Friday, January 10, 2014

Mid Afternoon Quickie

I hope everyone is doing well today! I decided to take a break from working behind the scenes to actually post something up on the blog. In the next few days, at least I am hopeful, the new Holy Shock site should be coming online. Now in a perfect world, no one will notice anything different except a new look; however, I live nowhere close to a perfect world and so I just wanted to make sure and let everyone know about what to expect.

On Monday, (really, really, really hopeful) we will be moving Holy Shock from its current platform (which is basically Blogger) to a new platform. The site address will remain HolyShock.com, as it is today; however, if you linked to the site from way back in the day before we had our very own domain, then you may need to update those links. We are going to try extremely hard to make sure that the old blogger domain will forward everyone over to the new site.

If you do experience any problems at all, then please make sure and send me an email to Ruhtra@HolyShock.com and I will work to get it resolved as quickly as I can. Well, it is time for me to get back to work (or play)!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Change & Vision

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
Today marks a very first for both Holy Shock and the Game Slayer Nation. It is the first time that I have written a post directed to both communities. Usually around this time of year I begin to sit down and write up a forum thread for our staff where I take count of what we have done well and what areas that we have opportunities in. This year is no different, but instead of only addressing the staff of the Game Slayer Nation, I am instead addressing all of our community members here, and all of the readers of Holy Shock.

This past year has been one of the single most trying years of my life. I have dealt with physical health issues and personal matters that by all accounts should have me sitting in the corner cursing life as a whole. Instead, I choose to accept these changes and embrace the challenges that they all have presented. In the end, I feel stronger than I have in a very, very long time. Yes, my life has certainly been a crazy ride the last twelve months, but it is a ride that has served to remind me of who I am and where I want to go. The thing is, I do not want to go there alone. I want to take each and every member and reader along with me! So today, rather than pay homage to one of the worst years in my life, I am instead going to share with all my vision for the future and challenge all of you who see this post to embrace this vision and join in with me. I promise you that it is going to be an exciting time!

I want to first address the readers of Holy Shock. Last year I had such big plans for the site. I had laid down a solid concept of what I had hoped to accomplish throughout the course of the year, but in the end I fell so far short of the goal that it is not even funny. To all of you that have stuck with me through thick and thin, I truly thank you and though things have been silent of late, you are not forgotten at all; however, I have to recognize that I only have so much time in a day. After having spent a lot of time reflecting on the issue, I have decided that Holy Shock will be continuing on, but under the umbrella of the Game Slayer Nation. How will all of this work? Well, in truth I am not quite sure of that just yet. I am currently working with haqzore to figure out the best way to accomplish this. What this does mean is that all of the work that I have been splitting between the two will now become much more focused as Holy Shock will now align itself to the community as a whole. This means that content will become much more frequent and hopefully lead to a much higher quality of content as well. It also means that there will be an influx of new readers between both Holy Shock and the Game Slayer Nation. Expect more details to come on this over the course of the next couple of weeks.

Now let me turn my attention to the Game Slayer Nation. I want to tell you all how excited I am to finally be able to put my attention completely on the community here. Over the course of the last year we have changed just about everything about the community, including our name. It has not been easy and there were several drawn out discussions both online and in person between several members of our staff, but in the end we firmly believe that we have positioned ourselves to really grow this community into something more than just a mere forum. So you may be asking yourself exactly what can you expect around here?

Well for starters I am going to begin to focus on making this community an actual community. I have been preaching this to many of you via mumble and in person over the last several weeks. I want this community to embrace the concept of true community. If one of our members becomes involved in something, then I want it to be as if all of us have become involved in it. Whether it is hitting a like button on a YouTube video or supporting a member's live stream over on Twitch, I am calling for all [SLAYR]s to join me in helping to raise each other up. Do not sit idly by and figure that someone else will do it. If you see a post that someone has written, then make a comment on it. You may say, "But Ru, that post sucked." Then I would counter and say provide some constructive criticism (that doesn't kill the discussion) about what could be done to improve or introduce a different perspective into the discussion. In other words, I am calling on all members to become more involved in your community.

Another thing that I plan to introduce is actual meet and greets at local establishments. We all game together and for the most part we all get along. Why not take that spirit out into the real world. For that part I have been spending some time talking with dandebacle about different locations that embrace the concept of gaming. The initial plan will be to schedule such events once per month. These events may simply be getting together at a location and hanging out for a couple of hours all the way to getting groups together and attending local conventions together. Once again, it is all about building that sense of pride in our community.

So you may be asking what opportunities are there right now to support the community? I would say just look around. Start visiting each other's profiles. Under your profiles are the abilities to place links to outside resources such as Deviant Art, YouTube, Twitch, and other such venues. Go and show your support to your fellow community members. In the future, it is our hope to add the technology to the site that will allow us to host your different projects. Once again, it is all about the community and not about any one person.

You see I have a dream (and I am not alone) of making the Game Slayer Nation a premier site for gaming news, discussion, and other forms of entertainment. That is only going to happen if myself, haqzore and the rest of the staff can get the rest of you all to join us. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard one of our community members talk about a video card going out or a power supply needing to be replaced, and wished that we had the resources to assist our members. Well, I am declaring 2014 as the year where we change that. I am challenging all of the community to join in with us and let's together build this site up to the point that we can generate revenue from sponsors so that we can help our members out. It starts simply with one person joining with us and saying I want to see this dream come to reality. So how does this happen?

It happens right now by taking baby steps. Right now, haqzore has told me about several different pieces of software that will allow us to do more with this site. The problem is that the software costs money. We have talked often about this and a few weeks back I made the decision that I would skip one day of eating out each pay day and instead donate that money to the gaming community in order to help provide funds for what we need. I would like to challenge each of you to search your hearts and if you truly believe in the concept of this community becoming something bigger, then join in with me in donating to help support your community.

Perhaps you may be sitting there wishing that you could afford to donate funds, but you simply do not have the extra money available. I understand that completely, but what do you have that can help improve our community? Perhaps you are an artist? We have several things that we could certainly utilize your skills for. Perhaps you are well versed in coding and internet website design? Well, I know for sure that we could put those talents to use. Perhaps you enjoy writing? Then why not begin writing perhaps a weekly or monthly post where you cover a specific topic? Perhaps you love playing new video games? Then why not start writing reviews and then continuing to share your experiences in the game? Perhaps you are a streamer or video creator? Then why not join your videos to that of the community and together we can build each other up? Perhaps you already have a blog or site that you are working on? Then why not bring it to the community the same as I am Holy Shock? 

I think I would simply like to close by saying that the [SLAYR]s are my family. During the hardest times in my life, many of you have rallied around me and offered words of encouragement and I will forever be in debt to you and I will forever bear the standard of this community so long as that is what the community wishes. What I am asking of all of you is to embrace this vision, join with me, and together let's reach new heights together. As always please feel free to reply with any comments or questions. Thank you all for taking the time to read this, now let's get out there and make 2014 the year of the [SLAYR]s!

For more information about joining the Nation, please visit us at the Game Slayer Nation! For the link to the shared version of this post at the Game Slayer Nation, click here!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Frustration Over Brunch

"To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles." - T.F. Hodge


Welcome to a late, late edition of Sunday Brunch here at Holy Shock. I hope you guys are having a great day. I know if you read that quote above, then you probably are assuming that I have not been having a great day. Well, let's just say that 2013 as a whole, has not been a great; however, I really do not feel like talking about all of my issues, problems, or whatever else people label the bad things in life. Instead I wanted to take a moment and remind the readers of Holy Shock that no matter what life throws at you, just stay focused on the end game!

I know that is pretty deep compared to the usual stuff that I post around here, but Sundays are the grab bag of posts. Sometimes they may be about gaming or the site here, and other times, as I once said in the disclaimer for the Sunday Brunch series, they may be about me and what I am dealing with in my life (be it in game or out).

I do have a couple quick things to mention! The first is that I am not going to be continuing with the auction house reports for the short term. I just have not had the time available to dedicate to this series, both in game and here at the blog. I have really enjoyed doing that particular series, and so hopefully in the future we will be able to bring it back.

I am really pleased with the views on my YouTube channel for the content that has been going up there. If you haven't checked it out, then please make sure to subscribe to the channel and tell me what you like and what you don't like. Right now I am uploading videos every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Right now the channel has been mostly focused on World of Wacraft with the occasional Minecraft video. Moving forward, I am wanting to start uploading some Hearthstone videos and bring back some form of Minecraft. So if you guys have any preferences, then make sure and let me know.

I have dabbled with live streaming on and off over the last few months, but I just feel like my system is too old to really do it justice. Having said that, I am going to work over the next couple weeks to see if I can't find a way to stream some sort of content at least one or two days a week. It is more of a technology problem versus anything else.

I have been playing a lot of Hearthstone lately. I am really enjoying that game! I also have spent a few hours playing Path of Exile (PoE). I have to admit that it is everything that Diablo III should have been. That being said, I find I do not enjoy playing the dungeon crawler games alone. I can see my interest already fading in PoE. I have really been fighting the urge to beam back up to Star Trek Online (STO). I blame Blizzcon for that. How can I do that you ask? Well, when they introduced the garrison concept and how you would find/recruit followers, it made me reminisce of my crews on board the S.S. T.N.A.!

Well, today's post was a little different than the usual Sunday Brunch, but that happens every now and then. Are you all playing anything exciting or new? Let me know in the comments section! I hope you all have a great rest of your day and I will see you next time!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Need... More... Help...

So last week I made a proclamation that there would be a post this week updating the status of what was going on with the auction house! Well, that isn't happening once again because I simply have not had time to list things. This has brought me to the conclusion that I need to clone myself!


Just imagine how much better the world would be with a group of me running around! Well, since the cloning idea is probably gonna take some time, not to mention a whole lot of petri dishes, I better come up with a better game plan.

The good news is that I have been spending a lot of time doing a whole lot of things. Some of those things I can share with you, while other things I am simply unable to share at the present time. The biggest time sink of late has been the darn Hearthstone Beta. It seems just when I was starting to break the bindings of Blizzard (that should be an item in one of their games by the way), they introduce me to some brand new shiny that just sucks all will power right out!



I am not going to lie, the game is a ton of fun and I am excited for when it goes live. I was talking with a friend and fellow gamer at work yesterday about it and he suggested that I do some posts about the different deck types and strategies involved in the game. I am seriously considering doing this, but simply from my perspective. Light knows I have managed to put together some pretty fun decks and had a lot of fun playing crazy combination cards! We have several people within our gaming community that has actually received invitations to the beta and so I am trying to put together some sort of tournament for fun. If I do this, then I will definitely be posting up the results of how I crush them!

Speaking of the gaming community, we have been working extremely hard over the last several months adding new features to our forums and making plans to update the site with a lot of cool features. It is pretty exciting to actually see the community grow and expand. Along the lines of growth, due to our branching out and covering a wide range of games we took a pretty big step by retiring the Mass Affluent Slayers Gaming Community and relaunching under the Game Slayer Nation!


I am pretty proud of the growth in the community and I would certainly invite all of you who read my blog to stop by the community and get involved. Over the next several months there are going to be a lot of changes and a lot of good things happening and I would love for all of you to be a part of it. So join the Nation!

Again, I am sorry that I did not get to post up an auction house report today, but I hope you all can understand that my time has just been really tight lately and sadly it doesn't seem to be changing any time soon. With that said, allow me to share the latest video (just posted to YouTube a few minutes ago) from The Usual Suspects series I am doing on YouTube!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Whoops!

Hey all! I know many of you have become accustomed to me having a post up every Tuesday regarding the auction house and what I have done for the preceding week. The only problem I have with that this week, is that I did not actually list anything on the auction house. I realized this yesterday and decided I would switch things up for this week. I thought it would be kind of cool to do an inventory type of post since I have ten guild banks pretty well stocked with goodies; however, when I went to log in, I was met with a warning that there were "issues" and that we may not be able to access our characters. Yup, you guessed it! Well, that left me sitting here wondering what in the world I could actually post today?



Well, I honestly have nothing on my mind and I do not want to just throw up filler content. So, I hope you guys have an awesome day and I promise that come next Tuesday there will be auction house content posted! If you like arena footage, then make sure and check out The Usual Suspects page for some updated matches! See you guys later!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Dust Storm

Good morning! I realize that this report is about two days late, but it certainly is not short on gold! Well, actually last week was a rather slow week for me. I had a lot of stuff going on in the personal life and that naturally affects what I spend my free time on. So I can continue to blah, blah, blah about how my blah, blah, blah is blah, blah, blah, but I shall blah, blah, blah that another blah...


So what does this giant cloud of dust engulfing everything in its path have to do with my auction house report? Well, the fact that this is what it looks like when I start listing the different enchanting dusts, even more so when the dust is my number one seller! Well, let's go ahead and dive into the report shall we?

Buyer(s): Krazelegend, Scorpeon
Listed Price (per item): 45G/0S/0C
Deposit Price (per item): 0G/6S/0C
Auction House Cut (per item): 2G/25S/0C
Net Profit (per item): 42G/81S/0C
Total Number Sold: 6

Buyer(s): Wigso
Listed Price (per item): 30G/0S/0C
Deposit Price (per item): 0G/1S/0C
Auction House Cut (per item): 1G/50S/0C
Net Profit (per item): 28G/51S/0C
Total Number Sold: 1

Buyer(s): Grandfathers
Listed Price (per item): 60G/0S/0C
Deposit Price (per item): 0G/60S/0C
Auction House Cut (per item): 3G/0S/0C
Net Profit (per item): 57G/60S/0C
Total Number Sold: 1

Buyer(s): Irsx
Listed Price (per item): 81G/0S/0C
Deposit Price (per item): 0G/30S/0C
Auction House Cut (per item): 4G/5S/0C
Net Profit (per item): 77G/25S/0C
Total Number Sold: 1

Buyer(s): Tripletss, Youhavemail
Listed Price (per item): 5G/0S/0C
Deposit Price (per item): 0G/1S/0C
Auction House Cut (per item): 0G/25S/0C
Net Profit (per item): 4G/76S/0C
Total Number Sold: 3

Buyer(s): Amir
Listed Price (per item): 43G/0S/0C
Deposit Price (per item): 0G/9S/0C
Auction House Cut (per item): 2G/15S/0C
Net Profit (per item): 40G/94S/0C
Total Number Sold: 1

Buyer(s): Psychioned
Listed Price (per item): 81G/0S/0C
Deposit Price (per item): 0G/30S/0C
Auction House Cut (per item): 4G/5S/0C
Net Profit (per item): 77G/25S/0C
Total Number Sold: 2

Buyer(s): Shamamigans
Listed Price (per item): 168G/0S/0C
Deposit Price (per item): 1G/92S/0C
Auction House Cut (per item): 8G/40S/0C
Net Profit (per item): 161G/52S/0C
Total Number Sold: 1

Buyer(s): Brohamer, Epichealtime, Hectik
Listed Price (per item): 35G/0S/0C
Deposit Price (per item): 0G/0S/0C
Auction House Cut (per item): 1G/75S/0C
Net Profit (per item): 33G/26S/0C
Total Number Sold: 19

Buyer(s): Polar
Listed Price (per item): 40G/0S/0C
Deposit Price (per item): 0g/6S/0C
Auction House Cut (per item): 2G/0S/0C
Net Profit (per item): 38G/6S/0C
Total Number Sold: 3

Buyer(s): Grandfathers
Listed Price (per item): 55G/0S/0C
Deposit Price (per item): 0G/42S/0C
Auction House Cut (per item): 2G/75S/0C
Total Profit (per item): 52G/67S/0C
Total Number Sold: 1

Buyer(s): Douchemonkey, Salimath
Listed Price (per item): 10G/0S/0C
Deposit Price (per item): 0G/1S/0C
Auction House Cut (per item): 0G/50S/0C
Net Profit (per item): 9G/51S/0C
Total Number Sold: 3

Buyer(s): Taurono, Viegar
Listed Price (per item): 25G/0S/0C
Deposit Price (per item): 0G/2S/40C
Auction House Cut (per item): 1G/25S/0C
Net Profit (per item): 23G/77S/40C
Total Number Sold: 3

Buyer(s): Khulud, Stuntdog
Listed Price (per item): 81G/0S/0C
Deposit Price (per item): 0G/30S/0C
Auction House Cut (per item): 4G/5S/0C
Net Profit (per item): 77G/25S/0C
Total Number Sold: 3

Buyer(s): Pyrouette
Listed Price (per item): 168G/0S/0C
Deposit Price (per item): 1G/92S/0C
Auction House Cut (per item): 8G/40S/0C
Net Profit (per item): 161G/52S/0C
Total Number Sold: 1

Buyer(s): Kittyy
Listed Price (per item): 170G/0S/0C
Deposit Price (per item): 0G/1S/0C
Auction House Cut (per item): 8G/50S/0C
Net Profit (per item): 161G/51S/0C
Total Number Sold: 1

Buyer(s): Beltwayate
Listed Price (per item): 43G/50S/0C
Deposit Price (per item): 0G/1S/0C
Auction House Cut (per item): 2G/17S/50C
Net Profit (per item): 41G/33S/94C
Total Number Sold: 1

Buyer(s): Aenindrokos, Amazingdeath, Antiborealis, Blastwrench, Cathal, Cavana, Chromoz, Cornby, Deathspanks, Deathstrant, Decayingtaco, Demonsheart, Digrizz, Eminik, Foclaire, Gunzel, Herthdude, Ifghar, Ihazhealz, Ikillme, Imbrokenman, Krasoz, Liedara, Linglor, Mastal, Mctrollin, Morgarath, Qaspiel, Rishmae, Saurfong, Setka, Shimzee, Sintrea, Spellsteal, Spelltaker, Stargazyr, Tablescrap, Thekillajen, Tinish, Vreix, Youmadbro, Vladoff, Wanted, Zoeweaver
Listed Price (per item): 5G/0S/0C 
Deposit Price (per item): 0G/1S/0C
Auction House Cut (per item): 0G/25S/0C
Net Profit (per item): 4G/76S/0C
Total Number Sold: 88

Buyer(s): Dieann, Florah, Glorund, Hazrat, Hipshot, Morgahna, Sibly, Skyterror, Welig
Listed Price (per item): 25G/0S/0C
Deposit Price (per item): 0G/1S/0C
Auction House Cut (per item): 1G/25S/0C
Net Profit (per item): 23G/76S/0C
Total Number Sold: 11

Buyer(s): Theheavens
Listed Price (per item): 87G/0S/0C
Deposit Price (per item): 0G/36S/0C
Auction House Cut (per item): 4G/35S/0C
Net Profit (per item): 83G/12S/0C
Total Number Sold: 1

Buyer(s): Deathweaver, Oonde
Listed Price (per item): 87G/0S/0C
Deposit Price (per item): 0G/36S/0C
Auction House Cut (per item): 4G/35S/0C
Net Profit (per item): 83G/12S/0C
Total Number Sold: 4

Buyer(s): Seviin
Listed Price (per item): 15G/0S/0C
Deposit Price (per item): 0G/1S/0C
Auction House Cut (per item): 0G/75S/0C
Net Profit (per item): 14G/26S/0C
Total Number Sold: 1

Buyer(s): Alionys
Listed Price (per item): 80G/0S/0C
Deposit Price (per item): 0G/10S/44C
Auction House Cut (per item): 4G/0S/0C
Net Profit (per item): 76G/10S/44C
Total Number Sold: 1

And now for the easiest part of the report, screenshots!