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Guild Reputation

Guild reputation was a brand new feature that came out with Cataclysm and combined with the guild perks, rewards, achievements, and other stuff like that. Your guild levels and gets perks, and the more reputation that you have with the guild (by killing bosses in a guild group or doing daily quests), you get access to more of the rewards.

I’m not talking about any of this.

As I had mentioned before, I recently joined the AIE guild with my Death Knight on the Earthen Ring server. I was looking for an alternative place to hang out and find somewhere that had a better raiding schedule. After being in the guild for about a month, I’ve found that I’m rarely ever spending any time on my Druid anymore and mainly hanging out on my DK.

Many times I’m doing random dungeons for the Valour and Justice points, daily quests, a Baradin Hold run, or whatever the case may be. Yet, I could easily be doing these things on my Druid as he also needs some upgrades as well. At this point, I’ve all but decided that I will be moving him over to AIE soon-ish.

Getting used to a new guild is tough, and even more tough when there’s so many people in it. At any point in time, there’s at least over one hundred people online, and it’s hard to see familiar faces when there’s over 7000 to pick from. That being said, AIE is fortunate in the fact that the guild as a whole is very well run and has a great culture by itself that people seem to embrace easily.

For an example of the guild culture, twice a year they have craft fairs.  People give up a ton of materials from each profession to help others level up theirs.  I’ve heard stories of people maxing whatever profession they are (even the annoying ones like Leatherworking and Blacksmithing) within the short period of time that the craft fair is on.  This is a guild culture that I can support without a problem.

The Instance podcast has definitely made AIE popular, and is the reason why I decided to join.  Yet, even though it was the podcast that got me there, it’s the people who keep me there.  During BlizzCon, there were a bunch of volunteers who made a guild hall in one of the nearby hotels, which was basically a place for guildies to hang out when they weren’t at the convention.  Some people flew down there just to go to the hall, rather than the convention itself.  Goodie bags were made specifically for this, and it was a whole event contained within that hall.

Just by these few examples, it’s obvious why I’ve decided to try out this guild.  The reputation that it has gained from the amazing people who are members is truly awesome.

As a whole, I’ve had enough experience with AIE that I want to continue my association with them. The reputation that a guild has outside of the reputation panel is extremely important. If you don’t enjoy being in a guild, why bother getting Exalted with them?

Podcastcrafting

When it comes to technology, I seem to be late to the game for many things. Some examples: my computer is usually 1-2 years behind the times, I only got my very first iPod about two years ago, I got my xbox 360 about two years after launch, and my cell phone is nowhere near a smartphone. One reason for this is that I’m cheap. The second reason is that I like to see what things are like before I purchase them, due to some past experiences where I was burned by buying something shortly after launch and it fading away very quickly afterwards. I enjoy all of these things, I know how to use them, I just don’t usually own the newest thing until many other people have it first.

That being said, I recently got into the world of podcasts. They’ve been around for a long time, even before iPods were even around, and I’ve known that they were out there. Yet, I haven’t really been interested in them. Some reasons for that are definitely circumstantial, the major one being the fact that I didn’t want to be required to listen to them at the computer. I didn’t have an iPod or MP3 player readily available for travel, so it wasn’t convenient for me to do anything. Also many podcasts are advertised and available through iTunes, and being the lazy person that I am, I didn’t want to sift through millions of results if I Googled “World of Warcraft podcast”.

It ended up that the first WoW podcast I listened to was the WoW Insider Show, starting around July of 2010. By this time, the podcast itself had been around for a long time and I had seen the posts come up on the website advertising it, but I just hadn’t gotten around to listening to it. The first episode that I listened to was called “Draenorgrimmar”, and I have absolutely no clue what was discussed on the show. All I know is that I downloaded about five episodes, listened to them all, and was instantly hooked on podcasts.

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