Cead Mile Failte!
Here comes the nice weather! Brace yourselves! Last month it seemed Mother Nature wanted to give us one last dash of winter. More than 2 feet of snow fell on Wisconsin… in April! Ok I've used my quota of exclamation points for this email. Needless to say I'm looking forward to bringing out those shorts and t-shirts and putting away the winter coats.
That said, when summer comes around our population typically shrinks by about 25%. Most of us have families and with our kids at home for the summer, gaming takes a backseat to adventures. This year be sure to post some of those adventure photos in our IRL-Photowall in Discord. Love seeing the cool places you end up in.
Gaiscioch Family News
In Memory of Wally "Pops" Anderson
Some of you may have seen the news on our site, in discord, on the magazine site, or in game that our dear friend Pops has ascended to the next place. We have posted a nice tribute for him in our Gaiscioch Magazine and wore the color Red for the month of April in memory of him. Pops was a huge influence in our community and we will keep his memory alive. Please feel free to visit: http://gsch.info/a/230435 and share a few words if you please.
Gaiscioch Community Summit - Q2, 2018
It's that time again. Time for us to discuss our past 3 months and give an outlook on the next 3 months. This is also a great time for new members to actively participate in the community by asking questions. I welcome everyone to bring a question to this quarter’s Gaiscioch Community Summit which will be on Discord for discussion and streamed on both Twitch and YouTube.
Join us on May 5th at 5PM on:
GDPR & Gaiscioch
I want to touch on this as this new European Regulation forces anyone that has a presence in Europe to comply. Being a good chunk of our membership is from Europe I need to be sure you guys know what goes on behind the scenes and you agree to it.
If you do not agree to the terms above you can remove all information stored on Gaiscioch.com simply by going to "Edit Profile" and select "Leave the Family" under Status. This will schedule your information to be purged from the system permanently. Please note that there is no way to recover this data in the future so once it's purged, it's purged for good.
Your privacy is very important to us and we would rather you feel safe than for us to have data. The idea with the site was to make an out of game experience that was fun and could transition between games. If it's not fun, it's not worth doing.
Please Welcome Gilliebod to the Eldership Team
We are proud to announce the addition of Gilliebod to our Eldership Team. First introduced to the community through GmaFog, Gilliebod will be assisting us with having an Elder presence in Guild Wars 2 during European primetime. Many of you know her from her kindness and caring personality. She's very approachable so please feel free to reach out to her if you have any questions or need assistance during the European Primetime hours.
Thank You Patreons!
As always I can not 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.
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.
Veteran Members (Curadh)
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.
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.
Gaiscioch By The Numbers
New Pairing on the Way
It's been 8 weeks since our last pairing. This week should be the magical week that we find ourselves paired with a new set of servers. My hope is that we end up in T2-3 and get the heck out of T4. I've found the T4 servers to be highly toxic, usually underpopulated, and filled with naysayers. Likely the reason they ended up in T4 to begin with. I too have felt the burn of this over the past 8 weeks and find myself having to force myself to login each week. I long for the epic battles of T2-3. That seems to be the sweet spot for GW2. So cross those fingers and lets hope we get paired up with a good bunch like Fort Aspenwood or Tarnished Coast. Those guys were fun to play with.
The Road Ahead in WvW
We highly recommend that you look over the WvW Restructuring post and feel free to leave your thoughts. While I am sad to see Sanctum of Rall go, I know it will live on through us and our alliance. This overall is a good thing as it offers ArenaNet more power to fill in the gaps of playtimes and optimize the servers to have epic battles at every level. Dominant WvW guilds will get pitched against other dominant WvW Guilds. I for one am counting down the days till this system launches. It's a much needed improvement and gives us some pretty cool features like Alliance Chat.
Please Welcome Our Newest Members
Please welcome our newest members to our Guild Wars 2 family.
Guild Wars 2 Events at a Glance
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Top Guild Wars 2 News For April, 2018
Chronicles of Tamriel off to a Good Start
We've got the first week under our belt and things are going good. We were aiming to have a smaller sized public community event with between 24-72 people participating (2-3 Raid Groups). Our first week we had 32 that entered in the raffle which is about where we expected. We've got some pretty cool prizes that ZeniMax tossed on the pile including a digital collector's edition of Summerset, a set of mini posters autographed by the team, and 50x 750 Crown Packs to give away. Be sure to join us Thursdays at 6PM PT for the next part of the Chronicles of Tamriel. Head over to: https://www.chroniclesoftamriel.com/ to learn more.
Saturday Morning Walkthroughs
We are conducting walkthroughs of the next week’s Chronicles of Tamriel every Saturday at 11AM PT. If you aren't able to make the big event or you have another character that needs the Transit Stones, Mundus Stones, Skyshards, Dolmans, or World Bosses be sure to join us. With the success of these events so far I'm tempted to keep them going on some level even after the event series ends.
Last Chance to Preorder Summerset and Get Morrowind Free
They are offering the ability to get Morrowind free with your preorder of Summerset. For those looking to catch up on the latest chapters of Elder Scrolls Online this is a great opportunity. Once it's released it will require separate purchases. I do plan to host a few new events in Summerset post launch so be sure to snag a copy.
Please Welcome Our Newest Members
Please welcome our newest members to our Elder Scrolls Online family.
Elder Scrolls Online Events at a Glance
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Top Elder Scrolls Online News For April, 2018
RIFT Events at a Glance
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Top RIFT News For April, 2018
More Changes to T4 WvW
As many of you know, T4 is kind of an evolving beast. The Return of Reckoning team has been actively playing with the mechanics to try to find the perfect format. They've combined T2-4 into one, have pairings that unlock by the scale of the available warforce, and now have implemented some new lord mechanics.
Some may remember a few weeks back having the lord reset to full health every time someone drew aggro outside the lord room. As a defense it was super easy to exploit via using a knockback to send the main tank down the stairs. In fact I personally defended a keep with 2 others for more than an hour simply sneaking in and knocking their zerg down the stairs with my knockback. The devs listened to the cries of… everyone, and created a new mechanic that puts emphasis on holding BO's even while sieging.
Be sure to take a look at last week’s patch notes as there are some massive changes to how Tier 4 functions. Some of the highlights are:
This should make for a more pleasant T4 experience and gives our small band of lower level warriors something to focus on while sieging and defending.
The Tuatha Alliance Created
We've managed to charge our way forward and get our second Gaiscioch (T1) to rank 6 to get the alliance open and already have our first alliance guild join us. We have one more that wants to get involved as well. Moving forward however I think it's safe to bring the majority of our Gaiscioch T1 back into the Gaiscioch fold until we get to the 450 range of membership. This will help keep our name on the top of the LFG and help us continue to grow. Once we hit 450 characters we will activate Gaiscioch T1 and start pushing all new Gaiscioch T1 characters into there. All existing characters can stay in Gaiscioch. As we get over 490 we will start rotating characters based on when they were last logged in. If you need a Gaiscioch invite simply type "/3 Gaiscioch Invite Please" and someone who has the mod should auto invite you.
Please Welcome Our Newest Members
Please welcome our newest members to our Warhammer Online family.
Warhammer Online Events at a Glance
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Social Adventures News
For those of you looking to play on the Hieron side of Bless Online I plan to create a guild named Arach Dubh as a Social Adventure upon release. Being GSCH is forbidden in most Korean games as it is apparently profinity of some sort we will be running by a unique name which means Black Dragons. I plan to stream a short event every week Sunday mornings from 11-1PM PT upon release and welcome anyone who would like to join to feel free to come out and have some fun. This is going to be low key and recreational and I do not intend to make it a big thing. If you’re looking for a more full time guild but still want to hang out with us on sundays feel free to type +rank Bless in discord to unlock and join the channel.
You can learn more about our plans at http://gsch.info/p/241347 and be sure to join the social adventure at http://gsch.info/sa/bless
We are up and running in Tera in a small casual friendly group. If ya wanna join us add Foghladha to your friends list and I'll get you involved.
Dungeons & Dragons Online
There is a medium sized group of us playing DDO. If your playing or curious be sure to connect with Radiologikal or Konyth for more information.
Gaiscioch Magazine News
I Swear It's Almost Done
This has to be the roughest issue i've ever made. It's been a nightmare. I've got more excuses than Kmart has blue light specials, but in the end the responsibility and accountability falls entirely on me. I just haven't made the time necessary to get it all wrapped up and done. I've been so bombarded by so many things I've let my commitment to the magazine slip and for that I apologize. Good news is we have a cover :D, and about 75% of the magazine laid out.
The Road Ahead
Next issue we move to our new Web Only view and will likely have a new web based layout for the magazine that will automatically generate based on the articles available. I have been prototyping some concepts using CSS Regions, Multi-Column Layouts and Flexbox. These are all very new tech and some browsers don't support them all yet. But I've always liked the cutting edge and have looked for a reason to create the next gen magazine experience so for the next few months I plan to reinvent Gaiscioch Magazine and how it works. Our next issue will be entirely distributed over time as the articles become available and automatically become part of the digital magazine that will be found on our site. We are targeting 1 Cover Story, 2 Feature Stories, Several Chapter Stories (Guides, Fiction, Interviews, Etc), 2-4 Previews, 2-4 Reviews, and 2-5 Life/Inspiration articles for each issue.
Each issue will launch with it's cover story and then release new content each week for 3 months before the next issue is released. When it's done it should be pretty sweet. The downside is that it won't be printable like our first 15 magazines. At least not until I find an InDesign wizard who wants to helm the project of taking the articles after each issue is wrapped and format them into a printable magazine. I simply don't have the time or desire to spend 40+ hours each issue creating the magazine for a handful of people to view/print. Our Articles get read MUCH more than the magazine itself. Each article on the site gets read more times than the entire magazine in it's "Issuu" form. This is the primary reason we decided to go this new direction.
Ads on Gaiscioch Magazine
So in the new design we will begin offering ad space to various Game Developers and Partners complimentary for their support of our magazine. These ads will only show on the articles for their game and allow us to give thanks for their support. These are not Paid ads and we still seek no revenue from our magazine. These are simply ways of saying thanks to the developers who give a small time publication like us time out of their day. I will make sure that they are labeled as Ads so that your ad blockers can block them if you so choose.
Be sure to check out our latest stories and gaming news at: gsch.info/mag
Gaiscioch Livestream News
May 2018 Livestream Lineup
The Siege War
May Episode Linup:
The Gaiscioch Win Their 5th Competitive League Championship
It seems to be a Gaiscioch Tradition, we managed to stumble our way into the bottom seed of the playoff structure following a season riddled with injuries. At the start of the playoffs our new Quarterback Tyler Murphy led the Gaiscioch to a massive victory over the number 2 seed. The bad news was Tyler wouldn't be able to play in the championship game, passing the QB position back to me. I had been avoiding the QB position for a few months as I have been recovering from a shoulder and elbow injury.
In the downpouring rain the Gaiscioch and I took to the field for one last glorious battle. As you may remember the Fall 2017 Championship Game we won by 1 point on a 4th and goal last play of the game from the 5 yard line after Thiago managed to sack their QB. The time before that I became the team's Quarterback after the teams original QB decided to not show up for playoffs. We ended up winning that championship by less than a touchdown as well. Gaiscioch has a long history of taking the victory to the last play of the game. This season was no different as they scored the winning touchdown on the last play of the game, with 4th down and goal and no time on the clock. As I stepped back to throw the pass was tipped and Jamie dove to catch it keeping his feet in the endzone (which is how this league decides if it's a touchdown. Most leagues are based on where the ball is, this league is where the feet are. I know weird right?)
This championship marks the 3rd Championship in 2 years since I took over the QB position. Tyler Murphy has been such a huge part of the team that we've decided to split our competitive team into 2 having Tyler helm QB on Gaiscioch (Green) while I helm QB on Gaiscioch Dubh (Black). We have grown and players continue to want to join our ranks and it was time for our family to grow into 2 teams. We are aiming at the B and C leagues for our teams this next season.
You can watch the highlights from my perspective on our Winter 2018 Championship Victory at https://youtu.be/ax3JQLJwvAE. Please note that this video was recorded in the pouring rain and sometimes water made its way onto the GoPro lense. It's kinda like playing football with a Migraine. But if you can stomach it, it's a good watch.
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