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 One of our recurring problems was that people kept contributing outdated mats and gear, clogging up guild bank space we need for current items.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. 😀

New to the guild?

This article was last updated on: Saturday, October 13th 2018

Whenever a new member joins us, the same questions regularly pop up. So I decided to create this little tutorial to introduce you to the basics.

Game Basics

Guilds give you perks and special rewards. Perks automatically come with you joining the guild, while rewards become available as you gain reputation with the guild. Rewards also have to be unlocked by the guild, in order for members with enough reputation to purchase them, usually via guild achievements that can only be completed in guild groups. You can see which rewards are available to you by talking to the guild vendor located in major cities.

Guild reputation gain happens automatically with everything you do by just playing the game, however, there are items that will increase such reputation gain, available from the guild vendor.

If you are not familiar with the guild functions in game, or wish to look up details on guild reputation, perks, rewards, the guild interface, and much more, please check out this complete guide on Wowhead.

Guild Events

I have not yet found an article on Wowhead that would suit as a guide for what I feel needs to be here, so I guess  I will be writing my own.  Submission to Wowhead may happen in the future, for now just a short summary of the bit specific to our needs.

  • Guild events can be created by anyone in the guild, but should be coordinated with an officer so they do not clash with regular events.
  • Guild events will be visible to anyone in the guild who fits the requirements for the event.
  • The creator of the event can put additional information and requirements into a text field, can set a minimum level or item level, depending on the type of event. Guild members can then sign up for the event.
  • The creator of the event as well as anyone they appoint assistant can set the invite status for the signed up members.
  • The creator can use the invite button on the calendar event to invite all confirmed and tentative sign ups.

We allow people to create their own guild events provided they coordinate it with an officer first.
If you do sign up for an event, please be there, or get in touch with the creator of the event to let them know you are not coming. If you are not sure you can be there, but will try, sign as tentative.

Check the calendar in game regularly for any kind of guild events, and if you don’t find what you need, have the courage to make your own. 🙂

Teamspeak

TeamSpeak is proprietary voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) software for audio communication between users on a chat channel, much like a telephone conference call. Users typically use headphones with a microphone. The client software connects to a TeamSpeak server of the user’s choice, from which the user may join chat channels.
Wikipedia

We use TeamSpeak3, and sooner or later you will need it, along with a headset. Trust us, we know things. If you are not the proud owner of a headset yet, and are unsure what type of headset you need, please ask on guild chat. Chances are, someone can advise you on something that will give you clear sound, us no static noise or feedback, at a still reasonable price range. You can download the TeamSpeak client appropriate for your system from TeamSpeak’s download page.

We mostly use TeamSpeak for coordinating raids, occasionally also for dungeons, when members are still unsure about tactics. We also use it to socialise, chit chat, hang out together, plan spontaneous events, etc. So if guild chat is stunningly quiet while many people are online, we may just be hanging out on TeamSpeak. Join us. You can find the access to our TeamSpeak server in the guild info in game.

Guild Ranks

Queen Bee
Gummibärchen
founder and owner of Geeks United
GM alt
alts of Gummibärchen
Officer
the council of infinite wisdom
Veteran
bravely fought many a battle for the guild
Member
any soul brave enough to live through our recruit phase
Guest
friend of the guild with their main elsewhere
Recruit
Hey you, yes, you! The new recruit! You probably wonder how you get promoted, don’t you? It’s actually quite easy. Socialise with your guildmates. Make sure they get to know you. We are a social guild after all. And we make those members, who act like members, after a short phase of getting to know each other.
Donald
The Donald rank is a joke rank that refers to the character Donald in the webcomic Dark Legacy Comics. People who act incredibly stupid or annoying may temporarily be demoted to Donald. This rank can not talk on guild chat.

Anything else you would like added to this tutorial? Leave a comment! 🙂