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On Glastons

Posted in Glaston Banter on November 12, 2009 by Stash

"Hey you! You have to hide me!"

That was the line that, although I didn’t know it, would begin my travels down a road that would introduce me to some of the greatest folk I’ve ever met. The group that calls itself Glastons.

Now I know it’s been a very long time since a blog has been posted here, for that I apologize. Ever since we left Warhammer we’ve been kind of split in our gaming. Some are in Champions, some in Aion, and some are just taking an MMO break. The nice thing is, we still all talk on almost a daily basis, and try to game together as much as we can. We have a BloodBowl league going, that quite a few are in, and anytime you can hop on our forums and set up a game of whatever and get someone to play. It’s a friendship and camaraderie that doesn’t take off very often in the online environment. So I thought I’d talk about this group of friends and some of their history.

The Glastons didn’t start out as Glastons. The group that would become the Glastons started way back in Everquest 1 on the Rallos Zek server, by a group of real world friends. I personally can’t really say much about their time there as that was way before my time with them, and at the time I was leading a squadron in Warbirds. Quite frankly I know very little about who we were before I became part of them in 2001 in Dark Age of Camelot, I’ll have to leave that info up to Lex, or Dismas. Dismas being one of the Rallos Zek folk.

Now as I just said, I joined them in DAOC, during their second incarnation in that game, on the Nimue server. They were known as the Glastonbury Irregulars (and Glastonbury has stuck ever since, hence Glastons), and were a relaxed RolePlay guild that was very active in the server’s activities, from being one of the leading RP guilds to being one of the top PvP guilds. They had many RP storylines running, and all the members were friendly to everyone. I myself was new to the whole RPGMMO, mostly because I had the belief that an online game was too limiting and therefore looked down on the whole genre. The gaming store that me and a couple of my buddies hung out in had just closed, and I was getting tired of the lag fest that was World War II Online as my computer just couldn’t take it. So I had been playing around in DAoC.

Nimue was the brand new server that had just went up, therefore everyone was new, I wouldn’t have to compete with folks that had been playing for months. I chose Albion because they seemed to be the least "Magic" based background (I came very, very close to going Midgard) And started my scout (archer class). I have to admit, I was impressed, and I had fun, but it wasn’t what I was looking for. Now in all my tabletop gaming I was the guy that always played the thief, so I gave the Infiltrator a shot. I had found my class. I started leveling up, joining some pick up groups and having a good time.

That’s when it happened. I was still in the lower level area, just trying to grind through what I needed when I see that text line roll across my chat panel. "Hey you! You have to hide me!" I looked around to see what was a scout running straight at me. "Quick! Hide me!" He said.

Ok, I have to admit my first thought was WTF!?! Then it dawned on me, I was on an RP server, this was RP. Now I had chosen an RP server because I wanted to RP, I just hadn’t seen any yet to play along with. So here was my chance. I quickly (for me) typed out instructions to hide in the nearby building, and I followed him and placed myself in the doorway. Sure enough here came a shiny Paladin, Racius, who was looking for a criminal scout fitting the description of my new friend hiding in the building behind me. I again quickly typed out that yea I had in fact seen a scout matching that description, and he had ran into the city proper. Thanking me, Racius trotted off to the city. After he left, and we made sure he wasn’t coming back, the scout thanked me for the help and introduced himself as Frederyk of the Glastonbury Irregulars. Telling me that the nobles, who Racius was one of, were trying to pin a crime on him because the Irregulars were all common folk and had gotten a little to uppity. We talked for a little bit, then he left to go lose himself in a nearby forest (and if you knew Freddy I mean Lost, according to him the forest trails moved just to spite him.)

So there was my first Glaston encounter, and my first RP experience. I decided to look up these guys on the net and see what they were all about. The FAQ and Charter were the same that we have up today, 8 years later. The values have stayed true to what the Founders, Bowar and Sixtus, first envisioned and although we have had people come and go, and the original founders have moved on in their real life, Being a Glaston is still about friendship first. We have a saying, "Once a Glaston, Always a Glaston." Any one of these folks has a home if they ever decide to return to gaming. That’s how we are.

Sure there are guilds and clans that have been around for years, but in most of these it’s a select few at the top that is a constant, and quite often those few are offline buddies. Everyone else is below them and they call all the shots, dictate all the rules, and basically kick out any and all that disagree with them. Glastons are so not like that. Every Glaston has just as much say as any other Glaston, no matter if you’ve been around for 8 years, or 8 months. We do have a trial period for folk who newly join, but to be honest, it more so they can decide if we’re the group for them. The way we work and get along just isn’t for everyone. You have to be willing to get completely pissed off at someone, and then forgive them right after. All Glastons know that they are not going to agree with everything, every time, and they all try to accept that. I say try. The truth is, if you stick a bunch of people in a room and tell them to talk about something that is opinion based. Someone is going to get mad and leave. It happens. The thing about us is the fact that if they ever want to come back, they can, with no hard feelings. To us, that’s what being friends first means.

Well I think I bored you guys enough for now, I’ll talk more on the history side in my next post.

-Stash

Ray… Blu Ray

Posted in Glaston Banter on February 1, 2009 by XLCS

Well I’ve had my PS3 for a year now and am just getting around to buying some Blu-ray titles.  Among these are a two volume set of select 007 movies (link). These films have been retouched and remastered one frame at a time, using a huge server farm of Mac G6’s churning out Godzillabites of data.  The end product are movies, some over 40 years old, reproduced with extreme fidelity.

These movies… these movies… (Christopher Walken pause)

These movies are incredible.  Honestly, Dr. No is 47 years old.  They took the original negative, digitally removed blemishes that were on the actual lens, removed odd lighting like fluorescent light flicker, retouched (undiscernably) color loss from archival, all sorts of visual blemishes.  you would think that film grain and such would look cruddy in high def.  But no, Mr. Bond.  They’re sharp, poppin’, it looks like your seeing them on the best movie screen the year they came out!

Now, the only downside: Packaging.  I’ve looked at consumer reviews and you either get “loved it” or “hated it”.  Here’s my experience.  I unwrapped the plastic, revealing a good-looking outer sleeve with “007” on it.  Cool.  The box then had a faux leather disc booklet.  Not bad.  Opened up the booklet… out fell 2 of the 3 discs!  In their infinite widom, after spending untold millions lovingly restoring these original negatives, they placed the discs on foam plugs barely glued on the booklet.  I was rather pissed.  these foam plugs were cheap, and now not only did my new blu-rays take a unecessary fall they were loose in the booklet.  Yea, I’ll reglue the plugs, maybe find a better material.  But come on.

Anyway, caveat emptor.  I had some Best Buy gift cards and impulse bought these for $75 a pop.  You can get them online for $45.

I recommend if your a fan of Bond films and have a blu-ray player, these are the shiz.  Get ’em, get ’em cheap online, and be careful when you unwrap your new Über James Bond collection!  Your friends will be in awe as salt water dripps from Ursula Andress‘s bronzed flesh… rawr!

Glastons are here.

Posted in Glaston Banter on January 7, 2009 by Stash

Well reading here might be a bit confusing as this blog will have many authors. We’re a bit of an odd group, different people from different places, but we all are gamers in like mind. Hopefully things won’t get too bad, except for the jokes. Those are always bad.

 

We are what we call Glastons. To us that’s something. It means friendship, support, really bad jokes, and being part of something greater than the individual. We’re an old bunch, having been together in some form since the opening of Dark Age of Camelot’s Nimue server. There we were known as the Glastonbury Irregulars, a Role-Play Guild started by a few folk from the Everquest RP/PvP servers. We were in DAoC for a long time and it was there that many of the traditions got cemented. It may sound odd for a gaming guild to have "traditions", but I’ll tell you, there is a certain pride that you get when your charging into a fight and you see "<so-and-so> yells "Boar to the Fore!" pop up on your chat box multiple times.

 

Now you might think we are elitist, or stuck up, or full of ourselves. Heh, you couldn’t be farther from the truth. We constantly make friends online and have a regular influx of people to our ranks. Some stay, some don’t. Such is the way of guilds. I’ll admit we’re not for everyone, and our generally small size proves it. You have to be willing to step up and be part of the group as a whole rather than hang back and hope to be included. We do try to make guild life happy for everyone, but as you all know, it never goes as planned. Glastons as a whole are more than willing to jump up and do something, but then like people in general you need to smack them upside the head once in a while. (Ok, so it 3-4 times for most of us).

 

Well I guess that’s enough of guild promotion, sorry.

 

Ok, so after a horrid series of games, we are in Warhammer now. Sure there are bugs, some imbalances, and a bit of messiness. It’s a bloody online game, what did ya expect, eh? We’re here and from the looks of it, we’ll be here for a while. We’re having a blast really, good quests, good RvR, good times. We have a fair mix of classes, and really only one or two of us have found a proper class that we feel at home with. I’ll save my thoughts for my next post I think, I’ve bored you guys enough for now.

 

 

Boar to the Fore

 

-Stash