Blizzcon 2015 Review!

Blizzcon 2015 Review!

Well helllllllllo, everybody!

With Blizzcon wrapping up and things coming to an end for 2015, I thought I would share my own journey to the wonderful convention that inspires and excites us for the future. Of course, my own journey is but one of many and I could never hope to capture everything there was to see and do at this storied event. So, as always, please feel free to share your own adventures, anecdotes, and thoughts as well!

Thank you to everyone who made my first Blizzcon one to remember for the ages. It was a surreal yet friendly and exciting experience, and I would not trade it for anything.

I hope that you all got home safely (if you were lucky enough to attend) or enjoyed the virtual ticket streams and videos as well!

Take care, and as always, be safe, wherever you may be in the world.

Tarcanus Frostbourne

Coram Populo Transitions, Directions, and the Azerothian Trade Federation: From Warlords to Legion

Coram Populo Transitions, Directions, and the Azerothian Trade Federation: From Warlords to Legion

Editorial Note: This is a queued post. I am currently in jury duty and will not be able to respond to messages, emails, phone calls, or anything on social media until October 17, 2015. Thank you for your attention in this matter.

As I have received numerous questions about this over the past few weeks, I feel that it is important to give everyone an official heads up on what the plan is moving forward for Coram Populo and all of our guild activities. I apologize for not making a post of this nature sooner. However, real life, as we all know, can be quite busy (even though the things that have kept me busy have been infinitely exciting and I cannot wait to announce them).

More the point, however, I feel that it would be prudent to openly discuss the ebb and flow of activities in World of Warcraft from our (the guild’s) standpoint so that everyone comes in with a good pulse on the temperament of our guild and its direction as we look to the end of Warlords of Draenor. Obviously, as many of you have experienced over the past ten years, passions for various activities within this (and every other) game or activity can rise and fall, change and flow into something different than they were before. Ten years is quite a long time to take part in anything in life, and changing mindsets, goals, and feelings are to be expected along the way.

Before I get into any details, I am compelled to say that this post is not designed to be a statement about the current state of the game, the game itself, or what we think of the current or upcoming expansions. We are not leaving World of Warcraft, we are all doing well, and we still love it here. I know that I will never lose my passion for writing and I hope to continue doing so when life affords me the time to so. This is not a negative post. It is more to point out two things:

  1. Our guild officers and many of our guild members, who are ordinarily quite busy in real life, have a lot of exciting things going on right now (and for the foreseeable future) that will take them away from their computers.
    1. Some of us are buying houses and moving to better places, some of us will be traveling on once-in-a-lifetime work ventures, and some of us are changing careers for the better.
  2. We really want to hammer out and focus on what really drives Coram Populo to be an awesome place so that we can continue to do that moving forward.

So with that said, let me explain the direction that our leadership has envisioned for the guild moving forward:

Coram Populo has spent the vast majority of its time, energy, and focus on raiding and PvE-related activities during the past eleven months. This has been a great thing for all of us, and we could not be more proud of Marshal Tellaria Evensong, the “PvE Team”, and all of our raiders. Transitioning from “old school” methods of raiding to a new raid system and team setup in Warlords of Draenor was not a simple or easy task. However, Tellaria, Jaedan, Belorien and Talandriel have spent many arduous and taxing hours ensuring that PvE and raiding continues to be a staple of our guild activities and that the team stays positive and healthy as we inch closer to the end of the current expansion. I cannot thank them enough for their efforts and dedication to the guild during this expansion, as we would be nowhere near where we are today without each and every one of them.

In addition to thinking about what we have accomplished and thanking those that make such things possible, we as a guild must also realize where our own members’ interests lie. Much of what I just spoke about in my previous thoughts also raises the important point that any guild, group and community must also never lose focus of what makes the experience fun for everyone. During the vast majority of this expansion, that fun has come from raiding.

Again, this is not to say that everyone has suddenly lost passion in role play or creative writing. I know that I certainly have not. But, the logistic issues of not having enough time in a day for all that I want to do in life (and this being an issue for many of our other officers and members as well) combined with the current feedback we have received from our members about role play (for example, many new recruits have said during their interviews that they plan on coming back for Legion but will not play much for the remainder of Warlords) has led us to conclude that regrouping the guild role play and continuing it as Legion hits is in our best interest. We also do not want the quality of our role play events and stories to fall short of what we expect from ourselves as dungeon masters, story tellers, and role play leaders, especially considering that a large portion of our role play department is focused on education.

Therefore, in order to continue to drive forward enthusiasm in areas of the game that our members are interested in, we will continue to focus on PvE content and raiding until the end of Warlords of Draenor. We will also continue to provide a space for people to socialize, enjoy each other’s company, and chat on vent and in our various Skype channels.

So can I still join the raid team?

All raid team questions and inquiries should be directed to Tellaria Evensong at Tellaria is a guild marshal, our PvE Department Head, and raid team leader. He will be more than happy to speak with anyone interested in joining the raid team.

Please note that you will keep a few things in mind about raiding with Coram Populo:

  1. Please sign up for an OpenRaid account. This can be done at OpenRaid is used for all raid night signups, roster management, and raid team approvals.
  2. Please also download and install Ventrilo.
  3. Email Tellaria for more information about joining the raid team.
  4. Be prepared to receive feedback and be open to individual meetings and review sessions so that you can improve as a player moving forward.
    1. Tellaria or another member of the PvE Team will sit down with you to talk about how you can improve and things that they see in the logs about your performance that you use to better yourself as a raider. This review is low-pressure and does not come with any judgement. Tellaria is all about learning and graduated steps towards success.
  5. Be prepared to learn about Warcraft Logs, Mr. Robot tools, post-fight analysis and other metrics so that you can learn to improve your own play in the future.
    1. Note that Tellaria will sit down with you one-on-one in a low-pressure environment to teach you about all of these things so prior knowledge of any of the tools or websites listed above is not required of you in order to join the team.
  6. Be prepared to have a positive and team-building attitude before, during, and after raid nights.
  7. Chat and voice communications are expected to be kept “PG” at all times.

So can I still join Coram Populo?

Yes! We are still recruiting. We just want everyone out there to know that our guild role play activities and stories are paused for the moment (and will be until Legion approaches). Again, we want people to know what they are getting into before they apply or contact us so that there is no disappointment if one discovers after joining that our official role play as a guild is not currently active.

With that said, if you are looking for a place to relax, socialize, and talk to other people, our doors are still open. If you are looking for a place to raid, we have that as well.

Also, as stated earlier, many of our new recruits have told us that they are not going to be playing again until Legion approaches. Therefore, we will have ample opportunity to start something new and exciting when the time comes to reignite the Azerothian Trade Federation and people start returning to the game and role play.

What about those guild recruitment interviews?

Because of jury duty, travel for work, and Blizzcon, I will be unable to conduct regular guild recruitment interviews until mid-November. Please send us an email at the guild email address to schedule an interview (BUT REMEMBER that I will not be able to check emails at this email account until October 17, 2015!).

What does this mean for guild role play, guild role play events, and the Azerothian Trade Federation?

All of our official guild role play activities will pick up again as Legion approaches (and as people return from their breaks and real life commitments). For now, however, most guild members will be engaging in their own personal role play stories or participating in community events that are open to the public.

Of course, all of our guild rules and personal conducts policies still apply, even if some of our officers may not be in game as much for the next few months. Talandriel and I will still be here to answer questions, field role play requests, and discuss upcoming news and information concerning role play and Legion (when I am free from jury duty on October 17, 2015, that is).

Who do I contact when Tarcanus is away?

Talandriel is the guild’s senior marshal and also our Chief Operating Officer. You can find her on Tumblr at:

Telleria is a guild marshal, the PvE Department Head, and raid team leader. You can email him at:

Belorien and Jaedan are guild commanders and also part of the PvE Team.

Klarabella is a guild lieutenant and social events coordinator. However, she is currently away from the game due to real life circumstances.

Anything else that I should know?

Please do check out all of the other amazing things that our members have going on outside of World of Warcraft!

I will be posting video blogs and start the countdown to Blizzcon quite soon on my YouTube channel. Of course, I will also be attending Blizzcon with Turwinkle and the LFRP Podcast and will report back on my findings and the happenings in Anaheim.

Again, I hope that everyone understands that this is an exciting time in real life for many of our current officers and members. Although we cannot share everything with you at this time, please know that all of these messages are meant to be positive and forward-looking so that we can all have the best experiences possible moving forward into Legion.

Thank you again for understanding, and as always, please be safe, wherever you may be in the world.

Tarcanus Frostbourne

Guild Leader, Coram Populo

Tarc’s City and Walk-up RP Events (Wednesday Evenings)

Tarc’s City and Walk-up RP Events (Wednesday Evenings)

Beginning in September, Tarcanus will be hosting a walk-up role play event each and every Wednesday evening.

These events will begin at 7:00 p.m. server time (Pacific Standard Time) and last for roughly two hours.

Everyone in the guild is welcome at these events. The environment will be low-pressure and casual. This is a perfect opportunity to for those who are new to role play to experience walk-up role play firsthand.

Please remember that our guild rules and personal conduct policies apply at all times.

Guild Meeting 9/5/2015 (7:00 p.m. Server/Pacific)

Guild Meeting 9/5/2015 (7:00 p.m. Server/Pacific)

Please note that there will be a guild meeting on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. server time (Pacific Standard Time)!

Please check the in-game calendar for more information.

The meeting will occur on vent** and in-game in Silvermoon (OOCly).

Meeting notes will be posted on our guild website the following day as well.


This will be our only official guild meeting in September.

Important information about new role play designs, raid team progression and information, recruitment, summer plans, and other topics will be discussed!

Coram, Legion and Beyond!

Coram, Legion and Beyond!

With the announcement of the next expansion in World of Warcraft and the excitement over new content and things to do, all of us at Coram Populo have eagerly begun a new planning phase for the guild as we push forward towards the end of Warlords of Draenor and prepare for the next big step in this game we all love.

Although may of us have been around for five, six, or even ten years, World of Warcraft never ceases to entertain, invigorate, and enrich our lives. We hope that the next expansion will do just the same and we have plenty of things in the works to ensure that our own little community will be stronger than ever.

Here is a small preview of areas within the guild that we will be discussing in the third and fourth quarters of 2015:

PvE, Raiding, Challenge Modes, Training

Marshal Tellaria Evensong has masterfully led our raid team and PvE Department through the transition from being a 10-Normal team during the past four expansions to a fluid, flexible Normal mode team in Warlords of Draenor. With the use of OpenRaid and other recruitment tools, Tellaria and the PvE Team have constructed an amazing system that allows us to progress in raids while also training, educating, and recruiting new players to our guild.

As we move forward, we will be discussing many topics with regards to PvE within Coram Populo. Some of these include:

  1. Recruitment
  2. Player Development and Education
  3. Personal Improvement and Tutoring
  4. Individual and Group Educational Seminars and Workshops
  5. Personalized Guides and Write-Ups
  6. Using Metrics and Outside Tools to Analyze Raids, Raid Team Members, and Overall Progress Towards Raid Team Goals
  7. Using “Human” Resources and Capital to Further Team and Guild Goals
  8. Successfully Dividing Resources and Time to be at Peak Efficiency and Performance in Key Areas

Role Play

The Azerothian Trade Federation has become the framework for the IC interactions, events, writing, and role play within Coram Populo. Many of the connections, relationships, and founding businesses have been set in motion and are now a part of our official guild story.

As we move forward, we will continue to utilize this role play story arc as a fundamental part of our role play and creative writing community with the guild.

We will also focus on several key areas to promote role play and role players within Coram Populo. Some topics to discuss include:

  1. Recruitment
  2. Balancing Time In-Game Role Playing with Time on Social Media and Blogging for Characters
  3. Dedicated Guild Role Play Events
  4. Casual Social Events and Tavern Crawl Evenings
  5. Networking in Healthy, Positive Ways within the Role Play Community
  6. OOC Education: Tarc’s Teachings vs. The Daily Grind and Alternates
  7. Promoting and Stimulating Self-Growth and Interaction Among Guild Members
  8. Promoting “Self-Contained Stories” Among Guild Members and Businesses
  9. Creating a Strong “Azerothian Trade Federation” Brand and Identity


While being a wonderful community in World of Warcraft has been a blessing in itself, we also wish to create a meaningful bond between guild members on many different levels.

Changes to promote this that have already been enacted include:

  1. Recruitment via OOC Voice Interviews to Increase Retention and “Ownership” of One’s Membership
  2. Social Events and Outside Websites, Resources, and Social Media Connections

We will continue to devise new ways to connect our membership base as one unit while allowing people to develop interpersonal relationships with one another that flourish and last for a very long time.


Although the release of Legion is quite far away, all of us believe that our community and guild should always be prepared to change, adapt, and promote good things within our ranks. Therefore, as we progress through our planning and development phases and continue to move along in Warlords of Draenor, we hope that the horizon is just as bright as the past we have all been a part of throughout the years.

Suggestions and Ideas

If you have an idea to better the guild (or wish to see something new implemented into our guild structure in the future), please do not hesitate to tell us what is on your mind! No idea is too small and no suggestion is too silly. In fact, we welcome anything that you might wish to throw out there to make Coram Populo the best place it can be.

You can always reach us at our guild email address at:

You can also send us an “ask” on our Tumblr page: