• A Daydream of Horde Side

    Ever since I can remember as far back as Lich King days I’ve always fancied to try horde side. I mean, I have some horde characters although only 1 level 90 and a bunch of lil lowbies dotted around but I have never spent more than a fleeting moment playing horde.

    Occasionally I will get a real ID whisper from someone with a message along the lines of ‘whooo what you doing over there? Spying?’ or something like that. It’s because I have so much vested interest in The Dambusters which makes me feel like a fish out of water in any other place. Truth is, if you were all to leave the guild, I would be totally lost in this game.

    Like anybody else, I dream of joining a big heroic raiding guild where I can excel in just 1 class and get some cutting edge raiding but in reality that whole idea comes a distant 2nd in my priorities which almost completely involve all things Dambusters. When people come to me to tell me that they’re leaving ‘to go help a mate out with his guild’ I’m like wtf man, am I not a mate? Don’t we need your help just as much? I can never leave and I have no intention of ever expecting my guildies to be as rigid as I am but sometimes people should maybe consider what they are actually asking. They’re looking for my blessing to vacate our guild for the benefit of someone else’s half-arsed guild that ‘needs help’. Instead, maybe they should manage their guild better so that it’s not flailing to the extent that people feel the need to come to the rescue, or maybe they should give up and join a proper guild who are more professionally maintained, like The Dambusters :)

    Basically, everything The Dambusters is all about is that way because I have pushed us to being that way. If I felt the guild should become a raiding guild then I would push it that way. I would love to be the GM of a top-100 raiding guild but that would come at a cost of other positives we have as a group. I want personal progress but I am unwilling to accept rude attitudes and elitism which so often comes from filling a team with the best raiders possible. I find it hard to bite my tongue when I hear certain elitist tones and if they start rearing their heads in our guild, you can be sure of a warpath moment from me.

    The Dambusters roots are in being a pleasant place to play and as I’ve mentioned before, it’s a very difficult balance to maintain while trying to contain strong, skillful teams within. It’s not an easy task but ideally we would have a top class group of players who prop up a larger community of people while we all get along together. That 8/14 heroic raid squad should be a source of pride for our guild and the social community we have on whatsapp, overall activity throughout weeks and months should be a source of pride for everyone associated with the guild.

    There’s a reason why people who leave us often return. They seek a dream but find out that actually they desire the things only The Dambusters provide. A strong leadership team who may not be perfect, but they work hard and care a lot. A social community who get involved in chats together in game and on our multiple whatsapp groups. In-game events and parties where people are warmly welcomed and get made to feel special. A growing strength in depth of skill-based team play where people are encouraged (forced) to improve if that’s the game you want to learn.

    These are the reasons I can never walk away, and I will never go off only own to horde side. It’s a pipe dream and we all have them. At the end of the day, it’s important to recognise when the grass isn’t necessarily greener elsewhere. I’m sure a change would be fun for a time but inevitably, I would miss the goings-on here. Maybe one day we will all faction change the guild but that’s another discussion for another time way in the future :)

    /Salute


  • Being Flexible and Dependable

    Well it’s bloody easy for me to sit on my perch and talk about other people being flexible and dependable. Largely, the raid nights were heavily influenced by my own schedule to ensure I at least can always make them. Coupled with that, I live in Saudi Arabia and enjoy a career where I have already done all the required learning, experience etc so that I can happily coast along getting paid a decent wedge and have no real financial worries.

    It’s all very well having time when I’m not working to level a ridiculous number of characters and force them into the raid team on nights where I can just about get away with it. It’s easy for me to do this in comparison to most of you who have busy schedules of school and work which requires you to be really flexible. You have family and friends who don’t understand nor care that you play an online game, let alone approve of it.

    I had a friend visit the house recently and he has never played world of warcraft, has no idea that I have dedicated a specific time to raid with a group of people and he just turned up unannounced to check on how baby Kelso is doing. That’s so sweet and I enjoyed having him over, but he unwittingly curtailed a Normal mode clear I was in the middle of with a lower geared character. Almost everyone who plays WoW has this experience which makes it difficult to be able to commit to being a dependable team player.

    When I talk about a team player, I mean someone who thinks of their raid team when they cannot make it to raid night. Very occasionally, I am forced to work an extra shift which really causes me to pull out of our raid team. If there’s nothing I can do about it but be frustrated then it is what it is. I expect my position to be filled by someone else and I don’t expect to walk straight back into that team the next time they zone-in together. I will however, work my ass off and ensure my raid leader is well aware that I am ready and available the next time someone else has to pull out of the team. Where I benefit, is that the work I’ve put in to multiple characters who I have geared to provide me with a wide array of viable roles from DPS ranged, melee to healing and of course I have 2 well geared tanks and possibly a 3rd which can at least do normal modes comfortably. These are the fruits of my determination to be dependable and flexible. If real life gets in my way one time, my spot gets filled then I am equally willing and able to bring another role if the team needs it.

    Come Warlords of Draenor, there will be serious competition for raid spots and the most reliable, flexible players will have an advantage. I advise anyone with intentions to eventually raid Mythics, to try playing at least 2 different classes and at least 2 specs of each. Try to cover at least 2 different roles from Melee/Ranged/Healing/Tanking and don’t complain to the raid leader if he can’t accommodate you on the one role/class you want to play. You have to get real, what if there are 3 players all playing Restoration Shaman? Who do you think will get the shout to raid? Will it be you? Will it be the other guy? NO, it will be Jolts!

    So think about what classes you want to play in the coming months prior to expansion release and pay attention to what people are saying about what they fancy doing. Take notice and be realistic. If Spyrot happens to say ‘Guys, sorry but Yke is my first choice elemental shaman’ then be smart. Either you must prove that you are better than Yke, or focus on a class which is weak in the team. Of course there is always the possibility the guild could recruit an awesome player in the role you were trying to gear up for. That’s the nature of team sport and I am delighted that we will have good strong competition for Spyrot to select from. I suggest we take the current time to really look into what we want to be playing and try to be as flexible as possible. All the classes are changing for WoD so do your research but remember the fine-tuning of class balance comes at the end of the testing so don’t be too put off by a class that currently appears to be behind and equally don’t be too enticed by a class which seems strong in the current beta build because I can guarantee you will be setting yourself up for a disappointment.

    Go with the classes you believe you will enjoy playing the most and take it from there.

    When I talk about being flexible and dependable as a raid team player, I have left out the importance of being a dependable guild member. As is well known, in this guild we don’t ask for much other than exemplary behaviour, a sense of humour and that you log in at least occasionally. Our rule is if a character is offline over 2 months then it’s an insta-kick, I believe 2 months is really fair especially given most actively managed guilds allow 1 month and are often more strict regarding alts than we are at The Dambusters.

    As you can see, the difference in demand from general guild membership to actual raid team inclusion is vast. If you have your eyes on the raiding prize, the standards are much higher but the difficulty demands that pressure to be there.

    To help teach some of our potential future superstars, I will be pushing for our officers to lead teams which should provide valuable gear and experience for budding professionals over the coming months. I want to unearth some little gems from within.

    /Salute


  • A GM’s Eye View

    It’s not easy for me to imagine how things feel from the perspective of a standard guild member who can just play the game as they feel like, no real pressure to do anything except just enjoy their play.

    Almost immediately after starting to learn this game, I created the guild and have been a keen guild leader ever since. I’ve learned this game as the Dambusters big daddy so it’s all I know. When I create other characters on horde side, or other servers and join other guilds, I can’t help but have this sense of loss. It’s an emptiness that makes me feel uneasy and uncomfortable. I don’t want to take over the other guild or anything like that but it’s just not the same. I imagine if I stuck it out a bit longer, give it some effort then I could grow to feel part of another guild but everything in my mind tells me to get home so I can rarely spend any time playing the game elsewhere.

    What this means is that if I actually want to make personal progress in the game then I must make it part of the guild’s policy and ensure I follow it through. I want to raid, I want to play PvP and I like to have friends who share my goals in game. Everybody is different and that variety is a major bonus because it allows the guild leadership team to think together from the perspectives of multiple individuals who collectively bring together those ideas and forge ahead in ways that one individual would struggle to achieve, simply because there are so many facets involved in managing such a community. It’s too much for one person, although it’s good to have one guy who can mediate and have the final say on certain aspects.

    Countless times I have written blogs in the past with the aim of achieving an adjustment to a particular group of people’s outlook. I’ve lost count of how many people have come to me straight after a blog and asked me “was that blog about me?” and sometimes the actions of an individual do inspire me to write a blog focusing on a certain subject, that’s true ofcourse. I would be pretty naive if I didn’t use my experiences with people as lessons for what I would like to happen in the future. Sometimes it’s a positive aspect that deserves a special mention as a possible example to others. Sometimes it’s an example of an incident or occurrence I would rather not see much more of. Every blog subject is an attempt for me to either educate on or bring attention to a particular subject.

    I like to think that I’m in touch with what’s going on around our guild at all times. If I am aware of something that’s happened then I try to use it as a lesson to our members. As I mention, it could be a good thing that deserves encouragement or a bad thing that needs to be stamped out. You can bet your bottom dollar I will act when action is needed and it’s this very learning and constantly adjusting we have done throughout our 5 years in existence that makes our community an advanced social guild where people enjoy their experience of the game.

    We have our raid leaders, we have our events and we have our guild bank, monthly meetings (which we didn’t have this month for the first time in well over a year) and everyone is going about their business as usual making The Dambusters one of the most active guilds on the server, and probably one of the most vibrant guild communities in the entire EU. We have officers performing raid leading, recruitment, guild bank, planning events and our officers are if a very high standard. You won’t find them abusing their given power in this guild, they are approachable (maybe apart from Spyrot the hothead) and they care about what they are trying to achieve. In the end, people still very frequently come to me for information on all of the above. I get questions about raid team inclusion, schedules, the Dambuster Draw, ‘what can I withdraw from the bank?’ The weekly activity prize, PvP, people who want to have more events planned, people who want to know more about Idioms’ Hearthstone tournament (I know right??) and countless other queries and opinions about stuff that goes on around the guild. I even recently got advised how better someone else would have handled a recent officer demotion!

    People expect me to know my business and although very often my answer can be ‘best speak to Spyrot about your raid spot mate’ or ‘jolts would be your best guy to talk to about this month’s draw’ I am usually well placed to offer a good insight to the probable outcome or answer.

    I said at the start that I find it difficult to put myself in the shoes of a non-GM but that doesn’t mean I have no idea what goes on at the grassroots level of The Dambusters. I have eyes and ears in every corner and have been likened to a CCTV van in the past such is the extent to which my feelers reach. I believe I’m an asset to have as a friend in the guild and although maybe I talk too much or appear to give too much away, it’s very calculated and deliberate and the communication overload our guild experiences is a total boon for us and is something which has enabled me to proudly market our name around WoW Insider and Convert to Raid more recently. There are big raiding guilds who know our name and who respect us as a community. We have had members who got glowing recommendations about us from world first raiding guilds because we have built our guild from strong foundations which make us stand out to people as a community who can withstand a bit of drama and come out the other side I damaged and stronger every time.

    I’m not sure how many of you will grasp where I am coming from on this but to summarise, this is a really good place to be and we will only get bigger and better in the coming expansion. We may see disagreements and differences of opinion from time to time but there are big picture reasons for why certain things are done the way we do them. I am always open to hear opinions as long as I am allowed to reply with my own opinions.

    The guild can always learn and adapt to certain things but for the most part, I think you can be glad you are here. I’m gonna recruit some more friends for you and we will have a bawl in Warlords of Draenor!

    /Salute


  • Sneaky Poaching Bastards

    Some people will try any dirty trick in the book to get their guilds some more members. The Dambusters have come a long way in our recruitment process over the years. Like any guild, we want to be able to retain our best members and discard any drama queens, selfish or ruthless players who only look out for themselves etc.

    I get it that guilds would like to poach our players and massively reduce their own workload while attempting to woo our members into joining them. Needless to say, they can try to poach Dambusters knowing full well that we have done the hard work to get the right type of people into the guild the right way. They are targeting mature, friendly, helpful team players who have already made the grade at The Dambusters. This is the epitome of lazy, but incredibly sneaky guild leadership and I find it disgusting.

    Imperius is a guild formed out of dispute with our guild because I dared to challenge the tearaway group who honestly took the absolute piss for too long. I am still hearing stories of their feckless attempts to poach our players and I find it hilarious that our loyal Dambusters almost always politely decline after hearing their well-flogged sob story about how that big bully Bigticket didn’t sit back and watch them wreck his guild from the inside.

    They know full well how hard we have worked to keep such a solid guild and they know exactly what we built after they left. They surely heard our shoutout on Convert to Raid because I know for a fact their guild leadership listen to it. They know what a blitz our 5th anniversary event was and they are infinitely jealous. They just cannot enjoy their own new guild and their excellent raiding progress without trying to piss on our parade and you know something? It makes me even more proud of us, because such a powerful (albeit new) raiding guild glances enviously to us and the way we stood together and revitalised our guild. I’m sure they probably thought when they left us like they did, we would collapse but as you can see we feel liberated without parasites picking at our bones.

    No longer are we under control by a dictator who won’t raid if they “can’t control everyone” who thinks they should be calling all the shots and gets pissy when Bigticket or Spyrot makes a decision.

    No, The Dambusters have gone from strength to strength since Imperius took the disease away with them. I feel sadness that we lost good friendships who followed but naïveté is easily bought with female sob stories and downright twisted lies. There is no way I will ever stoop to such poaching tactics where we would make up lies about a guild’s leadership in the hope that it’s members will defect to us, no that is sheer desperation and hatred who does that. We are so strong that we will never be forced into such dubious leadership tactics and I’m glad about it.

    Enjoy your own guild and try to make it as good as you can, the right way. Rest assured that thousands of top players and high powered Blizzard developers will have heard our name shouted on CTR and some will already know us.

    Continue your hard work that makes you a community that is the envy of certain members of the WoW community. That warm rapturous welcome you are famous for which instantly makes a new Dambuster feel like a star! There’s a reason we are 5 years old, we do it well.

    /Salute

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  • Freeing Officers to Live Life

    However difficult it may currently be for me to spend hours per day online like I did previously, I still have plenty of opportunity during the day to think about guild operations and how to ensure steadiness is well maintained regardless of my own personal schedule.

    Central to my thoughts surrounding guild maintenance is consideration of the work needed from our officer team and the current work being carried out.

    Two famous officers have just stepped down from their posts, both decisions I have made on their behalf and both officers support my decision. Meatblocker/Devilslotus has done a very good job as recruitment officer and raid leading assistant but with his busy real life schedule, I felt these extra duties were putting unnecessary additional workload on him and over a period of time, I have been able to put people in position to cover his tasks to enable him to just log in to play when he can and enjoy the part of the game he loves the most, raiding!

    Rest assured, Meatblocker(Rocksteady) is synonymous with the attitude and personality we need in this guild and if an officer position becomes available in future then he will be at the forefront of my mind. The same may be said about Poca who has truly become a Dambusters legend over the years. People miss her when she’s offline and with the massive life change she has undergone by bringing a beautiful little boy into the world, it is only natural that she must devote her time to family for an extensive time period. Her withdrawal from the game leaves a gaping chasm in the guild but offers an opportunity for someone else to step into officer status. Currently only Shethehunter is managing the guild bank albeit with some help from other officers on occasion.

    We have lost two Dambusters stalwarts from the officer team but I think it’s for the best that we ensure efficiency and compactness within the officer team so that we are best placed to make sure tasks are carried out without adding extra pressure to people’s home lives. There might be a chance available for a budding new officer in future but I am currently looking internally for others to help carry the load previously shared by Poca and Meatblocker.

    /Salute


  • 5th Year Anniversary Prize Distribution

    TOTAL PRIZE FUND  -  275,000g

     

    Most Valuable Player – (40,000g)

     

    Officer MVP   –    20k + ‘Flag of Ownership’   –   JOLTS

    Non-Officer MVP   –   20k + ‘Amani Dragonhawk’   –   YKE

     

    Total Guild Activity  -  (167,000g)

    This guild rewards active members who work hard on their characters.  Altoholism is difficult to track so we have stuck to simplicity here and awarded prizes for the total activity top 20 at the time of the march commencement.  Bigticket is ineligible for all prizes and his current activity position will be overlooked.  The screenshot of the list from today is below the prize results.0
    1. 20k + Ethereal Soul-Trader   –   JOLTS
    2. 20k   –   ANANIEL
    3. 18,000g   –   SPYROT
    4. 16,000g   –   IDIOMS
    5. 14,000g   –   HANDSCAR
    6. 12,000   –   ANUVUME
    7. 10,000g   –   BUBULIS
    8. 9,000g   –   ESTHERE
    9. 8,000g   –   SHAGS
    10. 7,000g   –   BAMBALAM
    11. 6,000g   –   DONTBESTUPID
    12. 5,000g   –   EXCELMO
    13. 4,500g   –   GRIMSLAYER
    14. 4,000g   –   SHETHEHUNTER
    15. 3,500g   –   NIGHTSKY
    16. 3,000g   –   SKANKFOO
    17. 2,500g   –   LOPAKODO
    18. 2,000g   –   MELLOWHEART
    19. 1,500g   –   NARCISE
    20. 1,000g   –   VAREÓ

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    Gnome Party – (28,000g)

     

    Each gnome in attendance will receive 2,000g each.  I have increased it from 1,000g each since the last blog post.  Attendees for this awesome showpiece of hilarious fun were:-

    Edalicious, Jáff, Zenozoldyck, Weps, Nickisbest, Dinkydoo, Yke, Meatjnr, Yummycupcake, Busterofdams, Bambamidget, Debbsdildø, Rudolfski, Spyrotanoni

    NOTE: Gold will be posted to the gnome’s mailbox

     

    Battle Royale – (30,000g)

     

    After a brutal war in Gurubashi Arena which included other random players from outwith the guild who just had to get in on the act, we moved to Nagrand and had a more exclusive battle which ended up in a stalemate with 3 of the healers fighting it out with a rogue.  Idioms (whether he likes it or not) Edacious and Sonicay will take the prizes but Pished was also there until the very last.  Great job all involved,  a video of the fight can be watched here    http://www.twitch.tv/nicklasoskarsson/c/4749514

    1. 12,000g   –   IDIOMS

    2. 12,000g   –   SONICAY

    3. 6,000g    -   EDACIOUS

    Dalaran Suicide – (10,000g)

     

    At the end of the day, we decided to add the popular event from last year and after a ‘trial jump’ lol Sonicay came home with the prize for the 2nd year running.  Stop hacking man!

    10,000g   –   Sonicay

     

    Hope you all had a great day, I sure did!  Sorry for my slight AFKing during the gnome party….that visitor.

    /Salute


  • Official 5-Year Anniversary Prize Day

    What a day this will be!

    The biggest celebration in Dambusters 5 years existence is upon us and I am truly the proudest guild leader of all time to be sat here typing this out.  I declare myself utterly humbled by the way this guild’s members have battled hard to make us (and keep us) together as a fun community over the years.  It is with significant emotion that I continue to be your guild leader and with this day as a marking point in our great guild’s history, we will forge forward and create many more days where people can enjoy being a part of this family.  I’m sure you can sense the satisfaction in me as you read these words but I need to get down to the purpose of this post.  The prize distribution:

    Thanks in particular to the stand-out guild members who have gone the extra mile to donate to this prize fund, some more than others but all equally appreciated.  You guys have made this great but infinitely more difficult to distribute these prizes.

     

    TOTAL PRIZE FUND  -  275,000g

     

    • Each year, this guild celebrates it’s inception day with a memorable layout of activities which we can all get involved in.  This year is no different and we will start at 1pm (ST) on Saturday 26th July at the Northshire Abbey in Elwynn Forest and march in RP walk mode as a guild to the Lion’s Pride Inn, Goldshire and onwards to Stormwind.  This march is a celebration of our guild community and a solemn reminder that we have lost a lot of former guild members in the past. Whatever has happened for people to no longer be with us, we will remember the times we spent as friends in the game during this march.  People may have left unwillingly due to real life events, they may have left on good or even bad terms with us but all is forgiven on this day and all our old friends deserve a moment of thought.  You never know, one day some of our old friends may just return!
    • We will follow the march with a grand old booze-up in Stormwind’s Trade District where we will happily shout from the rooftops about who we are as a guild and what we represent.  I expect to see you all drop guild standard emblazoned flags and to be friendly with the other members of the server population while we are there.  Please be aware that this is a big opportunity to be trolled by others from the community but I EXPECT TOP BEHAVIOUR and I will remind all guild members thereof again at the time.  You are all fine ambassadors of this guild and I do not want to see any tit-for-tat in tradechat or any other chat formats.  Best behaviour, while getting thoroughly drunk!

    • Hard on the heels of the drink-up (and vomitfest) we will all log out and create level 1 gnomes of our choice.  Log in, get naked and stream over to Ironforge, take the Deeprun Tram to Stormwind and again parade in the Trade District.  This event will provide maximum publicity for what is sure to already be a big hit around the server community.  Feel free to be warm and friendly to others who ask about what on Earth we are actually doing but the primary goal is the feel-good factor that lil gnomes will offer as we all dance about like idiots together.  After our lil tea-party in Stormwind, we will bash over to Elwynn Forest and kill stuff as a big group, hopefully even Hogger down in the South-East of the zone.  Please try to avoid levelling of any kind where possible during this event, of course I expect people to inadvertently ding but I don’t want to see level 5 gnomes before we even head out of Stormwind.

    • After we are all suitably tired of larking around on our naked gnomes, we will all log into our desired characters for a massive battle royale down in the gurubashi Arena in the Cape of Stranglethorn.  This will be a total brawl where everyone will land on a countdown and commence warfare, no grouping at this point and it’s every man for himself until the last Dambuster is standing.  Bring whatever you want to give yourself a tactical advantage and let the battle rage on!  When dead, release and run in but DO NOT resurrect.  You are welcome to return to the arena as a ghost but no resurrecting as you will affect the outcome of the fight.  You are free to watch the remaining battle as a ghost.

     

     

    MVP

    At specific stages throughout the day I will be gathering votes from all guild members which will provide us with a result of MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the year for 2 categories,  Officer and Non-Officer.  Officer and Non-Officer votes will both be provided by all members regardless of rank.  You may not vote for yourself!

    Prizes for the 2 MVP votes will be as follows:-

    Officer MVP   –    20k + ‘Flag of Ownership’

    Non-Officer MVP   –   20k + ‘Amani Dragonhawk’

     

    Total Guild Activity

    This guild rewards active members who work hard on their characters.  Altoholism is difficult to track so we will stick to simplicity here and award prizes for the total activity top 20 at the time of the march commencement.  I will screenshot the list at 1pm and prize distribution will be as follows:-
    1. 20k + Ethereal Soul-Trader
    2. 20k
    3. 18,000g
    4. 16,000g
    5. 14,000g
    6. 12,000
    7. 10,000g
    8. 9,000g
    9. 8,000g
    10. 7,000g
    11. 6,000g
    12. 5,000g
    13. 4,500g
    14. 4,000g
    15. 3,500g
    16. 3,000g
    17. 2,500g
    18. 2,000g
    19. 1,500g
    20. 1,000g

     

     

    Gnome Party

     

    All who attend the gnome party will get 1,000g each, this could be up to 40 people if we get an amazing guild turn-out.  As with last year, I expect people to join as the day goes on which will mean that some miss out on parts of the day and of course you only get a prize if you attend the event.

     

    Battle Royale

     

    The remaining prize kitty will be distributed between the winner and runner-up.  If a winner and runner-up can’t be decided for whatever reason then Bigticket will decide how to distribute the prizes :)

     

    It is entirely possible that the guild may find recruits looking to join on the day because of the server publicity generated.  I hope the recruitment staff (and other officers concerned) will be on hand to process any applications, however newly joined guild members on the day are not eligible for any prizes.  Bigticket and alts are not eligible for any prizes.

    Hope you have a great day guys, you deserve it!

    /Salute

     

     

     

     

    Any errors of calculation or judgment, please notify me by email (bigticket@dambusters.eu) or by whatsapp if I’m not available in-game.

  • It’s Been A While

    Wow, so much has happened in my private life which for really the first time in my wow career has bumped my playtime right down the pecking order. When I go on holiday from work and travel home or elsewhere then I usually take a short break from wow but never have I had this situation before so it’s something unusual I’m dealing with.

    My baby boy is doing great and his mum is a legend as always so although life has come rushing at us, we are mature enough to be able to handle it without too many surprises catching us out thus far. What it has meant is that I now rely more heavily than ever on you guys in The Dambusters to carry on and keep up the good work we have been doing as a guild. The officers have really impressed me and I am always in close contact when discussions are needed surrounding aspects of guild management. I am right here, just don’t have hours upon hours to spend on all my characters at the moment.

    It seems I’m already able to raid as normal but I’m also glad that this is a long tail period of the expansion so I can just about get away with maintaining guild leadership responsibilities while tending to my family as a new daddy.

    I am extremely excited about our upcoming 5th Anniversary celebration and have already banked a ‘Flag of Ownership’ which is OP and also the extremely rare ‘Amani Dragonhawk’ mount. Coupled with at least 155,000g and possibly rising it’s a fun day of camaraderie to look forward to that Saturday, it’s gonna be so epic!

    Rest assured that although I am a bit busy at the moment, parenthood hasn’t come as an upturning life changer. Genesis and I have been around the block a few times and should be able to take our new little family member’s needs in our stride. There’s a lot of fun and madness to come but I’m sure we are ready for it all. We have good friends and family who have been down our road before and who’s advice we are listening to while pioneering our own journey. Baby Kelso is a good boy so far with a full character and just looking at him makes video games and other trivia pale into insignificance at the moment, there’s no doubt where my heart currently lies and that’s with my family.

    That’s not to say I am unable to schedule ‘me’ time for Bigticket and The famous Dambusters and as time goes on that planning will get easier. You certainly ain’t losing me yet, I still look forward to our raid nights and managing our excellent officer team who are a pleasure to work with. As the expansion draws to a close, and for my 5 years+ of playing world of warcraft I still have never felt a hint of burnout. Maybe this new chapter of life is another timely twist that will ensure I will simply never ‘burnout’ and honestly, I don’t ever see that happening.

    It’s a busy few days coming up for me but I’m looking forward to starting it off by ending this week’s WoW lockout period with a 1000g payout to the weekly activity winner as always, something I love doing. Then it’s raid night on Thursday night where I hope both the guild’s raid teams can crack on and at least whack the same heroic bosses as previously, if not maybe even more!

    Keep a eye out here for more announcements regarding the anniversary schedule of events and a clarified distribution illustration of those all-important prizes! Heck, it’s only a touch over 10 days to go so I hope you’ve all booked Saturday 26th off in your schedules….

    /Salute


  • Wondering About Draenor

    Over the past few months, people have asked me about the way I see things around the guild heading into the next expansion. Some members of our guild are concerned about what will change in Warlords of Draenor and a few might be worried that the guild will be slow to adapt to the upcoming changes.

    Actually it is my belief that The Dambusters are perfectly placed to adapt to the new raiding formats being introduced come 6.0.
    Although the difficulty names are changing and Mythic must be 20-man, not a great deal really changes with regards to raiding. As far as I am concerned, The Dambusters have 2 10-man raid teams which we have amalgamated in the past with a few fringe players to get some 25-man runs done. That standard format will not change except for the fact that both 10-man teams will be expandable to take advantage of the future ‘heroic’ (currently normal) flexible-sized raiding capability meaning more stability in each team because the raid sizes can be adjustable depending on who turns up on a given raid night. That doesn’t mean people can just stop bothering to show up and still walk straight back into the teams, believe me.

    Currently both teams are well capable of clearing normal modes in a week after months of progression practice. Who is to say that this guild will have an immediate capability for Mythics? If we do have that possibility then amalgamating both teams together will only be a case of a couple of players switching out roles. However, Mythics will depend largely upon the performance of both teams so if you want Mythics in the Dambusters at an early stage then the onus is on you individual raiders to take the lead set by Fridai, Spyrot and the other example setting players in each perspective team and really push on to prove readiness for Mythics.

    You can’t suggest the guild won’t be ready for Mythics. Of course the guild is structurally perfectly placed to be able to support a Mythic raid team but that all depends on the raiders’ ability to do the job. You CAN suggest that a given raid team within the guild may or may not be ready but at WoD launch day, nobody will be ready so it’s up to all of us to get ready, and fast….I will be ready come raid start, will you? I can’t force you but after a few weeks if you have slacked when we needed you, will you expect an automatic spot in the team? Meh

    Can the guild provide Mythics? Spyrot, Fridai, Jolts, Idioms, Meatblocker and myself will all be ready to lead from the front by example of effort. Will you? You can’t just request that the guild ‘does Mythic’ and hope to jump on the bandwagon. It’s up to each and every one of you guys to put the effort in and blast through heroics to show the officers that we have a capable team ready to assault Mythic raiding.

    Personally, looking at the current climate within the guild, I would estimate a Mythic progression team running no later than 12 weeks into the expansion but it is entirely achievable that we could have a Mythic team up and running within 8 weeks. Asking me what our plans are for Warlords of Draenor is like asking a clairvoyant to predict the expansion release date…
    I can only operate with the tools I have. I will certainly continue pushing people with raiding intent to commit to their respective teams and prove come launch day that they are ready to put in the work to level quickly to 100 and gear up for Heroic. It’s possible the guild will start with Raid Finder, clear Normal and then go for Heroics and as is expected the guild will not begin Mythic until we have the guild achievement for a Heroic clear. The sooner people get their work done and prove they can clear Heroics the sooner the guild can get into Mythics.

    It is also of note that there are people who have no intention of doing Mythics so it is my aim to make sure the guild have a suitably organised schedule for guys looking to just do normals and maybe a bit of heroics. It is also my expectation that there are plenty of Dambusters who have little or no interest in raiding at all. I must continue to push PvP, the weekly activity competition and I will actively encourage anyone who shows interest and aptitude to lead other events, I do hope we can get back to some fun achievement/role playing old content runs where people can also try to get some smart transmog gear.

    Raiding takes the most planning but let it be known that my focus has turned directly to the upcoming anniversary where I already have loot codes in place for a ‘Flag of Ownership’ and a rare TCG flying mount which I will reveal later.

    I hope that the imminent Dambuster Draw will be a massive success and I expect to see a few really happy people get lucky this week. Get your 100g fee posted to Dambuster(Aggra) before cease play Thursday 26th to have a chance at the estimated prize pot of over 25,000g & a Sky Golem. You gotta be in it to win it!

    Remember that although the Dambuster Draw has an entry fee and doesn’t require your online attendance, the guild’s Anniversary event will require no fee but demands your attendance. Only attendees on the day of Saturday 26th July will be eligible for prizes so please schedule that day to be available. I am preparing to release 150,000g, at least the 2 TCG prizes and possibly more to be dished out on the day!

    The guild WILL be having our usual annual anniversary event next year for our 6th and by then we will be as solid as ever and a very good bet as a guild to be with. You guys are what makes this the place to be so put in the work you would expect others to put in and show your guild that you’ve done your part. I will continue to orchestrate a smooth passage to the new expansion so take control of your own characters, be responsible for your own small part of this big old guild and enjoy the upcoming content, if a Blizzard ever release the damn thing…

    /Salute


  • 5 Year Old

    The Dambusters will be fully 5 years old on the 26th of July!

    What an amazing amount has happened over the years since I founded the guild back during Wrath of the Lich King. There’s been a steep learning curve throughout and although it’s been a bumpy ride, there are times when leading the guild has been immensely satisfying. The journey we have been on has been really exciting and the people who have come and gone have taught me a lot about how to manage people in this type of environment while trying to improve upon my game knowledge as much as possible.

    There are stalwart members of this community who have stood by us through thick and thin and it really shows these days as our members tend to really feel they are part of the family and trust that the decisions being made at the top of the guild are for the benefit of the guild overall.

    I enjoy reminiscing of the days when Crimsonious, Icebabe, Bås, Annelie, Boffelballe, Twingol, Manacle, Tealaria, Airyfairy, Era and countless other great friends were plying their prospective trades around Xavius. This guild were on Xavius when the great Method arrived, we were also there when certain other not so great raiding guilds arrived and The Dambusters always carried a strong and respected name around the server even among our horde rivals.

    We still have people like Dreadzone(Maryhinge) and ofcourse Pocahunter(with her many alts) from those days. Diputs has been here a long long time as well as Dambusters legends such as Friday, Spyrot, Illia, Devilslotus, Horcore, Crystiel, Grim, Drsup and the brother Tinh/Thanh although these lads don’t get much game time these days.

    There are countless who have come and gone or stayed with us and moved server to be here. Each one of you has affected the guild in some way and having had the opportunity to talk to every single one of you at some stage or other, I have learned well how to manage the guild.

    The Dambusters will celebrate our anniversary by devoting a day on Saturday the 26th of July to pure guild fun! I will be talking more about this at the next Mumble meeting on the 5th of July and we will try to lock in some events for the day. Please try and clear your schedules for that full day if you can. Sleep well before it and be prepared to get very drunk in game at the wake of our annual march in memory of fallen Dambusters. We will tear up Stormwind with booze, destroy all horde on Timeless Isle and no doubt you will all get to have a pop at Spyrot, myself and the other officers in a free-for-all Battle Royale in the Gurubashi Arena for a big prize!

    I am preparing for around 100,000 gold in prizes and at least 1 rare mount and possibly other TCG prizes. I hope to have a ‘Flag of Ownership‘ to give away on the day, which is possibly the most OP item you can get in the game!

    I am hoping to carry out a gnome event where all Dambusters are to create a level 1 gnome and go for a run around. I fully expect that to get rowdy and no doubt we will come up with yet another reason to dish out some prize money. In addition, and as is the tradition at these events – the guild TOTAL activity list will be looked at and prizes will lean heavily on the top players in the guild. I also hope to get some sort of MVP style vote for the guild overall player of the year and possibly a vote for your favourite officer!

    There is much to discuss and plenty of fun to be had. I know we are currently in the middle of a lull period with WoW as we await the new expansion but for me, there is nothing different. It’s an excuse for me to work on my alt characters and have a wide choice available to me regards which to level first as my ‘planned main’ for raiding in WoD. I understand not everyone shared my out and out devotion to the game but I hope that you will all consider boosting your WoW time for the next few weeks and maybe get those legendary cloaks on your alts (or mains if you are still hunting for it) meanwhile boosting your own weekly and total activity ratings. If you feel you are far down the list, try not to think you’ve already lost. We have had numerous dark horse Dambusters appear out of nowhere on our anniversary days and walk away with mounts and massive prizes so get involved, don’t be shy!

    Can’t wait to really start putting stuff into place for this big day, any thoughts or ideas then please bring them forward for consideration but try to keep it simple :)

    /Salute