November 13 – Wrath of the Lich King expansion released

  • Level cap raised to 80
    Northrend added
    Death Knight class added
    Strand of the Ancients battleground added

November 23 – All players logging in are awarded Baby Blizzard Bear and achievement WoW’s 4th Anniversary.

Having played World of Warcraft for over three years and having been in (more than) four guilds, been an officer in two and a nearly, almost guild fonder, guild master of one, you may have been hoping that I’d become more mature, more circumspect, less dramatic. Oh you’re going to be so disappointed.

November 10Ruta joins Knights of Midnight and makes a mistake.

  • Swedish Dave ran a very small and friendly guild. I really enjoyed our raids but it did seem a struggle to retain members. I guess much more of this must have gone on before I joined because Dave was completely burned out.

December 16Knights of Midnight is disbanded while Ruta is out of game for Christmas (no one could blame me for this one).

  • I went away for Christmas and when I came back I was no longer in a guild…one  of the officers rolled a guild called Dark Wings. Oh please, please, please don’t let Dayle be the officer that started it. “Who’s the new GM?”, “It’s Dayle.” This is surely going to end badly…

December 30Ruta asks Dayle for an invite, invite extended.

Dayle has not improved any. He still sounds arrogant and condescending on voice chat, but now he’s the GM.

January 07Ruta makes remarks that are effectively a resignation. However, (technically) kicked out of a guild for the second time.

2009

April 14 – Patch 3.1.0

  • Ulduar added
  • Argent Tournament added
  • Dual Talent Specialization

Late April – a player is banned for exploiting the game after using a mistakenly-mailed Game Master artefact called [Martin Fury].

I wanted to be in a proper 25 man raiding guild, so my first port of call was ElitistJerks to learn how to play Affliction warlock properly. I quickly learned that everything I thought I knew was wrong. I applied to Incarna Mortis (IM) in early 2009.

April 25 – Ruta joins Incarna Mortis and learns all about MMO grudges.

  • I led a few alt / new member gearing runs through Naxx25. Raided with the progress team during Q2 while the raiders were away on holiday. Towards the later stages of my two month probation a trend developing. Returning Raiders would join Ulduar runs on Wednesday night, for farm content. As a lowly Member I would get benched in favour of Raiders. I could never join the farm nights downing Flame Leviathan, Ignis, XT-002, Razorscale and Kologarm. There seemed to be more slots available on progression nights: Thursday. Less people seemed to want to wipe on Auriaya, Hodir and Freya. Slowly raid slots dried up altogether.
  • I spoke to the GM, Varden@Dragonblight, and the ranged Class Leader, Deathcondor@Dragonblight, asking if there was some issue that was preventing me from raiding. They both assured me there wasn’t and it was just that I hadn’t been promoted to Raider and my DPS had become low after the recent nerf to Affliction. I respecced to the popular Afflic/Demo hybrid.

August 4 – Patch 3.2.0

  • Crusaders’ Coliseum added
  • Isle of Conquest battleground added
  • Instance Lock Extension

August 06Ruta leaves Incarna Mortis amid accusations of drunken raiding and unnecessary drama LMFAO.

I posted on the website about my situation. I’d re-specced and would any raider give up a raid slot one night so I could demonstrate my improved DPS and maybe get my promotion to Raider? Then two officers Lipz@Dragonblight and Esta@Dragonblight weighed in. Lipz said I could never raid with IM again because I was pissed in every raid. Esta said the raid rules were clear, they wouldn’t break them for one person and it was just like me to create drama about something just because “it didn’t suit me“. If she’d known who I was before I’d joined she would never have allowed me into the guild. I still smile and shake my head at the idea of a grown man (older than me and I’m 47) sitting down at his computer on a Saturday night to do some serious gaming without a beer.

October 23Ruta (and Fleetfoot) join a little (predominantly) Norwegian guild For Pwny.

  • Most of the “interesting” events of my 13 month membership form the early spine of this rantfest blog, so I won’t be as verbose as I was about IM or BSS (thank god they all cry).

August 21–22 – BlizzCon 2009

  • Cataclysm expansion announced

September 2Faction Change service offered.

September 22 – Patch 3.2.2

  • Onyxia’s Lair revamped to level 80

October 12 – Announcement that all World of Warcraft accounts must be merged with Battle.net accounts.

October 27Race Change service offered

November 21/ragequit is launched without fanfare to languish in obscurity. A record of a wasted middle age playing a massively mutliplayer on-line role playing game.

November 22 – All players logging in are awarded Onyxian Whelpling and achievement WoW’s 5th Anniversary

December 8 – Patch 3.3.0

  • Frozen Halls added
  • Icecrown Citadel raid added
  • The Lower Spire is open at release.
  • Cross-Server Instance grouping
  • Improved Dungeon Finder

2010

January 5The Plagueworks of Icecrown Citadel opens.

January 19The Crimson Hall of Icecrown Citadel opens.

February 2 – Patch 3.3.2

  • The Frostwing Halls, the final wing of Icecrown Citadel, opens.
  • The Lich King encounter is implemented.

June 22 – Patch 3.3.5 in North America.

  • Real ID is implemented.

Patch 3.3.5 in Europe.

  • The Ruby Sanctum opens.

July 6 – Blizzard announces their intention to have Real ID names visible when posting on the official forums. This resulted in a massive outcry against the idea, based primarily on concerns about privacy issues and potential harassment.

July 9 – Due the overwhelming flood of criticism, Blizzard rescinds their plan to put Real ID names on the official forums. Community outcry achieves something positive.

September 7 – The first in-game events leading up into the Cataclysm expansion begin, with Operation: Gnomeregan (Alliance) and Zalazane’s Fall (Horde).

October 4Cataclysm release date announced to be December 7, 2010

October 7World of Warcraft reaches 12 million players.

October 12 – Patch 4.0.1

  • Cataclysm Launcher Update
  • Reforging
  • Complete talent and ability overhaul for all classes
  • Removed from game: Emblems, Badges, Marks of honor

October 17World of Warcraft Cataclysm cinematic trailer released.

October 22-23 – BlizzCon 2010

  • WTF, apparently nothing significant announced…

November 16 – Patch 4.0.3

  • Preparation for the Shattering
  • Few visible changes

November 23 – Patch 4.0.3a The Shattering

  • Hundreds of achievements, items, NPCs, and quests added or updated (nerfed or removed)
  • Most Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor zones changed (Duskwallow not destroyed, probably only because of Theramore).
  • New class and race combinations made available

Wrath of the Lich King in a Minute by Wowcrendor

WotLK in Another Minute by Wowcrendor

December 7 – Cataclysm expansion released