Regulars around here know that I’ve done a few good / charitable cause donation drives in the last year. My plan was not to do another one until the St. Jude fundraiser again, but something incredibly more pressing and personal is happening.
We are all aware of the effect that COVID-19 is having on the world right now. Some are affected more than others. One of our members is a nurse in New York, not far from where I live. As you may have heard, NY is one of the states most affected by COVID-19. Her facility, like so many others, is hurting for adequate PPE (personal protective equipment) – she had to buy her own N95 mask, she has no face shields, and they have just reached the point of rationing surgical masks. At the end of March, her facility had its first confirmed case of a staff member infected with COVID-19, and it’s only going to get worse.
During this time, I will be splitting donations on my stream between two causes: sending her facility face shields from a group called RIST, and sending washable, reusable surgical masks with filter inserts made by a fellow MoD member.
Your donations, and these supplies, will help ensure not only the safety of one of our own, but those she works with and those she treats. Any funds not used to benefit her facility directly will continue to be donated to RIST; they are sending face shields for free to hospitals across several states in the northeast. If at any point she makes me aware of a particular need for specific PPE at her facility, I will redirect funds to a different group or charity who can help instead (I will be transparent about it if this happens).
Lokisapocalypse (Lokiwise, Thanos, Lightchylde, and many others) is a very active member of the Ministry of Defense Discord. He’s also a crackshot programmer who created an amazing tool for tracking World of Warcraft reputations – the World of Warcraft Reputation Calculator.
The World of Warcraft Reputation Calculator was created as a way to easily track earning reputation in World of Warcraft. As someone who’s played since Vanilla, I often found myself asking, “How many more daily quests do I need to hit Exalted?”, “How many Emissary Caches will it take to get Revered?”, “Why should I bother getting Hydraxian Waterlords reputation in Battle for Azeroth?”.
With that idea in mind, I created a tool that would display your current reputation score in a more meaningful way. By entering your character’s name, server, and realm, you can see a page that shows you how close you are to the next rank for each reputation.
By clicking the To Next Rank, for a given expansion, you can see how to earn reputation for that faction and how many more of that activity you need to do. This will allow you to see exactly how many more Emissary Caches you need to turn in to unlock Zandalari Trolls as a playable race.
I’ve also created faction pages with more details into the history of each faction. Each faction page also contains all of the repeatable ways you can gain reputation for that faction as well as what rewards you can earn at each level.
I previously mentioned this in Discord, but now that the official donation season is upon us, I wanted to give everyone a more thorough explanation. Throughout May I will be doing a charity stream for St. Jude PLAY LIVE, during which all funds donated go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. You can scroll down to the bottom of the post to see what they’re about.
Quetzie’s Stream & Goals
Since I never streamed outside of raids for the guild and I never did this before, I gave myself a modest goal of $150. In order to reach this goal I’ll be streaming my alt-levelling, Mythic+ runs, Island Expeditions, etc more regularly as well.
There are a few rewards and incentives to donors, most of which center around raids and the guild.
Anyone who donates $10 or more can sign up for a custom innervate message. These messages will be used during Saturday and Monday raids. You can use song lyrics, flirts, dad jokes, or even use as advertising space. Since I block chat on my screen, there will also be a /say message over my head so that those watching at home can see your message. I will also screencap the message and post it in Discord, in case it gets used when you’re not around. If I receive any interesting responses, I’ll be sure to add that 🙂 Remember, messages cannot be explicit! This is for children! If you donate over $10, send me a message on Discord with the message you’d like.
Top Donor Reward
The top donor* will receive a FREE custom Ministry of Defense hoodie with their character name of choice on it! The MoD logo, character name, and “Ministry of Defense” will appear splashed across the center back and front left breast area of the hoodie. If you win, I’ll be in touch to get a shipping address.
* In the event of a tie, both parties get one!
$50 Milestone: Healing Normal Battle of Dazar’alor
When I reach $50, I will consult with the resto goddesses* to set myself up right to heal a normal run of Battle of Dazar’alor. I may or may not heal Jaina depending on how craptastic I do. But I will absolutely give it my best shot!
*Meevs and Shay
$150 Milestone: First Person battle of Dazar’alor
Blame Corignis for this one! If we hit my stream goal of $150, I will play the entirety of Battle of Dazar’alor in first-person. I fully expect to get hit by fire in Opulence and frozen into a block on Jaina. But at least you won’t have to see the back of the head of an ugly chicken-lizard, right?
If we wind up surpassing $150, I’ll think of something else fun or interesting to do. (I’m not saying I’ll get a MoD tattoo, but I’m not saying I won’t either!) Submit your own ideas if we reach that point – I’d love to make this fun for you guys.
My stream is part of the DAM BUG team, which has a goal of $1200. We’re a handful of small streamers looking to make a big impact. There’s only a few of us signed up right now, with more expected to sign up throughout the duration of May. Last year, the team leads raised $1200, so that’s our goal as a team this year. Any one can join the team and help us reach – and surpass – that goal!
Are you interested in joining us? Boter, one of the team leads, set up a YouTube video tutorial on how to join. There is a link in the video description to art / streaming assets and a document walking you through the process if the video doesn’t help. You can also ask me for a hand.
Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped push the overall survival rate for childhood cancer from 20% when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 80% today
Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food
82 cents of every dollar received from donations, research grants, insurance recoveries and investment returns goes to support the current and future needs of St. Jude
St. Jude treats about 8,500 patients each year. Most patients stay in one of four housing facilities specifically designed and managed for families of children with cancer and other diseases. Construction of a fourth housing facility began in 2018.
St. Jude has an onsite school allows patients to keep up with their school program back home.
More than 75% of St Jude’s operating cost come from donors
PLAY LIVE has raised over $11,000,000 for St. Jude over several years.
Basic rules: Anyone over 13 can stream; games streamed must be rated “TEEN” or lower by the ESRB; streamers may not use language or visuals that are bigoted, sexually explicit, or profane. (I’m not sure they’re really pressuring about the profanity thing). Streamers cannot be drunk or partake in drug-related activities on stream (which is also within Twitch rules anyway). ALL money donated goes directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Streamers who raise a certain amount of funds will receive prizes based on how much they raised; $100 nets you a free PLAY LIVE t-shirt, while $5000 or more gets you a gaming chair!
Another submission about what MoD means to our members! Lillithh writes:
After a long hiatus, I came back to WoW to enjoy the new expansion. Little did I know, my previously (like MoP era) active raiding guild consisted of members that were last online 2 years ago. In a bit of a panic, I searched for an active guild in the WOW guild interface and requested to join MoD, because I liked the guild description best among others. Looking back it was more of a hunch and that made me request to join MoD over others. It was definitely the best decision I have made in this game!
I only expected a group of people to help me through quests and run some raids (LFR ugh) but I found a group of very generous and kind-hearted people who love to have fun and treat the guild as a family. Blizzard should thank these guys for all their doing because if it wasn’t for them, I probably wouldn’t enjoy this expansion as much as I am enjoying right now, and leave for some other game. My favourite moments were when we raided as a group of corgis (all those corgi butts!) and had an impromptu mammoth congo for our Zul kill.
Anyone else remember those moments?
I love how MoD is a casual guild that knows how to get down to some serious business! Can’t wait for the new raiding tier to come out to tackle with my guild family!
We love having you here, too!
Remember to enter into the Social Giveaway before January 1st! We love reading all of your stories and experiences.
For those of you who don’t know, our very own PvP Warlord Miatreelefa (aka Pete) streams on Twitch at twitch.tv/nfbprototype. He’s done a number of giveaways, and one of our own was a lucky winner of a signed Blizzcon poster! Congrats to Warvoxi!
Thanks to Pete for giving me (Warvoxi) this awesome poster #endoftheyeargiveaway
Interested in winning something similar for yourself?
This time of year can be tough on some people for so many different reasons so https://www.twitch.tv/nFbPrototype I will be giving 100% of all donations now through December 25th, 2018 to The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation who assist with mental health research!
There will be prizes for top donators; the goal is to reach $1000 dollars, and all the money will be donated on stream on Christmas Day. Donate @ https://streamlabs.com/nfbprototype to be eligible for giveaways, or if you aren’t into twitch streaming but still want to help out, visit their website @ https://www.bbrfoundation.org/home. Please Share!
Warbringer Deathhoss shares some of his experience with us!
I joined this guild on a whim. I started a toon on Aerie Peak and happened to see them in the guild finder.
Since then, its been a whirlwind of fun, friendship, and funny memories. Since joining, I’ve met some of the nicest people you could imagine; even though a lot of us are assholes, but in a good way. I’d have to say the most memorable thing for me was the first time i raided with MOD in Uldir, when it released. The nervous buildup to a new raid, and the countless hours grinding for gear and studying fights. But it was all worth it when the yells and cheers of joy happened, when G’huun finally fell.
This guild means a lot to me. Its a place where I can escape for a few hours a day and have fun. Even though a lot of y’all give me a hard time, I honestly love all of you. As I see it, this guild isn’t just a group of people who happen to play the same game. We are a family, even if that means dealing with the crazy cousins, uncles, and aunts sometimes.
We love you, even though you’re a 200 year old man! Thank you for everything that you’ve done to contribute to the amazingness of this guild!
Remember to enter into the Social Giveaway before January 1st! We love reading all of your stories and experiences.
There’s a micro-holiday today, and it’s Talon Queen Quetzie’s favorite day of the year. Here are some of highlights of her day spent with the Moonkins!
Hanging with Makkaw, who organizes the chance to watch the baby Moonkins!
First assignment: Observe the babies dance lessons from Astralaire. And of course, show them a thing or two while I’m at it!
Second Assignment: Watch them practice moonfiring under the tutelage of Pewkew.
Of course, myself and other experienced Moonkins joined in to show them what their power could be like in a few years!
Third Assignment: Observe them napping with Dramock. Of course there’s always one little troublemaker who doesn’t want anything to do with naptime!
After I spent some time watching and reminiscing, a baby decided to follow me around. But his friends were in trouble! So I set out to vanquish the evil infringing upon Moonglade.
Along the way, I saved a friend of theirs, Clookle!
After vanquishing evil and saving the day, a total of 5 Moonkin babies decided to follow me around for the week. I hope I can teach them a thing or two about how to be a moonkin! And I know my very own Moonkin Hatchling will make them feel right at home.
If you want your own creche of moonkin hatchlings for the week, you can visit Moonglade and embark on a fun journey to save the day yourself!
Our first dabbles into organized raiding were fun. The homework assignments, struggling to get 10 people all to log on to raid on 2 consecutive nights, our first kill of Xavius, and the deafening on discord that almost cost me my hearing. Having people kinda drift away and come back. Mostly the guild is about community; we love a good laugh, and we get stuff done.
I’ve been a part of this guild for 4-5 years now and have seen it grow from a quiet guild that barely had anyone on, to a small tight-knit guild that had 10-12 regulars on, to an explosion of players on that we currently have almost any time of day. It’s been a journey and I can say, hands down, this is the best guild I’ve ever been a part of in any game.
It doesn’t feel like you’re a stranger in this guild. You may not know who anyone is outside of their screen name, but outside of my family, this is my online family.
How heartwarming! This truly is a big, happy family.
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