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thunderSo the past 3 weeks has been pretty bloody stressful, with guild drama upon guild drama meaning I quit Thunder.

The 2 weekends before last (one of which was even after I’d quit) were very difficult, and saw us bleed members for a short while.

A lot of drama caused by someone (an officer no less) who liked to bully and manipulate guild members but took offence at being punished for doing so!

On his way out he tried (and failed) to smear the remaining officer structure and sow mistrust in those left, in order to try and destroy the guild. So he was removed, but not before causing a huge amount of drama and taking a lot of his clique with him. But the whole drama also sadly caused some long term members of the guild to leave for other pastures as well. I’m still hopeful we can get some of these members to reconsider and return soon.

After I quit I received a tonne of forum PM’s, whispers, emails, Facebook messages & posts etc all asking me to reconsider my stepping away from the guild. Given how much the people still left there showed how much they care, I decided that I would come back. However this time things will be different.

For a start, we’ve re-instated the Guild Council, of which I am now a part. We have 5 people now back in charge of the guild, rather than it all resting on one person’s shoulders. Being sole GM of a guild like Thunder was too much stress, and it burnt out the 2 people to hold the role, so the council structure works best for us. We’ll be running with a smaller officer core as well, covering those roles not already covered by members of the GC. Our raid leaders, previously officers, will no longer be part of the officer structure, as skills required for one job (RL) didn’t necessarily automatically mean that the person was going to be a good officer. It worked for a while, but then people started thinking that they were untouchable and could treat others however they liked, no matter how badly.

So asses were handed, doors were shown, and we lost a fair few bodies.

However, Thunder survives. It has done for 9 years and will continue to do so. We resume raiding this week now that the dust has settled and we can begin again, as we do with every guild split that we’ve undergone during those 9 years. I’ve been in Thunder now for 6 of those 9 years, and I’ve been through this same situation about 7 or 8 times now, and each time we carry on, resolute. The same can’t be said of the majority of guilds birthed from Thunder, and no doubt, somewhere down the line, we’ll get some of those that left looking to come back. In fact we’ve already had a few return already

The people who stayed (and there are still plenty) are the core of what I consider makes Thunder the great guild it’s always been: Mature, relaxed, fun to be around, and not prone to drama!

So that’s why I’ve been quiet for the past few weeks. Dealing with drama llamas and the shit that they attempted to fling.

And in order to help me deal with the stress, I’ve moved my druid to Alliance on a PvP server, and joined a small guild there with some Thunder guildies and some new people. It’s a nice change, and the server seems pretty cool as well, fairly mature and not full of kids spewing bile like quite a lot of other PvP servers whose populations I’ve had dealings with. I’ll probably move my Alliance Hunter over there as well. Not that there’s a lot of world PvP happens (which is good for me, being the PvE Care Bear that I am), because the server population is split something ridiculously skewed like 1,000:1!

So I expect I’ll be splitting my time between Horde & Alliance now, especially more so as I level my druid (and probably the hunter too) up to 100 and begin gearing. Not that I’ll be raiding there, but it always helps when soloing old content and making gold

 

Anyhoo, drama over, stress relieved and time to return to the regularly scheduled programming!

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Yes I did, and I’m not proud…

Yes. Yes I did. And I feel dirty. I’m not proud.

I couldn’t help myself, but it’s just too good.

 

I went back to WordPress 

b2Evo was fine, and was working OK, but the one thing I really value after setting up the writing environment for any site I create is a valid one: Aesthetics.

The theme options for b2Evo were, as mentioned previously, mediocre at best. The best theme I could find (Pyrmont), still looked like a 5 year old WordPress theme. Which wasn’t too bad, as the rest of them all look like 10 year old WordPress themes!

So, I’ve taken extra precautions to try and strengthen and protect the installation, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this time, the Bot Nets will leave me alone 

As a CMS, b2 was also severely lacking in plugins and security measures, but this is largely because it lacks one thing WordPress has in abundance: Community. If you ran into a problem with it, you were pretty much on your own to try and tackle it. Which is unfortunate, because it could be a great alternative to WP, but it really needs a lot of investment and ideas being put into action by the Devs, and to put itself out to a bigger community. As it stands however, from reading the forums on their official website and their continually out of date manuals, it seems to be stagnating with only intermittent developer interaction and involvement.

So, I drink, alas, from the poisoned chalice once again.

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CMS Musings and Future Website & Content Direction

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You may well by now have noticed that I’m no longer using WordPress as my site software.

This is in the main due to the amount of hassle and grief I had with the previous installations of WP covering both this site and my guild’s main front page. Admittedly I loved using WordPress; it was functional, easy, popular, loads of templates & themes, and handled media such as embedding YouTube videos with aplomb. All reasons why it’s used on over 72 million websites globally.

However what is its greatest strength, its popularity, is also its downfall. Because it’s so damned popular, it’s also rife with hacks, DDoS attacks and malware attacking out of date code hosted on the server because of theme files being used that haven’t been updated in a while.

That’s what led me to seek an alternative solution, so after looking for one for a few months, and after trying numerous different solutions (Drupal, Joomla, NibbleBlog etc), I finally settled on B2Evolution.

It’s ok, as far as blogging software goes, but it’s severely limited in theming options. This one was probably the best of a mediocre lot, so I’ll probably look into the skinning engine it uses to see if I can code a better theme, custom to this site. I’m still getting used to the slightly more complex back-end of B2Evo, but I’m getting there, so if you notice any temporary oddities over the coming weeks, pay them no heed 🙂

I really will miss WordPress and how easy and user-friendly it was, but alas it’s a poison chalice, and I’ve learnt my lesson the hard way over the past several months.

I’ll also be trying to get more textual with you guys as well, and post more on here, rather than relying on videos being the only format of content I throw out there and use this site as little more than a different front-end for my YouTube content. So expect a bit more from this website than previously given 😉

As mentioned in my last video, I’m also going to start branching out into other games as well, as I work through both my mind-bogglingly ginormous Steam back catalogue and through levelling in Guild Wars 2, which I bought recently and have only just begun playing. I did promise other content way back when in the mists of time with my channel trailer (below), and I think it’s about time I started making good on that promise 

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Welcome to Sar Gaming!

Welcome to the new website!

I’ve had a LOT of downtime recently due to nefarious activity on the webspace, and various attacks and shut-downs by my webhost, but we’re back up and running now, with a fresh new website and a different CMS solution (WordPress security sucks ass)!

 

So, the below video is where we left off…

 

As for WoW, well Warlords has certainly been a mixed bag so far. An excellent levelling experience, followed by some of the dullest and most boring end-game I’ve ever seen. I’ve played through 4 expansions now, and tbh WoD’s level 100 experience is very very barren. Beyond Garrison duties and raiding, at the moment, there’s not a hell of a lot to do.

It’s expounded by the fact that with everyone in their garrisons, capital cities are barren wastelands, and the game feels very empty as a result.

At a time when the game has hit back over 10m subs, for it to feel as empty as it does right now is very weird. And unsettling.

Anyway, I’ll be throwing a video up later today of our recent Heroic Imperator/Impregnator kill (many weeks, much grrrs, such /facepalm), so I’ll fire it up in a new post here when I get it up 

 

IRL: I’ve begun work on my degree, which is going to keep me busy over the next 6 years, so see ya all in 2021! 

Just kidding, seriously though, I’ve begun an Honours Degree in Computing & IT with Applied Psychology as a 2nd subject. My workplace is very kindly paying for it for me, so it’s up to me to make sure I justify their expense and trust in me to do the business!

I’ve already submitted an assignment and got 100% for it, so off to a good start 

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