Team Greymane design complete!

So the last Team Greymane pics were so you could see what Tesh had given me as an example of where he was headed after only one day.

No, those were not what was going up for shirts. Not because I wasn’t happy with the design, I was and still am delighted. No, I didn’t put it up because Tesh told me he was using that as a springboard to go a few steps further. He had more ideas. More direction. More polish.

He also has another project based on vector graphics he’s itching to create, and he showed me some concept art that inspired him for the über project. Just, wow. He said it might be done by Christmas, but, you know… he’s a family man. Kids, Christmas… I’m thinking, as ambitious it is, it may just get pushed a wee bit back. 🙂 

But that is a project to drool over for another time.

For now, here unveiled is the true, finished and wonderful Team Greymane design by the inimitable Tish Tosh Tesh, which will grace t-shirts in the BBB Cafepress store by the end of today.

Tesh has also graciously created a 1080p desktop wallpaper version that you can reach by following this link.

I’ve asked Tesh before if he’d think about creating his own Cafepress store so these wonderful creations of his can benefit him, as they should. I have an ulterior motive, of course. I figure, once he had a store, he’d want to do more of his beautiful artwork to populate it. Yeah, I’m sneaky. Hopefully someday. 🙂

In the meantime, as always, any money gained from sales in the BBB Cafepress store will grow until I can use it to get some Cafepress merchandise… to give away on the blog through some silly reader contest.

Look at it this way; the more stuffs people buy, the more stuffs I can eventually give away through the blog.

Oh, and let’s not forget that if you want to see another fine example of an original Tesh shirt design, the Raid From The Heart Cafepress store is still open, and is still configured so that all sales after the Cafepress’ cut go directly to the American Heart Association. I’m not going to close down that design until next year’s event, so you’ve certainly got plenty of time if you’d like to get one of those shirts.

For those of you that have already purchased a Raid From The Heart shirt, and there were many of you, thank you!

Raid from the Heart Wrapup!

First, of course, is a huge thank you to everyone that helped get things set up, and to everyone that came. We’ve heard several times that people thanked Cassie and I for doing this… we didn’t do it. We had an idea. YOU are the ones that did this, and we just sat back and enjoyed a wonderful time.

For those of you that created characters for the event but play on other servers with your mains, keep ’em around, we do plan on keeping the guilds intact, keeping the guild banks open, and the invites active for another go in, oh, 12 more months when folks get bored. 🙂 Next year, don’t be surprised that when we do a second run… it may not be bigger, and it probably won’t be better, but I swear we’ll have more Magey ports. 🙂

Now, I had way too many screenshots that I loved to be allowed to post them all here. But what I CAN do, is first, repost that awesome Youtube video that Kaiddi created;

And second, I can post a link to my Flickr account, specifically to my Raid from the Heart 2010 folder.

Once I get things sorted, I’ll do a nice follow up post with some of my very favorite screenshots… but seriously, I’m having a hard time reducing the ones I love below 139. So, for now… there are all of these.

PLUS all the links to awesome screenshots that you can find in the comments of the thank you post!

What a great weekend… with everything we did, it amazes me so many folks still had the energy to make so many great picture posts… and that movie Kaiddi did!

Just awesome. 🙂

Thank you to everyone that came today!

The event is over, and it was a ton of fun. It actually felt a little overwhelming, but damn it was great.

There will be a ton of screenshots to come, but in the meantime I wanted to really thank everyone that was able to come, and for being patient when the Mage conflaburation kinda went down. The heart was great, and the dancing! Woo!

Oh, and for that sneaky Gnomer… you may have had your accomplice Penguin me (many, many times), but at no time was this Bear Sheeped! Hah!

If you have screenshots you’d like to send in for posting on the blog, by all means send them to tigerlordgm AT yahoo DOT com!

Wow, what a great time.

Come join the Raid from the Heart this Saturday!

You’re all invited! All levels, all classes, all races, all factions!

Where: Kael’thas-US server (a US Central time server)

Who: You’re kidding, right? Everyone! Yes, even level 1’s on foot. This is not an individual achievement run, this is faction versus faction team action! Our motto? No Gnomes left behind!

After all, we might need a snack later. Just kidding! 🙂

When: Saturday (tomorrow!) October 16th, approximately 12:30 PM. Scheduled to last no later than 2:15 PM.

Where: See below for detailed instructions and maps for BOTH factions!

I’m inviting everyone to come visit the Kael’thas-US World of Warcraft server on the afternoon of Saturday, October 16th to take part in the;

2010 Raid from the Heart in-game celebration!

Everyone, and I mean everyone out there that has access to the World of Warcraft game on the US side of the pond is welcome to come join the craziness. Young, old, level 80 or level 1, Horde or Alliance or an RP in between, there will be something for everyone to take part in and have fun!

The Kael’thas-US server is not a PvP server, so as long as you do not flag yourself or attack NPCs of the opposite faction, you should be safe from any potential spoiling attacks.

What’s it for?

Please see our previous post announcing the event for far more details about why we’re doing all of this. At this time, one day before the event is scheduled to kick off, I want to make sure everyone knows where to go and what we’re gonna do.

Here’s the plan! It’s really not that bad, both factions have their own sections with maps and routes laid out!

On Saturday, October 16th, around 12:15 PM server time, folks should begin gathering for the event at their factions’ starting areas to prepare for a competitive team race!

Those For the Horde will gather together at Stillwhisper Pond, just outside the gates of Silvermoon City.

The Alliance will gather together in the picturesque village of Goldshire, in Elwynn Forest outside Stormwind City.

While everyone logs in and gathers together at the starter areas, there are four different things that you can do to get into the act.

The first thing you can do is join the global chat channel for the event, “Raidfromtheheart”, the same channel name for both faction sides. If you’ve never set up a custom chat channel before, you can visit this old post of mine from last year for detailed instructions – with pictures! Just use the name “Raidfromtheheart” (without the quotation marks) when typing in the name of the channel, and you’re all set!

The second thing you could do, once you’re in the chat channel, is ask for an invite into one of the raid groups. We’re going to have raid groups so that we can try and make sure that every participant is in a raid group with at least one Mage for later ‘porting around.

Yes, we do have Mages. We’ve got confirmation that Darthregis the funky Troll Magefrom the Zug Initiative will be hanging with the Horde, and Hoochieboots (please don’t hold me to that spelling) from Obsidian Annihilation will be providing Mage firepower for the Alliance!

The third thing you could do, IF you happen to be visiting on a character that isn’t already in a guild, is request an invite into one of the guilds created just for this event!

On the Horde side, the guild name is “Raid to the Heart”, and on Alliance side the guild name is “Raid from the Heart”. You can request a guild invite from anyone that you see in either guild at any time, because every guild member of every rank has the ability to perform invites. So, you don’t even need to wait until the day of the event to get into a guild, if you’d like to get an early start.

And the fourth thing you can do is dress appropriately! There will be Red Linen Shirts for all that attend, both in the guild banks available for ALL members to remove, and on the field to be handed out. If you join one of the guilds, both guilds have fun and appropriate Heart tabard designs, and each guild bank has enough gold, and permissions, that all members can take a gold to buy a Tabard to wear.

Thank you to those that volunteered for all the incredible crafting and gathering that’s gone on in support of this event, on both factions. A huge thank you post is in the works. 🙂

Okay, now that we’re gathered together and we’re all ready, what’s this about a race?

The plan is, right around 12:30 PM both factions will kick off the race, with one joint destination; the Thandol Span that crosses the watery chasm between Arathi Highlands and the icky croc-infested wilds of the Wetlands.

The Horde Race Route

The Horde’s proposed route is to take off from Stillwhisper Pond north through the gates of Silvermoon City, hopping all the way, until we reach the Sunfury Spire, enter the Inner Sanctum, use the Orb of Translocation and teleport directly to the Ruins of Lordaeron just outside of Undercity.

From there, the bouncing, hopping horde of red shirted raiders will head out the gates and take a sharp left, following the road through Silverpine Forest, the Hillsbrad Foothills, and finally passing through the Arathi Highlands to reach the north side of the Thandol Span.

Once at the Thandol Span… well, let’s get the Alliance caught up before we get into that, shall we?

The Alliance Race Route

The Alliance’s proposed route is to leave the bucolic scenery of Goldshire behind, pouring through the front gates of Stormwind on a least-time course for the Dwarven District, before entering the Deeprun Tram and taking a ride on the raiding rainbow to Ironforge. The hopping happy Alliance will come out in the Tinker Town section of Ironforge, and head on out the Gates of Ironforge to make their way through Dun Morogh, pass for a brief moment through the north end of Loch Modan by way of the North Gate Pass, and from there across Wetlands and up to the south end of Thandol Span.

Now, the routes might seem kinda uneven, but the great random equalizer is the Deeprun Tram. Delays there can really make or break an Alliance time. A few trial runs made the outcome seem pretty evenly matched, so it should be anyone’s game!

Okay, so there’s a race, and we all end up facing off at the Thandol Span. Then what?

Oh, I’m so glad you asked!

Dance Fight!!!

The first bit of proposed (totally cheesy) fun is a big faction vs faction dance fight, as Horde and Alliance face off on the Thandol Span, north side staring down south side in a /dance fight, winner take all! Screenshots will abound as each side tries to look more menacing and dangerous than the other by displaying their totally awesome dance moves.

Hey, I saw this on West Side Story, and immediately I was gripped by how fierce and terrifying these dancing warriors could be as they protected their turf with threatening twirls and spins. We’ll just have to see if we can live up to the legend!

From there, it’s expected that the entire dance fight will degenerate into a chaotic melee of dancing and bouncing around. Once we’re all milling about, a section of the Thandol Span off to one side will be kinda used for taking screenshots with folks, as shown below.

A screenshot stage? Sure!

I figure it’ll be nice to take 15 minutes for screenshots there with whoever you’d like. I know I’d be happy to take screenshots on Bigbearbutt with anyone that would like to be seen in public with me, and I invite any and all other bloggers that may be thinking of attending to volunteer for screenshots as well and throw your names into the hat (or the comments below). We can do group shots too! Sound fun yet?

After the screenshots and /dancing and assorted mixing and milling and mooing around on the Thandol Span, it’ll be time for the grand screenshot event of the afternoon.

The Grand Heart!

At the right moment, which will at this time probably be around 1:30, give or take a few minutes, the roar will go forth, and everyone will be prompted to take a long dive off the east side of the Thandol Span, into the water far, far below. There, everyone will be formed up into a great big heart (or a teeny, tiny heart depending on how many of us are there for the event), and one lone, dry person will be left standing up on the bridge to take the screenshots.

Once every gets encouraged into being in the heart, and it looks all pretty and the screenshot is complete and stuff, it’ll be time for the final official activity of the afternoon.

The Grand Finalé

Both factions will climb up out of the water (thanks to the ramp conveniently located on the north side of the river, see the picture below), and right there on shore our friendly Mage volunteers will open Portals to bring the entire Raid all the way to the heart of Dalaran itself!

Once in Dalaran, the entire Red Shirt wearing Raid from the Heart will take a well-earned victory lap, bouncing and hopping and /cheering around the main square, inevitably driving the /Trade chat locals insane, before splitting off and entering their respective faction Portal Chambers to take a portal directly to Shattrath.

Wait, Shattrath? Why Shattrath?

In Shattrath, we are all going to stream on down to the World’s End Tavern, where we will officially end the afternoon’s extravaganza by enjoying a concert given by the Artists Formerly Known as the Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain, promptly at 2:00 PM!!

That’s right! Our plan for the grand finalé is for everyone to end the afternoon drinking, dancing and enjoying a great band in a bar floating on a rock in the middle of the Twisting Nether!

Can you get any more epic than that?

Okay, so that’s the Big Plan. But what else should I know?

I know that some other bloggers are hoping to attend, including Gnomageddon the Insane, who is actually thinking of being up at 4:30 AM his local time Sunday morning in order to be there with us.

Now, while I don’t expect anyone to be that hardcore, if you are a blogger and are thinking of attending, I’d love it if you could mention it in the comments here along with your character name, so that your fans know to look forward to having their screenshots taken with you!

For myself, I am still not sure which faction I will be running with at the start. I am the guild leader of both guilds, with Windstar my NElf Hunter on the Alliance side and Bigbearbutt the Druid on the Horde side. Right now, I’m leaning towards being on my Druid on Horde side for the start in Silvermoon City, with Cassie on one of her Sidhe Devils characters with the Alliance in Elwynn Forest, and then switching over at the Thandol Span.

That way, of course, I can park one character at the Thandol Span in advance. 🙂

However things work out, whether you can attend or not, I really hope that everyone has FUN tomorrow with whatever you are doing. If you can’t be there, I promise there will be massive screenshot posts following rapidly… we’ll try to make you feel as if you were there!

Take care, and see you there!

Extra Life is ALSO this Saturday!

As you know, Raid from the Heart is this Saturday, October 16th at about 12:30 PM Central (US) time.

What you may not be aware of is that another event is also going on, an event that starts before us, continues on after… and it’s something that you can do AT THE SAME TIME as you dance on the Thandol Span!

Extra Life, a charity event of the Sarcastic Gamer Community, is also taking place this Satuday, October 16th.

If you follow that link above to check the FAQ out, you’ll see that the Extra Life event is a commitment, with sign ups in advance and everything, that you will play video games for a 24 hour period, and that you will have found sponsors willing to back your play per hour. In order to register with them, they want you to try and find at least four people each willing to sponsor your gaming at a rate of $1 per hour, but hey, you can always shoot for more… more money, OR more friends.

The FAQ I linked to makes it clear that there’s lots of flexibility here; it’s not a “you are a gamer, you don’t have a family, so go play 24 hours” thing. It’s assumed that you will probably have family commitments, so there are make up dates and ways to make up missed time if you have to, you know… take care of your family in the middle, that kind of thing.

The important thing here is that it’s a very cool charity idea for an excellent cause, the Children’s Miracle Network, and the only real specification is that you be playing those video games for 24 hours… but they don’t say which games, or doing what. You’ve got total freedom to decide what you’re playing.

So hey… while playing your video games for Extra Life, why not ALSO double dip and come be in the Raid from the Heart? Huh? Huh?

Interested? Sound like fun? Why not go check out that FAQ and think about whether it’s something you can fit time in your schedule to do?

If you can’t take part yourself, maybe you’d be able to sponsor one of the current registered participants. There IS a way to do so online!

If you’re already a registered participant and you read this blog, such as Ancasta of Executus-US, why not post your registered name in the comments down below, and if someone wants to make a commitment to sponsor, they can put your name in the Extra Life Search Function to get it started?

Me, I’m gonna have to go to Cassie, Bear Butt in hand and see if she’s okay with the idea. I didn’t make any earlier plans to try and do it, because organizing the one event didn’t leave me much room to think outside the butt, so to speak. But if I can take part myself, I’ll be letting you know by Wednesday… and then I’ll see if I can get some sponsors myself.

Who would sponsor a Big Bear Butt gaming marathon?

Whether I’m able to take part in it myself AND make sure Raid from the Heart goes off smoothly, I still hope you’ll take the time to check out Extra Life, it’s just an amazingly cool and fun event.

Raid from the Heart is less than a week away!

The Raid from the Heart is less than a week away! Next Saturday is the big day, and of course I hope that I’ll see you there.

But I need your help!

While DarthRegis has been wonderful in volunteering to be our Magely chaperone on the Horde side of the event, we still haven’t had a Mage volunteer for the Alliance side. If you’re a Mage of high enough level to have the Portal: Dalaran spell in your book, and you’d like to volunteer to be the one to get the Alliance side raid to Dalaran after the Thandol Span festivities, please send me an email at tigerlordgm AT yahoo DOT com to let me know, okay?

The other big thing you could do to help, that I would really appreciate, is if you could help me get the word out there. If you’ve got a blog, a guild website, a circle of friends, even a parole officer you meet with, I would be forever grateful if you could mention that the event is coming up.

Have a fun weekend everyone, and I’ll see you there!

I’m looking forward to the hopping!

When we planned out the Raid from the Heart activities, I tried to imagine how it would feel to take part in it, and whether it would feel “fun” to me or not.

That’s how it all came together the way it did.

Lemme ‘splain.

With the timing of this event, coming as it does right after Blizzcon, and right before the expected big content patch putting the world through a Cataclysm, I felt that it would be wonderful to take one last tour through some of the zones that we won’t be seeing in the same way ever again, in the company of a group of fellow crazy people.

Having taken part in previous runs of one kind or another, I have very strong memories of moving the camera around and seeing all these folks running along with me in a chaotic flood of rolling, tumbling kitten-like furballs.

So I’ve got this mental image of a group of silly, red shirt wearing folks all running and riding and hopping around in chaotic confusion, as we pass through some of the old school zones that will soon be transformed, with higher levels ranging ahead and to the sides to kill the ickies as the lower levels in the crew pass through unscathed.

Sadly, I can’t take any kind of credit for the idea of ending the afternoon partying to AFKAL80ETC. I was good getting to the point where we take a flying leap off a tall bridge, but I couldn’t think of how to end things.

Enter Chawa, who suggested a concert was a great idea and pointed out that the band plays in the World’s End Tavern in Shattrath.

I remembered they play in BRD, but I had completely forgotten about World’s End Tavern. Just flushed that along with ALL of my memories of Shattrath.

Hey, did you know Haris Pilton sells 22 slot bags? Yeah? Well, I forgot.

Now I know what they mean about “he’s forgotten more about WoW than you’ll ever know”… and it’s not a good thing. Was it worth playing a game for a year when you can’t actually remember anything at all about the experience?

Well, yes, but still.

I just love the idea of hitting the bar and jamming to the Elite Tauren Chieftain. It sounds like a blast.

And I love the mental image I get when I think about a bunch of people bouncing around Stormwind, Silvermoon or Dalaran, confusing hell out of the Trade chat trolls that act like they think the entire game revolves around them.

But most of all… I really do love the idea of a last fling with friends through a world that soon will be changed forever. While I may not remember much of my time in Outlands, anymore, I remember vividly the times I have spent with friends doing things like this, and I can’t imagine a better way to ring out the changes on the old world than with you.