The Kings and Peasants - Cairne - Alliance

The coolest casual/social guild in World of Warcraft that caters to the working, schooling, busy, man & woman about town. Check us out for your game play needs.

Welcome to the Kings and Peasants Guild Website!!!

Thanks for visiting the site.  If you are a current guild member, we look forward to your participation in making this website an exciting and useful place for you and your fellow guildmates to find the latest news and happenings.  If you are considering joining the guild, we hope that you check out the site, enjoy some of the features and consider what the Kings and Peasants guild has to offer. 

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 Kings and Peasants Guild Tabard 

 

For The Alliance

At a Glance         The Kings and Peasants

Who are the Kings and Peasants? This is who and what we are.

 

On November 8th 2014 we will have been a functioning guild for 6 years.  We have 81 accounts fielding 245 members (mostly 90s).  We are a social guild but we do weekly raiding also.  Mogu' shan Vaults 6/6, Heart of Fear 2/6.  The guild raids twice a week.  Friday and Saturday nights.  We have several weekly events.  Contests with great prizes awarded.  The guild pays all raid repairs, food buffs and flasks.  We supply all gems and enchants.  We love to have fun with each other and gladly welcome new members.  We are mostly older but we do have a few youngsters around.  As long as you are mature and respectful, we will welcome you here.

 

Please see our Codes of Conduct and Ranks and Roles pages for more detailed information.

 

Sincerely, 

Silverlaine GM

 

From the desk of the GM.

At the June guild meeting, a need for 20 K was mentioned for the 8th tab of the bank. Within five minutes the need had been filled reaching 20,500.00 Gold. The following people are the ones to thank for the wonderful donation to purchase the 8th tab.

        Adlewin, Amelana, Azoloth, Cmoon, Dragonov, Isabo, Shallee, Silverlaine, Synny, Trueblueglue.

Silverlaine is back!

Hello fellow guildies and friends,

 

As you know I have been absent due to health reasons.  I am doing much better now and Silverlaine is back!   Can you say Uber? Yes,… I knew you could.

 

It must be said here, that at times it is hard to find the words or the means to say Thank You to those special individuals that step forward and take the lead in a time of trouble.  On January 18, I fell ill and all I was concerned with was real life issues and myself.  Three people stepped forward and filled the gap in the hedge; Isabo our social officer, Cmoon and Jerilhelo.  Isabo for the second time in the guilds long history had the mantle of acting guild master fall heavy on her shoulders.  She led the KaP in fine fashion.  Cmoon put forth a tremendous effort with the guild bank.  Keeping all the mats for guild runs available and helping to increase the guilds' gold amount.  Jerilhelo offered up his vast knowledge of raids and dungeons and allowing the runs to keep going.  Thank You for your time and efforts. 

Thank You to the members who went on the guild scenario and guild dungeon runs along with the raiding.  A testament to the strength of KaP is that almost everyone stayed and only several people left the guild in my absence. 

 

It is good to see all the new members.  Thank you for joining Kings and Peasants.  Our hope is that you find a home here.  We are welcoming some new members and here they are; Blubowls, Davuson, Tiarlynn, Vaash, Helmouth, Adlewin, Trueblueglue, Pallytime, Toliana, Aminrah, Fluffycuddle, and Tylle. 

 

In addition, I would like to give a shout out to Shallee. A long time member of KaP and has come back after taking a break. / Flying Tackle Hugs to all.

 

Help me in welcoming two new officers, Jerilhelo and Cmoon.  That brings our officers up to three with Isabo.  Please give your officers the respect they have earned.

 

I know promotions seemed to be popping off like a 4th of July celebration but we were just trying to catch up with the rest of you and the promotion you earned. 

 

Hey Hey! Just look at those Guild Achievements!!!

 

2010 guild points now.  On 2/16/2014 you guildies earned two (2) achievements;  "Classy Draenei" and "More Fun With Friends" - Complete 100 Scenarios while in a guild group.  On 4/25/2014 "Classy Gnomes".  Two (2) more achievements earned on 4/27/2014 with guildies earning another biggie with "Now that's an Achievement" - Earn 2000 Guild Achievement points and "Classy Dwarves".  Woo Hoo!

 

The guild has three more Panda toons to level up and we will get Classy Pandaren, Stay Classy and our 8th bank tab.  What a powerhouse you boys and girls are!!!

 

We are now accepting donations for the 8th tab… $20,000.00 is required.  Please do not donate this all in one lump sum, as I would like to see as many guildies as can donate participate in this effort.  Send donations to Silverlaine.  No amount too small, no amount too large!

 

A special word of thanks to the following people for the effort on the pandas

 

Amelana-Rixi, Azoloth-Sinamint and Isadorita, Cmoon-Moonjaz, Jerelhelo-Omahiri, Pyotrovich-Tzarinaleia and Ekaterena, Samaladren-Samingae and Agnir, Silverlaine-Eggdropsoup.

 

Guild meetings are held once a month and always on the 10th of the month.  The meeting is in vent and your participation is encouraged.  Points will be awarded for attendance.

 

Thank you for your attendance in the game.  Your presence is felt and you the members make the guild what it is.  If you have a picture you would like to post on the website Members page, we would love to see you.

 

Give me a few days to get back in the saddle and the guild will resume our agenda as it was before I took ill.

 

Thank you,

 

Silverlaine - GM

 

Christmas Gift Exchange                              Wednesday 18 th of  December

Merry Christmas! It's Christmas time in Azeroth. The snow is gently falling. The smell of gellied Christmas hams fill the air, whoops that was my pipe lol. Silverlaine had a chat with santa and told santa that there were many good boys and girls in the guild.

We will be drawing names on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 6:30 Server time.

Please sign up if you wish to participate, participation is voluntary only.

Gaming Space   The Gamers Lounge                                          December 15th, 2013

So, for most of us, we are on vent, talking with each other, telling stories and having a great time.  Every so often guildies on vent are treated to a little slice of life of a member’s real life gaming environment.  Whether it be a screaming brother, a noisy nearby fan that make one sound like they are in a helicopter, a cat that likes to jump on the keyboard during a raid, or a slew of beer bottles knocked over while explaining the importance of group cohesion, there is a fundamental truth.  We all play this game in our own space.

 

This space is a place that each guildie spends from an hour to all playing at.  We all figure there is a chair, a screen, and a computer.  But what else is there.  During vent conversations over the days, months, years, we all have our own ideas and creations where our guildies game.

 

Well, let’s find out if our expectations match with the reality…

 

Here’s the competition.  We want every guild member to take a photo of their gaming space.  This means your screen, desk, and surrounding area.  If you have a ton of screens, boxes and such… that’s what you take a picture of. If you have a laptop and play while on the couch watching TV, that’s what you take a picture of.  The only rule is that it is an honest portrayal of your gaming area.  No clean up, mess up, photo-shopping or cutting and pasting from an IKEA catalog. Don't ask for clues, Don't give out clues.

 

The guildie with the most correct guesses will win the competition.  The pictures will be up in the Photo Gallery page on the website on Friday morning. So send your pictures in right away. You will have until Sunday night at 7 PM server to view your guildies "Gamers lounge".

 

Please make sure to indicate who you are, the number of the photo, and who you think the space belongs to. You will submit your guesses to me via silverlaine@kingsandpeasantsguild.com, via in game mail.

 

The guildies who submitted photos are:

Silverlaine, Cmoon, Pyotrovicha, Synny, Azoloth, Akmedd, Madex, so far.

Thank you to Cmoon, Pyotrovicha, Synny, Azoloth, Akmedd, Madex, Jerilhelo for participating in the event. First place was Pyotrovicha with 3 correct, Second place was Isabo and Cmoon with 2 correct each. Congrats guildies.

 

The competition will end next Sunday evening 7 PM server. The winner will be given 500 gold.  The second place winner will get 300 gold. 

 

We want all members to participate in the guessing, whether you submitted your space or not.  The more people that participate the more fun it will be.  So get to guessing and have fun figuring out your fellow members gaming areas…. Welcome to the Gamers Lounge.                                                Reprinted in part from 2011.

 

Progress on the 8th Tab for the Guild Bank

Update: the progression is going along very well. All the toons taken are in the 40-60 range now and the 8th tab is coming into view.  

Amelana-Dwarf Rogue, Gnome Priest

Azoloth-Dwarf DK, Draenei Monk

Cmoon-Dwarf Monk

Jerelhelo-Panda Warrior

Pyotrovich-Dwarf Mage

Samaladren-Panda Hunter, Panda Mage, Gnome Monk

Silverlaine-Panda Rogue

1000 Gold to each toon when you ding the achievement for your class/race.

The Juicy Loots

Yes we all love juicy loots and here are the results of the give-a-ways for the party thus far.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Whoyamamanow won Harris Pilton bag and got the achievement too

Amelana won the 28 slot Royal Satchel

Busters won the Chopper

Many other guildies at the party won some very valuable battle pets.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Whoyamamanow won the Harris Pilton bag

Cmoon won the 28 slot Royal Satchel

Madex won the Chopper

Again, battle pets were given out

SUNDAY NIGHT

Whoyamamanow won the Harris Pilton bag and gave it to Umbramoon

Amelana won the 28 slot Royal Satchel

Daftwully won the Sky Golem

More pets were given away

MONDAY NIGHT

Synny won the Harris Pilton bag

Pyotrovich won the 28 slot Royal Satchel

Cmoon won the Sky Golem

TUESDAY NIGHT

Cmoon won the Harris Pilton bag and gave it to someone who needed the achievement

Oddip won the 28 slot Royal Satchel

Samalandren won the Vial of sands mount

Thank you guildies and congrats on participating in the celebration

5th YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY

The party will last for 5 days starting on Friday the 15th and will continue through Tuesday the 19th.

 

Friday 8PM at the Beer Garden in Dalaran

A few words by the GM - The Past & Present - Kings and Peasants

Bring your toys

Fireworks

Give-a-ways

 

Saturday 7PM at the Guild Hall in Dwarven District

5 Man Amani mount runs

Give-a-ways

 

Sunday 6PM at the Guild Hall in Jade forest

25 man Naxx or Ulduar run

Give-a-ways

 

Monday at 8PM on top of the steeple in Stormwind

Give-a-ways

 

Tuesday 8PM at the Guild Hall in Jade Forest

A few words by the GM - The Future of Kings and Peasants

Bring your toys

Fireworks

Give-a-ways 

November Guild Meeting

The monthly guild meeting for November went very well.

Topics discussed were:

1. New guild events to be held over the winter.

2. Cooperating with other guilds for older 25 man guild runs.

3. Gleaning as many of the achievements as we can from the Outland or BC content.

4. Recruiting has been placed on hold in order to get to know the many new members.

5. Azoloth and Busters had suggested the guild should go for the 8th bank tab. This was brought up at the meeting and here are the results.

Busters-Dwarf Mage, Gnome Monk

Amelana-Dwarf rogue

Azoloth-Dwarf DK, Draenei Monk

Cmoon-Dwarf Monk

Lilith-Gnome Priest

Jerelhelo-Panda Warrior

Jiwa-Panda Mage

Samaladren-Panda Hunter

Silverlaine-Panda Rogue

6. The upcoming 5th year anniversary was discussed. Many guildies have sent in donations and have bought items for the give-a-ways. Thank you guildies for your generous support.

7. Ocktober-Madex went to Blizzcon and came back and shared all the news with the guild. By the time of the meeting, most of us had read the posting by Blizzard. It was fantastic to hear of the first hand accounts of what he had gathered from both seeing and talking to Blizz officials. Thank you to Madex for sharing the news and for the pics.

8. Condensing the Mission Statement and placing it in a more prominent location on the main page. Hard to find at present. 

ITEMS OF NOTE

Welcome! to all the new members within the last month.

Addinster, Amelana, Coolcookie, Datbootydoe, Druxia, Dryland, Eschar, Koytis, Krionix, Lilith, Lucas, Oddip, Pyotrovich, Rsa, Saarius, Seelie, Sigis, Soleera, Tinktolis, Whoyamamanow.

 

Welcome, Woot and Grats! to the Champions of Kings and Peasants.

Azoloth, Cmoon, Jerilhelo, Ridculy

 

When one looks back through their WoW experience, there are moments of personal achievement that the game does not recognize. Yet, you know the "thrill of Victory".

Therefore, it is with several accomplishments last week.

On Nov. 6, a band of heroes ventured deep into the Isle of Giants. Upon arriving to this strange new island, screeches of terror and roars of thunder caused many a heart to beat a little faster. Even so, they pressed on. Beast after beast had fallen at the feet of the heroes. Once the summit was conquered, it was here a great and terrible battle took place. Fourteen unlikely soldiers of fortune slew Oondasta. Those men and women of valor were Amelana, Azoloth, Busters, Chiraz, Cmoon, Domayu, Eschar, Gennevieve, Grumpy, Jiwa, Lilith, Pyotrovich, Silverlaine, and Soleera.

 

On Saturday night, Nov. 9 A smaller group encountered Alysrazor in the Firelands. This fiery creature tormented his assaulters. The fight was brutal, the heat intense. Near the end of the battle the heroes were nearing exhaustion, yet, they fought on. Aly's druids launched Brush Fires, Creatures Spewed Lave, bombarded with Incendiary Clouds and Fiery Tornados. Summoning strength from deep within them, downed the mighty Alysrazor. Not a fighter touched by the awesome attacks of Alysrazor. Those heroes of renown were Amelana, Azoloth, Chiraz, Cmoon, Grumpy, Jerilhelo, Lilith, Oddip, Pyotrovich, and Silverlaine.

 

Many years from now, swords may lay covered with rust, leather armor cracked, beautiful and rare robes moth eaten, once shiny armor tarnished by time, spells forgotten and men's strength withered. Notwithstanding, some heroes of Azeroth will sit amoung friends and gather at a roaring fire to recount the days of glory and revel in the accounts of high adventure. Well done.

 

Hallow's End  Pumpkin Carving Contest

Here are the Rules.

 1. Carve a pumpkin. Anything you would like to carve into your pumpkin is allowed, it doesn't have to be a face.

 2. Send all pics of your pumpkin to: silverlaine@kingsandpeasantsguild.com

I will post them on the site so your name does not show up.

 3. No giving out hints or clues to your pumpkin. Both parties will be disqualified for cheating. This has been an offense committed in the past by an officer, shame shame. Cloth made by man does not wear as well nor feels as fine as Integrity and Honor.

 4. All contestants must submit photos by 5:00 PM on the 4th of November.

 5. The competition will start at 7:30 PM on the 4th of November.

 6. Anyone can enter, anyone can play the game, match the pumpkin head to the guild member that you think did the carving.

 7. Guess correctly and you may win the some of the following:

 First place will receive a mount from the Blizzard store.

 Second place will receive a pet from the Blizzard store.

 Third place will receive an in-game mount up to 2500 gold.

Good Luck and happy carving 

Pictures are posted in the Gallery in the Hallow's End folder 

(Disclaimer; GM reserves the right to post photos in any order and at the time of his pleasure.)

 Special Thanks to all the people who sent in entries. Thank you for your time, effort and money spent. Thanks to Amelana, Pyotrovich, Jiwa, Busters and Cmoon.

Congrats to Busters on 1st place, Cmoon on 2nd place and Jerilhelo, Jiwa, Lilith and Samalandran on 3rd place.

 

From the desk of Silverlaine

Hello Guildies,

Things are looking good from the steps at Sunsong Ranch. The garden is growing, the sun in shining.  New members are joining the ranks of KaP. We are glad to welcome the new members and hope you look around the website and read the history of the KaP. Have fun, meet the other fine people in the guild and join us on some of our fun activities.

Kings And Peasants - v.02 A MUST READ

As many of you may have surmised, Deckard has been working hard to keep that rent check happenin'.  This has been a thing going on for about 6 months now. 

Deck's absence has been significant... but the awesome guildies have been showing loyalty by staying in the KaP... while also fostering great relationships with The Thunderbluff Steakhouse guild.

It's a little guild started by our good friend Silverlaine... which has been flourishing using the basic concepts of the KaP.

Now, while its not my thing to talk in the first person in an article, I will talk in the first person now... because I have a few things to say.  

I (Deckard) have been running this guild since November 17th 2008.  I ABSOLUTELY love everything about what I created within the KaP.  We are a solid group of players that care more about each other and how purporting a social ideal into a game that is predominately based on numbers can be a successful model for not only a great social environment, but a way to achieve alongside our peers.

And heck, yall know I drove through approximately 25 states, 6000 miles, and visited at least 7 guildies in their homes... cause I love yall that much.  That's not just a "thing" for me.  If you know me, I am not that adventurous... but yall are great people, so I did. I truly LOVE you, and will for the rest of my life.

But honestly... my job has been weighing on me.  I anticipated the weight, then carried it for as long as I could.  I think I might have carried it to the detriment of the guild and the individual players, nay, the people, that I  love. 

That is my fault. 

But I feel I have arrived at a solution!!!!!  And it is one I am actually excited about it. 

A few months ago the KaP saw a great member leave.  He started a new guild that has been thriving under his leadership.  In fact, thriving so much that KaP'ers have been running with his guild over the last few months... and getting to know the guildies.

I am talking about one of my ultimate favorite guildies, and person, Silverlaine. 

He is running Thunderbluff Steakhouse.  Many of you have run with him.  And from what I hear during my conversations with Silver... things sound prosperous, active, and fun. 

He noted that he has based a few aspects of his guild on the KaP model.  He has also tweaked a few things, which, when he explains them to me, sound great.  Functional, fair, and a great take on management.  Not intrusive, based on activity... and founded in the social take on MMOs that the KaP was always based on.  People who have the time and those that may not have that much... but all are welcome.

That was always the KaP way. 

Thus Silver and I have come up with a plan.  At its heart it is a plan to keep, and continue, the ideal that good WoW players who have lives, jobs, kids, responsibilities, etc., still share one thing in common... the love of logging into WoW, running some dungeons, jabber jawing on vent, achieving what we are proud of and creating relationships that are fostered within the game... yet all this can exist beyond the game.

In a depressing Deckard analogy... much like a divorce, those not in power to control their environment end up finding themselves in a place where they have to choose something.  And many of you have.  

But take shelter, breathe in a sigh of relief, take that last swig of the Jim Beam bottle... and throw it into the fire in a hopeful You Tube video montage that shit don't end.  The fire still burns!!!!!

Silver and I have come together to conceive the next version of the KaP.  This version is as active as the KaP was in old Lich King days, the days of rolling in on Ulduar, rolling in on Firelands, kicking the poo poo out of old school content, battling AND SUCCEDING on Dragonsoul, recapturing the group fun of old raids, creating new events that Blizzard never thought could be created and pulled off in their environment, UGH even PvP.... LOL.  ALL OF IT!!!!!!

The only difference is that Deckard is going to take a much needed vacation from management and is going to give it to our friend Silverlaine... who is willing to take it. The activity his guild sees proves he is a good man for the job. Activity, recruitment of like minded players, and a great social environment is inevitable under his leadership. He believes in the KaP... and loves us.  

So Silver and I are hosting a vent night this Friday at 6:30 Pacific Standard time, on the KaP vent to discuss the melding of the guilds.  Deckard is not going away... The KaP never dies and is not in this scenario. 

But much like any person in authority (good authority that is), you find your time is up.  We have term limits for a reason.  The ability to grant a successor, especially someone like Silverlaine is such a beautiful thing for me. And taking a step back and enjoying the game, enjoying my guild in a way where I no longer need to preside, but simply login, is enticing. 

But I am so excited to have such a household name guiding us... it is something that makes me smile.  I trust it will for you too.

Just get on vent at 6:30 Pm PST, Friday, June 7th, and Silver and I will explain the situation. 

You know me KaP'ers... I love ya and as always PLAY WELL. Lets keep the KaP ALIVE!!!!

Sincerely, 

Your brother in arms, the Bossman, Huntard (at times), Cannonball Fun Run straight man and color commentator, ... but ultimately Deckard.

PS. BE THERE THIS FRIDAY!!!!

 

 

MISTS OF PANDERIA TRAILER !!! Aug. 20, 2012

Here it is all! The Mists of Pandaria trailer was dropped at Gamescom. It was an action packed, yet subtle introspective take on the new expansion. Some have claimed it was too comedic. Others say it was exciting and drew on WoW trailers of olde. Take a look and see what you think.

This also means that the new prepatch for the expansion is coming soon.  Check the calendar as our September 7th Friday event is not a run, but congregation of guildies to get together, discuss, and test out the new talent system. We are all in this new talent system together.  

Lets get in vent, spec up, test the dummies and run five mans to see if we can grasp the new spec before the patch comes out.  If anything, it will be a time for all of us to cry on each others' shoulders and work through this together.

We hope to see you there... and here;s to playing well right off the bat when Mists drops. Even Chen Stormstout can agree with that!!!

Happy Trails Kilu!!! Jul. 22, 2012

This past weekend the Kings and Peasants ran Dragon Soulon Friday and Sunday. It was as normal a run as always... the only difference being, this was the last time our long standing guild member Kilu would be able to run with the guild in our American time zone. Of course, we smoked it:

DS Guild Down

He is now in Amsterdam, following his profession and smarts, and experiencing the next stage of his life that will forever shape his person. We want to congratulate him on his new journey.  As guildies, we trust that it will be an amazing, fulfilling, and impactful experience for our fellow guildie. We also trust that growth is created upon a solid foundation... the likes of which is culminated from personal interaction and genuine experience.

Of course, the truth of the matter is Kilu is heading to a different time zone... not leaving the guild or departing from our collective caring.  But the time zone difference does affect our ability to experience that unique personality, which has been a defining factor of our community make-up.

We wish him well, and we were glad to run with him on Friday and Sunday, run with his friends Moyrog and Arowara... and spending that time doing what the KaP do... having good convo, having some laughs, and notching boss kills at the last minute.

On behalf of the entirety of the guild... take care Kilu.  Don't be a stranger.  As it goes... when you put in the work, put the time, and put in the personality... you are PUT IN KaP for life.

Always remember to play well.......

Love the KaP.

WHEW!!!! KaP Downs DS 10 Jul.9, 2012

Well folks, we finally did it.  The Kings and Peasants downed Madness of Deathwing on 10 man!

(left to right: Mathroes, Quackurdead, Seresyn, Deckard, Clairisse, Kilu, Silverlaine, Walkrboh and Tevesay. Not in shot: Merudinn.)

This is the first time that Kings and Peasants has downed the final end game content before the arrival of the next expansion.  Madness of Deathwing was done first try.  For a primarily social guild, this was something we are pretty proud of. 

We did have some folks jump in and out during the run, and thank those who joined in to keep the run going.  We want to give our thanks to Mathroes and Merudinn for joining us for the run.  We want to thank Walkrboh for tanking and guiding our rag-tag crew as he has continued to do over the last few weeks. 

We also want to thank Moonfalla, who humbly relinquinished her spot to better group composition. A true team player.

But, our work is never done! We have DS 10 on the schedule for the next two Fridays.  We want all guildies who have the ability to join us for another couple kills. It was a great time had by all and we want you to be a part of it.

If anything, we will be losing Kilu in a couple weeks to Amsterdam, or some such place... at least to a new time zone, and we all should be trying to capture as much time as possible with our long standing guildie and friend.

So come along and continue to smash Deathwing over the head.  

KaP Fashion Month! Apr. 27, 2012

Hi guys, it’s me Laurisse this time writing on the website! I am pleased to announce the new event that we have been planning for quite a while, and I am sure everyone will be exited to participate in it! Since patch 4.3, everyone’s been crazy running around, doing old raids and dungeons to collect transmog gear. Now lets take all that gear and put for show!

 

The directions to this competition are quite simple:

  • Make your character equip any gear you like
  • Travel to a scenic location
  • Take a screenshot and upload it to the “KaP Fashion Week” folder in the photo gallery section of the website

And that’s it really! Once uploaded, your picture will be up for other guild members to praise, and you may submit however many pictures you like, as long as they are different from one another (each picture YOU submit must be of you wearing a different set of gear and location). 

 

Tips to taking screenshot of your character:

  • Hide your UI! The artistic value of your picture decreases if we can see all your buttons and addons cluttering your screen!
  • Avoid capturing other players in it, unless they are part of the picture!
  • You may use a photo editor to enhance the screenshot if you’d like. Add Grayscale, increase contrast, hue, saturation, whatever floats your boat.
  • Try to match your gear with the location. If you’re wearing a Death Knight gear set, you probably shouldn’t take a picture next to the Priest NPC.

 

Check the KaP Fashion Month photo gallery cover photo to see my demonstration of the type of photo we are looking for!

We are accepting photo beginning May 1st.  Entries for consideration will end June 1st.  On Sunday, June 3rd at 5:00 PM server time, we will schedule a date on the in-game calendar to decide the winners.

Everyone present will gather around the Cathedral Square in SW, where each competitor will wear the set from the picture that they received most votes! This will be your time to get the –woohs- and –woahhss- from everyone that you deserve!

During our fashion show off, the judges will announce which pictures were the ultimate winners and divy out the prizes.

  • First place receives: $4,000
  • Second place receives: $3,000
  • Third place receives: $2,000

And everyone who participated will receive a $500 so there is no reason for you not to participate!

Have fun, and stay classy!

KaP Cutie Patootie Photo Contest Jan. 16, 2012

Ok folks. Our guild has come up with some great events. Competitions that put guildies in teams to work together for a common goal, events that recognize individual creative talent through writing, in game screen capturing, and competitions that provide a greater glimpse into the individual personalities and real life of our guildies, whether it be music or their real life gaming space.

We have done it all, to the benefit of bringing our guildies closer together and the opportunity to learn more tangible, positive facts about each other in this social environment.

Now we are breaking the mold again with a new competition. It is called the KaP Cutie Patootie contest.  It's a dumb name, but hopefully one that garners some interest in order to get participation.  In this event we are going to post a baby photo of our guildies, which they have submitted, and must be correctly identified.

The person who correctly identifies the most guildies via the baby pictures will win 5,000 gold. If there is a tie, it will be divided equally amongst those who have submitted the most correct answers. Remember, if you haven't submitted a photo, it does not mean that you are excluded from the guessing. We want as many pictures of course, but also want as many folks guessing too!

Now be careful. Deckard has thrown in a few red herrings. Since we have such a diverse group of age ranges in our guild, the technology of photography has changed so much over time that it can legitimately make this competition too easy. If you are an active and participatory member of the guild, you will most likely be able to identify who's who based on the quality of the image submitted.

But we thought of that. So not only will you need to identify who is a guildie, but also which photos are the red herrings.

To submit your answers, we will run this competition like we did for the gaming space competition.  You will need to submit your guesses to deckard@kingsandpeasants.com or by an in game mail to Deckard.  Each photo will be given a number in the KaP Cutie Patootie Photo gallery section.  For example if you think you know Photo 1... submit: Photo 1 - "insert guilie name" or "Red herring", for Photo 2, submit: Photo 2 - "insert guildie name" or "Red Herring".  

Pretty simple. Photos are due Wednesday, January 18th, and guesses are due by January 27, 2012. I will announce the winners after the Dragon Soul guild run, which starts at 8 PM server time.

So here is to proving not only is the KaP the best guild that does what it does in the entirety of the WoW gaming environment... but also that we are the cutest guildies that make up a great guild of even better people. We look forward to you getting to know your guildies.

5th Cannonball Fun Run - Nov. 16, 2011

A Message from the SHIEK!!!!

My friends... OH MY!!  I am back again to sponsor another Cannonball Fun Run for the Kings and Peasants.  I am so glad my friend Deckard has allowed me to share such a fanastic competition with you good people.  I am even more pleased in my heart to celebrate the Kings and Peasants' 3rd anniverary. What an accomplishment. I even heard you reached guild level 25. Much praises my good friends.  I still have not gotten my little toon out of Outland.

So, I present to you the 5th Kings and Peasants Cannonball Fun Run... through NORTHREND!! I trust this will be a run that tests your courage and heart.  I shall perhaps see you on the field of battle my good people, but as you the know the Shiek has many duties in the real world and in Azeroth. The rules are below. Please read them carefully... and may your run be fruitful.  And celebrate your 3rd Anniversary, with much wine and song.

Thank you Shiek for those kind words. So everyone, like the Shiek said below, the rules for the Cannonball Fun Run are below. Please read them over, and if you have read them, read them again. We are going to be running in Northrend.

The trick to this race is the partners will be a team of two... one 80-85 and one toon under level 15. The 80-85 will have to look out for the lowbie, and the lowbie will have to make sure they stay out of trouble. There's kinda like a captain and navigator relationship here.

Each team will be asked to hit predetermined points during the race and buy an item from the specified vendor. There will be a total of 9 items. The race begins on The Stormbreaker in Valiance Keep in Borean Tundra and ends at the port in Valgarde Keep in Howling Fjord. The first team to reach me at the Stormbreaker and trade me all seven correct items will be the winner.  

Those designated 80-85 can use any current level 80-85 guild toon. Those designated low level can use a low level toon in the guild below level 15, or choose to start a new alt and level it no farther than level 15.

The basic rules are:

  • It's a footrace, so no mounts or porting. No setting hearthstones prior to the race. It's a footrace... not a port race.
  • Special abilities of the classes are allowed, but any special ability that deviates from the essence of a footrace can't be used. For example, I know a warlock can do some fancy porting and such, but again, no porting, as the essence of the footrace is not being honored. Hunter's Aspect of the Pack is fine... as they are running. Blink can be used as really it's not the best way to win in the long run (and hard to regulate). DK's walk on water spell is ok too, as they are walking. Get the drift? 
  • You can use potions or special trinkets, etc. as long as you adhere to the essence of a foot race. If breathing under water allows you to get to a place faster, speed potions get you past some mobs faster or invisibility potions allow the low level to better sneak through an area (unlikely), they are fair game.
  • If any of your team dies, you're still in. Rezzing is ok. If no rezzer in team, fight your way quickly from the graveyard.
  • You must stay with your partner. If the eyes in the sky or I see that your partner is in a different zone or a significant distance away from you, that's a disqualification. I mean what would the Cannonball Run movies be like if Burt Renyolds and Dom DeLuise were in different cars the whole film.

So let's lay out the path of this mighty team adventure:

    • Borean Tundra, Valiance Keep on The Stormbreaker - Starting Point
    • Valiance Keep (Borean Tundra) - First Item
    • Amber Ledge (Borean Tundra) - Second Item
    • Fizzcrank Airstrip (Borean Tundra) - Third Item
    • Unu'pe (Borean Tundra) - Fourth Item
    • Star's Rest (Dragonblight) - Fifth Item
    • Wyrmrest Temple (Dragonblight) - Sixth Item
    • Amberpine Lodge (Grizzly Hills) - Seventh Item
    • Westguard Keep (Howling Fjord) - Eighth Item
    • Kamagua (Howling Fjord) - Ninth Item
    • Valgarde Keep Port (Howling Fjord) - End Point

              The specifics regarding the items that you need to procure will be given out before the start of the race. 

      But of course, what would a good race be without a little incentive. These two stars know what it means to get the goods after a hard days work...

But unlike Deano and Sammy D, you may get the opportunity to lavish in gold, pets and gear... not free booze and broads.

  • Third Place - 500 gold a piece and a hearty pat on the back by the guild (priceless really).
  • Second Place - 1000 gold a piece and a heartier pat on the back by the guild (pricelessier?)
  • First Place - 2000 gold a piece and a non-combat pet or mount purchasable from the Blizz website.

Helpful Tips:

  • For those low levels starting a toon, don't create a Night Elf or Dranaei. It will be easier to start a Human so they can meet their 80-85 in Stormwind and get escorted to the boat that goes to the Borean Tundra port.
  • Strategize with your partner beforehand.  I know not all have the same play times, but with 3 days and in-game mail, a time to do a little stratitization sensation with your teammate can be coordinated.
  • GET VENT WORKING. If you don't have it, or don't have the ability to talk... now's the event to get a headset from Best Buy for $15.00. This will help you keep in touch with your partner and hearing the absolute hilarity on vent. Or curse Deckard's name while trying to make it through the run.

If you have any other tips for this race, feel free to add them to the Forum page.

So that's it. Make sure to double check the website prior to the event in order to catch any changes I may have made. Any questions, feel free to ask me in game or at deckard@kingsandpeasants.com.

I look forward to all you Kings and Peasants Cannonballers gettin out there and giving it your all. Don't let Captain Chaos or the Shiek down... Give it your all! See you at the finish line.

(oh... and rent Cannonball Run if you don't get the references!)

Guild Level 25!!!! Oct. 25, 2011

Gratz to the the Kings and Peaants! We finally hit level 25. It took every one of the guildies to help make it happen. Deckard was checking the guild experience levels, and after running through all the dailies in Molten Front with Clairisse and Lokir, we hit the precipice.... Here is the screenshot when it happened...

What an accomplishment for the guild It took all the efforts of each guildie, every day, to make it happen. Every quest... every 5-man, 10-man, daily quest, helped make our run to Guild Level 25 happen.

The benefits... Mass Ressurection for any group each toon is in and the Golden King Mount. Check your toons and go to the guild vendor for your rewards.

Of course, you need to be exalted with the guild to get the mount. While our guild has now hit the tops of guild leveling system, there are still individual toon achievements that we all need to meet to reap those benefits.

Keep on questing, leveling, hitting bosses hard, and doing everything you can to get that guild reputation up.    

We want to take a guild picture with all folks on the new Golden King mount. So work on your rep with the guild fast to get your name and toon in the photo. Start thinking about epic monuments that we can capture our achievement in front of. 

Due to our new recruits that really contribute to the guild we will probably take this photo during the 3rd guild anniversary party on November 19th. This gives them time to power quest for that guild rep. Check the calendar and be a part of the celebration.

Deckard has to congratulate every single member of the Kings and Peasants, because even the smallest contribution got us to level 25. Each login and quest completed, boss down by 5-man and 10-man group, and daily quest helped push us towards this goal. I said it above, but it is really true.

We all log in, and do our thing. We conversate in guild chat, get on vent, run our instances, or do our dailies... or maybe all of it. But each thing we complete helped the group... the guild... to achieve its goal.

We often dont think about how our toon's activities affect the guild. But in this day and age of World of Warcraft, our activities are more symbiotic to the greater whole than ever.

Lets enjoy the fruits of this labor by signing up for 10-man raids. Hell... now we can die and have mass rez. LOL. Lets look at guild achievements and see what we can contribute to for the great 2000 achievement point achivement. That is our next goal achievement wise.

At the same time, our group goal is to continue being a cool ass, social, casual, guild that does raiding, events, and uses this game as our playground... not let it restrict us.

Anyway, gratz to the guild. Pictures will be up soon with folks on our new Golden King mounts.

And remember to always play well.  

WoW is a Soundtrack Competition Oct.12, 2001

Here's a new one. The Forums has always had a entry for music. But, either typically... or atypically, it was frequented for a week or two then abandoned. But we continue to have people talk about music and WoW.

So, in true KaP fashion, we crafted a competition around what seems to be everyone's love... music.

We are going to take the performance aspect out of a judging competition, but keep the cast of character judges and rate everyone's entries.

Here's how it goes...

Deckard is going to choose four other (undisclosed at this time) judges to be on the "panel" for judging each submitted song for each category by each guildie. For each category, each judge will give a 1 (low) to 5 (high) vote on how the song submitted fits the category it was submitted to. The five scores by the judges for each submission per category will be averaged, and there will be a winner per category.

Here are the five categories for which you can submit the most relevant, cool, ambient, song fit you would like to be considered:

  • 10 Man Rading Song - This is the long term, boss fight, kick ass, pump up song usually... but it doesn't have to be. What is that quintessential song that you hear in your ears when you are charging into battle with your guildies.
  • 5 Man Dungeon Run Song - These are usually quicker runs, so a shorter playlist may be implemented. Which is your favorite "I gotta get in and get out quick, let me throw this on and kick ass" song.
  • Questing Song - Sometimes we need that extra punch to keep us slogging through the mid-level crisis.  Or sometimes we never experience it because we pop on the headphones and listen to our favorite songs which propels us through the grind. Which is your favorite.
  • Gathering Song - Quiet contemplation or furious flying and trying to beat hordies to that Pyrite ore. You decide.
  • Miscellaneous Situation Song - Feel free to explain this one: what it is and why it is totally bad ass.

The secret cadre of judges will take into account the person submitting the song for each category as well. But also remember this is a subjective competition, thus the five judges and the rating system. Just be honest and submit what you love. 

All submissions should be on the "WoW is a Soundtrack" section of the forums page. Feel free to provide a description or history of why you like the song, why it should be considered, personal history, etc. We will take it all into account. If you can link a video, please feel free. We will watch it.

The ultimate goal is to win all five categories. It would take a Michelangelo to paint a musical tapestry that could win all five categories. But who knows, your submissions may prove that your ears and connection to WoW are synchronized to such a degree that your soundtrack proves to be a winner.

The person who wins the most categories will get 1000 gold, a pet or mount off the Blizzard store and will have their winning songs featured on the website in November. If it is even across all five categories everyone gets 200 gold and a big hug from Deckard.  

All submissions should be in by November 12, 2011.!!!! We will annonunce the winner or winners shortly after that.

Good luck! And to all the KaP'ers out there... keep your earholes on point for some new music. All guildies should also feel free get in the Forums and listen, comment, and have an overall good time enjoying a common bond that links us all... the sweet, sweet sounds of music.

And always remember to play... and listen... well.

Name that NPC Contest Sept. 27, 2011

Gratz to Lokir who correctly identified Highlord Tirion Fordring located in the new Cata version of Hearthglen. He won a total of 150 gold just for being a smartypants. Keep your eyes open for the next Guess the NPC. Oct, 4, 2011

This is an easy one folks. The first to name this NPC gets 100 gold. Please in game mail Deckard with your guess.  The first person to get it right wins.  A 50 gold bonus if you can name where this picture was taken.

Hearthcast Episode 84 - Kings and Peasants!!! Sept. 27, 2011

So, unfortunately Deckard was not able to hook up with the hosts Rewt and Freckleface of the WoW podcast Hearthcast to regale them with the amazing stories of his trip and the wonderful guildies he was able to meet.

But in the end the Kings and Peasants got some serious love from the Hearthcast crew with an episode dedicated to our name. Check out episode 84.

Of course the whole episode is not about us, but the main content of the show is devoted to the idea of meeting guildies outside of the gaming environment, sparked by Deckard's whirlwind tour meeting guildies across half of the United States.

Make sure to visit their site, enjoy their features and put their cast on top priority on itunes podcast downloads.

http://www.hearthcast.com/ - Episode 84: Kings and Peasants Have Guild - Will Travel 

Gaming Space... The Final Frontier Sept. 11, 2011

Gratz to Laurisse who nailed this competition with an 11 out of 11 score. Check the photo gallery to find out who is who.  

 

Deckard is back and the Gaming Space Competition is on! 

So, for most of us, we are on vent, talking with each other, telling stories and having a great time.  Every so often guildies on vent are treated to a little slice of life of a member’s real life gaming environment.  Whether it be a screaming brother, a noisy nearby fan that make one sound like they are in a helicopter, a cat that likes to jump on the keyboard during a raid, or a slew of beer bottles knocked over while explaining the importance of group cohesion, there is a fundamental truth.  We all play this game in our own space.

This space is a place that each guildie spends from an hour to all playing at.  We all figure there is a chair, a screen, and a computer.  But what else is there.  During vent conversations over the days, months, years, we all have our own ideas and creations where our guildies game.

Well, let’s find out if our expectations match with the reality…

Here’s the competition.  We want every guild member to take a photo of their gaming space.  This means your screen, desk, and surrounding area.  If you have a ton of screens, boxes and such… that’s what you take a picture of. If you have a laptop and play while on the couch watching TV, that’s what you take a picture of.  The only rule is that it is an honest portrayal of your gaming area.  No clean up, mess up, photo-shopping or cutting and pasting from an IKEA catalog.

The guildie with the most correct guesses will win the competition.  Pictures are up in the Photo Gallery page on the website. Please make sure to indicate who you are, the number of the photo (1-11), and who you think the space belongs to. You will submit your guesses to me via deckard@kingsandpeasants.com, via in game mail, or in a mail using the website.  

The guildies who submitted photos are:

Deckard, Lucky, Dathran, Silverlaine, Doctara, Kilu, Dirty, Laurisse, Tyf, Talhn & Xandrir.

The competition will end next Sunday evening. The winner will be given 500 gold and choose three songs for the website.  The second place winner will get 400 gold and a big hug from all of Deckard’s toons. 

This is a brand new event.  We want all members to participate in the guessing, whether you submitted your space or not.  The more people that participate the more fun it will be.  So get to guessing and have fun figuring out your fellow members gaming areas…. Our spaces are the final frontier.

 

UI Competition

 http://youtu.be/b0QIzW345HQ

So you've seen the video put together by Laurisse. You've seen the sleek and sexy UI (User Interface) that she has put together. Now you know why she is such a bad ass healer. But all UI's are individual. The UI that serves her well may not be the one that benefits you. Heres your chance to take some time, play with ad ons, and create that sleek and sexy UI you thought would always up your own game and drop other players to their knees.

We are going to hold a UI competition.  We will judge the UI's submitted to the UI photo contest by the standards proposed by the video above: Clutter - or lack of it... but still being useful); Usefulness - meaning you have what you need on screen and not what you don't need); Looks - It is sleek and sexy including all the info you need for your class and spec. 

Each category is a prize... but we hold the right to vote for one UI for multiple categories.  Deckard and Laurisse will be the judge. However, Laurisse will be available to provide tips and help.

The winner of each catagory will win 1000g, a piece of crafted gear for any one of their toons.

The due date for your UI pic on the website or emailed to Deckard@kingsandpeasants.com is Friday, July 29th before our Friday run.  We will announce the winners then.  Good luck and we hope you mix, match, test, create and uncover a user interface that not only wins this competition, but allows you to make the best of your gaming experience.

Cannonball Fun Run Winners June 19, 2011

The Shiek has asked that I provide the winners of the 4th Cannonball Fun Run with his most hearty thanks and appreciatiation for their stalwart performance.

He actually wrote this, "Deckard, your wonderful guild members all embody the utmost courage. However, the team Pink Floating Ponies, consisting of Goblinpunter and Xenoth, demonstrated the utmost prowess in their ability to handle the terrain and challenges they encountered. A great run. They are truly the champions of the 4th Cannonball Fun Run."

Wow... what accolades from the Shiek. So, gratz to Goblin and Xenoth. They won the Kings and Peasants 4th Cannonball Fun Run.  They each received 1000 gold and a non-combat pet of their choice off the Blizzard store. 

But, unfortunately we lost another Cannonball Fun Run color commentator. This terrible tragedy has befallen previous runs... however, I have to stress it is purely coincidental. 

While our color commentator for the 4th run was plagued by many demons, Wendolyn Schmloot was a great friend and collaborator.... or so I have heard.  An allergic reacton to orange juice was the cause of her untimely demise.  I mean she had like 8 mimosas during the run.... but that's beside the point.  We wish her family, friends, or whoever, the best.  There is a place in wherever for her.

 

Kings and Peasants 4th Cannonball Fun Run May 31, 2011

IT'S THE SHIEK!!!!

and I am back my friends to sponsor another Cannonball Fun Run for the Kings and Peasants.  I am so glad my friend Deckard has allowed me to share such a fanastic competition with you good people.  He tells me you are the most clever, resourceful and quick guildies on the Cairne server.

So I present to you the 4th Kings and Peasants Cannonball Fun Run... through NORTHREND!! this will held on June 5th. I trust this will be a run that tests your courage and heart.  I shall perhaps see you on the field of battle my good people, but as you the know the Shiek has many duties in the real world and in Azeroth. The rules are below. Please read them carefully... and may your run be fruitful.

Thank you Shiek for those fabulous words. So everyone, like the Shiek said below are rules for the Cannonball Fun Run. Please read them over, and if you have read them, read them again. I have added a new rule to the run. We are going back to Northrend for this one to see if level 85s will have any easier of a time escorting their low level companion.

The trick to this race is the partners will be a team of two... one 80-85 and one toon under level 15. The 80-85 will have to look out for the lowbie, and the lowbie will have to make sure they stay out of trouble. There's kinda like a captain and navigator relationship here.

Each team will be asked to hit predetermined points during the race and buy an item from the specified vendor. There will be a total of 7 items. The race begins at Howling Fjord Port and ends at the Stormbreaker in Valiance Keep. The first team to reach me at the Stormbreaker and trade me all seven correct items will be the winner.

I will be choosing the teammates this year. 

Those designated 80-85 can use any current level 80-85 guild toon. Those designated low level can use a low level toon in the guild below level 15, or choose to start a new alt and level it no farther than level 15.

The basic rules are:

  • It's a footrace, so no mounts or porting. No setting hearthstones prior to the race. It's a footrace... not a port race.
  • Special abilities of the classes are allowed, but any special ability that deviates from the essence of a footrace can't be used. For example, I know a warlock can do some fancy porting and such, but again, no porting, as the essence of the footrace is not being honored. Hunter's Aspect of the Pack is fine... as they are running. Blink can be used as really it's not the best way to win in the long run (and hard to regulate). DK's walk on water spell is ok too, as they are walking. Get the drift? 
  • You can use potions or special trinkets, etc. as long as you adhere to the essence of a foot race. If breathing under water allows you to get to a place faster, speed potions get you past some mobs faster or invisibility potions allow the low level to better sneak through an area (unlikely), they are fair game.
  • If any of your team dies, you're still in. Rezzing is ok. If no rezzer in team, fight your way quickly from the graveyard.
  • You must stay with your partner. If the eyes in the sky or I see that your partner is in a different zone or a significant distance away from you, that's a disqualification. I mean what would the Cannonball Run movies be like if Burt Renyolds and Dom DeLuise were in different cars the whole film.

So let's lay out the path of this mighty team adventure:

    • Howling Fjord Port- Starting Point
    • Valgarde Inn (Howling Fjord) - First Item
    • Fort Wildevar (Howling Fjord) - Second Item
    • Westfall Brigade Encampment (Grizzly Hills) - Third Item
    • Argent Stand (Zul'Drak) - Fourth Item
    • Ebon Watch (Zul'Drak) - Fifth Item
    • Wyrmrest Temple (Dragonblight) - Sixth Item
    • Star's Rest (Dragonblight) - Seventh Item
    • Stormbreaker in Valiance Keep (Borean Tundra) - Turn in

    The specifics regarding the items that you need to procure will be given out before the start of the race. 

    But of course, what would a good race be without a little incentive. These two stars know what it means to get the goods after a hard days work...

But unlike Deano and Sammy D, you may get the opportunity to lavish in gold, pets and gear... not free booze and broads.

  • Third Place - 300 gold a piece and a hearty pat on the back by the guild (priceless really).
  • Second Place - 500 gold a piece and a heartier pat on the back by the guild (pricelessier?)
  • First Place - 1000 gold a piece and a non-combat pet or mount purchasable from the Blizz website.

Helpful Tips:

  • For those low levels starting a toon, don't create a Night Elf or Dranaei. It will be easier to start a Dwarf or Human so they can meet their 80-85 in Ironforge and get escorted to the boat in Menethil Harbor to make it to the Howling Fjord port.
  • Strategize with your partner beforehand.  I know not all have the same play times, but with 5 days and in-game mail, a time to do a little stratitization sensation with your teammate can be coordinated.
  • GET VENT WORKING. If you don't have it, or don't have the ability to talk... now's the event to get a headset from Best Buy for $15.00. This will help you keep in touch with your partner and hearing the absolute hilarity on vent. Or curse Deckard's name while trying to make it through the run.

If you have any other tips for this race, feel free to add them to the Forum page.

So that's it. Make sure to double check the website prior to the event in order to catch any changes I may have made. Any questions, feel free to ask me in game or at deckard@kingsandpeasants.com.

I look forward to all you Kings and Peasants Cannonballers gettin out there and giving it your all. Don't let Captain Chaos or the Shiek down... Give it your all! See you at the finish line.

(oh... and rent Cannonball Run if you don't get the references!)

KaP Downs Halfus Wyrmbreaker May 31, 2011

So after weeks of attempting to get a group together, on Friday night, May 27th, the Kings and Peasants boldly strode into Bastion of Twilight and downed its first Cata raid boss, Halfus Wyrmbreaker... the ugly mug below.

 

The KaP would like to thank all those who participated in the run and an old founder of guild and friend Syrtis who filled out that last spot.  The run lockout has been extended until June 7th so we will be expecting to continue our foray into BoT this week.

The KaP Fishing Tourney Has A Winner! May 16, 2011

After five weeks and four Sundays of fishing, the Kings and Peasants Fishing for Compliments Tournament is concluded.

Deckard would like to thank all those that participated. Not only did we get our Dragon Feast achievement, but we now stand at over 7,800 fishing from pools.  We need to get to 10,000 to get our Seafood Manufique achievement and recipe... but we ARE so much closer due to this competition and all those that participated. Thank you to Silverlaine for creating it. 

Over the four Sundays we had 8 folks participate. Roxyorayn, Isabo, Logaan, Quackurdead, Silverlaine, Deckard, Hatemeplzxx, and Kettering.

All did thier best to drop their lines and win this competition. But one guildie eked out all the competition to bring in the biggest yield.

Deckard is pleased to announce that Isabo won the grand prize with a total yield of 184 fish.

Congratulations Isabo! She won 1000g and the new flying lion mount (when it drops in the Blizzard store) so she can ride in style. 

But, Deckard wants to announce another perk for all those who participated in this event. It is widely known that many folks hate fishing. But, those who participated were not just fishing for themself... but for the guild. Because of their participation in this event, ALL those above mentioned guildies will be receiving the new Cenarion Hatchling non-combat pet to add to thier collection.  Thank you again to all who showed up to this event.

As far as the pet goes, 100% of the proceeds of this pet go to Japan tsunami relief. If you haven't already purchased this pet, please consider it. I have never seen Blizz give 100% of anything to anyone.

While disasters occur all around the world, and even in our own backyards... if we have the means to help a cause we believe in, it should be done. Whether it be Japan, those affected by the recent storms in the south, or even your local community outreach programs.

Congratz to Isabo and all those who helped promote this event. As Deckard always says, "Play well."... and remember it means more than just World of Warcraft.   

Silverlaine' Music Selection May 16, 2011

So, finally Deckard has added the three songs chosen by Silverlaine due to his win for the Original KaP Fiction Competition. The three songs you will find peppered throughout the pages are:

Dire Straights - Money for Nothing: We all know Silver's favorite saying when successfully smashing face on a boss or getting an achievement is "That ain't working... That's the way you do it."  For you youngsters... this is where that line originated. Also, the famous line "I WANT MY MTV!"

Derek Duke, Glenn Stafford & Russell Brower - Totems of the Grizzlemaw: This is background theme music of Grizzly Hills in Northrend. A beautiful piece of music. It is no wonder why Russell Brower and the music department of Blizzard is considered one of the best. Note that according to the chatters on iTunes it is not a violin that is the main instrument which hits at 1:58 of the song, but a Swedish instrument called a key harp. Enjoy.

Celine Dion, My Heart Will Go On: Proving that I stick to my word when it comes to those who win competitons. So if you have a soft side, had a girl you just HAD to romance cause you loved her THAT much, or maybe just love James Cameron, Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio or Celine Dion... you have struck gold. Here is the theme song from Titanic.

The sound stylings of Silverlaine will be up until June 16th. Keep your eyes open for the next competition, as the winner will be able to choose the music for the site.

Magever's Impossible Leveling Challenge May 16, 2011

So Magever did it!!! He went from level 1 to 85 as a cloth mage completing under 20 quests and in under 400 played hours. Please check his special page for screenshots and Deckard's amazement at his accomplishment. Please make sure to give him gratz for it!

Fishing for Compliments Competition April 13,2011

You know what salty dogs on a weathered pier say don't ya? Well, if you don't , here it is... "Cast early, cast often." Fishing is not just a hobby, but a lifestyle.

When a younger Deckard used to attend hunter school with his great friend Eleftherios and DK outcast friend Botis, they often spent time on the local pier listening to the local music and casting their line into the dark blue, churning water of the great sea.  It was a time of relaxation, conversation and, sometimes, of excitement when something actually bit. A funny story happened once that included Deckard trying to catch an hour of sleep before class on the fish scale laden dock under a bench while his two mates eventually caught a fish and bit its head off.  That's a story for another time.

While fishing is often about shifting into a laid back, chillmo' style, we at the KaP want to ramp up the competition on fishing. We want to see the old adage "Cast early, cast often" put to good use.

So we created a month long fishing based event that includes ALL KaP members.  It begins on the 17th of this month and we hope everyone participates.

Here are the rules for the Sunday fishing tournament:

1. At the start of the tournament you can have no fish in your bags, use any fish from your bank nor buy any fish from the Auction House.

 

2. All fish turned in for the prize must have been caught by the contestant during the fishing times set forth in the rules.

 

3. No “Early or Late” fishing allowed.

 

4. Fishing time will last one (1) hour.  The GM will announce the start and finish time.

 

5. ALL fishing for the weekly Sunday competition should be from Cata pools, not simply free fishing.

 

6. All contestants must turn in their fish to the GM and he will keep the official numbers for each contestant.

 

7. All fishers must be back in the presence of the GM no later than one (1) minute after the closing of the tournament.

8. Once all the fish have been turned in to the GM, he will announce the name of the fish that will be designated the Prize Fish. This fish will be determined prior to the event but will only be announce upon completion of the event.

9. The largest catch of the Prize Fish wins.  Prizes will be awarded then.

10. All fish will remain the property of the guild.

11. All fish will be cooked at that point and distributed to the members of the guild that can benefit from it.  Any members working on cooking are free to cook up all catches as well.

 

12. No restrictions on fishing related buffs.

 

Also, those who can't fish out of Cata pools due to level constraints, we have a competition for you as well.  All fishing out of pools during the KaP Fishing Tournament will be counted as a "yield".  Make sure to be ready to fish from your own level pools when the fishing tourney begins and get back to Deckard in Stormwind to turn in your yield according to the aforementioned rules. 

 

The total yields of all fishers will be kept, counted and logged over four Sundays, beginning April 17th. The guildie that has the biggest yield (meaning total fish caught of any type from any pool) over the four one-hour Sunday events will win the big prize. This way all those that contribute to fishing, indeterminate of level, are part of the overall competition.

 

The winner of the highest Cata yield from pools for the week get:  1000g

 

The winner of the highest yield of fish from all pools over the four Sundays wins: 1000g and the new Winged Flying Mount that hits on the Blizzard store.

 

The dates and times that the Sunday fishing tourneys BEGINS are:

 

April 17th, 7:00 PM Server Time (Deckard has a golf engagement, thus the later time)

April 24th, 4:00 PM Sever Time

May 1st, 4:00 PM Server Time

May 8th, 4:00 PM Server Time

 

We hope the KaP guildies participate in full force for this four week event. Remember to cast early and cast often.

Magever's Impossible Leveling Competition April 6, 2011

As many who have been on the KaP vent during the late nights, it can get a little more loose and fun.  The kids have gone to bed and the adults are up gettin' silly and telling stories. Well, two nights ago Warver/Palver got the idea of leveling a mage.  Not too crazy of an idea, as he has leveled two others.  But at some point during the conversation it got interesting.

Blizzard has tried to make leveling from 1 to 85 quick, easy, fast, etc.;  basically, everything that a bad date is after dinner, drinks and the invitation for a nightcap. With BoA gear, increased experience gains and streamlined questing and quest tracking, Blizz might as well just start granting you an 85 toon if you already have one.

What if we try to smash the shackles of quick and efficient leveling that Blizz has granted us in Cata? What if a toon could only level through grinding and the LFG system?  How long do you think it would take?

Well, Warver/Palver is assuming the challenge. He has created Magever, a night elf mage... and he thinks he can "power" level Magever, by "under powering" his leveling tools. And we want the Kings and Peasants to get in the mix. 

 

Here's the rules for what we are calling Magever's Impossible Leveling Adventure:

  • Magever will level from 1 to 85 using only the LFG system, pugging instances, and grinding mobs.
  • Magever will get from 1 to 85 in 400 /played hours, or 16.6 days by only using the above experience gaining methods.
  • Magever cannot gain experience by questing. We are allowing a maximum of 20 quests on his Achievement Stats page as sometimes during the leveling process from 1 to 85, things happen. His experiment is null and void if he goes over 20 quests completed.
  • Magever is a lone wolf - he cannot use any Bind on Account gear purchased by other toons, use any gold from other toons or equipment crafted by other toons. He can however use his own gold looted, the AH for things looted, and wits to increase his worth... as long as it is Magever that is conducting the transactions.
  • Magever is (again) a lone wolf - he cannot be helped in the experience gaining process by any guild member toon or any guild member's toon that is not in the guild. He also cannot have any gear crafted by guildies, use the guild bank or get charity from guildies. However, by default of him being in the guild he will get the benefit from the guild perk system. But ultimately, we can strip as many advantages as we can that Blizz allows us.  
  • Magever will send updated screenshots as often as possible, but not less than each time he is done playing for the evening . He will provide a screen shot of his UI with /played up and a screenshot of his ACH Stats page showing Quests completed.  All screenshots are time stamped by Blizzard by default. Magever will not augment the name of the screenshots email to Deckard.
  • Magever must complete the 1 to 85 run by May 31st. All screenshots of the last day of progress must be emailed to deckard@kingsandpeasants.com. 

So there it is. Magever is excited and so is the guild. Is it possible to "cold level" a toon from 1 to 85 in 400 /played hours? Well we shall see.

It is important to note that at the time of writing this article Magever had achieved level 10 with a little more than 3 hours used. What the guild is interested in is his progress and how that converts to cash.

This little experiment is perfect for the betting soul.  Can Magever make it in under 400 hours... or will it take more than that?  Will he actually complete the experiment in 45 days, or will he get bored?  If he does succeed, how many quests do you think he will have logged on his Stats page... 4, 7, 19? 

For the Over/Under bet, it is a maximum 100g so we don't bankrupt anyone (or the guild bank) and the winning side gets paid 2 1/2 to 1. So you bet 100 on the under, it comes up, you get 250 gold. Its a rudimentary betting system, but I ain't a bookie so, whatever. New bets from the house may become available based on updated information, however, the original basic Over/Under on 1 to 85 at 400 hours /played bet will be called dead by Wednesday, April 13, 2011. If the /played 400 hours is not reached because the 45 day limit on the experience is not achieved everyone gets their money back at their betting amount.  Deckard needs to have the bets in his in game box by 6:00 PM server for it to count.

All other legitimate guild prop bets offered by the house will be posted on the site.  Any prop bets between players regarding this event is between the players and must be satisfied in that fashion. So be careful about betting.

Make sure to check the page the website has set up specifically for this event for all updates and screenshots.

This is one of the most complex events the KaP has set up, so if new definitions need to be posted we will do so. Keep checking the site for updated screenshots. A new page will be provided on the site with the required screenshots submitted by Magever.

Good luck Magever. As mentioned in guild chat recently, don't eat any food labeled "power leveling" as it most likely is laced with sedatives or ruffies so you will waffle face while logged in on your toon. We are excited to show that those who are dedicated to an alt can make it happen whether Blizz thinks you need help or not.   We look forward to the activity regarding this event .

Find Deckard's Alt Competition

Ok, so here the newest competition. I have the day off tomorrow as I need to get my car smogged (which will only take maybe an hour and I am meeting my Dad at 9:00 am) and Silver and I came up with this together. As the guild has been contributing to the guild bank with the Cash Flow perk it is time to give back.

But we are going to make you work for it.  I have an alt that is not in the guild and I have been leveling him for a while to try to supplement the tank/heal issue (hint) with the guild. But I just haven't gotten him into the guild as he now runs a temporary guild bank left by my friend Eleftherios when he quit WoW about a month ago. 

I am currently questing in Outland and will be doing so all day tomorrow until the KaP event calendar comes up.

If you can find me in Outland and identify me you will get 1,000 gold.  I will do this for the first 5 people that find me. Some hints to make it easier: I have four vowels in my alt's name; I have to respond to the question "Boxers or Briefs", and my answer will be boxers.

Good luck finding me as the new leveling experience upgrades and account bound gear I have may find me blazing through Outland.  I hope to not see you LOL.

KaP Reading Program Winner March 31, 2011

The entries for the Kings and Peasants Reading Progem contest were all very entertaining. All three stories were very different takes on the idea of the competition... and it was a difficult decision.

Deckard read all three stories and enlisted a third party to read all three and provide feedback in relation to the competion rules. After discussion a winner has been chosen.

Congratulations to SILVERLAINE and his story about the trials we all must go through (with unanticipated consequences) that teach us that world may not be pleasant, but helps define our perspectives over time to become the person we may not recognize we can be.

Runner up is CLAIRISSE, who crafted an epic tale of a dinner in Ulduar gone wrong. The work outside of the written word was spectacular and extremely entertaining.

Big ups to QUACKURDEAD for his origin story, defining the Archeology item Headdress of the First Shaman.  It was succint and a great descriptive tale of the item.

The talent and creativity that was demonstrated with these stories should be celebrated as all three entrants used their personal time and WoW time to craft these original tales. Please make sure to read them... and feel free to contribute to submit your own.

As a result of the effort I have supplied the links to the stories to http://www.hearthcast.com/ podcast and gave a shout out to the guild on The Instance podcast as well. The links to these podcasts can be found on our links page. Please give them a listen.

Keep on creatin' KaP and always remember to play well.  

The KaP Reading Program Contest Feburary 14, 2011

The war on the Lich King has been fought and won. Brave soldiers and adventurers, both men and women, battled Arthas' scourge army on many fronts... and even managed to square off against the Lich King and dethrone the tyrant.

The war left many things broken that have yet to be fixed, even after ten years. The devastation in Northrend is still being addressed. Many of the valiant defenders of the Light and freedom who survived the previous war are still trying to acclimate themselves back into their community. Even still more continue to mourn those who they have lost. Now, Deathwing has arrived, threatening the bonds of friends and family once more.

With so much going on it is easy to forget about the most helpless... the children. Many have been affected by the previous war on the Lich King and Deathwing's recent shattering of Azeroth. Many have been left defenseless, scared and alone. The increase in the young who have lost their family have put a strain on the Stormwind orphanage and its resources. King Varian Wrynn has had to devote much time, energy and funds to rebuilding and mobilization efforts against the increased elemental activity and the reemergence of harmful entities once thought long since destroyed, that the caregivers of the young have been overlooked.

So the Kings and Peasants, who fight for the good of those who have nary a want in life as well as though who suffer from too much absence, have started the Kings and Peasants Reading Program. The Stormwind orphanage is short on reading materials for the children and we are going to provide it to them.

The shattering of Azeroth has caused various wondrous objects to be loosened from deep within the earth. Archeologists far and wide are discovering and collecting these artifacts. Tapping into the curiosity and awe of the past, you Kings and Peasants are going to use three items that you unearth from the Archeology secondary profession and create a short bedtime story for the little ones at the orphanage.

The story can be as long as you would like, but not so short that it no longer can be considered a bedtime story. The sky's the limit on creativity, but you must use three archeology items as central pieces of your story. You may use more items if you would like, but not less. The more items you use will not count more towards winning this competition.

Deckard will be the judge of the stories submitted. Submit your story to deckard@kingsandpeasants.com. You have until March 20th to craft your tale. The winner will receive a 359 crafted piece of gear, 1000 gold and can change the background music on the guild website for a month. The runner up will receive 500 gold.

 

So let your imagination run wild. Nothing brightens a child's day more than imagination and wonder. With all they have been through they deserve some special care and attention. I know the members of the KaP are creative and caring enough to bring a smile to the face of those who have suffered so much. We look forward to your entry.

 

Kap Downs the Whale Shark Jan. 24, 2010

Grats to the Kings and Peasants who downed the Whale Shark in Vash'jir last Friday.  Laurisse led the scrappy band of adventures seen here (Deckard, Warver, Talhn, Silverlaine and Logaan) on a kiting kill of epic proportions. On the first try the Kings and Peasants downed the beast and each earned the acheivement "From Hell's Heart I Stab at Thee". Thanks to Laurisse for setting up the successful event. We will be sure to get more kills on this titanic creature.

Kings and Peasants Poker Run Dec. 13, 2010

Deckard here all! Below is a new event from our Kings and Peasants cruise directors. Make sure you read the rules below and sign up for the event. This one sounds like a real blast!!!! 

The gently falling snow glistened in the light of the full moon.  The night was bitter cold but the fire raged in the hearth.  Smoke from the Cavendish packed into my pipe filled the air after a very satisfying meal of stew. WTF!!! @**%^$ It’s those dag nabit gol blameit KaPers riding their Dragons and Black War Steeds through my fields in Elwynn going on a Poker Run?!?!

That’s right! Poker Run. Let’s have an afternoon of fun, drinking, gambling and win some gold.  December 19th at 3 PM server meet at the Guild Hall.

These are the rules:

We will begin at our Guild Hall in Old Town (Pig and Whistle Tavern).  Then we will go to various inns and end up back at our Guild Hall (Pig and Whistle Tavern).  At each inn we will play one hand of poker.  We will visit (7) inns and play (10) hands.  Ante (the initial amount you put in the pot) will be two (2) gold.  While two (2) gold may seem like a small ante, the pot will grow with wagering.  Seating or Bidding order at the “table” will be maintained by alphabetical order (you don’t have to keep track of a lot of this stuff, I will).

I wanted to use the different elements of the game that a person would not normally think about so to that end we will use our “Total Gold Acquired” as our “cards”.

This is how the cards are dealt:

At each Inn we will …

1 -  Open the Achievement tab or type (Y)

2 -  Open Statistics (bottom far right tab)

3 -  Open Character and look under Wealth

4 -  Look at “Total Gold Acquired”

This is your “Hand” or “cards”, it will look like this for example 54737G 3S 93C

The five digits for gold will be your hand and in this example you will notice a pair of 7s

The Silver and Copper amounts are your dealt cards after the ante and first wager.  So, in this hand you would have a Full house of 33377, no wild cards

The Best hand may look like this 98765 and so forth 99999, 99998, and 99988 in descending order.

Now to account for dealing cards you will want to visit a vendor, to keep things “fair” please buy the top left or first item offered, this will change your amount and thus change the “cards” dealt, or you may choose to loot a monster, sell an item in your bags, kill a monster but you get the gist of it.  You must change your gold amount either up or down to simulate being dealt cards.  Please change the amount only once, no “buying a winning hand”.

The Circuit

1 - Pig and Whistle Tavern, Old Town

2 - The Golden Keg, Dwarven District

3 - The Slaughtered Lamb, Mage Quarter

4 - The Blue Recluse, Mage Quarter

5 - The Gilded Rose, Stormwind Trade district

6 - This is just for drunken abandonment.. head to Cathedral Square:

  • Go to the Orphanage and type /waste food
  • Go to the City Hall and type /moon the board
  • Go to the The Argent Dawn and type /FTH
  • Go to the Fountain and type /throw up or /take a dump
  • Go to the The Cathedral of Light and type /I sowwy then type /snicker then /lol
  • 7 -  Loins Pride Inn, Goldshire (last one here buys a round)

    8 - Pig and Whistle Tavern, Old Town, play 4 hands here

    Disclaimer: while these rule may seem hard (level 85) or confusing (level 1) and you may be web wrapped by the overwhelming urge to whine, may I remind you that there are more rules to Monopoly and Candyland. My attempt at humor (insert laugh now)

    Laurisse and I hope you have a very enjoyable afternoon of fun.

    KaP Cruise Lines

    Cruise Directors

    Laurisse and Silverlaine

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    Times Are Tough Contest Nov. 8, 2010

    Man... times are tough! Folks of all races, classes and creeds are tightening their purse strings just to pay off repair bill collectors and are getting caught up in trade chat pyramid schemes that are wiping out bank accounts faster than Bernie "The Account Kingslayer" Madoff can say "A new bar of soap please... mine fell on the floor."

    Case in point, our new unemployed friend Woo Ping... Weapons Trainer of Stormwind. Patch 4.0.1 put our old friend out of a job. Since we no longer have to train weapons, ole Woo Ping has found an empty box in the Dwarven District to sleep in.  

    So... since the Kings and Peasants is a guild that likes to give back, I have a competition for everyone.  I want y'all to find the best job for Woo now that his skill set has been found redundant. The cleverest response to the above "Will _____ for Food" will win 500 gold. 

    All entries should be submitted to the forum thread entitled "Woo Ping Will Work for What?".  The winner will be chosen by Deckard based on cleverness, comedy, etc.  As it is blank I expect some nonsense... but staright up raunchy and lame entries will not be considered.  Provide as many entries as you like, but make them good.  The winner will be announced at the Kings and Peasants Guild 2nd Anniversary Party.

    C'mon KaP, poor Woo Ping is sleeping in a box for goodness sakes.  Drunk dwarves walk by, kick his little box, make jokes about how his wrists are bigger than his neck... I mean this is a travesty.  The economic repercussions of the fight against Arthas and the incoming cultists drawing good gold away from the auction house have caused enough turmoil. Help a brotha out. Save Woo Ping.... Save the Day!!! 

     

     

    Match the Photo Contest Sept. 18, 2010

    Here is the second Match the Photo Contest photo.  Its a real doozy! 

    Your first task is to find it. Your second task is to replicate it. Lastly, you need to upload it to the Photo folder titled Screenshot Matching Contest. 

    If you would like you can email your replicated screenshot to deckard@kingsandpeasants.com. Deckard will put it up for you. 

    The competition runs from the 17th of September to the 8th of October. The winner will be chosen on the 9th. The prize for this competition is 500 gold. A pretty nice score for simply snapping a screenshot. Though I did promise that if Laurisse or Mokky won it I would let them name a new vent channel. So to be fair, that honor will be a prize as well as the gold to anyone who wins this competition.  

    Happy hunting KaP'ers.

    Name that NPC Contest Sept. 15

    OK folks, next up!  The first person to email Deckard at kingsandpeasantsguild@gmail.com will get 100 gold.  OHHH WEEEE!! that's easy. This will stay open until someone gets it right. Then we'll keep going.  So here the NPC is: 

    GOOD LUCK!!!!

    Officership of the Kings and Peasants Sept. 13

    The times they are a' changin'.  Man, if you didn't know before I totally am not a big Bob Dylan fan. But it seemed an appropriate introduction for this article.  I guess the times aren't changing as much as evolving. I have always been honest with the Kings and Peasants that the guidelines and environment of this guild is not a static one, but one that grows and is shaped over time. The factors that guide this organic state is the player base, the WoW environment and... I guess how I feel sometimes. I will never veer away from the truth of the style of guild I want to play in.  I just always hope that you trust the guild I run is a journey that we will want to experience together. 

    It is with this in mind that I, with feedback from other officers and trusted players, present a new officership and department style way of delegating responsibility within the guild. We all know I tend to ramble a bit, but I KNOW that this information is pertinent and every word of it affects the guild.  It's lengthy, but IS required reading. I am sure that this redefinition of guild officer roles and appointments to roles will benefit all involved and contribute to a healthier guild over the long term. Enjoy.

    During my going on two years being the GM of the Kings and Peasants I have seen that a social guild such as ours ultimately comprises of three key elements: getting good people into the guild, cultivating interest through challenging opportunities and keeping the waves smooth.  In order to ensure these three aspects of the guild are promoted and sustained, the foundation must be built upon the work of people who are 1) willing and 2) good at it. It needs to play to the officers strengths to be successful. 

    After talking with some members and brainstorming ways to promote the health of this guild, we came upon a new organizational system. Based on the idea that three major aspects exist in a social guild and need to be overseen and governed, the following Kings and Peasants officership departments, officers and aspect of purview are described below:

    Recruitment

    Officers

    TBD

    TBD

    So anything relative to recruiting and the items below fall under their purview:

    • Recruitment of players
    • Providing information related to the guild
    • Asking the basic questions of time zone, work or school and how long have you played
    • Guiding new recruits to the website for guideline information
    • Making sure new recruits are welcomed to the guild
    • Determing class and rank recruitment levels
    • Determining downtime and active recruitment time periods
    • Dealing with entry recruit issues

    The above items, and issues related to them, are all under -TBD- and -TBD- control with my feedback and participation. 

    Raid

    Officers

    Xandrir/Azash, etc.

    Hydrolyn/Thier, etc.

    So these two KaP classics are going to be heading up the raid scheduling. Xandrir's experience in 10 and 25 man raids and willingness to take on the challenge of of scheduling and running raids makes him a great addition to the Kings and Peasants officership core. Hydrolyn is a common voice in vent and regular jokester in guild chat. However, his commitment to guiding all those KaPer's into harder content, his helpfulness demonstrated toward other guildies and generally great working relationship with Xandrir makes him the obvious choice as the second raid officer. (He even promised to stop sitting his big bird butt in the fish feasts) Xandrir and Hydrolyn will only be deciding on the raid/event schedule for Wednesdays and Fridays at this time.  The rest of the week remains open for individuals to schedule runs they would like to participate in and enjoy with other level-appropiate toons and friends. Saturdays are still up for discussion at this time.

    So anything relative to raids, scheduling and the items below fall under their purview:

    • Scheduling Wednesday and Friday raid content
    • Extending raid lockouts
    • Creation of the raid
    • Invitations to raid events
    • Balancing raid groups (making sure there is appropriate tank, ranged DPS, melee DPS and heals)
    • Running the raid and explaining boss fights and giving instructions which will be followed
    • Instructing members to read up on fights, if necessary
    • Making sure raid members read and understand raid guidelines
    • Deciding and explaining raid loot rules and function as loot master
    • Ensure vent is used appropriately to succeed in end game raiding

    Of course during the raid, tanks, heals and DPS will need to communicate amongst their own functions. But the overall raid will be led by Xandrir and Hydrolyn. It is important to note that if you schedule an event that is not the regular Wednesday/Friday raid/event YOU are responsible for forming the raid, even if Xandrir and Hydro join your run. They will most likely provide you with some tips, but they will not run it for you... meaning you should know the bosses, strats and have the appropriate addons to be succesful. That's how we learn.

    With Xandrir and Hydrolyn leading the guild into harder content, I believe that the gears of progress are well oiled, keeping the KaP machine running smooth. I have the utmost confidence in their judgement and I will serve only as a tie breaking vote in case it is needed and advisor as necessary.

    Social

    Officers

    Isabo

    Deckard/Altruada/Glintz, etc.

    Lets face it, I think its safe to say that Isabo and I together have logged the most after hours non-WoW related guild chat than any other KaP member. We can forget the fact that Isabo and I both are trained in the "talking" profession. We basically have a personality which allows us to enjoy the game, but feel comfortable enough to spend some of our time talking about and listening to issues related to the D word... drama, more than your average player would. You all know Isabo to be a generous person with her time and everyone knows her voice with that distinctive Louisianan drawl. Me, Deckard, well... I'm the GM. If you don't feel comfortable talking to your GM, then I am doing something wrong. 

    It is important to remember that we are also gamers and KaPer's like yourselves. We love the game and want to enjoy it just like you. It is well known that the social aspects of WoW can be pretty draining. So keep in mind that the social officers are here to be a sounding board and help assist in REAL issues that arise for guildies. So anything relative to the social aspects of guild noted below are under our purview:

    • Real problems between guildies, ie. harassment, total and complete whisper blowups at you, etc.
    • Behavior that disrupts guild chat or vent
    • Behavior that violates any of the codes of conduct for those guildies that have made it past Entry
    • Updating website info and the KaP Facebook group
    • Assist with questions about guidelines, rules, forums, etc.
    • Be there for guildies if they have in-game issues
    • Decisions related to disciplinary actions of guildies
    • Decisions and actions related to kicking members from the guild
    • Entrusting that issues brought to the social officers are kept only between one or both officers, unless it negatively affects the entirety of guild and its foundation 

    I know that the KaP members trust Isabo and my judgement and temperment when it comes to dealing with individuals. We will use this to provide guildies support when real issues arise. It is importnant to note however that our advise and instructions may not always be what individuals want to hear... but you can guarantee that it comes from our own experiences and the overall social perspective in relation to the individual and the guild as a whole. The information is yours to do with as you please, and the consequences, if they are necessary to be conveyed, will be a decision you will have to make on your own.

    Events

    Officers

    Laurisse/Clairisse, etc.

    Silverlaine

    One of the fun aspects of being in the Kings and Peasants is that we find great ways to let off steam and do something different. These two guildies have a great sense of using what WoW provides in a clever and creative way. Keep your eye on the calendar for events scheduled by Silverlaine and Laurisse. So anything related to scheduling events and the items below fall under their purview:

    • Creation of new events
    • Scheduling of events
    • Determining and distributing event rewards
    • Preparing for the event and notifying all those who have signed up
    • Scheduling PVP events
    • Scheduling runs related to grinding for points and achievements
    • Providing any rules and such that need to be added to the website

    So these two guildies help keep the social, fun aspect of the Kings and Peasants alive. If you have good ideas about some events or would like to see a standard event on the calendat, talk to them and they will do their best to fit it on the calendar.

    Overall, Deckard remains the GM and has oversight of all departments. As I mentioned before, I trust my officers and have given them the responsibility to run their departments as they see fit. But of course checks and balances are in place, as you can see how each department tends to have some aspects in common. We will be doing all we can to ensure that your gameplay, your WoW experience when logging in, is one you can enjoy.

    So thats it. These are you officers and the domains they govern. Please make sure you respect the "division of labor" that this article has detailed. The departments were created so that no one officer has to be overwhelmed with all aspects of the guild's dynamics. We all know that this is a game and running a guild... heck even being responsible for an aspect of a guild... means that the person is spending a portion of their game time not playing, but rather dealing with something that is intended to make YOUR game experience more enjoyable. So please use your officers wisely as burnout happens even in WoW.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to email Deckard at kingsandpeasants@gmail.com. As always, play well Kings and Peasants.

    Your GM, Deckard

    3rd Kings and Peasants Cannonball Fun Run July 27, 2010

    IT'S THE SHIEK!!!!

    and I am back my friends to sponsor another Cannonball Fun Run for the Kings and Peasants.  I am so glad my friend Deckard has allowed me to share such a fanastic competition with you good people.  He tells me you are the most clever, resourceful and quick guildies on the Cairne server.

    So I present to you the 3rd Kings and Peasants Cannonball Fun Run... through OUTLANDS!! I trust this will be a run that tests your courage and heart.  I shall perhaps see you on the field of battle my good people, but as you the know the Shiek has many duties in the real world and in Azeroth. The rules are below. Please read them carefully... and may your run be fruitful.

    Thank you Shiek for those fabulous words. So everyone, like the Shiek said below are rules for the Cannonball Fun Run. Please read them over, and if you have read them, read them again. I have added a new rule to the run. Also, the run is in Outland so some things may have changed.

    The trick to this race is the partners will be a team of two... one 80 and one toon under level 15. The 80 will have to look out for the lowbie, and the lowbie will have to make sure they stay out of trouble. There's kinda like a captain and navigator relationship here.

    Each team will be asked to hit predetermined points during the race and buy an item from the specified vendor. There will be a total of 7 items. The race begins at Shattrath City and ends at the Dark Portal in Hellfire Peninsula. The first team to reach me at the Dark Portal top platform and trade me all seven correct items will be the winner.

    This year I will allow folks to choose their teammates. If you do not have a partner by the date of the race, I will assign you a teammate.

    Those designated 80 can use any current level 80 guild toon. Those designated low level can use a low level toon in the guild below level 15, or choose to start a new alt and level it no farther than level 15.

    The basic rules are:

    • It's a footrace, so no mounts or porting. No setting hearthstones prior to the race. It's a footrace... not a port race.
    • Special abilities of the classes are allowed, but any special ability that deviates from the essence of a footrace can't be used. For example, I know a warlock can do some fancy porting and such, but again, no porting, as the essence of the footrace is not being honored. Hunter's Aspect of the Pack is fine... as they are running. Blink can be used as really it's not the best way to win in the long run (and hard to regulate). DK's walk on water spell is ok too, as they are walking. Get the drift? 
    • You can use potions or special trinkets, etc. as long as you adhere to the essence of a foot race. If breathing under water allows you to get to a place faster, speed potions get you past some mobs faster or invisibility potions allow the low level to better sneak through an area (unlikely), they are fair game.
    • If any of your team dies, you're still in. Rezzing is ok. If no rezzer in team, fight your way quickly from the graveyard.
    • You must stay with your partner. If the eyes in the sky or I see that your partner is in a different zone or a significant distance away from you, that's a disqualification. I mean what would the Cannonball Run movies be like if Burt Renyolds and Dom DeLuise were in different cars the whole film.

    So let's lay out the path of this mighty team adventure:

    • Terokkar, Shattrath City, the interior where all the ports are located - Starting Point
    • Terokkar, Lower City - First Item
    • Terokkar, Sha'Tari Base Camp - Second Item
    • Nagrand, Telaar - Third Item
    • Nagrand, non purchased item - Fourth Item
    • Zangarmarsh, Sporeggar - Fifth Item
    • Zangarmarsh, Cenarion Refuge - Sixth Item
    • Hellfire Peninsula, Honor Hold - Seventh Item
    • Hellfire Peninsula, top platform at the Dark Portal - Turn In

    The specifics regarding the items that you need to procure will be given out before the start of the race. 

    But of course, what would a good race be without a little incentive. These two stars know what it means to get the goods after a hard days work...

    But unlike Deano and Sammy D, you may get the opportunity to lavish in gold, pets and gear... not free booze and broads.

    • Third Place - 50 gold a piece and a hearty pat on the back by the guild (priceless really).
    • Second Place - 100 gold a piece and a heartier pat on the back by the guild (pricelessier?)
    • First Place - 200 gold a piece and a non-combat pet or mount purchasable from the Blizz website.

    Helpful Tips:

    • For those low levels starting a toon, don't create a Night Elf or Dranaei. It will be easier to start a Dwarf or Human so they can meet their 80 in Ironforge and get escorted to the boat in Menethil Harbor to make it to the Howling Fjord port.
    • Strategize with your partner beforehand.  I know not all have the same play times, but with 5 days and in-game mail, a time to do a little stratitization sensation with your teammate can be coordinated.
    • GET VENT WORKING. If you don't have it, or don't have the ability to talk... now's the event to get a headset from Best Buy for $15.00. This will help you keep in touch with your partner and hearing the absolute hilarity on vent. Or curse Deckard's name while trying to make it through the run.

    If you have any other tips for this race, feel free to add them to the Forum page.

    So that's it. Make sure to double check the website prior to the event in order to catch any changes I may have made. Any questions, feel free to ask me in game or at deckard@kingsandpeasants.com.

    I look forward to all you Kings and Peasants Cannonballers gettin out there and giving it your all. Don't let Captain Chaos or the Shiek down... Give it your all! See you at the finish line.

    (oh... and rent Cannonball Run if you don't get the references!)

    Account Security June 11, 2010

    Here are some words that no WoW player wants to hear when they first log on to their account for the day, "Didn't you just log off a little while ago?" 

    Immediately your heart starts to race... clicking frantically through all your bags and checking your toon's gear. Nothing is there.  The run to the nearest bank seems like the slowest death march you ever experianced, even though you have Aspect of the Cheetah on. 

    As your bank screen opens up you aren't surprised to find empty slot after empty slot. You shake your head as the reality of your hacked account sinks in.  At this point the reader can insert their favorite string of cuss words, cause it is probably being yelled by our story's victim as he or she is stomping around their computer, shaking their fists in the air. The next shoe to drop is the black feeling in your stomach as you think about the guild and the guild bank. GREAT!!! can this be any worse.

    A true horror story for sure.  WoW players (well really any player of a popular MMO) is familiar with the stories told by other players regarding how there account was hacked and all their gold, gear and items disappeared.  In more extreme cases, either the toon was deleted, the guild was disbanded or the account was locked because the hacker slapped an authenticator on it. The stories are hard to listen to sometimes. But it's even worse when it happens to your account.

    The Kings and Peasants guild is pretty protective of each other and tends to know when something's up.  Much respect to Momma D and Dragonlance who tend to be able to sniff out danger and tell when something is wrong.  They also are quick to inform the GM of the situation as well.

    But a little information goes a long way... so let's go over some Do's and Dont's to remember which will help you better secure your account:

    DON'T go to sketchy websites. As with any advertisement flashing on a web page, avoid Warcraft adds too. When you Google Warcraft, Wowhead or Tankspot be sure the site's address is correct before you click on it. Funny dot endings are a sure sign that the site is sketchy or a front. In fact, it may be best to type in the http:// address that you know is legit and then favorite the page. 

    DON'T buy gold!! Not only are cheating your way through the game, but your contributing to sustaining the hacking economy. When you buy gold, you are buying numerous victims' hard work that was hacked away by some chump. Gold buying sites fall under the sketchy sites section above as well.

    DON'T click on spammed sites in game or fall for folks saying that going to a site will get you some rare warcraft mount or non-combat pet. If Blizzard is ever going to give something away for free they will do it within the game by mailing it to you. LOL like Blizzard ever gives anything away for free.

    DON'T trust any email that you receive regarding your Blizzard account. 

    If you play WoW, you have received an email similar to this one. They typically scare you by saying you changed account information, tell you that you have violated some in game rules or that it seems your account has been hacked. These emails always ask you to confirm your account information by going to some link provided in the email. DON'T DO IT. Blizzard has your account information. They don't need to ask you for it. I mean, they have your credit card number for goodness sakes... why would they need you to confirm your info by clicking a link. If Blizzard wanted to get in touch with you they will in game you or instruct you to go to the Manage Account tab on the official page. There will be no links in their emails.

    By the way, the official World of Warcraft page address is http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/index.xml.  

    DO get an autheticator. Right now this is the best protection for your account. It costs $6.50... not to much considering all the time you spent on all your toons. THe iPhone autheticator costs 99 cents (I believe... I don't have an iPhone) The authenticator serial number is tied to your account. Each time you log in with your email and password, an authenticator box will pop up. You press a button on the authenticator (unique to your authenticator which only you have) and a random 6 digit number is generated. You type this in and away you go. Authenticate!

    DO make sure you change your password frequently if you don't authenticate. If you think you have clicked on a sketchy site, change your password. You can do this through the Manage Account section on the official site. As usual, make sure your password contains letters, numbers and a symbol or two.

    DO ensure that you do at least follow the DONTS above.

    By following the above you will increase the security of your account significantly. You worked hard to get those toons to 80. You spent hours of farming time to get those mats, which you turned into thousands of gold. You used great verbal skills to convince your parents to pay for an account that you can only play for an hour or two assuming you finished all your homework. 

    Protecting your account is a lot of common sense rules. There is no reason to treat your WoW account any differently than how you would protect any other computer related, internet based, fancy shmancy whozawhatsit.  Make sure your account stays safe.

    It is important to remember that a hacked account is not the victim's fault. It is the hackers who are the bad guys, not the victim.  Blizz will restore items taken from the guild bank.  Blizzard will to their best to restore all the items belonging to your toons. It is the hackers who are stealing from players and they deserve all the fire and brimstone they will receive when their time comes.

    But remember another important WoW adage, "Hack me once, shame on you. Hack me twice, shame on me!" 

    Make sure to protect your account... authenticate! We want KaP accounts to remain safe. We need you all!

    Some Kings and Peasants Podcast Love April 16, 2010

    So, many in the guild know that Deckard loves him some podcasts. He has many favorites... listens to them on those long drives to the East Bay just to get an infusion of World of Warcraft when he can't be there with his fellow guildmates at the comp.

    All that WoW immersion and talking to himself in his car while listening to the WoW podcast community rant, rave, postulate, pontificate and ... other words created by Jesse Jackson... causes him to once and a while throw down an email or two to his favorite casts.

    Today, while listening to the Heathcast podcast, Deckard found that his email was one of the few chosen to be read by the great Rewt and Freckleface. Props were given to the KaP, and our unique Cannonball Fun Run. This is proof positive that while we may be one of many guilds out there in the WoW universe, we do have a community that has a unique take on the game and what it has to offer.

    Here is the link to the Hearthcast podcast site and the podcast:

     http://hearthcast.com/?p=episode&name=2010-04-12_episode_28.mp3

    Rewt and Freckleface are a podcast duo that provide great entertainment with their podcast for the average world of warcraft player. They do have some very unique segments out of all the available podcasts. The KaP should give them some love by giving them some ear time. Heck, they did provide Deckard a confidence boost to get his and his friends podcast going... The Meeting Stone Podcast. 

    Keep on playing well Kings and Peasants. This community is something special and were going to keep it that way. 

    Postcards from Icecrown Citadel Apr. 8 2010

    Some more postcards happened to make it out of Icecrown intact.  

    [Dathran, Sigis, Luckynrseven, Pike, Havocreign, Dragonlance, Deckard, Xandrir, Laurisse, Aldwin(not shown)]

     (Laurisse, Luckynrseven, Altruada, Bienwen, Pike, Cannos, Oinkurdead, Sigis, Dragonlance, Dathran) 

    (Laurisse, Luckynrseven, Altruada, Bienwen, Pike, Cannos, Oinkurdead, Sigis, Dragonlance, Dathran) 

    Postcards from Icecrown Citadel Apr. 8, 2010

     So the Kings and Peasants have stepped foot in Icecrown Citadel 10 man.  They have been nice enough to send the guild some photos of their travels...

    (Altruada, Dragonlance, Laurisse, Cannos, Dathran, Sigis, Bienwen, Pike, Xandrir, Pukelegxx)

    (Tziio, Luckynrseven, Sigis, Dragonlance, Altruada, Pike, Bienwen, Xandrir, Laurisse, Dathran)

     Stay tuned for more as these adventurers fight their way through the icy bitter stronghold of the Lich King!

    The Kings and Peasants 2nd Cannonball Fun Run Winners Apr. 8, 2010

    The Kings and Peasants 2nd Cannonball Fun Run took place last Saturday.  It was quite the extravaganza. 

    Four teams of two showed up to battle it out through the dangerous terrain of Northrend. The teams for the race were:

    Thier and Tziio; Laurisse and MagenightDragonlance and Nimas; Luckynrseven and Sigis.  The race was called by Deckard and color commentary was provided by the Kings and Peasants long time friend and man-about-town Jim "Microphone" McGee.

    As you all may remember from the first Cannonball Fun Run, Lucky and Sigis (aka Cannonballs) came out the victors.  So our newest competitors had an uphill battle in their attempt to overthrow the defneding champions.

    Right out of the gates, Lucky and Sigis took the waterways while the other three teams took to the roads.  The roads proved difficult for these competitiors challenging the title holders as mobs and wait times for rezzing hindered progress to the second checkpoint.

    While Lucky and Sigis continued to move smoothly through the various zones picking up there checkpoint items, our stalwart teams continued to battle mobs on their way to Dragonblight.  Team Laurisse and Magenight pulled into the second spot through Northrend, with Team Thier and Tziio in third and Team Dragonlance and Nimas pulling up the anchor position. 

    It pretty much stayed this line up until Microphone McGee lost track of Thier. Team Laurisse and Magenight were making their way through Zul'Drak and Grizzly Hills when Team Thier and Tziio sans Thier began making headway, pulling into second place down the stretch.  But without his teammate it seemed to be a fruitless effort.

    But low and behold, Microphone McGee found that Thier had began swimming along the coast of Dragonblight and Grizzly Hills succesfully avoiding the mobs, while Tziio was collecting the checkpoint items. As Team Laurisse and Magenight battled in Howing Fjord, Tziio picked up ground. 

    The race began to get pick up speed as Thier rounded the southern coast of Howling Fjord and Tziio surpassed Team Laurisse and Magenight.  As Tziio made his way into Valgarde Keep, it was a race to see if he would be able to meet his partner in time to trade and turn in the quest items before Team Laurisse and Magenight made it to the docks. Thier got up close and personal with a few of the ocean's denizens. With blood in the water Deckard and Microphone McGee were on the edge of their seats.

    Thier made his way out of the water with a few cuts and a lower durability percentage then he went in. But it was well worth it as he met Tziio on the docks with Laurisse and Magenight still attempting to get into Valgarde Keep. 

    And where were our defending champions at this point... standing at the Howling Fjord docks having already claimed their back-to-back title as Cannonball Fun Run champions. Team Thier and Tziio had claimed second place.

    Team Laurisse and Magenight were the third team to make it to Deckard at the docks. At that point a large dark cloud appeared overhead as Magenight traded in their checkpoint items. A vortex of despair began to swirl around Team Laurisse and Magenight as Deckard informed them that they were an item short!

    At this point, Laurisse headed back to Fort Wildevar on bloodied and depressed feet. Time was of the essence as Team Dragonlance and Nimas had collected their checkpoint 7 item, made it through the pass and were hot on the trail for third place. Team Dragonlance and Nimas decided to use the waterway near Utgarde Keep to make it to the Valgrade Keep faster, but the feeding frenzy in the cool waters slowed Dragonlance down. In the end, Dragonlance powered his way through the water and onto the docks, clinching third place... while Laurisse and Magenight learned a valuable lesson in the dangers of the ever treacherous Cannonball Fun Run. 

    Deckard would like to thank all the racers. It was a great race. What seemed to be a clear finishing order turned into a last minute nail-biter. Everyone had a great time. Even Microphone McGee commented on the guts of the competitors. Congratulations to Team Lucky and Sigis who are the reigning champions of the Cannonball Fun Run. 

    As a follow-up, Deckard is sad to report that Jim "Microphone" McGee, our great friend and one-of-a-kind guild chat talent, passed away during a color commentating gig at a recent dueling competition. He was caught in a stray warlock Fear and ran chestlong into a hunter's polearm. He is survived by his two estranged children Mary and unsurprisingly Hunter. Our hearts are with you Microphone.

    Screenshot Competition Is On!!! Mar. 3, 2010

    The screenshot competition is back on by popular demand!! So, we have to categories this time. We have a comedy submission and an artistic submission.

    The comedy submission is less about alt-z'ing, but more about capturing a good shot and providing a good caption and description for the guild to get some chuckles from.

    The artistic submission is more about alt-z'ing, getting the frame and shot right to provide a capture of the beauty and originality of the subject. The world of Warcraft has some pretty great shots if you can find them.

    The winner of each category will be judged partly on comments provided by guildmates, but ultimately by Deckard himself.

    You can submit your photo directly to the appropriate folder on the photos tab or you can email it to deckard@kingsandpeasants.com.  I f you email it to Deckard, be sure to provide the title and caption you would like for your photo.

    This round of the competition is over on March 14th.  The winner of each category will get a blizzard authenticator and 200 gold.  Pretty sweet deal for being creative and hitting PrtScn.

    So get your artistic eye focused and your PrtScn finger ready... the screenshot competition is on!!!!

    It's a Kings and Peasants Duelation Sensation!!! Feb. 1, 2010

    Two man enter... one man leave!  It has arrived guildies. The Kings and Peasants first dueling competition.  Get your gear on, get your special tricks ready and bring your fast finger skills. This competition is one that will test your wits and your ability to smash your guildies' faces. This is the only time I'll stand for domestic violence.

    So let's set the scene , establish some ground rules and list the prizes.

    The event will take place on Saturday, February 6, 2010, at 4:00 PM server time. Nagrand will be our backdrop, specifically the floating island noted in the photo. It will be a bracket style, much like March Madness (maybe you're familiar with it) and will be determined at random from those that sign up.  Each head to head match with be best two out of three.

    The bracket levels will be 51 to 60, 61 to 70, 71 -79 and 80. Chances are the first event will not have enough contestants to fill all the brackets... and in some cases a warlock will be needed to summon folks. But for this first run we'll make it work.

    There are not too many rules, but the ones we have are paramount:

    • You can only enter one toon per level bracket.
    • The duel always begins in the center of the dueling area. Also, the initiator of the first dual of the set is determined by a roll. The winner of each subsequent match in the set starts the duel.
    • No outside buffs allowed. The only buffs you can have are the buffs the toon you are PLAYING can give you. That means you cannot have your pally alt on the sidelines, switch over (or dual box) and buff up your entered toon, then fight.
    • No outside buffs allowed. This rule also means absolutely no buffing from the sidelines. If you're on the sidelines.. do not buff people before or during a fight. That is not a good move for you.
    • Get the edge. You can use scrolls, flasks, elixirs and all that. But make sure you have enough beforehand... because your competition may not be so generous. If someone is willing to trade you a flask or something, that's ok but it has to be done PRIOR to your best two out of three match.
    • If you leave a duel voluntarily, you lose that match. If you leave a duel involuntarily it's a redo. Example: you fall on your own accidentally or run away... you lose. If you get feared off an edge and can levitate to the bottom without dying, thus considered a "flee", that's a redo. So... fearing or mind control may not be the best strategy, and a slow fall elixir may be your best friend.
    • You don't show up, you forfeit and are eliminated. If you need to grab something from a vendor, make sure you can make it back within 5 minutes or you forfeit you set and are eliminated.

    So that's the rules for you. Now the good stuff... prizes.

    Each level bracket second place finisher gets 100g.

    Each level bracket champion gets 200g and a Blizzard authenticator. The 80 bracket champion will get a Signet of Edward the Odd to do with as they please.

    That's the rules for the Kings and Peasants Duelation Sensation. Here's the chance to prove your toughness, your savvy and your place in the Kings and Peasants as the dueling champion. See you on the battlefield.

     

    A Couple One Shots Jan 13, 2010

    So on the 9th, the Kings and Peasants got a 10 man together and decided to handle some business in Ulduar. It was the first time in for a majority of the group. With leadership provided by Zelo, Talhn and Lucky, the team ended up one shotting the first two bosses they ran up against:

    Flame Leviathan .... (unfortunately he disappered before we could get the shot set up... but the bike's there!)

     

    and XT-002 Deconstructor

    The KaP involved in these one shots were:

    Chrisgee, Deckard, Dragonlance, Eleftherios, Endofsorrow, Kilu, Luckynrsix, Talhn & Zelo. Galse was a non guildie who joined in the run and proved a valiant teammate during all the fights. The KaP banged there heads against Ignis the Furnace Master and Razorscale. As it was the first time in Ulduar for a majority of the group, these strat and communication intensive fights will continue to be worked on by the guild.

    Keep yourself posted on the progress and be sure to check the calendar for schedules so you can get a piece of the action. Till next time. Play well KaP!

    Guild Recruiting On Hold Jan. 11 2010

    Recently the Kings and Peasants has seen guild membership increase significantly.  At this time a big guild thanks should be bestowed on Dragonlance and Kilu for this jump in members.  Not only for peaking interest in the guild, but also bringing in fun, helpful and laid back folks who are fitting nicely into our community. 

    The last time the Kings and Peasants experienced growth of this measure was a membership explosion from about 80 or so members to around 120.  This was great at the time... we were a new guild and the interest we were receiving was not only flattering but useful for those who wanted to really push end game content.

    However, in the end, such a jump in membership left many folks feeling invisible and others feeling that new members needed to be pushed into a play style that they may or may not have wanted to undertake.

    At that time, as the GM of the Kings and Peasants  I felt that I no longer could get to know any of the members, so if issues came up I had no reference point and was not familiar with who I was talking to.  Not good if you're looking to build a community.

    To date the Kings and Peasants have risen from around 30 or 40 members back up to 100 in the span of a couple months.  What makes this even better is that the dynamics of the folks in the KaP are meshing well and folks are appear to be having a good time.

    So far I am pleased with this recipe and want to allow it to cook a little longer... let the ingredients and flavors harmonize.  I have decided to stop recruiting for the time being.  I have let Dragonlance, Kilu and the rest of those in the Ambassador rank know that no new members should be invited to the guild at this time.  We will wait about 30 or so days until I feel comfortable with the dish we're serving up.  Note that I have removed the ability to invite members from all ranks.

    I really feel that it's time for all in the guild have a stable membership to familiarize themselves with,  some time to get to know voices in vent, to begin to relate to one another and form some bonds which will be helpful for the ultimate longevity of the guild. 

    That's it... guild recruitment on hold, the folks in the KaP are pretty damn cool and thanks to Dragon  and Kilu for being integral to the formation of our new community.  Give them some gratz in game too, they deserve it.  Play well Kings and Peasants!

     

                                                 HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

    Happay Holidays Kings and Peasants. Here is to wishing you, your family, friends and loved ones a safe and happy holiday season.

    For those that signed up for Secret Santa, remember to have your gift in the in-game mailbox to your recipient by the 25th.  The turn out for the Secret Santa was good and I hope you all enjoy the event. 

    The Great Kings and Peasants Cannonball Fun Run Nov. 30, 2009

    Hey all... it's Deckard here, aka The Sheik.....

    and welcome one and all to the first Kings and Peasants Cannonball Fun Run. Iv'e set this up to see the best of the best run for glory.... and prizes. What you are about to embark on is a footrace of epic proportions through the wilds of Northrend. But don't worry, you won't be alone. Much like the dynamic duo of J.J. McClure and Victor Prinzim, aka Captain Chaos,

    our heroes in the great epic race adventure Cannonball Run, you'll have a partner.

    The trick to this race is the partners will be a team of two... one 80 and one toon under level 15. The 80 will have to look out for the lowbie, and the lowbie will have to make sure they stay out of trouble. There's kinda like a captain and navigator relationship here.

    Each team will be asked to hit predetermined points during the race and buy an item from the specified vendor. There will be a total of 7 items. The race begins at Howling Fjord and ends at the Stormbreaker ship in Borean Tundra. The first team to reach the Stormbreaker and trade me all seven correct items will be the winner.

    From those that signed up on the in-game calendar, below are the teams. The teams were selected randomly. The designated 80s and low level team members were chosen by me due to current in-game levels and in order to achieve balance amongst the teams.

    • Pukelegxx-80 and Kilu-low level
    • Dragonlance-80 and Legaless-low level
    • Eleftherios-80 and Juneta-low level
    • Lucky-80 and Sigis-low level

    Those designated 80 can use any current level 80 guild toon. Those designated low level can use a low level toon in the guild below level 15, or choose to start a new alt and level it no farther than level 15.

    The basic rules are:

    • It's a footrace, so no mounts or porting. No setting hearthstones prior to the race. It's a footrace... not a port race.
    • Special abilities of the classes are allowed, but any special ability that deviates from the essence of a footrace can't be used. For example, I know a warlock can do some fancy porting and such, but again, no porting, as the essence of the footrace is not being honored. Hunter's Aspect of the Pack is fine... as they are running. Blink can be used as really it's not the best way to win in the long run (and hard to regulate). DK's walk on water spell is ok too, as they are walking. Get the drift? 
    • You can use potions or special trinkets, etc. as long as you adhere to the essence of a foot race. If breathing under water allows you to get to a place faster, speed potions get you past some mobs faster or invisibility potions allow the low level to better sneak through an area (unlikely), they are fair game.
    • If any of your team dies, you're still in. Rezzing is ok. If no rezzer in team, fight your way quickly from the graveyard.

    So let's lay out the path of this mighty team adventure:

    • Howling Fjord Port- Starting Point
    • Valgarde Inn (Howling Fjord) - First Item
    • Fort Wildevar (Howling Fjord) - Second Item
    • Westfall Brigade Encampment (Grizzly Hills) - Third Item
    • Argent Stand (Zul'Drak) - Fourth Item
    • Ebon Watch (Zul'Drak) - Fifth Item
    • Wyrmrest Temple (Dragonblight) - Sixth Item
    • Star's Rest (Dragonblight) - Seventh Item
    • Stormbreaker in Valiance Keep (Borean Tundra) - Turn In

    The items that you need to procure will be given out before the start of the race. 

    But of course, what would a good race be without a little incentive. These two stars know what it means to get the goods after a hard days work...

    But unlike Deano and Sammy D, you may get the opportunity to lavish in gold, pets and gear... not free booze and broads.

    • Third Place - 30 gold a piece and a hearty pat on the back by the guild (priceless really).
    • Second Place - 50 gold a piece and a heartier pat on the back by the guild (pricelessier?)
    • First Place - 80 gold a piece, non-combat pet and piece of crafted gear for a guild toon of your choosing.

    Helpful Tips:

    • For those low levels starting a toon, don't create a Night Elf or Dranaei. It will be easier to start a Dwarf or Human so they can meet their 80 in Ironforge and get escorted to the boat in Menethil Harbor to make it to the Howling Fjord port.
    • Strategize with your partner beforehand.  I know not all have the same play times, but with 5 days and in-game mail, a time to do a little stratitization sensation with your teammate can be coordinated.
    • GET VENT WORKING. If you don't have it, or don't have the ability to talk... now's the event to get a headset from Best Buy for $15.00. This will help you keep in touch with your partner and hearing the absolute hilarity on vent. Or curse Deckard's name while trying to make it through the run.

    If you have any other tips for this race, feel free to add them to the Forum page.

    So that's it. This is the first run, so if anything comes up rules wise I will add it to this article. Make to double check it prior to the event in order to catch any changes I may have made. Any questions, feel free to ask me in game or at deckard@kingsandpeasants.com.

    I look forward to all you Kings and Peasants Cannonballers gettin out there and giving it your all. Don't let Captain Chaos down... Give it your all! See you at the finish line.

    (oh... and rent Cannonball Run if you don't get the references!)

    Vent Password Changed September 22, 2009

    Altruada, Botis and Eleftherios made a daring run into the new Onyxia battle upon the release of patch 3.2.2. It was a 25 man run and we had the Tanking, DPS and heals to get it done... the first night no less.  Some great players were there including tanks Bigchuck and Kantrip, and heals from Paramedica.  We would like to thank all those that were present.

    Since this was a grand 25 man pug the KaP provided the 25 man vent for this heroic team. Thus after the steam and fury wore off, with Onxyia's carcass smoldering in a heap of futile anger, we need to change the password for the guild vent.

    Please make sure you note the new password in the Guild Message of the Day.

    Deckard has more than once thrust a mighty fist at the Old Gods due to the fact that the Guild Message of the Day is the first thing that scrolls across the chat feed. But please make sure you scroll back through it so you can get the new code and plug in the password into your vent.

    If you have problems make sure you contact Deckard so you can get the new password and experience ventrilo magic.

    Play well Kings and Peasants.

    Loremaster Achieved! September 8, 2009

    Well... finally!  The long road through Kalimdor, Eastern Kingdoms, Outland and Northrend has ended and Deckard ascended the stairs to the Temple of Loremaster.  He arrived a little late but the tabard and title were still there to greet him.

    So as they say, unless it has been screenshotted it didn't happen, here is the achievement in all its glory...

    (photo pending webs.com BS... though it is in the photo gallery) 

    As it happens with all long quest grinds some other achievements were scored along the way. Along the way...

     (photos pending webs.com BS... though it is in the photo gallery)

    Deckard would like to thank the Kings and Peasants for their support and patience throughout this two month journey.  Some special thanks need to go out to Oinkurdead who spent a day running through Blade's Edge Mountains killing the heavy hitters out there. His assistance was integral to clear the area. Also, big ups to our new man Odoren, who, in the later stages, provided two days worth of his time running Blackrock Depths and Blackrock Spire and Scholomance, over and over... and over.  In addition, Eleftherios provided support and assistance throughout the entire grind. He helped out with killing some big dudes, giving some good Auction House advice when it came to buying versus farming and general all around positiveness when the grinding got tough.

    Lastly, thanks to those Kings and Peasants who hung in there while Deckard was, for lack of a better term, not around often, while pursuing this achievement. It was time consuming, but brought a new respect for the content and the game... especially with the Cataclysm coming.

    The Journal of Improbable Achievement articles were a little lackluster. But truthfully, if each day was documented as the first four, Loremaster would have taken at least 2 more months. But for all those who are curious here is a screenshot of the tabard...

    A bit disappointing. But the title of Loremaster should only be followed with the Kings and Peasants tabard anyway. 

    With this achievement attained, it is now time to focus efforts on rebuilding the KaP. While we have reduced numbers, it is a fact we have solid people... and we'll be looking for more. Bear with us as the leadership works on growing the guild. Feel free to invite those that you run with.

    Here's to remembering that the World of Warcraft offers success and rewards only limited by your definition of both. Here's to long term goals realized among the company of friends new and old. Here's to the Kings and Peasants!

    A Message to the King and Peasants July 28, 2009

    Kings and Peasants, it's Deckard here with a message hot off the presses (though I edited it like ten times). I know y'all know that I can get a little wordy. I won't disappoint you here either. But I feel it's important and I hope you read this to its completion.

    Typically I speak to the guild through the articles in a "we" perspective. I have done that because I want my guildies to know that the Kings and Peasants isn't about me, but "us". Effective... maybe. Appreciated... by some. Fun... Hells Yeah!

    But as I am sure you all know the Kings and Peasants hit a rough patch over the last three or four weeks.  We have seen some divisions, some arguing, some departures.

    I need to speak to the guild as honestly and openly as possible. You all deserve that much. So as Deckard, shoot... as Mike, here I am and let me address some things.

    First I am not going to be going into dirt, muck, or nonsense.  But I will address the impetus behind the "exodus" of members from the guild. Two members, Timmuh and Marris, that were important to various folks within the guild, both took it upon themselves to make the choice to leave the Kings and Peasants. I realize that each person who left brought their own talents and personalities to the community. I also realize that their decision to leave the guild affected many guildies, each for their own personal reasons. A guild was created by each and various Kings and Peasants members followed. There's the story in the only narrative that's important.

    Now, some items from my heart.  

    For the few guildies I have talked to about this situation, I believe I have let them know that since this internal guild "pressure" began building up, it has weighed heavily on my mind. While, true, it is just a game, I take my role and contribution to the creation of this community very seriously. When each of you come home from a long day of work, get that coveted "green light" play time from your non-playing significant other, put the books down for summer vacation or find your place to be with friends while the love of your life is gone for weeks on end, this is the community you have chosen to spend time within. That is precious to me.

    I, and other guild leadership, have worked hard to create not just an in-game experience, but also one out of game. We have a website for you to take a break from playing to enjoy or to sneak a peek at while behind the computer at work. Providing the website, forums, ventrilo, articles and events for the guild to enjoy is fun for me. I enjoy this aspect of Warcraft. I spend a lot of time out of game doing this. I spend as much time as I can in game because I enjoy questing, discovering, professions and achievements.

    Over the last few weeks, I have not enjoyed any aspect of the game, in or outside. Within the game it was cold, within vent it felt segregated (whether real or not) and outside of the game the forums posts became disgraceful and ugly. Was this really what I had help create? Was this what others were experiencing?

    I am new to this whole guild leadership thing. Hell, compared to some I'm new at playing this game. I don't think I've ever fronted on this... y'all knew it. You put your trust in us. You put your trust in me... and right off the bat I apologize to all that I have failed in some way.

    But to truly fail, I would have to ignore learning from my mistakes.

    After plenty of reflection, good advice and helpful perspectives, I would like to present to the Kings and Peasants some reasons that I feel we hit this speed bump and lost a lot of precious luggage on the freeway.

    Besides inexperience which I mentioned earlier, one reason is due to the quick growth of the guild. I was extremely pleased with our guild on that first Naxxramas run where we actually were able to hook up with the EU crew, at 11:00 PM PST, 8:00 AM their time, and down some bosses. I think the guild had like 40 or 50 toons (maybe), and like maybe 15 to 20 accounts in the guild... at best. We were all in Naxx for the first time together as Kings and Peasants, on vent, and the conversation and teamwork were both on point. Not only did we take down some bosses but had a great time talking and getting to know each other. I believe, kinda like chasing a high, we wanted to experience that more often and faster. It then became a matter of filling up that 80s roster so that we could get there faster.

    I can only speak for myself, but I stopped paying attention to getting to know players, simply being happy that other players were successfully completing content. I started paying attention more to the "Guild Membership" number when I logged on, then who was in the guild. Pretty soon we were at 120... with issues.  I felt that if we had 120 toons it was because folks thought the Kings and Peasants was good community, full of fun, helpful, laid back and cool members... because, really, we didn't do too much recruiting. I figured they must have checked out the website, read up a little about who we are and were all about our style. I see that differently now.

    We ended up doing an amount of recruiting in order to gas up the car and keep it barreling down the Autobahn we were on. I feel that we began to spend less time on ensuring our community was protected socially for fear of complacency. That only lead to a divergence of goals in the end.

    A second issue was that, I feel, the leadership was too focused in a "committee" type style. When we started we all were new to the game and were forming a guild from scratch with no background. Since we started this guild as a group of friends in the Sacramento area, actual meetings were somewhat easy to get scheduled and I thought that we should all have input in to how it was to be created. I deal with Boards all the time. I figured this "Board" style would work. I was wrong. It works in my industry, but doesn't work too well when it comes to a video game. There is no tangible vested interest... only being true to yourself and your enjoyment. When, down the road, directions and perspectives diverge there is no way nine players with evolving play styles can be effective leaders. The fewer the better. This way the message of the guild can be ensured to be consistent.

    Thirdly, I failed to address issues in my gut I knew needed a firmer hand. It was my belief that diplomacy would be enough to handle issues between people and events. I believed adults would act as such. I believed that censoring conversation and posting was more of a negative action to take. I believed that with time people would cool off. I was wrong on all accounts. I know better now.

    Those are just a few things, but the main reasons, why I think the Kings and Peasants have ended up with its first major hurdle.

    So where do we go from here?

    I have always stated that even if it's a guild of one the Kings and Peasants will remain. There are way too many people I have met in this guild, whether here or gone, that I trust care about this guild as much as I do. Despite their presence, or lack thereof, they know that the original foundation of the guild was true and fun. And they enjoyed their time here. They have created friendships here... thus the "exodus" to one or two places, not a whole bunch of different places. 

    In keeping with my beliefs of what I think this game is, and the type of community I want to continue to create, if folks feel that their main has new challenges to tackle and needs to find a more directed group environment to fulfill that need, I say good on ya'. There is no box that can be created to try and keep someone in a guild. There is no way I can promise that your maxed out main will see Ulduar... until our community is solid enough to make that happen. We want you to play the game you want to play. That is what we care about. There's no hard feelings. I want to be able to say, "I know that bad ass player, he started in the Kings and Peasants."

    With that said, for those who take theirs mains and move to the next level, I encourage you to leave your alt. When you need a place to chill, enjoy good people and a good community with all the frills... we'll be here.

    For those who are new or are on the fence. The Kings and Peasants is not a raiding guild. I don't discourage raiding. I have nothing against it. I enjoy it from time to time. But if you think the Kings and Peasants guild is going to be accomplishing world firsts, then look elsewhere. We know some people who are great, who "grew up" in the Kings and Peasants, and we will direct you to them when you think the time is right for your toon.

    I truly do care more about the person behind the character than the toon and it's gear. This guild is first and foremost about playing this game when you get the chance and enjoying others who play it as well. It's about enjoying the in-game and out-of-game experience. It's about realizing this is a game and having fun and being creative with the multitude of possibilities it offers.

    Now the choice is yours.  

    I in-game mailed the Kings and Peasants to read this because I want you to know where I stand on the "exodus". I have never felt better about this guild and this game. I say this because I feel that this guild has finally found a peaceful place to be. It is a true place.

    If you have any feedback, please email me at deckard@kingsandpeasants.com.

    Thanks for your time. Play well!

    July 18, 2009 Guild Meeting Notes July 20, 2009

    The Kings and Peasants Ambassadors met on July 18, 2009. After enjoying a few pops and cooling off in the pool, the guild leadership got down to business discussing the Kings and Peasants present and future.  A discussion (with fluffy commentary) of the topics is below.  Please look to the Minutes section of the webs.com site for the full report on the agenda of the guild meeting.

    To begin, Eleftherios mentioned to the leadership that our fellow Ambassador Tiasto will be taking a break from the game. We are not saying goodbye at this point, but are wishing our fellow KaP original our best and look forward to seeing him back on soon.

    The leadership discussed the guild bank and recognized its current "max capacity reached" status.  Eleftherios and Milambers/Aldwin will work on cleaning up the bank tabs, working that Auction House and depositing the profits in the bank. This will be occurring over time. Feel free to continue to deposit and withdrawal appropriately and responsibly.

    With that said, this is the best time to reemphasize that all toons in the guild need to ensure they put in their profs in the notes section. By doing so all other guildies know who to look to for gear, enchants and such. It also helps clear up messy withdrawal issues.

    A discussion of the new ranking system gave rise to a discussion of the invitation feature. Considering growth versus community, we felt that the current status quo works. One of our concerns is that continued growth inevitably results in an amount of unfamiliarity with new Kings and Peasants. The Ambassadors discussed the importance of taking the time to engage new entrants in order to ensure that not only do we feel comfortable that they understand our community but that we understand their goals and expectations. So if you are a new member to the guild, don't be surprised if you get a whisper from an Ambassador chatting you up just a bit.

    We discussed a couple of "marketing" topics including recruitment, the website and the future of the podcast. We have slowed a bit on active recruiting as it appears word of mouth has really been helpful lately. We want to take some time to get to know those that we do have and realize their potential. Of course this does not mean that we do not want our members to keep on spreading the good word and bringing in helpful, fun and qualified players to continue the growth of all aspects of our community. Eleftherios is continuing his pursuit to bring the www.kingsandpeasants.com site to its full potential. Deckard also needs to learn some web skills... because one person does not a community make. Lastly, Deckard reported his "jazzupedness" as he learned that indeed there is an amount of guildies that have listened to the podcasts available on the .com site. This positive feedback has revitalized life into the podcast pursuits. Maybe the Kings and Peasants podcast 2.5 will air. As Bjork once said, Possibly Maybe. Keep checking the sites for the next cast.

    After some conversation regarding events and fun activities our guild would like to add to the repertoire, we moved on to the future of the Kings and Peasants. Sounds like a big topic... and it was.

    As a leadership we understand that as a guild grows it faces new challenges related to interest and goals. Not only do we all believe we have created a guild with a strong foundation which draws in friendly players, working players and committed players, but we also take pride in the fact that we have cultivated a strong and successful group of players who enjoy experiencing cooperative play within the end game environment. We also know that we have done this within a very short period of time, taking into account how long this game has been in existence and our mission statement when we first started the Kings and Peasants.

    This topic is important to us as within the four to five months that we have really begun to put a lot of effort in creating this community we, as a group of friends, feel that we have fostered a place where new friendships have emerged. We want to make sure we continue this positive evolution.

    We feel that raiding can be sustained within the Kings and Peasants framework and under the Kings and Peasants banner. If our guild needs to cooperate with other larger guilds in order to provide the excitement for those who enjoy pushing the limits of their abilities, that is a challenge we want to make certain is available. The leadership voted and Norranrad/Trulsrohk and Milambers/Aldwin will head that push, ensuring that the Kings and Peasants realize their playing potential while at the same time maintaining the development of current players who would like to grow into end game content.

    Norranrad/Trulsrohk and Milambers/Aldwin will continue their efforts to make sure that the Kings and Peasants uncover and conquer the end game and will keep the current calendar of guild instance runs ready for those to hone their skills and experience content to better their toons. At the same time, other leadership will work on continuing to provide events and activities... sustaining other aspects of the guild that folks joined the Kings and Peasants to enjoy.

    We have always been proud of the fact that our guild was founded on flexibility. As we grow as a guild we also know that we grow as individual players. Over time, we also know that goals can change, especially once a player hits 80 and gets that sweet taste of purple gear... much like grape juice mixed with power. With the current collection of good friends and up and coming 80s, this goal can be realized. Make sure that when you hit 80 and start to feel that end game bug send a message to Norranrad/Trulsrohk and Milambers/Aldwin. Working toward getting into that content shouldn't take you too long... especially with the seasoned players that the Kings and Peasants have providing you with insight, strats and a cooperation. At the same time, for those who enjoy just hanging out, getting to know new players that share the same addictive hobby and finding a guild that can accommodate your busy schedule, that aspect is present too.

    So it was quite a meeting... as I am sure you can imagine. In addition (just so it is in writing) Botis bet Deckard that faction changes would be available in patch 3.2. Twenty bucks is on the line and only time will tell.

    All the Ambassadors want to thank every Kings and Peasants member for their contributions, participation and presence in the guild. Our experience of this game is only enhanced by the great community that we play within. You make that community happen... and we thank you!

    Crafting Faire on July 18, 2009 July 14, 2009

    Put your hands together and welcome back the Kings and Peasants Crafting Faire. It has been over a month since we have scheduled the Crafting Faire, mainly due to the fact we haven't scheduled a guild meeting for awhile and Saturday's at 10:00 AM is our 10-man run time.

    But we got it on the calendar for 10:00 AM PST (12:00 Noon server time) this Saturday, July 18, 2009. We will be meeting in front of the Ironforge bank.

    For those who would like to get into the raid action that day, this will afford them a moment to get their last minute potions, flasks, fish feasts, etc. ready to go. Maybe even get a piece of gear crafted or an enchant that they are missing before they head in and kick some instance ass.

    Since the last Crafting Faire the Kings and Peasants guild has also experienced an increased number of members of all levels. For those who haven't participated before this event is an opportunity to provide your fellow KaP'ers with gear upgrades, potions, enchants, glyphs... whatever. At the same time this affords the occasion to level up your profession(s) and get some things for your toons.

    So while you're out in the wide world of Warcraft do a little farming and gather some mats to use at the Faire. Get a list together of some things you need and have them ready so others can make them for you. If we need a couple things that no one has we will utilize the bank to make reasonable purchases.

    We look forward to a big turnout. So check the in-game calendar, sign up and get prepared for a crafting bonanza at the July 18, 2009, Kings and Peasants Crafting Faire. See you there! (lol... that rhymed)

    A Quick Big-Ups to KaP July 9. 2009

    Snoop contacted us and wanted the Kings and Peasants to take a moment of silence for a small chronic break. He noted the Kings and Peasants didn't front.. no brown nosing... no taking Sartharion out to eat or spending money. In fact he praised the Kings and Peasants when we told Sartharion she was like Harold Melvin without the Blue Notes... She'll never go platnium.

    The KaP got into Obsidian Sanctum on Wednesday and from all reports it went nice and smooth. The KaP got geared, got a bag and got emblems. Very nice all!

    Also, the KaP ran Naxxramas on Saturday, June 27, 2009, and had great success... they grabbed the key to the Eye of Eternity. They stepped into EoE and finished the first phase. Just a short time before we get it down.

    As it was noted on the forums post "Moving up the Charts" the Kings and Peasants are sitting at 103 of all guilds on the Cairne server as far as progression goes, both Horde and Alliance. Once Wow-Heroes updates we should be at 99 after the OS guild run.

    Gratz to all those who enjoy, and have participated in, the end game runs. As more of our brethren level and gear up, this aspect of our guild should become increasingly successful. All the Kings and Peasants will soon find a time to get busy in this (content edited due to inappropriateness)

    June Screenshot Winner and July Theme June 30, 2009

    So only three shots this month.. but quality is better than quantity. The three shots that were submitted were all a different take on the theme "Epic Fail".

    The photo submitted by Timmuh was what you would call a personal shot of an Epic Fail. Apparently he got himself stuck on a mushroom during an instance. We may all have experienced mushrooms, and often the end result is getting "stuck", in some way, shape or form. According to the description he needed to get saved by his fellow guildmates so they could continue the instance.

    The second shot was submitted by Altruada. A couple of Horde tried to mess with the KaP while waiting to get into Old Kingdom. Unfortunately they only saw one of our guildies and both were unpleasantly met by the other four at the entrance to the instance. Needless to say they epically failed trying to start trouble and a mouthful of teabaggin goodnesswas the result.  And from who else but ... Deezballz.

    The third photo was submitted by Talhn who had an Epic Fail of understanding. Apparently the image of Kel'Thuzad in Borean Tundra threw her for a loop. Screw Naxxramas, let's fight him right here!

    So those were our shots this month folks. And the winner... we're calling it a tie between Altruada and Talhn! Talhn voted for the horde epic fail photo, and Altruada experienced an epic fail of understanding upon viewing Talhn's photo. Those were the only votes/comments submitted.

    So congrats to the winners! We hope you all will participate in the next competition for July. The theme... Plant!. Get creative, funny, pretentious... we are just looking for the best in-game screenshot that you can get. Make sure to alt-z and print screen.

    You can submit photos to kingsandpeasantsguild@gmail.com or post it in the July Screenshot Competition section on the Photo Gallery tab on www,kingsandpeasants.webs.com. Make sure to provide a photo title and any type of description to enhance the submission.

    We look forward to your submissions and votes/comments. Gets to snappin'!

    Kings and Peasants Guild Photo June 28, 2009

    Look at these guildies. Not only are they quite photogenic, but they are bad ass too.

    The Kings and Peasants guild met last Sunday morning and took guild photos. Over 20 members were present and this is just one of the great screenshots that were captured that day. All reports stated that the event was fun and went really smoothly. Trying to position 20+ in order to get a screenshot is not an easy task.

    Thanks to all the guildies who were present for the photo. To all those who weren't, the guild is growing in a consistent fashion so some shots will be necessary in the future.

    The rest of the photos are available to view in the Photo Gallery. Make sure to check them out and provide your feedback. Hopefully we will also be able to get a list for the pic indicating whose who. 

    The Journal of Improbable Achievement Page Is a GO!

    Check out the new Improbable Achievment page, which will be a continuing feature article both here and soon on the new site.

    Deckard may have f'ed himself on this one. Is it a stunt or can it be done. Check out the page for the continuing saga of one working man's struggle to achieve the Loremaster title with no questhelper and the dark cloud of potential debt looming over his head.

    Speed Bump Article - Guild Bank Deposits June 23, 2009

    This little one banger paragraph of an article is a speed bump to remind all the Kings and Peasants not to put any highly valuable items in the guild bank. Make sure to read the info tabs for each guild bank tab. We remind you there as well. While we want contributions of helpful items, refrain from adding mats or recipes that are rare, difficult to acquire and/or cost an assload on the AH. Keep these items in your bank and make sure to offer your services to guildies or attend the monthly Crafting Faire so the appropriate profession can make use of them. We want to ensure the hard work and effort that went into getting these highly sought after mats stay within the guild. Thanks for reading slowly over the speed bump and we hope you didn't scrape your undercarriage!

    Guild Rank Re-definition June 30th!

    See the current page for any new updates

    The guild is growing and as we have always stated, we are evolving aspects of the guild along with it. Time for rank readjustments!

    Well really it's more about defining some of the classifications in the higher level areas so that time spent in the guild means a little more to all. This way all guildies will be better able to tell who to chat up for answers and who can help with guild related issues. We are still keeping the same basic structure for the rest of the levels. Some of the bank and guild features are changing slightly.

    Ready...Set... Go!

    • Entry - This is the Kings and Peasants holding pattern rank. All new recruits will start here. It is a 30-day trial period. During this time the Kings and Peasants Ambassadors and Magistrates will be getting to know you, and likewise, you will be getting to know the guild. It is a time for both the guild and you to see if its "a good fit". Participation, cooperation and helpfulness, along with a good and positive attitude will be assessed during this period and promotion to a higher rank will depend on these factors. Once promoted you will be placed in the appropriate rank below. At the Entry level rank the in-game features and bank access are: guildchat listen/speak; edit personal note; view tabs 1-3.
    • Mule - This is the Kings and Peasants guild mule rank and is currently held by Helleni... basically the guild Treasurer.
    • Citizen - This rank is for members who have satisfied the entry period and are between levels 1 -19. At the Citizen rank the in-game features and bank access are: guildchat listen/speak; edit personal note; create guild event; deposit and withdrawal 2 stacks from tabs 1 & 2 and 1 stack from tab 3.
    • Soldier - This rank is for members who have satisfied the entry period, or leveled from Citizen, and are between levels 20 - 39. At the Soldier rank the in-game features and bank access are: guildchat listen/speak; edit personal note; create guild event; deposit and withdrawal 2 stacks from tabs 1 & 2 and 1 stack from tab 3; invite new members.
    • Knight - This rank is for members who have satisfied the entry period, or leveled from Soldier, and are between levels 40 - 59. At the Knight rank the in-game features and bank access are: guildchat listen/speak, edit personal note; create guild event; invite new members; deposit and withdrawal 2 stacks from tabs 1, 2 and 3.
    • Official - Not to be confused with "Officer". This rank is for members who have satisfied the entry period, or leveled from Knight, and are between levels 60 - 80. For those who are 80 this rank amounts to a temporary placeholder until the Noble rank can be determined by the guild Ambassadors.  At the Official rank the in-game features and bank access are: guildchat listen/speak, edit personal note; create guild event; invite new members; deposit and withdrawal 2 stacks from tabs 1, 2 and 3; view tab 4 for things you may need. Make sure to ask a Magistrate or Ambassador if you need an item of tab 4. We'd be happy to get it for you.
    • Noble - This rank is for those high level Kings and Peasants who have been with the guild for a period of time, participated in events and have been cooperative and helpful. Most will be 80's because typically they have demonstrated much time and effort within the guild structure. At the Noble rank the in-game features and bank access are: guildchat listen/speak, edit personal note; create guild event; invite new members; deposit and withdrawal 3 stacks from tabs 1, 2 and 3; view tab 4 for things you may need. Make sure to ask a Magistrate or Ambassador if you need an item of tab 4. We'd be happy to get it for you. Also, make sure to hold on to those high level mats and recipes that may be helpful... we are looking for you to assist in crafting and aiding lower levels.
    • Magistrate - This rank is for those high level Kings and Peasants who have been in involved in the guild for an extended period of time or put in an extended contribution to the guild. They also understand the Mission Statement of the Kings and Peasants and are regular fixtures in guild activities. They have demonstrated great efforts and contributions to the Kings and Peasants growth as a guild. They have the ear of the Ambassadors and are tasked with keeping an eye out on the guild. Their opinions and input are an important aide in guild decision making. Lower levels should be able to look to them for answers regarding guild questions.  At the Magistrate rank the in-game features and bank access are: guildchat listen/speak, edit personal note; create guild event; invite new members; deposit and withdrawal 4 stacks from tabs 1, 2 and 3; withdrawal 2 stacks from tab 4.
    • Ambassador - This rank is the Kings and Peasants version of "Officer". These are the original guild founders. They are responsible for projecting the beliefs and ideas of the guild and work in all ways to get the positive news out to the members and the WoW community (whether up front or behind the scenes). It is clear that they are not merely "Officers" but truly Ambassadors for the Kings and Peasants: spreading the word, working with other players and guilds and handling issues that arise for the benefit of the Kings and Peasants. If you have a question, feel free to ask... that is what they are there for. You can read a short bio of each Ambassador on www.kingsandpeasants.com on the Officers Tab.  
    • Chief - This is Deckard. Altruada is his main alt. His main job is to ensure that the Kings and Peasants runs as smoothly as possible, addresses issues as they come up, hold guild Ambassador meetings, post articles, meeting minutes, news, and keep the guild on target with the Kings and Peasants Mission Statement. Suggestions for guild events, topics for the meeting agenda, run schedules, etc. are always welcome and will be considered. Feel free to pst, in-game mail or send an email to Deckard@kingsandpeasants.com.

    So this re-definition will take place on June 30th. Don' t be surprised if the ranks get a little haywire during the process. We trust that this change will benefit the guild greatly. Your feedback is most welcome. If you would like to discuss the change or want the topic to be a part of the next podcast, please add your feedback to the appropriate section in the forums at http://www.kingsandpeasants.com/. Click on the Forums tab. 

    A big thanks to all those members who have contributed their time and efforts to the guild. We are growing and our community is truly taking shape. Have fun out there!

    The Mission Statement for the Kings and Peasants June 14, 2009

    The Kings and Peasants was started by a group of friends in the Sacramento, California area in late 2008. Most started playing PvE, and others ventured over from other servers, both PvE and PvP. The idea was to start a guild where leveling professions and gearing up could be aided by combining our strengths  and also create an environment where individual pursuits could be undertaken without burdensome commitments.

    As the guild has grown we have stuck to this "mission statement" and over time have cultivated new goals, keeping the mission statement in mind.

    The guild and its officers understand that as the guild continues to grow it must remain flexible. Accordingly, the officers of Kings and Peasants meet in person regularly to discuss the state of the guild and vote on any rules or policies to ensure we are meeting the needs of its increasing membership and loyal mates. Minutes are taken at the guild officer's meeting and posted for viewing on the website. We do this because we believe an informed guild is a successful guild.

    In addition to minutes, we at the Kings and Peasants want to reach out to our guildmates in as many ways as we can. To accomplich this goal we have created our website , maintain a Ventrilo account for communication and record a podcast for entertainment and informational purposes. All this is done to keep the Kings and Peasants as informed and included in the guild as possible. We will strive to continue to look for exciting and fun ways for the guild to grow and remain vibrant and fun for its members.

    Since the Kings and Peasants is a guild started by close friends, a friendly and inviting social atmosphere is highly valued. When free time is available, and one chooses to spend their time in game, it is our sincerest goal that it be spent in an enjoyable way. Thus, the Kings and Peasants maintain a casual nature... and a respectful one. The founders of the guild are some of the biggest jokesters you can meet. But before you can joke you have to know your audience. Remember that tone and inflection does not come across well in typed chat. Personal connection creates the relationship that facilitates humor, understanding and loyalty. This goes the same for utilizing ventrilo. Do your best to start from the beginning of this tree and not the end.

    Finally, we started the guild understanding that the commitments of real life supersede the game. We are not a hardcore raiding guild... we are not bleeding edge Warcrafters. We love the game because this game is fun to play and allows us the opportunity to enjoy gaming with new, interesting and fun people. The Kings and Peasants understand jobs, children and relationships. We understand and value family, friends and life. When we can create and have the time to experience some these aspects of life in game it is the essence of MMORPGs in our view. We do set up events and runs and expect those who accept to show up. If real life knocks on the door and says "Hey, I need you here at this time and this place", let your mates know. If you are the only Resto Druid in the guild you are not bound by Warcraft, or the Kings and Peasants, to run anything. You are bound by your responsibilities to yourself, family and friends... then a 5, 10 or 25 run. We schedule as many fun events and runs as we can on the calendar so that way you can check your real life calendar and make sure you'd like to join in.

    As you can see the Kings and Peasants are about access, community and balance. It is our hope and goal to create a positive and fun social Warcraft environment that can accommodate the mature working class individual and/or couple, non-US based player or weekend warrior who is turned off by guilds that specifically or inadvertently ignore their in-game needs and want  to run the content Warcraft has to offer within an environment that accepts real life commitments.   

    If you can't hang with this then we trust you will find the right guild for you. If you can hang, then we welcome you to hang with the Kings and Peasants.  

    http://www.kingsandpeasants.com/ Secured June 14, 2009

    In order to secure our place, nay domination, in the Interwebs, the Kings and Peasants guild has secured http://www.kingsandpeasants.com/. We are currently working on the site as we speak. We are looking to create a one-stop shop of sorts for all those interested in Kings and Peasants news and info as well as Warcraft information.

    Our front page will contain links to all Kings and Peasants articles, great sites to check out for Warcraft information, downloads for the Kings and Peasants WoW Pubcast, other great podcasts we listen to (which your ears will truly feast upon) and much more.

    Right now the front page links to WoW info sites, podcast sites and the Pubcast episodes are good to go. The Forums tab links back to the webs.com forums and the Roster tab links you to the armory, so you can get up to date info on your guildmates.

    We are working on other features as we speak. Photos and bios written by the officers, so you can get a snaphot and some info on who's making the decisions regarding your community, will be filtering in. Other staples of this website will be transferred over in due time. 

    So check it out! Keep your eyes on this page for continuing information. When we get everything up and running we will let you know to set http://www.kingsandpeasants.com/ as your new homepage for your Warcraft needs.

    May Screenshot Competition Winner June 1, 2009

    The May screenshot competition is now over and we do have a winner.

    But before we announce the winner we would like to thank all those who participated by submitting their photos and to those who  provided their input on the shots that were submitted. We had six submissions which all touched the blue theme in a different way. We took into consideration a few things when judging the winner. One was the quality of the shot. Another was the cleverness or creativity with which the entrant dealt with the theme. Lastly, we took into consideration things like the title, caption and comments associated with the submission.

    So, those who were present hosting the second Kings and Peasants WoW Pubcast reviewed the photos and voted. The winning shot was.... "Blue Sharks are Scary" submitted by Hugsforheals. We appreciated a few things about the photo including its perspective and how she captured the /cower while underneath the shark's jaws. It was an excellent and creative shot. Gratz Hugs!! We did want to give Tiasto's pic a hearty Honorable Mention, as his "Moogle Mafia... So Sad" submission was a good catch and funny as hell.

    Get your Alt-Z and PrtScn button fingers warmed up 'cause June's competition is going to be a doozy. This month's theme is Epic Fail. Capture it as best as you can. You can upload your photo to the June Competition folder in the Photo Gallery section or you can email your screenshot to kingsandpeasantsguild@gmail.com. We can put it up for you. Make sure to provide a title and any other description you would like for your submission. Also, feel free to submit any screenshot you would like as we do have a general screenshot folder for viewing.

    We are looking forward to the Kings and Peasants guild getting out there and tackling this month's theme. Hopefully we don't see a bunch of submissions of Altruada trying to heal while void shifted during the Zuramat fight in Violet Hold. We already know that is an Epic Fail.

    A Couple New Rules or How I Stopped Repairing and Learned to Love the In-Game Calendar May 22, 2009

    The third guild meeting was held on Friday, May 15, at the home of Eleftherios... and again we forgot our cameras. The enitre crew of Kings and Peasants officers were present, including some non-WoW playing friends. They claimed that they heard the popping of beer capsand smelled the sweet fragrance of hops and barley and thus were attracted to the gathering like moths to a flame.

    It was a quick and successful meeting, during which we discussed a couple important items that affect the guild: looting during instance runs and guild repairs. The minutes of the third meeting will be available in the Minutes section of the website.

    First we want to say that zero problems with guild instance run looting has been reported. This can mainly be attributed to two things: good communication before entering the instance and the great guild mates who are participating in the instances. As the Northrend heroic instances are being hit hard by well geared 80s right now, the gear drops that are upgrades are getting fewer and farther between. At the meeting we as a guild wanted to clearly establish how the Kings and Peasants guild handles the situation in order to benefit the guild as a whole.

    Any unneeded blue drops(or possibly purple if no guildie really needs it) will always go to the DE (DisEnchanter for any new players) in the group. The DE will always DE the item(s) and keep the mats for enchanting. When an unneeded blue/purple drops, either everyone in the group besides the DE should pass or greed and the DE should need. During or at the end of the instance the DE will break down the items into mats. The DE will then utilize the mats to enchant fellow guild mates and/or store the mats for the next craft faire. These rules DO apply to BoE items that may drop. If no DE is in the group, then greeding goes for all unneeded items whether green, blue or purple, and any BoE item is required to be sent to the guild's highest DE... which is Aldwin or Gryff at this time. If you are in a pug, it would be greatly appreciated when you win a roll on a blue BoE that you don't truly need that you send it to one of the guild's DEs. Also, this DE Rule applies to lower levels who are running guild instances, whether Deadmines, Uldaman or Shattered Halls. You should give it to the highest DE in the group.

    We have been very successful with communication, so remember that before you roll into an instance, make sure to let your team know what you are looking for so there is no confusion when FINALLY that f'ing leg piece drops. It yours... we know... you made sure we knew during the ten minutes that we have been talking waiting for Deckard to fly his slow ass to the instance. GRATZ too cause you do deserve it. We want you all to make sure you get your gear enchants up proper. Don't feel shy asking. We aren't trying to let DEs get all the good stuff by making this rule. We want them to work for you. If we could rent out that spot in the Underbelly in Dalaran, we would have a full DE sweatshop going for your benefit. This goes for Kings and Peasants of all levels.

    The second topic the officers of the guild voted on dealt with guild repairs. When we opened up guild repairs to the Ambassador and Magistrate level we did so with the belief that the enactment of the guild dues requirement would be enough to offset cost. Well... we live and learn my friends.

    Eleftherios, the guild Treasurer, went through the guild bank repair withdrawal history, crunched the numbers and found that we are spending way more in repairs then taking in. Since we also expected the guild bank deposits to fund other things such as the occasional mats needed at the monthly crafting faires and prizes for guild events, we can only see red in our future.

    After some discussion, it was decided unanimously (and thanks also to Arlu who mentioned this practice during our first Naxx run) that guild repairs, beginning MAY 25, 2009, will now be available only for those running a scheduled guild run. By scheduled, this means a calendared event. It is important to note that only a few ranks have access to repairs and thus a dues requirement. So the rest of this article only affects a certain proportion of the guild... the rest of you check out the photos submitted for the screenshot contest and vote already.

    We think this new rule will actually result in a few positives. One positive being the obvious... less money leaving the guild bank. Some folks play only so often. Others have the ability to play for extended periods of time. The guild bank repairs should be utilized by the guild when the GUILD is accomplishing a 5, 10 or (one of these days) 25 man run and the guild bank repair log should reflect this idea.

    Two being we hope that more folks will take the opportunity to schedule guild runs by using the in-game calendar. This will foster a more inclusive guild experience and we hope will provide initiative for those needing a run to put it out there for others to join. Deckard will check the calendar and open the guild repair for those members who are "accepted" on a scheduled run.

    Third being that it makes guild repair a more respected benefit when available. We believe that the ability to offer guild repair at all is a great feature that not all guilds provide... and we all know that gold is not an inexhaustible resource. When it is used willy nilly (I asked my 72 year old grandmother dor an adverb that would accurately express what I wanted to say) then it no longer becomes a benefit, but rather a hindrance to the other benefits the guild would like to offer. This is probably why not all guilds provide a repair option at any level. We want to be able to provide it and make it work.

    So that's the long and the short of it. We trust that you understand the decisions we made at the meeting regarding these two items. If you have any questions AT ALL, please email us at kingsandpeasants@gmail.com or ask Deckard/Altruada in game. We are happy to explain.  

    Introducing KaP Lotto and KaP Looto by Eleftherios May 22, 2009

    Time is money friend and it's time to get paid!

    What's happenin' Guildies, this is Helleni you're Guild bank manager and resident mule. After reviewing our finances we have been trying to come up with a couple of new ways to generate some more money for the guild. The money in the guild bank is used to finance repair bills for guild runs, loans for gear, and guild events such as craft faires and the like. Being that KaP was founded by a bunch of Californians we are borrowing a page from our home state legislators and are introducing the  "Guild Lootery Modernization Act of 2009". Basically we are banking on your greed and compulsive gambling habits to generate a little extra of the yellow stuff; all the while adding to your playing enjoyment.

    So far there are two concepts we'd like to introduce in the coming weeks. First off there will be a straight up buy a ticket and pretend you're Hurley style lotto we're calling KaP Lotto. Basically in game we will open up the opportunity to purchase a given amount of tickets for say 1g over a set period of time. We have an addon that will generate ticket numbers, track who has what ticket etc. You can then request tickets and mail your hard earned gold to Helleni via the in-game mailbox. The addon logs the ticket numbers issued and the amount put into that particular lottery. At the scheduled time and date the addon randomly picks two ticket numbers, first place (Jackpot baby! Mammoth vendor here I come) and second place (uhh..sweet gunna score me some extra Melon juice). The Jackpot will vary depending on how many tickets are sold. To kick it off the guild will put up 10g or so as a starting amount; each ticket sold then gets added to the grand total.  When the winners are picked the pay-offs will be generated by the add on but basically the jackpot is the total starting amount plus 55% of the gold collected through ticket sales. The other 45% is split, paying 25% to the second place winner and 20% going back in the guild bank. If the winning ticket number picked was not sold then the jackpot amount rolls over into the next lottery.

    Phew... So what does this mean in cold hard numbers; why spend your gold on a ticket rather than buying your baby Draenai Winter boots?

    Say we have 20 tickets for sale and we sell 15 for 1g each,
    with 10g to start there is a 25g pool to draw from.
    Jackpot will be 13g 75s and second place will be 6g 25s.
    The guild makes 5g
    If Jackpot ticket is not sold 25g rolls over to the next lottery.
    So you have an 55% chance to make close to 14g for 1g.

    Secondly, we will be introducing a gear raffle known as KaP Looto. The guild leadership will craft, buy, ninja and or otherwise acquire some cool stuff for an amount of different level groups, for example 1-30, 31-59, and 60-80. In the last Guild bank tab there will be a group of stuff (bags, weapons, armor enchants etc.) for each level group that will be available in the drawing. The cost for a raffle ticket will vary depending on level group. There is no limit to how many tickets you can buy and there will be a winner in each group every drawing. At the end of the month we will draw a ticket number for each group, the winner gets his or her pick from that group. We will periodically add various items to the tabs attempting to entice y'all into buying more tickets.

    That's it, we'll run these on a trial basis here in the next couple weeks and will tweak the percentages etc. based on how they seem to go. We also discussed doing a lower cost lottery for those that are leveling (25s or something) if there is an interest.

    Thanks for the read and remember; time is money friend and it's time to get paid!

    HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

    The Kings and Peasants guild would like to wish all the hard working KaP moms a Happy Mother's Day!

    Blizzcon Tickets On Sale May 16th May 6, 2009

    The date is out Kings and Peasants... May 16th Blizzcon tickets go on sale!!!  Get up bright and early, or stay up late depending on where you are, and make sure you get your hands on this hot commodity.  Tickets are going to run $125.00 for the event.   

    Make sure you register your account with the http://www.battle.net/ system prior to attempting to get tickets so you don't waste any precious time.  If you happen to miss the May 16th window, another block of tickets will go on sale May 30th.  But we suggest you try your darndest to get in as soon as possible.

    More information regarding the events scheduled for Blizzcon can be found at http://www.blizzcon.com/ (of course).  We really look forward to seeing you all there... assuming we all get past the Battle.net iron curtain.  Good luck!

    Blizzcon 2009 Announced Apr 24, 2009

    The date for Blizzcon 2009 has been announced!

    If you all remember last year, getting tickets to Blizzcon was a complete fiasco. At the time tickets went on sale, the system shut down and thousands of enthusiasts of Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo who were sitting on the edge of their respective ergonomic gaming chairs with cash in hand (or more accurately with electronic cash ready to be transferred) found themselves shut down only to log back in with "Sold Out" staring them back in the face.

    According to the WoW Insider website, Blizzcon 2009 has been announced.  Below is information taken from the WoW Insider wesbite:

    "BlizzCon 2009 will be held from Friday August 21st through Saturday August 22nd at the Anaheim Convention Center outside of Los Angeles, CA. This year's BlizzCon will feature an expanded space, going from three conventions halls to four. This is no doubt due to the extreme demand for tickets last year. The announcement is present on the press release section of Blizzard's EU site.

    This year's BlizzCon will feature:

    • Hands-on play time with upcoming Blizzard Entertainment games
    • Discussion panels with Blizzard Entertainment developers
    • Competitive and casual tournaments for players to showcase their talents
    • Community contests with great prizes
    • Commemorative merchandise based on Blizzard Entertainment's game universes
    • A silent auction
    • More exciting activities and attractions to be announced"

    We are all on notice that Blizzcon begins Friday, August 21, 2009, in Anaheim. Make sure to check the Blizzard information site(s) in order to lock in when tickets go on sale.

    It would be fantastic if we could get a good contingent of Kings and Peasants to represent at Blizzcon. Meeting those folks in person who have been only voices on vent and great extensions of help and conversation would definitely be an exciting and unifying experience. Maybe we could hunt out the Moggle Mafia contingent, lure them into a back alley and sap and volley them, Kings and Peasants style, LOL. 

    Watch the Boards all, and we'll keep you posted.

    Upcoming Events May 2, 2009

    The Kings and Peasants have a few events scheduled for the month of May.

    First up we have a screenshot competition. It starts on May 4th and ends on May 31st.  We have added a photo page to the website for you to upload your shots to... or you can email your pics to the guild email address kingsandpeasantsguild@gmail.com and Deckard will upload them for you.  There is a general theme for the photos we are looking for, and that theme is... BLUE.  We are looking for interesting and creative takes on the theme, so pics of water or the sky will not be your best bet.  Make sure to alt-Z in order to ensure a clutter free print screen screenshot.  Deckard will be judging the photos at this time and the prize for Best in Show is yet to be determined.  WoW has so much to offer visually, from epic landscapes to minute details, that participating in this competition will more than likely change the way you appreciate your WoW experience. 

    Next up we have the Kings and Peasants guild business meeting on May 15th at 7:00 pm.  During this meeting we will attempt to recreate the amazing podcast discussed in an earlier article.  Be awares Kings and Peasants, as in future episodes we will be calling on you to participate in a Members segment of the podcast and/or provide co-hosting duties.

    On May 23rd the Kings and Peasants will host the second Craft Faire after the scheduled Naxx run.  As usual we will meet in front of the Ironforge Bank at 3:00 pm PST.  We think this time should be able to accommodate as many guild members as possible.  Make sure to spend some time farming for some general, or better yet rare, mats. Also, make sure to bring your wish lists.

    Be sure to keep your eyes on the website and in-game calendar for more events to come... including a possible duel competition, informally called the Duelation Sensation, and the second Kings and Peasants Great Naked Fun Run.  Have fun out there.

    The Greatest Kings and Peasants Podcast You Will Never Hear Apr 24, 2009

    On April 18th Timmuh and Hugsforheals hosted Deckard and Milambers at their spot to record the first ever Kings and Peasants podcast. Timmuh and Hugsforheals had the setup and setting going: show notes ready for discussion, audio recording that could pickup voices throughout the spot, projection screen on the wall and comfy-ass couches that you almost sank into when enjoying your cold adult beverage. 

    After a bit of warming up with casual warcraft conversation, Timmuh pressed record and started the first ever Kings and Peasants podcast. We covered it all guildies... The absolutely amazing circumstances that led up to the formation of the Kings and Peasants; the clear and concise summation of the Kings and Peasants mission statement (which filled the room with positivity and excitement); an overwhelming amount of profound insights on the game provided by years of combined playing experience; the solving of the international waters piracy epidemic!!!! We ran down the 3.1 patch like we had coded it ourselves.

    During our post-podcast smoke, we contemplated the epicness of the 3 hour track we had just laid down, not even realizing that Blizzard itself had used the intricacies of the Patriot Act to listen in and scurry to get blue posts out before the podcast hit our fellow guildies' ears.

    Milambers and Deckard left the warm and inviting walls of Timmuh and Hugsforheals place invigorated and beaming with accomplishment with the knowledge that the greatest podcast of all time had just been created and recorded for you all, the Kings and Peasants, to hear in the near future.

    Fast forward... Deckard received a dreadful call during the next week that the technological forces of betrayal, jealousy and hate had converged (and Blizzard too most likely, along with the established Warcraft podcast consortium) to destroy the only recording of the GREATEST PODCAST EVER. Never to be heard again. Prior to hearing the news, during his evening's slumber, Deckard was reported to have dreamt of the tears of angels falling black and heavy, mourning the loss of purity and hope.

    Well... some details of this story may have been a tad overstated (just the littlest tad) but really the first dry run of the Kings and Peasants podcast went extremely well. As a dry run, we were really looking to check levels and make sure we had enough to talk about and information that our guild mates would be interested in and want to listen to. We definitely accomplished that task. The setting of the podcast was really that good though, no overstatement there. 

    So fear not KaP'ers, we have scheduled the first real run of the Kings and Peasants first podcast for May 1, 2009. AND... we still have the podcast naming contest in play!!!! Some great entries have been received. Keep submitting them to the forum page. 200 gold for the best podcast name. We will reveal the winner during the podcast. 

    So keep your eyes on the website, your toons in game and your clever-ass selves submitting your ideas the site. Catch up with you soon! 

    New Members and Congratulations!!! Apr 24, 2009

    We have had a good run of new recruits recently... and their participation and contributions are greatly appreciated.  Below is a list of our new Kings and Peasants brethren:

    Anjurunn, Arlucitian, Briskwalker, Dirtyjt, Dragonlance, Gunnybunny, Lucknrseven, Mooncakes, Omono, Plaguebeard, Suncakes, Tacklinn, Unholylord and Wicluss.

    We are happy to have you in the Kings and Peasants.

    Some recent congratulations need to be dished out too! We want to give a big, sloshing Kings and Peasants beer stein raise to Anjurunn and Timmuh who recently hit 80. Anjurunn has already been throwing down big heals in Northrend instances and Timmuh will soon enough be slathering on a thick helping of DPS in the meanest way possible... if he can ever log in to Dalaran. Gratz boys!!

    Kings and Peasants Podcast Naming Contest Apr 12, 2009

    Timmuh has been working hard to put together a podcast for the Kings and Peasants guild. The podcast will cover guild news and information, but also contain more general converations amongst guild members about WoW. Of course, naming the podcast is the most difficult, and fun, part of the creative process... and we want the guild to be a part of it.

    So, we are going to have a contest to name the Kings and Peasants podcast. It has already started and will end on May 1st, 2009. We are looking for something clever and catchy, hopefully including a reference to our guild name and/or the Warcraft universe in some way.

    You can post your ideas on the forum page "PODCAST NAMING". The winner will be chosen and the official name of the podcast will be announced on the first episode, which should be recorded on the evening of May 1st. The winner will also receive 50g and the praise of many.

    Put your thinking caps on and drop your name ideas onto the forum page. We look forward to reading your submissions.

    Kings and Peasants Inaugural Great Naked Fun Run Winner!! Apr 11, 2009

    So at the April 4th guild meeting, the Kings and Peasants kicked off the first Great Naked Fun Run. We had five entrants - Eleftherios, Trulsrohk, Clevergirl, Botis and Milambers. Starting in Darnassus, the racers stripped down to their tighty-whities and headed to the boat in Teldrassil. Once we arrived at the dock in Auberdine, the gun sounded and the racers were off and running.

    Winding their way through the wilds of Kalimdor, the racers encountered obstacles and searched for the quickest route to Ratchet in order to retrieve their guild tabard. It was neck and neck for a stretch - Eleftherios' Aspect of the Cheetah was keeping up with Trulsrohk's Blink. Clevergirl and Botis were not far behind. Unfortunately, we were unable to see how AoC would hold up over the long haul, as the biggest obstacle of all, computer stability, forced Eleftherios out of the race.   

    As expected Trulsrohk made it to Ratchet and picked up his tabard first. Botis was not far behind... and then the real race began. With Clevergirl and Milambers behind, Trulsrohk and Botis squared off for the final stretch to Gadgetzhan. 

    Interestingly, the two racers split up at this point. Trulsrohk took a more direct route down the Gold Road and through Thousand Needles. Botis took a different tack, kicking in his walk on water ability and heading down the eastern coast towards Steamwheddle Port. It was a close race. Trulsrohk was blinking his way through large rock outcroppings and across the salt flats while Botis held strong hugging the coastline. But who would be the first to make it to Deckard standing in the Gadgetzhan auction house, anxiously awaiting a winner.

    The sun, provider of light and heat, was shining brightly that day. The goblin engineers made sure they had the solar dampeners turned up to full strength on their mechagoggles, as the light glinting off of the polished metal made it difficult to work effectively.

    As Sprinkle was crossing the thoroughfare she brought her hand to her brow, shading her eyes from the sun. It was then that she coughed, as an unknown adventurer streaking through the town had kicked up a large cloud of dust. He was headed somewhere in a hurry.

    In the auction house Deckard waited. While pacing back and forth, in the distance he heard the upstart of cheering and exclamations of praise. A racer had entered the town to claim victory. Moving towards the bottom of the stairs, Deckard looked up through the doorway and between his fingers, which sheilded his eyes from the sun, saw the outline of a racer. The sun poured light down from the sky which encircled the winner in a holy aura. As the racer approached his visage became clear... BOTIS HAD ARRIVED VICTORIOUS!   

    Congratulations Botis. For his efforts Botis won 30g, a frostweave bag and a piece of crafted gear... not to mention providing hope to those who felt that Blink was an obvious advantage. We will continue to have this event for all those who are interested. At this point, we are looking into a new route starting in Stormwind. Thanks to all those who particpated and we hope to see you at the next starting gate!

    Guild Dues Are Active April 1st Mar 31, 2009

    We know, we know. We hear you through the WoW in game chat (even though it's not enabled)... "Mandatory guild dues... Holy $%#@... WHAT THE &^$#%!) We hope this isn't a common reaction, but we anticipated that a form of this connective expletive string would be expected. Note, though, that the info on this has been presented to the guild in the guidelines section on this website. But for those which this comes to as a surprise, let's go over the rules first.

    • Levels 61 to 70 = 10g per month.
    • Levels 71 to 80 = 50g per month.
    • Only the two highest toons you have in the guild apply to this rule. (example - you have three 80s... you contribute 100g; you have two 70s and an 80... you pay 60g; you have a 60, 65 and 70... you contribute 20g)
    • This is mandatory
    • Due on the 1st of every month. Considered late on the 15th.
    • You will be contacted via in-game email after the 16th regarding status.
    • It is a kick-from-guild matter.

    So the rough stuff is over. Take a breath.

    Now, the reasoning.

    Guild repairs are expensive... and they scale based on gear, which is related to level. When the guild runs a "guild" event instance for gear for one (or more) members, the repairs should be subsidized by the contributions of everyone. Why everyone... well, its only everyone who contributes, but everyone because at some point some guild mates will be running something for you, taking their time, and gear durability, to assist your needs. Since instance runs will be called out by multiple guild mates and at multiple times, the cost will be spread around amongst all in the guild.  Those under level 61 aren't asked to contribute, as at their level, running the instances in vanilla WoW, the repairs should not be significant enough to warrant the contributions at that level. Thats how it stands now.

    Also, the mandatory dues go to the guild bank to assist all profession and gear progression which is realized at the monthly crafting fair. We all know mats cost money... and mat costs on the AH, like gear repair, scale in relation to profession level, which is most often tied closely to character level.  While we all should be farming our best for the mats that we anticipate our guild mates will need to level their profession and/or gear, we can't provide everything. And we all know that wool cloth versus frozen orbs command very dissimilar buyout amounts on the AH. Thus, the dues amounts are structured in a way (across the levels) that we feel best provides everyone in the guild the ability to be supplied with the items that they need to either make what they need to level their profession or have the gear made that they need for their level. 

    Lastly, guild "fun" events will always have prizes awarded to the winner(s). These prizes come from the guild bank and/or are provided by guild members. Crafting or supplying these prizes should not be the responsibility of individual members, but the guild, for which these prizes are provided.  

    It is for these reasons that we have instituted a mandatory dues requirement. The amounts required should not be difficult to supply for the levels that they are required from. If you are having difficulty, feel free to ask a higher level guild mate how to better work the AH or where the best money making farming should be attempted.

    Keep in mind that this contribution is for the benefit of the guild and the members in it. Those who meet the criteria must abide by the contribution rules set forth... and those who want to benefit from the contributions must participate and contribute in the guild's activities.

    We trust this little explanation (longest article on the site) has cleared up the questions you have regarding the dues issue. As usual, and we know we say it all the time (but it never should be taken lightly), if you have any questions make sure you ask Deckard or another higher level guild member. 

     

    A Call To Arms! Mar 27, 2009

    So, y'all think that setting up a group in the Kings and Peasants guild to run an instance is as easy as hitting up that girl sloshing back cosmos sitting alone at the end of the bar. Not the case on March 25. Unfortunately, those on vent had to hear the straight up griefing of our brother Botis. The K&P were setting up to run our brother Timmuh through the Nexus, as he just hit 68. Then, a *&#!ass horde named Johkie from the Moogle Mafia (toon and guild name still being skip traced and located by the Kings and Peasants tech and support crew) decided to use the NPCs in Transitus to do his dirty work and keep the PvP timed tag on. The K&P got in as soon as they could and laid down some kills... but the griefing continued. This chump *@# popped off the first shot, which shall be met with the utmost, the hot buttered toast most, vigilance and strength of the K&P. The Kings and Peasants not only protect their own, but deal physical and psychological damage when necessary. The KoS (Kill on Site) mandate has been called by the Kings and Peasants highest ranking members and we have our first guild enemy no # 1. Keep your eyes open, observe and report, and we will, as a family, make right the wrongs that the no class having horde chumps dare to front upon our guildmates.   

    Johkie

    Moogle Mafia-No Class

    He even looks like an

    *!#hole

    The K&P and the In Game Calendar Mar 27, 2009

    The Kings and Peasants guild have enjoyed a steady increase in membership over the last few weeks. We have to thank those newly initiated members for deciding to join our group and pledge their loyalty to our family. We whole heartedly provide our gratitude to the participating and new members who have dropped the word on to their friends about our guild. 

    It is this member's feeling that this growing influx of new recruits is not only due to the "philosophy" of our guild, but also due to the increasing activity in 80 Northrend, Heroic and end-game content that we are pursuing...and the fact that our guild looks forward to the future of communication, including keeping an active website and the contemplation of a guild/Cairne podcast to keep members abreast of news as well as hear our unique style.

    We started as a small guild, starting around December 2008, with the prerequisite 10 members... six being friends in the Sacramento area: Deckard, Eleftherios, Trulsrohk, Milambers, Botis, Tiasto.  We set ranks for ourselves and all that beginner guild creation stuff. During that time we found additional good friends that played... such as Clevergirl, Timmuh and Mysterio. After realizing that we just weren't in it for the "inside jokes", we wanted to stretch the guild and how we wanted to play along with others in the Cairne Realm.

    Once we began receiving new members, we began evolving our ranks and the benefits inherent in them. While the original members always envisioned our guild to be one based on individual leveling and a collective approach to leveling professions, we realize that over time, this can only progress the guild so far. Thus we have augmented the guild ranks to allow all ranks beginning at Citizen to create events in the guild calendar so that you can get the assistance you need to accomplish the goals on your individual characters to progess. Feel free to create a date/time call out to your guildmates within your own level to handle those groups/instances. This way, as a guild, we are maximizing all of our time while at the same time getting to know our brethren.

    Never feel that you can't ask any of the higher members for advice or help. We simply want you to know that you have options other than the flawed LFG in game system. There are many level 80s who dont have the ACHs for instances... or are just good folks who want to guide you further into a satisfying WoW experience.

    So all K&P'ers, remember that in-game calendar. Set something up if you need it.  

    April 4th Extravaganza!!! Mar 21, 2009

    Alright all K&P'ers, Saturday, April 4th, will be a loaded day for our guild. 

    First up is the guild meeting. 3:00 PM at Aldwin's/Milamber's place. Invites for the Kings and Peasants brass has been sent via the in-game calendar. Some items on the agenda will be addons, guild events such as K&P Olympics and a scavenger hunt and longterm goals such as podcast possibilties. We'll do it up Kings and Peasants style: WoW it up like Kings and drink like peasants - thanks Ted.

    Then at 6:00 PM the first ever Kings and Peasants Great Naked Fun Run will take place. We'll all pop on vent, meet in Darnasuss and straight up hot foot it from Auberdine to Gadgetzhan. Prizes await the fastest K&P'er at the Gadgetzhan AH. Rules for the Great Naked Fun Run are on the Guidleines page of this website. Got the guts to make the run... we hope to see you there. 

    After that action we'll move right into the first Kings and Peasants Crafting Fair. We'll smooth on over to Ironforge. Once there not only will we work on gearing up our guildies, but hopefully allow each member to gain some serious skill points on their own professions. Start looking into the gear you want and grabbing as many mats as you can to contribute to the crafting fair's success.

    As you all know we are happy to have you in the family and look forward to your participation. If you have any questions make sure you pst or mail Deckard, Altruada, Eleftherios, Milambers or Norranrad.

    More Welcomes Mar 20, 2009

    Recently the Kings and Peasants guild have experinced a good amount of new recruits. We would love to give some acknowledgement to our new brothers and sisters Divinecrysis, Jarlo, Lyredeaasion, Mython, Mythunisie, Timburton and Tuss. Welcome to the guild and we look forward to your participation and experience. If we've missed anyone please let us know. Guild tabards are available and make sure to ask Deckard, Altruada, Eleftherios or Aldwin if you do not have one.

     

     

    2nd Guild Meeting and Crafting Fair Mar 10, 2009

    The date of the second guild meeting has been decided: Saturday, April 4, 2009. Right now it's on the calendar beginning at 3:00 PM, which may dropped to a later time, hangover dependant. The invites have been sent to the "Board", but the location is still up in the air, so make sure to check the calendar here and in-game.

    Also, the first Kings and Peasants Crafting Extravaganza!!!! (punctuation added to emphasize the extra Vaganza thats going to go down) will take place on the same day, after the meeting. Ironforge by the bridge between the bank and AH is the place for your toons to be. Make sure to add your abilities and wants in the Guild Information/Professions section on the forums. This way we can keep track of what folks can make and what other folks need. 

    Now is the time to start checking out sites that provide you with gear upgrade information. Check out the sites under Utilities in the Links section of the web page to find good places to start that gear wish list. Start saving up mats so there will be plenty to go around for all levels. For those herbalists, miners and treasure seekers out there, now's the time to grab the addon Gatherer, or something equivalent (or better) to take advantage of the time you spend amassing mats for the craft fair. By the way, if you have an addon that has changed your life and how you play (besides QuestHelper or Carbonite... 'cause we all know that's cheating, lol) make sure to start a segment in the forums. We can all benefit from each others individual setups and experiences.

    So, a couple of events have been scheduled and suggestions given. My job is done for now. See you in game!

    Congrats and Welcomes Mar 10, 2009

    We'd like to take this moment to acknowledge the acheivement of Milambers who received the Explorer title recently. He is the first titled member in the guild. Anyone who has the intestinal fortitude to go back, run and fly around to all the nooks and crannies of the WoW universe deserves a hearty congratualtions. And thank goodness the first title in our guild wasn't the Jenkins title. Ya'll know what I'm sayin'.

    Also, we'd like to say welcome to the newest members of the Kings and Peasants: DIVINEX AND ØPIUM!. We are glad to have you here and hope your time is fun and enjoyable. Tabards are in the mail. As usual, if you have any questions, feel free to pst anyone, we're more than happy to provide any assistance we can.

    New Guild Bank Structure Mar 2, 2009

    At the last guild meeting the structure of the guild bank was dicussed.  While we all have been pleased with the set up, we at the Kings and Peasants feel it can improved to provide a less busy place to find the mats you need to level your profession(s). We have always envisioned that the guild bank should be focused exclusively on mats and useable items rather than a storehouse for gear. We all know gear is important, but cluttering up the bank with green drops and items that will soon be replaced by more powerful gear before you can blink an eye is not the best utilization of space. If you need a piece of gear, don't hesitate to ask other guildmates to link their profession. There are four tabs now. Tab 1 is for mats consisting of cloth, skin, herbs and such. Tab 2 is for ore, bars, gems and engineering type mats. There is more definition in the Tab's info. So if you are out questing and happen upon any basic mats that you can't use for your own profession, feel free to sell them or consider placing them in the appropriate tab for your fellow guildmates to use. Tab 3 should be checked before you head out of town to tackle an instance or some serious questing. This tab will have all the useable crafted items like scrolls, potions, glyphs and armor kits. Tab 4 is for 70 - 80 stuff. As usual, don't put anything personal in the bank that you can't live without. Eleftherios/Helleni oversees the maintenance of the bank. If you need something and don't have the ability to access it, let him know. A clean-up/rearrangement will be performed once a month and notice will be given in the in-game MOTD. We plan on having a monthly crafting night. It will take place in Ironforge and the date/time is still to be determined. Keep your eyes on the calendar. We anitcipate that with the new layout and contributions from all the guild members, leveling professions and getting what you need will be much easier. If you have any comments, feel free to speak with Deckard or post a topic in the forum. Thanks!

    Thanks Feb 28, 2009

    The first guild meeting took place on February 21. There will be more info on that to come... but right now some big thanks need to be mentioned.  Thanks to Ted for keeping a close eye on the guild bank and working that AH for the last couple months and for getting a date set for the meeting... thanks goes to Jana who probably gave him the idea for having it on the 21st.  Big thanks to Chris for always reminding us of the importance of running bigger instances and taking the reigns on scheduling runs for the guild.  Thanks goes out to Tim for bringing his raiding knowledge to the guild and not to mention setting up this whole website thing.  Huge thanks go out to Chaddy and Rachel for hosting the guild meeting and the birthday slash housewarming party that followed.  The new spot's backyard definitely accomodates more bodies, but not surprisingly the same amount of alcohol consumption.  We're off too a good start.

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