Meán Fómhair 2015
(September)


Cead Mile Failte

Fall Approaches, filled with heat waves, football, and barbeques. The summer time is coming to a close and things around camp Gaiscioch will soon start returning to normal. We're in the final month of the summer lull. Over the next few months we'll be settling back into our fall event lineup and we'll see a lot of friendly faces returning to the community. There are a few topics that are time sensitive, so I'll cover those first.

Gaiscioch Family News

PAX Prime Gaiscioch Celebration New Time!

Join us at Fado's Irish Pub for a pint on August 30th at 9PM PT.  We had to push the party back an hour due to a schedule conflict.  So far the head count is between 10 and 20 people depending on how many of the "I'll try to make it" show up. If it's your first time at Fado's, the prices are in the $10-$20 per plate range, however they have several appetisers and a ton of beer on tap. I highly recommend the Corned Beef and Cabbage. Best i've ever had. Be ready to take a family picture while we're there and you'll have a chance to peek at our family album and sign our guestbook :D.

Grab a bite, share a pint,
Tell a tale, sing in gael,
Make a friend, before night's end.

Location:
Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant Seattle
801 1st Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104

 

Learn more at:
http://gsch.info/p/106911

Call to Arms
Shards Online

My good friend Derek Brinkmann has approached me about helping with an upcoming stress test. I need to summon an army. I will have an undetermined number of Alpha keys to be able to pass out to players willing to help on September 12-13th. This is a 2 day alpha test and we'll need to put in a few hours that weekend and send in some reports and feedback. This is not a play before you buy type thing. It's a lets help build a closer bond with game developers type thing so in the future doors of opportunity like this one open. Remember the only reason people like Cryss from Aeria, David Bass (formerly) of Carbide, Derek Brinkmann, Matt Firor, and Scott Hartsman have called on us in the past is because of the work and reputation we have shown when they worked with us previously. I am aiming for at least 50 Gaiscioch in the waiting.

Please let me know if you can participate by replying to:
http://gsch.info/p/133033

Gaiscioch Family Summit Livestream

Join us on September 5th at 5PM Pacific for the monthly Gaiscioch Family Summit. If you have questions, concerns, ideas, or just want to share something cool you're working on please bring it to the monthly summit. Topics we will include: what we saw at PAX Prime, Extra Life 2015, Guild Wars 2's Big Announcement, Elder Scrolls Online's Imperial City, and upcoming events.

Additionally, I will be giving an overview of how chapters are both opened and closed and what is required for each of these to happen. I will discuss our plans for the near future in regards to our current chapters.

Be sure to tune in live on Twitch.tv and join us on GameVox to participate. Catch the recap on YouTube if you are unable to attend.

Extra Life 2015

This year's Extra Life event is rapidly approaching and it's time to get registered and start fundraising. This year we have a few plans for in game events. Some of your favorite commanders will be filling the calendar with events over the course of the weekend.

If you're looking for something with a little variety, I am planning to host a 24-hour event split over 2 days  in multiple games. We will be playing 12 different games over the course of this event. Our current lineup includes:

  • Allods Online
  • Rift
  • Archeage [10+]
  • Vindictus
  • Warface
  • Wildstar
  • Guild Wars 2
  • Elder Scrolls Online [10+]
  • Tera
  • Neverwinter [20+]
  • Aion
  • Skyforge

Anyone and everyone is welcome to come out and join the GSCH guilds and group up for the stream. In several of these games we'll form up raids and go take on some big uglies. That crab in ArcheAge is going down!

Learn more at:
http://gsch.info/p/122207

The Evolution of the Elder Role

For years we've kept 1 Elder per active 100 people. As our population has reduced since we began playing games that limit population we've decided to up this to 1 Elder per 50 people. This gives us more coverage per elder and keeps our current elder team intact.

Additionally I have decided to add some focus to our eldership team. I have outlined several focuses where Elders can help keep the family running smoothly and relieve some of the burden from the select few who have been trying to carry the whole thing. The various roles include but are not limited to:

  • Roster Managers - To process invites / removals
  • Marketplace Manager - To approve new recipes, add new ingredients and plan new developments.
  • New Player Development - Introducing new players to the Gaiscioch Way and being a positive light in the world.
  • Social Media Managers - To aid in managing Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and provide support for livestreams.
  • Reputation Managers - To help monitor forums, social media, and in game communication to make notes of positive and negative feedback and help build a plan to address it.
  • Proofreaders - To help proofread content for newsletters & website.
  • Server Relations Manager - To act as a liaison between Gaiscioch & server communities.
  • R&D - To help research new title, build relationships with development teams, and identify trouble areas in potential titles.
  • Family Historian - To help chronicle the history of our family, share the Gaiscioch story to others, and teach new members about our families ways.
  • Resource Manager - Help manage vaults, data entry, and process prizes for contests.
  • Public Relations - Assist in family meetings, post constructively on public forums, and help manage the image of Gaiscioch. These members will be very public facing.

These new focused roles will allow us to spread the load across all of the elders and ensure that each elder is contributing to the overall success of the family. I will be building out some tools to help each of these roles streamline processes and gain the ability to help me keep things updated and current. In preparation for these new systems we decided to bring on 2 new elders with specific specializations.

Welcoming 2 New Elders to the Team

  • Verve will be joining our Elder Scrolls Online Eldership team to help me manage the adventures in the game to keep them updated with all of the new content getting introduced into the game. His dungeon running expertise has been a godsend over the past year and lead me to promote him as a family commander for ESO. After watching him for several months we've decided to bring him onto the team to assist with the management of that side of the house.

  • Smitty has been nominated and selected to join the Guild Wars 2 team to assist Soren and I with promoting Gaiscioch over social media channels, livestreams, and participate in public appearances. He will also be joining the new player integration team, making sure all of our new players understand how things work.

Gaiscioch Family Promotions:

I wanted to take a moment to say congratulations to a few members this month for accepting their next credo and stepping into a new role in our family.

War Council (Ard Tiarna)

The War Council is comprised of members who have stepped up to lead events and activities for the family. They have proven themselves on the battlefield and have collected 25 signatures of approval from their followers. They have accepted the Mark of Servitude credo and understand that Leadership is not a position of power, it is a position of service. They have committed themselves to hosting fun and friendly events for the community at large.

  » Findan

Officers (Seaimpín)

The Gaiscioch Family officers act as a front line for questions and answers. These members have accepted the Mark of the Protector credo and have vowed to assist new members with familiarization and report any suspicious or unbecoming behavior to the eldership team.

  » Cait   » IoWegian   » Paleus   » papo64

Veteran Members (Saighdear)

Veteran Members have proven their devotion to the family by participating in events and contributing to the family's success. They have been active more than 90 days and have continued to be contributing members to the family.

  » Alphazuma   » Asharei   » Jjrdragon   » Klove   » Krevdar   » Lionann   » Namrie   » Winterlight

Official Members (Lorgair)

Official Members have earned the rank of Lorgair and have accepted the Mark of the Kindred credo. They have officially decided to become members of the family and start their journey to ascend the roles of the Gaiscioch Family.

  » Binocious   » Braelith   » Chade   » Darkone663   » GamerMom63   » Lilanya   » SimpleNeophyte   » Tor   » TylerF

Guild Wars 2 News

The Raid Bomb is About to Drop

Yes, Raiding in Guild Wars 2 was being discussed on the official forums since a little over a year ago. Tidbits of teaser information has lead us to believe the big Raid word is about to drop this weekend. Be sure to tune in Saturday, August 29, at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time for a special livestream presentation as ArenaNet reveals "Challenging Group Content" that will define your endgame experience in the expansion.

Be sure to check out:
https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/guild-wars-2the-journey-ahead-at-pax-prime-2015/

Heart of Thorns Release Date?

This week marks the one conference a year where ArenaNet has home field advantage. Over history this is a very big conference for them. I would not be surprised to see a date drop at PAX Prime.

Be sure to keep an eye on our Guild Wars 2 news coverage at:
http://magazine.gaiscioch.com/tag/guild%20wars%202

New Family Commanders for September 2015

This month we'll be welcoming JayRF and GmaFog/Humble Misty to the Family Commander lineup. There are several up and coming commanders we plan to work with in the future and we'll likely see a couple more added next month. Both JayRF and GmaFog have been hosting events open to the public for our family and have acted as a Gaiscioch Commander should. As always our commanders are hand picked based on leadership ability, compassion, and most importantly patience. These two have shown these traits in bulk over the past few months and we are proud to welcome them to the team.

Please Welcome Our Newest Members

Please welcome our newest members to our Guild Wars 2 family.

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Guild Wars 2 Events at a Glance

Mon

9:00AM:
Jae's World Boss Hunt

2:15PM:
GMAFog's Leveling The Playing Field

4:00PM:
Star's Explorables

Tue

1:00PM:
Aoibheann's Assault

4:30PM:
Open Community Guild Missions & Tequatl

6:00PM:
The Siege War Livestream

Wed

11:00AM:
Raging Rovers (WvW)(Pick up for Findan)

5:00PM:
Smitty's Sabres with Guest Host EKO!

8:00PM:
Star's Havoc WvW

Thu

11:00AM:
Raging Rovers (Pick up for Findan)

4:00PM:
Jay's Achievement Hunters

Fri

11:30AM:
Star's Raiders WvW

5:00PM:
Teamspeak Community Meeting

6:00PM:
Reset Defense SoR bl

Sat

8:00AM:
GMAFog's Leveling The Playing Field

3:00PM:
Saturday Afternoon Adventures with Terafer

11:00PM:
Open Community Guild Missions & Tequatl

Sun

12:00AM:
The Siege War Livestream

12:30PM:
Jay's Sunday Funday

2:00PM:
Sunday Story Mode

4:00PM:
Star's Raiders WvW

Top Guild Wars 2 News For August, 2015

  1. Events for Aug 3rd - 10th
  2. A sigh of relief
  3. Anniversary Sale!
  4. Guild Wars 2 Update: Game Update Notes - August 25, 2015
  5. Guild Wars 2 Update: Game Update Notes - August 11, 2015
  6. The First Beta Weekend Event Begins Today!
  7. Meet Five Gauge of the Abjured
  8. Introducing PvP Leagues
  9. Complete Booster Overhaul and Dwayna’s Weapon Set in the Gemstore!
  10. Meet the Herald: Revenant’s Elite Specialization

Elder Scrolls Online News

At The Gates of the Imperial City

Here comes the Imperial City! The moment we've been waiting for, for quite a while, is finally here. My Thursday events will likely focus on getting us inside and exploring the depths of the Imperial City. Looking forward to sharing those adventures with you.

The Little Bird Returns

Rumors travel fast, so I wanted to take a moment to set some of your minds at ease. Yes, we are below 250 members, and yes it's going to get increasingly more difficult to keep the members we have as it will be harder to find groups, tougher to connect with the few that still play, and even more difficult to make an impact in the world on a public level. That said, there are no plans to close the Elder Scrolls Online branch at this time.

The horizon looks bleak for new chapter potentials. Nothing is even remotely close to being ready to go live and certainly nothing available has the demand we currently have for Elder Scrolls Online. I have faith that through the fall and winter we will see those numbers climb back over the 250 mark just like it did previously. This is not the first time we dropped below 250.

We will not close the ESO chapter unless there is something else drawing more of our members attention and has cleared our rigorous evaluation process. At the soonest you're looking at late 2016 early 2017. Which means we have a whole year ahead of ourselves to see where ESO goes.

I am confident that my eldership team, commanders, and community that has brought ESO alive will keep this going for the next year. Yes, the game is struggling, but the community is tight knit and there is more kindness floating around our ESO chapter than any group i've ever had the pleasure of being a part of.

There is no reason to close this chapter just yet, and I will not act too hastily when I know outright regardless of what game we play, the months of May - September always go down in population. Pulling the cord now would be premature and unfair to the people who had to stop playing over the summer. We will do what we can to keep this ball rolling forward for as long as the audience wants us to.

I believe we will see a rise in population come October. As people return from their summer vacations and kids go back to school our rooms will fill once again. There's no need to panic just yet :).

Please Welcome Our Newest Members

Please welcome our newest members to our Elder Scrolls Online family.

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Elder Scrolls Online Events at a Glance

Mon

2:00PM:
Silver Key Undaunted Run

4:00PM:
Ebonheart Map Clearance

6:30PM:
By Blood and Steel AvA

Tue

3:00PM:
Going for Gold (Key)

5:00PM:
Vet Map Clearance

Wed

12:00PM:
Learn your role or a new role Veteran run

2:00PM:
Silver Key Undaunted Run

4:26PM:
Let's Learn The Daily Vet Dungeon

6:30PM:
For The Realm! AvA

Thu

6:00PM:
The Siege War of Blackwater Blade

Fri

4:30PM:
Let's Learn The Daily Vet Dungeon

6:00PM:
FRIDAY CRAGLORN QUESTING

9:00PM:
Friday Night Lights w/ the Emperor

Sat

3:30PM:
For the Helm and Master Weapon!

6:00PM:
Craglorn Anom Romp

Sun

5:00PM:
Training for Crazy Prissy's Hel Ra Trial Run - Everyone who is interested

Top Elder Scrolls News For August, 2015

  1. Crown Store Showcase: August 7th, 2015
  2. Meet the Character – Captain Caudex
  3. The Imperial City Guide: Areas
  4. The Tamriel Chronicle, Issue #91
  5. Battlemaster’s Corner – The Unstoppable Force
  6. ESO Live’s Next Episode: 8/14
  7. Meet the Character – Father Egnatius
  8. Creating ESO: Arboretum District
  9. Loremaster’s Archive: Politics and the Imperial City
  10. Battlemaster’s Corner – The Numidium Reborn

Gaiscioch Magazine News

Gaiscioch Magazine Issue 6 Has Shipped

In Issue 6, Gaiscioch Magazine takes on the toughest foe we as humans ever face: Ourselves. In this Person vs Self focused issue we take a trip down the spiritual and psychological side of gaming. Learning to conquer yourself and take control of your emotions can better your lives in many ways both in game and out.

In addition, we ask a few strangers from a wide variety of ways of life to share their perspective on this struggle. We feature one of the most renowned cosplayers, Sarah Cain, who shares her experiences with stepping into the world of cosplay. We also talk with Staci Brooke, a uniquely gifted life coach who helps people past major roadblocks they place in front of themselves. Gaiscioch Activities Lead, Foghladha shares some tricks for event leaders to master their own mind and control the mental state of their followers.

On the gaming side, Issue 6 features exclusive interviews from the teams behind Echo of Soul, Camelot Unchained and Land of Britain. We will also take a first look at Just Cause 3, Skyforge and Gigantic, and just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, we also proudly feature several fan favorite short stories, recipes, and life lessons giving you the complete picture when it comes to the lives of gamers.

Check out the latest issue at:
http://gsch.info/mag-6

Issue 7 In Production

For issue 7 we are tackling the Human Connection as a topic. If you have a good story about a relationship that was forged in game that crossed over to the real world please share it with us by contacting us at: magazine@gaiscioch.com. We share profound connections in games and want to show there is more to gaming than just the game. As always we are looking for members who would like to join the Magazine Team. Keep an eye on the monthly calendar for our monthly Magazine Team meeting.

Popular Stories:

  1. Gaiscioch Magazine Issue 6 Person vs Self Now Available
    284 Reads | By: Benjamin "Foghladha" Foley
  2. Voyage to the Land of Britain
    253 Reads | By: Benjamin "Foghladha" Foley
  3. Dressed to Inspire , Cosplay with Sarah Cain
    228 Reads | By: Benjamin "Foghladha" Foley
  4. Mark Jacobs Discusses The Nuts and Bolts of Camelot Unchained
    164 Reads | By: Aoibheann Ni Choileain
  5. Forging Heroes in Echo of Souls: An interview with Alexandre Billaud
    124 Reads | By: Aoibheann Ni Choileain
  6. Person vs Self: Conquering Your Toughest Foe
    97 Reads | By: Benjamin "Foghladha" Foley

Popular News:

  1. Sixth World of Warcraft expansion brought forward as subs hit nine-year low
  2. BLACK DESERT ONLINE IS FINALLY COMING
  3. Felspire Launches with a Bang
  4. The Soapbox: These three MMOs deserve a do-over
  5. Guild Wars 2 Celebrate Their Third Anniversary
  6. Star Wars Director Broke His Back Helping Harrison Ford
  7. World of Warcraft subscribers hit nine-year low
  8. Civilization Online sums up its beta with a highlight trailer
  9. Trion Worlds Unveils Major Updates for RIFT, ArcheAge, Trove and Defiance
  10. 8 Best Things We Saw at Gamescom

Be sure to check out our latest stories and gaming news at: gsch.info/mag

Gaiscioch Livestream News

September 2015 Streams of Epic Adventure Schedule

We continue our Streams of Epic Adventure show on Monday Nights @ 6PM PT. This month we'll be missing a costar here and there. Here's the lineup of games we'll be showing this month:

Tune in Mondays @ 6PM PT:
http://gsch.info/soea

September 2015 Siege War Schedule

Tune in to some epic siege warfare on Tuesday & Thursday Nights. For the month of September we'll be hosting weekly ESO Siege War Livestreams on Blackwater Blade every Thursday. Here's the schedule:

  • Tuesdays @ 6PM PT: The Siege War of Sanctum of Rall - Guild Wars 2
  • Thursdays @ 6PM PT: The Siege War of Blackwater Blade - Elder Scrolls Online

Come join us for some epic fights and when the DLC is released we'll be exploring the new content in the Imperial City.

Tune in Tuesday & Thursday @ 6PM PT:
http://gsch.info/siegewar

Fog's Side Quests for September 2015

This month I'll be focusing my extra curricular activities on Gloria Victis, Chivalry Medieval Warfare, Wildstar, Star Wars Old Republic, Allods Online and hopefully actually get back on my PS4 for some Witcher 3 and Destiny.

Be sure to subscribe to our Twitch stream for instant notification when I go live:
http://gsch.info/twitch

Guild System Deconstructed September 2015 Update

No, I haven't forgotten about this one. I'm currently working on the show outline, rating system and opening trailer. With Yulishka going out of country for the next month I'm hoping to finish several key projects including this one. Stay tuned for more.

Recent Livestreams:

Episode 21:
borderlands2

Episode 20:
vanhelsing

Episode 19:
archlord2

Episode 18:
herosandgenerals

Closing Notes

News, News, and More News!

Look for a whole lot of news flowing in over the next few weeks. With PAX Prime and the slew of conferences in Asia this month we're looking at a lot of news flowing our way. We've prepped the Gaiscioch Magazine site to keep you in touch with the latest content in the gaming scene. Simply visit http://magazine.gaiscioch.com/ to see up to the minute content from over 20 different gaming news and article sites.

To those joining us at PAX I look forward to meeting you! This will be a fun time! To those that aren't I look forward to sharing info with you on Sept 5th at the Gaiscioch Family Summit. Stay safe and I'll see you on the other side.

Slan Go Foill!
(Goodbye For Now)

Benjamin "Foghladha" Foley
Ceannard De Gaiscioch Treubh