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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. :|

It’s Not Blizzard’s Fault You’re Playing Alone

No matter where I go in social media, I hear people saying that they don’t feel an amount of community in the Warcraft Community.  Dead guilds, not knowing how to find people to do an activity with, being afraid to engage other players, missing raid team members, and every other complaint you’ve heard in your lifetime.

I want to feel badly for these people trapped in a cycle of LFRs and LFGs, all alone in CRZs and Merged Realms. It sounds like a series of horrible diseases written out that way. “You’ve got clinical LFR. There’s no cure.” Someone call Dr. House.

But honestly? I can’t. I see people who took what was at face value within the game and never ventured any further than what was offered within the community. I see a lack of personal responsibility. You have to get out of your shell if you want to get the things you keep carping about.

Why? Blizzard can build you an MMORPG. They can give you the massively, and when the masses fail to interact they can give you artificial environments like Looking for Raid, and Looking for Group;  and, yes, LFR and LFG are also convenience measures, but they’re not meant to be a one and only thing. However, if you want real, honest connections, that’s actually on you, the masses. A developer cannot handhold you into having friendships, guilds and talking to people, and having a sense of belonging.  

Out of the frame are 20 other people doing Garrison bosses. Context.

The only thing I’ve learned over the past 11 years is that the Blizzard community is so entirely vast, worldwide and willing to accept people that the idea of people being adrift and alone shocks me. It’s not hard to join it, but it is hard to simply ignore it.

For every Reddit thread with lonely people  complaining they can’t raid or they’re in an empty guild, there are 10 more people saying the same thing. If all of those people made friends, or organized themselves, they would have new friends. It’s much the same on twitter or other social media. Many people don’t utilize their realm forums which are still being used.

Worst of all, I see people on the very platforms I use to connect with people saying they’re alone. All they have to do is stretch their hand out a little and say they’d like to join. Or that they’re looking for help.

But also, make friends in your LFRs, and LFGs. Go in and be the most friendly person. Exchange Battle Tags with great people in your random groups. Look for a guild that is active and fits your personality. If your server is dead say fuck it and re-roll on a fun new realm and try a new guild or three. Try OpenRaid and meet some guilds that will take you along. (Hint, even my guild does this!)

Basically: Get out of your own rut and stop waiting for Blizzard to save you if you want to keep playing.

You’re in charge of your online friendships. If some of my friends take a break from the game, I have the ability to make more friends always, there’s not a cap on friendship. Yes, I wish content came out sooner, but I can endlessly enjoy the same content with a multitude of people always. If you think Legion will bring back all of your friends, toss that expectation right the hell out the window now. An expansion is only a possible band-aid on your friends who vanished before. Maybe they’ll come back, but wouldn’t it be better to make friends who are here now rather than wait until maybe September? The Blues aren’t Friendship Travel Agents.

And if you’re angry that you’re lonely, and want to be stupid about it: Sure! Blame the Garrisons. Blame the Dailies. Blame the long raids. Blame the Farms. Blame the Class Order Halls before you’ve even fucking touched them. However, let’s be fucking realistic, if you’re playing alone with all the tools out there to find friends, it’s a fault and choice of your own.

Maybe 100% less of this in the Garrison, yeah?

So, what are you going to do about it if you’re unhappy?

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. 

LFRP - Looking for Role Play Podcast

Attention all role players and those with a general interest in online communities, video games, art, acting, public speaking, character design, and fantasy environments!

A podcast designed just for you continues its run at broadcasting to the masses of role players, gamers, and online community members at large.

This podcast is for anyone interested in the concept of role play, regardless of your experience level or writing ability.

Join Turwinkle the Gnome MageTarcanus Frostbourne (Purveyor of Pink Cakes and Portals) and Lyrinel Morningflame on an adventure through Azeroth, the Interwebs, and beyond!

Episode 22: Player Safety and Health

Join Turwinkle, Tarcanus and Lyrinel as they seek to conquer all topics related to role play, writing and the creative arts!

This week is a departure from our ordinary programming. This episode contains content that surveys player safety and health in online communities, role play groups, creative writing collaborations, and role play relationships and partnerships. It also unpacks concepts such as online harassment, bullying and abusive role play relationships specific to our community in World of Warcraft and other MMORPGs. Many of these important issues are hidden from public channels or do not reside within plain view. Many situations can be surprising or jolting, especially to new role players. Please note that certain content contained within this episode may be difficult for some listeners and is a significant departure from our normal show content.  Listener discretion is advised.

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Show Notes

Resources for World of Warcraft

Blizzard Entertainment Harassment Policy

Blizzard on Online Harassment

Strategies for Successful Harassment Ticket in World of Warcraft

Abusive Relationships

Types of Abuse

Signs of an Abusive Relationship and Useful Phone Numbers

Escaping Online Harassment Tips and Advice

Triangulation and Narcissism

Why Victims Stay - In Brief

Why People Stay in Abusive Relationships

Digital Abuse Information

Digital Information - Abuse in Brief

How to Help

Tips to Support Someone in an Abusive Relationship

Tips for Parents

Helpful Tips for Parents and Guardians

Women and Gender Violence

Statistics on Violence Against Women

Sexism in Video Games

LGBT Identity, Violence and Social Justice

Women and Gaming Harassment

Statistics on Women in Gaming

Important Phone Numbers

National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

1-800-787-3224 (TDD)

National Domestic Violence Support Chat

http://www.thehotline.org/

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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.