Raid for the Cure Chat Channel!

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.

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

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

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

Chatting

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.

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Customizing

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.

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Then, from the options, choose Settings.

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And then choose Global Channels.

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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.

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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!

Showing your compassion in a different way

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 Snopes.com, 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.

Windshadow says… thank you!

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Thank you to everyone that has donated Mageweave Cloth on the Alliance side! Thanks to your efforts, and the efforts of amazing Sidhe Devils such as Myrx, Dechion, Aselvar, Ruune, Ruuaarr and Skiffens, Windburn has the mats for 278 shirts in her bags, and Dechion has about another 100+. Somehow, I think we’re covered on the Alliance side.

If you’d still like to donate some Mageweave Cloth, can I ask that you send it to Jystra on the Horde side of Kael’thas (US)? Despite the work of Aselvar and Jystra, I’m kinda worried there.

Again, thank you all very, very much for your generosity, both in Mageweave, and in donating to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

When last I checked today, your donations had grown to $500. That’s just amazingly wonderful, and a fine testimony to your kindness and generosity.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Windshadow (BBB)

Raid for the Cure update – Poll!

I’ve added a poll onto the sidebar, and I ask you to please visit it and enter in if you plan to attend the Raid for the Cure, and if so, on which faction, Horde or Alliance. This will help us to determine how many Pink Mageweave Shirts we will need on each side.

And if we end up having too many shirts because folks sign the poll andend up not bein able to go, that’s fine with us. We’d rather thnk you’re coming, and have a shirt ready for you. :)

If you would like to donate Mageweave for the cause of making Pink shirts, please mail Mageweave to Windburn on Alliance side Kael’thas (US), or Jystra on Horde side Kael’thas (US).

I look forward to seeing you there!

Raid for the Cure update (Nov 4th)

This update has been added to the main post. Posted here for the benefit of those that read the blog via Feed Readers.

Update: November 4th.

Charities other than Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The event is to help bring awareness about Breast Cancer to the community, in Julie’s honor. Towards that end, we have consolidated our efforts towards donations through Susan G. Komen for the Cure. However, we feel that the point is not who you donate to specifically, but instead the awareness and the sense of community.

If you would like to make a donation to the cause of Breast Cancer research and awareness, or towards Cancer research in general and take part in the raffle, but do not wish to donate to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a donation made to any other charitable Cancer-focused organizations is also welcome, so long as they provide an email receipt as proof of donation.

If you do make such a donation and wish to enter the raffle, simply follow the steps above as described in sending the email receipt to tigerlordgm AT yahoo DOT com with the title Raid for the Cure Raffle Entry, and you will be entered into the raffle.

Suggestions for other charitable organizations you may be interested in donating towards include;

Current Prizes available for the Raffle:

Handmade scarf with the emblem of the Horde, doanted by Lauren of P’ville Girl.

Handmade scarf with the emblem of the Alliance, donated by Lauren of P’ville Girl.

One finished and colored art commision of an animal subject, Warcraft related or not, by Tami Moore (sometimes known as a Saucy Wench). 

A choice of the Panderan Monk or Mini KT non-combat pet. There are 3 of these prizes available, courtesy of Jong of Forbearance!

One custom “very pink” plush Moonkin, based on the pattern from a WoW.com article from April. The Moonkin plush is over a foot tall, and is being made with high quality, ridiculously pink fur.  Since Sidhe Devils is an Alliance guild, Serthida is putting big antlers on this guy instead of Tauren horns. This is still being made, but here is a picture of the status so far. Still needs his hand and foot claws, his medallions attached in the right places (they’re just pinned on), some eyes, and a tail. Custom made and donated by Serthida of Serthida’s Save State!

WoW Trading Card Game card, Pinata Loot Card (unscratched, of course) donated by Ken Mueller.

One item of any kind from the Big Bear Butt Cafepress store, donated by Cassie and BBB.

One item of any kind from the Sidhe Devils Gone Wild podcast Cafepress store, donated by Cassie and BBB.

Grand Prize: A guest appearance on the podcast Sidhe Devils Gone Wild, and influence on the discussion topics for that show. This is not for a few minutes, but being on the show for the duration of that episode. If the winner of this prize is bashful, then an item from the Big Bear Butt Cafepress store, and private conversation with the members of the Sidhe Devils Gone Wild (non-recorded) can be substituted instead. :)

Special Event Guild NOT being formed!

We do not intend to form a special Alliance or Horde guild for this event, like others have done in the past.  We expect to have many people with pre-existing characters on the server participating, characters that are already in guilds of their own. So rather than ask existing people on the server to leave their guilds for the day, or miss out on chat/details in a guild chat area, we will instead be setting up custom chat channels on both Alliance and Horde side that people can join the day of the event.  The info on the names of the chat channels, and instructions on how to setup/join a custom chat channel will be posted here a day or two before the event.

Server crashing concerns
 
We realize that this event is getting a lot more publicity than anticipated, and expected attendance numbers may go beyond what we expected.  We planned on reducing the load on the server as much as possible by having multiple starting areas (both Alliance and Horde) AND multiple areas within each faction.  New characters will obviously have to start in the starter zones, but higher level characters and people that already play on Kael’thas can start in the secondary meeting zones (Auberdine or Astranaar for Alliance, Camp Taurajo and Crossroads for Horde). We really hope that this will help minimize any stress on the server.

Raid for the Cure updates and Writers' Month thingie

For the next couple of weeks, until the Raid for the Cure is completed, I will be making regular updates concerning donations made by folks for prizes in the raffle, and also of course to remind folks that the Raid for the Cure is coming.

I also still intend to continue to write WoW and Feral Druid related posts, but they might be a bit scarce.

See, there is one other, teensy weensy little thing I’m going to try and do too, and I wanted to give you a little warning in advance.

This month is supposed to be this whole, big “write a 50,000 word novel in one month” thing going on. It has some weird acronym or catchphrase or something, I dunno. Rajoeblomedowno or something.

Now, I’ve never done it before, because in my heart I feel it kinda sets a call for quantity, not quality. Some of the most intense stories I’ve ever read would come in well under the 50k word count, and I dislike feeling like I’m following a quantity bandwagon.

But I know that’s not what it’s about. I know that it’s supposed to be a challenge you set for yourself, to spur you on to write for what should be a small, easily managed period, just one month. You can write each day, telling yourself, “It’s just for a month, I can do it.” And at the end of the month, if you hang in there, you will have (against your will, kicking and screaming) developed some of the habits that will help you, as a writer, keep on writing consistently onwards into the future. 

Sadly, I don’t think anyone would be all that surprised if I churned out a bearwall of story day after day after day. Kinda hard to impress people when you’ve already got a reputation for being, umm… long winded.

Hopefully, I can surprise people with the quality of the story, instead.

That’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to take this opportunity as an excuse to seize my Converging Forces PBeM story that is up to date and posted on the sidebar, and I’m going to tear into it. Manny and James are onboard with guiding me on their character actions, and know that if I don’t hear from them, I’m going forward regardless. The story WILL advance. And we’ll just see, on the last day of November, if I hit 50,000 words when the dust settles.

The story is already in progress, and I am sure it won’t be over when the end of November nears, so it doesn’t count as “a novel”. But it’s a creative writing project that I’ve enjoyed for years now, and I think Manny and James will be happy to see some new life breathed into it.

So, yeah. This is your advance warning. There will be massive Converging Forces updates flooding the blog. If you have meant to read what is already live and haven’t done so, you might want to get caught up now. 

If you tried reading it, and hated it, or you just don’t want to bother reading it, never forget that my website theme allows you to minimize posts using the little plus and minus buttons in the upper right hand corner of the post box. Honestly, I don’t want to alienate anyone. I’m sure most folks are going to pass on reading them, and that’s fine with me. Non-WoW bearwalls of fantasy writing are NOT going to be for everyone.

For those of you that have already read what was there, and despaired of ever getting a new chapter… hold on to your hats, ’cause this is going to be a wild ride.