Mar 222020
 

Greetings! Call of the Forsaken is almost over and this update comes to you a little belated for multiple reasons.. first and foremost, Call of the Forsaken is a mighty short expansion with a lot of quick raids. Secondly, I have been MIA because life punched me in the cooter and no one else wants to do this shit. LEGGO!

From start to finish, CotF took 8 days to beat due to artificial locks! We are really proud of everyone who crushed through progression content with the weird unlock schedules the last few expansions have given us. I want to give a huge shout out to everyone who has been doing the Lort’s work. The reality is that we can’t progress without the lifeblood of the guild, so thank you.

We are recruiting! Check out our forums here for more information! We are looking for people who are interested in late game expansions and progressing to live! If you want to check it out, heroic characters are now a thing here on Phinigel! Not only that, so are Heroic Adventures! Come join us, we’d love to have you. It’s a great time to get back into it with the ‘rona and social distancing! The Darkened Sea launches next week!

So let’s start from the beginning, shall we? I am not sure if I briefed you on the lore of this expansion, but basically this blind dragon accidentally ripped through space and time and caused a bunch of different realities to co-exist but we have to close them before Norrath collapses! This expansion takes place in THE ETHERNERE! Which is kind of like the beneathaverse or the upside down. Our first task is beating up the cultists and saving the blind bitch in question:

Once we saved her (the first time: foreshadowing!), we had to go exterminate some bugs. I’m including both Bixie 1 and Bixie 2 win in this, even though Bixie 2 was the *only* T1b raid that was not included in the launch. I think we had the most fun on Bixie 2 due to the all of the BAZZAZZLING that went on.

Once we finished off the bees, we headed to the luscious Dead Hills. This is where the weird cult people came in that wanted to worship/eat/nefarious intentions the blind dragon. Dead Hills was easy-peasy Xulous-squeezy.

.. and then we went to FOURTH GATE! You know, the lesser known Neriak area where our beloved King and Queen live. Can I just say? They’ve got some uh, issues. Some reeeeal issues, and their son is a real Prince if you catch my drift.

Once Day 8 came around, we busted through Tower of Rot and Argin-Hiz and the final mission. Tower of Rot consisted of two events where we beat up Kyle’s guards and then beat up Kyle + guards. Yeah, the third to end boss in this expansion’s name is Kyle.

The final event, Journey Home, was not much to write home about. We had to beat Zeb up, beat Lanys up (seriously, when will you learn?) Honestly, this entire expansion was short. We’re glad it was only a 2 month wait until round two with The Darkened Sea.

If the expansion win wasn’t exciting enough for you, I have some amazing news. The #FreeMoncs campaign that has been going on for the last few expansions has an update! Moncs is free and has returned home to the Club.

And if that’s TOO exciting for you, here’s a picture of Plane of War, literally no one’s favorite zone. We did manage to get Plane of War down in era and as a server-first, an achievement we are proud of! Congrats to Theka & crew for crushing Plane of War access and killing the Grandmaster!

Even though raids are quick and short, there was tons to do in off-hours. Everyone is working hard and getting achievements! There’s plenty going on in guild chat, too.

In addition to that, we had many guildies finish the beeterfly illusion! I call it that because while it is technically a butterfly by name, it is bee by design.

The next expansion is coming up quick! The Darkened Sea releases next week and we are excited to move on.

Please enjoy the rest of my screenshot dump, and thanks to everyone who contributed! Also enjoy our unofficial test roster.

See you next time,

#staypetty
Jan 202020
 

Why?

I’m not even sorry for this .gif set.

Salutations! This is a quickie, sorry friends. We are at the end of Rain of Fear; the sun has come out and the rain has dried up. We are heading into Call of the Forsaken in approximately 9 days! Rain of Fear was a wonderful, rich expansion that kept us busy. Call of the Forsaken shouldn’t give us any trouble, but with a shortened lockout of 2 months, there is plenty to do!

Join the family!

All classes are open, and you can head over here to our recruitment thread to check out requirements. If you are coming over from another guild or cross server, there might be additional incentives to join. Some of us have a vendetta to settle with TBM, so if you are looking for a stable and long term place to hang your shield, we’re here for you!

This year marks the first birthday year for the original Phinigel launchers with pretty rainbow names, and we did not hesitate to take a group photo!

Happy Birthday Phinigel!

For Call of the Forsaken, we’re taken back to time travel?! Basically, some big dragon lady busted through the time-space continuum and ripped apart the beaneathaverse and now there’s all these realities. Remember Plane of Time A-F or however many there were during Seeds of Destruction? It’s like that, but worse. Plus there’s a previously undiscovered completely thriving FOURTH GATE? Of NERIAK? Lanys? Bixies?! UNDEAD THINGS THAT NEVER STOP?! ASH PEOPLE??

I won’t lie, I flew too close to the sun this expansion and finished everything way too quickly. I am foaming at the mouth to get at some more shinies and cheevos! Anyway, we’re all primed and ready to go bustin’ up some bad guys and tape up the cosmos. We are combat ready!

Until the next update, here’s some quotes to hold you over:

Puma getting t-bagged like the d-bag he is.

As always,

Nov 292019
 

Salutations, friends! I apologize, this update came a bit later than expected. Unfortunately, it was locked behind an artificial invisible gate and I had to wait out the timer before posting. Welcome back everyone! We’ve tromped through Rain of Fear and now it’s farm time until Call of the Forsaken! If you’d like some music to play while perusing the update, please click here.

Great news! Rain of Fear brought us to 100 but Call of the Forsaken has no level cap increase! That means if you have been on the fence about returning, now is a perfect time with bonus XP and the fact that you have 4 months to get to 100! We are recruiting, so head over to our forums to check us out or send an in-game tell to Azzira, Wrexyou, Froogle or Nokkard!

Let us begin!

RAIN OF FEAR DEFEATED IN 12 DAYS!

Rain of Fear is a super fun expansion! Between all of the quest and achievement rewards you can get, the SHINIES, and the sheer amount of raid encounters available; there is so much to do. Without mini’s or ToV, there are 17 raid bosses to murder. Throw in the ~5,000 dragons and you’ve got yourself a party of non-stop loot.

The launch went about as expected, with only Tier 1 & 2 releasing initially. Thankfully, they forced the unlock for Tier 3 & 4 about a week and a half later, so everyone who was at work in the middle of the day really appreciated that! In all seriousness though, we are very happy we did not have to wait four weeks to kill Xaric.

Please join us in the re-enactment of our adventures through Rain of Fear! Picture it, 54 people in gumboots and raincoats, umbrella’s at the ready for the storm ahead..

We started Launch Day #1 in Shard’s Landing. Shard’s Landing is probably one of my favorite raids purely because there’s a murderer. Back on Fippy®, 95% of the murderers ended up being women in the guild. Because of the nature of the event, Satoshi was kind enough to set up a betting ring for kronos and platinum. You know who’s been having a case of the stabby stabbies lately?

(Priests, it’s the priests.)

So we murdered some people, saved King Tormax, punched a random dwarf in the coot-coot, murdered two dragons that start with the letter Z, burned some trees and stuck some pigs. It was overall a very successful night considering the average level in the raid was 97 and we one-shot everything! Shout out to everyone who worked hard on getting tasks done to make our raid night quick and easy!

Launch Day #2 we discovered half of our guild crashes to shrouding and we poked some brownies, minotaurs and eyeballs! This night was also a slam-dunk*!

*Fireballs are not friends.
*This is still technically a 1-shot

In reality, Chapterhouse and Xorbb went really well! At this point we’re able to get Findlewill down before she even casts her disgusting Fireball, and we’ve gotten TWO (2) bi-folds so far!

Launch Day #3 we were still in the midst of trying to get T3&4 unlocked so that we can continue on our journey, ultimately we decided to hit up Temple of Veeshan.

It’s pretty much the same thing as last time but now Vulak is slightly harder. He was the first mob we had a bit of trouble on, but we got him down and threatened to delete Ngreth’s shoulders.

With everything on lockout, it’s time to focus on what really matters. Beautiful, wonderful, not at all difficult to find shinies. Collectibles, if you’re a heathen. OGC is all about community and we even have an easy access Shiny House where people can deposit duplicates and take out what they need.

Shiny hiding in a broken box in Eastern Wastes.

At this point I’d like to take a moment and give a huge shout out and thank you to Froogle, the bootylicious rogue that does our DKP. He. Puts. In. Work. If you see him on the streets, you give him a tip of the hat, a slap on the butt and move on. Froogle is a protected asset, and most definitely an appreciated one.

Launch Day #12: It’s at this point on a Monday, mid-morning, T3 & T4 is unlocked. Those of us who were at home busted through the missions so we could raid on our off-night. It was an incredible turn out and we want to thank our members for their nerd-level dedication. We one shot Chelsith as well as Luclin.

I am ashamed to say that the only screenshot sent in by members for the front page update of Luclin was this:

Thanks, Chimero.

After Luclin, we went straight into Heart of Fear and started our night off with Glimpse. Our tanks had a bit of an issue on how to properly place the goos (or gooses if you’re Tacara and high on pain pills), and we also had a Satoshi Homocide Bonus where he killed one of our members by telling them to run away when they should have stacked.

Captured: Both bad goo placement and Dima’s amazingly bad Gina trigger that tells people to run away when they should have stacked.

Event 2 is a glorified trash clear, the only thing we discovered on that event was how to place more than one guild banner at a time. Honestly, the explanation of the event took about as long as the event did.

Event 3 was probably our biggest challenge this expansion, but it was a fun fight. We wiped twice and on our third try we got it, everyone having been deafened in voice comms from the excitement of our guild leader. It was a solid win!

Xaric doing his “come at me bro” pimp walk.
Might I propose a new OGC webpage banner?

Overall this expansion has been a good ride, each event has a fun unique mechanic and plenty of things to do outside of raids. As per usual, thank you to everyone here who logs in and puts in the work to crush these expansions so efficiently. From me, to you, we’re thankful you’re here.

There is a solid chance the front page will be in hibernation until the New Year, but never fear! We are still kickin’ it, so come join us! We’d love to have you.

In the spirit of inclusion: Happy Holidays, Happy Halloween, Happy Thanksgiving (or Thursday, for our Canadians), Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year’s, Happy Donut Day, Happy whatever you do or do not celebrate. Happy all of the things! Fuck bitches, get money. Kill monsters, get loot.

Our Halloween table. PLEASE TAKE ONE!
Thanksgiving Feast!
YEAH, we put our tree up EARLY. WHATS UP?

Other notable things that happened:

Congratulations to Satoshi, our bonuses for DKP is now seriously out of control!

Congratulations to Satoshi, again, for being oddly accurate predicting server up!

Congratulations to Not Ryme for server first 100! Maybe it was Forgoth?

Congratulations to Madmanlizard for not clicking accept on your item before Forgoth kicked the instance!

Congratulations to Tacara for server first Lord Soptyvr illusion and server first Master Scavenger completion!

Congratulations to OGC for polluting the Guild Lobby with our beautiful banners!

Congratulations to Barudin on your promotion!

And finally, congratulations to Puma for making a comeback, I guess?

Ask and you shall receive!
Courtesy of Tajin

In closing, please enjoy these accoutrements of quotes!

See you in 2020 bitches,

Oct 242019
 

Yo! It’s t-minus less than two weeks until Rain of Fear launches and we’re feeling the end of the expansion blues. Veil of Alaris was a grueling expansion; it felt like it took too long, the zones were ugly, the aliens were weird and they made us read books. We here at the OGC have strapped on our gumboots and put on our rain coats and we are so ready for the release of Rain of Fear!

Grab a drink, y’all. This is a very long update!

We’re seeing the end of Veil of Alaris take it’s toll on some of the other guilds on the server. As a Fippy refugee, I want to extend my sincerest sympathy. VoA is a dickles expansion, but I promise it gets better in RoF! Hang in there! If your guild decides this is the end of their tenure on Phinigel, we would love to have you here! We are always recruiting, and as a guild make an effort to help anyone get up to speed with levels and information. If you’re interested, check out our forums here, or send Azzira, Wrexyou, Nokkard or Froogle a tell in game. Don’t give up on your Phinny dreams!

We have no idea how Rain of Fear is going to play out. Back on Fippy © , there was a whole mess of staggered releases, reverse releases, staggered re-release, portals poofin’, all that fun stuff. The dev’s have basically said they are pretty sure they have no idea what is going to happen.

However, we’ve been going strong in VoA and kept a full plate of busting through Sepulcher (seh-pull-cur) and lower tiers and collecting all the currencies! We are geared to the teeth and oh, so ready, for Rain of Fear to launch. That isn’t to say we didn’t have fun in Veil of Alaris! This was a very “rich” expansion, with lots of lore and weird looking monsters.

We did have some fun times with Fumerak & his crystal clicking.
That sweet, sweet non-cheese victory of Perfect 1’s in Pillars!

We discovered new things this expansion regarding trophies. Did you know that Powerless trophies are worth 40,000 guild tribute? We did. Did you know that only the person who loots them can turn them in, even after they are placed? Yeah, we did too. It turns out our dear guild leader is a world-class hoarder.

TURN THEM IN, DIMA. TURN THEM THE FRICK IN!
SERIOUSLY. TURN THEM IN!

The Satoshi Suicide Bonus™ is still in full effect, and we got quite a bit of use out of it this expansion. Satoshi finds creative ways to get himself and others killed on a regular basis.

We also spent quite a bit of time this expansion working on our reputation for the server! We guest raided a lot, had a lot of guest raiders and in general spent a lot of time in open world zones with friends!

We also want to give a shout out to Echoes of Elysium, my original TLP guild and Citizen’s competition late Fippy era for the great run they had here on Phinigel. We managed to snag some of their players and they have been fantastic additions!

With the upcoming election, the political climate is heavy and several of our members have become more involved in their communities. We pride ourselves on inclusion, I think. We should really just call this what it is: an archive of Terrorem’s Old White Guy ™ comments.

The lore for the upcoming expansion is a bit hazy, it makes about as much sense as the #FreeMoncs campaign. If you haven’t heard, our OpenDKP creator managed to take a permanent vacation to Fiji earlier this month.

#CheatLessMoncs

So, the lore: basically, in House of Thule we accidentally exploded Cazic, and then it turns out that these book-obsessed aliens wanted his essence to resurrect their God but some of them were like, or nah. So we worked with the or-nah’s and put their Triumvirate to bed while also low-key beating up our own gods.

Either way, we’re here kickin’ it around for the next two weeks. Join us for some good times!

Per the usual, please enjoy our members being moderately entertaining!

PVP at the guild meeting!

See you in Shard’s Landing,