Mí na Nollag 2014

Cead Mile Failte!

It's that time of year again. Filled with Black Fridays, snow, families, and cinnamon. For the next month you will hear the Christmas songs over and over again until your ears bleed and most likely hear a few modern artists completely mutilate some of your favorites. Remember that rap version of White Christmas a few years back. Yeah they went there.

All fun and games aside, this season is one to remember, those who will not be sharing the holidays with us this year, embracing the ones that will, and being thankful for those who play a role in your lives. This is a time of family, friends, and companionship. Please take the time to tell someone just how important they are to you, tell a loved one why you love them, and be the friend you wish all your friends to be.

The year is quickly coming to a close and this will be my last Ceannard Notes of the year. I hope this past year has been a great one for you and I hope that you have enjoyed your time with us in 2014. The next year will most likely be a rough one but I truly believe with or without a game to play our family will continue on and be strong through the most adverse year that we've faced in our history. If you decide to try other games, please be sure to keep in touch and share your adventures with us. Just because you don't play what we play doesn't mean you're not part of the Gaiscioch Family. Gaiscioch is not a guild within a game, we are a family that plays games together. When we put Chutes and Ladders away and decide to play Monopoly it doesn't mean we're not part of the family. Just means the landscape has changed. Remember us and we shall remember you.

Gaiscioch News & Updates

Coming This December

Timed Based Campaigns

Have a roleplay or social event and don't have objectives to claim? Want to do some strange event that isn't traditionally objective focused? Coming this month you'll be able to start a Timed Campaign which you will add increments of 15 Minutes, 30 Minutes, and 1 Hour. For every hour you spend, it will award 60 fellowship points to your participants. This system can be used for any non-objective based activity.

Family Event Bonus

To encourage players to join us in our major family events so that we can create the best possible impression on our communities we will be awarding an additional 100 Fellowship points for attending one of our major community events.

New Event Lineup

Over the next few months we will be changing some of our traditional event times. So here is our new Major Community Event lineup plan for the next few months. All 4 of these events will be livestreamed and will offer the Family Event Bonus for attending.

Current Event Lineup

  • Saturday @ 9:30AM - 12:30PM PST: Guild Wars 2: SORC Social Hour & WvW
  • Saturday @ 11:00PM - 2:00AM PST: Guild Wars 2: SORC Missions & WvW
  • Wednesday @ 5:00PM - 8:00PM PST: Elder Scrolls Online: The Great Hunts of Cyrodiil
  • Thursday @ 5:00PM - 8:00PM PST: Guild Wars 2: SORC Missions & WvW

As of January 12th, 2014

  • Saturday @ 9:30AM - 12:30PM PST: Guild Wars 2: SORC Social Hour & WvW
  • Saturday @ 11:00PM - 2:00AM PST: Guild Wars 2: SORC Missions & WvW
  • Monday @ 5:00PM - 8:00PM PST: TBA
  • Wednesday @ 5:00PM - 8:00PM PST: Guild Wars 2: SORC Missions & WvW

Saturday, December 6th, 2014
December Gaiscioch Family Summit

Join us for the monthly Gaisicoch Family Summit on Saturday, December 6th, 2014 for some updates on our families plans for the future and updates on our current chapters.


  • 2:00PM: Elder Summit - Elders Only
  • 3:00PM: Magazine Summit - All Are Welcome
  • 4:00PM: Event Leader Summit - Event Leaders & Curious
  • 5:00PM: Gaiscioch Family Summit - All Are Welcome

DoubleUp Charity Event Goes Disney

Traditionally during Christmas time we give thanks to the developers with our CookieZerg however this year I thought it would be best to use that charity time to try to meet our annual goal of 750 stuffed animals for our 3 children’s charities. Additionally Kohls has added some pretty sweet stuffed animals to their system including your favorite Disney characters. For this holiday season we will putting our efforts towards meeting that goal. To participate in this toy drive head over to our Charity Section and choose your charity to support. Then visit their registry on Kohls and ship the product directly to them. You can use your order number to claim contribution for the donations.

Support A Charity Today By Visiting:

P.S. If you would still like to send cookies or holiday cards to your favorite developers I can still provide you with the address.

The Gaiscioch Family Great Seed Survey

I wanted to take a moment to encourage you all to go cast your votes in The Great Seed Survey. By completing this survey you can claim your 250 Contribution point reward and help steer the family to a game you would like to play. You can visit The Great Seed Survey page anytime to change your votes as new information becomes available but you will only be eligible for 1 reward. Please help the family decide where to devote our attention in the coming 2 years.

Learn More and Discuss the Contenders:

Please Note: I will be updating these threads as more information becomes available.

Vote Now At:

Guild Wars 2 News

Family Population On The Rise

Over the past two months we have seen a significant rise in active membership in Guild Wars 2. We've gone from 312 active members to 447 active members and are approaching the cap rapidly. Activity within the family has also gone up close to 30%.

Now 50% Off Until December 7th  

If you're looking to get involved with the family’s Guild Wars 2 side now is the time to score a copy of the game for $19.99. To assist new players in learning the game we have some new player friendly events planned for Saturday Mornings that cover entry level zones, wvw, and the basics of the game. These events will be great for leveling up characters.

Pick it up today at:

Elder Scrolls Online News

ZeniMax Online Prepares 1.6 For Testing

The last patch of the year is preparing to hit the test server. From my visit in October this patch should include many animation improvements, weapon skill rebalancing, and add a more responsive combat system into the game. I am really crossing my fingers for a few of the line items I presented to make the cut. The good news is we're one step closer to the 1.7 Patch which will either be the Imperial City or the Cops & Robbers system which should bring some fresh play to the mix which this game really needs right now.

Population Update

At this point our population is well below minimum requirements however I will be keeping the branch open until a seed potential has a greater interest than Elder Scrolls Online in hopes that ESO can recover before that day comes to bear. Keep in mind there are no seeds lined up at this point and it's looking like mid-2015 for the soonest possibility. That said, if we can't raise our attendance during our major family event (wednesday currently) over 20 people, we will be retiring that event as we wait for improvements and move it back to Guild Wars 2. We will be finishing the Great Hunts of Cyrodiil event schedule regardless and assess where we stand after it's conclusion.

In Closing

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and happy new year. I look forward to next year as a year of exploration and anticipation. Uncertainty can bring excitement and at least we have a stable home with Guild Wars 2 in the mean time. If you haven't picked it up yet, now is the time. It's currently 50% off and will keep you engaged with the family while we wait for a new home to be known. Stay safe everyone and happy holidays!

Slan Go Foill!
(Goodbye For Now)

Benjamin "Foghladha" Foley
Ceannard De Gaiscioch Treubh