Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated. Sure, I've died in DoA a couple of times recently, but I swear that doesn't count.
I've actually been quite a busy bee, what with having acquired a real life and everything. In the meantime, I've got some investigative journalism going, so hopefully there will soon be more shocking revelations concerning the Searing and other matters.
Before that, however, I need to address yet another of the many things I love in Guild Wars- community spirit. This weekend's event has showed me that it is not dead in Guild Wars at all, and I'm very glad to have seen it. I took part in one of the biggest 'charity' events I have heard of in Guild Wars- perhaps even the biggest one- and I had an absolute blast making people happy.
What event? The DVDF sponsor event.
So how did that work?
About a month before the announcement for the Canthan New Year festival, Shan made a post on the DVDF Alliance forums, suggesting that the alliance could sponsor a lot of banquets if we got an early start. He posted a list of ingredients, and many people spent the following weeks farming to get the alliance mules supplied. On the day of the actual event, Bro and Hum whipped out the mules again to supply all the givers with a set of items needed to complete the banquets.
We all made teams of two givers before we were assigned our districts. I teamed up with Sosuke Aizen three times- we were quite the magic team, and at our peak we managed to cover 2(!) districts in one event run. Each team had a runner and an announcer- both equipped with a set of items to be able to cover the possible disconnect of the other. Fortunately this didn't occur in any team as far as I know, but it did enable us to cover a bonus district before everyone's favourite Connect-the-Dots Rat left. So, to sum up my contribution: I ran twice and I shamelessly advertised Sosuke's name around 2 other districts.
Of course, a big party isn't a big party without celebrity guests. Mad Queen Malafide made an appearance, and so did Mog Ruith Of Armagh. There was also, of course, the rather special honour of Gaile Gray herself joining us for the festivities. She even ended up being runner in one of our districts, and spent some time attending the after party in the DVDF Guild Hall. Thanks, Gaile! ♥
Now, what is a festive post without festive screenies? A boring one!
Burning up a ton of Sparklers- my fingers are still sore. :)
( These screenies are not sponsored by DVDF per se, but still donated with love by yours truly...Collapse )
I cannot, of course, neglect to mention all the souls who helped out to make this community event such a blast. The list of people who farmed, donated or contributed otherwise is endless, and you guys deserve a mention here. You know who you are- thank you so much for all the aid, for helping us keep up our stock, or even for simply attending and having fun. Thank you, too, for the fun chatter, and most importantly of all... thanks for the little (or big) gifts you really needn't have sneaked into the trades. ♥
A few last things to consider:
We were not the only alliance sponsoring. Many other guilds and alliances sponsored districts and helped spread the fun. :)
We helped an estimated 15000 people getting the most out of the Rat's visit. We were successful in every district we attended, and we kept it up for the full 24 hours of the event. Most of all, though, we had an amazingly good time partying with everyone who was there, and we'd certainly enjoy doing a similar thing again. :)
Have a look at this for more stats, and a list of names of contributors.
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