As part of the pre-expansion guild tidy-up, I've now been through and removed excessively inactive characters. These are generally members who have not logged in for more than 6 months, on any of their guild characters - although a lot for longer than that, the longest being over 3 years.
The following members have been removed from the guild due to long-term inactivity:
Hoescht, Kaitlynn, Feyatha, Magnets, Aldyiss, Loxford, Rainz, Kodobatchoop, Ehtamon, Nin, Jayunya/Zaragus, Harbinger, Alde, Karananga, Lindale, Cruealla, Verel, Svimfell, Trollat, Moumentai and Yakuza.
If any of these members wish to return, they're welcome to submit a new application on the website, ideally mentioning they were previously in the guild.
The following members we considered may possibly be back, so have therefore placed their "main" character in the MiA rank and removed the rest of their alts:
Amberyllis, Muetmort, Galhan.
If any of these members wish to return, they're free to do so .. as they're already in the guild, they do not need to reapply, but they will be taken out of the MiA rank into the Cub rank, to then progress as normal through the ranks. They are also welcome to get their alts re-invited if they so wish.
Please note that if you think you may be away from the game for more than a few months, but wish to remain in the guild, you should let us know so we can discuss your options with you. We can place a note against your name in the roster, which will stop any initial removal within a stated time period, or we can place you in the MiA rank, which is a guild safety rank - the character cannot access the guild vault and therefore prevents any major guild loss if the account is hacked whilst not in use.
For information, I will be away next week (yes, the week the expansion launches!), so if you have any questions or problems during that time, please direct them to the other Officers. If there is something that absolutely needs my attention, they can contact me.
Before then, I'm hoping to get the guild vault tidied up .. if there's anything in there you would like, that you can't currently access, then please ask and we'll try to get it for you, within reason. (Obviously, if you ask for "everything in the last tab" you're not gonna get it :p ).
I will also be attempting to get the roster and website characters fully linked .. so please ensure that all of your alts in-game are tagged as such in the public notes. If any aren't, due to the changes in the guild admin UI recently, only officers can update, so please ask one of us to do so.
I will also be clearing out the Werewolf rank .. placing characters from that rank back into the Wolf/Wolf alt ranks. This is in preparation for the new raids in BfA. As you know, the Werewolf rank is reserved for those who have reached the Wolf/Wolf Alt rank and are regular raiders. So once we start raiding again, it will become repopulated with those who fit that description.
Finally, I will, if I have time, be removing inactive members from the guild. This means it is especially important that your alts are linked to you .. as if they've not been online for a while, I may well think they're an individual that has stopped playing, and remove them (whereas if they have a link to other characters, I check ALL linked characters for most recent activity). Generally I will look at removing any member who has not been online within the past 6 months (other than those in the MiA rank, who get longer), unless they have a note stating a date they will be back (that we've not yet reached!).
It should go without saying, however, if you've not yet run through the most recent content on WoW on Darkshore, and want to avoid spoilers, you might not wish to press "play" on this video.
If you HAVE played through the recent content, and are up on the current lore/storyline, and potentially what may be coming in the very near future, then it's well worth a watch:
Please join me in congratulating (or commiserating with!) Shezbeth (Doug) who in a moment of madness volunteered to help us out by joining the Officer team. Feel free to ask him lots of questions .. but be gentle .. we don't want to scare him too much too soon!!
Dunno about you, but after that Jaina seems a bit scary!
More info on wowhead, including clips and lyrics for that awesome song in full ..
The official notes are here for Patch 8.0.1 are here! These include all the upcoming system changes coming to Battle for Azeroth, from Class Changes to the Burning of Teldrassil event, War Mode, and new Social Features.
Notable class changes include:
Beast Mastery Hunters may not get Hati back after all, but the concept still lives on - The new talent, Animal Companion, allows you to summon a second Pet to your side!
Healthstone no longer shares a cooldown with healing potions!
Battle Is Coming!
You can now enable War Mode and venture out into a world full of others who have made the same dangerous choice. Enabling War Mode provides additional bonuses:
All PvP Talents you’ve chosen will be available to use anywhere PvP can occur.
You’ll gain an additional bonus to experience while leveling up.
Earn additional bonus gold and Resources from World Quests.
War Mode can be toggled on or off beginning at level 20 by visiting either Orgrimmar or Stormwind and setting your preference in the Talent pane (default hotkey ‘N’). Beware! Once you venture out in War Mode, all zones will become contested, including zones such as Northshire Abbey.
You can now create and join cross-realm social groups in World of Warcraft. Communities make it easier for you to find and play alongside adventurers who share common interests. Hit default hotkey ‘J’ to get started.
Now, when you enter an instance at 10 levels or more above the maximum level of the content, Legacy Loot rules will be automatically enabled. Under Legacy Loot rules, drops will include a chance for all items that would drop for a full party or raid at the instance’s level.