Guild Meeting Notes September 2nd 2018

First of all, let me say that the amount of people attending made me incredibly happy, and I do hope the introduction round helped everyone get a better idea of who they are playing with. While some of us have already known each other for a long time and even met in real life during our yearly guild meet ups, it was fantastic to see so many of the newer folks show up as well and get to know a bit more about them.

Now on to the topics we discussed.

Raiding

We decided to switch our one day a week free for all 3 hour raid to a 2 hours on 2 days system, which will be split up as follows:

Wednesdays: Social Raid
Everyone with the appropriate ilvl can sign up, provided they can be on Teamspeak. We will try to progress into the current raid content much the way we have in the past, with tactics being explained and attempting to carry those who are yet not quite able to carry their own weight. In the beginning we will not have a lot of carrying power, so do not be disappointed if we do not get that far. This should change for the better as we gear up.

Sundays: Progress Raid
Those of us who are able to carry their own weight and are more focussed on advancing in the content will continue the Wednesday raid, but will not take people along who can not carry their own weight, in order to progress further. Stricter rules will apply, and we will not go out of our way to explain tactics. Instead we expect those who attend to come prepared and willing to focus solely on our progress. We will however expect those who want to progress with us on Sundays to also help lay the groundwork on Wednesdays, unless they are prevented from doing so by real life events.

Since we only raid for two hours per raid day now, we decided to move the starting time to 8:30pm server time, with the raids ending at 10:30pm.

Note: If you do need enchants or gems for your gear before the raid, please do not wait until the last minute. Contact an officer at least 30 minutes before raid time to get your gear in order.

Mythic Dungeons/Mythic+

So far we organised one guild event to arrange teams for mythic dungeons, and on that day had 4 groups running simultaneously. Aside from that it became quite clear quite fast, that people who are looking to run mythic dungeons have trouble finding guild groups, be it due to different online times or people already being locked to them after pugging.

The guild event seemed to be quite a success and overall more satisfying, so we have decided to continue arranging mythic runs for guild groups on set days. To run in those arranged groups we will require you to be on teamspeak. We will try to sort you into groups that are well balanced for the content, so do not be shy to check your calendar regularly and sign up.

Heroic/normal dungeons

There was some demand for guild arranged normal/heroic dungeons for our more casual guildies who are not quite ready for mythics yet, but feel uncomfortable running in pug groups, so we have decided to also create guild events for normal and heroic content. We do expect you to be on teamspeak for those events, and we will assign at least one experienced person to each group to guide those with less experience through for a smooth and easy run that will teach everyone tactics for future mythic runs.

Guild Bank

As some oldies in the guild may have noticed, we changed the guild bank system around a bit. We now have one tab for deposits and one for self withdrawals. All other tabs are only accessible by officers, and if you need anything from those, you should ask an officer to get the items of your desire out for you. This measure unfortunately was necessary for various reasons, the worst being people taking items from the guild bank to sell them off at the auction house.

We did remind everyone to please read the guild bank tab descriptions. Tab1 is regularly updated to list what we need as far as donations go. All other tabs give info on what is in them and under which circumstances you will be entitled to withdraw/request items.

We also asked what people require more of in tab2, and it was mentioned that more healing potions  would be appreciated. In order to keep them readily available a steady donation of herbs would be very welcome. Not only do we need them for the flasks we currently produce for future raiding and mythic+ runs, we also need them to make the ink that then gets turned into the reputation contracts that are in rather high demand.

At this point we are working on gathering enough enchanting mats to provide everyone with weapon enchants for raiding. Unfortunately the crystals we need are only disenchanted from purple items, and the only solution to get a lot of them to our enchanters is to craft items, which means we will need plenty of cloth and skinned goodies, since we already spent 500k on enchanting mats just to provide the guild with the enchants currently available in the guild bank.

Crafting

Our guild has designated guild crafters, and most of our crafting skills are maxed out already, so our crafters are supplying the guild bank with goods steadily. We will not keep any gear in the guild bank, since crafted gear above ilvl 310 is BoP, and you will quickly get much better gear running dungeons with your guildies and doing world quests. However, if you are looking for a crafted item you can not find in the guild bank, you can easily see the professions of your guildies via the guild tab. Just sort by profession and browse through the list of goodies your guildies can provide.

Liz has suggested an addon called FasterLoot for gathering professions and says it changed her life. I personally haven’t checked it out yet, but Liz swears it will make our gathering life much better, so I will check that addon out soon, and perhaps so should all you other gatherers.

All those questions

After going berserk on guild chat at least twice I personally felt the need to discuss how to approach having questions in game. I do receive whispers from various people daily, and while a lot of them are perfectly validly addressed to me, there are also those whispers asking questions that already are answered elsewhere. If you have a question about the game itself, quests, your class, your spec, your rotation, chances are that one of the links provided on this very website will answer all your questions and then some. If you really can not find any info on wowhead or icyveins, do ask on guild chat before sending me whispers. While I do love to help out and also love the occasional chat, this is the beginning of a new expansion, and much like everyone else I really just want to play right now, which I can’t if I have a bazillion whispers to answer that could have easily been answered by opening a browser and looking at our guild website.

Social stuff

While I am fully aware that we have people who do love to throw some playful banter at each other, please be aware that there are people who may not appreciate being bantered with, or who will not identify your playfulness as such. Do respect the boundaries of people in that regard. And if someone asks a genuine question regarding content on guild chat, please give them a valid answer or no answer at all, because a mean answer is often not appropriate, even if you find it entertaining. A little kindness can go a long way.

Guild events

I’d like to “thank” Blizzard for taking away the GMs option to set which rank has permission to create guild events.

It may not be an issue in a tiny guild if everyone can create guild events, but in a guild our size it can quickly clutter the guild calendar and clash with regular events, so while we are okay with you creating a guild event to celebrate your birthday with your guildies, when it comes to ingame activities such as dungeons, raids (even old ones) or any other ingame content, please do coordinate your event with an officer before putting it in the calendar, else we will have to delete it.

December real life meet up

Since some people who really wanted to attend this summer’s meet up couldn’t due to real life schedules, we have decided to hold another meet up in December.

Where?
Mannheim, Germany
When?
December 14th to December 17th, with the 15th and 16th being the core days.
Accommodation?
You will have to stay at a hotel/B&B/hostel this time, since we have no space to host a crowd. However, we can probably get group rates, provided enough people want to come. So do get in touch with me (Tanja) asap, if you are sure you can make it that weekend.
Events?
Karaoke, Escape Rooms, Christmas Markets

 

Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who attended the meeting, gave their input and feedback, got over their shyness to introduce themselves. As always, if I forgot anything, do poke me so I can add it to this post.

Love and hugs,
Tanja

 

Guild Meeting Notes August 10th 2018

New Officer

Due to the increased number of guildies lately (our member count is now over 900), and Rachael leaving for a different server to join old friends, we decided the promotion of another officer was due. Our choice fell on Annie, known mostly as Ekofire in game. We also recently added Jenny to our ranks, due to the increase in members and the need for active officers.

The current list of officers is thus:
Tanja, Innes, Harry, Håvard, Fred, Jo, Kev, Indi, Liz, Lorenz, Jason, Lurch, Annie, Jenny

Guild Bank

We have decided to put the guild bank on lockdown at the start of BfA. This means that nobody except officers can withdraw items, however, if you need anything from the guild bank, you can always contact an officer to get things out for you. It will be at the officer’s discretion to give out items.
The reason for this is, that in the beginning of BfA we will be quite short on mats, and while we will craft for the guild, we want to make sure that the items we put in the guild bank also get used for the guild. Over the past months we had several instances of people taking things from the guild bank either to sell on the auction house or to equip characters they had in other guilds. The people we caught doing so are no longer in the guild now, but with BfA mats being expensive in the beginning, we want to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
As we stock up, we will eventually open the guild bank tabs up for withdrawals by members again, so please be patient. The more donations in crafting materials the guild bank receives, the faster we will be able again to supply you all fully without having to ration, so freely donate any BfA materials to the guild bank as you see fit. We will especially need herbs, ore, meat, fish and gems to provide for all our usual raid and mythic+ buffs asap. We will also appreciate any donations of True Iron Ore and Sumptuous Fur (WoD mats) to provide everyone with a steady supply of Goblin Glider Kits until we can fly in BfA.

Picking Your Main

For those of you who wish to raid with us in BfA it is essential to make a choice which toon you will main as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that we only have two tank spots per raid, and those are already taken, so if you choose to play tank as your main spec, you may only get to tank when one of our regular tanks is not available. With the increase in raiders the last weeks we may need one or two more people maining a healer spec, but please do not count on that, so be prepared to play DPS off spec.

Raiding

We will try to begin raiding as soon as the first raid opens up. While we are aware that not everyone levels at the same pace, those of us who are raid ready at that point may fill up the raid with pugs, until everyone else has caught up. This will allow those of us who have started early to give some guidance to the newcomers as well.
We will continue with just one raid day per week (Sunday), and an optional additional Tuesday occasionally, provided enough people insist on continuing the Sunday raid.

Dungeons

Do not be shy to ask for guild groups to run dungeons, especially early on in BfA. It is a lot easier to get used to new content if you can explore it in a group with people you know. It also gives you time to practice working as a team, whether it is for raid preparation or to find guildies you will later on run mythic+ with. Also remember that as an added bonus running dungeons in guild groups will earn gold for our guild bank, and that gold is used to finance materials needed to provide you with flasks, potions and gear.

Structure of the Guild and Basic Rules

Since we have quite a few new people lately, I felt it important to point out once again that while our guild is going through a lot of democratic processes, in the end it is still a benevolent dictatorship, run by the Guild Grandma. Input, be it criticism, suggestions or any other kind of feedback are appreciated, but there are certain topics that are not up to discussion.
Among those topics not up to discussion is the way we treat minorities within our guild. There will be no sexism, rascism, LGBTQ+ bashing, religious intolerance or any other form of bigotry in this guild. We require every member of our guild to be aware of the vocabulary they use in that regard. It is neither acceptable to refer to something you dislike as “retarded” or “autistic”, nor to refer to women as “whores”, as someone else recently found out who now is no longer in our guild. Do however feel free to apply the word FUCK in capital letters as often as you damn well please. Because fucking hell, we fucking swear as much as we want, in a fucking politically correct way. 😉

Now go out there and enjoy the game and the guild.

Lots of love,
Tanja

 

Guild Meeting March 4th 2018

Hello Geeks and friends. We had quite a few topics to talk about this past guild meeting. For those who couldn’t attend, here is a little summary.

Guild Bank

Those who have been in the guild for a longer period of time may have noticed that deposits are no longer possible for any tab but the first one. The reason for this change was to make it easier for the officers to clean up the guild bank. One of our recurring problems was that people kept contributing outdated mats and gear, clogging up guild bank space we need for current items. By only being able to contribute into tab 1, it is now easier for us to sort out the unneeded items before they are distributed among the tabs, taking up valuable guild bank space.

Each guild tab has a detailed description, and we implore you to please read them before withdrawing or depositing. In tab 1 we will regularly announce which items we are short of. If your intended contribution is not on the list, please talk it over with an officer before depositing.

You may not find a lot of crafted gear, glyphs or enchants in the guild bank. This is owed to the fact that we will only craft on demand, to keep guild bank clogging to a minimum. If you do need any of the above, please chat with an officer and we will make sure the item of your desire is crafted for you.

If you want to contribute your crafting skills to the guild, especially if you can still level up from cutting gems, making enchants and gear, please contact an officer as well. There is a chance the guild will provide you with crafting materials, provided you become the designated crafter for a while.

While we appreciate any donations of pets, mounts and toys, we will not accept any donations of Left Sharks any longer, and the next person to put one into the guild bank will be demoted to Donald.

Rules of Common Decency

While our guild has grown rather big lately, we do want to make sure it remains an environment where everyone feels welcome and safe. The overall game environment can be quite toxic, especially towards minority groups, and we will not accept any of that toxicity to wash over into Geeks United.

Things that will highly upset your guild leadership and may result in your departure from the guild: LGBTQI+ bashing, rasicm, sexism, ableism, religious intolerance. We have people from all walks of life in our guild, and we do require you to be tolerant enough to accept people for who they are, even if you do not share their beliefs or lifestyles.

Real Life Guild MeetUps

Our next real life meet up will take place in Tilburg in the Netherlands from June 29th until July 2nd 2018, hosted by one of our officers. Sign up ended end of February, and those who are attending are now planning travels. People will be required to bring their own blankets or sleeping bags.

If you missed the deadline to sign up for the June meetup, do not be disappointed, because there will be two other meet ups this year:

Squishy and Rachael will be organizing a UK meet up for October. The idea is to rent caravans at a caravan park. If you would like to attend, please contact Squishy and/or Rachael for further details and planning.

Tanja and Fred will also be organising a meet up in Mannheim, Germany from December 21st to 24th, including visits to various Christmas markets. You will be required to book a hotel/B&B room for this one. A list of hotels/B&Bs will be provided upon request.

Guild Events

Rachael is organising regular mythic+ runs on Thursdays. This is your chance to get your keystones boosted and improve your performance in mythic+.

We have noticed some people within the guild asking for help with their higher keystones, but an expressed unwillingness to help with lower keystones. This is not within the spirit of our guild, so if you believe a +4 is beneath you, do not expect to receive help with your +13, either.

We also have regular social raids on Tuesdays, and our progression day on Sunday. Please check the Raiding page for our requirements for those raids. Tuesday raids will vary, depending on what our guild members need, so if you have specific quests or needs for raids other than Antorus, please talk to an officer.

Aside from those regular events anyone member and up can create their own guild events. If you would like your event advertised in our message of the day, talk to an officer.

Raiding

We addressed a lot of issues that recently popped up in our Sunday raids, so here is a summary:

If You sign up, show up!

Over the past weeks we have noticed over and over again, that there are people who signed up for the raid, but then are nowhere to be found when raid time begins. This makes planning the raid rather difficult, since we have to balance out DPS and healers properly, and if we counted on you being there, others may have to switch to different toons, costing us all a load of time and delaying raid start. If you are not sure you can be there, sign up tentative. If you signed up, and real life interferes on short notice, please try to let raid lead or any of the officers know, so we can adjust accordingly.

Come prepared!

This means we expect you to be logged in and ready to go at 8pm server time. Make sure you are on teamspeak, make sure your addons are up to date, bring runes (they can be found in the guild bank). We will even provide food and flasks, so you don’t have to carry that stuff yourself, but we do expect you to be ready to be summoned, meaning you will not “just finish this invasion real quick”. It is rude to make an entire raid group wait just for you. Exceptions will always be made for real life issues, such as pesky offspring of yours that just decided to puke all over your kitchen floor. We are parents. We understand. Clean up the kitchen and join us afterwards.

Don’t stand in fire!

Unlike what you are taught in LFR, tactics actually do matter! Watching a Fatboss video (links to the channel can be found in Handy Stuff, check out that page!) will help you learn the tactics, if you are unfamiliar with the encounter. Please, for all that is sacred, do not sacrifice your health, or worse, that of your teammates, by constantly oogling your DPS meter instead of the floor beneath you. Target what you are told to target (because adds matter!), and generally, follow raid lead’s instructions.

There are times for chit chat. This is not one of them!

Keep chatter down to a bare minimum so people can concentrate on the encounters. While you may feel confident that you can get all the tactics right without shout outs from raid lead, others may still need them, and they won’t hear them, if all they hear is you talking about your amazing weekend or the latest joke you just want to retell. Our TS server is available to you 24/7, and you can use the Lounge to chat to your heart’s content all day, but the raid channel on Sunday evenings is reserved for short and crisp shoutouts regarding our raid encounters.

Try to carry your own weight!

We do have quite a few people who can carry a bit of additional weight, but please do not rely on them to boost you through content we are trying to progress on. Try out your DPS on a test dummy and in other encounters, and see that you can push it to a solid 700k minimum. If you struggle with that, please contact an officer so we can point you to one of our specialists in your class to help you improve. A lot of times all it takes is a bit of tweaking your gear and changing your rotation, and you will do just fine. We also have specialist for all healing classes, in case you struggle keeping people alive (aside from those who die by standing in fire, shame on them!). If you can not carry your weight in a raid, we may regrettably have to ask you to leave the group and come back another time after some tweaking. Please do not let it dishearten you, if that happens. We will try our best to help you along the way to get you ready to kick arse!

Famous Last Words

I didn’t know how else to end this news post, so I will quote some famous last words, this time Callum, who was tanking in LFR: “I thought there was a wall there.”

Thank you all for attending and/or reading up on this news post. You rock!

What happened to Thursday and what’s this talk of a real life meet-up?

Thursday Raiding

In a guild meeting not too long ago we decided to introduce Thursday as an additional progress day for members who are geared and eager enough to explore content that other guildies are not ready for yet, filling up the missing roles with pugs. So why is there suddenly no more Thursday raid in the calendar?

After running the Thursday raid a few times with those who signed up and attended, it became fairly clear very quickly that most of us feel too stressed out when running with pugs. While we insisted on Teamspeak, we constantly had people joining that refused to come on (at least one person per raid), and more often than not it was due to tactical mistakes by those people that we had trouble with the content. And while we also met nice people who agreed to come with us again, should we need help, we soon realised that this is not how we want to raid.

It soon became clear that a few of our younger members felt less stressed out, wanted to raid more, but that the majority of us old folks were simply not up to more than our Sunday  and Tuesday raids. Fortunately our friends of Alacrity were able to help out, and so they accepted our youngsters and raid addicts into their more raiding focussed guild, while we elderly peeps go back to our social/casual raiding. So until further notice (and always subject to change) we remain with Sunday as our guild progression day (minimum 80% guild members, preferably guild members only), and Tuesday as the day we farm content we have already cleared (friends welcome to join, provided the group composition can handle it).

Real Life Meet-Up 2017

As is our guild tradition, we are preparing for this year’s real life guild meet-up. For those who are completely clueless, here is a rough outline:

  • The real life meet-up is not mandatory, but it is a fantastic way to support the social side of the guild by actually getting to know the people you play the game with.
  • Members of the guild volunteer to host, so it takes place all over Europe, depending who volunteers to host and has the most convenient location.
  • Everyone who attends is expected to pay for their own travel costs, and to chip in for food and other expenses.
  • Since this event is usually hosted at a member’s private home, if you wish to bring extra guests (family, etc.) the host has a final say on who you can bring.
  • Depending on the amount of guild members coming, there may be various kinds of sleeping space available, ranging from beds, over couches and floor space, to tents in the yard. If you prefer a hotel’s comfort and can afford it, you can ask the host to help you arrange for one.
  • We plan a few guild activities together in the period leading up to the meet up. This may require occasional additional meetings on Teamspeak for those who wish to attend.

And now on to this year’s event:

When?
Core Days are the 26th and 27th of August 2017.
Early arrival possible from 23rd of August.
Late departure possible up to 31st of August.
Individual arrangements may vary.
Where?
Germany, near Mannheim. Further details will only be passed out to individuals attending.
If you need to book flights and train/coach tickets, you are best off booking tickets to one of these locations:
Frankfurt(Main) International Airport (FRA) + ICE train to Mannheim (30 minutes)
Frankfurt(Hahn) (HHN) + coach to Mannheim (2 1/2 hours)
If you come by car and need to calculate your travel costs, plan to arrive at either of these locations:
Autobahn A659 Exit3 (Viernheim)
Autobahn A5 Exit34 (Hirschberg)

Sounds great? You want to come? Get in touch with Tanja or Fred for more details as soon as possible.

Summary of the Guild Meeting 22nd of January 2017

Raiding

Sunday will continue being our guild progress day. On this day we want to make sure it counts for the guild, so we will make sure that at least 80% of the raid group will be members of Geeks United.
Thursday was introduced as a new raid day for guild members that are geared and experienced enough to go into higher difficulty content than current guild progress. We will not be able to take everyone on Thursday, and will require a minimum ilvl and experience for people to join. We will invite pugs to fill up the roles that can not be covered by guild members.
Tuesday will be our farming day, so any guild members that are trying to catch up to our regular raiders and still need to finish up quests, etc in lower difficulty content can do so without holding back our Sunday progress. We will alternate activities on that day and occasionally will use the Tuesday to go back for old world guild achievements we have not yet completed.

Low Level Guild Members

One of the concerns of new players within the guild was that we focus on raiding quite a lot lately, and that new players who have not yet reached max level feel a bit left out. It was mentioned that it is occasionally difficult for new players to find dungeon groups, occasionally receiving abuse from more experienced players in pug groups. Since many of the more experienced players within the guild have lower level alts, we suggested low level new players ask within the guild for dungeon groups, so they have the benefit of being able to learn to play in a safe and new player friendly environment where they receive helpful tips rather than abuse.

Guild Bank Raffle

The suggestion to have a guild bank raffle was well received, so we will prepare this for the future.

Main Spec/Off Spec Guild Note

It was suggested to put people’s main/off spec in the guild note. We will soon create a document in which people can enter their respective specs and transfer that to guild notes.

After Meeting Fun

We went to Orgrimmar and wreaked havoc. Against all expectations we kicked quite some arse. Well done, everyone. 😀