Aibreán 2015
(April)


Cead Mile Failte!

Welcome to the April 2015 edition of the Gaiscioch Family Ceannard Notes! This past month has been quite the undertaking. Guild Wars 2 and Elder Scrolls Online both had major updates and news hit this last month. In addition we've launched the magazine site, organized the StreamTeam, and we've revamped the entire Guild Wars 2 family structure to allow growth. So let's give you all the rundown.

Gaiscioch News

Introducing the Gaiscioch StreamTeam  

Pending a more clever name, the Gaiscioch StreamTeam will be exploring MMORPG's and Cooperative games every Monday at 8PM Pacific. Lead by Foghladha and joined by Soren and Smitty the StreamTeam is comprised of a Mischievous Assassin, Dragon Slaying Mage, and Singing Knight. We will be exploring various content types each week and frequently visit Guild Wars 2 and Elder Scrolls Online periodically to cover some of the new and interesting features with a comical spin.

It is our hopes that we can grow this into a weekly show that people actually want to watch! :D. We have plans to rotate in some special guests each week. Perhaps someday even a famous person. As you can expect there will soon be a section of the Gaiscioch Magazine site (our news site) that covers the StreamTeam activities.

Tune in live at twitch.tv/thegaisciochfamily or watch our episodes on YouTube. Be sure to Like the Gaiscioch Facebook page for updates!

Spring Survey Out Now!

The battle for our family’s attention is raging. Last winter we took yet another seed survey and got a good list of which games you're interested in. While most are still in the faraway future we would like to poll how they stand against our current game choices to build a benchmark that we can measure again closer to release. We've narrowed down the selection to our top 5 competitors from past surveys, added our two current chapters, and added Crowfall by popular demand.

Be sure to head over to:
http://gsch.info/springsurvey

And cast your vote for your 1st and 2nd favorite selections.

Gaiscioch Magazine Site Update

Over the past month I've managed to put the finishing touches on the magazine site. It is now fully functional and mobile, tablet, and PC friendly. Its homepage features not only news and articles from Gaiscioch but also syndicates content from: Kotoku, PC Gamer, Massivly Overpowered, MMORPG.com, GamesRadar, IGN, Game Informer, GameIndustry.biz, MMOSite, Guild Wars 2, Elder Scrolls Online and more. This is the one stop shop for your up to the minute gaming news.

Up Next:

  • Adding New Columns for:
    • Crowdfunding
  • Adding New Sections for:
    • Gaiscioch News Bytes (Future home of these Ceannard Notes)
    • Gaiscioch StreamTeam (See Above)
  • Adding a Gaiscioch Live Real Time Livestream Feed

Be sure to bookmark our site for the latest updates from all your favorite sources:
http://magazine.gaiscioch.com/

Please Join Us For
April Gaiscioch Family Summit

This month I would like to change the format of the meeting from the standard news update to some open discussions about new things coming to both the games we play and the Gaiscioch family. I am hoping for a little more interactivity and people willing to contribute to our meeting. I don't want this to be something where I talk at you. I want it to be something I talk with you.

Schedule:

  • 2:00PM Pacific: Magazine Team Meeting - Editorial Kickoff
  • 3:00PM Pacific: Event Leaders Meeting
  • 4:00PM Pacific: Elders Meeting
  • 5:00PM Pacific: Family Summit

Agenda:

  • 5:00PM PST: Opening Message
  • 5:05PM PST: Heart of Thorns Discussion
  • 5:20PM PST: Guild Wars 2 Influence Drive
  • 5:25PM PST: Guild Wars 2 Events
  • 5:35PM PST: Elder Scrolls Online Goes Buy-2-Play
  • 5:45PM PST: ESO Growth Report
  • 5:50PM PST: ESO Events
  • 6:00PM PST: StreamTeam Concepting & Brainstorming
  • 6:10PM PST: Spring Survey Discussion
  • 6:20PM PST: Closing Q&A

Guild Wars 2 News

April Family Guild Quests

Preparations for our Family Castle

Queen Jennah has announced plans to release hundreds of acres of land to the guilds of Tyria to call their own. Bidding on these lands will begin soon and it will be an epic race for land. Our family wishes to be in prime position for this by raising 5 million influence. We ask that all family members help us meet this goal.

How You Can Help:

  1. Group with other Gaiscioch na Rall and Complete Events, PvP Matches, and Dungeons
  2. Donate Gold to purchase Influence by sending your donations to Foghladha.2506 to receive contribution credit.

Progress: 3,023,930/5,000,000 (60%) Influence

Siege in Short Supply

Our forces have been fighting a treacherous war in the Heart of the Mists against foes that are far greater in numbers. While victories amass on the forefront of battle our surplus of siege weaponry has taken a huge hit. To make matters worse, a few weeks back a nefarious spy from the enemy realm destroyed much of our stockpile and now our reserves are at critical levels. Our commanders are having to purchase siege outright to continue their fight for our realm.

We ask that every able body who is willing to aid our cause to resupply our stockpile and ease the burden on our commanders. Here is a list of critical siege we require as well as instructions for how to obtain or create each siege device. Your assistance is greatly appreciated and will be rewarded upon sending completed siege to siege warden Foghladha.2506 for processing.

What's Needed:

  1. Guild Catapults
  2. Omega Siege Golems
  3. Superior Flame Rams, Arrow Carts, Ballistas, and Trebuchets

How You Can Help:

  1. Purchase Guild Catapult Blueprints from "Guild Commendation Trader" for 3 Guild Commendations and 12 Silver
  2. Create Omega Siege Golem Blueprints by placing 10 Mithril Ore, 10 Elder Wood Logs, 3 Siege Master Guides, and 5Alpha Siege Golem Blueprints into the Mystic Forge.
  3. Create Superior Trebuchet Blueprints by placing 10 Mithril Ore, 10 Elder Wood Logs, 1 Siege Master Guides, and 2 Superior Trebuchet Blueprints into the Mystic Forge.
  4. Create Superior Flame Ram, Ballista, or Arrow Cart Blueprints by placing 5 Mithril Ore, 5 Elder Wood Logs, 1 Siege Master Guides, and 2 Flame Ram, Ballista, or Arrow Cart Blueprints into the Mystic Forge.

Send items to: Foghladha.2506 for processing

New Family Structure is Live

A few weeks ago, we enacted a plan to allow us to continue to grow in Guild Wars 2 comfortably. This plan turns Gaiscioch na Rall into a room for those who are online right now, and uses Gaiscioch na Morrigan and Gaiscioch na Anu as lobbies for players to get an invite into Gaiscioch na Rall. This allows our roster to grow to 1000 before we have to worry about opening a 3rd lobby.

To get an invite to Gaiscioch na Morrigan or Anu click "Request Re-invite" on the homepage. Be sure that you have 2 guild slots available.

If you are in Gaiscioch na Morrigan or Gaiscioch na Anu and need an invite to Rall sort the roster by rank and ask a commander, elder, or ceannard for an invite. Gaiscioch na Rall's roster will be rotated by who has been offline the longest. So if you play daily you shouldn't need to get a new invite anytime soon. Eventually it may be a daily task when you log in. I hope to get more commanders on board so there are more of us available to toss invites. Just takes walking them through the process.

For a photo illustrated step by step guide please visit:
http://gsch.info/gw2

Commander Meeting

I would like to request that all players who are or seek to become a family commander on the battlefield to please attend this months Family Summit Event Leaders Meeting. I will be going over the roles and responsibilities that make this system work. It would help me a great deal if I can get everyone to attend that meeting so I don't have to brief you all one by one. Plus, we've got some new commanders stepping up to the plate, yes you Leslie :), and I want to make sure we’re all on the same page.

Be sure to look over:
http://gsch.info/p/95651

Heart of Thorns Updates

Over the past month we've seen much of the content of the new expansion revealed. A lucky few even got to test the expansion content. One of the biggest drops this month was a first look at the new desert borderlands. We are also fortunate that our adopt-a-dev Tiny Tee has decided to stick around with us after WvW Season 3 and just happens to be the environmental artist for this new warzone. I decided that this next issue of Gaiscioch Magazine needed an article about this seriously talented developer. Who better to help illustrate the idea of Living Epic than the person who spends their life making the canvas for epic adventures and battles?

Join us in the monthly Gaiscioch Family Summit for discussion about the new expansion from people who were able to play it.

April Regular Guild Wars 2 Event Schedule

Mon

12:00PM:
Afternoon Assault

5:30PM:
Star's Explorables

5:30PM:
Vanka's Daggers

11:00PM:
Tequal 2 for 1 BBQ

Tue

5:00PM:
Final's Havok Team

6:30PM:
Sabres WvW

Wed

11:00AM:
Raging Rovers (WvW)

2:30PM:
Waypoint Wanderer

4:30PM:
SOR Community Tequatl, Missions & WvW

11:00PM:
Tequatl 2 for 1 BBQ

Thu

11:00AM:
Raging Rovers

2:00PM:
Achievement Hunters

6:00PM:
Evening Assault

9:00PM:
Silverwaste Warriors

Fri

12:00PM:
Star's Raiders WvW

5:30PM:
Teamspeak Community Meeting

6:00PM:
WvW Server Reset Madness

9:30PM:
Latenight Let's Explore

Sat

10:00AM:
SOR Community Missions, Tequatl & WvW

3:00PM:
Afternoon Adventures

7:00PM:
Saturday in the Silverwastes

10:30PM:
SOR Community Tequatl, Missions & WvW

Sun

9:00AM:
Rylssa's Map Clear

2:00PM:
Story Mode Plus One

5:00PM:
Shakeup- Fractals

7:00PM:
Star's Raiders WvW

* Event Schedule Subject To Change | All Event Times: PDT (GMT -07:00) | See Gaiscioch.com for Full Updated Schedule.

Active Gaiscioch Elder Team (GW2)

Foghladha, Donaliam, Izmina, Terafer, Dreamtrip, Prissy, Morigana, Oldgoat, Soren, FinalFAB

Active Gaiscioch Commanders (GW2)

Foghladha, Prissy, Izzy, Dreamtrip, Ryokka, Kaytlin, Terafer, FinalFAB, Soren, Rylssa, Aoibheann, Jordyee, Smitty, Oldgoat, Marcovius, RayneLoRhall, LiamBalorGorgon, Jessica, Clanorton, Lakshmi

Top 10 Guild Wars 2 News For March, 2015

  1. 3/19/2015 5:50PM PST Golems are broke read Guild wars 2 Forums link within this post
  2. Buy Guild Wars 2 for 75% off March 6 - 8
  3. Guild Wars 2: A Legendary Journey
  4. Guild Wars 2 Update: Game Update Notes - March 16, 2015
  5. Guild Wars 2: Lion’s Arch Commemorative Sale!
  6. Guild Wars 2: Upcoming Heart of Thorns closed beta tests
  7. Guild Wars 2: Limited-Time Special Items in the Gem Store This Week!
  8. Guild Wars 2: Musical Bass Guitar and Mad Scientist’s Mining Tool in the Gem Store!
  9. Guild Wars 2: Introducing the Guild Wars 2 World Tournament Series—Boston Champions
  10. Guild Wars 2: Limited Time Offer: Save 75% on Guild Wars 2 through March 8!

Chapter 5:
Elder Scrolls Online News

Buy-2-Play rejoin now

It's go time people! Elder Scrolls Online is now Buy-2-Play, the same pricing structure as Guild Wars 2. If you've bought a copy of Elder Scrolls Online you can now play for free without the monthly subscription. Come check out the changes over the past few months and start gearing up for the launch of the Imperial City later this year.

We've got a wide range of events planned and the community is steadily growing now that it has gone Buy-2-Play. You may even run across a lil guy named Renny Conchobair roaming around Blackwater Blade. Be sure to /wave, he loves cookies.

Raiders Wanted

Over the past month one of our Tuatha guilds who was organizing Hel Ra groups with us folded and now many of the refugees have joined the Gaiscioch ranks. They are actively seeking to continue the work they began on Hel Ra and if you are interested, they would love to hear from you. Contact @Lavum for more information.

March Regular Elder Scrolls Event Schedule

Mon

7:00AM:
Undaunted Daily

6:30PM:
By Blood and Steel AvA - Reloaded

Tue

7:00AM:
Undaunted Daily

4:15AM:
Ebonheart World Bosses, Public Dungeon and Dolmens

6:15AM:
Undaunted vet pledge

Wed

7:00AM:
Undaunted Daily

6:00PM:
Hel Ra Training/ Completion

Thu

7:00AM:
Undaunted Daily

4:15PM:
Ebonheart Skyshard Hunt

Fri

7:00AM:
Undaunted Daily

3:30PM:
Vet Dungeon Crawl

5:00PM:
Weekly Friday Night Raiding

6:00PM:
In Honor Of Fog

Sat

7:00AM:
For The Undaunted

1:00PM:
Papo64's Low Level Map Clearance

6:00PM:
Something Vet

Sun

7:00AM:
Undaunted Non-Vet Daily

* Event Schedule Subject To Change | All Event Times: PST (GMT -08:00) | See Gaiscioch.com for Full Updated Schedule.

Active Gaiscioch Elder Team (ESO)

Foghladha, Donaliam, Prissy, Izmina, Briseadh, Pops, Dargron, Morigana, Seacoral, Selrina, Tybor, Naay

Active Gaiscioch Commanders (ESO)

@papo64, @verve, @Rudyard, @Camer, @Doreth

Top 10 Elder Scrolls News For March, 2015

  1. ESO unlimited.
  2. Elder Scrolls Online: ESO Live’s Next Episode: 3/13
  3. Elder Scrolls Online: Battlemaster’s Corner – The Infernal Warden
  4. Elder Scrolls Online: The Tamriel Chronicle, Issue #81
  5. Elder Scrolls Online: Tales of the Dead Winners 3/6
  6. Elder Scrolls Online: Welcome to Tamriel Unlimited
  7. Elder Scrolls Online: Guild Spotlight – The Adamantine Order
  8. Elder Scrolls Online: The Tamriel Town Crier, Issue #7
  9. Elder Scrolls Online: ESO Live’s Next Episode: 3/27
  10. Elder Scrolls Online: The Tamriel Town Crier, Issue #8

Closing Notes

Findan Update

For those who haven't been following Findan's developments. Several months ago he had a stroke while driving which caused him to be in a near fatal car accident. After about a month of a medically induced coma he was woken to start the long road to recovery. He has since started posting periodic updates on our forums the latest of which is as follows:

Hi all

Just wanted to give you all another update on my progress. Its official. I got the green light this morning to go to rehab!! After nearly 5 months sitting in a glass fishbowl, the wait is finally over. The bed was booked, medical aid gave authorization, and as of right now I am officially in the rehab center!

Thank you again to everyone for your kind words over the last 5 months. Back in the beginning the doctors were not hopeful that I would make it thru the first week. But with all the support i got, i turned my life around from being in a medical coma to up and walking in just short of 5 months. Now begins the next chapter on my road to recovery!!

Take care everyone.

Huggs,

Findan

Follow Findan's Road to Recovery at:
http://gsch.info/p/89807

Well wishes for Vivian of Omen

Many of you have seen her on the battlefield. She is the leader of another Sanctum of Rall community and a huge contributor to our success in WvW. Over the past month she has been in and out of hospitals with a illness she has fought for the past 5 years called Cushing's Syndrome. After her application for Obama Care was declined the burden of her care has fallen entirely on her. She currently is trying to raise $1,564 through crowdfunding to help her receive the treatment she needs.

If you would like to help please go to:
http://www.gofundme.com/pnh44k

Focus on Family

Over the past few weeks we've had a few occurrences of the heat of the moment getting the best of us. Since it's been awhile since I brought this up, and we've increased by about a thousand new members since the last one, I figured it would be a good time to post this friendly reminder.

In the heat of battle, you might feel anger and rage creep up your spine. This is not because of the man or woman standing next to you, it's because of the situation you find yourself in. The players standing next to you are in the same situation and succeed or fail they are your companions on this adventure. The one way to ensure 100% that you will fail is to break the bond of brotherhood and toss a dagger inwards towards your realm mates. This dismantles the morale, sidetracks the mission, and adds animosity to the mix which is the #1 killer of accomplishment.

I ask that you focus on the real enemy in this situation, which is yourself. The rage and anger you feel can be controlled, and used as fuel to propel you further. Don't let it seep out and affect those around you. As Gaiscioch we have chosen the higher road. This means that we forgo acts of rage and anger and replace them with acts of kindness and understanding.  Remember The Gaiscioch Way, and be true to who we are. As long as we bond together, no foe will ever defeat us. Defeat comes from giving up. Our brothers and sisters will ensure that we never give up. We continue to fight, we continue to stand together. Don't let temporary feelings destroy everything you've built.

Hatred, Resentment, Anger, Rage. These things have been bestowed upon you to keep you from achieving greatness. They are the destroyers of accomplishment and progress. If you have any hope of succeeding on digital battleground or in real life you've got to learn that they are the real enemy and as long as you let them control you, you are a slave to failure. Stand tall, be brave, and put the best foot forward. Defeat these emotions and nothing will stop you.

In the end remember we are your family, and we will be here for you through thick and thin. It's the other guy you gotta worry about.

Slan Go Foill!
(Goodbye For Now)

Benjamin "Foghladha" Foley
Ceannard De Gaiscioch Treubh