings to ensure, hopefully, that it stays that way.

It’s early days at the moment so we’re relying on regular rolls to the master looter for drops, but people get a point for signing up to the raid ahead of time and then turning up, a point for each hour spent in the raid, and two points for a boss kill. It may take a while to set in, but dammit if we don’t get people actually doing their bit for the progress of the guild, even if it’s just reading the GMotD once a day. We don’t ask much.

I have a guild tip also! Guildies have been coming online and not reading the message of the day (which, granted, Blizzard don’t make it easy by printing the message and then scrolling it out of view with all manner of “Joined Channel:” messages, but still) and asking out of interest what the daily heroic quest is. So I’ve started putting the daily heroic dungeon in the message and then no-one has an excuse. Someone asks what it is, they’re banged to rights! Point them in the direction of what would take, at best, five seconds to check when they first entered the world and someday they might think to do it out of habit. Psh. People. What are you going to do with them?

There’s also been talk of using Ventrillo but I have my reservations, first and foremost being that I broke the microphone socket on my computer. Oh yeah, I have the mic still all set up, stuck to the underside of the shelf above my monitor and positioned to allow casual chat whilst even reclined back without need for fiddly headsets that only seem to give me Hot Ear. This dates back to my pre-WoW days of playing Scrabble online and wanting to keep a conversation with a distant friend over gTalk going at the same time, but an ill-advised tidying up excursion made sure it got yanked a little too hard in the direction that such sockets don’t like to be yanked. Now it crackles. Incessantly.

Secondly, won’t somebody please think of the magic of WoW? A level 70 night elf rogue might look all bad-ass in his gear and turn out some considerable damage to match, but when suddenly he speaks with a faux-bad ass voice of a squeaky thirteen-year-old overdosed on his own misguided sense of machismo, that magic shatters. I’ve seen how certain players regard themselves over the city channels, I do not want that in my ears.

Thirdly, I like to have gentle music playing while I’m at work. Nothing too loud, nothing too vocal, Selected Ambient Works Volume 2 worked well in tests during the last Karazhan party. Stuff like that. Mogwai, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, perhaps even Sigur Rós or The Orb at the weekends or when it gets late. Keeps me calm, it does. Helps me to keep my head while making sure that all around the bosses are losing theirs. That’ll be gone won’t it?

No, voice chat wouldn’t work for me. Voice chat is for amateurs. Not going there. Uh-huh. Nope.

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