A Tiny Constellation of Our Own

On Tuesday patch 7.1 dropped, which included the new Kara, new world quests, another Suramar quest line and all sorts of other things.  But above everything, it included the new Raiding with Leashes achievement.  This achievement included pets dropped from ToC, Ulduar, and ICC.  To be honest, the majority of the pets on the ach are rather ugly, but there are a couple that are decent looking, along with a pretty new dragon. The reward was an invitation to pet battle Algalon.  You also do not need to worry about saving him while clearing Ulduar.  When you battle him you will do so outside of the raid.  After beating him in battle, you receive the celestial rabbit, Stardust.  This is by far the best Raiding with Leashes reward and is the best pet they have put into Legion.  After running the raids for 4 days we finished our achievements and are now the proud owners of the most adorable starry bunny.  He also hops around and does little star spells, which is very cute.

For those of you who are rather lazy, the pets can be purchased on the auction house, but the pet off Yogg will come at a hefty price (if you can find it).  But at 110 (even 100) these raids go pretty quickly.  It’s also a nice chance to get some new mog for your collection.

And a word of warning, you need to complete the ach while on a toon that can fly in Northrend.  So make sure you learn your last pet on a toon above 80, with flying.  The invitation is not account wide as of right now.

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A Myth, Five Years in the Making

Yesterday we had our 5 year guild anniversary and annual Halloween party.  Our official 5 year date was in September, but with the release of Legion only two week prior and with everyone questing and gearing to raid we decided it was better if we waited.  We had a decent turnout, actually much better than I expected, since a lot of our causal members have been taking a bit of a break lately.  We had about 20 people show, which is enough to make it fun, but not enough that it becomes more chaotic.  A lot of the newer people showed up for their first Myth party.  I think it was a good time to get everyone together and involve the newer people with our old members.  We got several comments from newer members about how they had never been in a guild that did parties and gave out prizes, etc.  That is what we strive for.  To be a guild that sets us apart from the rest because we care, because we involve everyone, not just raiders.  With it being our 5 year anniversary we gave out prizes to everyone, including 5 mounts, pets, toys, gold and a month of game time.  We had a costume contest, which went much better than I thought since most people didn’t seem interested.  This year Naz and I dressed up as a magician and his bunny.  Naz’s half was much better than mine.  I am also a GIANT bunny.  I don’t think I could have possibly fit into his hat.  Which btw we bought for 50k.  Worth it.  After the costume contest we had a Halloween themed scavenger hunt around Tirisfal Glades and then tonk battles.  The first, second and third place winners for all games got gold prizes.  We ended up giving out about 50k of our personal gold away for the prizes.  This year, like every, we got compliments on how organized and put together everything was and how smoothly it all ran.  While it is worth it because we make everyone happy, nobody has any idea how stressful a silly WoW party can be.  This year we also had to do the party while getting all the kids ready for bed and one of us having to walk away while the other handled things.  Naz had to do the tonk battles this year, which is always something I do, because I had to put a kid to bed.  Right before the party I had to get all the t-shirts up on the website and we had to make sure all the final preparations were done.  That 2 hour party, causes many hours of stress.  It makes it all worth it though when everyone whispers us about how they had a great time and we did an amazing job.  Making sure that people who usually don’t get noticed in the guild, get noticed at parties, so they feel like they are a real part of the guild.  Our parties are more than just a chance to throw prizes at people.  It’s a chance for everyone to come together in a non-stressful environment.  It’s a chance to have everyone meet each other because while we are all in the same guild, a lot of us only see each other in game at parties.  It’s a chance for all the different groups, the raiders, the pvpers, the casuals, to come together and enjoy the same thing.  It’s a chance for us to show everyone what Myth is really about.  It’s about how no matter who you are, or what you like, you can be part of something.  Myth is about community, it’s about family.  We really hope that when someone comes to one of our parties, they feel it.  That is what makes it all worth it.

Real Life Go Away, I Want to Play WoW Today

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to sit down and actually write something.  Real life keeps getting in the way of all our WoW time.  Legion has been out for about a month and a half now.  We recently got all our reps to revered, fairly behind the majority of people, but so is life.  Now to try and get Nightfallen exalted by 7.1.  Legion most definitely has plenty to do.  How people are able to get so much done is beyond me.  Most days I have time to do our auctions, and then a few WQ.  If we are lucky we actually have time to get some questing in Suramar done to work on our Loremaster achievement.  But honestly that probably only happens once a week or so.  We still have yet to finish all the normal dungeons, let alone get any of the heroics or mythics done, which we now have quests piling up for.  About the only thing we finished was all of LFR.  But that was mostly for the achievement points and because of the dragon pet at the end.  We are making progress with our achs but it is rather slow go for us.  Along with real life we have been getting everything ready for Myth’s 5 year anniversary (seriously where did 5 years go) and the Halloween party.  We designed new shirts, this time with a Legion theme to unveil after the party.  That in itself took a while.  Hopefully it will be worth it and someone will like it.  Last years took an insanely long time and was much more detailed and not a single person bough it.  Which I understand people not having the money etc, I guess it’s just disappointing when you spend so much time on something to not get any sort of real positive feedback.  But oh well.  I thought they looked good.  And also, being GL usually means you never get recognized for your hard work.  Serious truth.  It’s okay, we clearly aren’t in it for the glory.  The GLs who do it for the glory rarely last more than a month or two.  Being the boss is usually not all it’s cracked up to be.  We are also trying to get back into the swing of our Myth events, with farming hour weekly and getting into some of the old raids again.  We did mythic Highmaul on Saturday but didn’t get enough for the guild achievement, so hopefully we can try it again when we do the next raid.  For all the Legion has to do it certainly doesn’t seem to be holding people’s attention.  The majority of our casual players have all but vanished.  Even a huge percent of the people who were playing constantly have significantly reduced the play time.  Is it because it’s so overwhelming or is everyone we know just having real life issues or is it just that time in their WoW life that they are tired of the game?  Who knows but it would be great if they were able to play more.  We are really not wanting to recruit because stranger danger mostly.  We love the people we have, we are a family that mostly gets along all the time.  New people have a tendency of rocking the boat.  No offense to the newish members we do have, because so far ZJ has been fairly kind to use with the people we have found.  Honestly we just don’t have enough time to do the serious recruiting.  It’s not just the spam in trade and click invite.  It’s the work after new people join that’s exhausting.  The constant talking, even when you had a shitty day, to keep guild chat moving until they get comfortable. It’s having to be a babysitter until you figure out if they are an asshat or not.  It’s making sure they fit into place, or removing them before they rip a huge hole.  It’s not that we don’t want new people to join, it’s just that we are tired.  So we are trying to make the best with what we have for now.  To keep the guild active and keep people happy who are still here.  Another issue with recruiting is raiding.  Right now everyone wants to raid, and our team can’t hold much more.  So recruiting, while we have a team, but not being able to take anyone else for it, makes things more complicated.  Speaking of our raid team, we are doing fairly well.  They are making steady progress through heroic.  We have a decent amount of the team that shows up for farming hour weekly so we can help them out with their flasks and food now.  Still there are some that are only interested in themselves.  But unfortunately that’s generally what happens when dealing with a large group of people.  There will always be an asshat, or two, or three…

Currently, we are facing the, probably ridiculous, dilemma of not knowing which alt we are going to level next.  This time it’s not just about the alt itself and how long we have had it, etc.  This time we have to take into account the class hall, and the class lore.  It makes the decision much more difficult, for us at least.  We are even slowly leveling druids to do the druid hall on night elves (the true druid race).  We also have to take into consideration how quickly we want to level the alts.  Since we have done all the zones as Horde we know the story line, minus the class specific parts, therefore we can level as Horde much quicker.  But for Alliance it will be very slow just like it was for the first time we leveled as Horde.  You have to read everything and really pay attention to what is happening, so you can get the full story.  As of right now our Demon Hunters are the only thing past 100.  This is solely for the purpose of farming.  Both of our DH have gathering professions and we use them for Farming Hour and for personal use to make gold.  But we haven’t done any of the story lines on them past getting our first weapon.  We do want to start alts, and start working on our 3 class hall campaign achievement.  But who to pick… That is the question.