|The Kindread: http://i.minus.com/iR0lqhSfEJgiC.jpg -FatBaby|
|VR just under the wire||Posted By: Wolven
|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.
|Cas Team downs Gruul!||Posted By: Wolven
|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!
|High King Down Again! Better than the first time?||Posted By: Wolven
|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!
|Hydross the Unstable pushed over||Posted By: Wolven
|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.
|Magtheridon, the Mag that doesn't have 2 heads and flaming drool||Posted By: Wolven
|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.
|Kindread's Remembrance Day||Posted By: Wolven
|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.
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.
|Public Forum Announcement||Posted By: Wolven
|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.
|Gruul Down!||Posted By: Wolven
|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!
|High King Maulgar dethroned||Posted By: Wolven
|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.
|Happy St. Pat's||Posted By: Wolven
|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.
|Recruitment Applications||Posted By: Wolven
|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.
|New Website Server||Posted By: Wolven
|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.
|TBC countdown to an end||Posted By: Wolven
|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!
|Happy New Years||Posted By: Wolven
|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.
|Merry Xmas!||Posted By: Mandrake
|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.
|News from ROME!||Posted By: Wolven
|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.
|MC fun||Posted By: Wolven
|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.
|Consider yourself Instructed.||Posted By: Wolven
|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.
|The Emperors are dead, long live the Emperors.||Posted By: Wolven
|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.
|Twin Emps on the ropes?||Posted By: Wolven
|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.
|Another Princess goes down on Kindread||Posted By: Wolven
|Not quite as fast of a pace as our previous killing spree on the AQ40 bosses, we have finally tackled the dreaded NR block and are now on our way to Twin Emps and the optional bosses. Fantastic work by everyone who showed up tonight, we had a number of new faces and it was great to see them working so well on a new content raid.
I love hearing that song.
|We're back!!||Posted By: Wolven
|The website has been down for the last day due to upgrades and aside from a couple sections we should be back up and running. As many of you are aware of by now, we did a bunch of house cleaning on the ingame roster and I'm matching that cleaning on the website. Inactive people have been removed to make room for others. If you are one of the unfortunate few who got 'cleaned out' but feel you can still be a part of our community, fire me an email or post on the forums and we can re-evaluate our position.
|Welcome to Kindread, we used to trust people||Posted By: Wolven
|A sad end to a good BWL raid. Kindread has run our raids using free for all loot since we started raiding simply because it was the fastest way to proceed through raids with the least amount of bugs. Tonight, we were ninja looted by Dixy. I fairly quiet priest that we were trying to get into raids and start gearing up. He took the entire Nef loot which would have completed two sets of gear as well as complete some other wish lists for a few of our raiders.
The loot wasn't even the big deal, it will all drop again. It was the breach of trust that Dixy performed will mar our raiding and simply force us to no longer trust people such as him. Luckily, I believe in Karma enough that I'm sure he'll get hit by a car or something. At the very least he'll never be able to get into another guild on KT but that will never satisfy my desire for justice. It is a true shame that Blizzard refuses to take a real stance against ninja looting and yet waste so much time changing character's names if they are questionable in some imaginary way.
|Now that's more like it.||Posted By: Wolven
|Apparently we just love to beat up on princesses. After the stinkshow that was our raid on Tuesday we had a hard hitting, ass kicking raid last night. We one shotted the bug trio, battleguard and Frank. We then cleared the glorious faction giving trash on the way to HUHU! and decided we had enough time to give it 'one attempt'.
In that one attempt we managed to beat HUHU down to 24%, which I think surprised everyone. We are heading back in tonight, this time with all the toys we need for the fight and we'll see if we can push our DPS up enough to kill this so called second princess of aq40.
|Thanks Frank!!!||Posted By: Wolven
|We had an extremely strange raid day yesterday. BWL spilled over to the start of the day so we formed up our raid and went in and lay the smackdown onto Nef. Then we found out that we didn't have enough healers to head into AQ40 so for some quick distractions we went to Ony instead and then took a 2 hour break. Doubts were high that we were going to get an aq40 group after the break but it turned out that we not only had a group to go in, we had the group to finish the Fankriss kill. Funny enough, we got the aggro reducing trinket and our huge aggro nubs were not putting their names in for this high demand item so we had to bitch slap a few of them into smartening up.
For those keeping score, that is two 'first kills' in a week. Now we need everyone to load up on NR for the Princess resist block because she is going down next.
|Hey Frank! You're next.||Posted By: Wolven
|Tonight Battleguard Sartura put up a meagre fight at best as we walked in with a full raid of hard hitting non-drowsy raiders and pinned her shiny razor-sharp wings to the ground. She was kind enough to cough up some epics after we got all Ant-Bully on her ass and then left her lying there waiting to cuddle while we zipped up and moved onto the next batch of new content. Fankriss, already nicknamed Frank for how straight forward he looks, is going to die tomorrow if we can get the people together for a 3rd night of AQ40 in a row. Since we donít usually pull together those 3-in-a-row nights too often with our already overburdened raid schedule, be ready to kill him on Sunday at the latest.
Good work everyone, yet again.
|Battleguard within an inch of her life||Posted By: Wolven
|We went in for our first real day of Battleguard attempts and even though I had been slacking and not really doing my homework to prepare for the fight we were quickly able to come up with a working strat to get Battleguard Sartura's adds dead. With a bit of tweaking we had her down to 11% before she went nova and kicked the shit out of us. It was a solid week of raiding. Good work everyone.
Tonight is Wing night for everyone in the Calgary area, times and locations are posted up in the forums and pictures of the aftermath will likely follow.
|Bug Trio Squashed!||Posted By: Wolven
|Last night we went into AQ40 again after slugging it out with the Bug Trio the last few raid days. We had done a bit more homework and had a couple new ideas to try out so we could keep Princess under control. As we were tweaking our game plan and arguing back and forth after each beating recieved by these three annoying bugs, we got all set up for our last attempt of the night only to find out that we had actually fine tuned our strat enough that we just killed them. No soul stones, no battle resses we just pulled out a can of whoop ass and walked away with some loot.
Good work everyone on pulling together for the very fast 'first kill'. Next stop Battleguard Sartura.
|Second time sweeter than the first||Posted By: Wolven
|We walked into BWL again this week but we got slapped around by the holidays leaving us short handed for BWL. This screwed around with our schedule but the end result is that we still managed to defeat Nef this week to keep our killing streak alive. What made it so sweet was that we had the hardest colour combo of Red/Blue and we managed to adjust, get through it and get the kill. Amazing work by everyone who stuck through it. It only gets better from here!
Read the forums for more about where we hope to go with our raid schedule.
|Nefarian is Dead!||Posted By: Wolven
|After far too long we have brought BWL to its knees. We've had a long road filled with people coming and going, drama and worse yet server failures. Through all that we stuck to the principles that makes Kindread what it is and I have to say that we may not be the most hardcore group out there but we are the longest standing, classiest and best looking group I've ever seen in online gaming. When things get hard we banded together better than ever to succeed in a glorious way.
Thank you all for the effort put into bringing us to this point and I look forward to where we go next.
|The Second Coming||Posted By: Mandrake
|Well here we are a little later in the week and here are a couple of my favourite pics from the trip:
|Kindread Event 2006||Posted By: Mandrake
|Well the Kindread event is well under way and the different events are coming along. The barnyard challange is already begining with 6 was a true testement to our old Shifter days and was a nostalgic rekindling of the Kindread spirit.
Round 2 commenced with Fatbaby making eyes at Wolven. Picture to be found.
But Mandrake, in retaliation for the previous nights fondling attemps in his sleep managed to show up Wolven, Bill Clinton Style. Mandrake was later heard to say "Spoon me and I'll poke you , bitch."
But California is a riot and I will post more shinanigans as they happen.
|Recruitment Open again!||Posted By: Wolven
|The Kindread WoW Guild is openning up Recruitment again for most classes. We ask that anyone who puts in an application try to follow up with one of our officers in game as we have a lot of applicants to get to.
For more information, visit the forums or ask someone ingame.
|Kindread Swag||Posted By: Mandrake
|Well I know that you have all been eagerly anticipating this and the time to purchase Kindread Swag has now arrived. The Kindread Store has everything you need to represent your peeps to those online clowns and closet gamers alike. So head over to the store, purchase some swag and wear it with pride, because, god damn it, we're worth it.
Special note to all of those people who I will be seeing on the trip next week, you don't need to worry about paying here, I will collect when I see you and deliver the shirts to you personally and as an added bonus, I wave the included shipping and handling fees! For the rest of you clowns, shipping and handling is already included in the price so what you see is what you pay.
Check it out!
The Kindread Store - Swag and more!
|Mother's Day Weekend||Posted By: Wolven
|With Mother's day coming up this sunday, we want to try to get our raiding out of the way on Friday/Saturday. With that in mind, we'll try to do a quick BWL raid Friday night to kill chrom and then leave Saturday for MC. That way all those people who have to take out their moms or wives can do so without getting into trouble for wanting to get back home to raid.
On a side note, I'd like to send a big Grats out to Tigle for finishing his Thunderfury. That's the 4th set for the guild which I think is the most any guild on the server has.
|Server Back Up||Posted By: Mandrake
|I have the server back up and running, there was a problem with the power supply so I have replaced that. We will see if that was the problem plaguing the server and causing all of these unexpected outages. Unfortunately I have no way to tell if this was the problem as I have no way to recreate the error other than wait and see.
|Server Outage||Posted By: Mandrake
|I am planning on taking down the server for some maintenance on Friday morning and it should be back up by the end of the day.
|W.O.L.V.E.N. Data retrieval and re-entry||Posted By: Mandrake
|It appears that all systems are once again fully operational, and although we have not recieved that personality upgrade that I sent away for, at least we have an operation database again. Special mention to DotKooler and Stul who managed to fill in all the blanks for the raids between the MPS (Magnetic Pole Swap) and now.
|Magnetic Pole Swap Causes W.O.L.V.E.N. memory loss||Posted By: Mandrake
|The swapping of the magnetic poles today has reaked havoc throughout the internet and indeed, our own fearless leader, the W.O.L.V.E.N. Bot has not survived unscathed.
In other news a nefarious super-villain has seized control of the points system in an effort to rob you of all the epics you could ever want. This nefarious huxter, who terms himself Mandrake, will stop at nothing to equip his inactive priest character with Thunderfury Bindings, or whatever l337 loot it is that you want today, regardless of your class.
Authorities are stymied by the perpetrators computational abilities but are diligently working to apprehend the culprit. Anyone with news as to the whereabouts of this individual are asked to post on the forums.
|Benifiting from Timer Bugs||Posted By: Wolven
|So tonight we logged in hoping to go to BWL and kick some ass, build on the progress from last week's Chrom kill and dig into our momentium. We went into a retardedly laggy event where Stul couldn't even get the pet bar up to control Raz. So, being the useful hunter I am, I stepped in with my working pet bar and we finished the kill. Moving onto Vael, the lag was so bad that we had to follow suit as many of the other guilds did and pull out of BWL. We were tossing up between going to AQ40 and MC and with the bugged reset timers saying MC would reset tomorrow at 9am, we opted to go with that so we could clear MC again on saturday and not lose out too much by not getting our BWL in this week.
We set a record pace for MC, killing everything faster than we ever had before and we managed to clear the whole zone after a very late start. Low and behold, in the secret loot vault of Rag's corpse was our guild's 4th Legendary item drop (7th if you count each Tfury binding seperately).
With that, Congratulations Abrine on your new smashy hammer and your new DPS spec.
|Patch day problems||Posted By: Wolven
|With the 1.10 patch came a day of non-raiding due to complete server outages. This means that we are going to have to try to find a way to either start BWL Wednesday evening (instead of going to the planned AQ40) or try to push through as much BWL as we can on Thursday night to leave us open for some Nef attempts on Sunday.
Without notice, I do not expect a miracle and I do not want to disrupt people's raid expectations but I also do not want to miss out on a chance to kill chrom again and take another look at Nef.
So, be patient and lets have fun this week.
|Chromaggus dead||Posted By: Wolven
|I am proud to announce the death of Chromaggus at the hands of Kindread. It seems like after Firemaw we have picked up the pace of killing and our learning curve in general for these line of sight fights. Amazing work everyone, it was a thrill to get to be a part of that fight.
|A good day at it||Posted By: Wolven
|Today we had a great day of raiding with our ol' BF42 buddies Violent Sin. We killed a couple world dragons and then kicked it down to Silithus to forge Barack's Thunderfury. I'd like to throw in a big Thanks to VS for loaning us 3 Elementium Ore so we could get the sword made tonight.
Other things to note is that the Server Transfer that everyone has been calling for finally came, with no warning and no accommodations to move our 450 character roster we have decided that it is unreasonable for us to transfer.
|3rd Thunderfury Bindings Set||Posted By: Wolven
|I would like to make a quick post to say Grats to Barack on his complete Thunderfury Bindings. I am looking forward to helping you finish off that sword :)
The guild bank is taking donations for arcanite and transmutes as you guys can find them.
|Teh Nub Raid||Posted By: Wolven
|We had an impressive start to BWL this week. We were plagued by one smooth move after another. First a hunter looted wrath off of raz, then we had a guy lag into vael's room and let all the technicians run away. On vael a shaman hit his hearthstone thinking it was his water and left BWL just as we were about to pull Vael. This was followed promptly to a warrior hitting his charge button instead of his reply button and rushing vael.
After all that, we still killed Broodlord and are set up for Firemaw over the weekend. Good work on the entertaining run.
|Forward Progress||Posted By: Wolven
|There has been a number of "hardcore raiders" who turned out to be more like "hardcore crybabies" as of late. They were intimidated by the idea of fighting new content instead of have others feed it to them. It seems to be a trend in MMO's that the weak will continue to display and really, we have shown we are better off without them as we then went and one shotted Broodlord in a nearly flawless attempt. One of the only casualties is the one you would expect from most movies, the black man.
We are now onto Firemaw and in our first day on him we are already showing the ability to take him out which means we will be onto Chromaggus in no time.
|Grats Kindread||Posted By: Wolven
|I am late in writing this news post as I have been busy with work and, well, news posts are easy to forget to make. Since our last post we have been working away at Broodlord amongst laggy server nights where it is impossible to keep connected to the server much less kill new bosses but we have still managed to progress and are on the verge of roaring through the rest of BWL.
Speaking of roaring, I am pleased to announce that Kindread created our First Thunderfury from our second set of bindings. Battleroarer was the lucky bastard to get the sword and hopefully not the last. Last night we had another binding drop and while it was ninja'd I have faith that we will be able to get the item back to its rightful owner.
As they say, "cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war".
|Vaelastrasz the Corrupt, dead at last||Posted By: Wolven
|We have been working on Vael for a long time, with many raids spent learning the encounter, wiping repeatedly and figuring out how to finally kill the dragon. Today we walked in and with our experience and determination and we put Vaelastrasz the Corrupt out of his misery (as well as ours). With our victory ringing throughout Ventrilo, we ressed back up and reaped our rewards: Dragonstalker and Stormrage belts and a Mind Quickening Gem going to myself, Neavo and Morag respectively.
Afterwards we plowed through the trash to get to the Broodlord and took a couple swings at him. We all have seen that we can take this boss down once we get our positioning right to reduce adds :)
Grats everyone on this hard earned victory.
|Happy New Years!||Posted By: Wolven
|We had a killer New Years raid in MC as BOTH Bindings dropped in a single raid. Battleroarer happens to be the lucky bastard who is now on his way to making his Legendary sword and is preparing to change his role from a DPS monster to a DPS monster tank. Congrats bud.
As the Holidays are coming to a close we will see our raid schedule settle back into a more normal layout that people can plan around. As always, keep up the fun and enjoy the start of Kindread's 9th year in service.
|Winter Cleaning||Posted By: Wolven
|It has come to my attention that we have a lot of our WoW roster that has now been offline for months, from Trucidation who has been gone now for 9 months down to Mandrake who logged off 3 months ago. In an effort to make room for new people I will be removing a large portion of those who are no longer gaming. If you find yourself reactivating your account feel free to contact me to reaquire your spot in the guild.
|R.I.P. Razorgore||Posted By: Wolven
|I had a good day yesterday. I got up and ran some errands, got myself some new shoes and a few shirts for work. I got my car washed before was too cold for carwashing to be a reasonable thing to do. I went to work and put in a kick ass night where I made a bunch of money and hung out with some awesome people.
What's more, between those things I plugged into my computer and joined up with my guild for a fight that has been standing in our way for a very long time. It was a fight that caused some of our more greedy former members to find greener pastures, a fight that had many of our vets wondering if we should hang up our weapons and move onto other games but most of all it was a fight that I knew we could beat and it was a fight that we won.
In true Kindread fashion, we showed up, we survived and we put the other futhermocker in the ground. It was the first step to rolling Blackwings Lair and now that we have taken that step I honestly believe that nothing can stand in our way from doing what we want to do with this game.
Congratulations to you Kindread and thanks for the good day.
|R.I.P. Ragnaros, again||Posted By: Wolven
|Last night was a kick ass raid night, we walked into MC again, just 4 days after our last Rag kill and slaughtered Domo, set up and destroyed Rag and walked away with a couple daggers for pajama and a whole shit load of druid gear. In case that wasn't enough, we proceeded to Onyxia and put her out of her misery. Pajama was unleashing hell with his new toys when I called a stop damage at 5% life so we could ensure our new warrior Faelix could get his Quel'Serrar made. Just to top off the weapons, Deathhoof also got his black sinew to match up with his leaf and Icon got his EoD to go with his EoS.
Look for us to make some BWL attempts on Thursday and Saturday and some ZG progress tonight and Friday since there is nothing else for us to kill until Sunday.
|R.I.P. Ragnaros||Posted By: Wolven
|After much effort to rebuild the guild and get ourselves to the point where we can take down the elusive final boss of MC we finally got prepared to put a solid saturday into bringing rag down. I am pleased to report that we not only took rag down but we took him down on our first attempt!
I would like to congratulate Gren, Ish, Abrine and Cris on their loot and the entire guild on all the work they put into making this finally come to be. Hearing your celebration in Ventrilo along with our boss kill theme song once again is by far the best reward I could ask for.
Now lets get ready to do it again. ;)
|Wolven's email is unbroke||Posted By: Wolven
|Somehow our DNS had stopped sending messages out to other addresses, a rather annoying thing for me because it brought both my emails to a standstill. Yesterday Gamentine realised the problem, brought it to Mandrake's attention and now my inbox is suddenly full of unanswered mail. I'll try to get through it between today and tomorrow.
|Wolven's email is broke||Posted By: Wolven
|My email address apparently hasn't been working in a week so all those people that I have been trying to get a hold of, please use my gmail account to reply to me. Sorry for the mix up.
|Recruitment Form||Posted By: Wolven
|Our recruitment form is back up and running, the only problems we are having is sending mail to hotmail or yahoo email addresses but we are currently testing a fix for that as well.
I would like to ask all new recruits submit their applications over the form instead of posting it in the forums, if nothing else it keeps your personal info private. Feel free to use our forums to check on the status of your application and to get to know some of the personalities in Kindread. I will be removing all the current applications from our public forum to protect your info and hide your emails from those nasty data miners that try to collect emails for spam.
|Mandrake Gets Married - Oct. 01, 2005||Posted By: Wolven
|Last Saturday was a momentous day in the halls of Kindread. Mandrake and his ever understanding and loveable Sheduck tied the knot in a ceremony I would call fitting. It didnít last too long but also was not short or rushed, there were a few mistakes but they were all met with laughs and warmth and there were some rowdy drunks but that was just me and Mandrakeís other friends celebrating their marriage. It only took me a few days to finally sober up enough to make this post. Looking back on the day, I can say that I was simply overjoyed at how happy everyone was and I am sure the newlyweds are having a great time on the honeymoon.
See ya in a week buddy.
|New Members and your accounts||Posted By: Wolven
|I just wanted to mention to everyone that I am still trying to get the recruitment application working. We are just stuck on a minor problem with the email function but after that it should be good to go.
I would like to point out that for those of you who have been able to get an application in via the Online form, I may have tried to send you your account info already but both Hotmail and Yahoo block our emails. I recommend hotmail and yahoo users get new accounts or provide alternate email addresses that won't block the password retrival script.
|Return from PAX||Posted By: Mandrake
|Well we skipped the last day because we had a long drive back to town here after PAX (15 hours with lunch/pee/gas/dinner breaks). But Windex and I made it home late last night and I thought I would post the final sets of pictures from the event.
I would have to say that my overall impression of PAX was positive, though it was not quite what I expected. There was a fair amount of exhibitors and I knew that there would be some tabletop gaming going on, but I expected more people playing games like monopoly and scrabble and the like in addition to those guys playing Warhammer and what not.
Comparing this to the event attended earlier in the month (Quakecon) the BYOC was definitely not as big and the event itself did not last as long. There weren't all the big PC Hardware manufacturers there either as this was a gaming convention of all kinds and did not necessarily contribute directly to that market.
I guess the biggest disappointment for me coming out of Quakecon was the size of the BYOC at PAX. I was hoping to come down to see about 2000 people playing computer games but when I got there we were only at about the 200 mark. Now this is better than a LAN I could host out of my apartment but if you were travelling 15 hours just for the LAN I would say it is not worth it. Fragapalooza is a lot closer to home and bigger, in terms of computer gaming.
So the final verdict is that PAX is a good overall gaming convention if you are into all aspects of gaming, board, tabletop, console and PC gaming, but it is not a LAN you need to bring your computer to to have a good time. Go on the Saturday, check out the exhibits and have a good time.
|PAX Day 2 (Saturday)||Posted By: Mandrake
|Well this is the big day when all of the exhibits are open and the Omeganaughts are competing in the majority of the tournements. There will be some additional pictures a little later in the day.
There has been some good BF2 action here but I am a little upset that Counter-Strike persists in this world. I take some consolation in the fact that at least it is CS: Source and not that old hack job of a game.
I also think I saw Brooeklyn from the Frag Dolls (though I did not talk to her, but I thought it was worth mentioning for Fah-q_2's sake).
|PAX 4 teh win!||Posted By: Mandrake
|Well, it's your rarely heard from Mandrake[Kin] up here in Bellevue, Washington (in the Seattle area). We went this morning for a tour of the Nintendo North American Headquarters thanks to my good buddy Windex, who has suffered through the 13 hour car trip with me to arrive here. Last night I had the honor of dining with PsychoFodder, Bosnian Child and Cerberus in Bellingham fo some good Thai food and some good conversation.
I have a gallery going up for pictures from the PAX trip here and if you want to come down and say hi, I am in the BYOC section and you can get my phone number from Wolven/Hashisheen/The members area.
I will try to make a post a day and I would like to mention that I have already met Tycho from PAX fame.
Later, hope you all are having as much fun as I.
|Kindread Tour 2005 - Go Big or Go Home||Posted By: Wolven
|After much scrambling on my part to get my money in order and time off work from both of my jobs, I have finally booked my plane tickets for Texas. I ended up losing a day because of the cost of the tickets was cheaper to fly on tuesday than monday (but still more expensive than what I would have gotten had I been able to buy the tickets a couple weeks ago).
I hope everyone in the texas area will be able to come visit those of us who are flying into the area. I'll expect there to be vast amounts of drinking and FAH will finally have the chance to prove that the Texas girls are as hot as he has been claiming for the past 6 years.
For more info, see the post in the forums.
|Recruitment form||Posted By: Wolven
|For those of you who have tried to send in applications to join Kindread since our website came back up, I'm sorry to say that I haven't had the time to get the application working properly yet. Thus, we haven't gotten any of your applications.
We have set up a temporary form in our public forums for people to either fill out or email in. Sorry for the confusion, I'll try to find some spare time to get the thing fixed.
|Email is back up!||Posted By: Mandrake
|Well for all of you @kindread.com'ers the email servers are back up and you should be able to start recieving email again. I had to recreate your login info/passwords/etc so if I have either A) forgot to add you back in or B) reset your password to something wierd (very possible) then get in contact with me on vent/icq/msn/aim/irc/phone whatever and I can hook you up again propperly.
Webmail has moved as well so it can now be found at http://www.mandrakeindustries.com/mail/.
To change your email settings/preferences go to http://www.mandrakeindustries.com/cgi-bin/qmailadmin
|Server Woes||Posted By: Mandrake
|Well the webserver is coming up but it does not have full php support so I am still working on that and you will notice that there are problems with the site because of that. However, the forums are back up and you should be able to use those to do whatever you want. For those of you with @kindread.com email addresses you will have to wait a bit as I am still configuring the mail server. I hope to have that all up tonight, but I have run into complication after complication during this install process. Wish me luck!
|MC in Record time!||Posted By: Wolven
|Good work to everyone who came out Saturday and kicked ass in MC. In a single run we cleared MC straight to Domo leaving Domo and Rag for Tuesday night. With our speed of clearing MC steadily increasing, I am happy to watch as epic loots are being distributed around the guild. Grats to everyone who has gotten some nice upgrades recently.
|MMO: Fluke or poor scheduling?||Posted By: Wolven
|This last week has been rather rough for us scheduling wise. Between our poor turnout to finish MC on Sunday and our server problems against Onyxia on Tuesday I am going to try moving the schedule around. We'll look into a Thursday night Onyxia with a weekend MC and hopefully a Tuesday night for cleaning up any MC we don't get done.
If this works, it'll become a regular schedule, if not I'll keep playing with it.
|MMO: Ragnaros, Onyxia and a well maintained Bot||Posted By: Wolven
|This weekend we expected that we were not going to be able to properly do Molten Core due to many people being away for the holidays. Not only did we clear 4 bosses on Saturday while short handed most of the run, we came back in with a full 40 today and cleared the remaining 5 bosses and spawned Ragnaros again. For the record, we spanked each boss without a wipe right up to Majordomo. It took us a couple tries to get through that encounter again but we still managed to pull it off and complete the run in a reasonable amount of time.
Next up, look for another Onyxia kill as we get that set up for a regular time slot. Also if we are feeling up to it we can take a swing at Rag before the reset. Good gaming everyone.
|MMO: Sex, Drugs and Majordomo||Posted By: Wolven
|For our third guild only MC run we have openned up and kicked ass on the MC bosses. Last night we walked in, got our heads in the game and took out Luci, Mag, Gehen, Garr and Shazz. We were set to take out Baron also but then a wave of respawns started up on us and we opted to call it a night instead of re-clearing the room. Good work to everyone that was there.
Today we summoned back into MC, cleared the pull and kicked Baron's ass. Just in case we didn't get the message out loud enough, we then went and laid a large smack down on Sulfuron and then proceeded to kill Golemagg on our very first attempt. That's right, 75% of our raid had never even seen Golemagg before and we put him in his place. Promptly after that we spawned Majordomo and went drinking.
|MMO: Molten Core - Made possible by you.||Posted By: Wolven
|We had a very strong Molten Core weekend. Saturday we walked in and kicked ass. There were a few mistakes as we were sorting out some of the new people but we still managed to roll 4 bosses in 5 hours. Sunday was a slightly different story as we had a lot of trouble with Baron. After some substitutions to get more healing (thank you to our priests, druids and shaman) we not only took down the Baron but right after while substitiutions were in the works we decided to pull Shazzrah before the respawn and try to take him out. Not only did we manage to pull it off but we did it with only 33 people.
Since we only need one more hand to complete the quest for Major Domo, and we do not have enough keys to do Onyxia, Tuesday will be another MC run with the next two bosses as our objective. Refresh your strats and lets kick ass.
|IP Changeover||Posted By: M4ndr4k3
|I have updated the server with the new IP Address and it *seems* to be working. If you have any problems feel free to get in contact with me.
|MMO: Molten Core Success||Posted By: Wolven
|I was going to make a big post about this, but I opted to quote Jundicator out of the forums instead:
"Tuesday MC run was perfect. No wipes, 2 first kills, and 6 epics. We had a couple of hard fights with adds after mags room but dealt with them beatifully. Gehennes was a joke thanks to our DPS, and solid vent communication. Healing was spot on and extremely effcient. If we keep this level of play we'll be swimming in epic gear. "
Congrats to everyone who came out, lets see if we can finish off a few more bosses on Thursday before the reset.
|Kindread Website IP Changeover||Posted By: M4ndr4k3
|I have just been informed by my ISP that the kindread.com server needs to change its IP address. This may take up to 24 hours to flush through the system. I will not be switching the server over right away as I will need to inform my other clients about the ip change.
|MMO: And the beat goes on||Posted By: Wolven
|A huge Grats to everyone today that came to help us take down the new and improved post patch Azuregos! He was tough, he took us to the limit but in the end we beat out everyone else trying to lay claim to him and got the kill! Ministry made out with an insanely awesome caster dagger while Nekros got a huge cape upgrade. Also to note is the Mature Blue Dragon Sinew that I looted for Kindread.
We'll keep things rolling on Saturday when we take out MC again and set up for another Onyxia kill either late Saturday or Sunday. Be ready to party.
|Quakecon Registration||Posted By: M4ndr4k3
|Registration for Quakecon is open and anyone who is going to attend needs to register. Remember that Quakecon is completely free though you need to register to confirm your spot in the BYOC section. Do it! Do it now!
As of this post (1 hour after registration opened) 1/3 of the BYOC section was filled.
|MMO: Triple Kill Tuesday!||Posted By: Wolven
|At 6:30pm server time, we formed our 40 man raid to go into Onyxia's lair and put her to rest. An hour later we are standing over a dead Onyxia after killing her on our first run. It was such a good kill that we looted up (Grats to Grave on his second Giantstalker drop), went to OG for some dancing and then took our raid to MC to settle another score.
We walked into MC still all hyped up after our Onyxia kill and got to Lucifron in record time. We had a shakey first go on him but we quickly put him down on our second attempt. Then we moved onto Magmadar. Same deal, we had him set to go down until some Core Hounds spawned on our backside and wiped us. After a quick regroup we took out all the core hounds and put Magmadar to rest. Grats to Grave again for getting his tranq shot and to Discordia for his new pants.
If this is a sign of things to come, we will easily be rolling through MC from now on. Good work everyone.
|MMO: Molten Core Thursday!||Posted By: Wolven
|We're going back into Molten Core again on Thursday. Same game plan. Group up by 6:30 server time so we can be in by 7. Make sure you have CTMod updated as well as CQCure and be on Ventrilo! All the links are in the previous post.
|MMO: Molten Core run||Posted By: Wolven
|We had a very strong MC raid today. It only took 2 hours to get ready instead of 3 (which is still unacceptable) but since it was Daylight savings and that threw most people off that extra hour. We are going to run MC again on Tuesday at 6:30pm MT (server time). Here is your to do list:
- Make sure you have CTMod Updated, they put up a whole new set of downloads as of today so update your entire package.
- Make sure your Ventrilo 2.2 is up and running
- For the Magmadar kill, download CQMagmadar. This requires Sea and Chronos addons also listed on this download page.
- Download and install CQCure. This is good for all the healing classes and the mages and also needs Sea.
|MMO: This is a test chumps||Posted By: M4ndr4k3
|Hey, I'm not a chump, I'm a chimp
|HE'S BACK!!!!||Posted By: Wolven
|World of Warcraft has just done something that blows my mind. It has brought Hashisheen out of his long slumber. Yes, there was a brief moment where he was playing Battlefield but never enough to say "he's back". Now, I can say it, I can even make a big news posting about it and we can all watch as he brings back his gaming prowess to full force.
Welcome back Hash. I can't wait to see who is next.
|Another reason why Cosmos sucks.||Posted By: Wolven
|I just got this note from XeRo:
"You need to let everyone know that if they downloaded a file from blizzards forums called "cosmosfix.exe" it is a trojan. Someone posted a thread on how to fix cosmos in order to get it working with the new version of WOW. This was there solution... Its a possible way for them to steal your WOW account login information among many other things."
CTmod for teh win!
|Token news posting||Posted By: Wolven
|I haven't put anything in the news recently and I was starting to feel guilty about that. NEWS FLASH: both Mandrake and FatBaby are playing WoW. Lazerd has the game also and is prepping before he starts playing.
Aside from that, we've been named one of the most hated guilds in the server. Smoke, Garo and I have been accused of being bots and we have had many other little dramas to keep things interesting.
Also, on a side note we are moving ahead with this year's LAN plans. We have agreed that we will be going to Texas and most likely around the time of QuakeCon.
|WoW Server woes||Posted By: Wolven
|Unfortunately for us, our horde server Kel'Thuzad has become one of the few largely populated servers that Blizzard has decided to implement a login queue on. People have seen as high as an hour lineup to login to play. Blizzard assures us that options will open up to us, we will either have the choice to move our characters to another server or wait and see if Blizzard can put more power behind our server.
In the meantime a number of us have established the Alliance half of our oganisation on Darkspear. This low population server continues to work fine while Kel'Thuzad struggles with its load.
|Hooked isn't strong enough of a word||Posted By: Wolven
|World of Warcraft went live and everything else seems to have come to a grinding halt. Personally, I am blown away by the content level of WoW. There are so many quests in so many areas that the hardest thing is picking which ones to do. The PVP aspect of the game is great with both 1 on 1 action when soloing and gang raping entire towns with a raid group.
It has also been great meeting new people and inflating the "guild" to a ridiculous size, around 80 characters, and only a few of them are alternates.
|WoW Horde Server Selected||Posted By: Wolven
|Mr. Fuji was lucky enough to get the game at midnight tonight instead of having to wait for the game to be released tomorrow along with the rest of us. On the plus side, this means he has selected our server so everyone knows which one to log into when they get the game.
Time Zone: Mountain
Server Name: Kel'thuzad
An alliance server will be selected when someone gets the itch to pretend to be a good guy.
|DC Match, T:V and WoW beta closed||Posted By: Wolven
|We have set our date for our DC match to Tuesday the 23rd at 9:30pm ET. As always, sign up and lets have some fun with it.
You may also notice the lineup manager has a Tribes Vengeance posting. I want to see how many guys bought the game, are going to buy the game and are not interested at all. Once the numbers get high enough, look for us to try to get some scrims or matches set up.
Finally, today (Thursday) is the final day of the WoW beta. I must admit that after the disappointment that was SWG I didn't think I would ever want to play an MMORPG again. After the WoW beta, I've been duely impressed. I can't say I am surprised though, I have loved all of Blizzard's games to date and putting one more log on the fire just goes to show those guys know how to make a good game.
When the game goes retail on the 23rd (that might hurt our match, eh?) someone will post our server info here in the news so any non-Kindread that want to find us can do so.
|Match this week||Posted By: Wolven
|The lineup manager shows that our match is beginning at 11pm ET. I spoke to our opponents and they have agreed to try to be ready for 10pm ET. So it is now on us to be ready for then also.
|Happy Halloween||Posted By: Wolven
|I hope everyone had as much fun as I did this Halloween. In keeping with tradition I went out and drank my face off while wearing yet another ridiculous outfit. Photos can been seen in the member's forums.
|Match vs. LTF||Posted By: Wolven
|LTF has accepted our challenge and come back at us with two possible match times. I put both times in the lineup manager, so sign up and let me know which time is better for you. We have 24 hours to reply.
|GG||Posted By: Wolven
|Last night we had our first match in 2 months (give or take) and I had a blast. Thanks to everyone who came out and we'll see about getting more matches for everyone.
|DC Match - Download DCF||Posted By: Wolven
|We have been challenged and have a match set for Tuesday, October 26 10:00 PM EST. Go download DC Final and lets get this match rolling.
|So much for being sneaky||Posted By: Wolven
|I was trying to keep quiet about our comeback to the DC ladder, at least on the TWL forums, but I guess those guys have nothing better than to see who just joined the ladder. If your name is not yet on our DC Ladder team then you had better reinstall the game and find the DC client version .7.
|Who else is missing the matches?||Posted By: Wolven
|As per our conversation in the forums I have signed us up for the good ol' Desert Combat ladder (rung 58). This looks like a healthier competition than the 15 team PoE ladder we are also currently on. I will drop us off that soon. Everyone will need to reinstall BF42 and get the latest patches for both the game and the mod.
"Get in the game"
|Open Beta||Posted By: M4ndr4k3
|Just in case you didn't know, the Tribes: Vengeance Beta is now an open beta. All you have to do is sign in to your free fileplanet account and download the beta. So for those of you who, like me, do not want to give fileplanet their money just yet, you can get this game and try it out.
|T:V closed beta||Posted By: Wolven
|I am scared to say I have downloaded T:V. I have been secretly excited about the game and publicly terrified that it would be even more disappointing than Tribes 2 was. I downloaded it last night and will be playing along with the rest of the guys. If you hadn't heard, all you have to do to join the beta is sign up for a Fileplanet account.
|A long break||Posted By: Wolven
|After we dropped from the BFV ladder everyone has taken to a form of holiday. Just to keep everyone updated, we are currently debating between going back to BFV but in one of the mods or joining up on the Joint Ops ladder until something else comes out. There is a lot of talk about the T:V beta going on too, so if you haven't been by in a while go hit up the member's forum.
|GG BF:V||Posted By: Wolven
|Last night we dropped from Battlefield Vietnam competition altogether. We've been fighting this for a while but now it seems that most of the team has lost interest in the game with all the failed patches. The 1.1 patch may have fixed some problems but only time will tell if it will help bring back enough interest for us to rejoin any of the ladders.
|Back from the LAN||Posted By: M4ndr4k3
|Well we are all trying to settle back into normal life after an awesome time up in Edmonton. I think I can safely say that everyone who went to the LAN had a good time. Coincidentally, the Saturday night we were up in Edmonton there was some gang violence, so Fuji and Xero felt a little more comfortable.
There is a picture gallery up for the LAN at http://www.mandrakeindustries.com/gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=album07.
Things are slowly returning to normal, I am getting back to work, Wolven is getting back to abusing his liver, oh wait, he didn't stop doing that, and the rest of the guys are settling into their normal routines. As I write this I realize that I need to return to my programming duties here at home so I will leave you with a quote from Mr. Fuji that highlights one of the benefits of Canada, "Shit dude, I need to go have a smoke to make the air feel normal."
|Fragapalooza Day 3 & 4||Posted By: Wolven
|Day 3 of Fragapalooza will be forever remembered by me as the hangover day of gaming. After being very sloppy (and possibly still drunk) for breakfast at the local Denny's we got back to the LAN for some serious Joint Operation action. After a while we took notice in some other gamers playing BF:V and we jumped in and raped them until they started calling us asshats. I must say, talking shit like that at a LAN where in theory we could stand up and walk over and confront the name caller face to face isn't the smartest thing one can do.
Fuji and XeRo are on their way home now and the rest of us are back at the LAN playing some games before driving back to Calgary. We'll try to catch a little extra Stampede time before it is done and the Smoke will be on his flight home tomorrow.
Was the LAN a success? I'd say yes, but only because of the fun we had hanging out with our friends. Fragapalooza didn't impress me all that much.
|Fragapalooza Day 2||Posted By: Wolven
|Mandrake has officially earned his Tin Can award for having the most computer problems at the LAN. I don't know about anyone outside of our immediate area but someone would have to burn down their rig to take it from him at this point. Between screwing up his OS and aquiring the Sasser virus during his reinstall, Mandrake has probably only gotten in a few minutes of game time.
We are planning to wrap up our gaming for the evening to head back to the hotel for some well deserved alcoholic beverages. After our wobblypops we'll head over to White Ave, the local bar strip, and see what kinds of trouble we can get into.
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