Over the last few days I worked on adding some more features. Of course I added another google skyscraper add to the very bottom of the right column, this one will always be at the bottom, and will only appear on the front page, search pages, and archives. The next addition I’ve done is that the site will now submit to blog update guides so if you go to another site that posts blog updates, you should hopefully see mine there. Lastly, on select posts, I will putting a Digg link. I chose a compact version of it, and will only be placing it on the more interesting of my posts from here out. (For instance, this particular post does not have it, if you wish to see an example of what it should look like, go back a few posts to the New Raiding Guild post). This feature is a work in progress as I try to make it easier for me to put it in, right now there isn’t an entirely easy way to do it, so hopefully we will find a solution soon.
It is kind of difficult getting back into writing. This blog is kind of part of that as much of it is really nothing more than actually sitting down and taking the time to write every day. In addition to this, I have tried to at least look and think of my book a little every day to try to get a better idea of where to go with it.
So feeling a little ripped off about my previous guild ending before we really got the chance to go raiding, I decided to start applying to other, more established raiding guilds to at least be able to go and see the raids occur, see the zones, and at least get some loot. I tried a couple and got in one fairly easily (of course it was the lesser of the two) and last night went on a raid where we killed pawbuster (breaker?) and cleared PR.
Overall, they are decent, they have far too many rules, their dps isn’t where it should be, and I’m not sure if I’m going to enjoy them as much as I had the previous guild. However, this guild’s raid schedule is much better at Mon/Wed/Fri with fill raids on Saturdays and Tuesdays that are usually just for farming or status. This means I won’t get as easily burnt because I get breaks in between and it also means I can go out and spend time with my friends without having to sacrifice four straight nights like the previous guild would have.
Still the overwhelming amount of rules is a bit of a turn off. I liked what we were setting up before… it was a rare combo of top notch players that are expected to do their jobs without worrying about micro managing all of them. Plus the players themselves did much better dps than this current raiding force which tells me we would have been much more successful without even trying. I think that would have been great, it is too bad that we just couldn’t get the membership going.
With the commotion over the website move and the dismemberment of my raiding guild I nearly neglected to give an update on my presents from X-mas this year.
So from my friend I got Battlestar Gallactica season 1, a Battlestart Gallactica Calendar, and a Nstromo N52 Speedpad. None of this was really a surprise as I asked for them, my friend isn’t that great at figuring out what I want for some reason so this is what she does… the Nostromo has been pretty good thus far. Much of my time with it has been getting used to the finger presses and setting it up to work with my healing routine. I still haven’t set up all the buttons but I got a fair amount in. From her family I got a best buy gift card and a Dragon Calendar (her family has this weird calendar gift fetish, I think it is because they were all poor and this was a personalized present they could get each other that they could use <shrug>).
My sister’s family gave me a new Wii carrying case which was actually pretty good for them. I have been needing a case to carry it in and was eyeing some, it isn’t probably what I would have chose (given that it is small and carries only 2 remotes), but it was a good gift none the less.
My mom gave me a big gift card and a copy of the new monopoly with the credit cards (version #3 not including junior for me!!!!), and then she also made a photo album with the family history in it for me which was a fairly nice gesture I thought.
My brother sent me a food pack with all sorts of treats and a candle holder, as well as a donation in my name to some African fund (yeah they are those type of people which honestly I don’t mind so much but it is kinda sad cause now they just buy the same thing for everyone they know and I feel like they have lost touch).
I feel that I got more, but I can’t remember anything else honestly. I know for my graduation I generally got cash and gift cards as well, which is leaving me with quite a nice sum that I could buy something nice with if I wanted, though I don’t know if this is what I should do.
Overall, it was an ok christmas… I still would rather do without the gift giving in general but I do think everyone would get overly pissed off if I stopped giving them presents which sucks.
In all honesty, I thought that my next report on the raiding guild I had joined would be a pretty good one. As it turned out though it will not be. I was having a pretty good time in it, I was getting groups much easier, people there were willing to play and they were really good at it too. But last night upon logging in I got the news that they were dissolving. The problem was that while we had picked up a few quality players since I joined, we had lost a few more quality players to other guilds, real life, or Rise of Kunark boredom (an all too common disease these days). Abruptly they just decided to end it and I went back to my old guild.
I suppose this was always a chance… I mean they never had a complete guild in the first place, but I didn’t expect so many people to just randomly stop playing after they decided to make the raiding guild… it was weird. Maybe this type of burnout happens a lot more with the hardcore and maybe the rush to 80 created a larger burnout, or maybe the expansion just sucked. I’m not sure but I am really sad to leave those guys. I thought of going to follow them to the guild they are going to but I don’t like that guild so I just decided to return to my old guild which I love, but boy was I having fun with them….