Full Steam Ahead to Cataclysm

In the past I’ve been a little vexed about the fact that Blizzard starts releasing information for the next expansion so far ahead of the release of the actual game itself. I’m assuming that the intention is to build hype and have people excited for what’s coming, and I feel like it definitely does that, with the added downside of decreasing interest in what we already have to play with. I couldn’t begin to estimate the high number of times I’ve heard “it won’t matter in Cataclysm!” in the past months, and it always makes me want to rage SO WHAAAAT, because whatever “it” is, matters NOW.

MMOs have an ever-changing landscape – there’s always a new patch looming around the corner, and and expansion in the works. After the changes have been announced and details start coming out, my preferred method is to chill out and have fun with them when the changes actually hit the live servers (or if I ever got a beta invite, test them there /cries). Cataclysm info has been flying around since before the alpha even started, and I haven’t been screaming every time I hear a spoiler, but I haven’t gone out of my way to find out any information either. I don’t get being worked up over things that may or may not even make it into the game in the future, and certainly don’t change the game now. Sure, our WotLK raids and gear won’t mean much after a few weeks into Cataclysm, but they’re what we have to play with now!

But there is one part of Cataclysm that DID catch my attention, and that I’m breaking pattern for: the changes to 10 and 25 man raids. Without the allure of different (better) gear from 25 man raids, I see no reason not to run 10 man groups exclusively. Having 25 people in a raid is great from a social standpoint, because it means that you can raid with all of your friends, but it also leaves more spots for people you might not necessarily get along with but need, and putting one together is a giant pain for the person in charge. My intent is to focus entirely on 10 man raiding in the next expansion, and I’m taking steps to make that transition as amazing as possible, right now.

If you’ve noticed that it’s been quiet around here lately, that’s because Amber and I have both been pretty busy getting our new guild set up. To make a long story as short as possible, I was getting stressed out over some guild drama and decided to leave Brotherhood of Oblivion. After others started leaving after me, I scrambled to get a guild put together that they could come to if they wished (since many were people that Amber and I had recruited and wanted to offer a home to) and so Stands in Bad was started.

Putting together a guild from the ground up is a really exciting process for me and one that I’ve never done before. We’re working on getting everything ironed out and all the details covered, and it’s a fun process. What I’m really trying to keep in mind is that this will be a close-knit guild focused on seriously progressing in 10 man content. So far we’ve only had one raid together, and it’s made me incredibly optimistic for getting a lot of little goals accomplished in the coming months, and our ability to mesh together and have a strong raiding force in Cataclysm. Bring it on, Deathwing!

Amber here!  Ironically I didn’t attend the first raid of our own guild.  Instead, myself and one or two others who had made the switch helped BoO run their ICC10 for the week, because this was all rather late notice as far as raiding was concerned.  I have not entirely forsaken BoO–Lyrandre is still there, though I refuse to wear the god awful tabard Steve prefers.  Despite the sadness over what is in essence a guild split, Steve seems somewhat re-energized by having sole command of his baby back and I wish them much luck! 

Although Steve and I shared a similar vision for BoO, in the end our joint command just wasn’t working.  A guild that raids with friends only works when everyone’s friends like each other…and well, I attract a different sort of person than Steve does, and not everyone was getting along.  I feel too much responsibility towards the people I bring into the fold to be happy when they were unhappy.  I liken SiB and BoO to be rather like siblings–we love each other for the most part, but do better with some space!  With RL friendships at stake we’re treading carefully, but so far it seems to be going fairly well.  With luck, we can retain ties with BoO and still do some stuff with our friends, without constantly forcing together the personalities that really clashed and cause further drama. 

The new recruits have taken it very well, for people who were plunged into OMG WTF with little warning.  I’m grateful for that.  To any new recruits we had still coming (I knew there were one or two) I won’t be upset if you are scared off!  If not, though, we still have room for you under either guild tag.  <3

The best part, though?

FULL TIME MUFFIN TABARD.

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  1. #1 by Ratshag on July 15, 2010 - 3:00 pm

    Yay muffin tabard.

    Is best of lucks gettin’ the new guild up and runnings. Hope all goes smooth, and the lewts is phat.

  2. #2 by Pixelated Executioner on July 15, 2010 - 4:00 pm

    Good thing I’ve got Tabards of the Achiever for the characters I play most. >.>

  3. #3 by Ambrosine on July 15, 2010 - 4:01 pm

    @Pix – WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST THE MUFFIN?

  4. #4 by Voink on July 15, 2010 - 7:27 pm

    Best of luck in your new venture.

  5. #5 by Jen on July 16, 2010 - 2:48 am

    Congratulations! I have similar plans for Cataclysm, and the 10-man guild me and friends founded a few months ago is working out awesome <3 I hope it's just as good or even better for yours :D

    (Also, that name wins 1 internets.)

  6. #6 by Achloryn on July 16, 2010 - 4:05 am

    Ori, I think you’re exactly right. The way our raid meshed together wednesday and thursday night was amazing. Never having more than one wipe on any boss aside from Arthas was absurd. And all that with at LEAST one person (your offtank) who has very little to no experience with some of those fights? INSANE.

    I look forward to seeing what SiB can do in the future with a little more practice and cohesion. We’re kicking ass, and Arthas is gonna end up with his face in the mud soon enough. I just frickin KNOW IT.

  7. #7 by tytalus on July 16, 2010 - 6:17 pm

    Good luck to both guilds! Conflicts over friendships is something I can empathize with of late. As for the loot in the next xpac, I can understand that choice too…quality over (stressing over) quantity.

  8. #8 by Mathorvos on July 17, 2010 - 10:45 am

    >_>

    <_<

    And I helped! :D

    Huzzah Stands in Bad! Forward to Cataclysm! *swings sword around, avoiding chopping off overhanging and flailing things, and points it through Arthas and at Deathwing!*

  9. #9 by Demeternoth on July 18, 2010 - 3:52 pm

    Good Luck to both guilds. Went through something similar earlier this year myself and am happy to say that there are now 2 strong guilds building for the future rather than 1 struggling to hold everything together.

    Sibling rivalry works wonders ;)

  10. #10 by Echo on July 22, 2010 - 3:10 am

    More like SiBling rivalry.

    Yeah I went there.

  11. #11 by Nefernet on July 26, 2010 - 9:32 am

    Good luck with the new guild !
    I’m doing the same with friends, we are preparing carefully and when Cataclysm will be there we’ll be ready to kick ass ! It’s definitely a good thing to play with close friends in which skills you are confident.

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