It’s always fun to have a group project, everyone working towards one goal together, whether in real life or virtually.
In EverQuest II, our group project is to buy a guild hall, a place where guildies can hang out and do many things conveniently.
It’s a massive project requiring a lot of money and a lot of time and, after a month of hard work, we finally earn the eligibility to buy the cheapest guild hall in the game.
The hard work never ends, though. The guild hall can be continuously upgraded and there’s weekly maintenance to be paid and amenities to buy.
Fortunately, in games, hard work is actually fun.
The first eager beavers to arrive at the guild hall at the momentous moment of purchase:
As we first entered the hall, everyone stood around gawking before going wild and running around the rooms, each person trying to claim rooms for themselves.
The Goonfather (Silvermist in the game) put a giant “ashtray” in one of the basement rooms and said, “This is the smoking room.”
That’s not really an ashtray, though. It’s just a very ugly fountain.
As we were coming up from the basement to gawk at the main halls more, we saw Kerrendor perched on the wall opposite the stair landing:
So we decided that Kerrendor was a better thing to gawk at.
More and more people came to gawk at him while he just stood there, unmoving. We waited to see if he would fall off the wall.
Then, seeing that he was not going to fall off, the others decided to go join him:
So, I don’t know what the Goonfather (Silvermist) said to Kerrendor while they were perched on the wall. Suddenly, they both started fighting and then tragedy struck.
The Goonfather’s tragedy, in particular. He was dead in, like, five seconds.
In the picture above, Kerrendor appears to be in a prostate position apparently out of guilt at this unexpected murder.
But I think he was just pretending. We all know his innate bloodlust very well. Later in the night, he tried to murder the guild hall hirelings for fun.
Hirelings which cost us a lot.
So much chaos happened that night I had a hard time keeping track of everything. And people kept messing up the guild hall.
Like, someone started putting magical piles of snow all over the place, making it snow inside:
The same someone also tried to disguise himself as a guild hall hireling in order to confuse people:
I shan’t tell you who Silverfox is. You can guess…
The hirelings weren’t very happy about him trying to steal their jobs.
To maintain some order, I ordered a group photo shoot so that everyone had to stay still in one position for an indefinite period of time.
Fortunately, people tend to be quite cooperative and mellow when you order a group shot. Well, most of the time, anyway.
It does takes some dedicated yelling to accomplish, at times.
Like, certain individuals would refuse to stay still and get in position until after you’ve yelled at them at least three times.
But I generally only allow everyone to disperse after we’ve gotten at least one good shot, so certain naughty individuals know that they must eventually comply or we’d be stuck there the whole night.
This isn’t everyone in the guild. It’s hard to get everyone online at the same time!
Which is just as well, I suppose. It would probably have taken me two hours to get a nice shot if everyone had been there!