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Thirty Six

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Foghladha
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Posted On: 04/08/2014 at 09:31 AM
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Thirty Six... I can't help but think this year is another turning point year in my life. I have spend exactly 36% of my life behind the wheel of Gaiscioch today, the day I turn 36. 

What does this year have in store? Growth within the family is a guarantee but what about the other long term goals I've set in motion. The home buyers plan has eluded me so far each year I try to set it in motion, due to some random expense eating up the old nest egg. The new addition to our family plan has been eluding me for years as the time and situation is not right yet. My business is on the verge of booming as it has been for years. Will this be the year that all these plans go in motion and the stars align. Well I can't be for certain but with a little luck and a lot of hard work I'm sure that when it's time, nothing can stop it from happening. 

Whatever the result this year I wanted to say thank you to the 6,587 people that have shared this adventure so far with me. You guys have given me more than purpose, more than family, more than just simple memories. You've given me passion, and your friendship. I can never tell you all how grateful I am to be able to share my days with you all. In life and in game. Thank you all for making this a wondrous adventure.

Many of you may not know this about me, but I started off hating MMORPG's and vowed to never play them after losing a lot of my top talent to Everquest back in 2000. I couldn't keep Web Developers because a stupid game was more important to them than paying their bills. I could never let something like that happen to me. Now granted, I'm a child of the internet, quite possibly one of the first.

My dad was a network architect for Tandem Computers. I grew up sleeping on server room floors and crimping and dragging cables. I had a shared email account which we had to use Pine (telnet style email) at 3 where I wrote a gentleman my dad worked with in Australia. I thought he was actually from the future. I saw the internet in it's infancy and like me it grew. In 1993 I got asked to beta test NCSA's mosaic. Within 3 weeks i taught myself how to build a website, 6 months later in September of 1993, I launched Football Central my first website and the first sport oriented website on the internet (As documented by the New York Times). I partnered with a guy who ran a CERN server out of San Diego. I built and maintained his website, he gave me free web hosting. In high school I published an article where I prophesied that within the next 10 years every business in the world would have a website. Even  McDonalds. People laughed at me and told me I was retarded that computers are for geeks and nobody cares about stuff like that.

I was big into Gopher, WAIS, Telnet chat groups, IRC, and all that jazz. I missed out on the whole BBS era as I didn't have a modem. While most the world was entering the 14.4 days I was on ISDN. I remember downloading 3MB games and it taking most of the night. So yeah, I realized the potential MMO's bring to the table, but I never envisioned what happened next.

Dark Age of Camelot. A game that gave me the opportunity to tell the stories I grew up with. I already had a taste of running multiplayer roleplay session with my Vampire: The Masquerade Redemption storytelling campaign success and thought I'd give it a try. What happened next changed my life forever.

I realized I wasn't "Playing" a game. People see me talking about MMO's and they think oh he's just a gamer. What a fool. Let me tell you something that my Grandfather taught me, and my father reinforced. "It's all about who you know". Gaming didn't waste my time here on earth. It didn't fill my free time with empty space. It gave me connections to men and women the world over. Because of gaming I have met some of the most fascinating people in the world personally. I've got musicians, artists, politicians, business owners, teachers, linguists, poets, lawyers, stock brokers, and just about every profession in my retinue of contacts. 

My dad once explained to me that as a child he had 4 friends, he had to worry only about the kids in the neighborhood. My generation now has thousands of friends and has to worry about the whole world. I've seen the internet make the world a smaller place, and with that I've met fascinating people from around the globe. In my life I have played football with Jerry Rice, Deion Sanders, JJ Stokes, and Terrell Owens. I have met Mike Ditka, Ed Too Tall Jones, Peter Shae, and Jordan Belfort at my companies business conferences. I've hung out with Jeremy Soule, Scott Hartsman, Paul Sage, Hal Hanlin, Marc Jacobs, Lindsey Stirling, Jennifer Tilly and James Cameron. I have built websites for SONY, HP, Agilent, Centerbeam, Oracle, Siebel, EO Products, Writer/Director Jim Kouf, Trance Artist Robert Miles, Actress Gillian Anderson, Future F1 Racer Alexander Rossi, INDYCar driver JR Hildebrand, and Stuntman Brett Smrz.

But all these cool experiences that would make most people's lifetimes don't even begin to compare to the people I have met here in Gaiscioch.  I've met some the brightest people in the world here and have been able to expand my understanding past the borders I was born into. There is no corner of the world that is out of reach. I never expected Gaiscioch to become this important in my life. I never expected to fall in love with community. But here we are. All because I'm not a guy to turn people away or a person that gives up when things get difficult. We've grown from 500 in DAOC to 5,000 in Guild Wars 2, and now we stand on the brink of 7,000 in Elder Scrolls Online. Every day of my life for the past 12.58 years I am ever grateful of you guys and the experiences and memories you have all brought to my life. The laughter, the kinship, the fun times, and the hard times. I may just be the luckiest man alive to have such an amazing family, loving wife, creative daughter, awesome rabbit, and the worlds largest extended family. I can never thank you guys enough. Thank you all. I look forward to the next 36%. 

Benjamin Foley aka Foghladha

Last Edited on: 04/08/2014 at 09:37 AM
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Mystriss Freya
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Replied On: 04/08/2014 at 10:59 AM PDT
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This is why I follow. 

*sighs softly, rolls her eyes, and jumps off another cliff that will likely kill her*  ;)

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Replied On: 04/08/2014 at 11:03 AM PDT
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Happy Birthday, our most beloved Alpha Lemming! o7

"Be the player you want to meet".- Foghladha
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Replied On: 04/08/2014 at 11:13 AM PDT
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Happy birthday Fog! It was the happiest accident of my life so far when I stumbled into the family in Rift, and aquiered a family I didn't know I was missing. And Fog, sometimes I see you as a big brother and sometimes a father figure, and always a good friend and shoulder to lean on when any of us kids need it, and I too can't wait to see where we go in the future.



» Edited on: 2014-04-08 11:18:43

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Replied On: 04/08/2014 at 11:16 AM PDT
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Happy birthday Ben, I hope you have a relaxing day! God knows you deserve a bit of relaxation after the insanity that is a new chapter opening. I wish I lived closer so I could join in the festivities, lol, something tells me it will be memorable!

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Happy Birthday Fog :) Thank you for being who you are and leading the family the way you do. I would not be the person I am today if it were not for you and the family. When I joined I said I would never call a guild a family and now it feels wrong to call this a guild. You are like a brother to me and I look forward to many more adventures in the future.

-Jess

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Replied On: 04/08/2014 at 11:53 AM PDT
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Happy Bday Fog!!! Best thing that ever happened to me was getting roflstomped by you in wvw when GW2 first started :)   Hope you have a good one!

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Replied On: 04/08/2014 at 12:03 PM PDT

Happy birthday!!

I echo the sentiments posted here. You are the glue that holds us together!



» Edited on: 2014-04-08 12:05:07

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Replied On: 04/08/2014 at 12:20 PM PDT
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 And thank you for leading us. I've only been with the family since ESO beta, but just running with you and the rest of the fine people I've had contact with makes me wish I had found you when I played DAoC and WAR. In the decade plus I've been in MMO's no group or leader has ever been as committed to others as Gaiscioch. This family is a statement to all the hard work you have put forth. I for one can not wait to join you for many years to come regardless of what game it is on. 

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Replied On: 04/08/2014 at 01:18 PM PDT

happy birthday!!  i love robert miles! and lots of other cool people you mentioned that youve met/worked with.  what an amazing life youve led, i wish you all the best for now and more to come

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Replied On: 04/08/2014 at 01:25 PM PDT

Happy Birthday Fog!  Curious about the "awesome rabbit" :)

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Replied On: 04/08/2014 at 01:28 PM PDT

Happy Birthday Fog! Thank you for adding GSCH to my life, for the rest of my life!

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Replied On: 04/08/2014 at 02:05 PM PDT

Happy Birthday.

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happy bday brother. It's funny, reading this gave me flashbacks, lol... I also grew up in server rooms, my stepdad worked for unisys and i used to build scsi servers for him in our basement, i can remember when none of my freinds really knew what the Internet was... that changed pretty quickly... I also said that I'd never play MMO's after watching EQ take over a few freinds lives (it was actually EQ that changed my mind as well, once I actually gave it a chance) oh and I also played vampire: the masquerade,  great game. :D

 

This family has come to mean a lot to me esp. as a place I can go whenever i need to, full of awesome individuals who are like - minded and always welcome me back, even If I have to take an extended absence due to work or something. When i found you guys in rift, i knew i had found my home.... It means a lot to me everything that you do fog, and i know that everyone else feels the same.


eta, oh yeah and I'm curious about the rabbit as well :P



» Edited on: 2014-04-08 14:26:20

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Replied On: 04/08/2014 at 02:22 PM PDT
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First off Happy Birthday !

I want to say that its because of you Fog that I have become a better man. Its because of you and your morals and values that you have that I have become a better person. Your advice is more than just for games in my case. I use yoru advice in life when I know I have a difficult test or class and I feel like I wont be able to pass it. I hear your advice in my head saying never give up and do not cheat to win because then its not winning. Your advice that in the end of the day when you finally defeat that boss or in my case a test or class you will feel so happy that you did it on your own even if it took you longer than most to do it.

The family gave me a sense of belonging and a purpose. For me i always had trouble finding a guild to join because I always felt like a outcast someone new at a lunch table who you do not interact with it. That and eveyone knew each other and when you try to figure out what is going on you just get run around the loop. Not here in the family do I feel that way at all.

And you are right this family is like a house. Except in this house you do not need to pay to talk to the head of the family or the ones that help him lead it. And that is one of the things i love about this family .because you made it possible for even the first dayers to talk to you if they need anything. Nobody is treated any diffently in the family. Another important thing.

So happy birthday man !. You in a way are like a online father to me one I hope one day I can become myself both in real life and in gaming community.  Thanks again fog for everything and I look forward to Many more adventures to come in the future !

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Replied On: 04/08/2014 at 03:42 PM PDT

A short story about me and gaming...

When I was around 10 years old my entire family went to visit relatives in Ohio.  We went to a big store - I can't remember the name - it was over half a century ago for gawd's sake :)

My father gave all the kids - there were 6 of us including cousins $5.00 each to spend on something we wanted.   First, you must realize that this was a huge sum of money for him - we're talking someone who in 1961 only made $200 a month - bread was  25 cents a loaf.   When we all met back at the car, my dad asked us all to show him what we had.  My cousins and sister gleefully pulled out dolls while my two brothers proudly displayed some toy soldiers.   My father glared at me and said - "so Shelly, show me".  I bared empty hands in the palm up position and he scornfully asked - "so where's the money?"   In a pouty little voiced I explained it was "Gone, I played games with it".  

They were brightly lit, amazingly crafted, and the first time ever seen by my eyes - Pinball Machines!.  Shiny little balls of steel spun and twinkled with lights flashing and melodic bells ringing different tunes as they bumped around the amazing circus of fun inside this glass covered box.  I had totally been hypnotized and spent all the money on games.

As we drove home my father wouldn't let the subject drop.  He proudly pointed out the great toys my siblings had acquired with his hard earned money and then on several occasions muttered in the most disappointing of tones, "And what does Shelly have to show for this - nothing she  has nothing."  Heavy sigh followed each and every time.

About halfway through the drive home - which was almost 8 hours on the road (could be done in about 4 hours today - but just like me now - the roads back then were old and bumpy) When I heard the heavy sigh for like the fifth time coupled with "she has nothing", I muttered back in the tiniest of whispers - "no, I had fun - I have a memory."   I can tell you that those toy soldiers and the dolls were gone within a year or so.  My memories have lasted a lifetime.

Fog, as you have said so many times - it is the friendships we build, the fun we have, and the memories we create that make us the gamers that we are - the Family that we have become.  Just like that memory from over half a century ago - I am still building those memories here with Gaiscioch.  I thank you for that.  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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Replied On: 04/08/2014 at 04:02 PM PDT
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Happy birthday Fog! It'd take me a long time to write everything I could think of, so I'll keep it short and simple at that.

 

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Replied On: 04/08/2014 at 05:42 PM PDT

Happy Birthday and good luck in the coming year!

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Happy Birthday Fog!

I have only just begun my life here with this wonderful family and wish that I too had been here so many years ago but, I am glad and proud to be here now, surrounded by so many loving caring people!

Today may be your birthday Fog, but it's you who has given the best and biggest gift of all to so many, and now even to me too!

Thank you and Happy Birthday and many more to come!

Tuz

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Replied On: 04/08/2014 at 09:30 PM PDT

Happy B-day.  You're still young!  You've accomplished so much.  

Looking forward to seeing what you do next.  Cheers.

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Replied On: 04/08/2014 at 11:04 PM PDT
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Happy Birthday Mate.

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Morigana, I just want to say that was an awesome story. 100% agreed.

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Replied On: 04/09/2014 at 06:13 AM PDT

Happy Birthday *hugs*!

Dae :)

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Replied On: 04/09/2014 at 06:22 AM PDT

Happy Birthday!

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Happy Birthday! Hope you enjoyed the day very much! :D

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Replied On: 04/09/2014 at 07:10 AM PDT

Happy Bday Ben (Fog).... thanks for ALL you do!!! 

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Replied On: 04/09/2014 at 09:49 AM PDT

Even though I just joined Gaiscioch yesterday, Happy Birthday!

You beta tested Mosaic, cool! In 1992 I was at the University of Illinois and had a friend who had access to the NCSA building on campus. We would sneak in at night to use the scientists' Mac lab (that they used to make presentations and the like), mainly to use/steal Photoshop (version 1.x!) and FreeHand to make fancy mixtape cases. Anyway, at some point I stumbled on a prototype of Mosaic that a guy named Marc Andreessen was working on in a nearby office. I remember thinking, "FTP, images, text... neat." Little did I know...



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Happy birthday. :) Thank you for building, growing and maintaining such a wonderful community.

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Replied On: 04/09/2014 at 05:22 PM PDT

Happy Birthday Ben. Hope you have a great year, and make some of those long held dreams come closer to reality :)

"Dinging" house and baby max level will be epic!

(I emerged from my reclusive non-gaming, lots of study introversion kick especially to post this! *retreating back to learning cocoon, see you in 8 months*)



» Edited on: 2014-04-09 17:27:05

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Replied On: 04/09/2014 at 05:52 PM PDT
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Happy Birthday BenFog!

Thank you for all that you do. I hope you got a chance to kick back and enjoy your day, and that the girls and the bunny spoilt you rotten!

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Replied On: 04/11/2014 at 01:27 AM PDT

Happy Birthday Ben, your leadership has brought Gaiscioch to the point it is now. A well respected community of players, focused on having a great time, respecting all.  Not many leaders can claim to have achieved the level of respect the members of our group have towards you.  Thank you for all you do and have a wonderful next 36!

Caitlin

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Replied On: 04/11/2014 at 06:21 AM PDT

Happy Birthday Ben!  Definitely another one of those 'brief membership' folks, I came on originally as Rift was winding down but now back for ESO.  Really nice/interesting backstory you posted, great run you have had so far!

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Replied On: 04/11/2014 at 03:59 PM PDT

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOG!

Thank you for spending so much of your life on building this wonderful community, and giving us some of the most amazing experiences and opportunities.

Aeth

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Replied On: 04/11/2014 at 05:37 PM PDT
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Happy 'belated' Birthday Fog.

This community is the best I have ever been apart of. and I didn't know your only 3 years older then me. it's just a shame I don't know anyone here outside of the games. but I'm always happy to see everyone when I log into a game we all play

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Damn you're old and crusty Ben. Soon you'll be my age and will be thinking where did my 30's and 40's go, but my best advice is not focus on how old you are, but how much you have enjoyed the time spent on whatever has came your way. Age is relative my friend. If I didn't have people reminding me that I'm going to be 49 this year I wouldn't have known to be honest.

Your story tells me that you have lived a fulfilling life up to this point and I would imagine it's only to get better. You sir, I admire. You can be cranky at times, but most of all, you're a good leader, a good friend and most of all a good man. Breithlá Sona!

 

 

 

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Replied On: 04/12/2014 at 05:37 AM PDT

Happy Birthday Fog 

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Replied On: 04/12/2014 at 06:56 AM PDT
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Welcome to the 36 Club.   I know it will be a great year for ya.   Happy Birthday! 

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Replied On: 04/12/2014 at 06:24 PM PDT
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lol Keegan, I have the same problem.  I quit celebrating birthdays when I was 19, people ask me how old I am and I have to go find a calculator :P

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Happy Birthday, Fog!  i hope the upcoming year brings you everything you hope and wish for!

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36 and all you've accomplished?! So, I've got about 5 years to cure cancer or something to catch up to you. 

 

 

Wait, you hung out with Marc Jacobs? Introductions please ;)



» Edited on: 2014-04-13 15:45:23

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Happy Birthday Fog!

I had no idea of all the things you had done previous to creating this amazing guild community and family. Very cool stuff. I've never been one for programming, more of an artist at heart, or at least I realized that after my first two years at college. I still finished my computer science degree but not before getting a heavy dosage of every art and design class I could cram in. 

Of course it would turn out artists don't make money and programmers do, but eventually I'll do what I love for a living and for now its still a happy hobby.

Thanks for creating this family and trying to instill a higher moral value in all its members. I couldn't have found a better place to make my online home. I haven't regretted a single minute of it since joining at the beginning of GW2. My wife feels the same. This is the first online community that she has felt accepted in and y'all helped her enjoy an mmo in GW2 for the first time. She has even joined ESO because of so many of the nice people she has met.

Thanks Fog and all the elders and members who try to make this a family and friendly place for us to come together and make memories.

(Funny side story, The wife and I were playing ESO just after launch and she was still getting acquainted with the game. She had questions constantly about everything, which is fine, I think part of my enjoyment of her playing is being able to help her.

I had just shown her how to accept the invite from one of the elders to join the guild and no less than a minute later I hear sighing. I asked her, "what's wrong now?" and she says, "There are a lot of people cussing at each other in guild chat! I didnt think the guild was like that... Did something happen?" Of course I'm surprised by this so I go over to her screen to check it out...."Honey your still in zone chat", she goes "Oh I was worried someone else had taken over the guild and changed the rules or something." So I change her chat setting and make it where she only sees guild and tells. She afterwards tells me "Thats so much better. I was going to leave the guild if thats how it was. I'm glad we've found such a nice group of people, and we dont have to worry about any of that stuff."  )

My thougths exactly. If the wifes happy then I'm happy :D

Thanks again Fog and everyone who makes this family so great.


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