Here's the outline I used -- it covers the main sentiment of what I feel and said. 8^)
The State of the Guild
My life since we’ve been in Germany:
First got here
Noticed immediately that I was saying goodnight to you
guys just as you were logging in for the evening.
Stayed up late, kept having a good time, but my family and my
Focused on spending as much time in-game as possible, but of
course, always missed “prime time”
Kept up with forums, vent, etc… continued to occasionally neglect
my family due to my focus on the guild.
At some point, I realized that actually going in-game and playing
WoW was a real challenge
As most of you do, I also play primarily for the social
Between my family needs and the significant time-zone difference,
one of two things seemed to always happen
1 – I was free to play for a while but most of the guild was
2 – Our guildies were online, but I couldn’t commit to anything
because I knew a family commitment was going to make me have to leave the
This obvious lack of social interaction was a big link in the
chain that has pulled me out of my in-game WoW time.
Last few months
Computer Died – I think this is where things really started to
evolve in our guild.
With only one functional machine, it was not practical to use it
– the kids became a nightmare when I was on there.
Waited for Tax Return (which was delayed)
Waited for overseas computer shipping
Finally got the computer
I had hoped and assumed that once we all had computers we’d all
get actively involved in WoW again.
Somewhere during the time when I was mostly offline waiting for
the new computers, I began to allow myself to focus on other things:
Reading (two weeks for a full re-read of the 7 Harry Potter
Work – this also became more involved with my promotion. Go
Ever since we picked up the Wii and Rockband 2, WoW simply hasn’t
been a priority for me.
I still enjoy keeping in touch with the guild though the forums,
vent, facebook, etc…. but WoW just doesn’t draw me in as strongly as it used to.
SO…. Where are we going from here??
We’ve “lost” a few guildies – ie: Thai, Sin in particular --- is
say QUOTE “Lost” because most of us still consider them friends, and this is
another reason I believe it’s time for us evolve our focus.
I know I’m not the only one here that has made many good friends
over the years in Archangel. Even though my WoW time is not nearly what it
used to be, the ties I’ve made with many of you are ones that I plan to
continue beyond the limited scope of WoW.
It’s time for us to evolve our focus beyond WoW and reinforce
what has always been the main strength of our guild – Social ties and
To this end, I’ve created a Facebook group that everyone is
welcome to join.
Also, Seldrin is working on a new website for us that will
encompass this new focus. Please take a look at it here: http://archangel.questlords.com and
give us some feedback about what you’d like to see to make it better!
If you didn’t know already, Seld and Grim have established an
presence in Lord of the Rings Online, and they’re looking for
more guildies there if you wanna check that out. J
You can also expect to see some changes to our forums, as the
bulk of what we have created here will be consolidated to a “WoW” section, and
new games that we are playing will have their sections added as needed.
I have thoroughly enjoyed being the GM of
and building friendships with all of you. I’m still here, I’m not going anywhere.
J Even though you may not see me in
WoW much these days, I want to make sure you know that I’m still doing what I
can to move us forward and continue to do what is best for this “online family”
so many of us have grown to love.
Please tell me your thoughts on these changes!!
And of course, there are still many guildies that are
regular players in WoW – and I’m looking for some help in that regard. If you
are, or know of, guilides that are still active in WoW and would be appropriate
for an in-game officer position, let me know! I want to make sure we keep our
in-game leadership as strong as possible.
Thank you again for your friendship and loyalty over the
years. I look forward to many more good times with all of you in a variety of
games over the coming months and years -- (including WoW, because I’m certainly
not done there)
Take care! I’ll see ya’ online!