It’s not often I can feel the joy that comes from knowing that I have managed to include both the words ‘ninja’ and’enema’ in your RSS feedreader.
That makes me happy, right there.
And I simply cannot wait to see the search terms people used to find this blog post on Google.
Do you remember a while back, I posted about our experiences having our Karazhan Chess Event ninja’ed by another guild?
The original post is right here, where I describe the entire situation, of the raid going into the second night of Karazhan, only to find an endless mound of corpses in front of Illhoofs’ chamber where they utterly failed to down him, but when reaching the Chess event, found it to have been completed and the box looted already. And the events that led to finding and confirming, from the GM ‘Thesphinx’s own mouth, that yes it was Green Dragonflight that was responsible. Hell, Thesphinx was proud of it, and was happy that we were all riled up about it. He took obvious, genuine pleasure in it.
Go ahead and read the old post, it’s been a while, it’s cool.
We eventually figured out who in the guild was responsible, when the person Hakuri/Ikurah left the guild to join Green Dragonflight a week later. That got rolled into a bunch of drama with some problems with what I thought was one of my best friends in game leaving our guild on bad terms, so it was all a big ugly mess.
But the facts remain. we had a Karazhan run that ended halfway in, and on the second run found the Chess Event loot box empty and the event finished, and identified Green Dragonflight as the guild that was responsible, and our Raid Leader talked with Green Dragonflight’s GM, Thesphinx, who not only admitted it, but bragged about it, laughed about it, and taunted Jopps by telling him he’d never figure out who in our guild had given them our Raid ID.
For the next week, in fact, until Ikurah left to join GD, at periodic times Joppers would tell us that Thesphinx had just whispered him to ask “Didja figure out who it was yet? lol”.
Fast forward to today. My wife asked “What the heck is this Official WoW forums you keep mentioning as being where the asshats live?”
So I took her to the forums, to Kael’thas in particular… there to find this post by Thesphinx of Green Dragonflight, named “Can’t find an ACTUAL casual raiding guild?“right at the very top;
I’m Thesphinx, the GL of Green Dragonflight, and I’ve been kicked out of 14 different raiding guilds, all for different reasons. Let me explain.
I love to raid. I play WoW about six hours a day, so I could easily join one of those hardcore raiding guilds that require you to fill an application to join and raid at least three times a day if I wanted to. But I don’t, because I refuse to join any guild that requires you to fill out an application and go to interviews to PLAY A GAME.
In my opinion, guilds are just an extra feature Blizzard added to make finding groups for raids easier. But for some reason guilds are making things too difficult! Always I hear about how guilds make things mandatory and how all the guildies are told to “treat each other like they would their own families.” IT’S A GAME! And it should be played like a game! You should be able to get on whenever you want, get off whenever you want, and only have to raid when you want. You shouldn’t get kicked out for not being social or active! Instead, while you’re in a guild you’re always in constant fear while away from your computer that something is happening that will undermine you while you’re not on. Sometimes, I don’t feel like playing WoW, and when I don’t feel like it, I won’t. I refuse to let myself get kicked out of guilds and bossed around because I’m not perfect. I paid for the game to have fun, and I want to have fun. The last thing I need is to be paying 15 dollars a month to make WoW my second job.
Anyways, as for why I got kicked out of fourteen raiding guilds, let’s just say, when you refuse to sign up for raids on a website, refuse to come to raids you don’t want to, refuse to give free things to guildies, and refuse to accept free things from guildies, you become a social outcast. And when you become a social outcast, you get booted, always with the same message: “You do not meet the required standards for the guild” or “You do not fit in well with the other players” depending on whether it is a family raiding guild or a “casual” raiding guild that you’re in.
So I started my own guild, because that way I could have things done the way they’re supposed to be, where guilds do what they’re supposed to do, make finding groups for raids and instances easier rather than making WoW a second job.
Well, that was one year ago, and now, the guild is doing fairly well. 120 members, all of which are over 60, thirty 70s, and six people who raid kara regularly every week.
However, I’ve been having trouble inviting members lately. It’s sad too, because the guild is so close to raiding on its own.
If you’re interested in joining Green Dragonflight, whisper Thesphinx when I’m on or any other member, since everyone has the power to invite. All raiding is completely optional, and no DKP so that you don’t have to come to raids you don’t want to. Also, helping guildies you don’t know isn’t encouraged with the exception obviously being that they’re your friends. Also, ranks are not determined by how often you are on/how often you help the guild so you don’t have to be obligated to do anything you don’t want to and won’t be put on “second tier” for not being on often enough. You can literally just get on once a week to raid and then not come back on for another week. In fact, all you have to do is raid EVENTUALLY, and even if you don’t, you won’t be booted or demoted.
I really appreciate anyone who decides to join the guild. Even if just four people decide to join, that would help us out a lot so that we won’t have to run with other guilds or PuG so much. Even if you already have a guild or can’t join for some reason, whisper Thesphinx at 7:30 game time Saturday or Sunday at 5:45 game time to come to kara runs.
Once again, I really appreciate it.
Now, I posted the whole thing here because he could edit or delete it at any time… but when I read that, I laughed… and laughed… and laughed…
I’m serious. I didn’t write that as a joke. It’s no longer April First. That is serious.
That guy wrote a very well framed post. A lot of thought and hard work went into justifying his decisions, and if you did not know… I mean, KNOW, as I do, about the nasty things he has done to other people in the game, with JOY!, in the past, you could almost buy into the concept that this guy is really just a smart, nice guy that doesn’t want to be tied down to the fascist rules of unreasonable guild officers that take a simple game way too seriously.
He’s an asshat. A ninja that takes pride in hurting other people casually, an asshat that simply doesn’t think any of the rest of you are REAL, or could possibly be worth a seconds’ thought. He wants phat loot, and needs more people to carry him into raids to get phat loot, and he will say what he thinks will get him more people to get HIM what he wants. A person that has proven he enjoys doing things that he knows would hurt other people or waste their time. He has made that plain in the past. As he says… WoW is a game, and he is playing it for fun. What he neglects to mention are the things he thinks are fun.
Even worse, he is an asshat with a guild leader position.
I’ve said before, I am sure some of the members of the Green Dragonflight guild have no idea what he and a few of his tight buddies do.
But take a minute and try and imagine… suppose you saw that post of his in the forums, and said to yourself, “Hey, this guy sounds pretty smart, and the reasons he formed his guild sound solid. I kinda wanted more structure, but it sounds like he is smart and I agree that those other raiding guilds sure do have a lot of rules. A guild that raids without rules sure sounds cool. I want to be able to take a night off to spend time with my son or daughter without worrying about being gkicked. I think I’ll whisper him.”
And imagine you went and joined that guild. And started walking around with the <Green Dragonflight> tag over your characters’ head.
You would have no idea what I, and lots of other people like me on our server, automatically thought of you.
Because you are in that guild.
For one thing, I would never PUG with you, and neither would anyone else from my guild. Why deal with the annoyance of having known ninjas in the group?
Is that fair? Are you a ninja?
No, you’re not. But your guild has a well deserved reputation, because the Guild Leader forms the heart of the guild, for better or worse. When he is known to be a worthless sack of shit… well, it’s not fair, but the brush you are being tarred with is the same one.
Say you call out you would like some help in Netherstorm on the general channel. I often help when i see those, and so do others. But I do a /who of your name, see you’re in Green Dragonflight, and I put you on ignore so your bleating no longer annoys me.
What must it be like to actually be in that guild? Are normal members given access to the guild bank, or just Thesphinx and Kaziral and his tight friends? Are members there feeding the GL’s ninja desires by just putting stuff for free in their bank, thinking they may someday get some help themselves when the time comes?
I mean, having someone that screwed up as your Guild Leader? Seriously?
Yeah, that’s where I want to try and make a home for my characters in the game.
If you have time, and you personally have knowledge of what Thesphinx has done to you or your guild in the past on Kael’thas, why not stop by that thread and post your experiences there, to make sure anyone that reads it is warned of what he is like. Kinda like a public service for players everywhere.
Ninja situation alert!
As long as we are on the topic of ninjas and asshats and people screwing guilds over, I want to alert you to a plague that has struck on some realms over the last week. I am tired right now, and can’t remember where I first saw it mentioned, but when I do remember I’ll edit this post to show it.
There is a new scam people are doing. They look up a guild in the Armory, and write down the names of the officers. Armory shows the various ranks of the players, so it’s easy to find out.
Then the person waits until it’s either really early or really late, when the number of people on the game in that guild are very low, but there IS someone that is of a rank that could invite people to the guild AND upgrade their character rank. WoW does have search functions to show you all the members of a particular guild that are online, so it’s easy to do this.
Then the person makes an alt named “officername-bagboy” or something else alt sounding, whispers the online officer of the targeted guild, and says they are a new bank alt of the officer, could you shoot me a quick invite?
More often than not, they seem to not only get an invite, but automatically get promoted to a level that has access to the guilds’ bank.
Then they loot the entire bank, delete their alt and disappear.
Please, if you are whispered to invite the alt of an officer into your guild, do so… but if the person really is an officer, let them promote their own damned alt.
DO NOT DO IT YOURSELF.
If they are who they say they are, all they have to do is log out the alt, log in the officer main, and promote. They do not need you to do so. If they can’t promote their alt, then you KNOW they are liars.
Please, protect your guild.