Mythic Night 1

Champions of the Light

Most people on the Mythic team have already seen and/or killed Grong as a result of Jibbles’s Gob Squad runs on Sundays. That said, a number of new people were with us for the kill, and there were only 3 deaths. No Angelic Renewal casts got off, and Divine Mallet damage was comfortably low. That said, Atesies and Coldryder were (I believe) the ones with new Champion kills. We forgot to take a picture. Whoops!

Grong

Grong was fun, but challenging. Everyone we spoke to suggested it was a 5-healer minimum. But since we hate listening to directions and hate the easy route we stuck with 4. (This also means we either hate or love our healers. Use your own discretion.)

We had a few problems. Initially, our second orb holder kept dying because he wasn’t receiving enough direct heals. We assigned a specific healer to watch him during tough spots, which solved that issue wonderfully. Another problem was syncing when to use the item to cancel Throw while also draining his tantrum as low as possible. A third was part of the common Heroic issue: people not running out far enough with Throw, while also remaining stationary long enough for the tank to land and not be horrified. We improved communication as the fight continued. Myself and Kamahl (orb holders) got better about recognizing when we would need externals (without memeing BIG HEALZ); tanks got better at recognizing when they would be in trouble during Throw; the group coordinated interrupts smooth like butter.

In the end, we only needed 13 pulls for the kill.

Jadefire Masters

After Grong, Jadefire felt…easy, really. The hardest part of Jadefire is staying alive during multi-sided strike. However, once it was pointed out that the pattern of colors always remained the same (BLUE GREEN RED GREEN BLUE) and I threw together a quick Weakaura to show the color order, most people were able to survive the transition. There were still problems, of course – it’s mythic! We initially killed one explosive orb to start, baited magma traps, then moved on to the second explosive orb. Unfortunately, there was simply too much damage and bad timing with the third explosive, multi-sided strike, and the transitional phase. We eventually evened out timing, but still only managed to just down Mestrah twice – once with Manceroy around 30%, and later, with 19 total people, Manceroy around 18%.

Thursday Logs

Mythic Night 2

We had a rough start to Jadefire as new people joined us for the night and had to re/learn how to do multi-sided strike. However, we overall had better damage to orbs and got a new strat: we burn both the first two explosives, THEN bait magma traps, then kill the third explosive. By that time the third explosive was either dead or close to it before the transition happens.

We had 14 pulls total between both nights for the kill.

Opulence

Opulence will be our first real problem and the first boss we spend a lot of time tinkering and restrategizing on. It’s likely that we will swap healers around going into this week, as certain specs are better at dealing specific types of damage / situations. We’ll also be reinforcing a useful graphic that we pulled from <Am I Muted>’s discord, which will help with the lightning orb drop points significantly.

We also don’t want anyone running 3 stacks of Treacherous Covenant on Opulence or onwards until we have them downed a few times. The extra damage taken and loss of DPS, especially in poison room / dot situations, is enormous.

Downing Jadefire put us at #7 on the server. In order to gain ranks, we have to defeat Opulence, Conclave, AND Rastakhan.

Friday Logs

Heroic and Normal

I was not present for the Saturday Heroic run, but it looks like everything went well and the run was slightly over 2 hours. In the future, we may decide to do either 2 or 3 hour runs, depending on what people feel like. We may also save lockouts from the previous weeks to try to push AOTC for those that need it. We will try to announce this ahead of time.

Monday we originally planned to concurrently run heroic and normal. In the end we opted to run only normal, as a number of people who were originally going to do heroic either could not make it or didn’t feel well enough. In true alt-night fashion, we 1-shot every boss including Jaina, and came in at just over 2 hours. This is an excellent return to form and we know it boosted some spirits. It was nice to see people able to gear alts and run characters they haven’t been able to during progression runs.

Saturday logs
Monday logs: 1, 2, 3

Loot Rules

In the face of a Mythic team and the return of alt nights, we’ve tweaked the loot roll rules for alt nights and clarified what to do with loot we don’t need.

Check out the updates to Loot rolls.

Mythic Team

After much deliberation amongst one another and a vote on time slots, the Warlords chose Thursday and Friday for Mythic progression, replacing Black Team raid times.

The following individuals are part of the Mythic roster:

TANK:
Telann
Rip

HEALERS:
Corignis
Phallamore
Liv
Ubernuts

DPS:
Zextol
Lillithh
Quetzie
Kamahl
Foxxie
Harmesi
Fokolamagexd
Lineda
Niraffe
Donkay
Demonestra (transitioning to Houndmaster)
Grimmbrew
Jibbles
Cameltotem

BACKUP/FLEX:
Coldryder
Urostek
Atesies
Bulborbish
Bellelina
Shaynanigans

These individuals were chosen based not only on the numbers performance of their main spec, but also on mechanics, listening to directions, flexibility to other roles / classes, communication, availability for times, and most importantly, attitude.

This is NOT a permanent roster. If you think you were unfairly excluded (example: maybe you can make the times and we didn’t think you were able), please feel free to reach out to us. If you are on the roster but wind up benched because of underperformance or attendance issues, please don’t take it personally. We’ll work with you to show where you can improve as best we can.

If you’d like to try out for the Mythic roster but haven’t raided with us before, please get ahold of a Warlord. We’ll run you through Heroic and M+ to evaluate your performance and where you might best fit on the team. Assuming you’re approved, you’d start as a fill / bench before being placed on the main roster.

We’re looking to have fun but also be successful. If you think you can provide a class / role / functionality we’re missing, please reach out. We’re going to work hard in the coming weeks to gear people’s alts / off specs in M+ and heroic / normal raids, practice rotation, provide WAs, etc.

That said, we’re still a casual guild. Nobody expects Cutting Edge, and we’re not looking to recruit hardcore mythic raiders to replace the friends we’ve been playing with for months or years. When we reach a point where the best of our best can no longer proceed, we’ll likely halt progression to simply farm lower bosses or do other fun activities as a group, catch up AOTCs, etc.

If the stress of Mythic becomes too much and you stop having fun, there is no shame in sitting out. We chose the above individuals because we think they can take the stress of Mythic raiding, but this is a game and everyone should enjoy themselves. If you find it’s not what you expected, don’t feel that you have to keep coming for our benefit. We’d rather everyone have fun, and we can find someone to fill your slot in the future.

Current Teams / Names / Designations

At some point I need to update the Raid Team Roster page. I can separate the Mythic group out from the rest of the Vanguards; move the Mythic team to Black team and move everyone else to Red; keep Red and Black roster the same but add a separate Mythic roster; combine our (incredibly large) roster into 1 listing; give the Mythic team a brand-new designation; or any other number of things. If anyone has suggestions, please get ahold of me. Otherwise I will use my best judgement, and then nobody is allowed to bitch about what I choose :^)

As some of the raiders move into Mythic, the Warlords decided to adjust the rules regarding loot rolls. We also added some rules we’d mentioned in Discord that never made it to the online sheet, some from way back in Uldir!

Old Loot Roll Rules:

Once loot has been received, players who wish to offer up an item for roll will whisper the item to Telann. All loot rolls will be posted and closed by him (highest roll from 1-100 wins). Main spec rolls will be offered first, followed by off spec, and lastly character alts. Transmog and Disenchants are allowed after those priorities. BoE items belong to whoever receives them and may also be offered to others for roll at that players discretion. You are not required to offer an item up for trade.

New Loot Roll Rules:

Once loot has been received, players who wish to offer up an item for roll will whisper the item to Telann. You are not required to offer any item up for trade. Telann will then call for rolls in order of roll priority (below). If you win the roll and find you don’t need/want the loot, it then goes to the next runner up.

Roll Priority:
Main spec upgrade, Azerite or Trinket side grade *
Side grade for main spec
Off-spec
Transmog
Disenchants

* If a raid night is an “alt night”, alts / newbies are given main-spec priority rolls over those characters who are in main progression runs, as higher-geared characters have more opportunities to get the pieces they need. During alt nights, progression characters are considered “off spec” in the loot priority listing.

Note: BoE items belong to whoever receives them, but may also be offered to others for roll at that players discretion.

Reasons Why

Azerite and Trinkets may be ilvl side-grades for many classes, but the difference between a BiS trinket or trait is phenomenal (as an example, my BiS azerite trait does more damage than my spam / builder spell).

Characters who are not in the core progression groups (whether we’re on Mythic or Heroic for a given tier) have fewer opportunities for upgrades; it’s important that we give everyone opportunities to get gear. Progression characters going to alt runs are generally there to supply loot to alts / newbies who need it. We may make an exception for incredible titanforges above Mythic-level loot drops.

If you win an item and find you no longer need it (maybe it wasn’t a good upgrade via sim), please return it to the original owner or pass it off to the next-highest roll, rather than a friend or someone you “think” should get the item. You are also more than welcome to cancel your roll and say “No, I don’t really need it, give it to [person who rolled next highest]”. (As a one-trick, I do this all the time if I see the next-highest roll would be getting a massive upgrade, or if someone is gearing a new progression toon.)

If you’re going to roll on a piece for transmog / disenchant, hold off until you’re sure there are no upgrade rolls. Telann will call for “need” first, and then for “transmogs and DE” if nobody rolls on upgrades/sidegrades.

This is going to be a slight change for everyone, so it’ll take some time to get used to. If someone rolls out of turn, don’t get mad at them.

Take a refresher on all the Rules and Regulations, but you don’t need to re-confirm them with us.

Let’s just skip the part where we all know I’m behind.

Heroic Boss Kills

Geeks and Freaks:

Geeks and Freaks – Mekkatorque – 3/11/2019
Geeks and Freaks – Stormwall Blockade – 3/16/2019
Geeks and Freaks – Jaina – 3/18/2019

Masters of Mayhem:

Masters of Mayhem – Mekkatorque – 3/01/2019
Masters of Mayhem -Stormwall Blockade – 3/14/2019
Masters of Mayhem – Jaina – 3/21/2019

Mythic

There is / will be some restructuring as we move into Mythic. More on this will come in tomorrow’s roundup.

Mythic nights will be taking place on Black Team times, though the Mythic group will comprise both Red and Black team members. We haven’t decided whether to keep the team names / identifiers the same, change them, lose them entirely, or something else. If you have opinions, let us know!

Raid Roundups will likely majority cover the Mythic raids, though will mention saturdays and mondays here and there.

Vanguards and AOTC

Vanguards who wish to keep Vanguard status but are not on the Mythic team will only have to come to 50% of the remaining raid dayss (saturdays and/or mondays) until the next full tier to keep Vanguard. The requirements for new raiders to earn Vanguard are the same (5 raids in per month).

That said, we still have a number of guild members and raiders who need AOTC. Keeping on top of raid mechanics, continuing to run M+, etc, will help ensure that we can get AOTC for them before the next tier. We had 6 successful AOTC runs in Uldir. We’ve already done AOTC twice on Jaina. Let’s shoot to get everyone AOTC who needs it, just like Uldir!

Crucible of Storms

Once Crucible releases we’ll be running that on Saturdays and Mondays instead of Heroic BfD, at least until it gets cleared or people get bored of it. The Mythic group may run it during their time as well, or we may decide to split into 2 groups on saturdays / mondays. Essentially the schedule for the Mythic group doing crucible is TBD, but everyone else can plan for Saturday / Monday to be Crucible runs when it releases.

How To Become a Mythic Raider in Less Than 20 Minutes:
Being a Better Player and Notes on Mythic Raiding

Hey guys, Mythic raider and card game enthusiast Tiraffe here. Given the recent announcement from Uro about looking at the possibility of pursuing Mythic Progression, I figured I’d whip up a guide to help out those that are looking to improve their play or are afraid that they wouldn’t make the cut for a Mythic roster now or in the future.

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Can you believe it’s been over a year since we launched the guild website? (It launched on March 17th, 2018)

We’ve seen a lot of changes over time. The original site didn’t even have a search function. We didn’t have a PvP section, either. We didn’t have a way of tracking raider attendance, or even showing off our raid team. We changed the way the menus work on mobile, and added submenus to the raiding and PvP pages. We changed a page about discord bots into a page for our social media. We added a calendar and, briefly, a page to vote on the guild Halloween contest. We have an updated tracker for our raid rankings, and dozen of other tiny tweaks.

What’s your favorite website functionality? What would you like to see from us in the future?

Quetz is back! Yay! You can expect Raid Wrapups to return, as well as a brief overview of the screenshots from previous boss kills that we didn’t cover in March. I currently have a huge backlog of changes to make on the site as well, obviously. The Attendance and Raid Team pages need to be updated, as they’ve been outdated since February. There are a full 18 plugin and WordPress updates. Expect the site calendar to be brought up to speed as well. I’d like to thank everyone for being patient with me during a very difficult March, and am looking forward to a much more fun April and beyond.

I’ve been recently asked, and routinely asked, can I help recruit members to the guild?

The short answer is: Yes.

Every one of Ministry of Defense’s members in good standing can recruit a new member by issuing a new member invite in the guild communities window. However, please do not spam out unwanted, or unrequested, guild invites to people. We prefer for potential new members to seek us out, rather than the reverse.

Also, in your recruiting travels, please do not make promises that we might not be able to keep. For example, telling a potential new member that they would be guaranteed a position on a raid team… that decision is always up to the warlords for each team.

If you are so inclined, and want to help recruit new people into the guild, feel free to utilize the following recruitment message… or make your own!

<Ministry of Defense> is looking for casual players, raiders, and pvpers! We offer an adult friendly, non-toxic guild atmosphere. Currently celebrating 9 years of being awesome! Website: ministryofdefense.net. Currently 1/9M, 7/9H, 9/9N BoD.

Have any questions, please use our Discord #general channels for comments!

Lately, I have noticed a couple of things about the guild.

  1. There are almost no feral mains, if any at all.
  2. A lot of people have said that they plan on maining a Zandalari feral.

I’m not here to discourage anyone, burst any bubbles, or ruin the fun of being your very own dinosaur cat. I’m also not here to make it seem like the best class ever. I will also be the first one to tell you this: despite it being the most fun and unique class, in my opinion, it can and will suck.

This article is strictly based on my own individual experience, and it’s mostly just for fun and to have a chuckle!

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In this little write-up, I will go over some of the biggest selling (and  ruining) points of being a kitty cat.

Leveling

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So you’ve started your druid, you’ve decided on feral over balance, now what? Well, luckily I have just the steps for you!

  1. Open up your talents window.
  2. Select “Balance”
  3. Hit “Choose Specialization”

There you go! You’re on your way to successfully leveling as feral!

In all seriousness, leveling as feral is one of the worst experiences in game. Because feral is so reliant on having the right stat spread, it’s almost impossible to have a decent spread when you’re constantly outleveling your gear. You feel weak, you never have energy, everyone is yelling at you in your dungeon because you’re doing a third of the second lowest damage.. It’s not fun for anyone involved. Just… go balance and wait until you start gearing at 120 to change your loot spec to feral, then build a good feral set. There will be a bit of a learning curve when you start feralling, but it isn’t bad. Unless you don’t mind being the weakest link, then by all means, go ahead!

Pro:

You can easily blame you sucking on bad gear and being below max level.

Con:

You’re going to want to eat your own eyes out.

Snapshotting, Bleeds, and Talents

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This is where the magic happens! Let’s start with talents, then get into the good stuff.

If you don’t know me, I have mained feral from the end of Tomb of Sageras to the beginning of BfA. Before that, I mained a frost mage and beastmaster hunter. During Uldir, I mained a Discipline priest. I am now back to playing feral. The point of listing my class experiences is this: no other class that I have played has had their entire rotation been at the mercy of one or two talents quite like feral. What I mean by this is if you change one talent, you’re probably going to have to change all of them to maximize your rotation. You’re also probably going to have to change your rotation.

Because of this, you’re going to have to probably also learn about 3-4 different rotations, which is just insane to me. But alas, that’s the price you pay for your sparkly new dino-cat hybrid thing. Let me break it down using my own talent builds for different things.

These are my normal talents that you’ll almost always see me running. One thing you should note before you scrawl them down for your Zando cat: These are by no means optimal in almost any scenario. That’s right, I said it. My talents are bad, and I know they’re bad. And I’m not sorry. This is just how I enjoy playing. I can even break it down to exactly why they aren’t good.

Short answer: Snapshotting.

Snapshotting is what sets feral apart from the other melee classes. In layman’s terms, it’s when the game takes a “snapshot” of any buffs, debuffs, flasks, cooldowns, ect that is on you when you put on a bleed. Your bleed stays at whatever power your buffs give it when you put it on until it is reapplied or refreshed.

Long answer: Bloodtalons

Bloodtalons give your next melee ability 25% increased damage for the full duration after you cast entangling roots or regrowth. Because of this, it’s important to only use it on your major bleeds and refresher (rip, rake, ferocious bite). With this build, you don’t have a ranged ability to build up combo points before your bloodtalon buff falls off. How I personally combat that is to ONLY use regrowth right before stealthing and getting ready for the pull and before I need to use rip or ferocious bite. But, it can be a bit tricky to manage 90% of the time, unless you’re paying attention to your combo points constantly.

    So how do you make it more optimal?

    Change your talents. And your rotation.

Lunar Inspiration! 

Lunar Inspiration allows you to use Moonfire while in cat form. It also gives you a combo point! This makes a good safeguard if you end up having to use your regrowth early and don’t want to waste the buff. You can just spam moonfire until you have the combo points you need! Sounds great, right? Well, it can be. I personally don’t like it because it’s not THAT much more damage. And it’s wasting a few GCDs that could be used on something else. It seems like there’s no winning. That’s where Savage Roar comes into play. For the full description of it, you’ll have to look at the link. I don’t use savage roar, and I don’t like using savage roar, and I refuse to use ravage roar. It’s an extra button, extra combo point spender, and extra pain in the ass. But, it is a great talent to use and, if youre less easily frustrated than me, go for it!

I prepared 2 more talent builds for this, but I think you get the point. Changing talents=completely changing your rotation to maximize each talent’s usefulness.

No matter what talent build you choose, your bleeds are your real damage-dealers. Keeping them as strong as they can be is your #1 priority as a feral.

Let’s revisit snapshotting. I gave you a quick little rundown of what it does, but how do you track it? Luckily, the loveliest Quetzie has an article about it! Since this isn’t a “how to git gud at kat” article, I’ll leave the link to it here. It is full of addons and weakauras that are essential to your scaley new cat toon.

There isn’t much to say about snapshotting, but let me tell you now. It is what makes feral so fun for me. It is ALSO why I want to beat my computer against an 18 wheeler. It’s FRUSTRATING and messing up your snapshots do way more harm than you would expect.

More personal experience story: before I got these weakauras, i did NO damage. At all. I didn’t even know snapshotting was a thing. When I learned what it was, how to track them, and when I needed to cast what, it improved UNBELIEVABLY.

Pro:

It’s unique! No other class or spec has snapshotting. It takes what would be a very bland and stagnant rotation and turns it into something that will constantly keep you on your toes.

Con:

So. Much. Freaking. Micromanaging. You have to constantly be on your toes and aware of everything you’re doing, while also maintaining constant awareness of your surroundings and fights. If you have trouble not running through fire or taking debuffs out, this isn’t the class for you.

Rotations

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As I’ve mentioned before, there is no one set rotation for feral. It depends on your talents, the encounter, whether you’re PvE or PvP, multi or single target, what color the person to your left’s transmog is, the phase of the moon, how many boomies are in your group, ect.

Because of this, the only way to really and truly improve your rotations and git gud at doin’ a dameg is to compare yourself to other ferals at the same iLvL. Sounds doable, right?

If only.

Because of all the aforementioned micromanaging, drawbacks, and annoyances that come along with this gig, there aren’t many people that play feral. To make matters worse, there aren’t many who KNOW how to play feral, and there are even less that know how to play it WELL. There is a big list of resources in The Dreamgrove‘s feral channel, but there is a lot of digging through mush to find it.

The only set advice that I have for this is that your best bet is to hop in that channel, chat with some cool cats, find out what will be the best general rotation for you, and hit a training dummy. For a while. Until your fingers get numb and muscle memory starts happening.

Pro:

You have next to no one to compete to the top.

Con:

You have next to no one outside of the Dreamgrove channel to compare your numbers, rotations, and talents to.

Raids

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So, you’ve gotten past all the bad parts of being a kitty cat. You’re geared. Your stats are as good as they’re gonna get, you guess. You’ve gotten your rotation down. Now, you’ve joined one of Ministry’s esteemed raid teams. Now what?

Well, a lot. First of all, outside of a couple CCs, feral has like, no utility. At all. No stones that give you 30% health or super awesome offheals or anything like that. But, ’tis the life when you decide to get away from the comfort of your Frost Mage and roll Feral Druid because you think the new forms are super awesome sauce!

Another important thing is that you’re VERY squishy with no defensives. As in, something that would normally only drop someone to half health could easily one shot you. Why is this? I don’t know. It could just be the fact that I’m bad, but other ferals seem to have the same difficulties.

With that said, if you play your cards right and REALLY know what you’re doing, you can easily top meters.

Because of how high the skill cap is, it’s VERY hard to get into non-guild groups as a feral. There’s no way to really tell how someone plays their class that has such a steep cap, outside of looking at Raider.io or other sites. And honestly, who has the time for that? Just remember, next time you try to PUG anything, my heart and prayers are with you.

Pro:

Very high skill cap. You are as good as you push yourself to be! I recommend buying a couple of Reflecting Prisms for break times.

Con:

/pet

PvP

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Whoo! This is my favorite part!

So here’s the thing with PvP and being a kitty cat. Much like raiding, you’re either really good or really bad. There isn’t much in between.

Again, there isn’t a whole lot of utility. You have a couple of good stuns (aside from your opener), one which requires combo points, so you aren’t a whole lot of use aside from a healer griefer. You’re also extremely squishy and can EASILY be killed 1v1. Why would anyone want a feral when boomies do more damage and rogues do the same things, but better?

Here’s why.

Because you’re freaking awesome.

You’re a 200lb cat that shreds flesh as a hobby. You’re any toon’s worst nightmare. The same as raiding, if you learn your talents and rotations, you’re unstoppable. The only issue is finding someone willing to take that risk and let you in their group.

Or, you can always do what I do, and start your own groups!

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Pro:

You look and feel like a badass every second of the way.

Con:

If you do manage to get into a group, you better hope someone on the other team doesn’t have a spray bottle ready when you pounce.

The Transmog Dilemma

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If you know me, you know I spend absurd amounts of gold on transmogging my druid to look perfect. Here’s the thing: it doesn’t matter. At all. No one ever sees it. Ever. Your cat form is your transmog.

If you’re like most people, the only way to change your cat form is to change your hair color.

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Until now!

Most people know this by now, but in Legion, our artifact appearances changed our cat forms!

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This is my personal favorite set. You can catch me rocking the purple one 99% of the time!

But who am I kidding? If you’re reading this, you’re most likely considering rolling feral for the Zando appearances.  But keep in mind that no one is going to see your transmog either way, so don’t waste your gold!

Unless you’re like me and have to look your best on every occasion.

Pro:

SPARKLE KITTY

Con:

So much wasted transmog gold.

 

Conclusion

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Yes, feral is very grueling to learn and play. Yes, it’s one of the most frustrating specs in the game. Yes, it’s unnecessarily hard. Yes, you’re probably better off going boomie. No, you shouldn’t let that get in your way.

Remember that this game is about having fun. If you try it and enjoy the extra nonsense that comes along with it, I’ll gladly welcome you into the pack with open paws! You’re a part of a very low minority in WoW, and you’re also a part of one of the most fun and interactive specs. Ferals love other ferals, because there aren’t many of us.

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Remember to go to your local shelter and adopt your own Feral today!

 

Again, this is just to poke fun at my own class. If you want any SERIOUS advice on being a kitkatdrood, find me in game or in Discord, and I will more than happily point you in the right direction. Remember, we all have to start somewhere!