Since launch, WAR has enjoyed a great community. With every great community, a great event is inevitable. I've been around the block since WAR was released and have experienced the game on several different servers. I originally rolled my first character, a Swordmaster named Xiimmel, on Iron Rock. Later, I rolled an Archmage named Feiyen on Dark Crag, who I eventually moved back to Iron Rock where she was renamed Veeo. I never did get a chance to explore Phoenix Throne, which was collapsed along with Dark Crag some time ago. Recently, I joined the Badlands community on the side of Destruction with a variety of new characters, and the community there has been good to me so far. Part of that experience the last few weeks has been the opportunity to participate in a community-driven phenomenon known as the Battle for Badlands. Since this is all quite new to me, I decided to do a community spotlight on the event in today's Waging WAR.
Read on past the cut where I play 6Qs and deliver the details about the Battle for Badlands while I try to answer your 5Ws and maybe an H. The Gaiscioch Family," what had started out as a weekly event on the Phoenix Throne server known as "Open PuG Night," became something for the people of the Badlands server to participate in and enjoy. Now the Battle for Badlands is in its third season, and the finale is set to be held this coming week, on Tuesday, November 16th, 2010. The current score is 352-326 in Order's favor, and since the finale will be held over Tiers 2 & 3, with a total of 12 keeps and 24 objectives to take and defend, the battles are sure to be fought fiercely, and it's anybody's game at this point.
The Gaiscioch Family (pronounced Gosh-Kia) itself has a long and illustrious history of gaming and RvR. The guild started on November 11th, 2001 (Happy 9th Birthday, Gaiscioch Family!) in Dark Age of Camelot -- the birthgame of RvR -- on the Nimue server and has since expanded to several different games and genres. The guild nurtures a family style, with but a single rule: no member shall ever attack another in any way. Violating this "Blades out, not in" rule results in banishment. Otherwise, they promise to welcome all players and have no commitments, expectations or requirements of their members, except that they have fun.
Not only is this the season 3 finale for the Battle for Badlands, but the event also marks a special time for WAR. With all the exciting things coming soon with patch 1.4 and the Verminous Horde expansion, this Battle for Badlands finale could very well mark the end of an era for WAR -- one final chance for everyone to experience truly epic RvR in Tiers 2 & 3 as it is now, because soon, things are going to change. Indeed, the game is set to change in such a way that screenshots and memories of its current state will be conversation pieces for years to come. It will be interesting to see how the Battle for Badlands event will evolve and change along with the new RvR rules. I'm sure the event will continue on, in some form or another, but I'm also certain that the game won't be quite the same.
And if that isn't enough incentive for you, there are prizes too! The top warlord for the season will receive 100 gold and the top warrior will receive 50 gold. Best of luck to all of this season's top players! May the best men and women win!
event website and register. From there, you'll be able to claim points for yourself and your faction and maybe even make a name for yourself on the Badlands server. Oh, and a special thanks to Scottevil from Brutal for all his help!
Battle for Badlands Season 3 Finale
• November 16th, 2010. Meet and greet on ventrilo starts at 5pm PST / 9PM EST.
• Battles begin an hour later at 6pm PST / 10pm EST.
• Badlands server, Tier 2 & 3
• Optional registration at http://www.battleforbadlands.com
Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome below.