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You may have heard that library staff (and their families/significant others/loved ones) are having an increasingly strong presence in the game World of Warcraft. With 11 million players (willing to pay $15 dollars a month btw, so there really *must* be something going on there, eh?), it would make sense that Libraries and Librarians be represented and join together at times. And the Libraries and Librarians Guild is a great way to do just that (more info on getting started with that Guild can be found here). It is a friendly, helpful and fairly wealthy guild that is just for libraries and librarians!

But up until now the “Libraries and Librarians” Guild was only an Alliance Guild (there are two sides or “factions” in WoW; Alliance and Horde). The Libraries and Librarians Guild is on the Alliance side. The thing is, lots of library staff like to play the different characters and lands available only on the Horde side. So now that our Alliance Guild is well established and humming along nicely, we are going to start up a Horde guild for Library staff. And we are doing it in a way that maximizes our Library centric community in WoW. That means we are starting the guild on the same server (Aerie Peak) as our Alliance Guild. There are many benefits to this, but basically it will help the guild get more members and wealth while giving us rare and uniqe opportunity to partner and get things done across what are traditionally “enemy” lines. Pretty cool, eh? Talk about partnership and community. Hey, that sound like something libraries excel at! :)

So, just to review, our Alliance guild is “Libraries and Librarians” and it is on the Aerie Peak server. Our new Horde Guild is “LibrariesandLibrarians” (can’t have the same guild name twice on a single server) and it now forming on the Aerie Peak server as well.

I’ll be logged on to Aerie Peak on the Horde side with my character “Libstauren” on the Horde side of Aerie Peak tonight at 5pm PST/8pmEST and 8pm PST/11pmEST. I’ll mostly be in Orgrimmar (a Horde Capital City). I will try to be on these times for the next four days as well. If you want to join us you are both invited and very welcome. Just a note on our server, “Aerie Peak”. Sometimes you can’t get on the server because it is full. But open slots come up all the time with great regularity. It appears that most will have little trouble creating a character (Horde or Alliance) on Aerie Peak, but if you have trouble getting in, please be patient. You will be able to get on and even it that requires a little patience, it is worth if because, again, we are putting both an Alliance and Horde on the same server for strategic and reward reasons.

If you have any questions, visit our guild web site, email me or leave a comment!) This is gonna be fun!!

PS- We will be needing experienced and/or motivated co-GMs for our Horde “LibrariesandLibrarians” guild so lmk if that interests you!

PPS- A big plug and shout out to Bob Beck at the Central Arkansas Library System who just got funding for a WoW program for PATRONS! He is publishing the story and details as they progress via a new blog. Bob invites you to visit him there and “Feel free to read, comment, criticize or just make fun of me”. :)
LibrariesandLibrarians Horde Guild on Aerie Peak

Things are looking good for our Guild! We have been having quite a lot of fun playing and chatting and I can happily report that there are now 55 characters in our happy little library-centric guild. A good estimate is that these characters are represented by 35-40 different people (including three from Australia. Hello mates!). By my own unscientific estimation I would say that about 2/3 of the characters would be considered “regular” Guild players.

If you are interested in giving the game a shot you might want to consider dropping me a line first. If you do that I will hook you up with the refer a friend program with someone in our guild. It will make the game a lot easier for you and will also get you and your Guild partner and bunch of cool extras that really add up. Also, if you have a partner or significant other, my strong advice is to play together. WoW can be a lot of fun as a team and we’ve already seen couples in the guild having a great time together helping each other (and benefiting from Refer-a-Friend for sure *ahem* Rosz!) And with that, we bring you…pretty pictures!

Here is a nifty logo some of us will soon be wearing on t-shirts:
WoW Libraries and Librarians Libraryrogue Shirt

And here are some stats for the guild. You’ll need to click to see the larger version if you are interested in more details. More female characters and plenty of hunters. Lots of other fun details here if you are so inclined. :)
Libraries and Librarians WoW Guild Stats October 2008

There are also a ton of screen shots that guild members have been taking over the last several months. You can find that pool of images here. Enjoy!

Well, the Libraries and Librarians Guild is off to a smashing start with a very nice group forming and getting to know each other. We even have members from three countries already (US, Australia and Canada)! And tonight we went on our first little group run together, doing some escorting, leveling and getting flight paths (I know that may sound like gibberish to some that don’t play the game, sorry ’bout that). Along the way we stopped and took some shots to share with everyone out there in Libraryland. Remember, you are welcome to join the guild even as a very casual player.

There are actually a ton of libraries in this game. This is our group shot at the library in Ironforge (that’s a big city in WoW with one of the biggest libraries as well):
Libraries and Librarians Guild Member In the Ironforge Library

Outside the main entrance to Ironforge, the Libraries and Librarians guild members stop for a group photo:
Libraries and Librarians WarCraft Guild Group Photo

Libraries and Librarians guild members move in a group to protect each other along a particularly nasty stretch of road:
WoW Libraries and Librarians Guild Run 1

Michael Porter (aka Libraryman) and Greg Schwartz (aka Planet Neutral) strike a rather handsome in-game pose for posterity. I do not own that outfit in real life:
WoW! Libraryman and Pneutral

And remember: If you play WoW or even just want to try it our and you work in, for, or with Libraryland, you can now join the Libraries and Librarians Guild. We are new, but we already have a substantial Guild web site complete with a forum (very good in Wow-land). And a bank. In fact, we have a bank with three tabs and daily pulls for repairs (that is also quite good in WoW-land). Heck we even have an optional free (to you) Guild tabard (sort of like a t-shirt you wear in the game).

World of Warcraft is the largest “Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game” in the world. It has 10 million plus subscribers and is, in addition to being a blast and a lovely distraction, gloriously fun and addictive to many. And now, finally, WE (Libraries and Librarians) have a guild. If you play WoW and work in, for, or with Libraryland, you can now join the Libraries and Librarians Guild. We are new, but we already have a substantial Guild web site complete with a forum (very good in Wow-land). And a bank. In fact, we have a bank with three tabs and daily pulls for repairs (that is also quite good in WoW-land). Heck we even have an optional free (to you) Guild tabard (sort of like a t-shirt you wear in the game).
Libraries and Librarians WoW Guild Bank
And even without much of an official roll out, as of yesterday we already have a nice collection of members. In fact, just yesterday I took a happy little screen shot of our first Guild chat ever:
The 1st WoW Libraries and Librarians Guild: First Guild chat ever - July 23, 2008
So if you play Wow and have wanted to play with other library professionals, this could be the place for you. And if you have never played a gigantic on-line game, this may be the best opportunity you’ve ever had to give it a whirl. You’ll have to download the game to your PC or Mac (and have a machine that is powerful enough to play the game of course). And yes, there is a learning curve. But once you catch on, and you have a posse of friends to help you along (aka a Guild like ours) you may very well find yourself understanding more vividly then you might have ever imagined just what all this “Gaming and Libraries” talk is all about.

So join us! We’ll be there waiting to show you the ropes…and chat…and kill bad guys! Along the way, you’ll likely grok the whole online community/gaming/libraries thing just a little bit more, and have a blast while you’re at it. In fact, consider this your invitation to do exactly that!

Note: If you want to join this guild you must be on the Aerie Peak -US server. If you are a new player be sure to pick that server! Also, if you are creating a toon (new character) or transferring an existing character to join this guild, be sure you put it on this server (Aerie Peak – US)!!!

Thanks and see you soon in WoWland!

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