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Newsletter Apr 16: Saying Goodbye to Hollthulhu

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Newsletter Apr 16: Saying Goodbye to Hollthulhu

Post by piwakawaka » April 16th, 2018, 6:17 pm

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April 2018
Year 4, Issue 16

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Hello, Readers.

This week is a bit of a mixed bag. We have to say goodbye to one of our staff members, who, while they may have only been with us a short while, will nevertheless be greatly missed.

On the other side of this, however, we have a lot of 'behind the scenes' happenings that we're really excited about. What is especially exciting is that we're going into the testing phase (make sure you check out the full announcement), which means the reality of bringing these changes to you is getting that much closer.

We also have some in-game screenshots from the Alpha courtesy of Wakamaru, so you'll get to see a little bit of what to expect, at least collections-wise, in Battle for Azeroth.

I hope you all have a good week!


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Re: Newsletter Apr 16: Saying Goodbye to Hollthulhu

Post by piwakawaka » April 16th, 2018, 6:18 pm

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Saying Farewell To Hollthulhu
Hello A3ers,

Sadly, it's time for us to say farewell to another team member. Hollthulhu joined A3 in April of 2015 and joined the team in August of 2017. Although she took a leave of absence as a member for 2016, we were super excited to see her jump back into Warcraft and back into the community as well. Since joining the team she has helped us manage the @A3pets Twitter and created many wonderful battle-pet themed avatars for members to use on our forum.

Some of our personal favorites:
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Hollthulhu will still be an A3 member, but at this time it's important for her to step down from the team for health reasons:

From Hollthulhu:
It comes with a heavy heart that I am stepping down from my position in the A3 Team. I have been battling a myriad of health issues since 2016, which only have been getting worse. Some of these have gotten to the point of interfering with my duties at A3. On the bright side, I have a whole new team of doctors this year, and hopefully, I will be much better in the months to come. I look forward to my full return to the A3 community! :hearts:


We hope that everyone will join us in sending her well wishes and a speedy recovery!

We do want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that team and helper positions do open up from time to time. If you think that you would be interested in joining the team sometime in the future, visit this link and fill out the information.



Thank you,
Waka
Patreon Reward Changes
In light of Hollthulhu's departure from the team, we will no longer be offering the customized avatar reward for Tier 2+ donors on Patreon. We'll be exploring alternative options for a Tier 2 or 3 reward in the future, but for now, these tiers will mirror Tier 1. If you have ideas or suggestions, please feel free to forward them to Wakamaru. :)
We Need Guinea Pigs!
Wakamaru has been sneakily working in the background on many quality-of-life improvements to the forum and many new and exciting features. Some new features coming soon include earning achievement badges and points through the forum! A few members of the team have volunteered to help with the initial testing of these features, but we need more guinea pigs!

At this time there are specific testing assignments posted. New testing assignments will be posted as features are added or tweaked. Testing will take place over the next two months.

If you are willing and able to help test out new features over the next several weeks, Wakamaru would love your help! Send her a message on the forum or through Discord!
Adoptions and Breeds
We have a quick reminder regarding Adoptions and Breeds: You are welcome to request a specific breed, but please make sure that you are only requesting a breed that is actually available in the adoption tabs. If you request a breed that is not in the adoption tabs, you will be sent whatever is available in the tab instead. You are always welcome to wait and watch for the breed you want later. If it's not in the adoption tab, then we don't have it to send to you at this time.

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Re: Newsletter Apr 16: Saying Goodbye to Hollthulhu

Post by piwakawaka » April 16th, 2018, 6:19 pm

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Battle for Azeroth Alpha
The ever wonderful Wakamaru has recently received access to the BfA Alpha. With an even more recent availability of time to play, she has sent us a few pictures as a sneak preview of interesting collectible tidbits.

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Blizzcon 2018
Team up with your friends and family and get ready for a journey to Southern California for BlizzCon® 2018, Blizzard’s epic celebration of games and esports and the communities that bring them to life! Tickets to the main event, taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center on November 2 and 3, will go on sale May 9 and May 12, with tickets to a special pre-BlizzCon benefit dinner going on sale May 16.

BlizzCon Ticket Sale #1: Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. PDT

BlizzCon Ticket Sale #2: Saturday, May 12 at 10:00 a.m. PDT

BlizzCon Benefit Dinner Ticket Sale: Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. PDT

Every BlizzCon, people from around the world gather to celebrate their shared passion for games, learn more about Blizzard’s games and universes directly from the developers, cheer on their favorite esports stars through world-class competition, and much more.

Check out the full article here.

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Re: Newsletter Apr 16: Saying Goodbye to Hollthulhu

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Re: Newsletter Apr 16: Saying Goodbye to Hollthulhu

Post by piwakawaka » April 16th, 2018, 6:20 pm

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A3 is always looking for new and interesting ways to connect with its members. One of our greatest hurdles, though, is connecting members to each other. With everyone playing on different servers, different factions, and the limitations of the friends list – many of you have probably never had a chance to connect. We hope to use the Discord App to help solve that!

The major perk of an app like Discord is that communication is live. Meaning – you can see it on the fly (assuming you are logged in). This will be an advantage over the forum or twitter where you need to check in throughout the day. It will be especially helpful with organizing groups, sharing rare spawn information with others, or just getting to know your fellow A3ers!
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Re: Newsletter Apr 16: Saying Goodbye to Hollthulhu

Post by piwakawaka » April 16th, 2018, 6:20 pm

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Thank You
Thank you to everyone to contributed to this week's newsletter!

Piwakawaka (editor/contributor)
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Sandwalker (copy editor/contributor)
Wakamaru (contributor)

A special 'Thank You' to Wakamaru for creating this week's Pawprint Press header!
A3 Forum Games
A3 has a number of forum games going for members to participate in. Members are also encouraged to start any new forum games they have ideas for. Head over to our new Games forum and jump in!

Help Support A3
Did you know that A3 has bills? It’s true! A3 has monthly and yearly bills related to the cost of operating the Agency. Operating costs are the costs required to run the community – these do not include the costs of sponsoring giveaways.

A3 is a volunteer operated project and we need the help of our members to keep the site online. Currently, about 4% of our members contribute to the to these operating costs and around 1% have contributed more than once.

A few spare dollars here and there can go a long way! Donations are accepted through PayPal and Patreon.
For more information about donating financially please visit our Supporter's Page.

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