Alea Iacta Est A Gaming Community 2019-02-17T03:35:43Z https://aie-guild.org/feed/atom/ Kameron Hoffs <![CDATA[The AIE Podcast #313 – Saturday Night Special, That’s No Rabbit]]> https://aie-guild.org/?p=99807 2019-02-10T16:43:11Z 2019-02-10T16:43:11Z On this episode of The AIE Podcast… Tetsemi: Get ready for a most amazing race Mkallah: AIE takes over Working Class Nerds Mewkow: Celebrate Valentine’s Day Morrowind style Tetsemi: Greetings from Outer space Mkallah: And, we have Abovan who is […]]]>

On this episode of The AIE Podcast…

    Tetsemi: Get ready for a most amazing race
    Mkallah: AIE takes over Working Class Nerds
    Mewkow: Celebrate Valentine’s Day Morrowind style
    Tetsemi: Greetings from Outer space
    Mkallah: And, we have Abovan who is here to talk to us about AIE in Final Fantasy XIV

All that and more coming up right now…

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Welcome to episode #313 of the the podcast celebrating you, the Alea Iacta Est gaming community, the die has been podcast. This is Mewkow: To my left is Tetsemi: – (catch phrase here). And to my right is Mkallah: (Hey guys, i have dark chocolate raspberry pie and blueberry lemon croissant puff in the guild kitchen). This week we are joined by special guest Abovan who is here to talk to us about AIE in Final Fantasy XIV Welcome!

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

AIE News

Community
This month’s Community Events will be in World of Warcraft

Ralff’s Amazing Race Sunday, February 17th, 2019
https://aie-guild.org/blog/2019/01/second-annual-ralffs-amazing-race/

Streaming and guild podcast news
Working Class Nerds 36 – AIE Takeover (NSFW)

https://www.buzzsprout.com/143519/949463

Marcus and Nick have a WCN record FOUR guests on the show! They’re joined by Max, Sema, Tetsemi, and Dankinia to talk about anything and everything involving our beloved AIE Guild.

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 277: Ossus Daily Mission Tips
http://www.newoverlords.com/swtor-escape-pod-cast-277-ossus-daily-mission-tips/

This week @AIESema, @MaxTheGrey and Astromech EPC-277 walk through the Ossus daily and weekly missions in some detail and review tips and tricks for how, why and where to do them.

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 278: How Is Babby Formed On Ord Mantell
http://www.newoverlords.com/swtor-escape-pod-cast-278-how-is-babby-formed-on-ord-mantell/

This week @AIESema, @MaxTheGrey and Astromech EPC-278 take our Jedi class story on to Ord Mantell and search out some of the babies we keep hearing about.

Mandatory Fun Nights

Where the fun is mandatory but the attendance is not.

Monday – GW2 9:30 pm Eastern
Tuesday – SWTOR 9 pm Eastern
Friday – ESO 9 pm Eastern
FFXIV 9 pm Eastern
Saturday – STO 10 pm Eastern(Rumor is they are looking for a new night)
Noob Raid 11 pm Eastern

NOMADS
With the Anthem weekends and upcoming launch there has been a lot of Nomad activity in the game. Feel free to post in the #nomads channel in AIE Discord and look for folks getting active in this game!

WoW
Wing 2 of LFR for Battle for Dazar’alor opens this week, so you can get a look at the next 3 Bosses in the raid and continue the story. As we’re Horde side, when you enter this wing, you will be seeing it from the Alliance point of view and your character and racials will become an Alliance race.

It looks like BLTN (Salus) and DoA (Libertas) ranked in top 10 as All-Stars on Execution for Uldir
on Normal difficulty on Earthen Ring.
https://www.warcraftlogs.com/server/rankings/83/19#metric=execution&difficulty=3

And Get Your Crit Together (Audacia) and BLTN (Salus) ranked in the top 10 as All-Stars on Execution for Uldir on Herioc Difficulty on Earthen Ring.
https://www.warcraftlogs.com/server/rankings/83/19#metric=execution&difficulty=4

SWTOR
Guild just hit Level 12 on the Imperial side.

We are taking a look at MFN schedules and might be adding in some variety and less common activities in the near term.

MEGA is February 22nd (Friday) and should be an awesome event!

FFXIV
See Game Notes

STO
Double XP Weekend!
https://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/11082783-xp-weekend%21

For guild structures: we are focusing on upgrading the Spire.

Next Sunday 2/17, we are going to be running an MFN. 8:30PM EST. Details are still being worked on.

There is a competition for a chance at the new ships for mirror of Discovery: Win a new starship that really brings the pain in Star Trek Online: Mirror of Discovery!.https://www.pcgamesn.com/star-trek-online/star-trek-online-mirror-of-discovery-giveaway

ESO
The Morrowind Celebration is started on Feb 7th and runs though Monday February 18th 10am est. Drops from resource notes and all bosses will be doubled during the event and you get double reward boxes from all the daily quests in the zone. You also earn event tickets for the first world boss daily and delve boss daily each day. So a max of 2 tickets per day per account. These tickets go towards feathers and berries for the Indrik mount.

EVE
GREETINGS SPACE FRIENDS! And Happy new year!!!!

We have a series of events that I’m planning for all of February

For the First weekly event we’re going to celebrate the Lucky Pig!!! Everyone who logs on over the next 7 days will have the chance to Receive Luck ™. Some activities may help sway the luck gods so go on those fleets! And join in on Space Communism, Space Capitalism, and Space…idk Jainism…

I’m going to be filling up Minmatar ships (rusty red colored ships) and filling them with goodies to contract out to people randomly

Week 2 will be a Fitfleet fitness “Challenge of the skinny pig!” Just document your road to better health (whatever is medicinally advisable for all of us in different stages of life) in our fitfleet channel and receive something at the end of the week

Week 3 is….going to be something….idk yet probably participation based. Thinking Exploding Pig. Probably a Red Envelope fleet

But week 4 will be a Chili Recipe Cookoff I think….Pork based

LOTRO
“Saturday February 9th at 9 server time or 15 minutes after AIE podcast ends I will be running everyone’s favorite content ………Epic Battles. They will be starting with the War of Gondor: Retaking Pelargir. “What are the requirements?” You ask. Great question, you need to be at least lvl 10 and have Helm’s Deep expansion. Great and patient attitudes a plus. All are welcome to attend.”

And with that, let’s get back to Abovan and find out what’s going on in FFXIV

GAME NEWS
Something something, SHADOWBRINGERS! New expansion this summer, July 2nd!

Pre-orders are now available. Preorder now and get early access, goodies. Early access will start on June 28th.

New Classes

Gunbreaker – New, Gun-sword, Gunblade tank class!

Blue Mage, available now!

New 24-player raid with guest designers Yosuke Saito and Yoko Taro.

Yoko Taro picture, because we need this.

 

New Race, The Viera!

Very similar to the Viera in FF Tactics and 12.

The Restoration of the Holy See of Ishgard

New Game+

Trusts!

And more to be revealed at the Tokyo Fan Fest

The End of Stormblood!

Patches! New Content, new stories!

Patch 4.55 is slated for next Tuesday.

More Eureka, Rival Wings Update.

Doman mahjong was added. This is more similar to Japanese Mahjong and not solitaire Mahjong you may be familiar with. This plays like a combination of poker and gin rummy in a 4 player setting.

Future patch

Data Center Reshuffle. Today, Goblin, our server is on the Aether Data Center, which is our grouping of servers that allows for party finder groups, party matching and so forth. Coming soon, Goblin will be reshuffled into a new datacenter, Crystal.

At this time, we as a Free Company will remain on Goblin with no plans on moving, and therefore will eventually end up on the Crystal datacenter. We do have a Cross-World linkshell setup that anyone is welcome to join, if you are on another server but still wish to talk to AIE folk. Ask in the #FFXIV channel in discord for details.

You will be able to freely visit any other server on your datacenter!

Since last time we were on, Alphascape, 4 Lords, and the end of the Return to Ivalice 24-player raid story in the Orbonne Monastery!

Got Twitch Prime? How about Amazon Prime? Well, play the starter edition now, for FREE!

FC Post Valentine’s Day Calamity. Get your toons refreshed in the FC or else they will removed if they are over 180 days offline. Officers, this includes you. February 15th is the deadline.

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And that’s our show for tonight. While the chatroom begins suggesting show titles, we want to thank Abovan 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://bit.ly/AIEPodcastDiscord . 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…

Ask Buxley – @AskBuxley
Overly Dramatic News – @HuntsTheWind

Next time, well hopefully be talking to Dankinia and possibly friends in ESO. So until then, AIE…

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

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Abovan <![CDATA[Shadowbrings Pre-Orders Now Available]]> https://aie-guild.org/?p=99719 2019-02-09T06:07:04Z 2019-02-09T05:48:11Z Warriors of Light!  The time is upon us to begin the Pre-Orders of Shadowbringers, the next chapter in Final Fantasy XIV! https://store.na.square-enix-games.com/en_US/preorder Remember folks, AIE is on the Goblin server, currently in the Aether data center, but our server is […]]]>

Warriors of Light!  The time is upon us to begin the Pre-Orders of Shadowbringers, the next chapter in Final Fantasy XIV!

https://store.na.square-enix-games.com/en_US/preorder

Remember folks, AIE is on the Goblin server, currently in the Aether data center, but our server is slated to move to the new Crystal data center soon.

Join AIE as we continue our adventures through Eozrea, as we all adventure together in Shadowbringers!  As always, you can join the conversation or ask any questions down in our Discord Channel, https://aie-guild.info/discord #FFXIV.

There are a few different versions to purchase.

On each platform, there is a standard edition, a digital collector’s edition, and the physical collector’s edition.

 

By pre-ordering any version of Shadowbringers, players will receive the following bonuses.

  • Early access to Shadowbringers, beginning Friday, June 28th.
  • The Baby Gremlin Minion to follow you in your adventures, scare you and your friends, as well as encourage you that the monster in front of you is of no match for you, just ignore the snickering…
  • Aetheryte Earrings.  A stylish piece of ear accessory that also provides job specific stats, and grow in power as you level up to 70!  On top of that, it will give you an extra 30% XP bonus to boot!  Not a bad deal for looking good!

 

If you purchase the PS4 edition of the game, you will also receive a PS4 theme and a PS4 Avatar as part of your pre-order bonus.

 

 

 

Awesome!  But what do you get for picking up the digital collectors edition?  Well, you get everything listed above and the following!

  • The great Grani Mount!  Enjoy your new ride, with many, many pointy edges!  It also flies and swims underwater!

 

  • She is not a bunny, but a Viera!  Sure, the Viera will be the new playable race, and you will probably see many Vireas running around, but none of them will be anything like Fren from FFXII.
  • It’s a Revolver! It’s a sword! It’s a Revolver Gunbreaker Sword!  Awesome at parties, shooting things, slicing things, and looks great propped over your shoulder, just make sure you don’t use the pointy end.

 

 

But wait, there’s also the physical collector’s edition!  What’s in there?

  • The box!  The box is a wrap around piece of artwork!
  • Dark Knight Statue!  Embrace the darkness, and have this statue on your desk while you destroy your enemies in front of you.  This 9″ statue will show you how good the darkness can really look.
  • Art, in book form!  Every good collector’s edition has an art book.  This one is no different.  The art direction of this game is off the charts, so having a book to truly appreciate it is nice, when you are not being chased by 14 bad guys.
  • It’s a reuseable sticker!  Cling it on to things to show your Shadowbringers respect!
  • Final Fantasy XIV playing cards!  Now you can show up to poker night with these fancy cards with artwork from FFXIV on each.  Now you can call your opponet’s bluffs and drop down that straight flush in style!
  • Oh yeah, the game is in there too.  Somewhere…

So, with all of this out there, remember to get the correct platform, as the expansion platform has to match up with the version that you are playing.  Meaning if you have the PC version, get the PC expansion, PS4, Mac, ect.

The big gotcha is the Steam edition.  If you purchased FFXIV through Steam, make sure that you pre-order the game thru Steam.  Likewise, if you did NOT buy the game thru Steam, do not get the expansion on Steam.

That’s a lot to take in, and we didn’t even get to what is in Shadowbringers yet!  Not to worry, as you can tune into the AIE Podcast on Saturday, February 9th, and we will have a recap of everything we know about Shadowbrings on the podcast!

We hope to see everyone in Eozrea!

 

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Kameron Hoffs <![CDATA[The AIE Podcast #312 – Max is the New Kelly McGillis (Get back to raid)]]> https://aie-guild.org/?p=99696 2019-02-07T13:32:36Z 2019-01-28T14:54:36Z Welcome to episode 312 of the the podcast celebrating you, the Alea Iacta Est gaming community, the die has been podcast. This week we are joined by special guests Syreyne who is here to talk to us about AIE in World of Warcraft Welcome!]]>

On this episode of The AIE Podcast…

    Tetsemi: We have your community calendar
    Mewkow: and streaming and podcast news
    Mkallah: It’s time to gear up your alts
    Tetsemi: The season of the Dragon is almost here
    Mewkow: And, we have Syreyne here to chat about AIE in World of Warcraft

All that and more coming up right now…

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Welcome to episode 312 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 Syreyne who is here to talk to us about AIE in World of Warcraft Welcome!

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

AIE News

Community
This month’s Community Events will be in World of Warcraft
Kirin Tor Tavern Crawl, Jan 31st time 7:30pm ET

Next month’s Community Event across a number of games:
Ralff’s Amazing Race Sunday, February 17th, 2019
https://aie-guild.org/blog/2019/01/second-annual-ralffs-amazing-race/

Streaming and guild podcast news
SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 275: Monopolize The Ecumenopolis
http://www.newoverlords.com/swtor-escape-pod-cast-275-monopolize-the-ecumenopolis/

This week @AIESema, @MaxTheGrey and Astromech EPC-275 continue the Jedi adventure on Coruscant and talk about the PTS and patch notes.

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 276: Fighter Weapons School

http://www.newoverlords.com/swtor-escape-pod-cast-276-fighter-weapons-school/
This week @AIESema, @MaxTheGrey and Astromech EPC-276 get Jedi class ships on Coruscant and spend time talking about the awesome GSF new pilot guild event we had this week using the new group challenge PvP system.

Working Class Nerds (NSFW) – Episode 35: Nezzir Again!

https://www.buzzsprout.com/143519/932124
Marcus and Nick are joined by Nezzir once again to talk about the changes that 5.10 has brought to SWTOR and also break down what they’re excited to see from Anthem.

Upcoming streams
Look out for the next episode of Working Class Nerds. It will be a special AIE episode with guests…. Max, Sema, Dankina, and Tetsemi!!! Look for it coming 2/7.

Mandatory Fun Nights
Where the fun is mandatory but the attendance is not.

Monday – GW2 9:30 pm Eastern
Tuesday – SWTOR 9 pm Eastern
Friday – ESO 9 pm Eastern
FFXIV 9 pm Eastern
Saturday – STO 10 pm Eastern
Noob Raid 11 pm Eastern

Imperium Ludi
The new Bioware offering, launching next month, is Anthem and there’s a VIP Demo live and we’ve had a few guildies popping in and taking a look around, keep an eye out on Twitter for demo codes. I’ve also seen a few people get them from their nVidia Gefore Experience account as well.

Nomads
Destiny 2 – Just a reminder for folks looking to join, please read the pinned message in the #destiny2 channel in AIE Discord for all the information.

WOW
With the increase in item levels for World Quests, Incursions, War Fronts, and of course dungeons and raids, make sure you’re logging in and getting those gear upgrades on your mains, if not your alts!

We now have 7 raid team participating the guild bank / raid bank program. If your raid team would like to participate, please contact Syreyne in game or in Discord and/or post in the #raidteam-news channel in AIE Discord. Also see the pinned message in #raidteam-news for more information on this project.

See show notes below for more!

SWTOR
Last week was MEGA Galactic Star Fighter edition

We flew around planets and were learning how to do GSF. Max was the instructor.

The guild hit Level 10 in our guild level. Thats a lot of work and we’re proud of the team.

Deathstar Troopers The sunday night ops team beat the second boss in Dread Fortress in HardMode. They were working on it for 3 weeks. This is a big accomplishment for the team.

ESO
Update 21 will be out soon (no date yet) and will start off The Season of the Dragon. The update contains 2 brand new dungeons (part of your ESO Plus membership or for purchase in the in game store) as well as several base game additions. The base game additions include a new Battlegrounds map, PvP rewards, passive class ability changes, an update to the Guild Trader interface, and a Zone Guide system.

FFXIV
Feb 15. The Post Valentine’s Day Calamity. Get your characters refreshed, as on Feb 15, characters over 180 days offline will be removed including officer characters.

FFXIV European fanfest also starts on February 2nd at 10am central european time. Expected annoucements include a new race and a new class https://eu.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/3cfa291260acfacc545bb2958df00ec64fb1926d

Our server, Goblin will be transitioning to the new data center, Crystal. At this time, no plans of moving.

We don’t have plans of moving at this time, and transfers to and from the server have been announced as “affected players will be offered transfers”. Nothing beyond that.

So, if you play with AIE on a different server that will remain in Aether, transfers might be available. More info passed along when we get it.

House needs to be redecorated. Any aspiring interior designers that want to help out, reach out in the discord channel.

As for in game news, the new class Blue Mage is now live. If you are looking for a unique experience in FF14, this new class is like no other. With a permanent open world monster experience boost, this class levels quickly, and you’ll be busy collecting all manner of game breaking abilities, which is why you won’t see these classes in any normal group content.

We also have Valentione’s day coming up very soon, so please look forward to it.

STO
Mirror of Discovery is live and the 9th Anniversary is going on. By getting enough anniversary vouchers, you have a chance of getting a Tier 6 Vulcan Scout ship from Q

Anniversary event for STO. Omega particle collection, and a daily quest that ends in a free ship.

And with that, let’s get back to Syreyne and find out what’s going on in World of Warcraft.

GAME NEWS

Raid team progress:
https://wiki.aie-guild.org/index.php?title=WOW:Raid_Team_Summary#Active_AIE_Raiding_Teams

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

@SyreyneAIE

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://bit.ly/AIEPodcastDiscord . 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…

Ask Buxley – @AskBuxley
Overly Dramatic News – @HuntsTheWind
Diligent and Derpus – @Mementh

Just a programing note- our next show will be on Saturday, February 9th at regular show time. Guest to be announced!. So until then, AIE…

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

And this has been… The AIE Podcast.

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Syreyne <![CDATA[Second Annual Ralff’s Amazing Race]]> https://aie-guild.org/?p=99670 2019-01-24T04:40:25Z 2019-01-24T04:40:25Z Two years ago, on February 17th, AIE lost one of its greatest leaders and friends. Words cannot express the true heartbreak the AIE Community felt on that day. While there is nothing we can do to bring Ralff back, we can […]]]>

Two years ago, on February 17th, AIE lost one of its greatest leaders and friends. Words cannot express the true heartbreak the AIE Community felt on that day. While there is nothing we can do to bring Ralff back, we can always remember him for the person he was, and honor him for the legacy he left behind. So honor him we shall.

One of Ralff’s last requests was to hold an event in WoW similar to the Amazing Race. So in remembrance of our friend, we have started a new annual event, Ralff’s Amazing Race. The inaugural run was February 17th, 2018 and we are continuing the legacy every year in February.

This year, The Amazing Race will be held on Sunday, February 17th in World of Warcraft, with registration starting at 5pm ET/Server Time in Orgrimmar. There will be a shotgun style start at 6pm when everyone will receive the first clue. You will need to find the next way point and engage with the master clue giver in a mini-game for the next clue. Points will be given to everyone that reaches the next clue. Those with the highest points at the end will win prizes.

This year organizers plan to place at least one way point in every WoW expansion. (Or will they??) So brush up on your lore!  Finish finding all those finicky flight points!  Dust off your Dalaran and Garrison Hearthstones!  Or make some friends with Hivemind and 310% flying!  No matter how you decide to prepare, it’s going to be a great time!

Until then, my friends!

Syreyne

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Syreyne <![CDATA[January Community Events in World of Warcraft]]> https://aie-guild.org/?p=99675 2019-01-23T21:31:54Z 2019-01-23T21:31:54Z Attention all you AIE social butterflies and lovely miscreants!!  I am trying to be more diligent about making posts for WoW regarding upcoming events and stuff you need to know.  So to that end, here is a list of simple […]]]>

Attention all you AIE social butterflies and lovely miscreants!!  I am trying to be more diligent about making posts for WoW regarding upcoming events and stuff you need to know.  So to that end, here is a list of simple and quick events we have going on in January.

Wednesday, January 23rd (tonight!) from 8pm-10pm Server is the Call of the Scrab Event.  This is a Blizzard micro-holiday.  Relive the opening of the Gates and help display the Horde banner for the rest of the year!

Thursday, January 31st is the next Kirin Tor Tavern Crawl!  This was a big success last time.  Several slightly drunken photos may have been posted to Twitter.  We’re meeting up in Dalaran at 7:30pm Server.  This is an open event, so just give a holler in guild chat, and join us at the next stop!

Don’t forget!  The new raid opened yesterday and our raid teams are already hard at work!  Check discord for updates and recruitment opportunities!

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Max <![CDATA[SWTOR January MEGA is Tonight (1/19)!]]> https://aie-guild.org/?p=99656 2019-01-19T22:43:41Z 2019-01-19T22:43:41Z Our SWTOR division Monthly Epic Guild Activity series continues this tonight, Jan 19th, with a GSF event. The new 5.10 system that allows group PvP challenges will allow us to host private group vs group setup maps in GSF and […]]]>

Our SWTOR division Monthly Epic Guild Activity series continues this tonight, Jan 19th, with a GSF event. The new 5.10 system that allows group PvP challenges will allow us to host private group vs group setup maps in GSF and walk everyone interested through the basics of flying, targeting, fighting and map objectives. You’ll be able to get a feel for GSF and experience the maps without getting shot to pieces constantly while trying to check out the scenery! There will, of course, be some shooting later in the evening, I image.

 

Be there at 8pm central! (Mostly likely Imperial faction but feel free to check in Discord for any last minute updates.) Don’t miss it. It will be epic!

 

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Kameron Hoffs <![CDATA[The AIE Podcast #311 – Raiding for Hairstyles]]> https://aie-guild.org/?p=99639 2019-01-14T15:44:39Z 2019-01-14T15:44:39Z On this episode of The AIE Podcast… Mkallah: We have your January event calendar Tetsemi: We are raiding the bank! Mewkow: So much Final Fantasy News! Mkallah: We are learning the ropes of a new intergalactic guild system Tetsemi: Plus, […]]]>

On this episode of The AIE Podcast…

    Mkallah: We have your January event calendar
    Tetsemi: We are raiding the bank!
    Mewkow: So much Final Fantasy News!
    Mkallah: We are learning the ropes of a new intergalactic guild system
    Tetsemi: Plus, We are getting this podcasting show back on the road!

All that and more coming up right now…

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Welcome to episode #311 of the the podcast celebrating you, the Alea Iacta Est gaming community, the die has been podcast. This is Mewkow: To my left is Mkallah: – (Hey, guys, there are a lot of fresh fruits and veggies in the guild kitchen!). And to my right is Tetsemi: (catch phrase here). We are our own guest this week and we have some fun question and answers!

First, let’s cover this week’s news…

AIE News

Community
This month’s Community Events will be in World of Warcraft
Call of the Scarab event, Wed Jan 23rd, 8-10pm ET;
Kirin Tor Tavern Crawl, Jan 31st time 7:30pm ET

Next month’s Community Event across a number of games:
Ralff’s Amazing Race Sunday, February 17th, 2019

Streaming and guild podcast news
SWTOR
SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 273: 2019 Predictions
http://www.newoverlords.com/swtor-escape-pod-cast-273-2019-predictions/

This week @AIESema, @MaxTheGrey and Astromech EPC-273 kick off 2019 with our 6th annual year-end review and next year predictions show

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 274: Catching Up On Coruscant
http://www.newoverlords.com/swtor-escape-pod-cast-274-catching-up-on-coruscant/

This week @AIESema, @MaxTheGrey and Astromech EPC-274 are back to a somewhat more normal show with check back in on our Jedi class story adventures and a first look at Coruscant.

Plus more episodes that happened over the holidays while we on break, make sure to check out http://www.newoverlords.com/ for any you might have missed.

Working Class Nerds (NSFW/C Language)
Episode 34.https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/working-class-nerds/id1330089578?mt=2#
Guests Zen and Brian from the Bad Feeling podcast. https://badfeelingpodcast.com/

Nick and Marcus along with guests discuss our predictions for SWTOR in 2019 as well as Star Wars celebration and Episode 9.

Mandatory Fun Nights
Where the fun is mandatory but the attendance is not.

Monday – GW2 9:30 pm Eastern
Tuesday – SWTOR 9 pm Eastern
Friday – ESO 9 pm Eastern
FFXIV 9 pm Eastern

Saturday – STO 10 pm Eastern
Noob Raid 11 pm Eastern

Destiny 2
Just a reminder for folks looking to join, please read the pinned message in the #destiny2 channel in AIE Discord for all the information.

ESO
Something big is being revealed/announced on January 15th at 5pm Eastern. Some of it has been datamined/leaked, and it looks like it’s going involve Dragons, Breaking, Cat men and a new class of the -mancer variety.

Twitch live stream planned for the 15th to talk about what is planned for 2019 which they are referring to as The Season of the Dragon. As of right now, thoughts are it will involve a new zone focused on the Khajitt, dragons, and possibly a necromancer class.

Currently the Midyer Mayhem pvp event is in progress so people can earn event tickets to buy berries to evolve the Indrik that was obtainable in 2018. They have three additional events planned for the first quarter – The Morrowind Celebration, Thieves Guild & Dark Brotherhood Celebration, and the Jester’s Festival. Depending on the dates of these events, we will focus on them for our MFN’s as they happen.

Also a reminder that MFN in ESO is still going strong. We run every Friday night at 9pm EST .

WoW
We now have 6 raid team participating the guild bank / raid bank program. If your raid team would like to participate, please contact Syreyne in game or in Discord and/or post in the #raidteam-news channel in AIE Discord. Also see the pinned message in #raidteam-news for more information on this project.

SWTOR
In SWTOR we are learning the ropes of the new guild system. Both guilds have been ranking up nicely and every week we have to decide which perks to buy or if it makes sense to wait.

Speaking of Conquest, we won a planet! It’s a world of refineries and poison, but it’s ours! AIE is on the road to galaxy domination!

MFN continues to run on Tuesday nights starting at 9PM Eastern. Tuesday the 15th, we will be on the Republic side.

MEGA is coming up this Saturday (the 19th) with a night of friendly GSF. The asteroids might not be friendly, but the guildies will be.

FFXIV
AIE in Final Fantasy. We’re still here, folks! Drop by the community Discord #ffxiv channel to catch us up with what you’re doing in the game and to coordinate events, daily roulettes, new dungeons, trials and raid help!

Note that our world, Goblin, will be departing the Aether Data Center and become part of the migration to the new Crystal Data Center. We realize this is a game changer for many and if this will affect your ability to play with AIE please let us know now. We’ll also announce details on how AIE will be dealing with this change on the AIE website at https://aie-guild.org/ffxiv when we have all the final details.
As a side note: Those that may still be on Gilgamesh, that server will NOT be moving to the Crystal datacenter with Goblin, so those servers will be separated. For those that haven’t had time or money to do a server move, they did mention they would be allowing free server transfers once the moves start to happen.

Expansion announcement: Shadowbringers
https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/shadowbringers/
Expect new classes and a new race. If you have been keeping up to date on the most recent raid content, you might have a good idea of what the new race is.

New Patch content: 4.5 A Requiem for Heroes
* New story for the Main Scenario Questline
* Now play Mahjong in the Gold Saucer against AI or other players
* New emotes, and hairstyles
* Blue Mage job introduced this Tuesday, 15 Jan 2019
* New dungeon: Ghimlyt Dark
* New trial: Wreath of Snakes
* Weekly reward limit for Alphascape has been removed
* New Alliance dungeon: Orbonne Monastery
* New PvP Season 12 of The Feast
* New items, house furnishings, class changes and game tweaks, etc.

Seasonal Events:
* Starlight Celebration has come and gone. Now it’s Heavensturn until Jan 15, 2019, Tuesday. Get out and do it now if you haven’t already. Buy your housing item and earn hour “hog helmets!”

Letter from the Producer Live XLIX (49) from the Paris Fan Festival
February 3, 2019 at 1AM PST
It’ll be broadcast on https://www.twitch.tv/finalfantasyxiv

* Preview of changes coming in Patch 4.55
* Special guest: Ayumi Namae, Character Concept Artist

GW2
The latest episode of the Living World Season 4, “All or Nothing”, is now available! Be sure to log in a toon to get the unlock. The Wintersday event is over and the Lunar New Year event is coming up in early February. And after the December hiatus, MFN is starting up again.

GAME NEWS
So, a few questions for all of us.

Question one- what was the geekiest gift you gave?
Tetsemi: Pretty much everything I gave was geeky and clothing related, even to my FERT Secret Santa
Mkallah: I gave a lot of geeky gifts, but I think my favourite was the Fallout bottle cap bracelet that I made for Mrs Mew.
Mewkow: Much like Tets, most of my gifts tend to be rather geeky. I’ve gotten a number of fallout cosplay items for MrsMew, and reached back for an old school geeky gift by giving a DVD of Chess in Concert to OldLadyFranks. I’ve also sprinkled the gift of gaming all over.

Question two: what was the geekiest gift you got?
Tetsemi: William Gibson’s ArchAngel
Mkallah: SO many geeky gifts! But, I think my favourite is the D&D Arts and Arcana book from my best friend.
Mewkow: Metric tons of fallout goodies.

Question three: What is your geeky New Years resolution?
Tetsemi: Put more character into my characters
Mkallah: focus on research and writing. And, I should play a game here or there. I intended to while on break from work, but never got around to it.
Mewkow: Spread the love to more of my ongoing games instead of hyper focusing on just 1 or 2.

Question four: What are you looking forward to in the New Year’s around AIE?
Tetsemi: Nerdtacular 2020, oh wait, this year, Phoenix Fan Fusion with AIE/Tadpool Folks.
Mkallah: getting back to planning more Phoenix area AIE/Tadpool events
Mewkow: Ready to see what our AIE raiding teams do with the next raid, and making sure to keep better tabs on their progress.

CLOSE
And that’s our show for tonight. While the chatroom begins suggesting show titles, we want to thank our selves 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://bit.ly/AIEPodcastDiscord . 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 – @Acuzod
Overly Dramatic News – @HuntsTheWind
Ask Buxley – @AskBuxley

Next time, we’ll be talking to Syrene in WOW. So until then, AIE…

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

And this has been… The AIE Podcast.

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Kameron Hoffs <![CDATA[The AIE Podcast #310 – Best AIE Moments of 2018]]> https://aie-guild.org/?p=99535 2018-11-26T16:09:19Z 2018-11-26T16:09:19Z On this episode of The AIE Podcast… Mkallah: New officers have heard the call! Mewkow: Fallout 76 launch detected Tetsemi: ESO surges Mkallah: The Fleet made huge strides Mewkow: And, we have the AIE Year in review! All that and […]]]>

On this episode of The AIE Podcast…

    Mkallah: New officers have heard the call!
    Mewkow: Fallout 76 launch detected
    Tetsemi: ESO surges
    Mkallah: The Fleet made huge strides
    Mewkow: And, we have the AIE Year in review!

All that and more coming up right now…

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Welcome to episode 310 of the the podcast celebrating you, the Alea Iacta Est gaming community, the die has been podcast. This is Tetsemi: To my left is Mkallah: – (hey, guys, there are snickerdoodle cheesecake and homemade marshmallows in the guild kitchen). And to my right is Mewkow: (catch phrase here). This week we are ending the year in style and reviewing the highlights from the past year as well.

Ok, let’s just jump into news and AIE in 2018!!

AIE News

Community
https://aie-guild.org/blog/2018/11/zen-and-bc-our-only-hope/

From time to time AIE evaluates the roles and jobs of the officer group that oversees all our game divisions and does the back end work. In doing that recently we identified the need for a bit more help in a couple areas. In particular, SWTOR 5.10 is going to take what we’ve been doing in that division with the guild “conquest” system and crank it up to 11 (and then to level 65+). Guild leveling, conquest changes and guild perks are going to require additional focus and officer roles. As a result, two new officers have been added! They will continue to be primarily SWTOR focused but we will be calling on them for help and guidance across the community as needed as well.

BCavanagh – Bcav or BC has taken on the role of Conquest strategizer for the guild for many months with his contributions in this area extending out into the greater SWTOR gaming community as well.

Zen – Zen has been with us for a few years now and true to his chosen gamer tag, he’s cool and level headed without fail. He is one of the top “helpers” in the guild, always ready to assist with any ask and goes out of his way constantly to make himself available. Also in the conquest management role, Zen has become a tactical execution lead.

Mandatory Fun Nights

Where the fun is mandatory but the attendance is not.

Monday – GW2 9:30 pm Eastern
Tuesday – SWTOR 9 pm Eastern
Friday – ESO 9 pm Eastern
FFXIV 9 pm Eastern

Saturday – STO 10 pm Eastern
Noob Raid 11 pm Eastern

Just a heads up, make sure you are checking into each game to find out what games are on hold for the holidays

Streaming and guild podcast news
SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 267: Our Guild Goes To 11
http://www.newoverlords.com/swtor-escape-pod-cast-267-our-guild-goes-to-11/

This week @AIESema, @MaxTheGrey and Astromech EPC-267 are joined by two new AIE Officers, Zen and BC, to walk through the three 5.10 guild update posts and details from the recent dev live stream.

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 268: Do You Want To Build A Saber
http://www.newoverlords.com/swtor-escape-pod-cast-268-do-you-want-to-build-a-saber/

This week @AIESema, @MaxTheGrey and Astromech EPC-268 talk through bits of 5.10 news from Eric Musco, Charles Boyd, and Jackie Cao, and we finally get to build our lightsabers on Tython

Working Class Nerds – Episode 29: Community Chat with Eric Musco
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/working-class-nerds/id1330089578?mt=2#

Marcus and Nick sit down with Star Wars: The Old Republic’s Senior Community Manager Eric Musco!

(As Captain America says to Ironman – “Language!”) Rated explicit due to language from the hosts.

NOMADS
Fallout 76 – Launch was fairly smooth, but as this is a Bethesda game, bugs are as plentiful as attacking ghouls. Servers or ‘worlds’ would occasionally have issues and crash, but there was always a new one waiting to move on to. PvP is a non-issue if you wish to avoid it, almost similar to warmode in WoW where if you don’t retaliate or are set in pacifist mode, it is not worth an attacker’s time to try to kill you. And if they are persistent, you can easily switch worlds and never see them again. If someone manages to kill a pacifist player, they become a wanted target for the entire server/world, showing up on the map at all times, and the bounty being paid from their own caps.
We have several AIE members running amok in the game, and you can chat and find out more in the nomad channel in the AIE discord.

Destiny 2 – The free copy of Year One is no longer available, but the refer-a-friend is still ongoing. If you did pick up a free copy of Year One, and are thinking of purchasing the Year Two Forsaken expansion, see about having a guildie invite you so that you can both get some fun bonus goodies for the effort. This includes an experience bonus for both of you if you are below the level cap for Forsaken, which is level 50. It also opens open a number of exclusive quests to complete together to get an exotic sniper rifle, an exclusive ship, and a friendship emblem. Those that refer multiple friends will be able to earn an exclusive sparrow. If you recently bought Forsaken, and it was less than 7 days ago, you can still be ‘referred’ by another player to activate the bonuses.

WoW
Just a reminder, Noob Raid will be on holiday break beginning December 15 and resuming on January 5th.

So, AIE in WOW in Review!

1. 112 gnomes were killed during COOP this year, however we still have time to add to those numbers with our annual Winterveil COOP coming up in December.
2. 4,235 battle potions were used on heroic Argus, along with 10,678 warlock cookies. (Don’t ask what’s in the cookies.)
3. An average of 7.7 players ask when noob raid invites go out between 9 and 11pm every Saturday night.
4. 141 left sharks were mailed to Syreyne, bringing the current total to 426. Obviously she needs more.
5. 682 pots of coffee were brewed in the guild kitchen. The Irish cream was optional.
6. Ralff’s Amazing Race was so amazing that the amazing officers want to do this amazing event every year. Isn’t that amazing!?
7. Summer of Love was great! Except for the Forsaken Laser Tag. All the Forsaken competitors were disqualified, since the laser beams went right through them.

What Arrives with Patch 8.1 (starting 12/11, but susceptible to time gating)

Continuation of the War Campaign
Heritage Armor for Blood Elves and Dwarves
Paragon Reputation Rewards
Saurfang and Tyrande Questlines
New Island Expeditions and Vendor
Incursions
Account-wide Reputation Credit and Transmogs
Account-wide Flight Paths
New Darkshore Warfront and Darkshore Overworld Revamp (+ New Warfront Vendor)
Class Changes
Leveling Changes
Champions of Azeroth Reputation Changes

SWTOR
SWTOR Year End Wrap up for the AIE podcast

2018 started off with the last of 2017’s Snowballs on Nar Shaddaa, followed closely by Zen reminding people that they can get mats from the Guild Cargo Hold to do their Conquest crafting.

2018 also saw 3 new operations bosses in various difficulty modes:
• Scyva, Mother of Sorrows
• Nahut, the Hated Son
• Izax, the Destoyer of pretty much everything and everyone

The Guild came together to get all the operations teams a chance to down Izax.

We got a new Flashpoint, a new pvp map, a Conquest revamp, and the Rishi Stronghold.

We got a new podcast – Working Class Nerds – hosted by Marcus and Nick.

We had a great year for guild growth and as a result we moved our MFN and Conquest schedule from 2 week Imp/1 week Pub to 1 and 1.

We got 4 new officers – Dent, Marcus, Zen and BC!
• Marcus ran his first MEGA in June and it has already become a monthly tradition. (Monthly Epic Guild Activity)
• Marcus also instigated an operations night with all the current SWTOR podcasters that was streamed by multiple content creators. It was called SWTOR Unite.
• BC created and published and maintained his Conquest Calculator which helps guildies (and the rest of the SWTOR community) plan out their Conquest activities.
• Dent started Flashpoint Fridays, which is a casual pop up event for running small group content.
• Zen continues to keep the mats the flowing and shepherd us to Conquest success week in/week out.

We had fun times on the public test servers maxing out our characters and their gear, and killing bosses.

We conquered Balmorra!

Astromech EPC-268 is floating out in space broadcasting the 268th edition of the SWTOR Escape Podcast with Max and Sema.

But 2018 is not over yet! We will finish the year with update 5.10 which will include new story, a new daily area, a new guild progression system, private PVP and GSF instances for guilds, a new armor tier, and more

STO
Big things have happened this year for the fleet. Fleet leadership switched over from Captain Hunter to Captain Grebog.

The fleet made some big strides this year on the fleet holdings. The starbase was upgraded to Tier 4 and the Starbase Military also upgraded to tier 4. This has unlocked a large number of fleet ships.

The fleet Research lab was fully completed unlocking more trait slots, an R&D project slots on top of some gear.

The fleet spire is over halfway done in upgrading fully. Which will unlock some more awesome gear for the fleet.

As for STO, we received the Victory is Life expansion. Bringing back the Dominion and allowing us to create Jem’hadar captains and of course more story.

And of course the latest story is based on the Discovery TV series in the Age of Discovery. Ships updated in Tier 6 variants from the show and some really interesting episodes were added.

Also, as Grebog’s schedule has changed around again, I will be looking to find a time for people that will allow a fun night for the fleet to come together, chat, blow up some enemy ships and have some fun. So, Set Phasers to Fun, should be coming back soon.

FFXIV
Shadowbreakers has been announced as your next expansion for FFXIV!
We’re likely going to the Garlean Empire (not confirmed, but looking really likely)!

Warrior of Light might be becoming the Warrior of Darkness. But isn’t there already a Warrior of Darkness?

As seen in the video of the fan fest, we will have this in our hands, barring any delays, summer of 2019.
New Level Cap, of course.
Multiple new classes are likely.
Why was Thancred in the trailer sporting a gunblade? Right now, the closest class we have is a Mechanist, and they just use standard handguns, shotguns, and other ballistic weapons. Would this be a clue to one of the new classes?

New end game for crafters and gatherers! The rebuild of Ishgard has begun. Hinted at the idea of housing in Ishgard may be available. Farming may also be possible, but not as one of the new classes.

New Game+
Trusts. Similar but not a copy of the FFXI system.
Summon popular NPCs to help you in your adventuring, with their own class or role.
They do not level up on their own, they are based on your current level.
World Visiting. Visit other servers inside your datacenter.
World reshuffling. Adding more servers and regrouping of the servers.

End of 32-bit windows version of the game, 64-bit only at that point.
New race! The tease is a Bugs Bunny shirt. We are speculating that it is the Viera from FF Tactics, but will be introduced in patch 4.5)

Blue Mage, as announced by the CEO of Square Enix, Yosuke Matsuda, sporting a blue mask, a blue cape, and a staff with a blue gemstone at the top.
Learns abilities from monsters to use during combat.
How many actions? Was teased at “a lot”. Will be able to equip 24 at once.
Not connected to other classes, much like machinist, red mage, DK.
Limited class, meaning not for end game. Limited to level 50 at release and will have its cap raised in patches over time.
Will be available in patch 4.5, January 2019. Part 2 of patch 4.5, wrapping up the Stormblood storyline will be in late March.

Word Visiting details:
New Data Centers being added, some servers being shuffled around.

Goblin, AIE’s Home World, will be relocated to the new Crystal Data Center. Free Transfers will be available for characters affected by this move. No plans for AIE to move at this time.

Shadowbringers Trailer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxBYy1uzSqI&t=14s

Blue Mage Reveal
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMJ3oGF2SJM&t=5s

ESO
This year, we saw a resurgence of interest in the game, as the improvements both in quality of life and game content attracted players back. Kini was named director, and has been leading and encouraging a number of well attended Mandatory Fun Nights ever since.
There has been a number of DLCs launched as well, including the Summerset Isles expansion, some werewolf fun, and even well needed attention for the Argonians in Murkmire.

Upcoming events – there are two in-game events still scheduled for this year. The Undented Celebration Event (11/29 – 12/05) which will reward Event Tickets once per day when your group kills the final boss of a dungeon. The New Life Festival (12/13 – 01/02) will award one Event Ticket the first time you complete a festival quest each day. These Event Tickets are used to buy the four Indrik Feathers needed for the new Indrik mount.

EVE
What a bunch of lousy Murder Hobos™

EvE is going through another donut domination phase and the crises (plural) that always follow. So prepare your buckets to harvest rivers of tears.
Good for the game, even with Pearl Abyss buying CCP and investing in other CCP games and pet projects.

Will see how EvE evolves or morphs to survive a few more years

POS(Player Owned Structures) are finally retired now, after almost 11 years.
New Cyno and JB(Jump Bridges) were deployed

GW2
It is always hard to tell because arenanet generally plays these sort of things close to their vest but it looks like Guild wars 2 had a really good year this year. The failure of Bless Online and some streamers deciding GW2 was a decent alternative really raised the profile. There are still black friday sales and giveaways in the hematite.

In game, the annual Winters Day holiday is coming up soon, in line with Arenanet new policy of not making events and achievements one-offs. If you are short on karma, the Winters Day orphans karma event should be able to help.

In the guild, we have reached level 23 and stalled out a bit. Hopefully we can regain progress in the new year and keep expanding the Guild hall. Monday Fun Nights are still generally scheduled, but we’ll skip around Christmas and New Year’s.

LOTRO
The Legendary Server opening is something the AIE team is jumping on. It’s the WoW Classic of LotRO. We have a guild there and a handful of people kicking off new old-school characters.

The guild name is Alea Iacta Est as DM +Adahrel+ granted us a rename from A I E.

GAME NEWS
Any other wrap up, year end discussion, or personal highlights for the show or in gaming.

Mkallah- okay, you guys, since this is our last show of the year, an it is the weekend of Thanksgiving in the US- what are you guys thankful for?

Tetsemi – What was your favorite AIE moment this year and what was your favorite moment in gaming this year?

Mewkow- What are you looking forward to next year both in real life and in gaming with AIE?

CLOSE

And that’s our show for tonight. While the chatroom begins suggesting show titles, we want to thank everyone for joining us each show, we really appreciate everyone that joins the chat room, listens on the feed, and responds on Twitter..

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://bit.ly/AIEPodcastDiscord . 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…

Ask Buxley – @AskBuxley

Next time, we’ll be talking to you in the New Year. So until then, AIE…

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

And this has been… The AIE Podcast.

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Max <![CDATA[Zen and BC – Our Only Hope]]> https://aie-guild.org/?p=99485 2018-11-16T04:44:11Z 2018-11-16T04:02:48Z Help us, Zen and BC. You’re our only hope! From time to time AIE evaluates the roles and jobs of the officer group that oversees all our game divisions and does the back end work. In doing that recently we […]]]>

Help us, Zen and BC. You’re our only hope!

From time to time AIE evaluates the roles and jobs of the officer group that oversees all our game divisions and does the back end work. In doing that recently we identified the need for a bit more help in a couple areas. In particular, SWTOR 5.10 is going to take what we’ve been doing in that division with the guild “conquest” system and crank it up to 11 (and then to level 65+). Guild leveling, conquest changes and guild perks are going to require additional focus and officer roles. As a result, two new officers have been added! They will continue to be primarily SWTOR focused but we will be calling on them for help and guidance across the community as needed as well.

BCavanagh – Bcav or BC has taken on the role of Conquest strategizer for the guild for many months with his contributions in this area extending out into the greater SWTOR gaming community as well. His “Conquest Calculator” spreadsheet is at the core of what he’s put together for us: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1GoP6oVUROvpujs70ro6pSP3yH-Ez_zRYGnyEVViWEs8/edit#gid=841519314

We’ll be asking BC to continue in that capacity and help direct the guild leveling, guild perk management tasks that will be coming in 5.10 as well.

Originally from Australia and now in the northeast, BC will also help anchor our IRL east coast presence for AIE. I’m looking forward to more east coast meetups for AIE!

Zen – Zen has been with us for a few years now and true to his chosen gamer tag, he’s cool and level headed without fail. He is one of the top “helpers” in the guild, always ready to assist with any ask and goes out of his way constantly to make himself available. Also in the conquest management role, Zen has become a tactical execution lead. He’s always out there with help and suggestions, keeps our guild banks topped up with valuable materials and resources to help others make their personal goals, and always willing to jump in and get hands on to selflessly help others get done whatever they need.

Similarly, we’ll be asking Zen to continue in that capacity helping to direct and managing guild conquest, invasion targets and timing and guild strategy on how we all get make our goals week to week.

Also from Australia, Zen is now in New York and will also be a key component of our east coast team. I know both he and BC have already kicked off AIE meetups in the area. PAX East anyone?!

Welcome, new officers!

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Kameron Hoffs <![CDATA[The AIE Podcast #309 – BlizzCon War Stories Rock!]]> https://aie-guild.org/?p=99472 2018-11-12T15:39:15Z 2018-11-12T15:39:15Z On this episode of The AIE Podcast… Tetsemi: Raid the Bank…. Is that legal? Mewkow: Play ESO plus.. for free! Mkallah: MEGA is eminent! Tetsemi: LOTRO is Legendary! Mewkow: And, we have Lanctharus and Kardinal here to talk to us […]]]>

On this episode of The AIE Podcast…

    Tetsemi: Raid the Bank…. Is that legal?
    Mewkow: Play ESO plus.. for free!
    Mkallah: MEGA is eminent!
    Tetsemi: LOTRO is Legendary!
    Mewkow: And, we have Lanctharus and Kardinal here to talk to us about Blizzcon!

All that and more coming up right now…

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Welcome to episode #309 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 have Lanctharus and Kardinal on to talk about Blizzcon! Welcome, guys!

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

AIE News

Streaming and guild podcast news
SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 265: Live Ossus Flyby
http://www.newoverlords.com/swtor-escape-pod-cast-265-live-ossus-flyby/

This week @AIESema, @MaxTheGrey and Astromech EPC-265 do a live tour of the new planet Ossus on the PTS.

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 266: There Is Only Pieces
http://www.newoverlords.com/swtor-escape-pod-cast-266-there-is-only-pieces/

This week @AIESema, @MaxTheGrey and Astromech EPC-266 continue to slice Flesh Raiders and other wildlife to pieces on Tython as we get back to our Jedi story progress.

NOMADS
Destiny 2 – A lot of guildies are taking advantage of the free game offer running now through the 18th. See the Destiny channel for discussion of guild support for getting things going, getting gear progression on in end game, etc.
https://www.destinythegame.com/battlenet

And if you find yourself enjoying the game, there is currently a refer a friend event where existing players of the Year 2 Forsaken expac can invite those with the free copy, or even those that haven’t bought Forsaken yet, to play with them and earn all sorts of fun rewards. These include an exotic sniper rifle, a ship, and even an exotic sparrow for those that refer multiple friends.
Fallout 76 – There may also be a few guildies diving into Fallout 76 starting on November 14th. The B.E.T.A. seemed to go well enough, and I am at least is looking forward to exploring the radiated wilds of West Virginia. This is a multiplayer Fallout experience, so if you are a FAllout fan, and want to play with fellow guildies, feel free to join in.

Mandatory Fun Nights
Where the fun is mandatory but the attendance is not.

Monday – GW2 9:30 pm Eastern
Tuesday – SWTOR 9 pm Eastern
Friday – ESO 9 pm Eastern
FFXIV 9 pm Eastern

Saturday – STO 10 pm Eastern
Noob Raid 11 pm Eastern

WoW
Noob Raid news – We decided to be brave and left behind the safety of LFR to venture into Uldir normal last night We managed 3/8 bosses before Vectis ended our rampage. A ton of fun was had and we are looking forward to trying again next week.

Kardinal, tell us your first hand experience with the chaos that is NOOB raid! (Can throw to Kardinal if you want; I was there. 🙂 I can make a story of it. )
Noob raid’s been very popular, full/almost full every week.
Been doing LFR, been successful, but in spirit of learning, wanted to deepen people’s knowledge
1shot Taloc, adjusted and 2shot Mother, laughed through trash, 1shot Fetid, and….we learned a lot on Vectis. Got the mechanics, need the practice.
Failure is good. Teaches us that it’s okay and fun to fail.
“Progression is wiping”
Most importantly, we laughed and had fun and there was no tension.

December community events: COOP for Winter Veil, no date yet;

Time After Timewalking event on Friday Dec 7th at 9pm Eastern/Server. LK Ulduar Timewalking raid. Details will be posted soon to the blog.

November Officer Play Date: Nov 30th at 10:30 pm Eastern we are having an Overwatch night. Everyone is invited. Come get to know your fellow officers outside of WoW. Let’s see how many custom games and groups we can get going.

Raid Bank Pilot Program: This program is doing really well, and we are getting a lot of positive feedback. If you are interested in applying for a raid team guild bank tab, please email us.

(Kardinal’s in BLTN, can talk about our experience and why we love it. Much more convenient. Don’t have to know who to send to. Don’t need to know what’s needed. Just throw whatever we think is useful in the guild bank. Anyone who needs, takes. Just need to trust your teammates, which we all do. Because we’re AIE.)

If you are the leader of a raid team that might be interested in this program once it is approved, or have questions or feedback about such a program, please email us with details such as:

Raid Team name
Raid Leader(s) name
Preferred AIE co-guild
https://aie-guild.org/blog/2018/10/aie-raid-teams-and-the-guild-vault/

ESO
There is a free trial of the ESO plus service that starts Thursday 11/15 and runs until Wednesday 11/21. The trail will allow free access to all of the DLC packs, the craft bag, costume dyes, and a 10% increase in experience and gold earnings. It’s a great way to check out some of the benefits of a paid subscription.
Also on 11/15 the Clockwork City Celebration event begins and runs until 11/21. During this timeframe double mats will be harvested from crafting nodes, there will be double reward boxes for completing daily quests, and the drops from all boss fights will be double as well. During this event you can earn two event tickets from the 1st daily quest to help you purchase the Indrik Feathers needed for the new Indrik Mount.
Mandatory Fun on Friday 11/16 at 9pm est will focus on the Clockwork City zone due to the celebration event.

STO
If you haven’t created an Age of Discovery Captain, It is highly recommended You start out in the timeline of the Discovery show. The story they put in for it is pretty good. There is even a references to some other cadets with names you should recognize.

Also Black Friday sales. They always have some great deals on in the c store, from bonus zen if you purchase it, to discounted ships, special packs, lots of stuff.
Currently the Phoenix prize packs are back, but you only have until tomorrow 10am PST to claim a free one or buy them with dilithium.

There is a 20% of sale on all lobi store items until tomorrow 10am PST as well.
Also until December 6th, the lifetime subscription is $100 off, so currently only $199. If you have been debating it, or waiting on a sale, now is your time.
Tis the season for sales.

SWTOR
1) 5.10 dropping on Dec 11. It’s a big update with lots of guild stuff in it. We are really looking forward to it.
2) November MEGA coming on Nov 30th. We promise no one will die. Honest!
3) December MEGA is also a go. Beware – there might be snowballs involved. More details as we get closer.

Last night. We had SWTOR Unite. Which was….. All of the SWTOR podcasters united for a night and we took on the Gods from the Machine operation. AIE was well represented by Max, Sema, Marcus, and a last minute fill in was Corley. We went for about 4 hours and had a blast. In the end. Izax was still standing. But what a great night.

FFXIV
Though is is more news for FF15 than FF14, on December 12, those that own a copy of FF15 will be able to participate in a fun side quest, as FF14 invades Eos. The Miqo’te adventurer, which is curiously in starter gear, has come to chase down the primal Garuda. Hopefully, Noctis will return the favor and visit us in Eorzea.

EVE
#Making EVE Great Again

Nothing much, except more betrayals within alliances (so you end up with fights that are free for all, or where your ally helps your enemy). Even with CCP being bought out, the players are the most important resource in EvE, and Tears Do Flow Them Rivers!

Also WAR! WAR! WAR!

Onslaught Winter update is coming Nov. 13th

We just maybe, maybe making a new home for ourselves by stomping on some poor unsuspecting alliance’s neck. Oopsies!

What does that mean for AIEU? Why our specialty of course! Moving

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/221606966433153024/510315359065341952/unknown.png

LOTRO
The Legendary Server opening is something the AIE team is jumping on. You can describe it as WoW Classic of LotRO. We have a guild there and a handful of people kicking off new old-school characters.
https://www.lotro.com/en/legendary

Only VIPs / VIP Lifer can access them, and we’re effectively starting over all at once. I suspect Helegrod, the first raid back in the day, will be the ultimate goal after hitting level 40.
Currently “A I E” is on Anor, but we could move to Ithil if warranted due to login queues. SSG is offering free transfers.

GAME NEWS
Mew, Tet, Lanctharus, and Kardinal – tell us about your Blizzcon experience and your takeaways!

The themes of our talk:

1) the ability to talk to nearly anyone and know you have common interests.

2) the availability and eagerness of developers to talk to anyone and everyone who approached them.

Tetsemi – Overall thoughts are positive, lots of announcements, both expected and unexpected. Loved listening to the Before The Con panels, as well as all the panels at Blizzcon. The WoW panels (especially the Q&A) and the Warcraft III Reforged panels were amazing. The Costume/Talent contest was very well done, definitely bring back Darren DePaul for that, and the Warcraft Horde vs. Alliance voice actor panel was worth it with Laura Bailey singing Daughter of the Sea live.

Content thoughts –
WoW had much more information than I thought and I’m already scrambling to level up characters and finish achievements so I can keep up when it’s release.
Warcraft III Reforged was an instant buy for me as I can’t wait to play it again properly on new graphics.
Hearthstone – I like that they’re doing a troll expansion tieing into the current WoW expansions, it looks fun, I’ll probably dabble in it.
Heroes of the Storm – I love the story behind the new character they introduced and hopefully the lore behind the Nexus will be interesting. I find it interesting that they’re trying to flesh out the story behind it.
Overwatch – I’d pay money for the character of Ashe, but thankfully all the characters are included in the game. Loved the cinematic, and I really like that they stretched their programming and story wings a bit and made B.O.B. (Do something!) her ultimate. Can’t wait for more story on the Deadlock gang.
Diablo – Just the announcement peaked my interest in DIII again and I’m playing a seasonal Necromancer. All I’m going to say, with apologies, is that was the wrong venue to announce a Mobile game and the decision to make that the final announcement with the first Q&A panel afterword just didn’t work for me. I feel sorry for the CM team and dev team dealing with the fallout from the announcement. I’m really excited to try the game out and see how it plays and I love that they’re exploring the time between D2 and D3 in the game. More lore is always good.

Mewkow
Halloween with Mickey
Con before the storm/World of Podcasts – Great podcast panels. Lots of elbow rubbing afterwards. Good talks with CTR folks.
Blizzcon – Security lines were unexpected. Locked down food trucks. Lindsey concert was great except for the jerks.
Sheraton meetup with Grimm, Mezotea, Senior Geek.
Dizcon –

Lanctharus

Kardinal experience with Blizzcon
Lanc’s Plain Jane experience getting to Anaheim
The epic drive to Anaheim from Downtown LA
But wait! There was controversy after all!
Poor ol Diablo
People butthurts about the mobile game – But hey! That has been covered to DEATH
Dumz security protocols is dumz
Great to see old and new AIE friends at Blizzcon
Nawkar
Talking about the old days raiding Karazahn with Tarrq and the boys
His son who is now a teenager joining in on our reminiscey talks
Seeing Solomon again
Brian Ibbott
Why I like going to Blizzcon so much?
Guild outreach
What’s working
Opportunities
Overwatch
Ashe looks pretty cool
Can I have a Bob?
What we will be trying to do next year?
Revamped Guildhall process
Raise that money yo!
Probably a change of venue
Look into standardizing the procedure
Kardinal
I had an amazing time meeting everyone from Devs to AIE to new people. Enjoyed the planned content, but even without it, it’s a wonderful and unique experience.
Highlight of sessions: “When is the Horde going to get its real warchief back???”
Themes:
Developers are everywhere, available, and eager to talk to you.
Randomly – QA Mgr for Hearthstone. Tech people after the “Inside Blizzard” panel. Tech people love to talk because fewer people tend to appraoch them. New Executive Producer (head) of warcraft, John Haight. Global director of CS. Wyatt Cheng spent 3 hours in the Marriott Lobby.
Scheduled- Reached out to two Blizz devs via Twitter and made times to talk to them. Doing that gave us time to get really in depth. 2 hours each.
You can talk to anyone there and know that they’re interested in the same things you are. Impromptu fun conversations include:
Ex1 – Austrians
Ex2 – Cosplayer
Ex3 – Group of alliance players at Con before the Storm
Also: Surprisingly easy to get tickets at the last minute.

“The other day, John Staats released his WoW diary. The one he wrote when he was working on Vanilla. I was reading it last night. This is very relevant to the whole conversation, I think:

“In the spirit of education, the first thing I would like to impress upon you is one of the most surprising lessons I learned: Public speculation is always wrong. Always. Blizzard operated under a blanket of scrutiny, and only after I was in the meetings could I appreciate how inaccurate public analysis was. Unless you’re in the room, you have no idea what’s going on. Unless someone knows firsthand the reasons why a company makes decisions, popular conjecture is completely off. For a company as secretive as Blizzard, the tinfoil-hat theorizing about why we did anything was severe, cynical, and reactionary. It struck me how people universally assumed corporate decisions were thoughtless or callous—like if a feature was dropped, it was done so without regard for the feelings of the fan base. When decisions were made for financial grounds, people assumed it was because developers lacked imagination. Whenever technical or gameplay decisions were made, it was assumed the company was penny-pinching. I’m not even referring to the trolls dredging the game forums for flame wars; I’m talking about the intelligent, well-substantiated, and reasonable arguments about why Blizzard did this or why Blizzard did that. But…all of it was wrong and certainly not because the fan base was stupid. People were wrong because they considered only variables that were public knowledge—which were only a fraction of the pertinent factors.”

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

@lanctharus
@KardinalHunts

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://bit.ly/AIEPodcastDiscord . 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…

Ask Buxley – @AskBuxley
Overly Dramatic News – @HuntsTheWind

Next time, it’s our end of year wrap up episode, since we are taking December off!. So until then, AIE…

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

And this has been… The AIE Podcast.

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