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08 May 2007 @ 08:10 pm
In Which There Was Guild Babble  

I did it. I sold out. After nearly a year in a solitary guild which I really only had so I could have a ninja ELVY tag behind my name, I disbanded the guild and joined a big alliance. Let's be honest- a game like Guild Wars is best played in, well, a guild. Solo guilding with ninja tags is all very cool and all, but it's far less shiny when you end up having to PUG your way past everything, and have the ill fortune of running into groups of people whose cumulative IQ never seems to surpass the two-digit level.

Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of good players in the game, and I've had a lot of fun with PUGs along the way. Heck, I met a few seriously awesome people through PUGging. What I'm referring to is my unceasing misfortune when teaming up with strangers is concerned- I somehow usually end up with people who try to solo things in an 8-man team.

Sound like healbot blues? Oh yeah. My monkie PUGged her way to the Protector of Tyria title and I can tell you that it was quite painful. Ascalon is easy enough, but try keeping a Wammo alive in any of the Ring of Fire missions. I won't ever claim I'm a good Monk (I still think I'm a total noob, really), but I think I deserve at least some credit for succeeding.

Anyway- a year is a long time, and it gives room for a lot of misfortune and trauma. One year's worth of PUGging was enough for me to consider killing my guild at the first seriously awesome reasonable offer.
A little while ago I took part in Girl Power Hour- an all female event, and in that particular instance it involved kicking butt in the Fissure of Woe. This in itself was fun, because I hadn't Fissured since I started my 'solo guild' and I wasn't averse to having another go at it after so long.
I arrived at ToA far too early, but that was all right because I soon got talking with a wonderful officer of the DVDF alliance whose name shall remain secret for the sake of sparing her another wave of unwanted PMs. We decided to team up, and were joined by another DVDFer soon enough. Once the event started the team filled up nicely with a bundle of other wonderful female players, and we did in fact kick butt. It was in truly one of my better Fissure experiences, and I can honestly say that everyone's willingness to cooperate was the cause.

I didn't know it at the time, but the officer I had met had decided that I would suit DVDF better than I would suit my leet sexy ninja solo guild with awesome tag. Two days later, my Guild had been abandoned and the ELVY tag was replaced by a nice, shiny (far less lonely) DVDF one.

As I write this, it is a month and some weeks after I joined, and I can only say I'm glad I did it. The many members make up a cumulative awesomeness that I have not encountered in any other guild I've been part of in the days before I started my own, and the crazy events add to the package. What events?

The Grenth Event
The object of this event was to clear out Raisu Palace explorable using only Grenth-focused professions, i.e. Necromancers, Ritualists, and Water Elementalists (or, if you want to get fancy, Hydromancers). We were only allowed to use skills from these particular areas (so no resorting to the Monk secondary), which added to the challenge.

This was pre-HM and pre-SR nerf, but clearing it this way was a challenge nonetheless and I can proudly say that we did it. :)

The Crazy Amy Event was all about secondaries- poor, abused secondaries which seldom get used. The object was to complete Hell's Precipice M+B (NM, pre-HM) using only skills from a predetermined secondary. I can tell you that it was an interesting experience using a bow as a perma weapon on my Mesmer, and stranger still to rely on Wammos for healing.

The screenies below show the general chaos and, ultimately, that we achieved our goal. :)

Good times. <3
Whereabouts: Isle of Meditation
Mindset: happyhappy
Sound: Something cheesy composed by Jeremy Soule :)
Eldalossë Súrilenda, the Snow Elf Sphynx: Rianwel Starwolfsnowelf on August 17th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
Ooh. *envies*

That looks marvellous.
Elv: Frodo's courageelvea_aure on August 17th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
It is. DVDF's a great alliance- lots of fun players. It's insanely big, but really not a bad place to be. I've learned a lot there. :)