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On October 28th, 2009, Julie, a member of the World of Warcraft guild Sidhe Devils on Kael’thas (US), revealed to us that she had been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Her first treatment began on November 9th.

To show our support and love for Julie, her friends in Sidhe Devils started organizing this event within the game of World of Warcraft that we called the Raid for the Cure.

Tomorrow, Saturday, November 14th, the day has come at last!

What it is

World of Warcraft Kael’thas (US), a united cross-faction walk across Azeroth will be held on Saturday, November 14th, starting at 2:00 PM Central Time (Kael’thas-US server time).

Members of both Alliance and Horde factions are invited to attend. Pink Mageweave Shirts will be handed out for all walkers, and all levels of characters are welcome.

We will try to have shirts enough for everyone on both factions, but if you have one already, you’re welcome to bring it, and if you’d like, you could dress up fancy with your Festive Pink Dress!

The walk across Azeroth will not be a race of individuals, it will be a group march to show Julie our love and support.

The Raid for the Cure Event Details

The event itself will take place on Saturday, November 14th on the Kael’thas (US) server. The first start time will be for the Alliance at 2:00 PM Central (server) time.

There are two teams, one for the Alliance, and one for the Horde. The Alliance will start first, because they have a longer route to travel!

Julie has told us that her favorite starting zone in World of Warcraft is Darnassus.

Alliance Start: 2:00 PM Server

To honor her fun in the game, the Alliance team will form up near Conservator Ilthalaine in Shadowglen, the Night Elf starting area. I will be on Windburn, along with Myrx and Magwitch, as event coordinators and suppliers of the Pink Mageweave Shirts for the Alliance starting point. There will also be numberous folks on hand to serve as Protectors of the Innocent, what we’re calling folks that will be trying to keep new low level alts gank free.

 The Alliance team will leave Shadowglen at approximately 2:00 PM Central Time (Kael’thas-US server time) to kick off the event.

There will be no raid groups, instead everyone attending is invited to;

/join RaidfortheCure

A custom chat channel active on both factions for this event.

The Alliance team will travel as a group to Darnassus, and then down to the dock to take voyage upon a mighty ship to the port city of Auberdine in Darkshore.

The team should arrive at Auberdine at approximately 2:15 PM. If you cannot start on time with the main group, Nightmaer will be in Auberdine in advance, handing out more shirts. You can join the group there.

After a short break, the Alliance team will head off to Astranaar in Ashenvale.

The Alliance team will arrive at Astranaar in Ashenvale near Dalyshia, the Flight Master of Astranaar at approximately 2:30 PM. For those that really are running late on the Alliance side, Raen will be here a little in advance, with more shirts to hand out. 

Horde Start: 2:30 PM Server.

Meanwhile, the Horde team will have formed up next to Grull Hawkwind in Camp Narache, the Tauren starting area in Mulgore. Jystra and Dekado will be on hand in advance to hand out Pink Mageweave Shirts, and just before 2:30, I (Windshadow) will log onto my level 80 Horde character Shadowflash and join the group. 

At 2:30 PM, both Horde and Alliance teams will depart their respective locations, Astranaar and Camp Narache, and head on foot for the Crossroads in the Barrens.

Both teams should arrive at the Crossroads nearly simultaneously at 2:45 PM server time.

At this point, the last handing out of Pink Mageweave Shirts will be performed if needed, everyone will gather together, hopefully as one great group representing both factions, and between 2:45 and 3:00 PM depart Crossroads, headed for the city of Ratchet, and her infamous dock.

The entire cross-faction group will take ship from Ratchet for Booty Bay, and there descend as one upon that pestilential city of pirates for the wrap up, followed by a wild dance party. Bring your Pink Elekks and pony kegs!

Immediately after the completion of the march, the Raffle drawing will be performed offline, and results posted on the blog for all to see.

Thank you all very much for your time in reading this post. I sincerely hope I will see you there tomorrow!

Take care everyone, and please, please keep Julie in your thoughts and prayers.

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This just in, a wonderful late prize donation for the Raffle was offered by Laurind, Guild Leader of the Seventh Council on Burning Blade (US).

What could it possibly be?

Oh, words fail me.

Fortunately, I have pictures!


In the words of Laurind;

I’ve made a light weight clay “resto tree from” model and respectfully painted it pink. He stands at approx 6.5 inches tall. Unfortunately I can not attend your race, but I do wish you guys all the best. Good luck and our prayers for your guildy, her family and friends.

Thank you very much, Laurind! And can I just gush for a moment, and say I think your tree form Druid is quite wonderful?

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To help folks get set up for the Raid for the Cure run on Saturday, I have prepared instructions for setting up the chat channel!

We will not be joining Raid groups for the run, as that would leave us split up into isolated teams. Instead, we are going to have custom chat channels, so everyone can communicate with everyone else on the same faction.

For the experts, the name of the custom chat channel, and it IS the same on each faction, is “RaidfortheCure”.

Got it? RaidfortheCure

No, caps ain’t required. And neither are the quotation marks.

And now, for those of us that don’t commonly create or use custom chat channels, I’ll provide a short, but hopefully comprehensive, guide on how to set one up and use it.

Experts, your work here is done. Thank you!

Creating a custom chat channel.

Whether you are walking with us as Alliance or as Horde, the chat channel will be the same. And no, you cannot talk to members of the other faction, the channels, even though named the same, are unique to each faction on the server.

First, open up the Social tab.


Second, go to the Chat tab, and click the “Add” button.


Third, type in the name of the custom channel you are adding, in this case, RaidfortheCure. Leave the password field blank.


That’s it, the channel is now created on your current character!


Now, I’ll briefly discuss talking in your channel, and changing colors to make it stand out better.

As you can see in the picture below, when I created my custom channel, it assigned it the number “6“, which I circled in the example. Your exact number may vary, depending on how many channels you have already created. If this is your first custom channel, your channel numbe may be “5“.

You will see any discussion made in the channel by default. In order to talk in the channel, simply type the “/” and the number of your channel, just like when talking in Trade or LocalDefense.



If you would like to make your custom chat channel easier to read or stand out from other chat, you can customize the colors as follows;

First, right click on your General tab on the chat window.


Then, from the options, choose Settings.


And then choose Global Channels.


You will now see displayed all of your numbered channels. If you click on the box for the specific channel you want to modify as shown below, it will open up a custom color wheel. Simply click anywhere within the wheel, and the chat of your channel will be displayed in that color.


That’s about it for this guide. I hope this will help someone get the chat channel setup, and hope, hope, hope that it will help minimize confusion on the day of the event itself.

See you on Saturday!

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pinkmoonkinJust wanted to let you know, the raffle prize donated by Serthida, the plush Pink Moonkin, is now complete!

Pictures of the awesome cuteness can be found here! What a beautiful job, Serthida!

Details on entering the raffle are back here in the original post, of course.

And don’t forget, the event is a scant week away, next Saturday. I hope to see you there!

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While we are in the very midst of the Raid for the Cure organizing, I wanted to mention one special way that you can show your compassion for someone that is in the midst of their own battle against cancer.

You might have received an email recently, saying something like the following;

Diana Harrison Biorkman has a 5-yr old son in his last stages of a 2 1/2 year battle with Neuroblastoma cancer. They are celebrating Christmas next weekend and Noah loves Christmas cards.

Please take a minute to send a card to:

Noah Biorkman
1141 Fountain View Circle
South Lyon MI 48178

As I found on the fact checking website, this is very true. Mrs. Biorkman really is asking people to send her son Christmas Cards.

As Snopes reports, Noah Biorkman is a 5-year-old boy who was diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma in February 2007.  Although he went into remission in August 2007, his family says, in September 2008 Noah “relapsed with lesions in his right arm and right leg,” and  “after going through six different trials, the cancer continues to spread.”

Mrs. Biorkman is, indeed, asking for Christmas cards for her son. If you are able to take the time to send a card or letter, please send it to:

Noah Biorkman
1141 Fountain View Circle
South Lyon, Michigan, 48178

Thank you very much to Manny for sending me the link and letting me know about Noah, and thank you to all of my readers who have taken the time to read this.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled blog reading.

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