The Imperial Guardsmen go to Liverpool

From left: Myself, Nia, Nassaya, Vahan and Snypedragon

You may recall that back in December I mentioned that my guild, the Imperial Guardsmen, would be having its first real-life meet up. I don’t think I blogged about it afterwards, but safe to say it was a success. So much of a success in fact, that we decided to have another one a couple of weeks ago, on April 7th.

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Single Abstract Noun


The first Google Images result for "Pantocracy". Could it be that this is what the guild members of Single Abstract Noun really look like?

So for all of you who read Righteous Orbs (and you should, because you won’t find orbs anywhere else that are any more righteous-er), you’ll have noticed that Tam recently started up Single Abstract Noun, a blogging communities guild on Argent Dawn EU.

Note the term ‘blogging communities’ – you don’t need to have a blog or write to one, or anything like that. In fact, all you really have to do is read blogs and be involved in the community, which means you (yes, you) are already qualified! So head on over and join in the fun – more information can be found at the above link.

Myself, I actually briefly considered restarting my subscription to go and see what was happening, but apparently the guild is a pantocracy and this means pants are encouraged, which is something I’m violently opposed to. So even though I won’t be there, you can be! Roll an alt, transfer your main, faction change – whatever rocks your canoe – and let me know how it goes.


The importance of being small

My guild, the Imperial Guardsmen, is an exceptionally small guild by most people’s standards.

It always has been no matter how much effort we’ve thrown into recruiting. On average, we’ve tended to have between 40 and 50 members at any given point in our lifetime since I took over as GM, and while we try as hard as we can, we simply can’t manage catch up to other guilds. Of course, this sometimes creates issues. Oftentimes, we get stuck with several people who have really good ideas for things to do, but we just don’t have the human resources to make it work. If things are implemented regardless, they go unappreciated, or fall flat due to lack of interest.

For example, we recently purchased a Ventrilo server for the guild to use, and thus far a total of five different people have used it. Four of them are officers. Another example would be our guild website, which is updated pretty frequently and provides news, forums and a messaging system for our guildies. At the time of writing, we have a total of seven people signed up to the site, and approximately three of them use it regularly. Similarly, we set up a guild Facebook page for anyone who preferred to communicate through that medium, and inevitably it has just four members and has essentially fallen into disuse. The final example I’ll mention is the guild bank; after investing (officers’) gold into buying tabs for it, it is used a couple of times a month and that, again, is mainly by the officers. Hardly the healthy trading situation we had hoped to create.

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Gnome Punting

Join the Imperial Guardsmen, where we enjoy gnome punting as part of our five-a-day.

Also, as I’ve mentioned previously, please help support Azeroth United in their charity drive for Child’s Play, which brings games to hospitalized children who otherwise would have none (see end of video).

Thanks to Tom for being such a great sport. No pun intended.


Azeroth United: Hearts, Hands and Voices for Child’s Play Charity


Today I just want to mention the website Azeroth United and what they’re currently doing for the Child’s Play charity.

AU is a new website from the folks behind the Twisted Nether blogcast as well as a couple of other well-known podcasters and bloggers. They plan to be an “umbrella site” for all the WoW blogs, podcasts, video casts, web comics, machinima and guilds around the internet, and so if you’re reading this and you have something of the above (or indeed anything to do with WoW) head over and see what you can do to get involved! Even if you don’t, it’s worth checking out.

They also plan to use their community aspect to raise money for various charities, and right now they’re running the HHV event (see the title of this post). So if you have some American currency* going spare, please head over and donate something to this great charity!


*The internet is an amazing place. You don’t have to donate in USD, it can probably be any currency.

Late night fun – a story in video

The cinematic counterpart to my previous tale, although this one includes footage of our AQ20 achievement fun run.

Note that this is neither an official video for my blog, nor is it an official video for my guild; it’s purely for fun.



Late night fun – a story in pictures

It can get pretty crazy late at night in my guild, especially with the introduction of a new Ventrilo server, and last night was no exception.

The plan had originally been to raid, but we eventually decided we couldn’t be bothered and so we went to ToC heroic instead. Afterwards, me and two others were somewhat bored, so we decided 3-manning Onyxia was the only sensible option.

Twenty-five minutes later, additional instances still could not be launched.

Luckily we developed a lazy man’s way of bashing our heads against the portal, which is to say we positioned ourselves such that we only had to jump and it would try and zone us in, meaning we didn’t actually have to move forwards or backwards or anything. The screams of joy were somewhat deafening when we finally did get in.

So the first attempt went down the pan when I got knocked into the whelps! -50DKP for me.

My last moments.

My last moments.

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