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DRACONIC AESTHETICS ( 2 / 13 ): BLUE DRAGONFLIGHT

Determined to forestall a catastrophe, the blue aspect decreed that the world’s unbridled magic must be reined in by any means necessary. Determined to manipulate all existing magic to serve his own purposes, he now seeks to divert Azeroth’s ley lines to his own home, the Nexus by the use of giant constructs known as Surge needles. Malygos’ actions however carry disastrous consequences, splintering the world’s crust and opening unstable rifts in the twisting nether. If successful, his tampering could result in an ecological and magical catastrophe that would threaten not only the stability of Northrend, but ultimately the equilibrium of the entire world. The red dragonflight and the Kirin Tor now fight against Malygos in this Nexus War. […] The other flights have formed the Wyrmrest Accord, and fight back to defend the temple against their misguided brethren.

Running of the Trolls 2016

The Second Annual Running of the Trolls will be held on Feathermoon-US Horde Side June 11th starting in the Troll Starting Zone. The run will start at 6pm PST or 9pm EST (That’s New York City time for our non American friends!).

Running of the Trolls 2016 will benefit The Trevor Project, 

a nonprofit group that is focused on suicide prevention among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and other youth. Running of the Trolls will help us celebrate Pride Month, and encourage our younger members of our community who may most need support and help through their teenage years to reach out for it, and to encourage the rest of the community to reach out.

The Trevor Project Info:

thetrevorproject.org
Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386
Get help online : http://www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/get-help-now

What is this, why Trolls this time?? What will this do?

We have had a BLAST over the last 6 years going on our yearly run with the gnomes (almost 2,500 of you that I managed to count last October!) and we’ve always been asked if we were bringing the event or an event like it Horde Side rather than just invading your capital city as part of the after party.

Trolls are so wonderful, diverse, and fun. They simply felt like the right choice to use for last year’s run. We had 390 Trolls in attendance, and raised $548 of our $1000 goal!  We had a great party in Silvermoon at the end, and some people even snuck into Stormwind afterwards! 

Okay, this sounds fun, but how do I sign up?

Easy! Simply log into Feathermoon-US or it’s connected Realm Scarlet Crusade US and create a level 1 Troll.  Our race crews will be there with official racing guilds and tabards. You can also /join TrollRun to chat with fellow Trolls.

A note about Racing Guilds: We ask that even while it’s hectic, or there’s multiple guilds, that you join only the guilds we’ve confirmed so we are able to count how many of you all there are. We promise that we’ll have enough tabards and invites for everyone! If we miss you the first time, we’ll get to you, I promise. We’re really, really excited you decided to come!

A note about Trial Accounts: While you can run along with us on a Trial Account or similar such account, you will be unable to /join TrollRun and join a Troll guild, however, you’ll be able to come on the adventure with us, and be counted!

Your gnome runs have a specific hair color, what hair color should I pick?

Unlike our gnome runs, we feel that you should have a say in what hair color you decide to give to your Troll. There’s a lot of different pride flags that are very important during Pride Month, and if you felt so inclined, picking a Troll with a color from a Pride flag that reflected who you are, or supported someone you loved, would be really special. We hope to see some of you sharing S.E.L.F.I.E.s (official hashtag #TrollRun2K16) and screenshots of your beautiful trolls.

I’m full on character slots on Feathermoon and I’m Alliance only/I have a Troll already on Feathermoon or Scarlet Crusade…Do I have to roll a new level 1?

You don’t have to! You could put on a fun outfit, maybe change your hair color, bring a mammoth or a drake and rescue lost trolls! And run along with us. High level “Honor Guard” escorts are always really appreciated. Some of the areas such as the Plaugelands could really use some strong folks to clear out a path for the Trolls making their way to Silvermoon.

Do keep in mind that the organizers cannot offer cross realm invites to anyone during the event as higher level characters tend to cause the lower level characters to wind up on the high level character’s realm, and not the other way around. (So, person wanting to join would bring an organizer to a PvP realm.) 

Why are the tabards that color? Will they ever change?

The tabards are light blue, pink (the best the borders offered) and a white rainbow, and will remain so in honor of Leelah Alcorn forever. 

Can I use heirloom mounts/armor/trinkets/toys:

In a word, please don’t, unless it’s just armor. 

The idea is to commit to running with everyone else, so we ask that you refrain from summoning your chopper if you can. (I understand some people may get behind.) These vehicles do cause lag. You’re free to use transformation toys, but do keep in mind that there’s a lot of screenshots being taken, and if you’re Millhouse, you won’t be able to show off your Troll as well. :)

Also, we get it, you have the tentacle trinket. They have the tentacle trinket. I have 20 tentacle trinkets in my bank. The novelty has worn off quite a bit, and perhaps they’re best saved for dungeons and questing. 

How can I donate?

You can visit the Trevor Project’s sit donation site!  https://give.thetrevorproject.org/fundraise?fcid=671853

We have a $1,000 goal, but we feel like if everyone helps just a little, and participates in our idea of small change, we can make it work!

What is this Small Change thing?

When we created the Gnome run we had the idea that people could do something big by doing something small (much like Gnomes!) By donating even a penny, quarter, nickle or dime per gnome that arrived, the members of SeeD found that we wound up donating a lot of money year after year.

We would love to continue the trend of doing something small that leads to something big for our community. While you are not all required to donate, or pledge to the small change system like the rest of us, we welcome you to do so!

1 Penny=1 Troll. If 10 Trolls show up You donate $0.10

1 Nickel=1 Troll. If 10 Trolls Show up You donate $0.50

1 Dime=1 Troll. If 10 Trolls Show up You Donate $1.00

1 Quarter=1 Troll. If 10 Trolls. Show up You Donate $2.50

Where are you guys Running?

Maps will be reposted, however: we’re heading to Silvermoon from the Troll starting zone, Orgrimmar, Zeppelin, Tirisfal, and then through Ghostlands!

I have media questions about your event!

Please get in contact with me in game or on social media! (@Dravvie)

*For streamers wishing to stream the run, please be advised that we welcome anyone who wishes to stream the event we are more than happy to have you at the event, but we ask that you remove any self donation paypal links and overlays from your channel that may cause viewers of your stream to think that they are donating to The Trevor Project when they are in fact simply filling your wallet.

*For Youtubers we simply ask that they include a direct link our Trevor Project charity page, so people looking to donate because of the event know where and how to!

I want to help in another way!

Get in touch with me in game (Dravinna-Scarlet Crusade US) or on social media (@dravvie)

You can also contact Warcraft Cares @WarcraftCares on Twitter 

arcadur.com is reposting your art

The World of Warcraft tag over on arcadur.com is rife with reposted art without any link back to the original art or artists to be found (instead, the website seems to automatically slap their own watermark over your image). Quickly scrolling through, I’ve seen reposts of art by @5hungie@blencem, @doodlejinx, @1221s, @rurukatt, @lowly-owly, @mamascream, @hornedfreak and so many others. 

They’re swiping your art from the internet and reposting it with no credit whatsoever. This isn’t okay.

I know I’ll be signing and watermarking my art from now on. :|

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Community Submission: Link from Legend of Zelda by notsosubtlegamer / Fel Reaver from World of Warcraft by rorrimegami / Donkey Kong by perlenoire

Notsosubtlegamer has had quite a few outfits featured on our Community Submissions and his latest outfit doesn’t disappoint! I really love how he put together an outfit with different top layers/colors for 3 unique looks. Bonus points for guy outfits!

This is the first time rorrimegami is featured on the community submission page and her World of Warcraft outfit definitely stands out. I absolutely love her choice of boots and skirt to mimic the Fel Reaver’s design. Let’s give rorrimegami a warm welcome to the C2C community!

Perlenoire’s sets have a very distinct whimsical style to them and this Donkey Kong look is no exception. I love the use of shapes and layers to add depth to a simple color scheme.

All outfits were made by the talented members of the Gaming Fashion Community Group on Polyvore. If you wanna see your outfit featured on Console to Closet, submit it to the group every week and check back on Sunday’s for the community posts!

Blizzard Watch needs your help!

Many of you will be aware now that WowInsider (and joystiq et al) have been shut down by AOL. (As of a few hours ago, the WowInsider twitter account was taken over, so any new tweets you see are NOT from the original staff!) This is really a terrible loss to the WoW community. I didn’t visit the site often, but when I did I always enjoyed what I read. What I loved most was that the content was conversational - like we were sitting down having a chat about stuff. Articles were opinionated and I LOVE that. I love hearing people who are passionate about something speak their minds. I don’t have to agree with it, but I enjoy the conversation and the opportunity to argue back. And oh how they got me interested in WoW lore!

Anyway the point is that losing WowInsider is a bit of a big deal. But on the positive side, the staff have got together and have started a brand new website called Blizzard Watch! And I am SO excited about it. It’s independent so they’re not at the whim and fancy of a parent company that doesn’t understand them. It’s going to be full of awesome stuff, and I can’t wait. 

But they need your help. Because they’re independent, they need help financing it. They’ve set up a brilliant campaign using Patreon where you can sponsor their site for any amount you like each month. Even $1 a month will help them. (If you want to do a one off payment, just put that amount in, then shut down the ongoing payments.) I’ve contributed as best as I can. It’s not much, but every little bit will help. If you are willing and able to help out, please go to https://www.patreon.com/blizzardwatch and pledge what you can. If you can’t help financially, that’s ok too! You can still help out by reblogging or forwarding this to anyone you know who plays WoW or is part of the Blizzard community as a whole, to see if they can help. 

I uploaded all of the screenshots I took from the Troll Run this year. They are over at my Adventures in Skywall Facebook page. You can view the album directly by clicking here. I’m so thankful for being able to participate and a huge thanks to @dravvie for putting together such a wonderful community event! Things like this reminds me how giving and caring the Warcraft community can be. See you all and hopefully more next year!

I wish I could just find one site that won’t make me angry at its existence within 3-4 months.

Everyone on 4chan is annoyingly egoistical and the novelty of that wears off really fast (admittedly, I appreciate their low tolerance levels for ironic memes and other similar bullshit)

Reddit is full of unfunny repeated jokes and shitposts and bullcrap getting to the front page because HOLY SHIT IT’S A GIRL IN THE IMAGE

Tumblr has the worst staff of any site in history, also it’s fucking tumblr do I really need to explain myself here

Maybe I just shouldn’t look in these big popular sites for quality content since that’s usually kept to a small community, but for some reason I feel like swimming through all the crap to get to the decent content is worth it sometimes, but I’m slowly losing patience for it

Seeing how WoW’s uniquely toxic community hasn’t changed one iota in the years since I left it, much less the years since it began, is just disturbing.

I have been a part of a lot of communities and WoW has the single worst culture of infamy and cults of personality I have seen in any community online, offline, in an MMO, or otherwise.  There are some fine people who play WoW, certainly, but it is a community defined by tremendously awful people.

I’m not saying I wasn’t at times a bad actor in WoW, but it was a phase, I got my shit together, I dropped my bad habits and, relative to a lot of the community, my worst habits weren’t really that bad and were honestly mostly an aggressive reaction to people attacking me.  What’s worse is that the lowest and most despicable actions these people in that community commit give them celebrity status.  You can harass women, you can threaten people with rape, you can violate the real-life privacy and safety of other people and you’re treated like a local superstar.

That, both in kind and in scale, is wholly unique to WoW.

To every RPer.

Mini HUGE rant on Roleplay Manners and courtesy… and things I think most of us wanna see more of.

YES… those are a thing… Something to consider for a better functioning well greased community.

Originally posted by yasashisaito


I have noticed a lot of tension between antagonistic and protagonist guilds lately same for “Hero” and “Villain” character players.  

More often or not the “Hero” shows up out of nowhere to save the day and the damsel in distress, playing the white knight and so on and so forth. There rarely is a legitimate reason for them to be there at that particular time on that particular day in that particular spot. There is rarely a legitimate way for them to have knows what was happening and what the context of the scene was before they come barging in swinging their swords or what have you, and that is an issue.

People shouldn’t have to do all their solo RP in instances just because you can’t keep control your urge to be the good guy.

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