Cead Mile Failte!
Happy New Year! Last year was quite an exhausting year. We did have a lot of changes within our community over the last year and saw some unexpected rises in interest in Warhammer Online's private server while we saw a sharp decline in interest in RIFT. The game industry as a whole saw some massive changes and things taking shape on the horizon look promising.
As we look to 2019 our adventure lineup is impressive with more games launching in 2019 than we've seen in the past decade. To prepare for this I have been diligently working on beefing up our Adventure system to prepare for the onslaught that is on its way. It is my hope that by the time the bulk of the titles arrive I will have some new systems in place to help players get connected and find a home in our community regardless of what they are playing.
2019 is shaping up to be one epic year!
Gaiscioch Family News
In Loving Memory of Ron
Moments before sending our newsletters I was given some disheartening news. It is with deepest sympathies that I report Ron "Olestra" Bishop has passed on at age 65 due to complications during a surgical procedure. His son reached out to us to share the news.
Please feel free to share some words for him and his family here:
It's Party Time! Gaiscioch heads to Vegas!
Got some good news for those of you who live in the SW USA. We're going to be holding our first ever Las Vegas, Nevada gathering on Friday March 22nd at 8PM PT. If you’re interested in attending, help us choose the location at: https://goo.gl/forms/K6tczaBXQWSHjPHo1
Unfortunately there are only 2 real Irish options in a short radius of where I'll be working, and one isn't exactly traditional. But it's definitely more affordable. Wanted to let it be your call if you feel it's better for the budget than a more traditional Irish restaurant.
This coming fall we will once again have both our West Coast and East Coast gatherings, as well. I will post details on that as soon as I have locked in dates.
The Streams of Epic Adventure are Back!
I am pleased to announce the return of one of our family’s best livestream shows, The Streams of Epic Adventure. The first stream will be Episode 86: Grim Dawn on Sunday January 6 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific. Join us for the return of this epic livestream adventure. Be sure to add your Twitch handle to the Gaiscioch.com site to start earning Social Points for watching livestreams.
See our lineup at: https://gsch.info/soea
The Horizon - January 2019
We've got a lot of games working their way to our desks and here's a roundup of a few that we'll be involved in during the month of January. Our Pioneers have been very hard at work the past few months and the testing kicks into high gear this month. Here are some of the games we'll be testing as a group.
Our adventures continue as the Siege test makes its way into our hands this month. We will be able to siege and conquer territory, and be able to see the outside world with this version. Very exciting stuff! Join us by signing up at https://gsch.info/play/cb or purchase an early access pack for guaranteed inclusion.
When it comes to survival games I'm usually last in line to jump on the bandwagon. But in Rune you survive as a Viking survived. In battle! Everything you need can be gained from killing NPCs, exploring the world for hidden treasure caches and completing quests. You won't spend hours on end punching trees in this game. You can if you like that sort of thing, but it's not required because you will be able to loot anything you see an npc wearing. Get involved at: https://gsch.info/play/rune
We should see another alpha weekend or two in January for Torchlight Frontiers. This action RPG is the successor to the Torchlight series. Similar to Diablo except with some real innovations that make dungeon crawling much more enjoyable. If you haven't registered, I highly encourage it. Head over to https://gsch.info/play/tf
I can't say much due to NDA but I can say our New World testing team is growing. If you've been accepted into alpha be sure to connect with me for a company invite, as well as, access to our private discord area for New World. Our former ArenaNet Devs. appreciate our hard work and feedback. Sign up for alpha on Amazon.com by clicking the "Email Me" button after you login at https://gsch.info/play/nwmmo
Testing in Breach continues in January with several weekend tests expected. If you enjoy pve dungeons and love sci-fi games, then give breach a try. It's free-2-play and has some pretty neat concepts. There are dozens of classes to play and a wealth of customization options. Check it out at https://gsch.info/play/breach
Testing continues on Dauntless, this monster hunter like MMO dispatches you and your team to hunt down titans. Gaiscioch has been testing this one for a little over a year and has built some good relations with the team. If you like Monster Hunter, I recommend giving this a try. It is free-2-play so there is no risk in trying it out. Check it out at https://gsch.info/play/daun
Thank You December 2018 Patreons!
As always, I cannot express my gratitude enough to all of those that have supported the community through Patreon, Twitch and YouTube. Your contributions have gone a long way into allowing us to grow and provide us with tools to streamline our operation.
If you would like to get involved, please visit: https://gsch.info/patreon
Additionally you can provide one time donations at https://paypal.me/foghladha
Inside the Family
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.
The Gaiscioch Family Guardians are an advanced part of the Veteran Members group and serve as the front line of our family. They help newer members learn about the family, our website, and our belief system. They occasionally will need to help get conversations back on track, or report misdoing's to the family elders. They act as advisors, guidance providers, and overall protectors of the family name. By this time a member should be involved in the family for more than 6 months and has been an active attendee in family events. For those who prefer fellowship over leadership this is the last stop on the family tree. Members must prove their leadership ability to progress to the Leadership ranks through the accumulation of both Valor Points (Earned through leading events.) as well as earning Tokens of Valor from lower ranked members of the family.
Official Members (Lorgaire)
Official Members have earned the rank of Lorgaire 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.
Please Welcome Our Newest Members
Gaiscioch By The Numbers
Great Tyrian Adventure Kicks Off Saturday January 19th
Don't miss Season 5 Chapter 1 as it kicks off in January 2019 and will cover the new zones that came with the Living Story Season 4. Chapter 1 will include 6 weeks with a finale raffle at the conclusion of the 6th week. We will be awarding 1 lucky participant with a Legendary Prize which will allow them to choose one of the Legendary weapons from our Prize vault. In addition there will be a wealth of other prizes up for grabs. Head over to https://www.greattyrianadventure.com/ for more information and to sign up.
Living Story 4 Episode 5
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We will be concentrating our efforts in Tier 4 this month since I will be tied up in testing most of January on Friday nights. We will reevaluate T1 status at the end of the month to see if it’s viable. All depends on where we are needed and when. Tier 4 will continue on our weekly Alliance night on Thursday Night at 6PM PT.
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In 2016 we launched the idea of Social Adventures. They were a way that we could play games outside our chapters and still continue our progression within the community. Over the years they have grown in popularity and today they provide our community with some light hearted, small scale fun.
Over the last month I've been diligently working on improving the Adventure system. Each adventure now has a full “Game Details” page powered by our Gaiscioch Magazine, as well as, a new and improved look and feel.
To learn more about the changes being made head over to:
I should have most of the updates done before the end of January.
Out of all the games on the horizon we currently have available to test, Conqueror's Blade continues to have one of the most polished experiences. Our house is growing and drawing interest from other players outside our community. In the next test, we will be getting our hands on the real crafting system, as well as, the open world. This is where things start getting interesting.
If you’re interested in joining in the fun early, join the adventure at: https://gsch.info/sa/cb
Many of you likely saw the very dramatic and action packed trailer for Atlas during the Video Games Award presentation. Everything in that trailer looked awesome. However, their tight deadline for early access resulted in a 9 day delay, and like most games the first week was a bit of a nightmare. Let this be a lesson for all developers. Never Launch an Early Access game the week before Christmas. All you'll get is a bah humbug.
The game in its current state is very rough and will likely need a few months to get it playable and enjoyable. If you can look past the rough edges, you get a successor to Ark with Pirates. If you liked Ark, you should find some enjoyment here.
A few of us are braving the rough edges and you’re welcome to join, but realize were looking at 2 years before this game is launch ready. This game is alpha quality at best. So be warned and know what you’re getting into before you take the jump. I will stream it a bit later because I want the game to settle before I show it.
Join the adventure at: https://gsch.info/sa/atl
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By: Edward "Screenager" Orr
Fallout 76: A Review of Apocalyptic Survival
Eden Rising Blends Exploration and Tower Defense in this Beautiful new Sci-fi Sandbox
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Be sure to check out our latest stories and gaming news at: https://www.gaisciochmagazine.com/
Slan Go Foill!
(Goodbye For Now)
Benjamin "Foghladha" Foley
Taoiseach de na Griobhta Glas