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What makes a Gaiscioch Chapter?

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Foghladha
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Posted On: 06/13/2013 at 01:46 PM
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Greetings Everyone,

I've been meaning to write this post for a while. A simple question gets asked a lot "What makes a game a Gaiscioch Chapter?"

The answer however is much much much more complex than most imagine. There are a few things we're looking for when we decide to make an official chapter. This process of evaluation usually begins a year to two years before the game ever reaches our desktop machines.

What Gaiscioch Is and What it isn't

Before I break down what we look for in a game we need to explain what we're after. What is our End Game goal of the Gaiscioch Social Gaming Community. The Gaiscioch were formed to be a Celtic Themed Social Gaming Community focused on creating large scale server wide activities in Fantasy Based MMORPG's. We have traveled through 4 games in search of a place to call home. 

Our ideal home would include:

  • An avenue for hosting large scale public community events
  • Exciting Realm Wars between 3 or more realms featuring castle sieges, trebuchets, siege rams, catapults, and ballista in an open world with capturable objectives on a large frontier
  • Breathtaking dungeons and raids that are not only challenging and fun but offer a memorable experience not easilly forgotten. 
  • A rich storyline that offers roleplayers a chance to engage in interactive tales and adventures
  • A large explorable map with secrets and treasures to be found in the far off reaches of the world
  • A Crafting system that allows sharing of resources and recipes to allow our community to provide crafted goods to both server and community members with ease.

Games that offer us a Celtic/Medieval style world to exist within are our focus. We have stepped into steampunk style handguns and cannons in the past to survive but this is not where we are trying to go. We are actively looking for titles without guns, without airships, without phasers and starships.  If you were to create a scale on one side would be Lord of the Rings and Dark Age of Camelot, on the other would be Star Wars and Star Trek. The closer to Dark Age of Camelot we get the better. That is what we are after and why we will pass up games like Star Wars, Star Trek, Wildstar, Firefall, Planetside, and so many others. That is not the direction we are taking Gaiscioch. A celtic themed realm in a game is optimal. 

I know that this isn't on par with a lot of your desires but Gaiscioch is not like most other guilds. We specialize in one game at a time and do our best to give everything we have to the community within that game. We do not want to dilute our potency by spreading across dozens of games at a time and splitting our attention. We want to build a strong server and gaming community within the games we play. Most of all I never want to be a stranger to anyone that calls our family home. I want to be on the front lines welcoming them into our house and helping them along in their adventures. While Gaiscioch is strengthened by it's members who make our house a home, it's architecture is built by me. Without me there is no roof over the communities head, without community we're just an empty building. The game must allow us as a community to thrive and also allow me to tell the Gaiscioch story in a setting that both excites and engulfs me. 

Step 1: Evaluation

We start the process by giving it a quick once over against our criteria laid out in our Potential Chapter Criteria Scorecard. The primary items we look for are:

  • Fantasy Based (Swords & Shields)

  • Responsive Developers

  • Guild Size Limit / Large Guild Friendly

  • Alliance System or Custom Chat Channels

  • Progressive Gearing & Raiding

  • Dungeons (5-10)

  • Multi-Group UI

  • Need / Greed Loot or Individual Based Rewards

  • RvR Casual Friendly (Drop in / Drop out 24/7)

  • RvR Zone Cap

  • RvR Accessible at 90% of levels

  • Siege Gameplay (Rams, Castles, Trebs)

  • Zone Limit (Players per Zone) for Community Event Potential

  • Community Forums

  • Loggable Recipes

  • Crafting Professions

  • Customizable Items (Visual)

  • Drop In/Drop Out Content

  • Objectives Able To Complete In Under An Hour.

  • Emotes

  • Local Chat Channels (say)

  • Backstory Available out of Game

  • Opt-In PvP

  • Leveling through PvP

  • Kid Friendly - E-T rating

  • International Friendly

  • No Casual Punishment (mandatory play)

If a game appears to clear these base requirements we then make contact with their development team.

 

Step 2: Networking

If we are well received we begin building a network of contacts within the development studio starting with the community team and working our way up to the management of the studio building business relationships. This allows us to interact with the studio on a much more intimate level than your standard guild or player. This also gives us opportunities to  get into the early development stages which allows us to help custom tailor a game to our needs and the needs of the community at large. Developer interaction is essential to choosing where to call home.

 

Step 3: Assessment

Once we are able to go hands on with a product we begin the assessment phase. During this phase we work with the development team to make sure as many of our needs are taken care of as possible. We work with the team to suggest features to help make their titles more community friendly and engage large audiences. Our Chapter Assessment Checklist is made available to the studio and a score is created based on the number of items the game possesses. There are currently more than 150 line items weighing between 50 pts for critical items and 1pt for wishlist items totalling over 2,250 pts overall. These features are placed into these categories:

  • Guild System

  • Alliance / Cross Guild Communication

  • PvE & Raiding

  • Siege Warfare (RvR)

  • Structured PvP

  • Community Events Potential

  • Crafting & Gathering

  • Casual Friendliness

  • Exploration & Cartography

  • Roleplay

  • Game System

If the score is greater than 65% we consider it as a "Chapter Potential". At this point we continue to assist developers on making the best possible product. The last stage of this comes when the game goes into beta. This is where we measure if this game is "Fun" and "Enjoyable" to a wide range of players. During development it is very hard to measure this as usually you are playing a in progress game. Things haven't been plugged in, things are turned off, features and encounters are limited, and it's really hard to get immersed in the environment.

By the time the game goes public beta it's considered ready for market and is usually placed in open beta to spur social media and press circulation. At this point we can invest our time in immersing ourselves in the game and getting a feel for if it's something we can see ourselves hosting community events in, playing for years on end, and building fun and positive memories in. 

As the entire Gaiscioch Social Gaming Community is built off of the idea of running large scale public community events, and this serves as our primary method of recruitment, it is absolutely critical that we are able to host these events. A game that prevents it, will not likely ever make it to our board of potentials.

 

Step 4: Measuring Interest

Once we began the assessment phase, we will start polling interest levels. Before a game launches we want to make sure that we have between 250 - 500 interested people. At launch we typically see a giant surge of population bringing another 250-500 people however within the first 2 months that will decline back to a more manageable level. It is very important that we have enough existing Gaiscioch interested in the title to establish our culture within the game and help teach the new people who we are, what we do, and how we do it. Without that it is near impossible to encourage the Gaiscioch way of life.

 

Our Endgame Target:

At the end of the day what we want to have happen is to build an environment that encourages people to play together, have fun together, and make memories together. We are in the game of making friendships and memories. If we can find a channel to be able to encourage these things we're happy. Population wise, we have a pretty simple scale:

  • 1-250 People: Social Adventure / Legacy Chapter (GSCH)

  • 250+ People: Chapter Minimum (Gaiscioch)

  • 500+: Optimal for Chapter health

The fact is that we recruit through our activities, and people encountering our lifestyle. We have chosen not to be one of those guilds that spam chat channels or forums to beg people to join us. If people are interested they will ask to join us. We allow them to come to us. We are a casual based community so while 1,000 people sounds like a lot of people many of them play once or twice a week for a few hours a play session. We are demographically targeting the parents, grandparents, and casual gamers with our lifestyle and this in turn leads to smaller playtimes and availability. While our 1,000 people may log 5,000 hours of gametime a week, a hard core raiding guild of 200 will usually require a 5 hour a day minimum and bring in over 7,000 hours of player playtime. We aim big so that we can ensure that when you log in each and every day you have someone to play with. Below 500 people we usually see only a handful of people online at any given time. With 1,000 we see between 50-100 people on through the primetime and 30-50 people on during off peak times. It's a fine balance between availability and chaos and we do our best to keep it between 500-1500 people.

 

Legacy Chapters:

 

Over the years we've tried many things to try to persevere through chapters that dry up. Originally our site was not setup to handle more than one game at a time. However with the launch of Elder Scrolls Online we began doing things a little differently. We've now rebuilt the vast majority of the site to be able to handle multiple games at the same time and thus we've launched our Legacy Chapters concept.

Now when a chapter drops below 250 active members we will move it to the Legacy Chapter system. This allows full use of the Leadership, Fellowship, and Marketplace while reducing the amount of maintenance work needed to keep the chapter running.  By stripping out the objectives and moving to a time based claiming system we can avoid having to update the site every time there is a major patch or expansion. 

Legacy chapters will stay active until they drop below 50 active members at which time it will be toggled to be a Social Adventure. This will allow people to continue working together however the marketplace will be put on ice, and instead of leadership and fellowship points, members will earn Social points for activities.

This process was put in place to minimize the workload on the Eldership team while allowing people to continue to play the games they love with the community. If a game generates a second life and exceeds 250 active players it can be considered for Full Chapter reinstatement. 

In Closing:

Our system isn't perfect, it has it's flaws and we constantly adjust it to better fit the communities needs. We do our best to focus the community towards the products that have higher populations and have the most potential for community event success.

So to answer a simple question... there is no simple answer. Thank you for enduring this wall of text and hopefully this gives you some insight as to what we look for in a future chapter. I do hope someday we can find that mythical unicorn called a 5-10 year game, but for now we continue to be a traveling circus looking for a place to call home.

 

Last Edited on: 10/26/2016 at 02:16 PM
"It's not the loot and accolades you walk away with, it's the memories and friendships that you cherish forever." - Foghladha
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Caomhnoir de na Fhiaigh
SlyBerditzmen
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Replied On: 06/13/2013 at 02:09 PM PDT

Thanks for sharing this Fog. For me it was an eye opener. I just thought that I joined an extremely awesome guild in a game I enjoy playing. I had no idea the amount of work you all have put in in the background to make this that "extremely awesome guild" I enjoy being a part of. You are obviously doing something right! I feel a sense of pride when I get pms from folks asking if we are recruiting. I don't hesitate to respond that we don't recruit but they are more than welcome to visit our site and if they like what they see they are welcome to request to join. Thank you Fog, the Elders, and all you members for making this a great group to be a part of.

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Foghladha
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We're glad to have ya Sly :). The people are what make the experience. That "Gaiscioch" feeling is something that is contagious and extremely awesome when you see it in action. I'm glad that so many of you have found enjoyment here and I hope that you all will be by my side 10 years from now.

"It's not the loot and accolades you walk away with, it's the memories and friendships that you cherish forever." - Foghladha
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Caomhnoir de na Fhiaigh Corcra
Hex
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Replied On: 06/13/2013 at 02:59 PM PDT

I really like the way we assess games now, as it gives a black and white structured answer. It does not go off of one member of the eldership's love for the game, but we all contribute as a leadership group when we fill in the matrix scores. Much more scientific than in the past, I like what you came up with there. We do a lot of work "behind the scenes" getting a chapter ready. I remember GW2 was over a year in assessing, monitoring and crafting a well executed launch. The main thing is that we try to approach this with a calm, rational mindset, but we all suffer the fatal flaw of MMo-ing - we cannot please everybody. Hopefully we end up appeasing most players with our next choice. The process is kinda like swans, gliding gracefully over the surface at release *nothing to see here*, whilst the elders paddle like hell to make the right choices and construct a launch well in advance. You didn't think those of us not active in the current chapter just sat in our rocking chairs forum surfing now did ya!! *Note: I neither own nor aspire to own a rocking chair!*

» Edited on: 2013-06-13 15:04:08

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Selrina
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Replied On: 06/13/2013 at 03:21 PM PDT

Hex, I agree totally. When you are trying to find a "home" for the family this scorecard lets us know if we have a good candidate or not. I love the swan analogy because it is so true! BTW: great post Fog! :D

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Foghladha
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Hex on a rocking chair... now thats a sight. Knitting needles and all :). Want some lemonade?

"It's not the loot and accolades you walk away with, it's the memories and friendships that you cherish forever." - Foghladha
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Replied On: 06/13/2013 at 04:37 PM PDT

Wait just a cotton pickin minute here! (stops rockin and sets down his lemonade) What the heck is wrong with rockin chairs and lemonade? ;)

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Replied On: 06/13/2013 at 06:21 PM PDT

Thank you for the post, I knew quite a bit of work went into finding new games to make a chapter, but didn't know how much until now. A great big thanks to you and the elders for making this guild...feel like a family.

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Faelchu
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Replied On: 06/13/2013 at 07:17 PM PDT

Great post thank you. My jaw dropped just seeing the amount of work that is put into this family. Most guilds just don't really care much. Thank you again and I'm proud to be part of this awesome family!!

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Great post, explains the process very well, I had no idea of all the work behind the scenes. Its a lot more in-depth than I've ever done with Waelwulfas. Speaking of that: "No matter how it is handled there will be hurt feelings, there will be people left behind, and there will be animosity and a feeling of "abandonment". I don't think a lot of folks realize how hard it is to close down a guild and remove it completely from a game. I have people STILL mad at me, now 11 years later, for shutting down Waelwulfas in DAOC when myself and our core leadership left the Gawain server to explore other Realms. Then in Star Wars Galaxies, it caused a whole lot of hate and grief, there are some folks who refuse to have anything to do with me or Waelwulfas, just because I would not let them take over when I decided to leave the game. I even had my internet domains stolen and turned into an ice cream recipe site for about 5 years. Its unimaginably difficult on us, I still beat myself up over how I handled the closure in DAOC. For SWG not so much, because WW had a great ending (despite the bad feelings), a role-play ending that became a SWG legend, but in the end, our times with games do come to an end and we founders do own our "brand" and have to protect the continued integrity of our interests. The best that we can do is hope that we don't alienate too many folks, especially the good folks that trusted and believed in what we were building. Seeing how Fog has handled his previous Chapter closures, has actually made me feel a lot better about my decisions. I've really beat myself up hard and let a lot of negative ... well, its been hard and seeing the Chapter closure process really helps me a lot. TY for sharing all of this, Fog.

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Hex on a rocking chair with knitting needles? More like a shotgun and a blade of wheat hangin out her mouth.

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Malle
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Replied On: 06/14/2013 at 10:57 AM PDT

thanks, Fog, and to all of the other leaders also! i have found my gaming home. i like to know that while other games come and go, i can have a continuity of community through Gaiscioch. i have come and gone from other games and guilds. but my values of friendship and respect are mirrored in Gaiscioch's values. i do appreciate that it takes commitment for the leaders to do the work of keeping this community strong. i don't expect perfection - we're all human. the longevity of Gaiscioch is a testament that this is a community and structure that works and is *fun*. all the best, malle (aka Roxanol etc.)

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Wish we could make a Gaiscioch game that met all the criteria. We'd have our mythical unicorn! That being said, I think you're probably the best guild leader I've ever run under, Fog, and I really enjoy being in the Gaiscioch. I'm not a number in this guild, I'm a family member. Never once has any ill word been said to me, I've only received help and advice hear. *Knock on wood =P * It's too bad things fall apart, but all good games fall apart. It's good guild leadership to keep us moving around and finding a new home.

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Hex
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Replied On: 06/14/2013 at 09:48 PM PDT

@ Elth : pretty sutre it would be more like a weta army...I am in NZ, after all!

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I've enjoyed seeing how the choice of games has evolved into this. I've been with Gaiscioch since Chapter 2, Warhammer. I tend to be the behind the scenes elder as for what I do for the guild. I'm definitely not a leader in the games per se anymore. However, I love testing out and helping setting up things for new chapters based on what I do actual get into to test. I know trying to set up a markplace for GW2 was a LOT of work to actually have at least foundation started by release and things in it we actually had seen and made in game. We don't base anything we add to this site by some wiki or whatever, we base it on knowing it is really that way by someone having seen and done it. We give Fog plenty of gray hairs doing this by the way. @Hex: You're the NZ version of Anni Oakley. Hehehehe. If you're in a rocking chair, it's only to use it somehow to make an unexpected point. ;) BUT.....Rocking chairs ROCK! You can find me in one, but I sure ain't gonna knit you a blessed thing! After all I'm the chainmail and leater armor wearing with sword and shield LARPer prior to my MS putting that to an end. Then I turned into the nerdy spellcaster who can journal and draw details of things found while in the middle of a huge fight. Yeah, it's HOW you sit in that rocking chair, not that you are in it. Rock with attitude, I say!

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There's been a lot of games hitting the market and a lot of discussion about if a game is a "Gaiscioch Game". I've highlighted this so that you can see what we're looking for in a game. If the game is in "Beta" already it's likely too late to be a Gaiscioch Game consideration. Our process starts long before beta's. By the time a beta hits we have entire networks of people laced within a company that we can mindshare with. 

Before anyone goes on wild tangents I want you to remember one simple fact. I created Gaiscioch as a Celtic Based community that centers around large scale community events. This community is largely supported by this website which is also constructed entirely by me in my spare time. This is not my full time job, this is my hobby.  I did not set out to make Gaiscioch a mega guild spread across hundreds of titles. When I sat down in Warhammer Online with Caelliu and Breel, the other original day one members of our family, we decided we would not become a "Syndicate" of the gaming sphere. For simply one reason. I do not want to be Sean Stalzer. Members of Syndicate look at him as an Icon. However they rarely get the chance to meet him and most of them barely know him. I set out to make a family. I don't want to be a deadbeat dad that doesn't know his own family. I want to be on the front lines with each and every one of you. I want to personally welcome each and every member to our family. I want to laugh, I want to cry, I want to share my adventures with all of you. Expanding into a zillion games kills any chance of that. If you are Gaiscioch I want to know you. I want to adventure with you, and most of all I want you to know our history and what we've set out to become. Other guilds chose to be a massive guild where players get lost in the numbers. I chose to build an Irish family. One that grows and strengthens in unity. One that makes every member feel like a part of the whole.

That said ANY GAME we choose to make a chapter in I have to be passionate about. Theres a gut feeling I get with games and it has to have that feeling. If I can't see myself playing a game for 2+ years theres no way I would agree to make it a Gaiscioch Chapter. We left Warhammer Online because it was hell bent on destroying itself and removing everything that made it home. We went to RIFT expecting world class RvR which was never delivered. We did however find that we could PvE and actually enjoyed it given the right formula. We went to Guild Wars 2 because Guild Wars 1's storyline was a great fantasy genre, and the addition of WvW gave our Warhammer Online players  chance to be a part of the Family again. It was Roger "Oldroar" Rall's passion and because of that we made it work. Unfortunately it did not live up to our newly acquired Raiders from RIFT.

THE ONLY REASON we are looking for a Chapter 5 is because half our family is left in the wind right now. The very same reason we looked for a Chapter 4. Elder Scrolls Online offers both Raiding and RvR. Both halves united under one roof. That said. What they have on paper needs to come to life. We need to be certain that yes in fact there is Fun and Enjoyable Raiding and RvR in it for us to commit. Once we find a home that offers both halves of our family a place to thrive we will be growing roots and staying in one place for a very long time. There will be no more talk of future chapters. We will have a home and we will stay there as long as it allows our community to flourish. This is not designed to be a gaming community that is committed to hundreds of games or even a dozen games. This is a Community ment to be focused on 1 game for a very extended period of time. We have compromised in the past to survive but our goal remains the same. Please don't try forcing us to become a syndicate of the world. That is not what I want for us, it is not what I envisioned for us, and quite frankly as long as I live and breath I will not let that happen. One game is tough enough to build this site for. Even the Saighdears are quickly becoming a management nightmare for us. There no way in the world I would want to put an entire array of games on the plate. Remember for every room we open I have to control reputation to our server communities, gaming industry, and the media. This is not an easy task and quite honestly I enjoy playing games, not working on damage control. 

I hope this clears the air a bit. I know theres tons of awesome games out there just waiting to be played. I encourage you to group up with other family members and go play them. I however will be keeping Gaiscioch Focused on being a Social Gaming Community Devoted to creating fun and exciting events in Celtic Themed Fantasy MMORPG's. This is how we began, and this is what we will always be. If thats not what you want, there are thousands of other communities that you can play with on the side. We'll still be here if you want to share some adventures with us. Remember it's not the tag above your head that matters it's what's on your face at the end of the day. If you're not wearing a smile you need to rethink your strategy. No guild or family is worth making your experience anything less than what you want it to be. If we can't provide you with what you want to do, then by all means venture into the world and find it. We are a hammer, we hammer things, we aren't a screwdriver, wrench, or saw. If you need to drive a nail we're your community. If you need to tighten a screw, a bolt, or cut some wood, a hammer isn't what you need.

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Added "What Gaiscioch Is and What it isn't" to main body

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Replied On: 07/11/2013 at 07:03 AM PDT

This guild is absolutely the BEST I have ever been a part of. an online family I'm proud to be apart of

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Replied On: 07/12/2013 at 02:16 PM PDT

Gaiscioch Forever!!!

 

OK - now that that is out of my system.   I have always upheld, regardless of the situation, that you must stay true to your core belief.   This is true whether you are a game developer, a social community, or an individual.  You can't change other people and you should never let them change you.  Unhappiness will prosper and that is one thing that should never be.

As Fog stated - go out and have fun in all sorts of games that you love.  I do, but I love Gaiscioch just the way it is.  It is my rock that I can always stand on or hide under regardless of the crap that is happening in my life - real or gaming.

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Replied On: 10/05/2013 at 05:05 AM PDT

Great Post Fog,

  When I was asked to join GSCH by a very good friend and guild mate of mine from GW1. She told me how great the GSCH guild is and what it has to offer opposed to a smaller guild, like the one I started with in GW1 "ISA" back in July 2006 I learned about teaming how to get your builds to do the different missions and getting the mix of professions to be the elite team. One of my dreams in GW1 was to own a town, but soon figured out very fast that "ISA" was never going to be that guild. When GW2 finally came out, more then 2/3 of ISA moved to GW2. I still play GW1 for the other members who are still playing and cant afford to move at this time. I just don't want the other members to feel we left them behind. And I guess ISA has become my child in the ghetto when we were only 8 people our size was very small just over 30. And in GW2 I want the ISA members to experience the bounties, rushes and puzzles be able to set out banners for all to enjoy, but we just don't have enough membership to build up were we need to be to do those things. So I joined GSCH and your Family oops OUR FAMILY. I truly believe that was the best choice I have ever made. I was in team with a few GSCH members before I joined and the ones that were more knowledgeable in dungeons were very patient and was very supportive to the new members and myself. it only took me about a day or two to realize that this guild is what I have been waiting for, I do miss some of the changes in game from 1 to 2. But I wouldn't change a thing to GW2 to make it feel like 1. Then after a week playing with the family and reading posts on the website I saw the light and the vision that your trying for. Just by listening to chatter in raidcall, And some of the discussions and posts on the websites I understand what your aiming for. This guild has made my dreams come true sooner with The Great Tyrian Adventure, I really enjoy those.. I would still like to try those guild treks. I will always keep playing with one new rule, Never bring shame to the family and always play Fair. Show Respect and Honor to Everyone. I will Never leave GSCH that is why I asked about that GSCH Tattoo I want to get if I needed a release, Once I get it done I'll send in photos to share will all. I feel honored to be with great people. It makes this quote true "There are no real strangers in the world, just friends I haven't met yet" And hopefully soon I can get ISA to be part of your extended alliance.

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Foghladha
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Replied On: 04/14/2014 at 08:37 AM PDT
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Bumping for the new folk.

"It's not the loot and accolades you walk away with, it's the memories and friendships that you cherish forever." - Foghladha
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CroatAxeMan
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Replied On: 04/14/2014 at 09:04 AM PDT
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Thanks for the bump, as a new member of the family, I was wondering what decisions went into Chapter picks.  Every time I read a post by you Foghladha I feel more and more sure I made the right choice coming here.

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Replied On: 04/27/2014 at 06:11 PM PDT
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Someone asked today how a chapter was chosen, so I'm bumping this old thing.

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Replied On: 08/22/2014 at 09:25 AM PDT
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Bumping as people are starting to ask about it again.

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Coaxochdas
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Replied On: 08/25/2014 at 06:50 AM PDT

Lets make Gaisioch Guild as memorable as  The Cattle Raid of Cooley,   Táin Bó Cuailnge.  Thank you

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Replied On: 09/07/2014 at 09:19 PM PDT
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Thanks for bumping this.  I have serious gratitude for the hard work of our Gaiscioch  leadership!  Thanks for welcoming players like me who have limited game time between work and parenting.  I've had great times in GW2 and ESO.  I do hope we find an elusive rainbow unicorn 10 year game in a future chapter!

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Replied On: 09/08/2014 at 12:37 AM PDT
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I'm tellin ya it's gonna be Justin Beiber Rides A My Little Pony vs Hanna Montana and the legion of care bears.... well maybe not :P

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Kissa
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Replied On: 06/22/2015 at 05:41 AM PDT
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Wow this is an awesome strategy! I love being part of the Betas. I played The Sims Online for 3 months before it came out.

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Gwynhefar
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Replied On: 06/22/2015 at 12:00 PM PDT
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Wow -- I am awed by the amount of thought and hard work put into this.  I think your vision is admirable and exactly where I want to be.  When I googled "casual ESO guild" I had no idea I'd find a place as wonderful as this, and I find I'm playing more than I thought I would have time for just because of all the wonderful people who've welcomed me into this family :)

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