Alea Iacta Est https://aie-guild.org A Gaming Community Mon, 30 Mar 2020 17:52:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The AIE Podcast #340 – PIE – This is the way https://aie-guild.org/blog/2020/03/the-aie-podcast-340-pie-this-is-the-way/ https://aie-guild.org/blog/2020/03/the-aie-podcast-340-pie-this-is-the-way/#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2020 17:52:14 +0000 https://aie-guild.org/?p=101169 On this episode of The AIE Podcast… Mkallah: Polarity has hit the switch in Division Tetsemi: Get your pie throwing arms ready! Mewkow: Join FFXIV for map nights, and fame, and riches, Oh My Mkallah: Hobbit days are here again! […]]]>

On this episode of The AIE Podcast…

    Mkallah: Polarity has hit the switch in Division
    Tetsemi: Get your pie throwing arms ready!
    Mewkow: Join FFXIV for map nights, and fame, and riches, Oh My
    Mkallah: Hobbit days are here again!
    Tetsemi: And we have Sema here to talk to us about AIE in SWTOR

All that and more coming up right now…

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Welcome to episode #340 of the podcast celebrating you, the Alea Iacta Est gaming community, the die has been podcast. This is Mewkow: To my left is Mkallah: – (I’ve been stress baking, the guild kitchen is FULLY stocked). And to my right is Tetsemi: (catch phrase here). This week we are joined by our special guest Sema who is here to talk to us about AIE in SWTOR Welcome!

Ok, we’ll be digging into SWTOR shortly, but first, let’s cover this week’s news…

AIE News
We want to send a shout out to all the workers keeping everything running while this crisis is ongoing. To the doctors and nurses, to the folks working at the grocery stores & pharmacies , to the transportation and road works, to the truck drivers and delivery folks and IT/Data center folks, to the teachers. Huge thanks you’s!

Community
Mandatory Fun Nights

Where the fun is mandatory but the attendance is not.

Sunday – STO 8:30 pm Eastern
Monday – GW2 9:30 pm Eastern
Tuesday – SWTOR 9 pm Eastern
Thursday – FFXIV(low raid) 9 pm Eastern
Friday – ESO 9 pm Eastern
Saturday – LotRO 8:30 pm Eastern
Saturday – Noob Raid (WoW) 11 pm Eastern
Saturday – FFXIV (Maps) 9:30 pm Eastern

Streaming and guild podcast news
SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 331: How To Make A Billion Credit
http://www.newoverlords.com/swtor-escape-pod-cast-331-how-to-make-a-billion-credit/

Our guest, multi-billionaire Thaan, tells us how to make a billion credits!

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 332: The Rakghoul Galacdemic
http://www.newoverlords.com/swtor-escape-pod-cast-332-the-rakghoul-galacdemic/

We haven’t talked about the Rakghoul event in a while but a plague we can fight with blasters sounds good right now.

Working Class Nerds
Episode 69: We’ve been Boarded by Deathstar Troopers!!!
https://www.buzzsprout.com/143519/3085738-episode-69-we-ve-been-boarded-by-deathstar-troopers.mp3?blob_id=10882249

The guys are joined by ALL of the members of The Deathstar Troopers! They’re the SWTOR raid team that Marcus runs on Sunday evenings. The roster includes: Dr. Swtor, Ted, Beaux, Slayer, Katerina, Kione, and Ven! They talk about how everyone got started with running operations, and why they all love it so much!

NOMADS
Division 2
The game’s first season is now well underway with the first manhunt target, “Neptune,”completed by most players. New “league” and “global event” play is now live.

Leagues consist of certain timed challenges that confer ranks for better completion times in missions. These ranks translate into rewards bestowed by claimed crates in the league menu. Collect seasonal items and even an exotic.

This global event that went live last week, “Polarity Switch,” consists of switching between active colors displayed on your character to defeat correspondingly colored mobs in the game. Reward caches are conferred after completing challenges such as “eliminating positive polarity Outcasts,” or other factions, etc.

The next manhunt target, “Venus,” goes live on the 31st, along with the next apparel event, “Urban Jungle.”

Some excitement surrounding the game has died down as it’s been struggling with many bugs and game balance issues — some directly related to the new season’s events. Despite that AIE participation is still reasonably high, averaging 18-20 people online per day.

WoW
HFO got Puppy!! 6/12 normal. Still recruiting and we got a Zod!!!

BLTN got AoTC

Noob Raid is now 4/12 in Ny’alotha

100% XP, leveling those allied races is crazy!!! People are leveling alts at all stages and looking for people to hang out. (Mechagnomes are so OP!!!)

https://www.wowhead.com/news=311764/patch-8-3-for-alts-guide-how-to-prepare-your-level-120-alts-for-shadowlands?webhook

@Koochikoo-Gustytail trial of style and Filthy Casual Leveling groups reports incoming

Alliance guild is going strong! More and more people are joining and playing on Alliance side.

WoW Classic
* If you have any ideas for in game activities or want to host an event, please contact Nevermore via Discord. She can help answer any questions you might have!

* Interested in joining us in WoW Classic? Jump into the AIE Discord – LFO Channel and request an invite. And just a reminder that we do our best to keep character names family friendly. It’s greatly appreciated!

SWTOR
See Game Notes

ESO
Jesters festival is on, started on 26 March, so come throw pies at the leaders of the factions, enjoy double experience points by eating Mayhem Pie, and in general be silly!

The Jester’s Festival runs through April 2nd. And starting on April 2nd is the Anniversary Jubilee! ESO is 6 years young this year, come out and bake a cake, enjoy double EXP, and reap the rewards from Daily crafting writs, daily Delve and world boss quests, Daily dungeon quests, and so much more. Added this year is the new Icebreath INDRIK mount and a new armor style.

FFXIV
The FFXIV chapter of AIE is growing and wants you!

Fun nights are Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30pm EST.

Tuesdays are casual and legacy content. It is more relaxed and gives a chance for people to see some content that may not be possible solo or something that groups do not normally form for anymore. Last week, we did some Heavensward Bismark, for pony farming!
This week, we plan on running Ravana, also from Heavensward.

Thursday, we do more traditional end game raiding. We are currently gearing up via Eden’s Verse. We ask that potential raiders join our raid discord. Raids do have a signup each week.

Saturday, Kelseer is running map nights for fame, riches, and overall fun! Join us at 9:30pm EST Saturday to run 8 player treasure maps. For those not aware, this is a very profitable and very fun and unique game activity.

In the crafting front, we are working on new airship and submarines in the guild workshop, that anyone in the FC can help build. See the AIE website at aie-guild.org for the latest Workshop blog post for the details.

If you are looking to get into the game, the Winter Sale is on for 40% off either just the Shadowbringers expansion or the complete edition from the Square Enix Store. A free demo is also available. If you do pick it up, remember to drop by the #ffxiv channel for a refer-a-friend code for rewards for both of you.

We can’t wait to see you in Eorzea and the First!

LOTRO
LOTRO Bonus Days bring you +10% Virtue XP and Bilbo’s Birthday, now through April 6th!

Hobnanigans returns next week! Starts on March 31st and runs through April 5th.

The Spring Festival continues through April 13th!

Double Bonus Points are now available! Get double the Bonus Points in the LOTRO Store in-game through April 5th!

Find Your Shadowfax! Get 20% off:
Select Warsteeds
Riding Skills
Select Mounts
Movement Speed Buffs
Now through April 2nd!

The Weekly Coupon gets you a free Skill and Slayer Deed Boost with the Coupon Code SKILLUPSLAYER, now through April 2nd!

STO
Still working on the Spire is the priority, with the embassy being the secondary one to build up.

Regular Fleet nights on Sunday nights at 830 pm Eastern starting next week.

Come join us for all the fun and watch Picard and Discovery as CBS All Access is free for the month.

And with that, let’s get back to Sema and find out what’s going on in SWTOR.

GAME NEWS
On rare weeks during the year, an opportunity presents itself for one of several planets to be conquered. It’s tricky to know when to go for it and which planet to pick. And after that it takes effort by everyone in the guild throughout the week to succeed. Luckily our team has some big brains that can make good decisions and lots of willing hands to pitch in. Now we can all proudly wear our Conqueror of Nar Shaddaa titles!

MFNs continue to rock and roll on Tuesdays at 9PM Eastern. Everyone is welcome. Lots of stuff is level independent, as long as you don’t mind, you know, dying and stuff. For some parts of it, your character might need to be level 50+ or 70+, but come hang out with us in voice while you level.

March MEGA was a World Boss Crawl which is always a lot of fun–good company, romping around the galaxy, and perhaps some progress on that vehicle mission that’s been in your log forever.

Mega!!!
April 10th 9pm eastern (Real World Time)

Corley has taken over this month’s mega! He will be bringing back “The Amazing Race!”

Come join in traveling the galaxy with us!!!

Discussion Question:

Several games do or used to do a base class to a certain level (with or without story) and then you unlocked your advanced class. WoW/Classic did this around level 10, SWTOR used to do this around level 10, FFXIV does this at level 30. Do you like this type of advancement and does it make the games more interesting to have it, or do you prefer to just jump in at the start and have the same class to max level?

CLOSE

And that’s our show for tonight. While the chatroom begins suggesting show titles, we want to thank Sema for joining us. And don’t forget, after the show is the AIE podcast stream, this week they are doing:

@AIESema
@MaxTheGrey

If you have a question or comment about our show, you can email us at podcast@aie-guild.org. You can also follow us on Twitter. The show is at @aiepodcast. Mew is at @themewkow. Mkallah is at @cyberwaif,and Tetsemi is at @ivorytiger. We record live with video every other Sunday at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific. You can join the chatroom and play along with us on our website at https://aie-guild.org/podcast-live-stream/ and our Discord server for chat at https://aie-guild.info/discord . Our theme was composed by the amazing Andrew Allen, follow him at @keyswithsoul! or visit his website http://andrewallenmusic.com/

And now it’s time to play all of the great AIE member segment we received this week, including…

Next time, we’ll be talking to Syrene, Beefmaster, and Fezgig in World of Warcraft. So until then, AIE…

– This is Mewkow
– This is Mkallah
– This is Tetsemi

And this has been… The AIE Podcast.

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FFXIV FC Exploratory Vessel – Fleet and Project Report https://aie-guild.org/blog/2020/03/ffxiv-fc-exploratory-vessel-fleet-and-project-report/ https://aie-guild.org/blog/2020/03/ffxiv-fc-exploratory-vessel-fleet-and-project-report/#respond Tue, 17 Mar 2020 01:41:43 +0000 https://aie-guild.org/?p=101110 AIE FFXIV Free Company Vessel – Report Summary AIE currently maintains and uses two vessels detailed below. For those not familiar, these FC vessels are mostly used to run automated FC missions that return interesting rewards for us all. In […]]]>

AIE FFXIV Free Company Vessel – Report Summary

AIE currently maintains and uses two vessels detailed below. For those not familiar, these FC vessels are mostly used to run automated FC missions that return interesting rewards for us all. In addition, the vessels make some exclusive pets and mounts available as well as special buffs and some special case uses for group content in The Diadem we may look at, at some point.

Beyond the two vessels we are currently running, a third is under construction. Thanks to everyone that’s contributed so far. Check below on how you can help!

Current Fleet

The Airship: “The Ralff” (miss you buddy), is currently level 26 and is outfitted with level 1 Bronco-style components. This airship is currently running routes between sectors 5-8, bringing back materials from these zones. Items that the airship has returned include some crystals, clusters, and some bamboo weave. With the recent level up of the Airship, we are now able to create a 2nd airship!

The Submarine: A newer ship added to the AIE FFXIV fleet, the submarine the Windwalker”, is currently level 5, with all rank 1 Shark-class components. It is currently running missions to the first 4 marine areas. Items that the submarine has returned was some crafting crystals, empty crystals, and some red clay.

Fleet acquired items are in the FC vault and can be requested if needed. Items that are worthless in today’s game (such as grade 3 materia) will be vendored and the gil will be placed back to the FC vault. Shards, Crystals, and Clusters can be purchased for 10% below market value. See an officer if you wish to make a purchase. (Officer will check the market value and determine the normal price and take 10% off of that.) Vault Items and Gil will be used to finance further workshop endeavors, as well as fund AIE events in the future.

Next Project

Currently, we are working on creating a rank 15 sub, Unkiu-Class. Subs require 4 parts, the Hull, Stern, Bow, Bridge. Right now, we are working on the Hull. It takes 3 phases to create the component. There are a various number of items needed to finish the construction, as follows:

Phase 1:

  • 24x Oak Lumber
  • 24x Spruce Lumber
  • 24x Steel Nails
  • 9x Garlond Steel

Phase 2:

  • 24x Ancient Lumber
  • 24x Iron Rivets
  • 24x Steel Plate
  • 24x Electrum Ingot

Phase 3:

  • 24x Cobalt Rivets
  • 24x Cobalt Ingot
  • 24x Uraeus Leather
  • 9x Farreach Canvas
  • 18x Varnish
  • 9x Void Glue

Anyone can contribute. Just go to the back door inside the FC house and go to the workshop. In the middle of the workshop is the Fabrication Station. Clicking on that will allow you to donate items to the construction of the project. Once this project is complete, we can move to another part of the submarine!

Any questions, feel free to contact any one of the FFXIV officers.

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The AIE Podcast #339 – Want to play some Pandemic? https://aie-guild.org/blog/2020/03/the-aie-podcast-339-want-to-play-some-pandemic/ https://aie-guild.org/blog/2020/03/the-aie-podcast-339-want-to-play-some-pandemic/#respond Mon, 16 Mar 2020 15:16:51 +0000 https://aie-guild.org/?p=101106 On this episode of The AIE Podcast… Mewkow: congradudolences are in order Mkallah: New York is filled with Warlords Tetsemi: Bring out your mats! Mewkow: Ishgard Restoration Part 2 is a go Mkallah: And, we are talking with ourselves! All […]]]>

On this episode of The AIE Podcast…

    Mewkow: congradudolences are in order
    Mkallah: New York is filled with Warlords
    Tetsemi: Bring out your mats!
    Mewkow: Ishgard Restoration Part 2 is a go
    Mkallah: And, we are talking with ourselves!

All that and more coming up right now…

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Welcome to episode #339 of the podcast celebrating you, the Alea Iacta Est gaming community, the die has been podcast. This is Tetsemi: To my left is Mewkow: – (catch phrase here). And to my right is Mkallah: (guys, the kitchen is fully stocked for your sweet tooth needs). We are doing a host show this evening!

Let’s find out what’s going on in all of the games that AIE plays in!

AIE News

Community
Welcome to Looci our newest AIE Officer with focus on ESO, LotRO, and SWTOR! Our congradudolences go out to her!

New AIE Officer – Looci

Mandatory Fun Nights

Where the fun is mandatory but the attendance is not.

Sunday – STO 8:30 pm Eastern
Monday – GW2 9:30 pm Eastern
Tuesday – SWTOR 9 pm Eastern
Wednesday – FFXIV 9 pm Eastern
Friday – ESO 9 pm Eastern
Friday – FFXIV(Late Night) 11 pm Eastern
Saturday – LotRO 8:30 pm Eastern
Saturday – Noob Raid (WoW) 11 pm Eastern
Saturday – FFXIV (Maps) 9:30 pm Eastern

Streaming and guild podcast news
SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 329: Somebody Set Us Up The Sets
http://www.newoverlords.com/swtor-escape-pod-cast-329-somebody-set-us-up-the-sets/

Turns out somebody set us up the sets, so we talk all about the new sets and the rest of the 6.1.1 updates on the PTS and detailed in the dev posts this week.

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 330: The Nature Of Progression
http://www.newoverlords.com/swtor-escape-pod-cast-330-the-nature-of-progression/

Since we are now Dxun experts we finally talk through all the fights. We also circle back on that discussion of the Veteran’s Edge stack change and its impact on Master Modes.

Working Class Nerds
Episode 67: Kickin’ it with Kogass!
https://www.buzzsprout.com/143519/2931646-episode-67-kickin-it-with-kogass.mp3

Marcus and Nick get to hangout with friend of the podcast Kogass! They all discuss what they’ve been playing for games, make fun of Nick for not playing enough SWTOR, and look forward to the newest updates coming to SWTOR

Working Class Nerds
Episode 68: Coronavirus has Infected our Videogames?!?
https://www.buzzsprout.com/143519/2996332-episode-68-coronavirus-has-infected-our-videogames.mp3

Marcus and Nick sit down with Clickbait’s Rut to talk about how the recent Coronavirus outbreak is affecting our gaming lives!

NOMADS
Division 2
Division 2 launched their first expansion to the game: Warlords of New York which picks up with the storyline from the Division 1 as Agents return to New York.

The level cap has raised to 40 and new content is live with the introduction of seasons to the game’s road map. New seasons will occur every three months and contain rewards and special manhunts for rogue agents that continue the Division story.

The AIE clan is nearly at a full 50 members with many returning players returning to regular nightly play. We’re currently seeing about an average of 20 people online per day since the launch. There is still some room in the Clan, make sure to reach out to us in the AIE public discord if you would like a clan invite or have submitted an in-game app that needs approval.

WoW
– HFO is still recruiting. We’re up to roughly 15 members and we’re 5/12 in normal.
– Reminder that we’re on Alliance side and we want to boost numbers. New alts, transfers, and cross-realm friends are all welcome!
– Gusty’s Trial of Style event is next week!
– Horde Raid teams are kicking butt and taking names!

WoW Classic
Our bag supply is currently low. If anyone is able to donate mats or completed bags, please mail them to Nevermore! We want to make sure our AIE Guildies have bag space while they adventure in WoW Classic! 🙂

AIEMounts is still running but slowed down.

A guildie in classic at level 7 made a plea for bags so Lars jumped onto his Tailor and made 4 x “Small Silk Pack” for them (lucky the AH had some heavy leather) and delivered it right to them in Mulgore. Was happy to see the request and help out.

STO
The big news is that the Fleet Embassy’s Diplomacy Rank is leveling to Tier 2. It will be complete in 5ish days. It unlocks a couple of things, most notably, Threat-Scaling Science Consoles Mark 11. We are continuing to also work on getting the Fleet Spire’s Research to Tier 2.

Notable in the game event is Battle of the Binary Stars. If you complete this daily 14 times before March 26th, you get a new Universal Kit for you Captain, DOT-7 Drone Fabrication. This allows your captain to create a combat pet while off on away missions to assist you in fighting whatever you encounter. This event also counts towards the new T6 Ship Event Campaign. Over the course of a few Events you earn progress towards getting a choice between:
– 100% Discount Coupon for a Tier 6 Starship or Warbird and 200 Lobi Crystals(A in game currency)
or
– 1000 Lobi Crystals
LLAP

SWTOR
In SWTOR, MFNs continue with rampages, operations, and anything else we can think of. All are welcome.

Last Friday, we had our March MEGA. Marcus led us on a World Boss crawl. It’s like a pub crawl, but with a little more boss killing. Officers posted themselves all over the galaxy so that we could summon the group to each boss. It was great fun. Stay tuned for more info on the next MEGA.

FFXIV
Ishgard Restoration Part 2 has been released with the latest patch. It re-re-introduces the Diadem as a place to gather materials unique to the restoration effort. Whether you’re a novice gatherer or crafter or a seasoned vet, you can still help out and gain rewards and experience.

In the next few weeks, the first step of the Shadowbringers relic weapon questline will begin. The “Return to Ivalice” quest series from Stormblood is a prerequisite, so let us know if you want to get a guild run together to get you through it!

GW2
Expansion announced for later this year but we don’t have details yet. MFN continues on Monday nights. Keep an eye out for an organized Nomads raid into GW2 sometime in the next month or so.

ESO
Update 25 and Harrowstom launched a couple of weeks ago and as part of MFN we spent time in the new dungeons.
As usual, MFN is Friday night at 9pm est and we run dungeons, clear zones, and kill enemies while Kini leads the group off cliffs and in circles. #whereskini

EVE
Winterco EN military deployment to go shoot baddies. Location is opsec. Not sure about duration as there are conflicting reports on how long its ongoing. Should be some fun pewpew time for those involved

LOTRO
Spring Festival is scheduled to start on the 19th. So be ready for awesome festival fun. Stay tuned to the lotro channel for upcoming events planned for next month

GAME NEWS
Discussion about what to do while stuck at home.

CLOSE
And that’s our show for tonight. While the chatroom begins suggesting show titles, we want to thank the chatroom for joining us.

If you have a question or comment about our show, you can email us at podcast@aie-guild.org. You can also follow us on Twitter. The show is at @aiepodcast. Mew is at @themewkow. Mkallah is at @cyberwaif,and Tetsemi is at @ivorytiger. We record live with video every other Sunday at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific. You can join the chatroom and play along with us on our website at https://aie-guild.org/podcast-live-stream/ and our Discord server for chat at https://aie-guild.info/discord . Our theme was composed by the amazing Andrew Allen, follow him at @keyswithsoul! or visit his website http://andrewallenmusic.com/

And now it’s time to play all of the great AIE member segment we received this week, including…

Next time, we’ll be talking to well, someone about something! So until then, AIE…

– This is Tetsemi
– This is Mewkow
– This is Mkallah

And this has been… The AIE Podcast.

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Better Together And Closing The Distance https://aie-guild.org/blog/2020/03/better-together-and-closing-the-distance/ https://aie-guild.org/blog/2020/03/better-together-and-closing-the-distance/#respond Sun, 15 Mar 2020 19:05:35 +0000 https://aie-guild.org/?p=101076 With the impact of coronavirus we are all dealing with challenging times that are unprecedented in recent history. Regardless of the downstream effects, many of us are right now facing the closure of schools and work from home, and can’t […]]]>

With the impact of coronavirus we are all dealing with challenging times that are unprecedented in recent history. Regardless of the downstream effects, many of us are right now facing the closure of schools and work from home, and can’t enjoy our typical opportunities for social engagement. The guidance around “social distance” has become limiting for many in our community.

Alea Iacta Est is in a unique position to continue to connect us and close the distance. “Social distance” doesn’t apply in our playground! With that in mind we wanted to remind everyone that we are here for each other and all our usual guild activities and channels for social connection are not only totally still in business but are also health-guidance approved!

Also, with kids out of school and extra long spring breaks engaged remember that AIE is family friendly and we’d be happy to host the whole fam. In fact, bring your family, friends, neighbors, and strangers down the street. All are welcome in AIE Discord, games, and fun events. Speaking of which, here’s a rundown of our weekly in game Mandatory Fun Nights (where the fun is mandatory but the attendance is not!):

  • Sunday – STO – 7:30 pm central/8:30 pm eastern (Check in Discord to be sure it’s running. Also, Grebog, Dent and team want to remind you that this game is free-to-play.)
  • Monday – GW2 – 8:30 pm central/9:30 pm eastern (Dejara is typically hanging out and can give you a tour of the guild hall or take you on an epic world boss hunt.)
  • Tuesday – SWTOR – 8:00 pm central/9:00 pm eastern (Check Discord for the faction of the week. SWTOR in-game Rakghoul plague is a risk, but Sema and our healers have your back.)
  • Wednesday – FFXIV – 8:00 pm central/9:00 pm eastern (Abovan and team are hosting fun times at the easy and the extreme levels.)
  • Friday – ESO – 8:00 pm central/9:00 pm eastern (Dankinia will lead you on an epic journey… possibly off a cliff, but that’s how we like it.)
  • Saturday – LotRO – 7:30 pm central/8:30 pm eastern (One does not simply walk into Mordor… oh wait, sure we do. Dux, Maellung and the team will help you do just that. Great F2P options here too.)
  • Saturday – FFXIV Map Night – 8:30 pm central/9:30 pm eastern (Need some Gil… like a lot of Gil? Kelseer and team have you covered on these map run nights.)
  • Saturday – WoW Noob Raid – 10:00 pm central/11:00 pm eastern (Dankinia and Gijora fight the good fight with as many as we can pack in. No experience required for these raids.)

On top of all this, we have various special events like the WoW Trial of Style next weekend and periodic bigger monthly events across games. The Division 2 is hot right now and there’s a pretty big group both in game and hanging out in voice regularly. Our WoW Alliance side is having fun regularly so check in with Syreyne if you want to raid there with the team. WoW Classic is fun retro times as well with new updates coming soon. Join any of these at any time and feel free to just say hi any time in guild chat, Discord channels or Discord voice (jump in and others will follow).

In summary, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and *do* maintain less than 12ms ping between you and your online friends!

Thank you to all the AIE officers who met this weekend to help continue to keep our guild and community strong and came up with the idea for this reminder post.

 

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New AIE Officer – Looci https://aie-guild.org/blog/2020/03/new-aie-officer-looci/ https://aie-guild.org/blog/2020/03/new-aie-officer-looci/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 00:59:31 +0000 https://aie-guild.org/?p=101061 The AIE officer team had a job opening, looking for some help with ESO, LotRO and SWTOR among other divisions and tasks. With that in mind we’ve asked Looci to take on some work across those areas and thankfully, she’s […]]]>

The AIE officer team had a job opening, looking for some help with ESO, LotRO and SWTOR among other divisions and tasks. With that in mind we’ve asked Looci to take on some work across those areas and thankfully, she’s accepted. Looci has been helping behind the scenes with AIE events for a while now including co-running our last SWTOR MEGA and we hope to expand on that across our divisions. Please join me in welcoming our new AIE officer and thanking her for the help and support of our community!

For those of you not yet familiar with Looci, she lives outside of Denver, CO with her family, both human and four footed. She loves to read, is an amateur photographer, and enjoys life to its fullest. She spends her days keeping the world safe for democracy, or maybe safe from democracy, as she works for one of those U.S. three-letter-agencies. Looci first joined AIE in World of Warcraft, back around Panderia times. From there, she moved into SWTOR, ESO and a few other games we all play. She and her husband originally played SWTOR at launch on the European side, as they were stationed overseas so we are lucky they were able to move to Star Forge!

When asked what her favorite thing about AIE is, she said, “I love the community of AIE, and the family friendly environment the guild has.” So say we all.

Welcome and thank you, Looci!

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WoW Trial of Style https://aie-guild.org/blog/2020/03/wow-trial-of-style/ https://aie-guild.org/blog/2020/03/wow-trial-of-style/#respond Sat, 07 Mar 2020 15:48:49 +0000 https://aie-guild.org/?p=101047 The Trial of Style returns later this month, and what better time to show off that spiffy new cloak and corrupted gear that stares, wriggles and tries to kill you? Or perhaps proving beyond any doubt that your Vulpera is […]]]>

The Trial of Style returns later this month, and what better time to show off that spiffy new cloak and corrupted gear that stares, wriggles and tries to kill you? Or perhaps proving beyond any doubt that your Vulpera is The Cutest Ever? Join Officer Gustytail at this in-game event and push your transmog skills to the limit. Guild runs will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and specific times will be posted on Discord closer to the event. We’ll do a run Alliance side too if folks are interested.

While the Trial of Style is active, all appearance changes at the barbershop and transmog vendors are free! Players can queue solo or in a group (which is more fun) for a fashion show scenario where you are given a theme and then vote on who has the best look. You earn tokens to buy gear appearances and a few other things and can earn a title, “The Fabulous.” Hope to see you there!

Gusty, what big tentacles you have!

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The AIE Podcast #338 – There’s way too much trash! https://aie-guild.org/blog/2020/03/the-aie-podcast-338-theres-way-too-much-trash/ https://aie-guild.org/blog/2020/03/the-aie-podcast-338-theres-way-too-much-trash/#respond Mon, 02 Mar 2020 16:31:33 +0000 https://aie-guild.org/?p=101030 On this episode of The AIE Podcast… Tetsemi: Warlords of New York, coming real soon! Mewkow: The Trial of Style is back Mkallah: Everything old is new again in Classic Tetsemi: The most amazing race in the galaxy! Mewkow: and, […]]]>

On this episode of The AIE Podcast…

    Tetsemi: Warlords of New York, coming real soon!
    Mewkow: The Trial of Style is back
    Mkallah: Everything old is new again in Classic
    Tetsemi: The most amazing race in the galaxy!
    Mewkow: and, we are our own guests!

All that and more coming up right now…

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Welcome to episode #338 of the podcast celebrating you, the Alea Iacta Est gaming community, the die has been podcast. This is Mkallah: To my left is Tetsemi: – (catch phrase here). And to my right is Mewkow: (catch phrase here). This week we are doing a host show, since Corley HAD to be at PAX!!

Okay, folks, let’s cover this week’s news…

AIE News

Community
Mandatory Fun Nights

Where the fun is mandatory but the attendance is not.

Sunday – STO 8:30 pm Eastern
Monday – GW2 9:30 pm Eastern
Tuesday – SWTOR 9 pm Eastern
Wednesday – FFXIV 9 pm Eastern
Friday – ESO 9 pm Eastern
Friday – FFXIV(Late Night) 11 pm Eastern
Saturday – LotRO 8:30 pm Eastern
Saturday – Noob Raid (WoW) 11 pm Eastern
Saturday – FFXIV (Maps) 9:30 pm Eastern

Streaming and guild podcast news

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 326: Secret Shady Merchant
http://www.newoverlords.com/swtor-escape-pod-cast-326-secret-shady-merchant/
This week we do a live walk-through of a mission chain to unlock the somewhat secret shady merchant on Mek-Sha.

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 327: Insert Alderaan Pun Here
http://www.newoverlords.com/swtor-escape-pod-cast-327-insert-alderaan-pun-here/
6.1 is live so we take a look and do a live unlock of the Alderaan Stronghold.

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 328: The Beat Goes On
http://www.newoverlords.com/swtor-escape-pod-cast-328-the-beat-goes-on/

Bioware team interview post, a new community team helper, and a dive into the latest story beat.

Working Class Nerds
Episode 65: Console Wars!!!
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-65-console-wars/id1330089578?i=1000466618346

Marcus and Nick sit down shortly after recording episode 65 to talk about the two new gaming consoles from Sony and Microsoft… the Playstation 5 and the Xbox Series X!

Episode 66: Project Luminous Revealed!!!
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-66-project-luminous-revealed/id1330089578?i=1000466744306

Marcus and Nick talk with friend of the podcast Intisar to talk about the new release of Star Wars content, codenamed Project Luminous. The guys explore and speculate what we might see in The High Republic era!

NOMADS
The Division 2 Clan has seen some activity once more, anticipating the release of the “Warlords of New York” expansion dropping tomorrow morning, March 2nd . After maintenance this morning, the DLC will be live at 6AM Eastern. The game is seeing a serious overhaul of some of its systems and the story is returning agents back to NYC to hunt an old nemesis from the first Division game.

DLC trailer:
https://youtu.be/5KZEUilJGes

Launch details:
https://www.ubisoft.com/en-us/game/the-division/the-division-2/news-updates/4EZpaM9lnnBtKGFjXmmB0G/warlords-of-new-york-all-launch-information-at-a-glance

The clan has approached the cap of 50 members but we can always make room. We’ve reached the maximum Clan rank and all perks are available to members of the Clan. Make sure to speak up in the AIE public discord #thedivision2 channel for an invite or approval for a submitted application.

The base game is on sale right now for $3, and the standard DLC expansion costs $29.99. This sale will only last a few more days.

If you are new to the game, talk to us and receive a recruit-a-friend request. We can extend these invites for up to a week after you log in for the first time.

Also of note, the DLC expansion comes with a level 30 boost, so that you don’t have to feel like you are getting left behind as everyone hits NYC.

WoW
Noob Raid is 8/8 normal for Eternal Palace and 2/12 normal for Ny’alotha.

Noob Raid runs every Saturday night at 11pm EST and anyone with a level 120 toon is welcome to join in the fun.

Trial of Style is back 3/20-3/24. Gustytail will do guild runs Fri-Sat-Sun at times to be decided.

HFO – Alliance team is recruiting heals and dps. We have been doing current LFR for gear, hoping to move forward in the new raid in the next few weeks. Friday nights from 8pm to 11pm ER Server Time. We are accepting cross-realms!

WoW Classic

* Darkmoon Faire will be in town from March 9th-15th and Arathi Basin is announced as “upcoming”!

* If you have any ideas for in game activities or want to host an event, please contact Nevermore via Discord. She can help answer any questions you might have!

* Interested in joining us in WoW Classic? Jump into the AIE Discord – LFO Channel and request an invite. And just a reminder that we do our best to keep character names family friendly. It’s greatly appreciated!

SWTOR
Star Wars: The Old Republic launched on December 20th, 2011. AIE was there. In fact, the swtor division of AIE was formed even before that, since Bioware allowed for the creation and registration of guilds ahead of launch. But, if we take that Dec 20th date as our start date, that means we are less than 2 years away from our 10th anniversary. Just saying. That should be a party, right?

For this month’s MEGA, Corley is bringing back The Amazing Race! That’s right!! It’s coming back!!! Who wants to race around the galaxy? Join us on March 13th, 9PM Eastern.

We continue to run our MFNs on Tuesday nights. We are currently switching MFN/Conquest focus weekly between Imperial and Republic sides. Because of how Bioware’s event calendar works, that means event weeks always fall on the Imperial side. We are going to introduce a slight stutter to our calendar so that both sides can share equally in the easier Conquest objectives that come with event weeks. As always, it will be posted in the Guild Message of the Day as well as in discord. And failing that, you can always just come into voice at 9PM on a Tuesday and ask!

ESO
Update 25 and the Harrowstorm DLC launched last week. The patch was basically a full re-download of the entire game, but it basically overhauled the way the game client works and provided performance improvements.

For MFN on Friday, we split into two groups to run the new dungeons that were included in the Harrowstorm DLC. Icereach is themed around a coven of evil witches and Unhallowed Grave is themed around evil Necromancers and monsters. Unhallowed Grave also has a “secret” room that you can get to by killing a couple of optional bosses.

For MFN this coming Friday, which is at 9pm EST as usual, we will be splitting up again to run the new dungeons since we only managed to get through one of them this past week due to time constraints.

FFXIV
We’re continuing to host Treasure Map Night, aka Kelseer’s Get Rich Quick with Friends scheme, at 9:30 eastern each saturday. The only requirements are being level 80. Everyone can roll need on everything.

FFXIV’s raid team, “NoD” has slots open! We’re currently doing extreme trials on Thursdays at 9:30 eastern and more casual content on Tuesdays.

With Patch 5.2, a new raid has been released, Eden’s Verse, along with a new tier of gear from both it and dungeons. Soon, an expansion of crafting content will be released and the first step of the relic weapon for Shadowbringers. Keep an eye in our discord for upcoming events based on the new content!

STO
We recently updated the fleet Uniform. Updates to fleet holdings are progressing. The focus is currently The Spire. Hopefully, soon, a new version of Fleet nights will be coming back. (Schedules are just hectic right now)

GW2
Guild news… the World Boss run happened last night and had a handful of people attending

LOTRO
New to the lotro store crafting carry alls in small, medium and large sizes. Coming in April, PvMP guild event, we will play as the monsters, stay tuned to the lotro channel for more details

GAME NEWS
What’s your favorite weapon and/or spell that you’ve used in game lately?

CLOSE
And that’s our show for tonight. While the chatroom begins suggesting show titles, we want to thank the chat room for joining us.

If you have a question or comment about our show, you can email us at podcast@aie-guild.org. You can also follow us on Twitter. The show is at @aiepodcast. Mew is at @themewkow. Mkallah is at @cyberwaif,and Tetsemi is at @ivorytiger. We record live with video every other Sunday at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific. You can join the chatroom and play along with us on our website at https://aie-guild.org/podcast-live-stream/ and our Discord server for chat at https://aie-guild.info/discord . Our theme was composed by the amazing Andrew Allen, follow him at @keyswithsoul or visit his website http://andrewallenmusic.com/

And now it’s time to play all of the great AIE member segment we received this week, including…

Overly Dramatic News – @HuntsTheWind

Next time, we are going to wrangle Corley into coming on the show!! . So until then, AIE…

– This is Mkallah
– This is Tetsemi
– This is Mewkow

And this has been… The AIE Podcast.

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The AIE Podcast #337 – Looci Lets Loose – Is San Diego Near Nar Shadaa? https://aie-guild.org/blog/2020/02/the-aie-podcast-337-looci-lets-loose-is-san-diego-near-nar-shadaa/ https://aie-guild.org/blog/2020/02/the-aie-podcast-337-looci-lets-loose-is-san-diego-near-nar-shadaa/#respond Mon, 10 Feb 2020 03:26:16 +0000 https://aie-guild.org/?p=100980 On this episode of The AIE Podcast… Mkallah: AIE in real life- check the Discord Tetsemi: Raid Teams are progressing Mewkow: Happy anniversary to STO Mkallah: Get ready for the fallen star Tetsemi: And, we have Looci and Marcus who […]]]>

On this episode of The AIE Podcast…

    Mkallah: AIE in real life- check the Discord
    Tetsemi: Raid Teams are progressing
    Mewkow: Happy anniversary to STO
    Mkallah: Get ready for the fallen star
    Tetsemi: And, we have Looci and Marcus who are here to talk to us about AIE in SWTOR

All that and more coming up right now…

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Welcome to episode #337 of the podcast celebrating you, the Alea Iacta Est gaming community, the die has been podcast. This is Mewkow: To my left is Mkallah: – (catch phrase here). And to my right is Tetsemi: (catch phrase here). This week we are joined by special guests Looci and Marcus who are here to talk to us about AIE in SWTOR Welcome!

Ok, we’ll be digging into SWTOR shortly, but first, let’s cover this week’s news…

AIE News

Community
PAX East 2020 is happening at the end of this month, 27 Feb -01 March in Boston, Ma. A few AIEers are going to be there and are trying to plan a meet up. If anyone else is going, chime in on discord. Passes for all 4 days are available again.

Mandatory Fun Nights

Where the fun is mandatory but the attendance is not.

Sunday – STO 8:30 pm Eastern
Monday – GW2 9:30 pm Eastern
Tuesday – SWTOR 9 pm Eastern
Wednesday – FFXIV 10 pm Eastern
Friday – ESO 9 pm Eastern
Friday – FFXIV(Late Night) 11 pm Eastern
Saturday – LotRO 8:30 pm Eastern
Saturday – Noob Raid (WoW) 11 pm Eastern
Saturday – FFXIV (Maps) 11 pm Eastern

Raid Team News/Progression

Better Late than Never is 12/12 Normal and 3/12 Heroic as of 2-8. Looking to add some more heroic kills on Monday night.

Dead on Arrival (DoA) is 8/12 Normal

Behind the Curve is 7/12 Normal

F.E.R.T. is 1/12 Normal

United Orgrimmar Horde Pagle Classic 6/10 MC

Deathstar troopers has been running HM TOS

Streaming and guild podcast news

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 325: Greetings From Keith
http://www.newoverlords.com/swtor-escape-pod-cast-325-greetings-from-keith/

6.1 almost here and we get notes from Keith and Charles on what’s next.

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 326: Secret Shady Merchant
http://www.newoverlords.com/swtor-escape-pod-cast-326-secret-shady-merchant/

This week we do a live walk-through of a mission chain to unlock the somewhat secret shady merchant on Mek-Sha

Working Class Nerds
Episode 64: Interview with Jackie Cao!
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-64-interview-with-jackie-cao/id1330089578?i=1000464959303

Marcus and Nick sit down with former Bioware game developer and current Gearbox game developer, Jackie Cao!! Jackie worked on Star Wars: The Old Republic for Bioware, and the guys picked his brain and had a fun time!

NOMADS
The Division 2 has seen some renewed interest lately. Some changes are coming to the game soon with the impending release of Episode 3 and a new Flamethrower specialization.
We’ve had 3 or 4 new folks added to the clan lately. If you’d like to get a clan invite you must have the Base of Operations staff member Grace Larson unlocked. You can search for “AleaIactaEst” and apply. You can also shoutout in the #division2 discord channel for help.
* Folks are always willing to help with your weekly,dailies and leveling.
* Have any questions, track down Durus or ask in discord.

WoW
The new online guild invite system is working great. This month is Dignitas. Also open on alliance.

Raid finder wing 1 is open

https://www.wowhead.com/news=311073/rank-3-reputation-essences-with-uldum-accord-and-rajani-moved-to-revered

WoW Classic

Blackwing Lair (BWL) is live on Tuesday… so plenty of new content and the new rush to AnQiraj (AQ) farm

SWTOR
See Game News

FFXIV
* Maps Nights, which are Saturdays at 9:30PM Eastern, are still happening! Come get gil, tempt the RNG primals, and enjoy some fun times!
* The Raid Team is having some success with getting to know each other during Titania Extreme as their efforts have picked up in the new year.
* Folks are still chatting in discord daily. If you have questions or want help with something, that’s always a great place to find someone at any hour.

5.2, Echoes of a Fallen Star, Release date announced, 18th of Feb.
Moogle event goes away at this time. If you are after that Namazu necklace, do your dungeons now!

Patch site has been updated to more than a bullet list… https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/shadowbringers/patch_5_2/

There was a patch feature showing off a fishing trip. There may be some AIE fishing trips in our future.

Duty Commenced NA on Feb 12, tune in for community shenanigans.

Fan Fest announced.
Fan Festival 2020 in San Diego
Friday, November 6, 2020 and Saturday, November 7, 2020 (A rather familiar time of year)
San Diego Convention Center

ESO
The Harrowstorm DLC game pack comes out on February 24th for PC/Mac and consoles on March 10th. There will be two new dungeons as part of the DLC that starts of the beginning of the Dark Heart of Skyrim year-long adventure. The new dungeons are Ice Reach and Unhallowed Grave and will have new gear sets (including a new monster set), style pages, dyes, and furnishings that can drop.

At the same time the DLC is launched, Update 25 will happen for the base game that will have performance updates, an overhaul to patching, and some fixes and balance changes.

MFN for February 28th will start at 9pm EST as usual and will involve running both of the dungeons as time permits.

STO
They are doing a ton of things right now in game with having celebrated 10 years of the game. They have new ships coming, and even had a humble bundle with comics and a ship bundle for STO., some of which they have been talking about in the main sto channel. The anniversary is always a fun time, but they just keep going with this one.

EVE
Living in our new home. Hoots been afk sick, industrial capacities in our new home and and pve as well are full strength. Building up our alliance and coalition superhighway as ADM’s strengthen. Russians are cloaky camping with goons cuz we are making too much isk.

GW2
A world boss hunt on Friday February 28th starting at 9:30 eastern

LOTRO
Riders of Rohan is expected to hit the legendary servers this week.
Stay tuned to the lotro channel for upcoming special events

And with that, let’s get back to Marcus and Looci and find out what’s going on in SWTOR.

GAME NEWS

Marcus- thann was trying to buy trash items to win sema san diego. What a great week.
Deathstar troopers has been running HM TOS. progging
Looci – and he created a bidding war in general chat for some of the trash items, at one point I think fangs were at 60K per fang!

Everything is awesome!

One of the Devs posted that we will be getting some “crazy stuff” in 2020, so speculation is rife. The most likely ideas are that Darth Malgus will sprout tentacles and come under the power of the Old Gods and we will get Lalafells as a playable race.

If you are a subscriber and have not logged in super recently, hop in and find the Umbaran Patrol Tauntaun in your mailbox. If you are not a subscriber yet, you have til Feb 29th to subscribe and earn this mount.

We’ve had two MFNs since the last AIE podcast including one particularly wild and wooly trip into The Terror from Beyond. We had run out of time for the last fight, but we had some people with us that had never seen it, so we decided to barge in and just take a look. It’s a multi-phase, positioning-heavy battle, so it was more of a lark than anything, but we won anyway! And that was with two healers disconnecting over 9000 times… at least.

CLOSE
And that’s our show for tonight. While the chatroom begins suggesting show titles, we want to thank Marcus and Looci for joining us. And don’t forget, after the show is the AIE podcast stream, this week they are doing:

If you have a question or comment about our show, you can email us at podcast@aie-guild.org. You can also follow us on Twitter. The show is at @aiepodcast. Mew is at @themewkow. Mkallah is at @cyberwaif,and Tetsemi is at @ivorytiger. We record live with video every other Sunday at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific. You can join the chatroom and play along with us on our website at https://aie-guild.org/podcast-live-stream/ and our Discord server for chat at https://aie-guild.info/discord . Our theme was composed by the amazing Andrew Allen, follow him at @keyswithsoul! or visit his website http://keyswithsoul.com !

And now it’s time to play all of the great AIE member segments we received this week, including…

Overly Dramatic News – @HuntsTheWind

Just a programing note, our next show will be in three weeks due to some RL scheduling conflicts. So March 1st, we’ll be talking to Someone in some game. So until then, AIE…

– This is Mewkow
– This is Mkallah
– This is Tetsemi

And this has been… The AIE Podcast.

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The AIE Podcast #336 – Mandatory Map Merriment https://aie-guild.org/blog/2020/01/the-aie-podcast-336-mandatory-map-merriment/ https://aie-guild.org/blog/2020/01/the-aie-podcast-336-mandatory-map-merriment/#respond Sun, 26 Jan 2020 03:38:49 +0000 https://aie-guild.org/?p=100956 On this episode of The AIE Podcast… Mewkow: Looking for a Raid Team, we got you covered! Mkallah: Where in the World is Sema San Diego Tetsemi: Way down in Harrowstorm Mewkow: Eve has settled in…. Again Mkallah: And we […]]]>

On this episode of The AIE Podcast…

    Mewkow: Looking for a Raid Team, we got you covered!
    Mkallah: Where in the World is Sema San Diego
    Tetsemi: Way down in Harrowstorm
    Mewkow: Eve has settled in…. Again
    Mkallah: And we have Abovan and Durus

All that and more coming up right now…

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Welcome to episode #336 of the the podcast celebrating you, the Alea Iacta Est gaming community, the die has been podcast. This is Tetsemi: To my left is Mewkow: – (catch phrase here). And to my right is Mkallah: (catch phrase here). This week we are joined by special guests Abovan and Durus who are here to talk to us about AIE in FFXIV Welcome!

Ok, we’ll be digging into FFXIV shortly, but first, let’s cover this week’s news…

AIE News

Community
Mandatory Fun Nights

Where the fun is mandatory but the attendance is not.

Sunday – STO 8:30 pm Eastern
Monday – GW2 9:30 pm Eastern
Tuesday – SWTOR 9 pm Eastern
Wednesday – FFXIV 10 pm Eastern
Friday – ESO 9 pm Eastern
Friday – FFXIV(Late Night) 11 pm Eastern
Saturday – LotRO 8:30 pm Eastern
Saturday – Noob Raid (WoW) 11 pm Eastern
Saturday – FFXIV (Maps) 11 pm Eastern

Streaming and guild podcast news
SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 324: Our Amps Are One Louder
http://www.newoverlords.com/swtor-escape-pod-cast-324-our-amps-are-one-louder/

Class balance coming soon, Alderaan Stronghold updates on the PTS, and we talk about Amplifiers.

Working Class Nerds
Episode 63: Our Eyes See 2020
https://www.buzzsprout.com/143519/2549677

Nick and Marcus look ahead to the games their most looking forward to coming out in 2020, and of course recap what they’ve been up to in their gaming lives.

WoW
Patch 8.3 is out and the guild activity level seems to be up as people are doing daily quests, looking for groups for Horrific visions, and camping rare mount spawns.

The new raid opened on Tuesday and a number of raid teams are progressing through it while Blizzard hurriedly fixes in bugs with hotfixes and extended maintenance windows.

If you’re looking for a raid team, make sure you check the #raid-recruitment channel in AIE Discord and if you’re looking for a group to run Horrific visions or the Heroic version of Mechagon, make sure you check the #lfg channel for people looking for groups.

UMAMI applications are no longer a requirement for WoW Retail. We are opening up guild recruitment to the server with the in-game recruitment system. New and current members of AIE can continue to use Discord, aielfo in-game community, as well as the new Blizzard guild recruitment system to request guild invites. We want to thank Stigg for everything he has done with our UMAMI system and Greenwall, and we can’t wait to see what else he has in store for AIE.

AIE’s 13th Anniversary next month and 3rd Annual Ralff’s Amazing Race (details coming soon ™)

SWTOR
MEGA!
Friday Feb 7th 9pm Real world time (Eastern)
Sema San Diego!!! We will be hiding Sema on a planet. What planet you ask? You will have to come to find out. Looci and the Officers will have the clues you will need to find Sema.

Don’t miss the Monthly Epic event!

Our operations teams are thriving. Some are working through the new operation, some are working through the whole progression of all the operations, and some are doing whichever operation they feel like doing that week!

We’ve done 3 MFNs so far this year and have been extremely happy to have had some players come with us that had never seen those operations. It’s always fun when that happens.

We are looking forward to a new Stronghold–this time on the beautiful planet of Alderaan. I know what you’re thinking, but it’s still thousands of years before THAT happens. The stronghold is currently on the PTS, so watch for times when the PTS is available if you want to hop in and stroll around in it.

The next patch is 6.1 and should be coming some time in February. It will include some class changes, the Alderaan stronghold and a “story beat”.

FFXIV
See Game Notes

ESO
Update 25 is coming soon and will be the start of the year-long Dark Heart of Skyrim adventure. It will bring performance improvements and a patching overhaul as well as the first DLC of the year called Harrowstorm. Harrowstorm will have new item sets and collectables as well as 2 new dungeons that set up the events of the upcoming Greymoor Chapter. The dungeons will be Unhallowed Grave, a long-forgotten tomb, and Icereach, where you get to confront witches. There is no set date for Harrowstorm yet, but eta is sometime in Q1 of 2020. We know it will be out before Greymoor launches and the release date for Greymoor is May 18th for PC/Mac and June 2 for console.

EVE
Settled in the new home system. Bringing up their lil cubby holes ADM’s so they can truly start doing big boy stuff. Hoots has plans to start making stuff for corpies and corpies are helping by donating needed materials for said process and the coalition is being harassed by russians..again.

LOTRO
They are going to delay the start of SNL until after the podcast is over.

And with that, let’s get back to Abo and Durus and find out what’s going on in Final Fantasy 14

GAME NEWS
First off, congrats are in order for Testsemi, as he has completed the MSQ and is caught up to the current story content in FFXIV. That’s the base game with 5 patches (and some sub-patches), Heavensward, 5 patches and change, Stormblood with its handful of patches, Shadowbringers, and its one major patch.

Remember that there’s still plenty of story content to do after you finish the MSQ! Raids in all 4 expansions, trials, 24-player stuff which is heavy on the story, plot, and intrigue, maps, crafting (yes, even the crafting classes and quests have a story!), and the legend of the world’s greatest detective, Hildabrand! This game is bursting at the seams with content and character! And we’re here to help you make sense of it all.

TALK ABOUT THE WEDDING
Theresa and Viv’s Ceremony of Eternal Bonding is scheduled for Wednesday, 1/29 at 8:00 PM Eastern. Please see either of them or check the FC chest for an invitation that you must possess to enter the event space at the appointed time.

Live Letter Part LVII
Thursday, February 6 at 3:00 a.m. (PST)

Valentione’s Day
Wed, Jan 29 to Sun, Feb 9.
Vote for your colorful “emissary of Love”

In the meantime, we are running a weekly map night, Saturday nights at 8pm until we run out of maps. Map nights are using the treasure maps found from mining, botaning (picking flowers or chopping trees), fishing, or just buying them from the market boards. Using a map will consume the map, but show a little piece of the map from the game with the big red X for the treasure. You then go to that location and dig for treasure. Of course, each chest is booby-trapped, so you will need to fight off a bunch of monsters to get to your treasure. Once everyone in your party gets their loot, there is a chance that a portal to a bonus zone will appear!

This bonus zone is only available thru 8-player treasure maps. Going into the zone seems to act normal. Go in, beat up on some bad guys, get loot. But then the party has to make a choice between two doors. One door leads to the next room, with cash and fabulous prizes await. The other door will set off alarms, sirens, and kick the party out of the dungeon.

The map nights are very casual, super fun, and very profitable. Anyone level 80 can join in. You don’t have to bring a map to join in, but bringing maps helps everyone out.

PATCH PATCH PATCH

FFXIV is wrapping up the current 5.1 patch cycle, and is starting up the hype machine for 5.2.

The even number patches are fun because they have a new gear tier and raid tier introduced. So, as a guild, we tend to do the story mode raids on a regular basis, as that is the difficulty that most people want to do. So, when the patch does hit, expect to have us run some fun nights thru the new Eden tier.

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And that’s our show for tonight. While the chatroom begins suggesting show titles, we want to thank Abo and Durus for joining us.

@abovan
@theDurus

If you have a question or comment about our show, you can email us at podcast@aie-guild.org. You can also follow us on Twitter. The show is at @aiepodcast. Mew is at @themewkow. Mkallah is at @cyberwaif,and Tetsemi is at @ivorytiger. We record live with video every other Sunday at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific. You can join the chatroom and play along with us on our website at https://aie-guild.org/podcast-live-stream/ and our Discord server for chat at https://aie-guild.info/discord . Our theme was composed by the amazing Andrew Allen, follow him at @keyswithsoul! or visit his website http://keyswithsoul.com !

And now it’s time to play all of the great AIE member segments we received this week, including…

Overly Dramatic News – @HuntsTheWind
Ask Buxley – @AskBuxley

Next time, we’ll return for our regularly scheduled Sunday show with SWTOR. So,i until then, AIE…

– This is Tetsemi
– This is Mewkow
– This is Mkallah

And this has been… The AIE Podcast.

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The AIE Podcast #335 – 2020 Kickoff (Lightning!) https://aie-guild.org/blog/2020/01/the-aie-podcast-335-2020-kickoff-lightning/ https://aie-guild.org/blog/2020/01/the-aie-podcast-335-2020-kickoff-lightning/#respond Mon, 13 Jan 2020 03:31:56 +0000 https://aie-guild.org/?p=100934 On this episode of The AIE Podcast… Tetsemi: It’s 2020 and we are here for the games! Mewkow: Umami is a thing of the past Mkallah: Have you hugged your Wookie today? Tetsemi: SMN for all your FFXIV fun Mewkow: […]]]>

On this episode of The AIE Podcast…

    Tetsemi: It’s 2020 and we are here for the games!
    Mewkow: Umami is a thing of the past
    Mkallah: Have you hugged your Wookie today?
    Tetsemi: SMN for all your FFXIV fun
    Mewkow: And, we are our own guests!

All that and more coming up right now…

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Welcome to episode #335 of the the podcast celebrating you, the Alea Iacta Est gaming community, the die has been podcast. This is Mkallah: To my left is Tetsemi: – (catch phrase here). And to my right is Mewkow: (catch phrase here). This week we are joined by special guests US who are here to talk to ourselves about what we’ve been up to during the break. Welcome!

Ok, we’ll be digging into all of our fun since the last show shortly, but first, let’s cover this week’s news…

AIE News

Community
Mandatory Fun Nights

Where the fun is mandatory but the attendance is not.

Sunday – STO 8:30 pm Eastern
Monday – GW2 9:30 pm Eastern
Tuesday – SWTOR 9 pm Eastern
Wednesday – FFXIV 10 pm Eastern
Friday – ESO 9 pm Eastern
Friday – FFXIV(Late Night) 11 pm Eastern
Saturday – LotRO 8:30 pm Eastern
Saturday – Noob Raid (WoW) 11 pm Eastern
Saturday – FFXIV (Maps) 11 pm Eastern

Streaming and guild podcast news
SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 322: Year End Wrap And Predictions
http://www.newoverlords.com/swtor-escape-pod-cast-322-year-end-wrap-and-predictions/

SWTOR Anniversary, Star Wars for watching, and our 2019 review.

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 323: The Mandalorian
http://www.newoverlords.com/swtor-escape-pod-cast-323-the-mandalorian/

January events schedule is up, our guild events are rolling for 2020, and we review The Mandalorian.

Working Class Nerds
Episode 62: Diggin’ Into the Decade!

https://www.buzzsprout.com/143519/2451068

Marcus and Nick sit down with Dr. SWTOR to discuss their favorite games of the decade and the final episodes from The Mandalorian.

WoW
https://aie-guild.org/blog/2020/01/news-from-aie-in-wow-retail/

UMAMI applications are no longer a requirement for WoW Retail. We are opening up guild recruitment to the server with the in-game recruitment system. New and current members of AIE can continue to use Discord, aielfo in-game community, as well as the new Blizzard guild recruitment system to request guild invites. We want to thank Stigg for everything he has done with our UMAMI system and Greenwall, and we can’t wait to see what else he has in store for AIE.

AIE’s 13th Anniversary next month and 3rd Annual Ralff’s Amazing Race (details coming soon ™)

NOOB Raid tried Mythic….on accident! And it went, well, just like you thought it should.

Patch 8.3 Survival Guide
https://www.wowhead.com/news=305319/patch-8-3-visions-of-nzoth-survival-guide-giveaway

The third major Battle for Azeroth content patch, Visions of N’Zoth, will be releasing on January 14th (US) / 15th (EU).

This new content patch will include N’Zoth Assaults in two zones: Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms. N’Zoth has taken over and Corrupted these areas. Taking part in these Assaults will earn you reputation with the Uldum Accord and Rajani and earn you a new currency: Coalescing Visions.

Wrathion returns in this Patch, starting off with a long Introduction Questline that will act as a tutorial for the major systems of this patch. This includes his own legendary cloak Ashjra’kamas, Shroud of Resolve and a plan to enter and take down the Horrific Visions of N’zoth. Titanforging is being removed for all Patch 8.3 content and replaced by Corrupted Gear which will provide you with powerful effects, but at a cost. Participating in Horrific Visions will allow you to upgrade Wrathion’s Legendary Cloak, helping you to combat some of the negative effects of the Corrupted gear. In addition, new Essences are being added for all roles, as well as new recipes for Professions.

Two new Allied Races are being added to the game: Vulpera for the Horde and Mechagnomes for the Alliance. Allied Race Death Knights are also available this Patch for players who have pre-purchased Shadowlands. Goblin and Worgen Heritage Armor is being added this Patch as well! If you’ve been wanting to transmog Legendary weapons, Patch 8.3 will finally allow you to do so! … except for the Warglaives of Azzinoth, those are still Demon Hunter appearance only. This Patch also helps If you’ve been looking for a unique reward from Island Expeditions, as there are new Salvage Crates which can be bought with Seafarer’s Dubloon. Lastly, the Auction House is getting a much needed rework.

More content is coming later in the Patch on January 21st when Season 4 of Battle of Azeroth begins. This marks the opening of the new Ny’alotha Raid, new PvP Season and new Mythic+ Seasonal Affix, Awakened, as well as Heroic Darkshore. Season 4 will also come with an overall Item Level increase to most systems, with the cap from most systems being 475 except for the final two bosses of Ny’alotha dropping 485 gear.

Mewkow- WoW Classic
https://www.wowhead.com/news=305109/classic-wow-content-drop-on-feb-12th-blackwing-lair-level-50-class-quests-eterna

Blackwing Lair

The Blackwing Lair attunement quest, “Blackhand’s Command”, will become available on all realms tomorrow, Friday, January 10.

Level 50 Class Quests

All players, starting at level 50, can now begin class-specific questlines offered by class trainers in capital cities. These quests conclude with a choice of one of three powerful rare items.

New Reputation Rewards

The Argent Dawn, Thorium Brotherhood, Timbermaw Hold, Silverwing Sentinels, and Warsong Outriders faction vendors now offer reputation reward items that were added in patches 1.6 and 1.7 of original WoW.

Eternal Quintessence

Players who complete “Hands of the Enemy” and reach Revered reputation with Hydraxian Waterlords may now obtain Eternal Quintessence from Duke Hydraxis.

Darkmoon Faire – Coming Earlier in February

The first Darkmoon Faire in WoW Classic will get underway in early February, with barkers and the Faire setup appearing on Friday, February 7, and the festivities opening on Monday, February 10. Look for the many Darkmoon Cards that make up the beasts, elementals, portals, and warlords sets to begin dropping from enemies and bosses on Wednesday, February 5.

SWTOR
The holidays in SWTOR were filled with MEGAs, MFNs, snowballs and wookiee hugging. Several guildies were so industrious, they achieved the Wookiee Hugging Champion achievement! Wookiees give the best hugs.

In 2020, we are looking forward to opening the rest of the rooms in both guild flagships, many Operations successes, MFNs galore, MEGAs extraordinaire, Conquest targets met, meetups, trivia, and, of course, lightning

ESO
On January 16th at 5pm EST there will be a Bethesda live stream to reveal the Chapter and year long story. They will have twitch drops live during the stream so you can unlock rewards.
MFN is still on Friday nights at 9pm est where we run dungeons, rampage though zones killing bosses, obtaining sky shards, and looting anything not nailed down, and occasionally jump off cliffs.

FFXIV
We had the first maps night in quite awhile and it was fairly epic. We did level 80 maps, AKA Zonureskin Maps, and reached the final chamber 4 times! That means a +100K payday each time. With total Gil and value of mats dropped in excess of 15M gil.

Map Nights will be a regular Saturday night event going forward, just ping Kelseer on the #ffxiv channel in AIE Discord if you want to join in. Map groups hold about 8 people per team. The Gliderskin maps are more tuned for solo players, if you didn’t want to get a full group.

Raiding will be picking up again soon. Speak with @Durus or @Abovan for details. We’ll likely begin with some of the early extreme fights (Titania and Innocence) to gauge where everyone is, and help gear folks up.

Patch 5.2 is coming in February and includes

-New MSQ (beginning of the end of SHB’s story)
-New Dungeon, “Anamnesis Anyder” (Trust Compatible)
-New beast tribe focusing on gathering, the Qitari
-New Chronicles of a New Era (5.0’s Trials quest chain)
-First Trial will be Ruby Weapon
-New Raid, “Eden’s Verse” (One boss will be related to Ramuh)
-Upgradable Equipment quest series (Relic quest)

EVE
Settled in new home system. Bringing up our lil cubby holes ADM’s so we can truly start doing big boy stuff. Hoots has plans to start making stuff for corpies and corpies are helping by donating needed materials for said process

LOTRO
We finished off 2019 with a lot of fun during SNL. We have stuff planned for 2020. Stay tuned for upcoming details.

And with that, let’s get back to US and find out what’s going on in since the break.

GAME NEWS
Mkallah
I’m a mom, it was christmas time, I was running around from December 12th until December 26th. I think my final count was twelve pounds of marshmallows, ten pounds of fudge, eight batches of various cookies and bars, three pies, one cake, and one batch of rice krispy treats. ANd, that was just the baking, There was also a lot of hiking, cooking, wrapping, and I even slept in a little. I did manage to read two full books- Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow, quickly followed by The Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo- because one needs dark modern fantasy dealing with secret magical societies and Yale after 450 pages of the Weinstine investigation.

We had our annual Yule party and our Fert and Friends Christmas eve sushi lunch. We saw Star Wars opening night, and immediately afterwards I got a text from our friend MIlls that he wants to do a Star Wars game taking place 100 years after Rise of the Skywalker and then he gave us the Force and Destiny book for Christmas! I am looking at a Twi’lek Mystic Seer, not good with people, but super connected to the Living Force.

Only one of my D&D groups was semi active this season, but we have managed to get roped into helping a clan of wood elves deal with a mythical monster that has cursed them. And, you know that feeling when you wander into the wrong zone in a video game and almost get your ass handed to you? Yeah, we had that happen.

Mewkow
Still slowly taking down the inside Xmas decorations, the outside were dutifully taken down the weekend after New Year’s Day. Had a decent setup at the new house.

After catching up in the Mandolarian, and seeing the latest saga movie, AND bravely watching the entire Star Wars special (with a little help from riff trax), we have started the clone wars viewing with the intent to complete that 6-7 season show.

Tons of time in FF14 as of late. With about 5 active ‘alts’ in a game that you don’t need to alt in, there is plenty to be done. That means I’ll have done the Shadowbringer MSQ 5 times, and yes it is that good. Also working on dragging others along for the fun when possible. Completed the Eden raids, and the Nier raid a few times, but have not touched the Eden Savage raids yet, and have no desire to go anywhere near the Alexander Ultimate. Explain that fight a bit. Touch on crafting/gathering.

Past week, taking a short break every now and then to poke around FO76. They have the Wastelanders beta coming out this month, and I wanted to be ready to go when that happens. Slowly moving forward in the Pioneer scouts challenges.

Very little time in WoW lately. Seems like the raid scene is on hiatus until the patch. Here’s hoping they solve the absence of tier sets and fix or mitigate the azerite armor.

Tetsemi
Finished the MSQ up through patch 5.1 in FFXIV on my bard, and now working on the Order of the Twin Adder grand company progress as well as leveling up my Red Mage (which is apparently changing a bit in 5.2) as well as my Samurai.

Other than logging in for guild numbers and guild clean up, pretty much took most of December and beginning of January off of WoW, but looking forward to patch 8.3 and if any of the systems will be interesting to me. Oh, I did do the Anniversary LFR with the raid team and got the World Breaker mount, but the pull of FFXIV was too strong to entice me to stay engaged in WoW to do either Korak’s revenge or level any alts.

No D&D on break, however, the group has gotten sucked into the new Force & Destiny system for Star Wars and created a Sentinel Shadow who is hunting down Dark Side force sensitive and force users. Really looking forward to learning a new system and rolling the dice again. Will be the first game our whole family will be playing in that’s not a one-shot, guest appearance, or run this character because the player is out.

Also, we watched all 8 episodes of the Mandalorian, and can’t wait for more. If the Kenobi series is going to be anything like the Mandalorian, especially the two episodes Deborah Chow directed, I can not wait. So ready for some non-Skywalker series that explore more of the Solo and Rogue One type environments and stories, bring it on!

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And that’s our show for tonight. While the chatroom begins suggesting show titles, we want to thank US for joining us. And don’t forget, after the show is the AIE podcast stream, this week they are doing:

If you have a question or comment about our show, you can email us at podcast@aie-guild.org. You can also follow us on Twitter. The show is at @aiepodcast. Mew is at @themewkow. Mkallah is at @cyberwaif,and Tetsemi is at @ivorytiger. We record live with video every other Sunday at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific. You can join the chatroom and play along with us on our website at https://aie-guild.org/podcast-live-stream/ and our Discord server for chat at https://aie-guild.info/discord . Our theme was composed by the amazing Andrew Allen, follow him at @keyswithsoul! or visit his website http://keyswithsoul.com !

And now it’s time to play all of the great AIE member segment we received this week, including…

Overly Dramatic News – @HuntsTheWind

Just a programing noite, the next show will be Saturday, January 25th, regular show time. We’ll be talking to.. Well, we will let you know as soon as WE find out. So until then, AIE…

– This is Mkallah
– This is Tetsemi
– This is Mewkow

And this has been… The AIE Podcast.

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