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All posts for the month December, 2017

As promised, after the Patreon debacle, we were going to look at how our financial support processes were handled and tweak things if needed. The goal is to allow you to financially support us, if you want, and allow us to easily manage that.

I always stumbled over the whole “$5 Supporter” list read on the show… it felt awkward for me to do. While there was nothing wrong with the term “Supporters” (in fact, that’s what you all are), I kind of wanted something that sounded more cool. After some brainstorming (there were many, MANY names) with Leeta, we finally settled on “The Iron Elite”. Why Iron when we have more than just the Iron Challenge? The Ironman Challenge is THE reason why we are here today: all challenges are derivatives from Iron (in fact, the Iron challenge accounts for 90% of all characters).

We are also going to be doing away with the $5 read-your-name-on-the-show part. Instead, we’re going to be reading the names of ALL The Iron Elite, regardless of how much you have donated to us.

The “tier” system was driven from options available to us in Patreon but, in hindsight, it didn’t feel good to me. We will be keeping Patreon as some of our Iron Elite prefer it over other methods. We won’t be using Patreon nearly as much as we did before; since we have only “1 tier”, all Iron Elite communication will be happening primarily through #the-iron-elite channel in discord or email. I am personally still cautious over Patreon now and will be keeping an eye on any changes that could adversely affect both you and I.

Current Patreon Users: I deleted the $5+ tier in favour of the single $1+ tier. I mistakenly thought you’d be automatically moved down to the only existing tier, however, that did not happen. You’ll need to log into Patreon and select the $1 tier REWARD and connect your discord account so you get access to the appropriate channels.

The Iron Elite Updated List
I have updated The Iron Elite list to reflect current subscribers through PayPal, Twitch and Patreon.  I’ve gone through our discord member list last night and assigned “The Iron Elite” role to all users that I could find from the current list. If you do not have access to The Iron Elite channels (both text and voice) in discord, please reach out to a moderator or Stone and we’ll help you out as soon as we can. Things may not be working 100% yet, please reach out to me if you don’t have the access you should or your name isn’t showing up on The Iron Elite list when it should be.

Donation Avenues
It was important for us to figure out the best way to allow you to financially contribute to the site without having it be a major focus for us. We truly appreciate the support, however, we do want to keep focused on doing what we do best: Community, the Site, and our Podcast. Ignoring $$ values helps greatly as the only thing we really will be tracking are the one-time PayPal donations. I want to let you all know what avenues we have and how the $$ values work out; some are okay, some are not.

PayPal Subscription: I added this method to provide an alternative to Patreon’s changed model. You should not be paying any fees on this and you can choose a set $ value (in Canadian funds) for how much you want to donate each month. I pay the fees for each payment and they are fairly negligible. The payment goes to HockeySim.ca (this is the name of the account I use to handle payments from that site – I’m not creating a second PayPal account). I receive email notifications so addition to The Iron Elite list is dependent on when I have access to my PC.

PayPal One-Time Donations: Again, this shows that it’s going to HockeySim.ca (but that’s okay, it’s me). By default, this is in Canadian funds. Again, you should not be paying any fees. Fees on my side are fairly negligible. For folks donating as a one-time payment, you will be in The Iron Elite for 12 months from the most recent donation date. The minimum donation value is $1 CAD. I receive email notifications so addition to The Iron Elite list is dependent on when I have access to my PC.

Twitch – Subscribers: While we’re trying to use Twitch more and more, the model they use is not so good for us. We get only 50% of your subscription $$, however, we do get 100% of any bits you cheer us with. We do not have an easy method to track bit cheering; so cheering would typically not get you The Iron Elite access on discord. Twitch dollar values are in USD. We do have different emotes set up for each sub tier (you can use these in discord chat as well) but overall, there is no reward difference between $4.99 and $24.99. I do NOT receive subscription email notifications, so generally I will be looking at the list once a week. If you want your name up sooner, please reach out to me with your twitch name, twitter name, discord name, etc.

Patreon: $$ values are in USD. Fees are paid by us and are fairly negligible, however, we’ll continue to monitor what Patreon decides to do with their payment model. We have only one tier now. You can connect your discord account to Patreon in order to automatically gain access to the reward channels. If you were a $5+ tier member, you’ll need to log back in and select the $1 tier so that you have access to the discord reward channels. As a heads up, we are keeping this only because it’s a preferred method for some of our Iron Elite, however, we may shut this avenue down depending on how they handle any future model changes.

Accompanied by some of our listeners, Leeta and Stone finish the year off by reading their Challenger Death Lists. Thank you to Margothon, Rogueslayer, Ster, Nisey and Asyluun for calling in and sharing their death lists with us. We talk about Winter Veil, Iron Teams progress and a brief warning about the Antorus raid (not that you could really go in there anyway!) They also chat about their week with their challenge characters, run down this week’s State of the Challengers and respond to community questions.

World of Warcraft News

  • Winter Veil
  • Iron Team Challenge progress
  • Antorus

Contact Info
You can contact the show by email – podcast@wowchallenges.com
We’re on Facebook.com/WoWChallenges
Twitter: @WoWChallenges
Discord server: discord.WoWChallenges.com
Check out the show on YouTube.com/WoWChallenges1
And remember to come catch us LIVE at Twitch.tv/WoWChallenges

Leeta
Twitter – @LeetaWoW
Podcasts:- Adventures in Azeroth, Behind the Avatar

Stone
Twitter – @StoneGrasp
Podcast – Adventures in Azeroth

 

We made it through another year… or did we? The Feast of Winter Veil has arrived once again and will run from December 16 2017 to January 2 2018. You can find the full write-up from wowhead.com here: https://www.wowhead.com/feast-of-winter-veil-guide.

Quests
There are a number of daily quests that you’re allowed to do. Even the daily requiring you to loot the bag that drops after killing the Greench is okay. You can stand back and let others kill it as all you need to do is grab the bag… you do not need to tag the Greench. Please be warned though… a death is still a death and I’ve heard the Greench will one-shot Irons without a second thought.

Blood Thirsty: Sorry, as usual you feel the wrath of the Greench: all quests count against you.

Pacifists: We recommend you try quests out on a regular character and see if your Kills and Killing Blows get incremented.

Gear
There are many pieces of cosmetic gear that are obtainable: please be aware that any green or higher quality item equipped is not allowed. Yes, this includes the shirt and tabard slots. White-quality items are still okay but you should take care as some white-quality items have turned green (this will flag you).

Blood Thirsty: HUZZAH! Green cosmetic gear is okay for you! Merry Winter Veil!

Pacifists: It is okay for you to craft cosmetic items for auction house sales.

Toys
You are allowed to collect and use all the toys, however, you should be aware that equipping green. blue or purple items will still red-flag you.

Food
There is quite a bit of food available, so I’ll only list the items that stand out as NOT ALLOWED.

The Snowglobe, Mistletoe, Fresh Holly and Handful of Snowflakes
All these should be okay to use. We’re not aware of any buff that would normally flag your challenger. As always, if you’re not sure, do some testing on a regular character before using items on your challenger. Flags will not be reversed.

Catching Greatfather Winter
This is an allowed activity on all challengers and will award you 500 Class Order Hall resources. It is not yet clear whether this will count as a quest for Blood Thirsty challengers, so be cautious.

Warlords Savage Gift
As we just mentioned the Savage Gift might contain the Minion of Grumpus mount. It also contains Apexis Crystals, Oil, Garrison Resources, Frozen Arms of a Hero, Elixir of the Rapid Mind, Medallion of the Legion.

  • The Frozen Arms of a Hero is okay to use on your followers.
  • The Elixir of the Rapid Mind is NOT ALLOWED to be used for your Challenge characters. You are, however, allowed to auction it or send it to another non-Challenge character for faster leveling.
  • The Medallion of the Legion this is an item that grants you reputation. While you can unlock reps, the items that become available may not fall within the challenge rules.

 

Presents!!!!
And we all know what we want for Winter Veil?? It’s the PRESENTS!!! Yes, you are allowed to open all the gifts from Greatfather Winter’s tree for your character. The gifts are available from December 25 through January 2. Please beware of the following items, as they are NOT ALLOWED for your Challenger.

As always, if you’re not sure or think the information here needs updating, please let me know. You can reach me on Twitter, the forums or by email.

Hi everyone,

For most folks reading this, you probably won’t care or worry about what we’re going to write about. Sorry about that, eh (I’m Canadian), I’ll try and make this short and sweet. For folks that currently support us financially (or want to) you might find this interesting (or not, I dunno… I’m not a pro writer).

Patreon has told us they are not rolling out the new fee changes. This is good. It doesn’t mean there won’t be changes forthcoming, though, as they have challenges to overcome.

For us, it means I won’t discontinuing our Patreon service; not right away, anyway. I set my own deadline of Dec.17 (day before the changes were going to roll out), if they did not change, then we’d pull the plug on Patreon.

So, Patreon absolutely does not make or break WoW Challenges, however, it most certainly helped and was far more trusted. It was a convenient way to incorporate some cool hooks into discord and had only a minimal amount of maintenance. We lost ~50% of our Patreon support (I am completely good with sending Patreon a message – I did it too) and some of you were gracious enough to find alternative means to continue to support us financially. Thank you so much!

We will be holding out final podcast of the year this Saturday. After that I’ll be looking at “financial support” as a whole and seeing where Patreon fits into that. The trust has most certainly been broken, however, overall, I feel like our current setup without Patreon will require a lot of maintenance. I’ll be looking to see if we can keep Patreon as a “lesser used” platform for folks that want to support that way (again, we’ll see what changes they decide to actually roll out with) and see if I can figure out an “easy to use” maintenance system to keep up with all of your help and ensure you get recognition (if you want it).

I know some folks don’t care about recognition, but it’s important to me that if we’re going to accept financial support we provide SOME KIND of recognition; over the next 2-3 weeks I’ll have more news on what changes (if any) are made.

I really appreciate all the support you’ve shown to the WoW Challenges community, whether it has been through dollars, retweeting, chatting with us during our shows or streams or just generally being a good person in Discord. It really means a lot.

Thank you!

Stone

We had the honour of joining Rodney & Kevin this past weekend for Episode 170 of The Darkmoon Herald. We talked about how WoW Challenges cranks up the difficulty with WoW leveling. We also talked about transmog (Stone does transmog?) and our thoughts on the coming patch. We had a super awesome time with them, despite Rodney’s “technical difficulties” due to Monster + Coffee. 😀

Head over here to download the episode and give it a listen!

http://ngeonline.com/podcasts/dmh_170/

The main with the most amazing pair of pants, AwesomeTrousers, joins Stone and Leeta on the show this week. We talk about Patch 7.3.5, Iron Rules changes, Iron Teams progress and a bit about the next contest. They also chat about their week with their challenge characters, run down this week’s State of the Challengers and respond to community questions.

World of Warcraft News

  • Patch 7.3.5 after holidays
  • Iron Rule changes
  • Iron Team Challenge Update
  • Contest Ask

Contact Info
You can contact the show by email – podcast@wowchallenges.com
We’re on Facebook.com/WoWChallenges
Twitter: @WoWChallenges
Discord server: discord.WoWChallenges.com
Check out the show on YouTube.com/WoWChallenges1
And remember to come catch us LIVE at Twitch.tv/WoWChallenges

AwesomeTrousers
Twitter – @AwesomeTrousers
Discord – AwesomeTrousers#7046

Leeta
Twitter – @LeetaWoW
Podcasts:- Adventures in Azeroth, Behind the Avatar

Stone
Twitter – @StoneGrasp
Podcast – Adventures in Azeroth

 

Can you believe it? Neverdied has hit 110 with another Ironman champion! I had to check the lists several times, this is Neverdied’s sixth iron champion to hit 110. In addition to that, he has the only Blood Thirsty Champion on the list. Nisey, you’re gonna need to hustle with your BT’s. Heck, we all need to hustle to catch up with this machine.

Neverdied’s Night Elf priest “Neverdiedprt” hit 110 after 1 year of leveling, almost to the week. His played time is 5 days and 19 hours. This makes his toon #26 on the Ironman champion leaderboard.

When asked what spec he used, he immediately said Discipline! “As a healer, disc works great, and power word shield is huge.” As for the last 10 levels (100-110), Neverdied said he didn’t take this toon to Legion. Instead, concentrated on dailies, garrison stuff, and holidays.

Our newest Pacifist Champion, Ferre, joins Stone and Leeta to share her four-year journey, finally reaching Level 110 as a Pacifist challenger. We talk about Patch 7.3.5, Darkmoon Faire and progress on the Iron Team challenge.  They chat about their week with their challenge characters, run down this week’s State of the Challengers and respond to community questions.

World of Warcraft News

  • Patch 7.3.5 on PTR
  • Darkmoon Faire
  • Iron Team Challenge

Contact Info
You can contact the show by email – podcast@wowchallenges.com
We’re on Facebook.com/WoWChallenges
Twitter: @WoWChallenges
Discord server: discord.WoWChallenges.com
Check out the show on YouTube.com/WoWChallenges1
And remember to come catch us LIVE at Twitch.tv/WoWChallenges

Stone
Twitter – @StoneGrasp
Podcast – Adventures in Azeroth

Leeta
Twitter – @LeetaWoW
Podcasts:- Adventures in Azeroth

Ferre
Forums – Ferrestella