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May Updates

Shadram a posted May 1, 18  -  darkwind guildnewsletter

IT'S MAY, DARKWIND! Hard to believe a third of 2018 has already passed us by. So with only a few months until pre-patch & the new expansion, we just wanted to fill you guys in on what Darkwind is working on, through to the launch of BfA and onward.

Bakey's been testing out some new features that we're looking to roll out for our DARKWIND DISCORD UPDATES. We'll be creating new social channels which will allow more opportunities for our community to interact, in addition to channels to discuss other games we may be playing as Legion is wrapping up. If you haven't gotten used to Discord, it's a great communication tool to stay in touch with our gaming community. Pick up the Discord app on your phone, hop in a voice channel while gaming, make a new friend! While you're at it, fill out Growlie's "Get to Know Your Guildie" survey: https://goo.gl/forms/erkn1OhIojZmUXgO2.

Bloodshox & Waldhaar are still leading PROGRESSION & SUNDAY RAIDS, respectively. The end of an expansion is a great time to figure out which characters you want to main or alt in BfA. Sunday Raid is a great place to gear and learn your class, and Progression Raid will help you refine your gameplay. In addition, Liarawolf continues to host MYTHIC+ NIGHTS every Wednesday.

Quimby's been providing regular opportunities for fun and quirky EVENTS, including but not limited to  transmog/pet/achievement runs that bring us through often overlooked & obscure content. She does a great job of posting on Discord & Facebook what and when these events are, so check regularly for what these events are. Darkwind will be hosting a HIDE & SEEK shortly, and a COMMUNITY OUTREACH WEEK during pre-patch.

Ticket sale dates for BLIZZCON 2018 have been announced. If you want to challenge RNGesus in trying to buy tickets, make sure you are free a few minutes before 7pm PDT/10pm EDT Wed, May 9 and/or 10am PDT/1pm EDT on Sat, May 12. If you're interested in meeting up in Anaheim during BlizzCon weekend, keep an eye out for details in the near future.

If you need a great guide on things to work on prior to pre-patch: http://www.wowhead.com/what-to-do-before-battle-for-azeroth is a great place to browse. Also, don't hesitate to drop some feedback for the leadership with ideas/suggestions/comments in our Feedback Form found in the #welcome channel on Discord.

I'd like to offer a big THANK YOU to the leadership who work behind the scenes to keep the guild running consistently and successfully through Legion. The amount of preparation it takes Aredawg to DM and write 2 DnD campaigns, Malfrost keeping our vault stocked all expansion and bringing our coffers into BfA with several million gold, Karensa managing stress levels and keeping the peace. It's often a thankless unpaid job, and it takes a special kind of person to remain so committed to providing for our community.  Make sure to take some time to show some appreciation to an officer for what they do for Darkwind.

Here's to the last few months of Legion, and looking forward to BATTLE FOR AZEROTH!

DW Officers

 

Violet Spellwing

Darkwind has done it; clearing Antorus with a Heroic Argus kill. This brings us our final Ahead of the Curve for the expansion, with a shiny new Violet Spellwing mount as a reward. It takes quite a bit of practice, teamwork, & understanding of your teammates to achieve this throughout the entire stretch of Legion, so great work everyone.

A special shoutout to our Progression raiders that have raided the entire span of Legion: from Emerald Nightmare, into the Trial of Valor, through the Nighthold, into the Tomb of Sargeras, finally ending our journey at Antorus, the Burning Throne. A big thanks to Bloodshox, Growliebear, Henessy, Karensa, Leiur, Liarawolf, Lunahime, Ramza, Shadram, Shozz, and Waldhaar for your unwavering dedication to seeing us through the expansion. 

As we wrap up the expansion and prepare for BfA, our Raid Lead team would like to thank all raiders for being here, and for keeping raiding fun, light-hearted, and 4 hours in the week to look forward to. Here's to our raiding endeavors in BfA!

For those interested in trying their hand at clearing Heroic Argus, make sure to make contact with any member of the Raid Lead team (Bloodshox, Karensa, Shadram, or Waldhaar) to see how you can become part of the Progression Team.

Heroic Argus

Darkwind Turns 9!

Shadram a posted Feb 9, 18  -  darkwindanniversaryevents

Darkwind's 9th

This past Wednesday, our guild threw a 9th Anniversary celebration. We started in the Darkmoon Faire with a Steam Tonk relay race through the petting zoo. Each team made their way through the route, while the other teams tried shooting their tonks down. Grats Team Shaman/Mage--Bloodshox, Henessy, Quimby, and Ramza--the winning team, who each received Sky Golem mounts. 

Next, we moved next door to the ETC performance stage to hold our transmog contest, "Darkwind" themed. Bloodshox impressed the masses with his wind-themed transmog, winning him a Steelbound Harness mount. After a guild picture at the Broken Shore, we wrapped up the evening at our traditional Stormwind Pumpkin Patch with a traditional dodgeball game, where the winning team picked up a Hexweave and Shal'dorei Bag set for new alts.

Everyone in attendance received Shal'dorei bags and a lottery present--filled potentially with rare pets such as a Spectral Tiger Cub, expensive crafted toys... or the ever elusive Left Shark pet. The grand prize for the night was a Vial of the Sands, Sandstone Drake 2-seater mount, which Vortice picked up with a /roll of 94. Bloodshox blew the Trivia Contest away, winning him a Jeweled Onyx Panther mount. The trivia questions of the night:

  • Q1: What date was Darkwind founded?          
    • A1: February 9, 2009
  • Q2: If one of our guildies lives in Hawaii, what time would the 8 o’clock rule allow conversation to become more PG-13?         
    • A2: 6pm
  • Q3: Every October, Darkwind changes its guild banner & tabard colors in helping to raise awareness for Breast Cancer. What are the two colors?         
    • A3: Pink & White
  • Q4: Darkwind had a successful 25-man in Siege of Orgrimmar, before flex raiding became the new normal. Which SoO encounter was Darkwind’s 25-man’s first of many Realm First kills?         
    • A4: Norushen
  • Q5: When Legion launched, Shozz prioritized something different. He became Darkwind’s first member to obtain an interesting artifact, earning him a unique title. What was the artifact, & what is his title?         
    • A5: Underlight Angler; Fishing Officer
  • Q6: During WoW’s 10th Anniversary, Darkwind organized 2 successful 40-man Molten Core runs. Name 3 of the 4 tanks who led the group into battle for our first run.         
    • A6: Saevel, Seraphroy, Wagdwa, & Widowmaker
  • Q7: Back when Darkwind used Mumble as our voice client, if you told a really bad pun or anecdote, you were banished to what muted channel?         
    • A7: BAD JOKE TIMEOUT ZONE
  • Q8: DarkwindCon 2017 found a few of our guildies heading to Anaheim for BlizzCon, as well as hanging out at the guild Airbnb. Which three members with shaman mains were in attendance?          
    • A8: Bloodshox, Henessy, Shadram
  • Q9: During our Community Outreach Week prior to Legion’s launch, our guild provided four services to the general Alliance community in Stormwind Park. Name two of the services we provided.         
    • A9: Enchanting new Invasion gear, Opening portals to invasions, Rezzing corpse bombers for pamphlet Feat of Strength, Handing out netherweave bags

It was great seeing Discord filled with so many people, and knowing that after 9 years, we are still thriving as a guild. It wouldn't be a great guild without great people, and Darkwind is filled with them. Thanks those for coming, thanks those who sent us love during the week, and here's to another year of gaming together as a guild.

Darkwind 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR, DARKWIND!

The new year brings around more things for our guildmates to participate in. One of the benefits of being in a guild is to be able to tackle some aspects of the game with other people. More casual in nature, Darkwind will host them, and if you are free and want to come along, come and go as you please. It will take some time to roll these events out on a regular basis, so pardon the dust as we settle into the changes. These events include, but are not limited to:

  • TIMEWALKING EVENTS (Transmog runs, Timewalking dungeon nights, Timewalking raids)
  • TRIVIA NIGHTS
  • MYTHIC+ NIGHTS
  • LEGACY NIGHTS (Older Legion raids for quest and transmog acquisition)

Growlie will be reviving our GET TO KNOW YOUR GUILDIES, an interview-styled spotlight on members--new and old--to give our guildies more information on our Darkwind population. From these posts, you may learn some interesting facts about the people you see online.

Having a hard time finding others to run MYTHIC+ DUNGEONS? Liarawolf is here to help. Make sure to communicate with him, and he will do his best to coordinate with others, to allow for successful attempts at harder dungeon content.

Much of our direction moving forward has been solidified by the responses we obtained from our guild survey in October, so a big thank you goes out to everyone that took the time to answer our questions. To continue to provide an avenue for feedback, we will pin a FEEDBACK FORM on our Discord server, for members to leave thoughts, ideas, and responses to what Darkwind does well, and what Darkwind can improve upon.

Darkwind is always looking for people to help out with things around the guild, so if you are interested in hosting a trivia night, heading up some transmog/timewalking runs, or flesh out a current deficit, please let Shadram know! Lastly, if you ever have any questions about any of our existing events, the revamped #welcome channel on Discord has links for who to contact.

HERE'S TO 2018!

Merry Winter Veil

Shadram a posted Dec 27, 17  -  darkwindeventsholidays

Winter Veil 2017

Thanks for all who showed up for the Darkwind Winter Veil celebration! Special grats to Growliebear for winning the Ugly Transmog Contest, Malfrost for finding all the items for the Holiday Scavenger Hunt, and Leiasha for his quick knowledge of Carol Trivia. This year, we had 15 guildies participating in Secret Santa as well, so for everyone who went out of their way to give their person a great gift, thanks for making someone's holidays a little brighter.

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