No Refuge

Sunday, July 28th.

It is but a few brave adventurers standing at the foot of the hill that hold the centaur camp. Dangerous, perhaps, to come here without proper reinforcements, even if the creatures appear friendly enough for now. They know what’s coming though. Within moments Faolain appears, drawing a snarl from one of the heroes even as the centaurs begin to attack her.

 

“Just stand on that hill, they can’t trample you there,” mutters one of them, focused on dodging the assault.

 

Indeed, it is mere minutes until the other exclaims “Yess, got it!”

 

And yet that isn’t the last these hunters of fortune have seen of the centaurs, for just as they fell Togonn Windmane one of them exclaims in frustration: “Damnit, I ran straight into it!”

 

And thus the cycle began anew, making the horde of centaurs wonder just what they had done to deserve getting slaughtered over and over again, just so a few players might claim more of those silly “Achievement Points” they seemed so fixated on.

Naked PvP

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On Sunday afternoon, 21st of June, a few dauntless and underdressed fighters gathered to fight against each other. The plans almost ended prematurely when at first no one seemed to be able to find the secret location where they were supposed to meet. When finally everyone had arrived, the distribution of classes turned out to be somewhat one-sided. Three thieves, a warrior, a necromancer and an engineer, who had brought lots of turrets as reinforcement.

The warmup began with an open 3 vs 3 brawl, that soon turned out to be utterly one-sided, as Wai’s thieving skills were just OP. After Wai swapped places with Cinna the teams were much better balanced and, aside from occasional swearing because of turrets or invisible thieves, the fight proceeded nicely.

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To distribute invisibility powers evenly it was decided that every team for the final 2 vs 2 matchup should have one thief each. Each team was to fight against each other team in a best of 3.The first matchup saw Sam and Wai against Carlo and Thierry and was won by the former 2:0. The waiting team had to get dressed in order to be recognisable and served as judges and reporters. Though some judges complained about being attacked by disobedient turrets.

Invisibility continued to cause much of confusion. Once a team was suspected of having fled the confrontation due to an early use of Shadow Refuge, and another fight even had to be paused for a few seconds when all of a sudden everyone was invisible at the same time. Things became especially wild when more than one fighter was downed at the same time since the question of who died first more than once tipped a fight in a matter of seconds. The second matchup which saw Wai and Sam against Nick and Cinna turned out to be a tough fight where more often than not lucky timing would tip the balance in one direction. After a tie it finally ended with 1:2.

stone-throwing finale

stone-throwing finale

The end came with a heart-stopping finish, in which all four combatants got downed at the same time and started to frantically throw stones at each other, accompanied by loud swearing and screaming. Standings were as follows: Nick and Cinna in the first place, Sam and Wai runners-up and Carlo with Thierry in the third place.

Guild Housekeeping

As part of the hostile takeover of MYST, the Guild Wars council will be doing some housekeeping in game. This means that members who have been marked as inactive for a long period of time will be kicked from the roster. Doing so will give us a better insight into the size and activity of the guild. The Great Kickening will be happening on Tuesday, June 23rd.

 

Before that, the forum will be undergoing maintenance on Sunday, June 21st from 10am to 11am UTC+1 and will not be accessible during that. In line with these changes long-time inactive members will be moved to the Former Member usergroup. The Specialist rank is also being removed.

 

Of course, if anyone who gets the boot wants to come back that will not be a problem at all, just send a message to the leadership via the website.

 

Please remain calm in this dire time of restructure and, if you do so, you may receive cake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S.: The cake is a lie.

The Great Naked Cake Run.

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It began with the surreptitious removal of pants. They had picked a secluded spot, as these things go in a bustling major city, but even so the nearby swirl of the waypoint provided enough foot-traffic to make everything a little risky.

The jumping jacks as a warm up had probably been a bad idea. There were far too much giggling and underhanded attempts to trip each other up, drawing the attention of travellers who stopped to gawk rather obviously at the motley band of underdressed runners. Everyone was glad when they moved on, no one had wanted to see the 6ft Charr Necromancer in his loin cloth.

The race began fairly smoothly, everyone having packed away their gear and spell-books under the watchful eye of the judges. There was some clarification needed to make sure everyone was playing fair (particularly on behalf of the Norn whose underwear more closely resembled miniature battle armor), but the jog through the Bloodtide Coast settled everyone in for the race.

It was the frogs that caused the first problem. Guarding the only bridge, there was no way past them, and their wicked nets slowed down several of the contestants (accompanied by much cursing and squealing), putting an Engineer, a Mesmer and one of the Rangers into the lead.

The Straits of Devastation proved to be very un-straight for many of the contestants, causing several to attempt detours through the water (trailing some vicious fish as they went) but did turn pretty devastating for one of our number. It will be several weeks before Ali is going to be back adventuring again after a mysterious accident left her half suspended in a undead-chicken infested tree…

The race, however, continued onwards through Malchor’s Leap, the tension rising as the undead scented blood and gave chase, many of them pouring through the portal into the Cursed Shore as our runners approached.

It was within the Cursed Shore that the hordes finally caught up with us, singling out one of the back runners, Cinna, as having particularly delicious looking calves. After maneuvering her with great cunning into a dead end the mob took its justice, and Cinna was forced to take a long lie-down after so much toe-nibbling.

Not long after the sad demise of Cinna the party reached the wreck of Death’s Anthem; a lone, victorious Asuran engineer by the name of Thierry, having used his superior intellect to arrive unsullied and perfectly unrumpled before everyone else.

There was nothing left to do but celebrate with chocolate Omnomberry Cake, shoddy drunken photography and dancing all round! The sounds of our loudly playing J-Pop echoed down into the bowels of the great wreck, amplifying the bass and setting our feet stamping…

…our feet and those of the famous undead pirate Captain Rotbeard, lurking in the dark depths of the ruin! With barely enough time to draw our weapons from our packs we leapt into action, shoveling in the last of the cake and battling aside the hordes of undead until we finally vanquished the (annoyed, ear-plug wearing) dread captain himself – naked, cakey and screaming all the way…IronMan3

Stepping Down as Guild Leader

As many of you know, I have had several problems with mental health problems. Previously I have continued as guild leader whilst dealing with my problems, but this time I feel that that is not something I can do. So, to ensure that our community continues well into the future, I will be stepping down from guild management positions on Sunday June 14th.

 
As you may imagine this decision has not been taken lightly, and every effort has been made to ensure that the guild will continue and thrive under new management. Andy and Marm will be continuing as admins and concentrating on the Steam Group.

 
Within the Guild Wars 2 part of MYST a new council will be set up to act as leaders for all game related activities. This Council will initially be comprised of Lara, Mel, Nick, and Cinna, and they will be taking care of and improving the state of the Guild Wars 2 guild. You will have seen some of their improvements already, with the additional events on Sundays after guild missions.

 
I’m not going far. I will be remaining in MYST as a member, I’ll continue to maintain the website, and will be available to the Council should they desire my assistance. I’ve been meeting with them regularly to give them a crash course on community management and am confident they will improve the guild massively as time moves towards Heart of Thorns.

 
It has been a huge honour to have been your guild leader for as long as I have, and this is a hugely emotional time for me. 9 years is a long time to devote to anything and I’ve poured a lot into this community. I’ve been blessed with a lot back, including fantastic memories, a load of close friends, and a husband. I’m forever grateful for having met, known, and laughed with everyone in MYST.

 
My ongoing hope is that you will join me in welcoming, supporting, and assisting Andy, Marm, and the new Council.

 

Love to you all,

 

Sam

 

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