And So It Begins

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Greetings once again from behind the curtain, everyone.  Averry here with another pseudo-kinda-public service announcement.  (No, not another one about Google search terms.  That one was all Garrosh.)  (Kind of.)

First of all, yes, I know, I’m woefully behind on actual story updates on the blog, and I’ve left you all hanging on that last semi-cliffhanger for far too long.  As I’ve hinted at elsewhere, I’ve had a convergence of real-life work and – ever so conveniently – a (minor but annoying) hand injury which has made it rather difficult to work on new comics for more than short periods at a time.  And, of course, this happened just at a point when I’d committed the story to a string of comic installments that really need to stay in place.

Rest assured, I’m working on getting the next installment together as quickly as possible.  Since starting the blog, I’ve always truly hated letting more than a couple days go by without a new post, so believe me when I say that the slow output I’ve had the last several weeks has grated on me to no end.  With any luck, you’ll find this upcoming stretch worth the wait, between (in the immediate-term) some face time between Garrosh and Varian, and (in the slightly longer-term) a few plot twists that I’m hoping will draw some pronounced reactions.  (Yep, there I go teasing again.)

In the meantime, though, I wanted to touch on two other items, since – have you heard about this? – today marks the moment we’ve all been anticipating for quite a while: the release of the Siege of Orgrimmar raid, and the downfall of Garrosh Hellscream.

Well, in-game, at least.  Blog-Garrosh still has a ways to go before he bids us a fond farewell.

Granted, as I’ve mentioned before, I do have the major plotlines mapped out for the blog from here to the grand finale, and I’m admittedly not in any great hurry to close up shop just yet, but nevertheless, the gap between what’s happening in the blog and what’s happening in-game does highlight one issue that probably deserves to be addressed.  Which leads us to…

ITEM THE FIRST!

That being, the timeline of the blog, and all the convoluted storylines swirling around it.

Over the last year or so, a number of readers have given the Command Board plugs and shout-outs on various other blogs and forums – for which I always feel grateful and flattered – and on more than one occasion, their endorsements have included the recommendation that new readers go back and read the blog from the beginning, since it’s not exactly newcomer-friendly.  That’s a fair criticism, even if it’s not really meant to be critical; while building up these ongoing storylines and running jokes/themes is one of the things I enjoy most about writing the blog, I also understand that it probably makes it difficult to jump in mid-stream.  And while I’d certainly love for people to go back to read it all from the beginning (ARTIFICIALLY INFLATE MY PAGEVIEWS, BWAHA!), at this point, well past the 300-post mark, I don’t think I can fairly expect every new arrival to commit to such a bear of an undertaking.

And, with the release of Siege of Orgrimmar, I should probably brace myself for a few new folks to start finding their way here.  (It’s already started on Twitter, by the way.  Not to mention the beginning of what I’m sure will be a minor whirlwind of trash-talking tweets.  Stay tuned; I may share some here soon.)  While I try to link back to earlier posts when relevant, and hope that the About the Blog and Major Storylines pages help fill in a bit, I’m sure the blog can be a little confusing to a new reader for a number of reasons.  So, to help any of you who just arrived – or not-so-new readers whom I’ve managed to confuse with some of my byzantine plotting – I’m going to be putting up a bit of a crib sheet in the next couple days to help account for where we are and how we got here.  Hopefully, if you just found your way to the Command Board and are having a WTF response, that will help a bit.

(Super-short version: Right now the events of the blog are taking place in the midst of patch 5.2 – the Divine Bell is still a recent memory, Lor’themar and Jaina have recently arrived on the Isle of Thunder, and Vol’jin is still recuperating at Shado-Pan Monastery.)

With that said, let’s more on to the much more pressing…

ITEM THE SECOND!

Raiding your Warchief.  With your Warchief.  Kind of.

True story: Coming into MoP, I retired from raiding.  I had raided pretty much all the way through TBC, Wrath, and Cata…and it just wasn’t fun anymore.  This, by the way, was a reflection of my own shifting priorities and interests, not some tired, stale WoW-veteran gripe about Blizzard somehow doing me wrong.  And I’ve absolutely loved MoP – in no small part, I think, because I’ve spent the entirety of it doing solely what I felt like doing, when I felt like doing it, having stepped away from the gear grind and raiding scene.  Not a criticism of those who enjoy that scene, mind you; it’s just not where I am anymore.

That said…well, this is something different.  This new raid isn’t just any other raid.  The Siege of Orgrimmar carries with it a personal connection unlike anything before, and unlike anything WoW will ever offer again.  And while I definitely don’t have any interest in committing myself to full-on progression raiding, I feel like this is a raid that I need to sample.  Not “need” in the sense of the joyless gear grind that many of us let ourselves be sucked into – “need” in the sense of “Oh, man, I’ve been living with this story for years now; I’ve got to experience the end first-hand.”

More importantly, I’d like to experience it with people who share some of that personal connection.  People who have been along for the long, crazy, oftentimes ridiculous ride, and have context for these events and these characters that your average WoW player doesn’t have.  People who think of Lor’themar as “Ponytail” even more than as “that blood elf guy”…who find it odd that Orgrimmar has no vendor selling lemon squares or goblin NPC named Spazzle…who understand why it’s a BIG EFFING DEAL that there’s a mini-boss named Mokvar the Treasurer lurking in the Valley of Strength bank.  (Yes, really.)

So, consider this an invitation.

At some point in the next week or two, I’d like to try to assemble a group of readers, fellow bloggers, and all-around friends of the Command Board to stroll into Orgrimmar together and see what there is to see.  In a perfect world, if there are enough people interested and we can cover the necessary roles, we could use the new Flex setting; worst-case scenario, we could group up, hop into LFR, and take over the whole operation Garrosh-style.  I definitely wouldn’t want to ask anyone to commit their normal-difficulty lockout – not least of all because I want this to be a purely for-kicks endeavor, not about progression or gear.  Just good fun in good company, and if we happen to stumble into a ridiculous wipe or two on trash, I hope it would be a source of amusement, not angst.

So, if you have a level 90 Horde character and think you’d like to join the party, give me a shout.  Feel free to e-mail me at garrosh1337@gmail.com, send a tweet to @GarroshHllscrm, leave a comment here on the blog, or contact me in-game (RealID Averry#1116).  Give me an idea of what days and times might be possible for you, and what role(s) you might be able to fill.  With any luck, I’ll be able to get something together sooner rather than later, and then, with even more luck, you might have a chance to be there when I come face-to-face with…well…myself.  And kill him.  Me.  Kind of.  Unless we don’t.  (AT LONG LAST, AVERRY’S NEUROTIC SELF-LOATHING FINDS ITS ULTIMATE EXPRESSION!)

Thanks for wading through all my babble here.  And thanks, as always, for reading and hanging in there with me.  I hope to hear from many of you soon.

 

Be seeing you,

Averry

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36 Responses to “And So It Begins”

  1. Gah, I’m alliance only raiding wise, not even a max lvl horde alt, or I’d be in for seeing SoO with you.

  2. This is an amazing offer and I may need to reconsider my venti americano consumption to pay for a faction change…

    • I don’t know if I would go so far as to faction change…I would feel bad if people spent actual, real, live (well, maybe not live) money on this. Worst case scenario, you could also come hang out in whoever’s vent we hijack.

      (You will notice how seamlessly I invite people to make use of the vent server of someone who is not me.)

  3. I live in Australia, and I work odd hours, so the likelihood of my actually making a raid is vanishingly small… but if you do, by some miracle, end up setting a time I can get to, Beltrine would love to come and give you some Shamanny Healings.

  4. Sounds good to me – my spriest is at your command, oh great (soon to be ex) Warchief lol. I think she’s a little over 500 ilvl so she should be ready.
    I’m just leveling alts/pet battles so this sounds like fun.

    • See, the beauty of my slow blog pace is that blog-Garrosh won’t be ex-Warchief for a while yet. (Though that means several months of random people on Twitter trash-talking to me from what amounts to the future.) (Fucking time travel.)

  5. You know I am in!

  6. Ah, want! – though I’m GMT+8 so finger’s crossed for timings to work out :D

    Also, Blog-Garry’s the only reason why his in-game self matters to me. 300+ posts are worth reading, newcomers!

    • Thanks, Myriade! I continue to find it weird and funny that I’ve managed to make people care about Garrosh, since originally I’d gotten the idea for the blog specifically because I so thoroughly did not like Garrosh, and wanted to mock him. WELL HE SHOWED ME.

  7. I’m in. I guess I better work on the lock’s gear. Until she’s ready, I can always bring the pally.

  8. Oh oh! Pick me! Pick meeeeee! I wanna raid with my warchief! :D

    I can heal or lolboomkinspec!

    Maybe a weekend would be best? I think more guilds raid during the week than on weekends. I’d hate to miss this because of my normal raid.

  9. Vyrin here! I’d love to come along for the ride, and while I know that I’m a bit nutty and nonsensical in my commentary, this blog’s done a lot to reignite my love of this game. Oh, and if any of you read the forums, I am not the same person as that little level 25 poser who stole my name. >.<

    I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank Avery for making the Black Chin of Doom (Garrosh) into something more human for me.

  10. If you do a Friday/Weekend raid I can bring a semi-heroic ToT geared tank :)

  11. Alas, I’m tanking Heroic Hardware/Software Integration for the next 3-4 weeks. I’ll be rooting from the sidelines for y’all, though.

  12. ((I would enjoy doing a Flex or LFR run with you. You can already see my main in the username link, if you want a quick look. My guild hasn’t yet decided if we have enough for Flex or what the schedule would be, FYI. I also have an upcoming job interview for seasonal retail and, if I land the job, my own schedule may leave me unavailable.

    Assuming all works out: I can be available Mon through Sat, 7pm – 10pm PDT.

    Thank you for running the blog. I think it has done justice to the character and the comments here also have been entertaining. :D ))

    • Thanks! And you’re welcome. It’s been fun to do, and I agree, the comments have been a blast. My favorite posts always end up being the ones that lots of people respond to, so I can interact with you all in one persona or another.

  13. I would love to come! Except I could only make an LFR version as I’d be locked to Flex. But as usual times are weird for me since I’m half a planet away, so I may only be there in spirit!

  14. […] And So It Begins, Averry, The Warchief’s Command Board, 9/10/13. […]

  15. ((I would love to join you in Flex or LFR. My guild (same as Alayea) hasn’t really determined a schedule for raiding Flex, so I can’t say yea or nay on particular evenings just yet.
    I’ll send a Btag invite on Monday.

    If you want to look at my character, just follow the link on my name. I’m working on gearing my DK (frost/blood) using Timeless gear, but I need to read up on everything for DKs that want to raid.

    Thank you for writing Warchief’s Command Board. It’s the one thing that has given me an emotional investment in Garrosh’s story.))

    • Once again, thanks and you’re welcome! Also, though…you realize that now that I’ve given you an emotional investment, that just means I’m going to do something horrible. I mean, really, have you not been READING the blog? :)

      (True fact: Khizzara and I have a running joke revolving around her relief that I’m not writing her life.)

      (Or so she thinks.)

      • When I meet my ironic and/or heartwrenching fate I will know the truth.

      • See, I’ve been kind of worried that you were just going to drop the tear-hammer on us all for a while now, and this confirms it. Time to go and steel myself for whatever you’ve got coming.

      • ((I know I’ll enjoy reading it… but on the other hand, I’ll enjoy reading it… uh-oh.

        Also, Khizzara: batten down the hatches! lol))

      • @Vyrin — If it’s any comfort, in addition to the eventual tear-hammer, you’ll also be getting (I hope) a few fist-pump moments, too. (Real ones, by the way, not the kind that Blizzard promises.)

  16. ((Let it be a testament to how well written your blog is that for the first time since ‘vanilla’ I actually truly regret not rolling Horde*. I have an up-and-coming blood elf warrior (wanted to finally see the lore from the other side–particularly ‘Welcome to the Machine’) on Area 52 but she’s only level 33 and even if I could speed-demon my way to 90 she wouldn’t be nearly even LFR ready by the time this plan rolls.

    *I’ve had friends ask me to roll with them for years but my heart was never in it, never got any of them past level 14 or so.))

    • “Welcome to the Machine” is fantastic. Really, all of Silverpine and Hillsbrad are really well done. (Even factoring in Johnny Awesome.)

      Keep plugging away on the baby blood elf — you’re not the only person working on a Horde toon in that level range, so you never know! I’m leaning toward this plan being a semi-regular thing: more than a one-shot event, but not frequent enough that it becomes a grind or an obligation for the people involved. So, you may yet have time before all is said and done!

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