It is time once again for a monthly guild update. We have a lot of exciting things on the horizon as we look at the year ahead here in [ESP]. Here is a sampling of some of the latest topics.
Guild Name Change:
Many of you already know this, but something important to bear in mind is that your guild leaders (well, me especially) have these urges . . which can sometimes steer us towards playing the role of tricksters of the mostly-benevolent variety. When April 1st rolled around we came up with the Muthahkitten Awesome Train [MKAT] thing as our prank.
Just for clarification, Everlasting Sacred Path [ESP] has been the guild name since 2005. It is also a name that is recognized by arenanet -- we are still listed as a 'Guild Of The Week' and as one of their 'Notable Guilds' among other things. Given the longstanding reputation that we have, any sort of change simply would not be practical -- even to something as purely awesome as MKAT . . .
That being said, we did become a bit enamored of the Muthahkitten Awesome Train and actually created the guild -- and even used it as the tag for our WvW team on April 1st. For now, we plan on keeping [MKAT] around as a source of extra storage, a silly side-guild, and perhaps more in the future depending on what ideas our twisted minds can devise.
ESP is Turning 8-years Old:
June 18th of this year will mark the 8th birthday of [ESP]. We are already pulling together ideas for a big celebration. If you have any suggestions for events, contests, or other shenanigans that we may want to dip into together then please share them with any member of guild leadership. More details regarding our guild birthday party will be forthcoming over the next few weeks.
Wuv Wuv (wuv wuv wuv . . . ) Wuv:
While we are, and shall always remain, a well-balanced PvX guild, we are always looking for ways to improve our group tactics in WvW, further cooperate with our server-mates on Tarnished Coast, and engage all members -- no matter if they are rabid-foaming-at-the-mouth-crazy about WvW or only mildly curious -- to show up and play with us. To help facilitate all this, we are going to continue to emphasize our WvW events and add in a few fun/random things as well.
We continue to be actively involved in Friday reset nights. The new, later reset time is a bit tough on some of our European members. However, we also continue to run Wuv Wuv Wonday which starts at 4pm server time. I also highly encourage people to drop by for our Thursday WvW practice sessions which also start at 4pm server time. We will look at adding an even earlier WvW event in the future based upon commander availability and the level of interest within the guild.
General Event News:
We are going to convert to a new standard when it comes to posting times for guild events. Going forward, everything shall be listed in server time. For clarification, server time corresponds to US Pacific time and is viewable while in game if you set your options to User Interface --> In-game Clock and select Server Time. We are making this adjustment in hopes that it will be easier for all of our members, who live in many various time zones, to keep track of our guild events.
In addition to our current round up of events, we are looking at revitalizing Drunks 'n Dungeons 'n Jumping puzzles and bringing it back at a new day and time. This is in response to people who have been asking for more PvE-oriented events in the guild. Your feedback does make a difference! Stay tuned for more info on this event as we would like to get the ball rolling on this very soon.
We shall continue to do (sorta) montly Witch Hunt events. The next Witch Hunt will be this next coming Saturday, May 4th at the conclusion of our evening guild missions. A sign up thread shall be posted very soon. One twist going forward is that we are going to start allowing anyone who wants to play the role of game-master for Witch Hunt. The only requirement is that you must be willing to put together a game plan, create roles, and play narrator for the event. Even if you do not wish to be a game-master, we always welcome feedback and ideas from all members. Let us know! We promise not to bite (too much).
That about wraps things up for now. As always, feel welcome to contact us directly with your questions and/or suggestions and join us for our bi-weekly guild meetings to take part in a live dialog regarding all the cool things that are going on in the Everlasting Sacred Path.
So, there have been some complaints off and on for a while now that 'Everlasting Sacred Path' is a bit of a wimpy guild name. I have always brushed it off, citing the 8-year history of the guild using the name, the symbolic meaning, the way it all ties in with the guild lore, and whatever other excuse it takes for people to leave me alone and go back to farming influence for the guild.
Well, finally I can deny it no longer. Everlasting Sacred Path IS a wimpy name, and you know what? We are going to toughen up around here and take on a new moniker that more befits our kickass attitude, our zerg-stomping skills, and clearly lets people know that we are not here to kitten around.
Thus, may I present you with: MuthahKitten Awesome Train [MKAT]
(other names that were considered but rejected: This is BullKitten, Mongolian ClusterKitten, Kitten The Police, and Come Kitten Me Now)
This guild name came about by popular leadership vote (9 out of 10 pusseh's agree), and we feel confident now that with this new facelift for the guild we will be well poised on the verge of world domination. Trust me, no one wants to be scratched by a kitten, much less a MuthahKitten train of kittens. I know this seem like a bit of a radical change, but trust me when I say that it is completely necessary and I fully believe that we will start seeing immediate results of our new found MuthahKitten badness.
Thank you all for being understanding as our guild continues to grow and reach for the sky and all hail the MuthahKitten Awesome Train!
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We are proud to announce the coming of the third annual Platypusapalooza event -- hosted by the Everlasting Sacred Path. Nestled snugly between St. Patrick's Day and the Easter Holiday lies another holiday, unbeknownst to many yet celebrated enthusiastically by our guild: Platypusapalooza. Because after all, what is more magical than a Platypus?
This year Platypusapalooza falls on March 30th and the festivities will begin at 4pm central/2pm pacific.
Alright. My curiosity is piqued. What do I have to do?
All preparations and contests are being managed by our guild. You simply need to show up to take part. The celebration for this year will take place in the Ventry Bay area of Caledon Forest. All festival events will take place within the Caledon Forest zone so if possible you will want to arrive early to avoid the potential of getting placed in overflow.
We have a variety of events lined up for everyone to take part in including a scavenger hunt, trivia contest, an amazing race, the return of the 'Best Beach Body Contest' plus a few surprises. Prizes will be awarded to all winners and additional party items will be provided courtesy of our guild.
Cripes! But I just realized, I'll be in another country to get my hair done while donating a kidney!
Not to worry. Even if there are circumstances that prevent you from attending the celebration on the 30th you can still take part in the following activities -- all of which start effective today and must be completed no later than Friday evening, March 29th. Those who don't have some funny excuse and plan on being there in the front row for the party are also welcome to take part in these events.
Discover the Perfect Platypus Habitat:
This is a screenshot contest. Your goal is to explore the available realms of Guild Wars 2 and discover the ideal spot where a platypus could live. Bonus points for creativity. Once you have found the perfect spot take a screenshot of your GW2 character at that location and send it to us. We will select the three best entries. You may post your entries on our forum or else email them to email@example.com
A simple lottery where participants may purchase up to a total of 5 numbers between 1 - 100 for the cost of 10 silver per number. We will hold a drawing on the day of the event to select a winning number. Winner takes all. In the event that more than one individual purchased a winning number we will split the prize money equally amongst those players. See any guild leader/officer to purchase your numbers.
Below you will find our Platypusapalooza Crossword puzzle. To enter, simply fill out the crossword with the correct answers and then submit them to me - Karuna - via forum pm or email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone who submits a correct entry will be entered into a raffle to win additional prizes.
It has been a little while since I have posted an official update and we definitely have some new things in the work plus a few changes to cover, so here goes:
Guild Roster Spring Cleaning:
So it isn't exactly Spring yet but regardless, it was time for us to take a look at the activity level of members, as well as anyone who was not representing on a regular basis and make some adjustments. While the officers and I spent a good amount of time looking over the list of inactive members and talking it over together before actually kicking anyone, it is always still possible that we might have kicked someones 'long-lost-cousin-George' or 'my-buddy-Bartholomew-from-work'. If we flubbed then just let us know and we will be happy to re-invite that person once they are back in the game.
Given the fact that we have cleared some roster space we have also been accepting a number of new applicants. Welcome to everyone who has joined the guild recently and enjoy the ride.
Bi-Weekly Guild Meetings:
The bi-weekly guild meetings are now officially back. Every other Saturday at 7pm central time we will gather at a predetermined location that shall be announced and posted the week before. A portion of our time will be dedicated towards covering important happenings in the guild with everyone and allowing some Q and A and feedback, and then the rest will be focused on some sort of fun activity or guild mission that everyone can easily participate in.
While it had been mentioned before that we would select one regular location where we would hold all of our meetings, we have elected instead to rotate locations so that we can fine-tune them depending upon the type of guild event that we have planned (at least until they finally introduce guild halls).
Yes, we are going to keep the tradition rolling. Platypusapalooza will continue on for the third consecutive year and for the first time in Guild Wars 2. This will be a community event which we will hold sometime around the end of March, so expect more details to be posted soon. This is a big event for our guild, since, well . . we basically invented our own yearly holiday. We will select a location and plan on inviting the Tarnished Coast community (as well as any guests) to come and take part in the fun with us.
Expect a number of fun contests, some pre-events that lead up to the big day, prizes galore, and some things that you might not have ever expected to see happen in GW2.
We have made a few adjustment to our guild ranks system by adding a few minor ranks that you may not see very often but could still be useful to know.
Lost Bunneh -- This is our 'inactive member' rank. Since GW2 currently does not offer any sort of 'last logged on' information we may demote a member to this rank if they have not been observed to be online for some time. This is an intermediate step before we actually consider someone open to being kicked out of ESP so if you log in and find yourself to be a bunneh, speak up so we can bring you back into the happy burrow of active members.
Platypus Fiesta -- These are members who have notified us that they will be away for a while, thus they are considered inactive but yet immune from being kicked.
Thursday WvW Training Sessions:
We have started to work on fine-tuning our WvW game by holding regular 'practice nights' where we can focus and work on various techniques. For now, these will be held every Thursday at 6pm central at a location that will be announced beforehand. No matter if you are curious about WvW but have been hesitant to give it a try or you are one of our regular wuv wuv warriors I strongly encourage people to take part in these events with us when you are able. This is a great opportunity to test the waters in a more controlled environment and take an active part in developing the tactics that we will bring in to regular use. The training session forum thread can be found right here --
That is quite a bit of info so I shall leave it at that for now. As we roll on into this new year expect ESP to continue to be the same fun, crazy, and creative guild that we have all come to know and love. In addition, we still continue to learn together and create new ways to enjoy the game either by taking advantage of new content or making up events of our own. As always, it is a pleasure and looking forward to all that lies ahead.
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