June 2015 marks the eight year anniversary of the formation of the Gunslingers clan. Eight years. Wow. What were you even playing eight years ago? Think about that. What was your life like nearly a decade ago? Since 2007, maybe you have had your first child. Maybe your third. Maybe you have gotten married or earned your degree. Maybe you have changed careers and hit the evening lectures at your local college. A lot can change in your life in a eight year span of time, and maybe you don’t even feel like you are the same person.
In eight years, the Gunslingers clan has not changed, but it has certainly evolved.
We are all here so we can focus our limited gaming time as a mature, casual experience with like-minded adults. No matter how much our lives change, that gaming need doesn’t. So GS* doesn’t. From day one and through the predictable future, we do not muddle that goal with banners ads, sponsorships, or site plug-ins that allow third party entities to gather your information and sell it for profit. The Gunslingers exist as an oasis away from typical clan obligations, but the internet has also certainly changed (‘evolved’ may be too strong of a word), so our status as an oasis has become even more meaningful. We may not be able to be the most sophisticated or slickest entity online, but we are here purely for the love of the venture. No paypal account required. No fine print requiring you to sign away your privacy needed. Take a look around the internet these days. Where else can you find that?
We evolve by incorporating new ideas and new blood on a regular basis. In fact, our present leadership body is a blend of leaders who have helped out the community for years and members who are fresh to the scene. In case you haven’t had a chance to meet a leader, they are cupracer92, ironside, Fed Architect, Fynvarrah, Hir3ling, gobi42, GrouchyGran, Wikilectual, LawnGnomer 6, Balki, Merky Water, Sosyc, theL33tness, bdnyy23, Lamporello, mikelaird1, Odin001, Spade115, Dunkaroo69, and (me) McMurphy.
Like playing in-game together, the GS* community is not about rank. GS* Leaders are not moderators or saber rattlers. They are fellow members who are willing to donate their time to help maintain the clan, be there for members’ questions, and encourage the process of exchanging gamer tags and having a good time in a past time we all love. I am always including new, fellow members into that element of GS*, and it is determined solely on the willingness to help out. Thank you, all present and past Leaders, for making Gunslingers such a special group.
Of course, the leadership (read: trail guides) could only be set this way because our members are so great. Everyone continues to do their part to welcome new members, send out or accept invites, and introduce fresh ideas to the clan. Thank you. Gunslinger Gaming continues to be an experiment that attracts an incredible level of new members because of all of your communal efforts.
We continue to get more and more fellow adults joining our fold. And there is no sign of slowing down. In fact, we have welcomed 846 members into the Gunslingers so far in 2015. We are only half way through the year! What do you do when things works out so damn well? How do you proceed? I suggest we do what only can be done after a gamble yields good fortune.
Let it ride.
GUNSLINGERS ANNIVERSARY RAFFLE!!!
We raffle off a free Gunslingers Frosty Pint every anniversary, and we are adding a second prize to this raffle. Reply to this topic to be entered into a chance to win an actual GS* frosty pint or a GS* coffee mug. Take a look:
A prize for the evening, and a prize for the morning. Right?
Two names will be drawn on July 1st, 2015: the first one for the pint, and the second one for the coffee mug.
Other members will be giving away other prizes, so stay tuned for those those raffles as well. June is a time to celebrate……a celebration eight years in the making!