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2008-07-08 The Kindread
Full Clear BT! Posted By: Wolven
at: 23:15:46
We stated a couple weeks ago that our next progression goal was going to be clearing the entire Black Temple in a single night. After the last couple of weeks where we had a bump along the way that slowed us down from getting to a full clear we had everything come together tonight. It wasn't even a perfect raid, we started with only a couple of melee and then had to swap bodies around as we went. We took our break at 9, just like any other night, and kept things fun as we one shot boss after boss.

We were only a couple moments from one shotting Illidan as well when we had a demon kill Soully as he was tanking the "demon phase". Oops! Luckily we were able to fix that mistake immediately to finish off the night.

What a great thing to have us pull off on a shorten raid week with our Vegas trip planned for the weekend! The fact that Kuno was finally right about some loot dropping was just the icing on the cake. ;)

2008-06-29 The Kindread
Kindread goes Legendary Posted By: Wolven
at: 22:25:54
I know many will joke that this is not a surprise after our molten core days where we were putting together Thunderfury sets left and right, but we have just gotten our first Burning Crusade Legendary. It was very lucky of us to get it on our second kill and hopefully our luck won't run out on the road to putting together 2 sets for our 2 amazing rogues.

Great work everyone, lets keep on trucking through this summer heat.

2008-06-19 The Kindread
Illidan was wrong, we were prepared. Posted By: Wolven
at: 22:34:42
I am thrilled to report that all of our preparation, all of our hard work and all of our "push it to the limit" has brought us to this milestone: Illidan dead . It didn't take us as long to get done as I feared it might and to that I have to attribute it to the people who stepped up to take charge within our raids, from fight to fight, raid to raid you guys and gals are the reason we are passing other guilds in content and chugging along to the ultimate goal of finishing the raid content before the next expansion.

It has been a real treat to be a part of this group, thank you all.

2008-06-16 The Kindread
Father's Day Posted By: Wolven
at: 15:12:01
Since I made a post about Mother's day, I had better say something about Father's day. I hope everyone had a great Father's day-off to do the family related things that come up with such an event. I am sure there were many BBQs, Golf days and whatever else you all came up with to celebrate Dad.

Hopefully the extra break between raids will help recharge everyone for a solid raid week both in finishing off last week's raiding tonight and in kicking off the next week after the Tuesday reset.

2008-06-09 The Kindread
Illidari Council out, Illidan up to bat. Posted By: Wolven
at: 09:20:16
The Illidari Council fight is really not very complex, I have heard it to be described as a tougher version of High King Maulgar and others compare it to the Twin Emps. Both are fair comparisons but I would say that the Council is more of an endurance fight. It doesn't have any form of phase changes like the Emps did and it doesn't have the ability to burn down and kill any of the bosses like you can do with Maulgar. The Council fight is really just a test of your ability to repeat the same exact thing for a really long time which can be quite the task in and of itself. At least they provide some comfortable couches for lounging in when the fight is done.

Now, with the council quickly dispatched, we prepare for Illidan.

2008-06-02 The Kindread
Just because Mother is easy, doesn't mean she is a MILF. Posted By: Wolven
at: 09:17:22
It is easy enough to say that before entering a room full of concubines one should make sure to be prepared and come equipped with the right kind of protection. When a part of that prep work is installing a mod called Easy Mother in order to make sure she goes down fast, you know you are in for a good time. In a way I suppose it is disappointing that it was over so fast but that was quickly forgotten as we collected our rewards leaving Shahraz bruised and broken on the ground. Fear not, she will be ready again for us next week.

2008-05-30 The Kindread
Never too late to remember. Posted By: Wolven
at: 10:15:46
The older member's of Kindread like to take a moment around this time of year to remember a friend of ours who is no longer with us. It is the anniversary of the passing of one of our best and brightest, Joe, aka. UltraPimp.

There are a lot of new people in Kindread and we, the old dogs, would like to share with you the idea that while it is easy to say "this is just a game", it is also important for you to realize that there are very real people playing this game along side you. The connections you make, the friendships and camaraderie are as real and valid as any that you will make throughout your life. Treat them well and you will find your experiences to be richer and much more enjoyable.

2008-05-26 The Kindread
The Real News for Tonight. Posted By: Wolven
at: 22:39:01
Ignoring that crap about mounts, the real news for the night is that we had a full night to dedicate to killing RoS. Obviously, this was a success and since we finished with an hour to spare until raid end and we didn't have the resist gear made yet for Mother, we ended up going into Sunwell and playing around in there. Nothing more exciting than some netherweave dropped but we did have fun exploring the new zone.

Get your resists ready, the shadow-block is next.

Bear Mounts Had Posted By: Wolven
at: 22:36:11
I know this is almost a week late in posting but I have been busy and forgot to post up the picture to go with the story. After a month or two of not really bothering to go into ZA or even think about challenging the timers a group of us decided it was time to give it the ol' college try.

Of course this meant grabbing some alcohol, goofing around a bit and then getting the job done. Chemp was lucky enough to win the roll on the first one (well, not really, Soully won it but he has one of those rare bird mounts so he passed). It was a lot of fun getting that done. Thanks!

2008-05-12 The Kindread
Archimonde Deaded. Posted By: Wolven
at: 23:34:58
Tonight ended up being a good raid night after all. We often have a hard time with Monday raids and tonight was no exception. After kicking off the raid to a server crash that resulted in the Instance server being down for nearly an hour we then went into Hyjal short handed to work on Archimonde. There was some new people in the raid so we had to get them adjusted to the fight and as the night went on frustrations grew and as often seems the way, we got to the point where we had a full raid finally, but we were at the point where everyone was tired and so we called last attmept and of course that quickly transformed into first kill.

It is always thrilling to get a first kill but it always seems sweeter when you overcome a whole lot of bullshit in order to get that kill. Tonight we did that and I had a blast working with you all to get that fight down. It was also great getting to bust out that reindeer mount that I had been saving in my bags just for that screenshot.

2008-05-11 The Kindread
Happy Mother's Day Posted By: Wolven
at: 15:08:43
We at Kindread would just like to take a moment to thank all of our Mothers, Wives, girlfriends and anyone else we can think of to thank on Mother's day for our happiness in what this community is for: playing video games. Some of you play with us. Some of you happily pat us on the head and leave us to gleefully charge into virttual worlds to create or destroy as we see fit. The rest of you probably hate that we play video games but tolerate it since "its what we like to do". Whatever the situation is, I hope you know it is greatly appriciated since we are all having a lot of fun.

2008-05-07 The Kindread
Chemp's fight Posted By: Wolven
at: 10:04:14
After a couple weeks of reduced raiding due to hockey playoffs and some asshole going on vacation we zoned into BT to start off our first full raid week of the spring. After working out a few kinks and knocking off some rust we managed to get through all our farm bosses before the end of the raid. Since we had some time to kill we cleared to Gurtogg to give him a few minutes of our time.

Once we got to Gurtogg we checked the time, 20 minutes until raid end, and at this point Chemp stepped up and took charge. He showed that even though he cannot dominate the DPS charts as completely as he used to in raids gone past, he was still able to take charge and lead the way through the Bloodboils and Fel Rages and deliver Gurtogg unto death. Even more impressive, Chemp did all this with his left hand down the front of his pants, Al Bundy style.

2008-04-30 The Kindread
IP Changes Posted By: Mandrake
at: 10:28:59
Over the next couple of days the IP address of the web server will be changing over to our new connection. I have also just been informed by my ISP that they will be changing my IP again mid-May so there will be another announcement like this one coming up again. If the site is unresponsive for some time that is the reason why.

KinTour 2008 Posted By: Wolven
at: 08:52:41
That's right, in continuation of the orginal KinTour of 7 years ago we are getting ready for the summer and that means planning out our yearly get together. The location has been set, Las Vegas, but we are still trying to solidify a date. The June weekend has been tossed out and we are now looking at mid-July.

Please hit the forums and the calendar to let us know if this is something you can make and who will be coming with you for the weekend. Once enough people confirm we will be looking for whatever package deals we can get.

2008-04-14 The Kindread
The demise of Teron Gorefiend Posted By: Wolven
at: 22:48:27
The dreaded Teron Gorefiend makes for a very interesting fight. The battle seems to be as much with player's UIs as it is with the curious ghost game mechanic as pet bars disappear and other such fun events.

Still, once those minor kinks were worked out of the system we were able to put Teron behind us and put a little bit of time into that whacky fun fight with Bloodboil. The last attack of the night was very promising and I look forward to when we next get to fight him.

Enjoy the night off tomorrow and Go Flames Go!

2008-04-07 The Kindread
Teh Website is slow?!? Posted By: Wolven
at: 11:26:10
I would like to thank the few people who have noticed that the website is in fact a little sluggish lately. Since the server moved we have been having some connection problems due to the quality of the lines at the new facility. We are planning to switch ISPs sometime in the next couple of weeks in order to resolve the issue.

2008-03-31 The Kindread
Double Down! Posted By: Wolven
at: 07:30:49
Chalk up another solid night for the team. On a whim we went into Black Temple to check out our buddy Akama. He has been telling us what to do for a little while and we figured it was time he started handing out some rewards for our efforts.

After we were done with Akama's Shade we packed up and got ported over to Hyjal. We had some unfinished business with the trash before Kaz'ogal. On patch-day Tuesday we ended up wiping to that trash as the server went down and stayed down for half an hour or so. Last night however we cleaned thoroughly thrashed the trash and one-shot Kaz'rogal along with.

There was still time leftover before our scheduled raid end time so we decided to see exactly how hard Azgalor really was.

2008-03-28 The Kindread
Our first venture into BT Posted By: Wolven
at: 00:21:57
Today was a toss up as to what we were going to be doing right up until it was time to zone in. At the last minute after looking at our group it was obvious that the way to go would be to go for our first look in the famed Black Temple.

After a bit of a struggle with the trash (oops) we ran into this spine throwing guy. After watching him impale a few people and then blow up the raid we felt it would be just returns to kill him and take his stuff. You wouldn't believe how hard it is to get people to do something as simple as stand still for a picture and of course they all think they are really funny.

After that we ended up having a conversation about women with fetishes for fat guys and I gotta say that Supremus is a really fat guy right now. In fact, we had to run all the way up the stairs to get far enough away to take this picture with his body

2008-03-25 The Kindread
2.4 patch today Posted By: Wolven
at: 07:22:48
The patch is out and even though the server is not up yet you can already download your client patch and have it installed and ready. For some of us updating mods will be a simple thing: back up your AddOns folder and then run the AceUpdater. For others updating mods is an adventure of searching through overloaded websites to find the new copy of a mod, if it is out.

If the server plays nice with us tonight we will be starting our focus on Tier6 after the last couple of weeks of farming Tier5 and attuning people.

2008-03-23 The Kindread
Happy Easter! Posted By: Wolven
at: 11:21:11
I have always been a sucker for holidays that involve large meals of good food with good people.

Enjoy the day off, we will get back to raiding tomorrow.

2008-03-17 The Kindread
Anyone else notice Anetheron had a lisp? Posted By: Wolven
at: 00:08:12
We had a really slow raid week after wasting a lot of time on Tuesday, Thursday AND Sunday to our farming. The week wasn't a complete waste though because after we got Vashj and Kael out of the way we went into Hyjal for an hour of new content.

Rage was still a push over and the trash was still a really big pain in the ass to loot. I think we had a couple items rot. How goofy. In the end though after a couple of attenpts we got in our new boss kill, Anetheron.

Happy St. Patrick's day tomorrow to you all. Make sure you get in your vast amounts of green beer.

2008-03-11 The Kindread
Farewell Tier5. Posted By: Wolven
at: 08:47:46
The tale of last night is one of "getting shit done". We had a lot to do, only a little time to do it and we did a helluva job getting it done. We killed Vashj again and got our 3rd sea witch robe and finally got our first Defender hat token to drop (sheesh).

We then went to kael, and after getting rid of some dead weight *cough Morag cough*, we got to take another picture. This picture though was more than a little satisfying because we had one of those goofy flaming bird mounts drop. I hear they are a big deal so we went and took yet another picture.

After that we were bumming around and realized that we had more time until the end of the raid. So after a quick flight down to Tanaris, and a small jump back in time, we found some Rage Winterchill guy and killed him too.

Excellent killing last night everyone, it was great getting our first Tier6 kill and I look forward to many more.

2008-02-18 The Kindread
The bitch is dead Posted By: Wolven
at: 10:54:08
Normally I'd write an epic tale of our battle with Vashj but as they say a picture is worth a thousand words.

2008-01-21 The Kindread
The week of new boss kills Posted By: Wolven
at: 00:43:00
So, in a single week we cranked out new 5 bosses (starting with Tidewalker last Sunday). It was great work and motivated me enough to actually put up a set of screenshots. Enjoy!

Fathom-Lord Karathress
Leotheras the Blind
High Astromancer Solarian

2008-01-17 The Kindread
Even better than last week! Posted By: Wolven
at: 22:27:22
Awesome raiding tonight everyone, 2 new bosses down and the week is only two thirds done. Room for another boss kill or two on Sunday so lets get ready for some more!

2008-01-14 The Kindread
The ball is rolling! Posted By: Wolven
at: 15:32:13
Great week of raiding everyone. I was pumped to see the group coming together after knocking off the rust from the holiday break. Lets take this momentum and get running with it.

2008-01-03 The Kindread
25 man raiding Posted By: Wolven
at: 10:53:20
With the holidays coming to an end it is time to see if we are interested in hitting the 25 man content again or if we still need to find those few missing pieces to get things going again. In case your head has been in the sand, under a rock or up your own ass I would like to remind you all to please visit the raid calendar and sign up for next week's raids.

2007-12-31 The Kindread
Happy New Years! Posted By: Wolven
at: 11:10:53
New Years represents a time of new beginings as well as a time to reflect on the past. For Kindread we look back on 10 years of gaming, starting from a small group of guys gaming in their basements and going to the community we have today. All I have to say is that I have had a lot of fun and I look forward to what comes next in both new games, technology and Kindread events.

The resolution to not be fat and lazy is a tough one, especially for us gamers, but go ahead and make it and see how long you can go before you break it completely ;) Have a fun night everyone and we'll see you in 2008.

2007-12-24 The Kindread
Merry Christmas Posted By: Wolven
at: 18:00:18
I'd like to take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I hope you all stuff your faces with amazing foods, wash it down with fine drinks and keep company with good people.

2007-11-20 The Kindread
Ventrilo 3.0 server upgrade Posted By: Wolven
at: 12:23:51
We will be upgrading our Ventrilo server to 3.0 tomorrow morning, be sure to get the new client if you haven't already.

2007-11-13 The Kindread
2.3 Patch goes live Posted By: Wolven
at: 10:55:08
I know a lot of people have been really excited about this 2.3 patch and hopefully the servers will be able to handle the influx of people so that we can all get on today and check out ZA and whatnot.

We'll be trying to lean on the raid calendar for organising our raids so by all means get on there and put it to use or at the very least post what bugs you have with it so that we can make another attempt at fixing that craptastic software.

2007-10-02 The Kindread
Calendar update Posted By: Wolven
at: 13:45:27
We were a bit tardy in setting up the raid calendar for this week, apologies to everyone! You can now sign up for the next week worth of raids.

2007-09-25 The Kindread
2.2 Patch today? Posted By: Wolven
at: 10:35:25
As many people have been guessing, the long awaited 2.2 patch that brings such glorious things as Ret Paladin raiding buffs and a retarded ingame voice system should be out today.

I hope everyone takes the time to update their mods, especially their required raid mods, so that they are ready to go tonight.

2007-09-13 The Kindread
New Goodies Posted By: Wolven
at: 14:54:09
Please swing by the new Raid Forum to see some new toys that we have to play with. This is especially important for those of you who like to raid but I think everyone can find a use for it (once we figure out how it works).

2007-09-07 The Kindread
The Silver Lining Posted By: Wolven
at: 09:26:11
A lot has happened in our community over the past couple months and while I know it has been very hard on a number of us I am really pleased with recent events. In fact, I am overjoyed to announce the return of some great friends who have been away from us as well as a return to WoW for some players that had departed from the game but in light of recent events have returned to partake in the fun.

Kaeden and Salinus, to the two of you welcome back to the guild. It has been a long time coming and I know from what I have seen in guild chat and in the forums that everyone is thrilled to see you both return. Eternity has also rejoined us and I am sure the guys are all awaiting the day when her computer is fixed and she is able to giggle in vent again.

Lord of Autumn, one of our fast paced killers from the FPS days has recently contacted the community and moved his character to K'T so that he could join in our gleeful killing of monsters and players alike.

Icon, Zylla and Bosgaurus have all reactivated their accounts and all that needs to be said is that they are bringing Sexah back.

Before this post gets much longer I just wanted to say that I am thrilled with what I have seen recently and I am looking forward to having fun gaming with all of you clowns.

2007-07-31 The Kindread
Drunken Revelations, although I am sober now... Posted By: Mandrake
at: 16:26:37
So I was sitting at 1410, a pub near my place in Calgary that we frequent, and Casey was trying to persuade me to pick up the Warcrack again. Eventually the conversation moved away from what I didnít like about the game and I started to think about what I like about games.

I realized it wasnít the activities necessarily, although there can be a definite rush when you get a good killing streak going. It wasnít the big explosions or pretty graphics necessarily, although those are also not a drawback. What I really like is the teamwork.

When this came to me, I realized I was thinking about the times I have played Battlefield 2 over the last couple years and specifically when playing with a squad. This kind of game is getting to the point where you donít necessarily need to put together a team and compete in a competition to be fun. This was true of Tribes back in the day as well but the coordination and squad advantages that these games bestow on their players really help to get the players working together and when people who are already familiar with each others play style come together, the result can be deadly.

I thought about some of my more recent Battlefield 2 experiences with Puck and I know there were some awesome times in there. Even though Puckís mic is always broken, he and I have played enough together that I just babble useless information to fill the void and he knows exactly what to do. I can remember getting in on Dalian Plant and having the two of us going AT and camping the entrance to the Peopleís Army base.

The two of use were unstoppable, the commander wisely dropped an ammo crate for us and everything that drove down that road received a double dose of Kindread love. Helicopters, tanks, jeeps, APCs, all fell before us and we didnít even have to talk about it, we both just new exactly what to do to make it work. We must have held that position for at least 5 minutes and destroyed probably a dozen vehicles.

Itís that kind of teamwork that stands out to me as being the most fun, that working together to get the goal accomplished pushing forward that line and dominating the map. Tribes had it, Battlefield has it, I hope that Quake Wars has it.

Anyway, I just want to thank everyone for making those kinds of experiences possible and I hope that you are all getting the kind of excitement and happiness that I get out of those experiences every time I pick up and play with a fellow Kindread member.

2007-07-10 The Kindread
KinEvent 2007 success! Posted By: Wolven
at: 10:27:29
Last night was the big wing night send off for Melantha as Bosnianchild, Nikki and Omicron all had to leave earlier and it was a good close to the weekend. I do really enjoy the years where we go out of town and play tourist in various cities but I had a blast showing people the sites around Calgary as well as a sample of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

I would like to thank all of the other locals that took the time to come out and party this weekend. I was a bit worried that our turn out was going to be really poor since a lot of people who were going to be flying into Calgary ended up having to cancel but my worries were put away when we had 20+ people show up for the BBQ on Friday.

We'll get the pictures hosted up on the gallery and start planning the 2008 event sometime after that.

2007-07-09 The Kindread
KinEvent 2007 wrap up Posted By: Wolven
at: 10:03:14
I've had a blast this weekend running around, drinking and being merry and tonight we are having our wrap up wing night to close KinEvent 2007. More info in the forums and keep your eyes open for pictures and whatnot from what we've been up to this weekend.

2007-07-03 The Kindread
KinEvent 2007 Posted By: Wolven
at: 12:39:14
As many of you are aware, this Friday marks the start of this years main Kindread get together. We have a few people coming in from out of town to partake in the Calgary Stampede and we also have a larger group of Calgary gamers who have yet to meet each other.

Friday we'll be having a backyard party. Bring money for the meat and keg as well as whatever other liqour you'll want and bring some snacks... like veggies you fat bastards.

Saturday we'll be heading down to the Stampede grounds, check out the concerts or rodeo or other such places that will have alcohol.

Sunday's plans are still up in the air. So hit the forums and get the lowdown of what we want to do.

2007-06-28 The Kindread
Tidewalker is sleeping with the fish Posted By: Wolven
at: 08:46:16
We have been getting swamped by murlocs in our Morogrim Tidewalker fight over the last couple of weeks, and yes, I want to emphasize the fact that there is a raid boss with murlocs. Last night that came to an end however as on our 'last attempt of the night' we brought another virtual monster to its knees. Between the noxious fart bubbles from Morogrim himself and the waves of murlocs it is certainly an entertaining fight.

2007-06-26 The Kindread
VR just under the wire Posted By: Wolven
at: 00:00:49
We wanted to kill Void Reaver this first week after the attunements were lifted and tonight, just before the weekly raid resets we snuck in and got our kill. Like everyone says, the fight isn't hard and it was pretty fun but make sure you don't have a bunch of guys disconnecting every try, it really makes it hard to get the kill under the enrage timer that way.

Grats everyone on the kill, lets do it again tomorrow.

2007-06-25 The Kindread
Cas Team downs Gruul! Posted By: Wolven
at: 12:11:55
We have had a very busy weekend and the results are very positive for our Casual team as they zoned into Gruul with a number of new faces and after a very frustrating 1% wipe they finished the job and earned their first Gruul Kill. Excitement was very high as they are now looking to repeat the kill on Tuesday and then begin working on Magtheridon's Lair.

Keep on top of the forums for strats, schedules and all the other business of killing virtual monsters!

2007-06-14 The Kindread
High King Down Again! Better than the first time? Posted By: Wolven
at: 08:52:03
Kindread has downed High King Maulgar! What makes this such a big deal is not the fact that the guild has killed a boss that the 'progress trackers' show we have killed already, what makes this a big deal is that it was the first raid boss kill for our second raid group. No, this was not an 'alt run'. At the same time Maulgar was dying to the Cas team we had another raid group getting a guild first Lurker kill in SSC!

I personally am very proud to be able to announce this kill as it has been my goal for months to see Kindread field two 25 man raid groups and even a short while ago people were still saying it could not be done.

Great gaming everyone!

2007-06-10 The Kindread
Hydross the Unstable pushed over Posted By: Wolven
at: 21:36:50
Great work to the raid tonight. We went into SSC without a solid idea of which boss we were going to attempt, we picked Hydross as the harder boss and in our first night of attempts we put him to shame. It was the first night of a transition of changes that will be going into our raiding structure so everyone please check into the forums regularly and start posting so that you stay up to date with the changes taking place over the next couple weeks.

We'll be back at it again after the reset on Tuesday, until then, stay sexy.

2007-05-28 The Kindread
Magtheridon, the Mag that doesn't have 2 heads and flaming drool Posted By: Wolven
at: 08:32:26
Last week we established a mission to kill Magtheridon. We set up our schedule to go into Magtheridon's Lair as often as we could. We went in and worked on Magtheridon both before and after the big 2.1 patch on Tuesday and during our major attempts on Wednesday we knew we had him dead. Last night we walked in and made short order of the kill as we slapped a collar on WoW's second Mag in the second raid lair of TBC and made him our bitch.

After Magtheridon Shiektal and I immediately got talking about a joint Serpentshrine Cavern raid between Kindread and Ūlluminati. In a short amount of time we assembled our joint raid and zoned in to SSC, ready to check out the new zone. Within minutes we were killing naga and their minions and within minutes after that we were already lost trying to sneak our way through the instance. Luckily we found a nice fishing hole and hung out there for the evening working on The Lurker Below.

Thanks much to everyone who participated in the raids last night, I had a blast and am looking forward to doing it again.

2007-05-22 The Kindread
Kindread's Remembrance Day Posted By: Wolven
at: 23:24:38
Around this time of year Mandrake, myself and several other members take a moment to talk and reflect about one of our dear friends who is no longer with us, UltraPimp. Kindread has grown a lot over the past few years and in that growth we find that it is important to share our history with our new friends and in sharing that history we remember and honour a great person. The following news re-post can be found in our archives as well as a post made in the member's forums by Dr. Digital at the time.

Kindread News: 2004-06-12 at: 13:53:47 Posted By: Wolven


On Sunday, May 23 2004 our friend, teammate and one of the first members of the Kindread passed away. There have been a number of conversations that we have had on this topic in the private areas of the Kindread website and as a group it has been very difficult for us. UltraPimp was one of our first recruits, joining our group right after his brother 2ndHndSmoke in mid 1999. Since then Pimp and Smoke have been by far the two most amazing gamers I have ever seen and while Smoke was happy to continue as a killing machine, Pimp was happy to step up and take charge in a team full of loud mouth hardcore video gamers.

In the time that followed, some very tight friendships grew as our team acquired new members. We stuck to our philosophy of recruiting family and friends of our current members because of the success that came out of the Pimp/Smoke duo and I know that it is the basis for the Kindread's survival as other teams collapse and disappear. In 2001, Mandrake and I organised KinTour, where the Calgary members piled into a van and drove down the west coast picking up UltraPimp in Seattle and going all the way down to LA visiting members of the clan along the way.

In this time I learned an important lesson. The friends we make online are just as real and valuable as the ones we meet face to face every day. Sometimes you can get even closer to your friends who are online because they are just a click away when you are already at home and you don't have to go anywhere to hang out with them.

It has taken me a while to come to terms with the loss of a very valuable friend and that is the source of why I have not posted here sooner. It was Mandrake's post that I feel sums up best how we all feel about the passing of UltraPimp, aka. Joe.

It is times like these when it is hard not to reflect on ones own life and feel like none of it matters and that life is cruel. I think the most powerful position that any of us can approach life from is that we all make a difference. I think that this message board as well as his family and his friends are proof of this and give credit to the great life and the great person that is Joe.

So if I could pass along a message to Joe, I would tell him that he made a difference to me, my life is better because of him. Thanks Joe.

We are going to continue on with our Fourth annual Kindread Gathering here in Calgary. There are two major events for us to attend: The Calgary Stampede (July 9 - 18th) and Fragapalooza (July 15th - 18th). It will be a celebration of the success of The Kindread and the impact that our friends have made on our lives.

Forum Post By: Dr. Digital

With how little I check these forums, I always find something new and interesting when I do. This time I've found something tradgic and surprising.

We all played computer games with Joe. Do you really get to know someone through computer games. The uninitiated (like my wife) would tell you "no" because they don't understand. The Kindread is a family. The men and women of the Kindread are our peers, our gang. We spend many more hours a week together in most cases than "real friends". I count my Kindread bretheren amongst my most enduring friendships.

Years ago when I first joined the Kindread I gained a respect for Joe because of his sense of fair play. He was a good sport. His honor was only surpassed on occasion by his humor. Talking with him in game in Tribes and in the forums was something to look forward to because you always knew it would be entertaining.

Through the years I learned more about Joe, as we all learned more about each other. I learned that his real name was indeed not "Pimp". I learned that he had a brother and that they had a close relationship not only in the game, but outside of it as well. It reminded me of my relationship with my own brother, growing up playing every game we could get our hands on together.

Some memories:
- Taking hard knox dueling in Shifter from Joe and his brother during my initiate time with the Kindread.
- Playing Shifter in Tribes 1 and learning to fly my heavies across the map from Joe.
- Hearing Joe's voice for the first time when we started using voice comms.
- Playing Everquest and switching servers to play with Joe because the game was just so much more fun playing with my friend.
- Playing Star Wars Galaxies and realizing with Joe that the game was a waste of our time because it wasnt going anywhere.

I will miss Joe. His humor, honor and friendship will be remembered. I will honor him in my gameplaying, because I knew he enjoyed it so much, as I do.

Joe, good travels. May you take your final journey with God's Speed. Hopefully we'll get to meet you again some day and look down on all the silly mortals and have a good laugh.

Scott Cameron
Aka Dr. Digital

In your video gaming, take a moment to savagely decimate your opponent, thoroughly beat them into submission and then drop a witty bit of smack talk such that they remember who you are and who The Kindread are. That is what UltraPimp[Kin] would do.

2007-04-16 The Kindread
Public Forum Announcement Posted By: Wolven
at: 10:38:40
I'd like to say farewell to our porn spammers, it has been a fun time seeing new and interesting ways to increase girth and keep a harder erection longer but it really just doesn't fit with the image we have here about being a video game community.

Unfortunately this restriction means that only people with website accounts are able to create new posts our public forums. Sorry to those of you who find this inconvenient, its one of the joys of having our own forum systems.

2007-03-27 The Kindread
Gruul Down! Posted By: Wolven
at: 00:07:10
A week after we down High King Maulgar we went back in, dropped a pile of DPS on Gruul the Dragonkiller and brought him to his knees. We'll be working on getting the instance down to a single clear this coming week and then get ready to start Magtheridon's Lair so start doing your reading on it!

2007-03-20 The Kindread
High King Maulgar dethroned Posted By: Wolven
at: 00:41:51
After a disappointing turnout for Gruul's over the past couple of weeks we got our raid group together during a prime time raid and got Maulgar deaded. We will be going back in next Sunday with the goal of repeating that ogre killing and moving onto Gruul himself. Check the forums for more details.

As has been repeated by a few people, its nice to get back into a larger raid once again. Thanks all.

2007-03-17 The Kindread
Happy St. Pat's Posted By: Wolven
at: 13:18:37
I hope everyone is working their way into a traditional state of drunkenness on this glorious holiday. While you are hung over tomorrow with your glass of water (or in my case more alcohol) take a moment to get into the member's forums to look at the changes quickly taking place in our raid and loot forums. Silence gets you nothing except a big helping of what other people want, so it the spirit of the irish go make some noise.

2007-02-19 The Kindread
Recruitment Applications Posted By: Wolven
at: 17:11:24
For anyone who has applied to The Kindread in the last couple of weeks I would like to inform you that the new server configuration had created an error that made some applications not go through after the submit button has been clicked. If you have not heard back from us please post on our public forums or resubmit your application as I think we have fixed that problem.

2007-02-04 The Kindread
New Website Server Posted By: Wolven
at: 03:26:57
Just so everyone is aware, the website has been moved to a new server and with the move we are trying to track down everything that has broken in transit. If you find a bug, please click the CONTACT button above and email us the error.

2007-01-15 The Kindread
TBC countdown to an end Posted By: Wolven
at: 14:24:07
As most of us are aware, the countdown to World of Warcraft's expansion, The Burning Crusade, ends tonight at midnight (eastern). For those of us who planned ahead, we will be getting our copies of the game either tonight or in the mail tomorrow. A lot of people have been waiting a long time to finally see how all of the changes to the game we have been playing for the last 2 years will impact Kindread. So top up your drinks and get ready to start the rush to 70 and beyond!

2006-12-31 The Kindread
Happy New Years Posted By: Wolven
at: 14:32:53
With another year coming to a close we get to knotch yet another year of gaming together. I always like to take this time to reflect on important things like how much I enjoy days that give me an excuse to drink with my friends... well, at least drink more than we normally do.

Have a great party everyone.

2006-12-24 The Kindread
Merry Xmas! Posted By: Mandrake
at: 13:37:18
Well lock up your children cause Santa Claws comes tonight, he knows when you've been naughty and he'll launch a new bike to rip up your innards if you are not careful. Well I hope you all get what's coming to you.

Merry Christmas!

2006-12-17 The Kindread
News from ROME! Posted By: Wolven
at: 09:03:55
After a quick visit to the site a few days ago I realised that no new News had been posted. It may seem a bit odd for me to make a post while I travel and am completely disconnected from gaming but I was in a store today that was selling video games and it made me hungry to get on here and at the very least show myself.

From what I hear on the grapevine, Bliz has FUBAR'd raiding and set the scene for everyone to take a deep breath and relax. We may not all get to go to Spain, Italy, Germany and Sweden but with Xmas coming up, then New Years and all the time we should be spending doing related events, it could very well be a blessing in disguise. We knew that this was going to happen and while we did not think Blizzard would take this path the best we can do is recharge and prepare for January.

I will be back in a few weeks, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and go have a few strong drinks.

2006-11-07 The Kindread
MC fun Posted By: Wolven
at: 10:52:18
We had a very entertaining MC run last night, we implemented our new rules that were set up a couple weeks ago and I have to admit that was one of the more entertaining runs that we've had in a long time. There was just a lot of people getting on the same page and having a good, fast raid.

To top off the fun raid it was also very nice to get 2 legendary drops, the left binding dropped again and almost went to a hunter but DB ended up picking it up and our second Eye of Sulfuras dropped. After a long talk we finally established that we'd give it to a shaman, Deemer.

Thanks for the entertaining night, now lets get back to new content.

2006-10-25 The Kindread
Consider yourself Instructed. Posted By: Wolven
at: 22:14:59
In the midst of another tiff of guild drama, with people making accusations and losing faith we did what we usually do.. We killed a new boss for the first time. It is ironic that things keep working out this way and I really do hope that we have more progress like AQ40 where we kill shit without losing members as we continue to go forward with our Naxx progress.

Great work everyone on a speedy and very well deserved kill.

2006-10-01 The Kindread
The Emperors are dead, long live the Emperors. Posted By: Wolven
at: 23:46:04
With extreme dedication and fantastic fashion we put together a Sunday afternoon raid and went into AQ40 and took down the TwinEmps. As everyone points out, this is a fight where no one can make a mistake. There is no room for rambo. No one person will make the fight but anyone could break it. After we got our feet wet we had the attempt that "should have been it" and thankfully that wasn't the best attempt of the night. We regrouped got buffed up and had the call of "Everyone DPS" as the last teleport happened before the Twins would enrage. With that call even the tanks went and started executing to give us that little bit extra DPS.

Needless to say, I am yet again thrilled by our progress. Excellent job today I can't wait to see us take this momentum to Naxx.

2006-09-22 The Kindread
Twin Emps on the ropes? Posted By: Wolven
at: 10:35:23
We've had a good few days of learning on the Twin Emps. They are a hard fight and many have been stuck on them for a long time but from what I see we are already very close to getting our system in place to take them out. Unfortunately, we were unable to polish that system off last night so Naxx Sunday has been cancelled for more Twin Emp attempts.

Let's get these guys down so that we can check out C'thun and Naxx.

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