March 24, 2009

You Survived!

Posted in Achievements, Guild, Raids, Real Life, WoW tagged , , , , , , at 7:57 am by Andrea

Did you ever see that quest? If you ever played a Draenei, I bet you have. It’s the first one you get when you start the character. The quest sticks out in my mind because my good friend Denny picked it up his first day playing the Alliance and read it to us. “You Survived…… YESSSSSS!”. Trust me, it was rather entertaining.

So yes, I survived my surgery. As I said, it was minor, and though I am uncomfortable still, I am fully functional, and able to get back to posting. I have been playing WoW still in my absence and have managed a few achievements. My guild did finally clear Naxx10, they also downed new bosses in 25, namely, Gluth and Four Horseman. However, we’ve hit our brick wall with Thaddius. It doesn’t help that our tanks keep taking off. We’ve lost five in a very short amount of time. Most of them have left for bullshit reasons, others, well… I’m just gonna stay out of it, thats how bad it is.

The officer situation is getting a little tense. It nearly always does at some point or another. I had to kick one officer for just flat out being a dick. However, one of the four GMs is having some, well… she said she needed a break, but with all the time she is spending on Garrosh, I’m inclinded to think otherwise.

I’m so proud of the guild lately, and frusterated at the same time. We’d made progress, good strong progress, but no matter that fact people still got grouchy, still got upset that we weren’t as elite as they wanted the guild to be, and of course, those that were the most pissed off about it have left, the rest… well, they bitch a lot but they keep on truckin.

I’m so proud of the ones who keep going. Even the ones who complain.

However, it’s getting to the point where if we dont burst through that brick wall soon, there wont be enough bodies to break through it ever. I keep trying to express that, but no one seems to listen. Honestly its like a selfish spoiled only child who sees his neighbor’s shiny new toy and forgets the one in his hand. 

Yeah. I’m ranting. I don’t think I’ve ever done much of that before.

Good news, though. We’ve gotten our orders, and we’re moving out of Alaska this summer. We’re taking a good old fashioned road trip to our final stop in Cheboygan Michigan. Yeah… you heard right, Michigan, not Wisconsin, and yes, it’s almost exactly the same as Ketchikan… except it’s got roads, and thats all I need.

So we’ll be taking a trip, from May 27th until July 15th. We’ll be stopping in Bremerton Wa, Bosie ID, Salt Lake City UT, Great Bend KS, Des Moines IA, Milwaukee WI, and Green Bay, WI. If you know of any awesome sights or eats along the way, let me know ok?

Also. My DK hit 80 tonight. Bout Freakin’ Time.



February 23, 2009

Achievement Spam

Posted in General, Guild, Raids, WoW tagged , , , , , at 5:29 pm by Andrea

It was yet another busy week for me and the guildies at <Abyss>. I have two more resets to finish gearing up the guild for the 25 mans we should be doing.  We spent the week taking two groups into Naxx 10. The first group got four bosses down, and the second group got 12. Why did one do so much better than the other? I’m not entirely sure, but I’m gonna guess it was luck of the draw and the route each group choose to take through the instance. I lead the second group and took them down spider first, then plauge, then construct and finally military. The other group started with the military wing. I’d assume that’s part of it. The other part would have been the gear levels of those involved. Our tanks and healers were already geared to begin with, whereas the other group had a healer and a tank that need some more lovin’. 

I did spend the day and ran that healer through 6 heroics though, so she’s much better off then she was. Overall just on runs I did, I saw more than 40 upgrades go out to guildies who needed them. Already I can see vast improvement of our DPS. I’m very proud of them for working so hard in only 1 week’s time.

So in between the massive heroics each day and a Naxx group going in daily, I found time to grind out my Argent Dawn rep to net me a title, and then I finished off my gnomer rep for a title there, too. On top of the Naxx achievements I didn’t have, it was a bit of spam this week. Now I’m focusing on Sporggar rep, and then I’ll move on to the other netural to exalted grinds I need for that title, as well. So far, I’m 20 factions into the 40 I’d like to eventually have.


20 Factions, Woot!

20 Factions, Woot!



Finally, as a guild we’re beginning to see what we’ve got, and getting to know each other. We did lose two DC’ers already, but everyone else seems to be going pretty strongly. Theres two or three that are being a little bit stubborn about the gear grind we’re having to do, but otherwise, everyone else seems to be on the same page. So, two more weeks of grinding, and off to 25s we go!

February 13, 2009

25 Man Naxx

Posted in Raids, WoW tagged , , , , , , at 6:19 pm by Andrea

wowscrnshot_021209_175356So, we ventured into our very first 25 man Naxx, and I did not have major expectations. Two of my healers were no shows, but we managed to fill the raid all the same, and it might sound bad to say, but we did way better then I expected us to. We started with the spider wing, and I must admit when the raid leader (who wasn’t me^.^) said that we’d be healing through the locust swarm, I had a little heart attack. I couldn’t heal through it in 10 man, how was I gonna do it in 25? Well, there was this uber druid helpin me out, and somehow we pulled through. (I would like to take a moment and be ashamed btw, I got SMASHED by that restro druid who overall outhealed me by 17%, despite his having 1800 healing and me having 2200).

It was messy, but we got it in one shot. We continued to 1 shot the rest of the bosses in the spider wing. We then headed into the Plague Quarter, and took a 1 shot at Noth, with minimal



deaths. We took two shots with Heigan the Unclean (I guess once to learn the dance, once to do it right). I was very impressed as DC had not done this boss before… I kinda intentionally avoided it in ten man, because the once we did try it, people were not understanding. Once we got Heigan, we headed over to Loatheb, but sadly we wiped once at 30% and the second time at 12% before we called it due to time. They’ll be going back on Monday, and I’m very excited for them.


So, now we’re into 25’s and I think we had a great start. So far, the merger votes have been in the positive… and everyone who went had great things to say. I look forward to having the two guilds together since they seem to get along fairly well…. now… I need to get the pallies to install pally power.

February 9, 2009

WTB More Healers

Posted in Guild, WoW tagged , , , , , , at 6:52 pm by Andrea

So, these last few weeks have been downright exhusting. I stepped out of guild management a long time ago, because I am just one of those people who can’t leave it alone. I have to micro manage it and supervise and do everything to make sure it is done right. This time around it isn’t I who holds the deed to the guild, that would be Lutrail… however, due to his schedule versus mine, and a severe lack of healers, I end up scheduling and leading the raids. It’s not a big deal, 3 or 4 days a week isn’t something that is too difficult to make, but since it requires both Garen and I to run at the same time, from 6pm to 9pm our time, a lot gets ignored. 

Usually, we all get home about 4:30, have dinner around 5:30, clean up, do homework and all that. The baby went to bed at 7pm and the older child in bed by 8:30. I usually finished up any homework for the day after that, and Garen and I would try to be in bed by 10:30 or 11, so we can get up at 6:30 the next day. Typical family life right?

Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to help my guildies, I love being there for my guild! I just can’t be there everyday… because now our schedule has changed… We get home at 4:30, I get my son done with his homework, and we rush to feed them dinner. We ignore the chores, turn on a movie for the kids, and prepare the raid by 5:30 my time. Leading a raid and watching kids is a skill I think I’ve fine tuned, but it does get incredibly frusterating from time to time. When we aren’t running raids, we are solving issues that arise, healing much needed heroics and farming our own gold for our repairs and reagents. On raid nights I’m rushing to finish my own homework, which is due by 10pm my time. Perviously, I was doing my homework, updating the blog(s), and updating my twitter stuff during the day. Now I am spending the day catching up on the chores we ignored to raid… It was getting tight, but still manageable right?

Well, I had something come up last friday night. My landlord is moving to Arizona, and is selling this house that we live in. She needed us to come down, meet the realtor and sign some paperwork right away because she was leaving the state the next day. This meant that Garen and I would not make our Friday raid. Well, I thought, not a big deal, as on the weekends we have two more healers available. So, I instructed the guild that the should go without us, and to take the two other healers, but a few protested that group two was supposed to stand up that weekend. And they were right, Garen and I had two healed the Naxx ten to free up a healer to work with the weekend healer to try a group two. So, I instructed them to instead, stand up the group two and I would try to take group one later. And so, I left someone in charge, told them to PuG the people they are missing, and logged out, feeling pretty bad.

I hadn’t been gone half an hour yet when I got a phone call from a good friend that is a guildie, telling me one of my tanks has left the guild. Communication issues he said. Great… So I get home about 9:30 my time and log in. I count 4 guildies in Naxx, so I ask whats up? Four was all that showed I was told, except the tank that quit was signed up too, so I asked about it. No one had a real answer other then communication failure, so I hit him up in a tell. I apologize for the error and explained I had something come up. He said he’d been rash, but that he wanted a few days….. So I’ll give him a few days…

But in the meantime, holy crap! I have to not make it for one day and I lose people and raids get messed up? I cannot be the only person capable of doing this…. I assume it must be the lack of healing available that is causing the trouble. I have searched high and low, in PuGs, in the realm forums, even on this blog. The healers on this server are pretty set in their current guilds. I was quickly running out of ideas until a nice woman named Plx whispered me and said, “I heard DC has some people leave the server”. “Yeah” I said. I didn’t know what else to add to it, it’s not excatly a high point for the guild, but she continued on…”We did too. A lot of people. Our guild was known as ‘We Wipe On Trash'”. I’d heard that name before, seen them running around too. I think they had pretty good progression.

“Wow, that sucks,” I said. “Guess we’re in the same boat huh?” 

“Well, thats why I’m talking to you. WWoT and Nephilem on our server suffered the same fate, and so has DC. Our idea is to put the three guilds together into one new guild, and we’ll call it, Abyss”



Holy crap thats a great idea! We’ve got the largest numbers of the three guilds, but Nep and WWoT are a little bit ahead on the gear. I think we had real potential to help each other out, and the guild merger talks were born. So far, the guild has been very positive about the idea, and I anticipate a majority vote after Thursday’s joint run. The runs will no longer depend on me being able to make it! Yay!

So the point of this post? As you may have seen on our guild website, we may be merging with another guild. DC will not die, we will not disband it (if any old DC players are reading this you can take that deep breath now). There are too many bank tabs bought, and the added security that we could always go back should the merger crash and burn (and trust me, they often do). However a few measures have been taken to prevent that from happening.

  1. This is not a rush decision. We’ve been talking for a few days as of right now, but no one is to cast a final thought until after the joint run on Thursday, and we do want to hear from everyone, so it might take a few days to get all the votes.
  2. Garen, Lutrail and I have spoken to Plx of WWoT and Elio of Nep to make sure the leaderships are all on the same page.
  3. We made sure that everyone is welcomed, even friends, family, alts, and those not yet capped.
  4. No talks on offical guild rules, loot systems or any other major choices have been made yet. That will not be done until all three guilds are together into Abyss, and it will be rules we all agree on.

Most of all, the merger should provide the right kind of balance the guild needs to do the runs they’ve been dying to do. Without relying on my schedule to do them. The runs can be earlier for our east coast members, which is a HUGE plus. So, I’m crossing my fingers that the merger is indeed, a success. So far, I’ve enjoyed the members of the other guilds I’ve met.

On a totally unrelated to mergers note, Garen and I attempted to two man MC. We’re both healers, but since I wear plate, I can get away with



a little more then he can. So I tanked/DPS and he healed. We got the trash alright, and we got Luci after a 20 minute fight… but Mag we didnt clear all the dogs for (and got feared into them) and Gahennis got us with a nice big 75% healing nerf curse. I think I’ll need to bring a druid or a mage with us. I’d forgotten what most of the bosses do anymore, and that makes me kinda sad… but hey, I had fun trying.

Also, did anyone ever notice there is a statistic for “deaths by Hoggar”? I thought that was just awesome. Who remembers level 1 alt raids on Hoggar? I do I do! Additionally, in the things I hadn’t noticed before files, did you know it was possible to hit the bottom of the water in the rather large AN drop? I didn’t but, it happened, poor DK.

Also, Jaanu got the coolest achievement of all! Grats Jaanu!

Coolest Achievement Ever!

Coolest Achievement Ever!







Finally, hopefully with the guild changes I’ll have more time to update this blog… I hope.

January 26, 2009

And So It Begins!

Posted in Guild, Raids, WoW tagged , , , , , at 10:56 pm by Andrea

Whoops, didn’t mean to neglect the blog for so long… also forgot about poor old Twitter too. It’s been an exciting week for <Damage Control>. We decided to take on the raiding as soon as possible and its been a fun trip so far. This week we’ve cleared Ten Man OS, Ten Man VoA, Naxx (Spider Wing, Patchwerk and Plague Wing up to Heigan the Unclean) and ALL of the Horde City Leaders! I think this is pretty damn good for spur of the moment raiding. I personally also finally managed to heal the last boss of Heroic Halls of Lightning. I have no idea why thats been so tough for me but it has.

Also in Andrea news… I’ve leveled Herb/Alch on my DK to 375. I want to get it up there to prepare pots and such for our raids. Im also working on my rogue still. She’s only 76. I have no idea why it’s pissing me off so badly but I am leveling her slowly all the same.

I’ve got some more informative posts circling in my head that I’ll hopefully have up for you all soon… in the meantime, have some screen shots of the guild’s achievements:


Ten Man OS Cleared

Ten Man OS Cleared










On the way to Patchwerk

On the way to Patchwerk


































Spider Wing

Spider Wing

December 28, 2008

Farewell, Mythos

Posted in Guild, WoW tagged , , , at 6:57 pm by Andrea

I am sad to annouce that I recently departed my guild Mythos. I had severe disagreements with the way the guild was handled, and found that comprimise could NOT be reached. Granted, its far more involved then I am letting on, but I refuse to say much about it… no sense making drama out of this…. So hubby, Dechion and I have parted ways with them. (Though I’m sure Dech has his own reasons for leaving…I’ll let him tell his story.) Either way, no hard feelings. There are quite a few people I will miss… but it just wasn’t going to work for me.

So for now, I’ve stuck my toons into one of my own “holder guilds” I call them. Its not fun to run around as an unguilded healer. You get lots of spam. So holder guild it is… until I figure out a new home for us. 

So… now with all the snow outside… and the no guild thing in the game… its feeling pretty boring in my life atm. I’ll work on being more interesting.

September 18, 2008

New Guild, New Kara

Posted in Raids, WoW tagged , , at 5:03 pm by Andrea



I went on my first run with Mythos last night. I was part of group two. You can read about group one over on Fimly’s Blog. I went in on Pallylust, even though she doesn’t really need anything from there except badges. I wanted to be helpful and such. Anyways I wasn’t sure what to expect. Obviously my new home is a ways behind what I am used to running to I assumed there would be considerable amounts of dying. However, that wasn’t the case.

I was impressed even. Even though we took it slowly, every boss was 1 shotted, and there was very little dying. With the exception of one elite group AOE pull outside of Moroes. Otherwise everything was smooth. I tried to not be overbearing in any advice I offered up, and I only pulled aggro once in healing on trash trying to save a mage who got to close to some extra mobs. Which is pretty good, considering I had been wearing my tank gloves the whole time with the 2 percent threat increase enchant on them. Whoops.

Overall Pally doesn’t need much from Kara. The Ribbon of Sacrafice and maybe a healing cloak should do it. Otherwise she is pretty set. In the meantime I shall continue to gold farm, and level my warlock duo. I also started a druid duobut I’m not entirely sure I’m deadset on leveling them or not. Only time shall tell.

August 13, 2008

Applicants Beware

Posted in Guilds, WoW tagged , , at 6:14 pm by Andrea

This post pokes at you!

Thats right folks its time for another BA Shared Topic! This week’s topic is brought to us by Cathmor of Eye for an Eye and he asks:

Whether you’re a guild officer or a grunt, a GM or a rank-and-file, if your guild accepts applications for membership you’ve probably seen a few of them. Oftentimes guilds will have their applications posted in a public forum for all to see; other guilds will keep the applications in an officer-only forum. However, even when the apps are kept private, funny ones are re-posted for the rest of the guild to get a chuckle. Sometimes it’s an application from a raid boss (I’m Ragnaros and I’d like to join <Raid Guild>!), sometimes it’s an inanimate object or food item, and other times it’s just a raider with a great sense of humor.
What’s the funniest one you’ve seen? If it’s contrived, what made it so funny? Give background if necessary.


Well, this one is a little late but we just had the perfect example of an app and response from one of our awesome guild leaders:

Here’s the App (other then the name and armory link I didn’t change anything):

Player Name: ******
Armory Link: Sorry no peaking!
Tradeskills:mm idk what u mean by tradeskills

Why are you interested in joining?: looking for a good guild for a good player

What previous guilds have you been in and why did you leave?: lord of war i got kciked for a reason not quite known by the GM himself so i just didnt bother in asking y to whomever kicked me.

What is your current raid experience?:well i dont kara, gruuls, mags, za up to ZJ, SSC up to morgrain.. i beleive is hes name, TK up to the first boss.

Even though they are no longer required what attunements have you completed, if not complete what part of each quest chain are you on?:
Black Temple:
Mount Hyjal:none
Serpentshrine Cavern:none
Tempest Keep: The Eye:none

What can you do with your class that the average pugger cannot?: lol being great at what he does

If we need you to respec to help us out are you willing to do so?: course i do so for pugs sometimes

Do you read up on boss strategies and are up to date with all bosses in SSC/TK/MH/BT?when i have to yes.

Did you read our rules and guidelines and agree to them? not read. but i will agree to them as long as i dont have to give up my soul =)

What timezone do you live in?:florida. i tihnk east/pacific.. =??
Do you attend school/college?: yea college i will start the 21st
What days per week are you free after 7:30 server time?: i should be my last class is at 3pm
How late can you stay on?:hmm ide say prolly till 1am


Ok so ya know, a standard not well written app. The funny part actually comes from one of our officers who ripped this guy up!

Tradeskills:mm idk what u mean by tradeskills

Figure it out.

What is your current raid experience?:well i dont kara, gruuls, mags, za up to ZJ, SSC up to morgrain.. i beleive is hes name, TK up to the first boss.

You “dont” what?

Even though they are no longer required what attunements have you completed, if not complete what part of each quest chain are you on?:
Black Temple:none
Mount Hyjal:none
Serpentshrine Cavern:none
Tempest Keep: The Eye:none
Glad to see you care.


What can you do with your class that the average pugger cannot?: lol being great at what he does

Beginning a sentence with “lol” is a bad idea, on any application.

If we need you to respec to help us out are you willing to do so?: course i do so for pugs sometimes

The application itself has all of its sentences capitalized. In the guild-native language of English, “I” is capitalized, too.

Do you read up on boss strategies and are up to date with all bosses in SSC/TK/MH/BT?when i have to yes.

You always have to.

Did you read our rules and guidelines and agree to them? not read. but i will agree to them as long as i dont have to give up my soul =)

Do not even bother applying until you have taken the effort to do this.

What timezone do you live in?:florida. i tihnk east/pacific.. =??

Basic geography is a prerequisite for joining this guild. (Hint: Florida is no where near the Pacific Ocean.)

Do you attend school/college?: yea college i will start the 21st

Good, you will soon know what the word “prerequisite” means!

What days per week are you free after 7:30 server time?: i should be my last class is at 3pm

Writing, including proper capitalization and punctuation, will be needed in order to succeed in college. Or, are we talking Subway University?

How late can you stay on?:hmm ide say prolly till 1am


PS. z0mG@wD!



Good Leadership

Posted in Guilds tagged , , , at 5:51 pm by Andrea

I’ve always been told I was a natural born leader. Which was always odd to me as I am shy when it comes to dealing with new people. I’d rather not call people I don’t know and I have a hard time telling telemarketers to buzz off. However, I suppose if I know those around me I can and do lead well. When I walked into being a leader in this game it wasn’t really a new thing. I’d worked at Safeway at the time. I started out a cashier like any other ordinary 19 year old. It only took four months to gain a management position and become the store’s bookeeper. I attribute it to the fact I don’t have it in me to be unfair or mean. Does that make me a good leader? I am not sure.

Currently my guild, Ale and Arms, has two seperate raiding groups. I say seperate instead of different because they are indeed seperated. They raid never at the same time, the members of each group are labeled. Each has its own set of officers, and each has its own loot systems and progression. Really its like having two guilds. One very progressed the other struggling and dying on the floor. I am currently an officer for the Late Night Team (LNT). How this came to be was because I simply got tired of sitting around. We’d had other officers, but they all quit on us at the same time. Then other members left and pretty soon we were left with not much. I went on a recruitment spree. I even posted on other realm forums (don’t do that, people don’t like it. Even if you are recruiting from the over populated alliance side to raid oddball hours starting at 1am). They still don’t like it.

In my career of being a guild leader or an officer Ive seen many different systems. Some my own. Some of them failed some of them were great. I of course have shared these experiences with my current co officers and leaders. Unfortunately they are pretty set in their ways and I can understand why, the Eve team is making great progression. It is only the LNT that is struggling. Sadly I can barely put together a Kara or a ZA for them anymore. In my current perdiciment I cannot raid myself, and the one other LNT officer seems to be skipping out on showing up.

I really hate to tell the LNT to give up. Some of these guys have really held on and have high hopes, others are brand new and though aware of the situation, they still act surprised when I fail to find the people we need. Its really kinda disappointing that I can’t seem to rebuild this.

So in the meantime Ive had them farm, Ive made gear charts for our newer people. Ive offered opportunities to members who felt comfortable doing it to lead in my place and encouraged. I’m afraid though that I’m running out of ideas to keep this train wreck moving. I don’t want to give up though. I’ve never run into this sort of situation where I couldn’t find the people to bounce back. I’ll keep plugging along though.

As for Eve? They have recently made a little comeback. They were struggling with Tanks and Healers but picked up a few more and they are back in the action. Their group is a little more strict then LNT is. They have a loot system with modified rolls and such, and certain requirements to raid like having food buffs and whatnot. I was never that strict with the LNT for the month or so Ive been leading it, as right now we are only managing Kara and  ZA. If we ever managed to get further I too would have had to push them harder.

I don’t believe I am the world’s best leader. I do believe Im fair and honest. And honestly I don’t think I can rebuild this. Im not sure what to do with them now 😦 Here’s to hoping it pans out somehow.

July 14, 2008

Being Part of the Crew

Posted in Raids, WoW tagged , , , , , at 5:57 pm by Andrea

For a long time now, nearly a year, I’ve been hanging out on the Alliance side, trying to keep low profile and you know, just enjoy the game. And in the past year I have found again the things I enjoyed about it. However for long periods in there I would find myself not doing much at all, quite like Dechion has been. Over time I hadn’t noticed my lack luster playing until recently, when someone asked me to tank for them on my Paladin, who is usually holy in recent days… and she was still Prot from a failed Kara run over a week ago. I hadn’t moved her or touched her. Well I fired her up last night, took her back to the holy tree and headed over to help out on the Black Temple run for the guild’s evening group.

Ususally you will not see me on Eve’s runs. Its a little bit earlier in the day then I’d like it to be, and quite honestly, its a little more ridged then I like. But they do get thier progression done. This was my first adventure into BT and we were facing Supremus. I admit I did not read or look at any strategies before hand, since this was a fly by invite. So I tried to understand what they were explaining and Im just healing, so spam away right? Wrong! This fight is heavily enviromental. The orginal strat they came up with had us walking side by side in a straight line kiting him down the hill. This failed miserably. The second strat they tried, I like to call it, “We Just Knocked Over A Liqour Store, SCATTER!” simply because that’s what we were told to do, “Scatter scatter scatter!” This method was looking good. We got him down to three percent, when he caught on a seige weapon and evaded back into reset.

I thought this would have pissed off the raid, but no, they pressed on with little complaint. He eventually fell to us for the second time in guild history and we were left with 45 mins to explore the trash for the next boss. This was uncharted grounds so for the most part, the raid was really over. Now we’re just goofing off.

Well we made it to the next boss who wasn’t terribly far at all. Shade of Akama. None of us knew what to expect. To me, it sounded like a mix between the Nefarian fight and Mag’s Lair. Whatever though, Im good to stand here in the middle and spam those heals that by now, are so obviously undergeared compared to the other Eve healers. So we ask a few questions that no one really knows the answers to and then we start. I have my heal focus target, our MT and I dare not look away from him. I spam my heals, and in a whole a two minutes, I hear the cheers ring out of victory. Wait, what? We one shotted him? Yes, yes we really did! I personally would have to say that is the easiest boss fight I’ve seen in a long time, but it could just be all that leet DPS gear the casters and whatnot have earned over time. Either way, it was great to be part of a first time kill for the guild, and for just a moment there, reminded me of excatly why I love this game.

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