We are now working on the upgrade that gives our guild the power boon for 1000 power. This requires upgrading the Barracks structure in the stronghold. This is a big challenge because 1 major component of that upgrade is a large pile of Conqueror Shards. Its a major challenge because there are only a few ways to obtain those shards, and all of them take time, AD, or PVP victories.
Time - You can create 10 shards every 5 days through daily quests after completing the Maze Engine campaign. Completing that campaign takes 1 month of daily quests.
You can create 2 shards every day through doing daily quests in all 4 elemental areas after completing the Elemental Evil campaign. This has tested out at approximately 2 hours worth of questing, which is an hour per shard per day.
Feel free to contribute some shards through either of these as you find time. However anyone trying to make a major dent in the barracks level through these methods is looking burnout right in the face. Its too much time for too little reward.
PVP - There is a daily quest called Fight to the Finish given by the Master of Coin in the SH. This quest gives 10 shards on winning a Domination PVP match. You can either queue for a domination match, or walk in to a Black Ice Domination HE in either Dwarven Valley or Icewind Dale when they are up. Be in the winning side and get 10 shards per day.
This sounds doable, but the PVP system is just not setup in a way that allows PVE players like our guild to be on the winning side very often. The Black Ice Domination matches are the easiest to walkin without being a specially built character. Even then you have to catch them when they are up and be in the right faction. This again, takes a massive amount of time.
AD - Lastly theres the AD approach. A Stronghold Chest of Power can be purchased on the AH or through then zen store. These contain 100 shards and other donation goods. Prices vary, but they can often be gotten for around 130k. This sounds like a fortune to a lot of players, but each of us can build this up faster than any of the above methods.
Don't know how? There are a lot of ways to make AD in the game, and a post will be put up shortly to help. We'd ask that a portion of what you gain from reading it be put to use by getting Chests of Power for donation. Then no one of us will have to spend too greatly to get our boon.
Good luck out there!