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Gaiscioch Community Newsletter - August, 2017

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Foghladha
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Posted On: 07/26/2017 at 11:33 AM
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Gaiscioch Community Notes Issue 8, 2017

Cead Mile Failte!

Greetings Everyone! Welcome to the doorstep of August. Last month was a bit wild. I spent most of it with my daughter, the end of it with my wife and only had one normal week. As a creature of routine I'm looking forward to August giving me some sense of structure. August also marks the month of GmaFog's Birthday! Be sure to wish her a great one as none of this would have happened without Gma :D.

Before we get started, I must apologize to everyone. The past few months have been a bit of a rollercoaster for me. My company terminated their contract with our event management company and decided to take it all on in house. This has rearranged my schedule from needing to take 3-4 days away to needing to take 7-10 days away. In addition my company has me traveling for work quite a bit now as I grow into my "Not a CTO (Chief Technology Officer), stop calling me that" role. I don't feel I'm ready to wear that tag as I'm still learning and have a long way to go before I can hold my own weight in the CTO circle. However my CEO keeps calling me that and sooner or later I've gotta accept the fact that's the direction I'm going.

On top of all that, my daughter’s visit was a bit earlier than expected and then cut short requiring me to drop everything to spend every minute with her. Needless to say things like the Great Tyrian Adventure which I planned for May ended up taking a hit and got pushed back several times. The magazine has also suffered because I haven't had time to do the layout work. That too has been pushed back nearly 2 months. I wish I could say that things will smooth out but with the chaotic direction life is taking me it's uncertain. Managing 3 chapters, a magazine, a sports team, and daily livestreams on top of work and family life has proven to be a formidable foe.

So I ask for your forgiveness for my recent flakiness and inability to be in game more. I'm hoping I can find my groove again and get things running more smoothly. Kinda feel like the wheels are falling off right now and I can't keep things together. I just don't want to let you guys down. So I ask you bear with me a bit longer and assure you that I'm doing everything in my power to get things stable again.

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Gaiscioch Family News

Extra-Life 2017

It's time to start promoting the heck out of our campaign and see if we can get close to our goal. While our goal seems pretty aggressive I have faith that we'll be able to get close.

The event side of this is going big this year. We're turning it into one of our major Public Community Events that we host each year bringing us up to 3. Along with the PCE inclusion comes a prize pool that is filled with games that some of our members have collected over the years. Winners from the raffle will be able to choose a game out of the prize pool. We have over 200 games up for grabs.

This Year's Game Lineup includes:

  • Guild Wars 2
  • Elder Scrolls Online
  • Rift
  • Neverwinter - PS4
  • Fortnite - PC
  • Citadel: Forged with Fire
  • 1-Game TBD

If you would like to participate in the events be sure to register for a Gaiscioch Passport account at: https://extralife.gaiscioch.com/register.html

To participate in the fundraiser please visit: 
http://gsch.info/extralife-register

If you would like to donate please visit:
http://gsch.info/extralife-donate

More information is available at: 
https://extralife.gaiscioch.com/

Gaiscioch Files for Trademark

Only took me 16 years to finally find a need for going through with the Trademark. With the Gaiscioch.org issue that has plagued us for the past 2 years the final step to shut down the domain requires us to have a trademark. This is not a cheap process and personally I'd have never been able to afford it. Thanks to the help of some generous Gaiscioch we managed to pool our funds together to help make this happen. We've cleared all the preliminary stages and have filed the paperwork with the trademark office. Now we wait up to a year for approval and if all goes well we can close the chapter on the whole gaiscioch.org thing. It will also protect us from future clones from popping up and pretending to be us.

Special Thanks to our Patreons!

I wanted to take a moment to personally thank those who have helped cover the costs of keeping Gaiscioch alive. Last month we opened a Patreon to help offset some of the costs involved with keeping us online and we've had tremendous support come in from our members and a few outside parties.

I'd like to recognize the following people for their commitment to our community.

June 2017 Patreons:

  • A. Smith
  • K. Vail Scheesley
  • B. Chouinard
  • R. Reynolds
  • R. Livernois
  • H. Townsend
  • D. Hampton
  • L. Knudsen
  • K. Riseling
  • Rhynor
  • S. DeRouen
  • R. Mayer
  • E. Fulham
  • K. Burns
  • E. Matthews

 If you would like to get involved visit: http://gsch.info/patreon

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.

War Council (Tiarna)

The War Council is comprised of members who have stepped up to lead events and activities for the family. They have proven themselves on the battlefield and have collected 25 signatures of approval from their followers. They have accepted the Mark of Servitude credo and understand that Leadership is not a position of power, it is a position of service. They have committed themselves to hosting fun and friendly events for the community at large.

  » Winterlight

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.

  » Eluveittie   » Kimbria   » Lorax   » ShadyShade   » Tealsky   » Volmer

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.

  » DRHamp   » Elijah   » Everen   » LD   » Maxina   » Mug   » Niyogi   » Nuldii   » Scrappi

Gaiscioch By The Numbers

Population
Group Active
Guild Wars 2 273
RIFT 192
Elder Scrolls Online 221
Social Adventures 99
Total 619
Magazine
Group Total
Subscribers 5,008
Readers 27,008
Views 257,162
Followers
Media Total
Twitch 648
YouTube 475
Twitter 825

Guild Wars 2 News

Guild Wars 2 Expansion Announcement August 1st at 9AM PT

With the new expansion looming on the horizon, a lot of speculation and talk has been filling the channels of our discord. People are really excited about this one and on August 1st we'll finally know what's coming to Tyria. Can you guess what comes next following the "One Path Ends" chapter of the living story?

Be sure to check out: https://www.guildwars2.com/en/expansion/ for all your Guild Wars 2 Expansion information!

Real Life vs Great Tyrian Adventure

I feel terrible for it but I've had to push our Great Tyrian Adventure back once again. My company has me scheduled for a conference in Philadelphia the week we were kicking off week 1. Bad news is this killed the 10 week window we had. Good news is that we might be able to have a North East meetup for the first time. I'm waiting until I get my itinerary from my CEO but tentatively it looks like Sept 8th at 8PM at Tir na nOg, Philadelphia, PA. Hopefully the stars align.

That said, I've bumped the Great Tyrian Adventure back to October 19th and will run 10-weeks through December 21st. I'm also looking at making it a 2-Chapter 5-Part format. So hopefully this all works out and I don't have to move it anymore. We've worked really hard to get all the pieces in place.

Siege Warfare comes to Great Tyrian Adventure

It's our plans that Episode 3 and 8 will take place in Edge of the Mists and WvW. We want to test the waters with this idea. As many of you know I've been playing with the idea of a full fledged WvW based Great Tyrian Adventure but am uncertain how well it will go over with the current matchup changes every few weeks. It would definitely reward those on Sanctum of Rall. I think timing would be essential to make sure the split is in the middle of the season. Or we would have to run a short season and run it during a single matchup.

Personally I like the idea of rewarding those who call Sanctum of Rall home by giving them 100% access to the event. It would encourage people to transfer over and join our mercenary force.

The Final Act of Living World Season 3

Arriving on the shores of Tyria on July 25th, "One Path Ends" marks the conclusion of the Living World Season 3. If you remember back to the producer letter, the Expansion should follow shortly after the launch of the last part as if it was the next chapter. So we might actually see the next big expansion in 2017! How cool would that be! Regardless the last part of this story looks like we end up facing off with a God. (Thats new). Should be interesting to see where ArenaNet takes this story.  Be sure to login and check this adventure out.

Please Welcome Our Newest Members

Please welcome our newest members to our Guild Wars 2 family.

  » Bozz [Guild.3081]   » CivilWar [CivilWar.2364]   » CivilWar98 []   » Corebix [Sidetrack.2563]  » Kelly [Kelly.7594]   » Losse []   » Titus [hamsterswarm.3419]

Guild Wars 2 Events at a Glance

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Top Guild Wars 2 News For July, 2017

  1. Guild Wars 2 - Living World Season 3 to Wrap Up on July 25th
    MMORPG.com
  2. Celebrating One Year of the Guild Wars 2 Art Show
    Guild Wars 2
  3. Guild Wars 2 - New Zones & Replayability
    MMORPG.com
  4. Guild Wars 2 Confirms Season 3 Finale Release Date
    MMOGames.com
  5. Guild Wars 2 - Returning to Orr
    MMORPG.com
  6. Guild Wars 2 - Living World Season 3 Episode 6: One Path Ends
    MMORPG.com
  7. Guild Wars 2 - Down with Grandmaster Marks
    MMORPG.com
  8. 5 Reasons Why Guild Wars 2 (Arena) PvP is Worth Playing 
    MMOSite
  9. Guild Wars 2 Suffers DDoS Attacks
    MMOGames.com
  10. The Tyrian Chronicle: Interview with Guild Wars 2 Data Mining Master That Shaman
    MMOGames.com

RIFT News

RIFT 4.2 – Celestial Storm

This past month we saw the release of RIFT 4.2 which brought a new overland zone, Vostigar Peaks which is actually quite beautiful and diverse. It also brings the Normal Mode of Tartanic Depths 10-Man Raid. There are over 80 new quests, raid rifts, a new instant adventure, four primalist souls, achievements, creatures, loot, a dimension, over 20 artifact sets, updated supply crate rewards and ui, and a lot more. Be sure to check it out.

Rift Adventures Continues

We're entering the second half of our Rift Adventures series and the next few weeks have a lot of fun in store.

Here's what's in store for the next 4 weeks:

  • 7/24 @ 6PM PT: Intrepid Adventures
  • 7/31 @ 6PM PT: Nightmare Rifting
  • 8/7 @ 6PM PT: Raid Rifts
  • 8/14 @ 6PM PT: 10-Man Raiding

Of special note: I will need all hands on deck of a very special episode coming up that I'd like to show the strength and unity of our community while having some fun laughs.

  • 8/21 @ 6PM PT: Open World PvP - Mass Staged Battle on Seastone

During this event we will head to the grand stage of giant platform in the middle of the Celestial Lands. We will start off with some 1v1s (which everyone can watch) then move into some group vs group. At the end of the event I want to organize a base defense style event where each team has a King they must protect (transmuted into a large creature) the two sides will fight to keep their king alive. Points are scored for killing the opposing king. Should be an overall fun event and with a sea of Gaiscioch will be even funner. Would be really nice to have 100 out there. This will be a Guardian vs Defiant event so we will need a healthy amount of Defiants to make things a bit balanced.

Please Welcome Our Newest Members

Please welcome our newest members to our RIFT family.

  » Addams   » Ruaial

RIFT Events at a Glance

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Top RIFT News For July, 2017

  1. RIFTstream July 21 Recap – Summerfest 2017
    RIFT
  2. RIFTSTREAM 07/07: Celestial Storm IA & Raid Rifts!
    RIFT
  3. RIFTSTREAMS: Celestial Storm Pre-Launch & Vostigar Art Team
    RIFT
  4. Beginner’s Guide to Raiding
    RIFT
  5. Get Ready for Celestial Storm with Weekend Bonuses
    RIFT
  6. RIFTStream July 14 Recap – Celestial Storm & Vostigar Peaks
    RIFT
  7. Delaying 4.2 Celestial Storm Until 7/20
    RIFT
  8. RIFTSTREAM Summerfest 2017
    RIFT
  9. Get Ready for Summerfest!
    RIFT
  10. 4.2 Celestial Storm is Here!
    RIFT

Elder Scrolls Online News

Morrowind is Hot, Really Hot!

If you haven't given it a try yet, you really should. Morrowind is quite the addition to the Elder Scrolls Online world and has people going bonkers over it. It has been one of the greatest additions to ESO to date. If you're curious be sure to check out the cover story of Gaiscioch Magazine Issue 13 as we interview 3 different developers on the development of Elder Scrolls Online Morrowind.

Alliance vs Alliance Saturdays

This has been quite a fun time to get to know many of our ESO personalities. I am so very grateful for our veterans coming to these events offering assistance and tips for newer members. This has not only been a siege event, but also a time to learn. This is a great time to ask questions, get tips on your build, and have some fun while you're doing it. Join us Saturdays at 11AM PT for the Siege War of Sotha Sil (with a monthly trip to the low level campaign)

Horns of the Reach Approaches

The next DLC arrives in August and with it comes 2 new dungeons:  Bloodroot Forge and Falkreath Hold. You have the opportunity to earn new unique item sets and Monster Masks. There are also new Achievements, boss collectibles, and titles. Only the most dedicated players will complete all Horns of the Reach Achievements to earn exclusive costumes and a new dye. Learn more about this DLC at: http://www.elderscrollsonline.com/en-us/hornsofthereach

Please Welcome Our Newest Members

Please welcome our newest members to our Elder Scrolls Online family.

  » Dak [@dakasaur]   » Ironfizz [@ironfizz]   » Kasper [@KingRichardII]   » Losse [@losse]  » Patches [@kingkar06]   » Tom []   » Valindor [@weer-xerdus]

Elder Scrolls Online Events at a Glance

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Top Elder Scrolls Online News For July, 2017

  1. Elder Scrolls Online - Horns of the Reach DLC Previewed in New Blog
    MMORPG.com
  2. Elder Scrolls Online - Try Out ESO Plus & Free Crown Crates for Current Members
    MMORPG.com
  3. The Elder Scrolls Online Previews Horns of the Reach
    MMOGames.com
  4. Elder Scrolls Online Holding ESO Plus Bonus Event
    MMOGames.com
  5. The Elder Scrolls Online is Ready to Unleash PvP Mayhem
    MMOGames.com
  6. Elder Scrolls Online - Midyear Mayhem Event to Celebrate PvP
    MMORPG.com
  7. The Elder Scrolls Online Shows Off the Falkreath Hold Dungeon
    MMOGames.com

Social Adventures News

New PC Adventures to Join

This month we had a few new Social Adventures crop up and show a bit of interest. We are on the verge of having a massive wave of new games releasing, and with the fall season creeping up we'll see a lot of turnover in Social Adventures. Some will stick some will fade. There's a lot of hit or miss when it comes to new games. In the meantime here are some you might enjoy.

Lord of the Rings Online

Ever have one of those games, that's been around forever, yet you can't stop going back to it? Well a bunch of our members finally decided that we need a group of us in LOTRO and have put up an open sign welcoming all members to join in the fun. Sekkerhund is organizing things so be sure to touch base with him to get connected.

Join the adventure at: https://www.gaiscioch.com/social/lord_of_the_rings_online/

Albion Online

Ever wish you could play your MMO away from your computer? Albion Online is a unique MMO that allows you to take the game with you when you go on the move. You can load it from any Android or iOS device with a 6+ inch screen. This is a isometric full loot pvp game that will have you gathering and crafting your way towards domination. There is siege warfare and dungeon exploring combined with a rather easy to use crafting system. This game has a lot of charm and a few of our members have decided to check it out.

Join the adventure at: https://www.gaiscioch.com/social/albion_online/

Citadel: Forged with Fire

Ever wish that Harry Potter invaded Skyrim? No? Seriously I'm the only one? Oh well. If there are any young warlocks out there Citadel: Forged with Fire is a Survival lite game with PvP combat, broomstick flying,plenty of exploring and fortress building. The good news is you don't have to worry about eating and drinking. You can focus on building.

Join the adventure at: https://www.gaiscioch.com/social/citadel/

Fortnite

On of the most fascinating features of Fortnite is its cross-save function and cross-buy function. This allows people who buy the PC version the ability to play on the PS4 as well and even use the same progression across both platforms. Unfortunately for XBOX users, the ability to cross-save isn't quite working yet as Microsoft hasn't signed off on it. We've also added Fortnite to the playlist for Extra Life 2017 so be sure to get familiar. We'll be forming up groups and setting off for some fun adventures with friends this November.

Join the adventure at: https://www.gaiscioch.com/social/fortnite/

PlayStation Adventures Taking Off

Our PlayStation GSCH Social Adventures community is growing in activity across the board. There are many looking to connect and play games together. Simply open up the Communities section of your PS4 interface and search for GSCH. Join the community and share your activities. We have several Adventures currently running and you can simply connect with us and go. Check out these great games to get connected.

Fortnite (PS4)

Ok Foghladha has finally been sold on a Survival Game. This little gem takes the best parts of Orcs Must Die and Paladins, and combines it with a persistent world with missions, base building, and social systems. It's comical, vast and full of fun and enjoyable moments. It's built by the makers of Unreal and Unreal Tournament and is a cross buy where if you buy the PC version you get the PS4 and XBOX One version with it. You can't however play cross platform (yet?). This little gem is being added to our Extra Life Lineup and will act as our kickoff title on the PC. Come have some wacky fun with us on PC or PS4.

Join the adventure at: https://www.gaiscioch.com/social/fortnite/

Orcs Must Die! Unchained (PS4)

Orcs Must Die! Unchained is finally here! We've waited years for its PS4 launch and boy has it changed since we first played. We've opened the "GSCH Social Adventure [GSCH]" guild and have room for about 40 more players. Feel free to request to join and have some orc slaying fun with us.

Join the adventure at: https://www.gaiscioch.com/social/orcsmustdieunchained/

Neverwinter (PS4)

This month we joined an Alliance which gave us access to several upgraded guild halls to go shopping. It also gave us allies that have invited us to Thursday night dragon raids and a lot of fun activities. They've also dumped a ton of loot on us. If you're playing Neverwinter on PS4 be sure to join us with us in GSCH and have some fun.

Join the adventure at: https://www.gaiscioch.com/social/neverwinter/

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Gaiscioch Magazine News

Issue 13
Reimagining Histories Available Now

After a few delays we've finally completed issue 13.

As we kick off our fourth year of publishing we speak to three developers from ZeniMax Online Studios about the Reimagining of Morrowind. They take a look at the perspectives of an artist, lore writer, and Producer.

Other interviews this month include: YouTube star TheHiveLeader, the gaming community Sinister Swarm, Keaton White of City of the Shroud, Jon Davies of Coatsink about their new title Augmented Empire, and McKenna Berdrow with Grant Gertz about Guild Wars 2's WvW and PvP improvement.

Gaiscioch Magazine takes a sneak peak at Augmented Empire, City of the Shroud, Redeemer and Tetra, Elemental Awakening. They check in on the crowdfunding universe with a quick peak at Ashes of Creation, Pathfinder: Kingmaker, and Pillars of History. In the review section you can see their perspective of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, Outlast Trinity, Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, Stationeers, Styx: Shards of Darkness and see their top picks for Summer 2017.

You can also find the tradition Elder Scrolls Online, Guild Wars 2 and Rift chapter sections filled with previews, interviews, and guides. At the back of the magazine you can find real life gamer stories speaking of the challenges that gamers face. Lastly we share the story of Gaiscioch Football's amazing comeback season that ended with their 3rd Championship title and a center who became the new quarterback.

Read Gaiscioch Magazine Issue 13

Be sure to check out our latest stories and gaming news at: gsch.info/mag

Gaiscioch Livestream News

Fog's PlayStation Adventures Add More Cooperation to the Mix!

The new lineup for our PlayStation Adventures brings some new cooperative games to the forefront. Check out this awesome lineup.

  • Mondays at 3PM PT - Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
    Featuring: Foghladha, Donaliam, Radiologikal. Room for 1
  • Tuesdays at 3PM PT - The Witcher 3: the Wild Hunt 
    Featuring: Foghladha
  • Wednesdays at 3PM PT - Orcs Must Die! Unchained
    Featuring: Foghladha and Ashes. Room for 1
  • Thursday at 3PM PT - Sniper Elite 4
    Featuring: Foghladha
  • Fridays at 3PM PT - Fortnite
    Featuring: Foghladha and Radiologikal with open friend join enabled. Come make a cameo!

August Episode Linup:

Gaiscioch Athletics

I have decided to add Gaiscioch Flag-Football to our show lineup. I've rigged a GoPro to a Flag-Football helmet. Each week i mix down all the good plays to a short 5 minute video summary cutting out all the motion sick inducing wobbly camera work between plays. You'll be a part of the huddle in this video series and follow along as we win, lose, and claw our way to playoffs. Check it out at: http://magazine.gaiscioch.com/livestreams/gaiscioch_football/

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Closing Notes

Again, I want to apologize for my absence in game.  This past couple months and the next month are proving to be quite the bombardment of real life and side projects. The good news is Issue 13 is out the door so I wont be spending a huge amount of time trying to get that wrapped up. Just a couple months until Issue 14 and that's our big PAX West / Gamescom issue. It's also going to be packed with Guild Wars 2 stuff.

I ask you bear with me through this time and lean on our other elders and event leaders. On the other side of September things should be back to somewhat normal and you'll see me around a bit more. Those of you who have been around a few years probably remember the summer/fall chaos from prior years. I will be mostly around on Discord if you need to chat. Thanks for understanding.

Slan Go Foill!
(Goodbye For Now)

Benjamin "Foghladha" Foley
Taoiseach de na Griobhta Glas

 

"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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Nice Community news letter Fog as always!

 

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