Sat 7-9pm Gnomic Frogball Picket

72 Gnome Warlock
5070
Taking heart with all the anti-Frogball support he had received recently, Grim created an organization title and made several signs that he posted at gnome height on the Hero Boards in Ironforge and in the Dwarven District of Stormwind City. Surely hundreds of gnomes would show up in loud protest.

The brief posters (that trail to the ground) read:

The "Ferocious Roster Of Gnomes, Being Against Little Leage Frogball" (tm) calls for ACTION.

This Saturday night, the 5th, between 7 and 9 in the evening, we call on all like minded gnomes, being against the atrocities of Frogball, to picket outside the Golden Keg, Stormwind, Dwarven District (by the fountain), center of shamanic perfidy in the Allied lands.

With picket signs, chanting, fireworks, and etc., we will let it be known that this year, yes THIS VERY YEAR, the Frogball season will be shut down FOR GOOD!

For those not familiar with this inn of ill shamanic repute, it can be easily found in the Stormwind Dwarven District beside the fountain and bank. We strongly recommend that Ferocious Roster operatives not, we repeat NOT, enter the building, as it is a hot bed of shamanism and froggilating.

Contact T.Grimtote of Ironforge for details, or just showup.

Hex! No! We won't Go!

((OOC note: As you can see, Grim needs to work on his organizing events skills. But I hope many, or at least several, or perhaps a couple of people can make it. I'd enjoy having like minded (or not) gnomes on hand; shamans to stir the pot, just not Belpha *wink*; spectators. I'm also guessing that the Watch may show, and while Grim won't, I *will* work OOC with the Watch; lucky for the Watch, Grim's not much of a fighter))
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81 Gnome Warlock
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I approve this message.
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90 Blood Elf Warrior
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((Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! Awesome post, Grim.))

((I may now have to make a trip to Stormwind on Saturday with a baseball bat and saronite grenades. xD))
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90 Human Paladin
10645
((A fellow explosives expert, eh? Are you missing digits, or are you like me, and the Light has been kind enough to allow you to keep yours? *grins*))
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90 Blood Elf Warrior
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((Lucky so far...emphasis on "so far". ;) ))
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72 Gnome Warlock
5070
Never one for strenuous exertion, Grimtote wiped the sweat off his brow and smiled, having completed a pile of (three) protests signs attached to 2 foot tall sticks, that could be easily marched around held over a gnome's head.

Now he should run off to the tailor shop and see about getting enough (cheap) material to make a mask. It wouldn't do to be recognised if trouble started at the protest. And he hoped his fellow protesters thought to bring their own. Hmm. Their problem, he decided.

And then he'd need to stop by the banner shop and go hang his "Ferocious Roster Of Gnomes, Being Against Little League Frogball" banner over the Golden Keg door, with no one inside noticing. He wasn't sure how he'd go about doing that . . . maybe he could start a kitchen fire . . . .

He wandered off on his errands before the big day.
Edited by Grimtote on 5/4/2012 7:11 PM PDT
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90 Draenei Shaman
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((Thank you all for attending and special thanks to Grimtote for organizing this, It was a ton of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I hope you all had as good a time as I did.))
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90 Human Paladin
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This little tidbit is posted at every Hero's Call board in Stormwind:

I have borne witness to a very disturbing trend. While I believe that this so-called "Azerothian pasttime" of frogball is...ethically questionable at best and just plain sadistic at worst, the manner of protest against it bears scrutiny. There are many reasons why - foremost of which is that it's simply a shepherd leading his sheep off a cliff - but the reason that sticks in my mind...very bad history.

For instance, at this protest, it was claimed that the draenei were negligent with their piloting of the Exodar as they fled from orcs in Outland. Allow me to correct your history: The Exodar was in fact fleeing from the blood elves of Prince Kael'thas, minions of the Burning Legion, who had in fact SABOTAGED the engine of the great dimensional craft and forced its crash-landing where it sits today on the Azuremyst Isles. Not even the most daredevil veteran flying machine pilot could have prevented that outcome...and believe me, I've had a good look at the debris field covering the Azuremysts, that thing was junk before it hit the ground. No fault of the draenei's...thank Kael'thas for that.

Another: That because Velen, the Holy Prophet of the draenei, does not take to the field of battle and instead spends his time in meditation, he must be a coward. There are plenty of other leaders who have not taken to battle in recent days. The High Priestess Tyrande of Darnassus is one such. King Varian, though he did fight in Icecrown Citadel, has remained largely in Stormwind for the Elemental Wars. Indeed, High Tinker Mekkatorque, after he led Operation: Gnomeregan, resulting in the foundation of New Tinkertown (I myself participated as a member of his army in that campaign, and still have the cloak and insignia the High Tinker gave me), has not fought in the "greater war", the war for Azeroth. But Tyrande is not a coward. Varian, for all that I find him somewhat blunt in his actions and opinions, is not a coward. And Mekkatorque is not a coward.

Yet another outright lie: Draenei, and shaman as well, support this "Frogball" thing; all should be punished as a result. In addition to condemning the protestors, I have a point of contention with the creator of this "event", who thinks that the Prophet would have participated in this nonsense. (Having met Velen on a few occasions and partaken of his hospitality when I visit the Azuremysts, I see him as a man who would not have time for such...diverting pursuits.) But the supposed link to the Prophet aside, I know many draenei, and many shaman, who oppose this "sport". The actions of one do not determine an entire race, or an entire calling. I said mockingly to those calling for all draenei to be deported to Outland because of one fool, that maybe all gnomes should be deported to Gnomeregan - you know, the city covered in radioactive goo and crawling with troggs - because of a fool from their own race. That would not be fair, and neither would condemning all draenei for the actions of one.

In closing, I must say: If you're going to stage a protest, by all that's holy, try and at least know what you're talking about first? It does your cause no service if you are simply inventing history to suit you.

Saavedro of Stratholme
Edited by Saavedro on 5/5/2012 9:51 PM PDT
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85 Undead Warlock
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Ok cool, so should I name change now that everyone is starting to RP about it? No offense to Role Playing but really? Why Frogball?
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90 Night Elf Hunter
5105
((Frogball because it was created by a shaman who hexes frogs. Makes sense, right?

Anyway, no need to change name. You're on a different server anyway, so it shouldn't be an issue. :) ))
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90 Human Paladin
10645
((You're not on CC, so you shouldn't be TOO worried...now if you do come over here, chances are you're gonna get smacked by a crazy draenei with a baseball bat.))
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72 Gnome Warlock
5070
A DISASTER! An utter, complete, total, and humiliating waste of time.

Noone had shown up for the protest. NOONE!

Well except for the Marcher Chanters.

But they couldn't even march in step, much less along the path Grim had spent minutes drawing out on the Inn's courtyard with arrows pointing in the direction of march. No!

And their chanting? Bat a trogg, not a Gnome? Bah! There's was no poetry in that; no . . . no. . . no jeux de gnome.

One really couldn't count them as participants.

(Grim waved his hands about explaining the mess to himself as he paced back and forth angrily in his little hole in the wall home.)

And since there was noone there {except for the MarcherChanters}, there of course were no spectators. Well except for that "Neueueueuetral" (Grim raises his hands for air quotes as he waggles his head back and forth holding out the vowels and grimaces.) gnome dame, who was too busy being her goody-two-shoes-cannot-support-a-valid-and-important-cause delivering pizza or such . . . no, it was frog parts, that's right! Blech! That was more important? Really?

Other than Her, there were no spectators.

Except for that other gnome who kept calling out the Pia members for being pro Gnome-abuse. Now that was a right proper fellow and response. He even started a very compelling argument against Frogball that a lot of folks joined in on (both for and against); was he a member of the New Tinkertown Lawyer Prosecutorial Team that was trying to sue Thermaplugg to get him rousted out of Gnomergan? ((A person from polite society would send that gnome a thank you card for his support; the thought did not even occur to Grim)).

Oh yeah, and the tall folks and dwarves [particularly that annoying fellow (was he part troll? going on about eating Grimtote?)] that Grim had to occasionally shoo out of the main courtyard area to keep the MarcherChanters on a clear path that they wouldn't use,

But other than that, there was noone there and it was a complete waste of time, not calling attention to the perfidy of the approaching Frogball season.

And if that BigBluePortalHopper goon and his human coconspirator (who kept trying to distract the protesters by pointing out flaws in logic and history; did you SEE the notes that fellow had wasted time posting around town?) hadn't shown up, things might have stayed quiet. But there the BigBlueBully was, bellowing out his support for Frogball, even trying to recruit players. Right There! In the Middle of the Protest! The Nerve! And his coconspirator: (Grim wags his head side to side while whining out a "human" voice, if you can call it that and not just a whiny gnome voice) Blah blah this is the truth. And blah blah what you are saying is wrong. And blah blah!

And there might have been a few druids there; Grim steered clear of them (for the usual reasons) when he saw them so They obviously didn't count.

So it was a complete unmitigated disaster. (Grim sat down and wept into his hands at the uncaring universe.)
Edited by Grimtote on 5/10/2012 11:34 AM PDT
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72 Gnome Warlock
5070
((This was my first attempt at a RP event, and while Grim thought it a complete disaster, I thoroughly enjoyed it thanks to everyone: fellow protestor, the spectator crowd, the hecklers, the gourmands (who tried to eat said gnome), etc.

Particularly I'd like to thank my foe: BigBluePortalHopper Belpha. Hex No! We Won't GO! You've made a great foil for my boy Grim. I look forward to more hate between the two of us.

And I would LOVE to thank the gnome (who's name I forgot to write down but when I see it I'll insert it here) who carried on the "legal" argument under the tree. If I hadn't been in the middle of hosting a protest, both Grim and I would have SO loved to have participated in the lively discussion I saw going on. It was an unexpected spinoff from the protest and I revelled in it when I could.

So since Grim won't, I send you all big thanks and hugs to everyone who supported me through this. Stay tuned for more of the dark misadventures of yours truly. Druids beware!))
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90 Human Paladin
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((For the record, BTW, Grimtote - Saavedro opposes Frogball, but he thinks the historical arguments used by both sides, pro and anti, make them all sound like idiots, heh heh.))
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