The State of the Guild -- Summer 2018
Lots of great things have been going on with our guild, and Neksis and I thought this would be a good time to bring everyone up to speed on what's been happening, especially for all our new and returning members.
JUGHEADS IS REALLY COMING ALONG
In our last Newsletter which came out in February 2018, we talked about our new sister WvW guild, JUGHeads, which we created when Arenanet announced upcoming changes allowing guild members to play together in WvW, regardless of which server each member was on. We don't know when these changes will be implemented, but at the rate we've been making progress with JUGHeads, we'll definitely be ready for it. If you'd like more details on that, check out that Newsletter.
Did you know? You can read all our Newsletters by clicking on the "Newsletters" item in the main menu bar.
In the time since we published that Newsletter, we've captured the JUGHeads guild hall at Windswept Haven and have completed all the WvW-related upgrades. We're anticipating doing nearly all the remaining upgrades at Windswept Haven except for the PvP ones. My best guess is that this will be completed somewhere near the beginning of September. If you'd like to see more details about the upgrade plans, you can check them out here.
Did you know? You can farm the synthesizer nodes in both guild halls every day (we're keeping the nodes at our two guild halls at different levels so we can do this).
What? You're not a member of JUGHeads? No problem. Just click the "Join the JUGHeads" button on our home page by the Shout Box, follow those instructions, and we'll get you hooked up. You don't need to be a WvW frequenter to join; JUGHeads is open to all our members.
By the way, if you want to run WvW in a casual way with some other JUGs before ArenaNet makes the matchup changes and don't already play WvW on your current server, we have a group that runs on the Ferguson's Crossing server almost daily, late in the evenings (NA time zones). Just post in guild chat to see if anyone's currently in WvW if you want to join in. If you're not on that server and want to switch, you do it from the character selection screen (it will cost some number of gems, depending on the population of the server you want to switch to).
We are currently running Guild Missions regularly on Monday evenings (NA time zones). In order to do the JUGHeads Guild Upgrades, we need to earn Favor (each upgrade requires some quantity of materials, Favor, and Aetherium -- which is automatically generated by the Mine in the guild hall). We can earn up to 2000 Favor each week from successfully completing Guild Missions, and we're doing so well with materials donations, we're consuming the Favor as fast as we can earn it.
Did you know? You can find lots more information and helpful links about Guild Missions in the description of the event posted on our website's event calendar.
If you've never participated in Guild Missions before, they can be a lot of fun, and no prior experience is required. We'll explain each Mission step-by-step, so come along if you have the time. TeamSpeak is very important for coordination during Missions, so please have it installed and working ahead of time. If you should happen to be hearing-impaired, no problem -- just let us know and we'll figure out a way so that you can also participate!
Did you know? JUGs allows any member to run Guild Missions at any time. So if you'd like to play around with Missions, feel free to do so. Just two things to keep in mind: (1) Please don't change the Mission type (the little gear icon), and (2) If you don't complete a Mission, please "Abandon" it so that the next person that wants to do it will know you're finished.
LOTS OF NEW MEMBERS
Even though we haven't had a formal recruiting push since the end of 2017, we're still accepting applications. In the first half of 2018, we've had almost 70 new members, bringing our in-game roster to just over 300!
WELCOME TO ALL OUR NEW MEMBERS!! We're glad that you could join us!
Did you know? If you're new to our guild, make a post introducing yourself in the "Introductions" forum. You can use the "Introductions" Quick Link to take you directly to the right spot.
OUR EVENT CALENDAR IS STAYING BUSY
Depending upon the time of year (due to weather, school calendars, etc. -- because Real Life Comes First) the number of events on our calendar goes up and down, but we typically have events scheduled for most days of the week, and very often events even get enough signups to run multiple groups for them. Remember, anyone can put an event on the calendar, but since we have members in time zones throughout the world, sometimes events don't fit into everyone's schedules.
If you find that there's something you'd like to do and you don't see it on the calendar or its scheduled time doesn't work for you, go ahead and post an event that fits your schedule. You might just round up some other JUGs who were wanting to do the same thing at your preferred time. Many of our new members are also new to GW2, so this could be especially useful for the new folks.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with multiple events scheduled on the same day (although it's usually a good idea to avoid scheduling events with overlapping time slots, when possible) -- it gives everyone more things to choose from, and that's a good thing. Just remember, that unless you specify special requirements in your event description, events are open to everyone to sign up for (all builds, all levels of experience, all professions, etc.), so if you do have particular requirements (like having a particular Mastery completed, for example), be sure to list that in the event description.
Did you know? Our website home page shows the current week's event calendar, but you can see our event calendar a month at a time by clicking on the "Event Calendar" item on the home page's main menu.
We've been running raids twice weekly for some time now on Tuesday and Saturday evenings (NA time zones). The Saturday group is doing particularly well, often getting several boss clears per session. If you're interested in joining one of the raid events, be sure to sign up on the calendar.
The JUGs Raid calendar events are casual (well, as casual as a Raid can be), so if you've been wondering what it's like to take part in a Raid, this is the event for you!
Did you know? Very often, if Ed is running in Saturday's Raid, he'll be streaming it on Twitch. To watch, use the "Barefootroot" link in the "Twitch" box on our website homepage, just below the "Latest Posts" box.
FRACTALS, FRACTALS, AND MORE FRACTALS
Fractals continue to be very popular in JUGs and the event regularly scheduled for Thursday evenings (NA time zones) frequently has multiple groups running. There is almost always a Tier-1 group running, so this is a great event for those new to fractals to get a friendly introduction to them, as well as for the more experienced fractal-goers to run higher tiers.
Did you know? To survive in the higher-tier fractals, you'll need to not only have a good amount of experience doing them at lower tiers, you'll also need to have some ascended gear that can provide you with sufficient Agony Resistance (only ascended gear has Infusion Slots which hold Agony Infusions). The Thursday Fractal event is the perfect place to practice the fractals and get drops to help you with the gear and Infusions.
IMPROVED WEBSITE QUICK LINKS
You may have noticed the "Quick Links" section below the one-week calendar on our website home page. These buttons will take you to our most-used forums. We added a few more links here to make it even easier for you to quickly find the forum you're looking for. All the other forums are still there -- you just need to go through the "Forums" main menu item to get to them.
Did you know? If you hover over the "Forums" link in the main menu on the website home page, you will find a "View Unread" menu item. Clicking on this will list a page with links to all the posts you haven't read yet, in case there have been a lot of posts since you've last visited the website and the "Latest Posts" box can't fit them all.
JUGS IS ON STEAM
Let's face it, Guild Wars 2 isn't the only game in town, and many of us play games on Steam. We created a Steam group, which is open to all our members. Steam doesn't give us an easy way to filter out non-JUGs members, so we've set up something on our website so we know when JUGs are requesting to be added to the group.
We don't have any activities planned with our Steam group at the moment, but it's a way to potentially connect with other JUGs for games besides GW2. You can find out more about how to join JUGs on Steam by clicking on the "Join us on Steam" button at the bottom of the left column on our website home page.
THAT'S ALL FOR NOW
That's all the news for now. Neksis and I would like to thank everyone in JUGs for making this such a great guild to be a part of. If there's anything either of us can do for you, don't hesitate to drop either (or both) of us a note.