Meta: Gaiscioch Magazine chronicles Massively OP’s comeback

    
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Here’s a bit of meta for your afternoon: Massively Overpowered isn’t just covering the news; we are the news!

After Massively OP’s whirlwind spring, renowned MMO clan Gaiscioch invited us to tell our resurrection story in the Live Epic: Leading a Memorable Life of Epic Adventure & Wonder edition of its massive volunteer magazine, which is on virtual newsstands as of this past weekend. The 6,838-member multi-gaming guild-family took the time out of its busy schedule of running dozens of gaming chapters, charity events, and sports activities to interview us on just how we — and you! — brought Massively OP to life. All of that and the magazine is free. MMO players are singularly awesome.

You can check out the full spring 2015 issue of Gaiscioch Magazine on Issuu.com or scope out just our feature article on the Gaiscioch website. By the way, it’s pronounced “gosh-kia.” Now you know.

With many thanks to Gaiscioch’s Benjamin “Foghladha” Foley for featuring us!

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Gylnne
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Gylnne

Awesome write up. Thank you Ben, you folks have a wonderful community and I am glad you are part of this one.

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dirtyklingon Robert80 
I was a member of Gaiscioch in the past.  Here’s the good and the bad.
The Good
The leadership consisted of a group of officers- long-time guild members- who obviously got along well.  They would run regularly scheduled PvE / PvP raids that all the guild were invited to.  Leadership was good IMHO for such a large guild.  There was one guild rule- no conflict with other guild members.

The Bad

Gaiscioch allowed any member to recruit any other warm bodies into the guild.  The result was hundreds of guild members who nobody knew, of wildly varying maturity levels.  From what I could see, the officer corps of the guild leveraged the mega-numbers of their guild to get perks from devs, such as behind-the-scenes alpha and beta promotions etc. because…they were a big guild.

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mysecretid Foghladha Robert80 dirtyklingon  Hmmm?  So… it is okay to make an accusation without backing anything up, merely dodging the questions when asked for clarification… but it is not okay to point this out or provide counterpoints?
I personally have agreed with dirtyklingon on some topics in the past as well.  I’m not attacking them, but when I get a response that says I am getting the wrong message, yet does not elaborate on what was meant, I am going to attempt to get more information.  I don’t read anything that Foghladha wrote as being particularly insulting either.
I guess people should just let those who have a history with massively insult non-long-timers as they will once you make one counterpost, without any requirement to back it up and provide reasons beyond the namecalling… because if anyone dares to disagree, provide points to counter the statements, and ask questions, it becomes an issue?  Because that is how your rather one-sided response here reads…
If I have given reason for you to think I was being insulting in turn, then I apologize.  That was not my intent.

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Foghladha Robert80 dirtyklingon 
While dirtyklingon and I don’t always agree on all points regarding gaming, the fact remains that he has been a long-standing, generally good-natured Massively poster in good standing for some years now.
While I do understand the need to clarify the nature of of one’s guild in response to a characterization perceived as innacurate, it’s to the point now where clarification has given way to thinly-veiled hectoring.

As self-identified supporters of Gaiscioch, your deeds reflect your guild. You may want to step back now, because you’re sending a clear message that Gaiscioch handles dissent, disagreement, and divergence rather poorly.

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Robert80 dirtyklingon I agree with this point as well Robert. We are not the guild for all, we are the family for many. In my experience I’d rather a smile be on someones face than my tag above their head. The guild their in is meaningless if they aren’t having a good time. I’d rather someone be in another guild and enjoy themselves because thats what keeps games alive and well. 

Gaiscioch has never left a game because there was something new and better on the horizon. We left DAOC because well I suffered 2 layoffs and was on the brink of watching my whole life go down the toilet. I stepped out and tried to leave it in another’s hands and he jumped ship and the whole thing fell apart.  We resurrected it in WAR and played that until Mythic killed it and turned RvR into 4 guys swinging a ram while 100 people stand by and watch. We went to RIFT and had a blast there until Storm Legion forced everyone to relearn the entire game…twice. We say an 86% reduction in player activity in 2 months. Guild Wars 2 was a crusade set forth by Roger Rall who loved the game and passed away waiting for it to come out. We put a chapter there to remember him for the man he was and pay tribute to his memory. ESO was our attempt to bring the Raiding crew back into the fold that drifted away when we went to GW2 after Rift went bad. All of our choices have been to keep the community alive and well with our memberships goals in mind. We don’t do the flavor of the week thing and we don’t play a bazillion games at the same time. We are very focused and never launch into more than 2 games at a time. 

5 games in 14 years is more consistent than your average gamer out there. How many people can say they’ve only played 5 mmorpg’s in 14 years. With the MMOADHD out there today, that’s quite miraculous.

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dirtyklingon Robert80  … so, I guess we can take that as a no?  You do not care to clarify what point you mean here, nor what limits should accompany the term ‘mega zerg guild.’ I find myself questioning your use of the term, because it tends to call up the image of a guild that plays no game for more than a few months of rabid content consumption prior to moving on to something else.  Which, incidentally, was why I was trying to get more information on what you meant here.
  I will agree that no matter what the guild in question, as with any other guild, is not for everybody.

Tina Lauro
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zoward LegendOfVinnyT TomTurtle wolfyseyes  It’s really not that far from us! How freaking cool! :D

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LegendOfVinnyT TomTurtle wolfyseyes  Tee hee hee! :D I’ll have you know that I’m from the land of saints and scholars… the drunkards come free with the books! :P

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dirtyklingon Robert80 Try not to judge us all on your preconceived notions on who we are. I know there are some really bad examples of large communities out there, but not all of them fall into the same bracket. Gaiscioch is large because people want to be a part of what we do. In game and out. We don’t have wild requirements and expectations of them and we allow them to play a month disappear for 2 and come back and play again. 

Being large allows us to do many things that small guilds are unable to do such as fundraising for massive prize giveaways (We’ve given away 9 legendaries, the most valuable weapons in the game,  in Guild Wars 2 alone). It allows us to host large scale coordinated events that hundreds of players can enjoy.

All of our events are open to the public and we go out of our way to help everyone in the communities we play with is taken care of and included in what we do regardless of the tag above their head. 

Out of game we are heavily involved in several children’s charities providing stuffed animals by the truckload to kids in need. Along with our continuing support of the ExtraLife event. 

Size has drawbacks and advantages. For example our magazine. I could not pull that off without the support of a larger community. Large communities often get a bad rap even from developers themselves because of some of the big guilds that have gone bad. There are exceptions.

There are a lot of mega-guild’s that are exclusive in their ways, Gaisicoch is inclusive. We want to give back to everyone. What good is gathering this many people if you can’t make the world a better place. In the end we put player satisfaction above the tag above their head. I don’t care if your Gaiscioch or some other guild if you need help i’m going to help you. Because that is what it means to be a Gaiscioch.

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Congrats team, we’re just happy that you’re still around and we have a virtual home, a true hub, across all the diverse games in this genre.
It was only ever a fully inclusive ‘us’ mentality as far as most of us were concerned.