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I want everyone to know that I’m no longer going to be coordinating or running in 25 person cross-server raids.

I know this will come as a surprise.

The runs have always been fun, and it’s been a genuine pleasure to play with everyone involved.

Because of the way I set this up in the first place, the night we run, how long and what hours, it was fine during summer months and when our family wasn’t doing other activities.

Since the school year has started for my son, it’s been a lot more stressful.

I’ve been trying to find a middle ground, but I’ve decided that there really isn’t a middle ground.

I want to thank everyone who has ever participated in any of these cross-server runs with us.

We’ve done some amazing things, and we’ve had fun every step of the way.

From Icecrown Citadel and Ulduar to Firelands and Black Temple, we’ve been and done a lot of the content this game has to offer, and those runs are some of the best experiences I have ever had.

I thank you all, and I hope someday I’ll have the opportunity to run with you all again.

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Last Sunday the cross-realm group had a nice run through Firelands 25 in normal modes.

The goal was to have that one extra week to get more folks in to complete Firelands on normal before we hit achieves or Heroic modes, but we might have had an accidental achievement happen anyway.

Let’s just say that if you’re a bit sloppy on technique on phase three, the true achievement is in NOT having wall to wall meteors on the kill.

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There was another achievement earned during the run; it turns out Penguin is a master at guiding players through Lord Rhyolith, so we anti-Ambi-turned like champs.

That is going to do it for the normal 25 runs. From here on out, we’re doing Firelands heroics.

Next Sunday, 6 PM CST we’ll be going in and beginning Firelands 25 Heroic. If you would like to be a part, be sure to be online and ready for an invite.

I hope to see you there.

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That did not go as planned.

The problem? No plan.

Last night, 25 person raid into the Firelands. Start to finish, fast run, complete clear.

I was happy to see a lot of Firelands achievements being earned when Ragnaros submerged for the last time. Lots of nice gear dropped, there were some fisticuffs over the two-handed mace from Rag, it was clear people were happy to be there.

What sucked about the run was, there were a lot more folks who signed up than we had room for. A LOT more.

Purely through my own screw up, I ended up with two different lists, so I lost count of how many people had asked to go. At one point the night before the run, I thought I still had three openings.

Um, no. SHIT.

Yeah. I think there ended up being something like 10 to 12 people who had emailed, posted or signed up in guild to go that we didn’t have room for.

WTB 40 person mode?

I logged in at ten minutes ’til the go hour, asked folks to whisper me if they were ready for an invite… and the response was overwhelming. At the top of the hour we were full and ready to go.

Quite rightly, people who were still waiting for an invite wondered what the heck happened.

To be honest, I didn’t expect that much enthusiasm over Firelands 25. I figured the peak of excitement would be Ulduar 25 achieves, but I guess quite a lot of us saw Firelands clears skipped over by the fast release of Deathwing.

None of that really matters now. What matters is a lot of people didn’t get to go on the run last night, and I do apologize. Wasn’t intended in any way, but I had no backup plan if there was a large turnout.

Okay, turns out I had a plan. It was just a really bad plan.

Now that the first week of normal mode is done, I’m wondering what our pace should be.

My original plan was to push forward and start right away next week with either heroic modes, or start looking at achievements. Either way, start the more advanced modes.

Now I’m wondering if we should give it one or even two more weeks of normal modes first.

Yes, progress is progressive. Moving on to harder stuff is more challenging, yay. That has it’s appeal.

If we did the normal 25 a few more weeks first, what I would hope is, some folks would be more interested in the progression runs than in doing more normals, and that would give some of the folks who couldn’t go last night a shot at a clear.

Then we could reform the group for progression on heroics and achieves with those folks really focused on that, and not just on a quick clear to have that column checked off the ‘to do’ list. “To Do: Kill the Firelord. For reals this time. Yes, I remember Molten Core, he got better.”

A few more weeks might also get the team more comfortable in working together and understanding the mechanics. Shit died real fast last night, blink and you’d miss it. Do we want a few more clears to have a foundation to build progression on?

Also, hey, normal 25 still sees Tier and weapon drops, and from what I saw last night, there was some solid demand for normal items. Would more people be happy with more chances at normal drops before we hit the color changes of heroic?

Me, I’m just enjoying the runs. If we take another week or two on normals I won’t feel like we’re ‘falling behind on progression’. I mean, it’s old content. It’s gonna still be there in a few more weeks. But maybe other people will lose interest, and fast, unless we move forward.

I don’t know, I’m just a writer on an MMO blog. I may be moody, but I don’t like giving other players the blues.

In related news, hey, the run itself was lost of fun. We crushed each boss in one attempt except Ragnaros, but they resisted just enough to give us the feeling they were more than a speed bump. 

On Ragnaros, Venoym was doing the explaining, but I figured it would be fun to wipe once on a try so people would have a better understanding of what stuff would look like when doing the description. There is just so much to describe in the fight, and without a frame of reference, it’s hard to visualize. I know, I’ve been there myself.

Turned out we almost one shot it on our first try… even though, holy shit meteors. Meteors! LOTS AND LOTS OF METEORS!

Shhh…. wanna know a secret? Don’t tell anyone, but I might, just might, have intentionally run a meteor over Venoym. A few times. Okay, lots.

Until he called me on it, anyway. :)

The most exciting moment for me in the entire run had to be the facepull of Lord Rhyolith. “Hey guys, we’re gonna have to OH SHIT we facepulled, here we go, hit left foot, left foot, left foot, more left foot, oh shit MONSTRE GET OFF THE LEFT FOOT GET ON RIGHT FOOT EVERYONE ELSE ON LEFT FOOT WTF MONSTRE.’

And we still won. That was hilarious. Closest I’ve ever seen him come to the edge without going in the lava. I swear, he pirouetted in place right on the edge, “Monstre on right foot, everyone else on the other foot.”

I got to fly on the feathers of flame, which I was very happy to do. I’ve never been allowed to do that before. :) Hey, there are these circles, the bird leaves flaming fart rings, are those, like, important?

Alex also started flying with three feathers, and whacking on the boss. I think after a while we had a bit of a posse in hot pursuit. Was that wrong? No idea, birdie still fell down went boom.

All told, it was a great night, only marred by the knowledge that friends who wanted to couldn’t go.

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Wrath of the Lich King – Patch 3.1: Secrets of Ulduar

Good morning!

With the addition of pets in old raids, I’ve had to change up my plans for what we can do that would be more than a 5 second snack for a decent sized team.

Thus, I’m skipping straight to an Ulduar 25 person Achievement run. 

I’m planning on a two hour run, starting at 6:00 PM Central Time.

As has been the case in the past, if you are already on my Battletag or friends list, I’ll send you a reminder announcement on Sunday afternoon, and you’re very welcome to attend.

If you would like to take part and are NOT on my Battletag friends list, or are not a friend of someone who is, email me your Battletag info at thebigbearbutt@gmail.com and I’ll add you.

We have a special treat this week, as Askevar (of You Yank It, You Tank It of course!) told me she and her husband Venoym would be able to go along with!

So we are totally going to Ulduar ALL the things!

Alex is going to freak. He’s only been in there the one time, and only halfway through, but he loved it. Loved loved loved it!

Sidenote – We will plan on two hours this Sunday. It is a school night for my son, so assuming we don’t clear the whole bloody place, we’ll pick up where we left off the week after. Our goal – the mounts and achieves, of course!

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I hope you’ll join us this Sunday at 6PM Central time, as we try once again to clear Serpentshrine Cavern and Tempest Keep: The Eye.

What are the odds that we’ll all get sick again? Anyone?

By the way, on that topic, does anyone know a reputable company that provides earthquake, fire, flood, black hole and meteor insurance coverage? No reason, just asking.

/whistles

The truth is, Alex was feeling a little better on Monday (while I was starting to go down with the ship), and wanted to run SSC and the Eye. So I hustled together a quick group of whoever was on in my friends list and a few nice guildies, and we cleared them both. Took very little time. Alex managed to get every piece of the Warlock Vanquished Hero Tier except the helm from Lady Vashj and the belt from the Lurker Below. (The belt isn’t tier, it’s just the piece that matches the set).

Pretty crazy. He’s hoping to finish the set, or at least see a helm drop from the Lady, but you never can tell with that crazy RNG. He says he likes that Warlock Tier look better than any other. I think he’s crazy, the Tier from Black Temple and Battle for Mount Hyjal is awesome. He doesn’t like the tauren sized horns on the hat, though.

Side note, what is your favorite Tier for your favorite class? And why? I’d really like to know… the why more than the what, the reasons people have for liking something can be quite convincing once you know the background story.

I’m thinking there will definitely be enough time after The Eye to ROFLStomp Gruuls Lair, and probably even Magtheridon’s for the finish.

Maybe next week… Ulduar 25 achievements?

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