D0513 T1349 Y2007Game Almighty

Welcome everyone to another Community Profile. This week I profile a favorite community of mine, Game Almighty. I have a deep seeded passion for comics, and of course I love gaming. Those two interests of mine have never combined more beautifully than on the Game Almighty site. They have news, reviews, previews, and other goodies all laid out like they are straight out of a comic book. To find out more about this community, I had a chat with the Editor-in-Chief, Christiaan Allebest. Read below and enjoy.

  • How and when did your community start up?

    February 27, 2008

  • What meaning does your community’s name hold?

    We call our body of registered members the Almighty Alliance. Since our site was founded by a super hero (Captain Almighty) determined to fight crime and improve the video game industry, we consider all our members to be participants with us in achieving those goals.

  • How many people call your community home?

    Well since we only went live February 27th of this year, we are still excited to see our numbers grow and take advantage of a lot of our unique features (like our My Base system). As to specific numbers, I will just say that our growth has been pretty incredible for having only been around for a couple of months. Tens of thousands of people have found their way to the site already.

  • How do you go about luring people to the community?

    We have been getting a lot of exposure without us having to try to hard so far. We plan on stepping up efforts in that area in the next couple of months. We have made a number of humorous videos and spoofs that have gotten a lot of exposure like our fake news broadcast about Sony declaring bankruptcy and our parodies of the Nintendo DS game Elite Beat Agents.

  • What are some unique bylaws that you all enforce?

    We have some that we are finalizing right now, but haven’t made anything official. Basically you have to share the Captain’s vision though – make the video game industry better.

  • What do you do to keep the members interested and coming back?

    We try to keep things interesting on a number of levels. I think we have done a pretty good job of making the site visually interesting, but we also have a big focus on keeping our editorial content entertaining. We have no problem with poking fun at ourselves and we can also be quite irreverent at times. Read Mr. Cynic’s column and you will see what I mean. We are also wrapping up shooting 12 short episodes of a little situation comedy we think readers will really enjoy. It is called “Playing on Company Time” and revolves around some of the things employees here at Game Almighty encounter as journalists in an office where video games and super heroes are part of your work environment. To get you a little bit more interested in it, I will say that on staff we have an Emmy award winning film crew, a studio in our offices, and special effects experts.

  • What other communities do you draw influence from when handling yours?

    We looked at all the best aspects of the most popular sites out there, video game sites, video sites, social networking sites and then asked ourselves what was still missing. One of the biggest things that was missing was fun and so we make that a real priority for the reader’s experience at the site. We are still incorporating our other answers to that question and coming up with new things all the time.

  • How is your community different than any other community?

    For one, it is constantly evolving. We add new features on nearly a daily basis. Also we are very open to suggestions from the community. Want a new feature on the website, just let us know and we’ll see if we can work it in. We also want everyone to really feel like they have a presence and footprint on the site. Submit editorials, features, game reviews – they get published and can make it on to the site’s homepage. There are also a good ten or more features being developed on the site’s backend right now that will give us – and our members – capabilities that no one has. For the time being though, we have got to keep those on the down low – Captain’s orders.

  • What is your most memorable mile mark?

    After over two years in development, just launching the site on February 27th was a major accomplishment. But we were also pretty proud when the site earned the Best in Class award this year from the Interactive Media Awards in three categories (beating out Sony’s Resistance: Fall of Man website J).

  • Any exciting things we can expect in the future?

    Many exciting things, but the Captain has forbid me from revealing them at this time. But I will say this, we believe everyone has the capability of becoming a super hero themselves and having a direct impact on the industry and the future of the games they love.

    Thanks so much Christiaan for all the great information. I LOVE the look and feel of your site. That combined with news and game reviews makes it one of this fanboy’s regular sites he checks. Readers, be sure to drop by the Game Almighty site and check out all it has to offer.

    Well that is a wrap for this week’s profile. There are plenty more communities to profile but my mouse only clicks so fast, so be sure to let me know if you know of any that you are a part of or would like to know more about. Nothing would please me more than to get spammed with emails of awesome communities to look into. That is a problem I look forward to. If you know of one then send me an email at tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com and tell me about it. Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s profile. Stop back next week for another great community.

    Posted by Dweezle

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D0415 T1455 Y2007Video Game News

Hello everyone. It has been a little while since the last Community Profile. Rest assured I am here to bring you a profile to quench your thirst in this drought. For this week’s profile I had a chat with Kevin Baird about VideoGameNews.com. Although the name is misleading [as currently the site is Gaming-News.info] I assure you the site is awesome none the less. This community is based around video game news and their own podcast. For more information check out what Kevin Baird had to say about it below. Enjoy.

  • How and when did your community start up?

    The radio show started in June of 2004. Previous to that, VideoGameNews.com just ran general gaming news articles and reviews. Some folks at DigitalAlias offered to redevelop the website to make it more themed towards the radio show. I agreed, and after that was finished in the late summer, the community started to form. We hit a peak listenership during iTunes launch of podcasting, where our show peaked at #18 on the top 100 podcasts. There were only about 3 active podcasts that dealt specifically with video games, so that helped our audience boost. Now there are hundreds.

  • What meaning does your community’s name hold?

    Honesty. For better or worse, we’re honest and we speak our mind. The folks in our forums are very active and attentive to the topics we discuss. They lend their hand to benefit the show and the website when asked, and I think everyone feels a part of something. I think part of the reason for this is trust that we’re not trying to steer folks in the wrong direction just to fill our pockets or sell someone else’s products. We try to live up to that trust, and in return, they put up with our shoddy quality control issues.

  • How many people call your community home?

    Well, we have around a thousand registered users on the website, but only about 100 active posters. Which is large enough for a good conversation string, but not overly difficult to manage. According to our podtrac ratings, we have somewhere around 1500 unique listeners to our radio show every week.

  • How do you go about luring people to the community?

    Word of mouth, and whatever iTunes or other podcast listings grace us with. There is really no good way to advertise what it is the show is about. Although after I rewrite the website, we may try a limited advertising campaign.

  • What are some unique bylaws that you all enforce?

    Just about anything goes, except for posting porn pictures or anything illegal. Otherwise, the forums and radio show are open ended. We’re not trying to put down rules, as life is complicated enough.

  • What do you do to keep the members interested and coming back?

    We give away prizes, and try to stay engaged (Well at least I do) with the audience. And I also try to provide useful information they can’t get from other places. By being in a community, everyone leverages their experiences to produce a well educated forum. It’s actually a pretty decent community of folks who are passionate about what they are into.

  • What other communities do you draw influence from when handling yours?

    I don’t really base our radio show or the website off of anything anyone else is doing. I think our listeners and members appreciate this, because it doesn’t feel canned.

  • How is your community different than any other community?

    While we do have our fair share of younger dudes, a large portion of our members and listeners are middle aged adults. Seeing as how I’m 35, Larry is 37, and Brian is 39, we relate to folks our age, while at the same time have the proper amount of insanity for younger listeners to enjoy.

  • What is the most memorable mile mark for your community?

    Either when Microsoft made me a Games for Windows MVP, or the time I called customer service from a nutritional product supplier and after getting my name asked if my show was still on. I figured he had the wrong guy, but he knew of Brian and Don (The old host) so that came as a shock, and was pretty cool to know people all over the world were enjoying what we were doing.

  • Any exciting things we can expect in the future?

    Not in the immediate future, but we’re rebuilding the website and producing some very unique content that will differentiate itself further from anything else you’ve seen before. The radio show will just continue along until someone, someday, realizes our genius and funds us in such a way for us to produce something more quality. If that doesn’t happen, that’s cool, we’ll continue doing it until we’re all laid up or fighting cannibals in a post apocalyptic universe.

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    Thanks so much Kevin for all the info. Maybe we will hear more from you later ;-). Readers, be sure to drop by their site and have a look around. Want to discuss something or find out even more, then look no further than their forums, drop in and say Hi.

    There are plenty more communities to profile but my mouse only clicks so fast, so be sure to let me know if you know of any that you are a part of or would like to know more about. Nothing would please me more than to get spammed with emails of awesome communities to look into. That is a problem I look forward to. If you know of one then send me an email at tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com and tell me about it. Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s profile. Stop back next week for another great community.

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D0326 T0104 Y2007Games in Action

This Monday I am checking out another great gaming community that got their start on Bungie’s built in Group function. In fact our very own Midworld Forum for Tied the Leader saw its first version under the Bungie servers. What a great way in incorporate the community in with the developer. Thumbs up goes out to Bungie. I digress though. Time to work out that scroll bar and clean out your eyes. Check out the information below about Games in Action, courtesy of Maximum Fear. Enjoy

  • How and when did your community start up?

    Way back in January 2006 I created a group on the website Bungie.net (the official site of Bungie, the creators of Halo and Halo 2). The site has lots of community features and I really enjoy it there. I created the group and named it Games in Action, thanks to co-founder Goldhawk who had a book on his desk called Maths in Action. So yeah we stole our name from a math book.

  • What meaning does your community’s name hold?

    Games in Action means exactly what it says. Our site is all about video games and getting our community/members to input and interact with us as much as possible. Hence the action part.

  • How many people call your community home?

    The original group on bungie.net had just over 1200 members. Once we moved onto the site we had to restart the member counter. I think right now we have nearly 2000 members, but not all of them are active, I would say only 10-20% of that number actively use the site and forums unfortunately.

  • How do you go about luring people to the community?

    I wouldn’t say lure, but what we put across when we want to show new people what we can offer is that you, the members make Games in Action. Our site is all about the users interacting and sharing. Most of the reviews, news stories and mini-games are submitted and posted by our members, not the GiA Team.

  • What are some unique bylaws that you all enforce?

    Our forums are pretty lax, we don’t enforce many rules strictly but we do try to keep it a fun and enjoyable place for all.

  • What do you do to keep the members interested and coming back?

    The content we offer is really good and we offer new stuff everyday. We also organize tournaments, such as the Halo 2 Team SWAT tournament we held a while back where we offered $200 to the winner. The big thing this year is the Halo 3 Tournament kicking off on Halo 3’s launch day. First prize is a whopping $5000. But the main thing that keeps members coming back I think is the actual atmosphere and how enjoyable the forums are for everybody.

  • What other communities do you draw influence from when handling yours?

    I would say that the main community we draw a lot of influence from is Bungie.net A lot of our most active and all of the GiA Admin team are members of Bungie.net, are all active there and all met each other there. But we all are part of other sites and communities all around the web.

  • How is your community different than any other community?

    I would say that its the way that we run things. Like I have said earlier, we don’t have a set team that write all the articles and reviews etc: Most of our content (around 80% of it) has been created by our members.

  • What is the most memorable mile mark for your community?

    We have had a few, like the 25,000 posts mark, the 1000 member mark. I think the best thing for us though is how active we are now and that we have alot more people online on a night posting more in the forums.

  • Any exciting things we can expect in the future?

    Well I mentioned our Halo 3 tournament, which is called Shock & Awe earlier. That is probably the biggest event at GiA this year. But we also have another major announcement. We have sponsored a MLG team this year for the MLG leagues. The team is called Girls in Action (to keep the GiA tag). So thats another big thing this year.

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    Thanks for all the information Maximum Fear. Readers make sure to drop by the Games in Action community and check it out. It is a great community.

    If you know of a community, or are in a community that would like to be spotlighted in the Community Profile then send me an email at tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com and tell me about it. Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s profile. Stop back next week for another great community.

    Posted by Dweezle

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D0318 T1444 Y2007Game-Spectrum

A new week is upon us which means another community profile to kick it off. This week I had a chat with Tyler Treat about Game-Spectrum. GS is a site loaded with great game news, previews and reviews. Above all that it has a large community base. Sounds like a very well rounded site. Perhaps you would like to know more? Well look no further, here are Tyler’s answer’s to the questions.

  • How and when did your community start up?

    Game-Spectrum originated as an Xbox community site known as “Xbox Underground” in June of 2005. It was primarily composed of a few core members that met over at the Bungie.net forums as well as Xbox Live. Months after Xbox Underground was formed, we decided to “broaden our horizons,” meaning to cover more than just Microsoft’s big black box (and its upcoming Xbox 360). On September 19, 2005, Game-Spectrum.com was launched.

  • What meaning does your community’s name hold?

    The term “spectrum” refers to “an array of entities.” Tag “game” onto the beginning of that and you probably get what it means. In general, it alludes to our coverage of all aspects of the gaming industry, which brings forth our tagline, “Covering the entire spectrum of gaming.”

  • How many people call your community home?

    Game-Spectrum.com currently has 139 registered members, not all of which are active. Many users like to “lurk” the forums, looking for tidbits or other pieces of information. We do, however, have a base-member group that is quite active, and we’re always looking for more members!

  • How do you go about luring people to the community?

    We don’t really actively advertise GS, although that’s not to say you won’t see anything about us in affiliate publications. Speaking of which, we have numerous site affiliations. Nonetheless, most people find us on their own, whether it’s via a search, through Digg, or through word of mouth.

  • What are some unique bylaws that you all enforce?

    Game-Spectrum doesn’t necessarily enforce any unique bylaws by definition, but we do recommend that members are 14 years of age or older. In spite of this, we do promote a safe and friendly community. Our job is to keep gamers in the loop, but more important, give them an enjoyable place to converse about gaming.

  • What do you do to keep the members interested and coming back?

    Our main content, considering we’re a gaming website, is our unique reviews, editorials, news coverage, and other features. We also hold contests. Our most recent contest was a Battlefield 2142 wallpaper design contest sponsored by EA, in which we gave away copies of the game and official game T-shirts. Another thing that brings our members back is our tightly-knit community and lastly, our gaming clan. We give our users a voice, allowing them to speak up and give feedback and suggestions.

  • What other communities do you draw influence from when handling yours?

    There are many factors that influence the handling of our community. To name a few affecting communities: Xbox.com, Bungie.net, and GameSpot.com.

  • How is it different having your community associated with a news site?

    It’s different in that there’s way more to manage. For example, we have to keep track of the ever-shifting gaming industry, we have to push out unique, informative, and entertaining content, and we have to administer a public forum. But hey, it’s what we do!

  • What is the most memorable mile mark for your community?

    Without a doubt, the transformation of Xbox Underground to GS. Not only did it broaden our community’s perspective on the industry, but it marked the organization’s true beginning. This was a key milestone in Game-Spectrum’s history.

  • Any exciting things we can expect in the future?

    Absolutely! Most recently, we teamed up with StuffWeLike, an entertainment website, to provide users with streaming multimedia content such as game and movie trailers, music, interviews, and a boatload of other stuff. We also plan on having more contests and giveaways in the near future, along with a few other improvements.

    I’d also like to note that we’re always looking for dedicated staff members. We are looking for skilled writers that are knowledgeable about the industry. Editorial positions we are seeking include Xbox/Xbox 360, PS3, DS, PSP, Wii, PC, and “Hardware.” We are also looking for a PR manager, media manager, web designer, and a programmer. All jobs at Game-Spectrum.com are currently voluntary positions, but in many cases, free games and items are provided, and payment is a possibility down the road. So, if you’re interested, shoot an email to pr@game-spectrum.com.

    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to do this interview!

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    Always a pleasure to profile such great communities as yours. Thank you for all the information about Game-Spectrum. Readers, be sure to drop by their site and have a look around. If you would like to stroll around their community then swing by their forums.

    If you know of a community, or are in a community that would like to be spotlighted in the Community Profile then send me an email at tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com and tell me about it. Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s profile. Stop back next week for another great community.

    Posted by Dweezle

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D0311 T1300 Y2007The Adult Gamer

This Monday I delve deep inside one of the adult gaming communities out there. Readers of this blog shouldn’t be strangers to adult gamers. Although not all of you are of age, we chat about 2old2play from time to time, not to mention Tied the Leader is a mature community as well. Fairly recently I stumbled on The Adult Gamer community. To learn a little more about them I had a chat with Ron, aka DjeRyu, and asked him some questions to learn more about their community. Below are his responses. Enjoy.

  • How and when did your community start up?

    TAG (The Adult Gamer) was created back in August of 2005 for adults who enjoy games but don’t like putting up with all the craziness and immaturity that we often find in open public rooms.

  • What meaning does your community’s name hold?

    This one is pretty self-explanatory: You gotta be an adult. Helps if you play games, too.

  • How many people call your community home?

    We have about 650 people registered on TAG, 171 of which are “full members” (more on that in a sec).

  • How do you go about luring people to the community?

    We don’t really try. We actually have as many people find us on their own (google search) as we do that join on the advice of a friend but, however they find us, most people enjoy our community enough to spread the word themselves.

  • What are some unique bylaws that you all enforce?

    First, there’s the obvious one: You have to be 21 to join TAG or be sponsored by an official member. That’s the second, not-so-obvious one: In order to be considered for full TAG membership, you have to be a little more active than your average lurker. 3 months, 30 substantive posts and 30 (or so) gaming sessions are required to be eligible, then the other full members vote each month on the people who made those requirements. We also have a rule in place stating that we will not abide by any cheating, glitching, or using exploits against other people (more of that maturity theme. :D )Lastly, one of the most unique aspects of TAG is the way it’s governed. There is a council of five, who are elected every six months by the members, whose job it is to make sure everyone behaves and to keep the site running smoothly. Our most important rule though: Have FUN! :D

  • What do you do to keep the members interested and coming back?

    We are almost constantly running some type of community event. Right now, we have the TAG Olympics going all month long. In the past we’ve had our own on-site tournaments and ladders. Also, we have contests for our site, itself: The header banner on our forums changes every few months… created and voted upon by the members of TAG. Basically, we have a “family feel” to our community.

  • What other communities do you draw influence from when handling yours?

    Lots, actually. Everything from IGN to 2old2play, even TTL

  • With many adult communities out there is there hope for more mature gaming as a whole?

    I think so. Honestly, I never thought that TAG would get more than a hundred or so people signed up but, we have that many visiting every day!

  • What is the most memorable mile mark for your community?

    I don’t know if it could be called a mile mark but, I feel that raising ~$1700 for Child’s Play 2006 in TAG’s 1st Annual Charity Tournament last year was our proudest accomplishment, so far. We held a tournament in Gears of War with a $10/person entry fee. That, combined with other donations from TAGgers ensured that some kids have something fun to do while going through some not-so-fun times. You can read all about it in February’s issue of the TAG Newsletter.

  • Any exciting things we can expect in the future?

    We’re working on some changes over at TAG: new design, adding blogs, (hopefully). We also have the TAG Olympics running right now. There’s always something fun and exciting happening at TAG. Come check us out and remember… HAVE FUN!

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    Thanks for all the great info Ron. Efforts are underway to try and arrange some challenges with you all in various games. I would recommend any other communities to do the same. You all seem like an amazing group of gamers. Anyone that puts having fun at the top of their priorities is OK in my book.

    If you know of a community, or are in a community that would like to be spotlighted in the Community Profile then send me an email at tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com and tell me about it. Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s profile. Stop back next week for another great community.

    Posted by Dweezle

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D0304 T1847 Y2007Second Foundation

This week for the Community Profile I take a gander (yes… I stole a goose from them) at Second Foundation. For those who have not heard of them, SF is the community behind The Riot podcast. Fairly recently they held a community awards and this blogger and the TTL Community was lucky enough to be nominated. We all say thankya to them. So lets get to the juicy part, the inside info on their community. For the low-down I had a chat with Sigafoos and Brathnok. Soak it up.

  • How and when did your community start up?

    A lot of our community met in our former clan. We formed Second Foundation in November of last year when we decided to start a more community-focused clan that could put out the podcast and become sort of a hub for Halo sites to come and meet each other.

  • What meaning does your community’s name hold?

    Second Foundation was a name KryptoCleric came up with and I believe it truly personifies what our clan is. For many of us, it was the second “big” clan we were involved with and also has some science fiction undertones that fit in with Halo: yes, we stole it shamelessly from Asimov, and those who have read the Foundation series know that the Second Foundation is more of the behind-the-scenes group, setting things up from the shadows. Not that we try to be obscure, but we’d much rather do a good job than be famous.

  • How many people call your community home?

    Second Foundation the clan currently has 18 members, but that doesn’t show the whole picture. The unique thing about our community is that we try to be that gateway that brings other communities together. We have a fair amount of people from other clans that give us content for the show and come to hang out on our site. So, while the clan itself is fairly small our “community” includes everyone we cover on the show; this includes groups like the Gunslingers, the Halo 3 Webring, halo2.junk.ws and other great groups.

  • How do you go about luring people to the community and podcast?

    Brathnok: After hearing our show who wouldn’t want to come and hang out :)
    Sigafoos: We don’t really actively try to get people to listen, but I think covering other communities help a lot: a person would much rather listen to a show that has news they care about than one about something foreign to them.

  • What are some unique bylaws that your community enforces?

    I’m not sure if we have any unique bylaws, per say. I suppose you could say that while competitive clans require you to be competitive, we ask that you like contributing to the greater good; even if it’s just posting on our forums. Besides that we just have the standard “no cheating, don’t be a jerk, etc” rule set.

  • Beside the podcast, what do you do to keep the community members interested?

    We try to create other types of projects to keep the community interested. Brathnok came up with a new type of tournament called The Game, which we are working on making automated using PHP and MySQL; that should be a fun time and we’ll be looking for people to beta test it in a few months if all goes well. We also try to see what other people are out there doing to let our community members know if there are any tournaments or events to participate in. If we miss something, it’s only because we can’t see everything, which is why we ask that people let us know if they have any goings-on.

  • What other communities do you draw influence from when handling yours?

    We are constantly in touch with tons of other communities and to a degree they all have a slight influence on the way our works since they give us the content we need to function. Obviously we can’t help but live in Podtacular’s shadow, since they were the first Halo podcast, but we don’t think the two overlap much: Podtacular is more about the game itself while we’re about the communities that play the game.

  • What other podcasts influenced you to join the podcasting world?

    The Hotspot, from Gamespot. It’s the single greatest podcast ever created, and actually ruined all other podcast for us since no one else puts on a show like they do. That includes us, by the way.

  • What is the most memorable mile mark for your community?

    The Community Awards that we did at the start of the year. The awards show to us was exactly what we wanted to do with the community: it was a great way to bring everyone in together and was an amazing show to get to be a part of. People have said it’s the best show we’ve done and we have to agree. It was a lot of work but also incredibly fun and rewarding.

  • Any exciting things we can expect in the future?

    Tons and tons of stuff is going to be coming. We redid the site last week to generally positive reviews (if you liked red, we’re sorry). We also have a lot of projects that we are either developing or have almost finished, such as The Game that we mentioned earlier. Look for something big to happen with the show in the next few weeks as well. Then of course we expect everyone to turn out next year for the second annual Community Awards, which should be even bigger and better than this year’s. So, to summarize, “Yes.”

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    Thanks fellas for all the information. Second Foundation is doing a great job of coming up with original ideas that set you apart from your average Halo Podcast. Readers, make sure to have a swing by their site and tingle your ears with a plethora of podcasting goodness.

    If you know of a community, or are in a community that would like to be spotlighted in the Community Profile then send me an email at tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com and tell me about it. Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s profile. Stop back next week for another great community.

    Posted by Dweezle

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D0225 T1321 Y2007Gamerchix

Everyone enjoy the Oscars? My favorite part: The song with Jack Black and Will Farrell. Well enough of the past, lets focus on the present. Presently I am profiling an amazing community, the Gamerchix. The Gamerchix embody the true definition of a community, they breach clan lines and gather anyone with “two X chromosomes and an internet connection.” For more information about this I had a talk with Kitty, one of the founders of the group. Check out what she has to say.

  • How and when did your community start up?

    Gamerchix launched last year, on June 5th, because Trixie, DirtyDiva and myself wanted to create a place where women gamers could come and meet each other. Where it didn’t matter if you were a casual or competitive player, of if you’d been gaming your entire life, or you’d just bought your first console, you would still find a place to chat and have fun. We also were concerned about women trashing on other women, and wanted a group that was absolutely free from that. I think we’ve succeeded pretty well in all those areas so far.

  • What meaning does your community’s name hold?

    That has to be the easiest and shortest answer yet. We’re gamers, and we happen to be female.

  • How many people call your community home?

    Just shy of 1600 officially. We may well have broken that, but until Trixie announces the new girls….;)

  • How do you go about luring and screening people?

    Luring sounds so…stalkerish. We really don’t advertise, except whenever we get up onto the website. Most of our members are through word of mouth, a family member, a friend or a clan mate primarily. We don’t reject any interested female, but you do have to have those two XX chromosomes…And we find out pretty quickly if you don’t.

  • What are some unique bylaws that you enforce?

    I’m not sure that it’s unique, but we have a pretty heavy hand when it comes to any kind of trash talking another gamer, male Or female. We certainly expect differences of opinions, in fact we foster that, but we also want to see the respect come through as well.

  • What do you do to build camaraderie in your group?

    We have a thriving forum where everyone can meet up and our scheduled Monday night “Ladies Night” are extremely popular as well. We always have three options for that night, a 360 game, a classic Xbox game and an arcade game, so girls not only have the choice of what to play, but if they don’t have a title, or can’t easily get access to it,

  • Is there a specific game you all are focused around, or do you dabble in any virtual arena?

    You try getting 1600 people onto one game at a time and see how well that goes! Not at all, we have girls who play nothing but arcade, and others who play almost nothing but halo 2, like myself, so there’s no real way to do that. Nor do we really want to. The chix nights are about meeting your fellow gamers and having fun and maybe even trying a new game!

  • Are you all competitive? or do you focus more on a strong recreational environment?

    Like I said before, we definately didn’t want it to be focused in on one group of gamers. But that’s not to say there are no members who exhibt a competitive streak or two. We’ve even had a few clans form from the group, but the Gamerchix themselves will never be competitive. That’s what clans are for, and we are definatly not a clan.

  • I know there are many other communities that are associated with you all, what are some of your allies?

    I think allies is the wrong word, because I’d hope that we don’t have any ‘enemies’ as such. I’d go with affiliates instead, and they include members from clans, like TCG, GAL, PMS, KSI and other gaming communities like the Fragdolls and Cavegirls!

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    Thanks for all the info Kitty. It seems like you have an amazing community set up there. It truly is something to gather all girl gamers from many different clans and ally them together like that. Great job! Readers if you would like to find out more about Gamerchix then drop by the official site on Xbox or have a stop by their MySpace page.

    If you know of a community, or are in a community that would like to be spotlighted in the Community Profile then send me an email at tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com and tell me about it. Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s profile. Stop back next week for another great community.

    Posted by Dweezle

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D0218 T0206 Y2007Loading Reality

This Monday I am diving into the Matrix to figure out what is real? Actually, that is a lie, I am just profiling another great community. To be fair though I can’t help but think of the Matrix when hearing the name of this great community, Loading Reality. What IS reality? Well Loading Reality is a site that houses a community of gamers that gather to game together and talk about the games they play. Within this community there is a blog which serves as a writing tablet for reviews and regular podcasts. There is also a LR Forums which allows for any gamer to stop by, drop a word or two and interact with the community. Want more? Well you are in luck because I have plenty of information to fill your belly. I had a chat with Ryan, one of the leaders. Have a read.

  • How and when did your community start up?

    We officially kicked off LoadingReality.com about 2 months ago but the idea for our community has been in the works for about 6 months. LR was born from the ideas of many friends to create a gaming community that is, #1 about FUN and friendship. We had this grand idea in our head about a gaming podcast combined with a gaming blog and community which supported all types of clans and gaming systems. Over the last 2 months we have been rolling out our ideas and things have been coming together wonderfully.

  • What meaning does your community’s name hold?

    We bounced many ideas around as far as names and in the end the majority of us felt that Loading Reality was a great play on words and in the end I guess it means that we are just “real” gamers and “Real” friends.

  • How many people call your community home?

    We have over 30 on the Team (Staff) and just passed 130 members in our forums which we are very proud of since we have only been up and running about 2 months.

  • How do you go about luring and screening recruits?

    We are not what would be considered a Clan so we do not actively “recruit”. Our community is open to anyone no matter if you are in a clan or another community. The second you sign up on our forums your title will be changed to LR Member. Its a group effort and as long as people stay mature and respect each other they will be rewarded.

  • What are some unique bylaws that your community enforces?

    Id like to think that we are unique in that we have a core group of close friends who have been together for some time. This allows us to work as a GROUP and not as a structured clan like system where one person acts as if they are ‘over” all members . Everyones voice is important from the member who signed up on our forums today to the member who signed up 2 months ago . The only laws we have would be the basic… Respect every gamer…..Act Mature… No Cheating or Glitching of any sorts…..Participate and have fun!

  • What do you do to build camaraderie in your ranks?

    We have a number of ways that everyone can jump in and help out. We are rolling our a unique House system which I will detail later. We also have a podcast show called “The Weekly Upload” which has already surprised me with the number of downloads we are getting. Members will be featured on our podcast, which I think is a great way to show our members how much we appreciate them being with us. Also anyone can submit gaming news to our blog and if posted their LR Level goes up. We are in the process of developing an LR Level system which rewards each member when they participate in anything LR related.

  • What is the best way to get booted from your community?

    Luckily we have not had to boot anyone yet but the standard rules apply when on this subject. Remember respect and fair gaming is what we stand for. We are an easy going group but also enjoy good teamwork and want everyone at LR to have a great experience. If a member is creating a non friendly place for certain members to game then they will be asked to leave.

  • What games does your group prefer?

    Right now we are heavy into Gears of War, Halo 2 and will be fully supporting GRAW2 and the Halo 3 beta. We also will have sports leagues starting up soon.

  • What is your poison/passion: Do you like MLG, online ladders, recreational?

    Our Passion is simply gaming with each other. No matter what the game or setup in the particular game I am most proud of how we all get along as a group. We have come a long way together and every time I get a chance to jump into a game with LR members its a great time. If you are looking for just a great group of guys and gals to game with, stop by and join in.

  • Any exciting things on the way?

    Actually quite a few things are on the way as we roll out new sections and ideas to LoadingReality.com. We just drafted our teams for the first Season of our HOUSES concept which pits 4 Houses against each other in a League format. Each week Houses will compete against each other for season points in Gears of War and Halo 2. So far its been a big hit and even through the season has started we will accept new House members, so jump over and join in.

    We also just kicked off another blog based on our own Kari (TheDonWan) who is blessed to be located in the heart of MS and is VERY connected to the Bungie team and other high profile Xbox personalities. She will be blogging about her experiences and will have exclusive interviews with all sorts of well known gaming personalities. You can find her blog at kari.loadingreality.com.

    Also stay tunned to our weekly gaming podcast called “The Weekly Upload” , we kicked off our guest list a couple weeks ago with KP from bungie and we have some big plans for guests in the future.

    In closing I’d like to thank Dweezle and the TTL Community for all the great work they do for gamers all over the world. Its an honor to be asked to be on your Community Profile. We have many team members who really do enjoy gaming and getting to know your members.

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    Thanks for the info Ryan and good job at getting the site rolling. It has a ton of features so plenty of room to personalize. Congrats to Kari as well for getting her own blog, but interviewing gaming personalities? No one does that… (end sarcasm and irony here). Readers make sure to stop by their site and check out a podcast or two and browse through their forums. It is a cool community and between selling lemonade and perching like a bird, I enjoy all my games with members from LR.

    If you know of a community, or are in a community that would like to be spotlighted in the Community Profile then send me an email at tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com and tell me about it. Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s profile. Stop back next week for another great community.

    Posted by Dweezle

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D0211 T0303 Y2007O7AH

Hello everyone. This week the Artist Formally Known As Clan Profiles has changed it’s name. It is only fitting to call it a Community Profile since the word “Clan” really only applies to Halo 2, a bunch of angry Scots, and a naughty organization. Really these groups are more likes communities since their reach extends beyond that of a tab pulled up by the Y button in Halo 2. So from now on these will be referred to as Community Profiles.

This week I profile the O7AH Clan. For anyone not looking deep into the name it seems like an odd name for a group. All will be explained as Compton of O7AH tell whats the meaning of the clan name is. Have a read.

  • How did your community start up?

    Back in 2003 Compton started a “chapter” on the 7th column called CMSU’s OTAH which was just a place for people who attended Central Missouri State University to gather together in the name of Halo. Through that particular iteration of what was to become O7AH Compton met PoopsMcGee. When Halo 2 dropped on 11/9/2004 Compton and Poops started their own separate clans. Those clan just were not enough to stand alone. So, Kappin on Suckkas, Clique Pow Clique, and the third leg of our glorious tripod Skyline combined our clans and formed what is now O7AH.

  • What meaning does your community’s name hold?

    Back when we were playing Halo 1 in the dorms one of the guys had one of those DVD towers and the Halo case was in it and it just so happened to be upside down. Well when he looked at it he asked if we wanted to play “OTAH”. We laughed but the nickname stuck. Oh, and yeah we know if you look at it upside down the “A” looks more like a “V” but you tell us how to pronounce OTVH. Chalk up the mistake to hours lost in the multiplayer abyss of networked dorm rooms. Don’t believe us look at the picture its not too hard to imagine. We threw the 7 in there because of Compton’s infatuation with everything Bungie. Damn fanboys.

  • How many people call your community home?

    We currently have 30+ members in the clan itself and something like 60 members in our mini-community, or as most would call it our forum.

  • How do you go about luring and screening recruits?

    People who wish to venture into the land of O7AH have to endure great hardships. First off there are The Rules… maybe rules isn’t the best word perhaps guidelines would be better, yes guidelines. Anyway, they have to memorize all 129 guidelines, the they are subjected to one of the absolute worst montages ever created, which was made by one of our members and after that they have to play with the Overlords so that we can get to know what their character is like. The best thing about the guidelines is that they are a joke, and you would also be surprised how often people try to compliment the montage. Would you enjoy watching someone running around aimlessly with a plasma pistol for more then a minute and a half with no eventful occurrence in sight? They seem to.

  • What are some unique bylaws that your community enforces?

    We will let some of the Rules speak for themselves:

    46. Do not sit in a lobby and sulk. It draws attention in a negative way. Draw attention to yourself, but on your own terms.

    50. In the event that there is a disagreement between Num13e12s and anyone, Num13e12s is wrong. (Note: If Num13e12s is the anyone then he is still wrong.).

    117. Whenever anyone divulges a little known Halo/Master Chief/Bungie/Magic The Gathering factoid, NEEEERRRRDDDDDDD must be declared in a loud and clear voice for all to hear so that the mockery can commence.

  • What do you do to build camaraderie in your ranks?

    That is simple. You would be surprised how far sarcasm, shared inside jokes and Seinfeld references will get you in that department.

  • What is the best way to get booted from your community?

    If someone is caught cheating they will get booted, or if they can not form a sentence with out using one of the “big 4 words” as Compton refers to them and for this one time only they are: [shudder]... rape, garbage, noob, and bad kid. We have only had to boot one member in our entire existence, and it was for cheating.

    Rule 49b. Cody broke our heart.

  • What gametypes does your community prefer?

    For matchmaking it would have to be Big Team Slayer/Skirmish hands down.
    When it comes to customs nothing beats Chiggen Ball!! (Lockout sword ball, with the ball carrier running around like crazy)

  • What is your poison/passion: Matchmaking? Customs? Challenges? MLG?

    We play a lot of Matchmaking, but challenges are the thing we love as a clan the most. We love getting to know other clans, and getting great matches to write about. We all have so much in common, but it is great to get to know about the things that set us apart.

  • What is the closest game your community has had in an arranged challenge?

    We recently had 2 ridiculously close matches. Both took place on Lockout. We fell short 49-50 in both matches. The competitors were our good friends at TTL and also our new found acquaintances The Cavegirls. (Side note: Don’t believe bs angel’s soften you up with her kind demeanor and random laughter. ITS A PLOY I SWEAR.)

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    Thank you very much Compton for all the great info. Readers, if you would like to learn more about Clan O7AH then have a stop by their site. They are an amazing group of people and I am sure it would be more than worth anyone’s time to drop a challenge their way.

    If you know of a community, or are in a community that would like to be spotlighted in the Community Profile then send me an email at tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com and tell me about it. Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s profile. Stop back next week for another great community.

    Posted by Dweezle

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D0128 T1313 Y2007HBO Forerunners

Welcome readers to another Clan Profile for this frigid week of January. This week I take a look at the HBO Forerunners. They take their prefix from the ever-popular Halo site, Halo.Bungie.Org, otherwise known as HBO (not the movie channel). Hopefully if you are reading this right now you know all about HBO. If you are interested in more information then drop by the Forerunner’s Site and take a look. I took a more direct route and chatted with them personally. Here are their responses. This one is a tad different as a few different people chimed in on the answers.

  • How and when did your clan start up?

    Ninj (TS N1NJ4): The HBO clan story is long and boring. Obviously a lot of HBO people wanted a way to get together and play around the time that halo came out. One clan wasn’t enough, so it split into 5. KP was put in charge of the whole deal. Clans were split up by location west, central, east, everywhere else and competitive. Due to overlord troubles and various scandals, we are now down to three clans, and of those only two are active in any real capacity. Much love to our little girly sister clan the HBO Helljumpers. I think we are about a year and a quarter old by now. I remember a birthday…
    Stee(n1ghthawk117): Yep we’re HBO’s Midwest clan, and no, we don’t like corn.

  • What meaning does your clan’s name hold?

    Trev: Erm… That we have been around for a long time, and no matter how far gone we become, how distant from our roots we stray, we will forever remain a legacy, if not for the world, than for each other. No Forerunner ever gets forgotten, take it from me, I left for a year, came back, and resumed things as if I never left.
    Ninj: History according to Trev… All of the HBO (halo.bungie.org) clans were supposed to be named after something from the halo universe. Forerunners sound pretty cool, so I chose the forerunners.

  • How many people call your clan home?

    Dan (DJstan): I’d say just the right amount.
    Stee: According to B.Net there’s 55. The core of our clan is a AwesomeMcTacular group of a dozen or so who interact with the clan daily through IRC and our forums.

  • How do you go about luring and screening recruits?

    uber (uberhax0r): They flock to us based on how much coolness we radiate, which is a lot. I’m not sure how we screen…I’m not even sure how I got in.
    Stee: We don’t need to recruit. Do you see Bungie recruiting recruiting people to buy Halo? No, people pay for that stuff. It’s the same situation here.
    Ninj: Yeah, that’s about it. If people want to join, they are in. I screen them by taking forever to add them to the clan list. If they still want to play with us, they have the right stuff.

  • What are some unique bylaws that your clan enforces?

    Ninj: Bylaw? Whats a bylaw?
    Uber: Though shalt have at least 1 pink elite profile
    Ninj: Yeah, the pink elites are important. That and respect. Be cool to people.

  • What do you do to build camaraderie in your ranks?

    Wes (cheaptrickfan09): Everything we do builds camaraderie. The most active members of our clan are very close knit, which comes from loads of custom games in which we all try to participate. As well, we often like to break dance in our pink Elite profiles. Something that has been big for out clan, though, is our IRC channel (Dubbed the ORC by us, after a former Forerunner, Oscar, who is loved and missed by all {not dead, on a mission}.). That’s the easiest way to get to know everybody; join our ORC channel or jump in a custom game with us. Side Note: Drunken Sniping is a very good way to build camaraderie
    Ninj: As a disclaimer, we don’t encourage drinking and halo. Especially not the underage kind. It makes some of us feel better though, as we wouldn’t be able to win otherwise.

  • What is the best way to get booted from your clan?

    Uber: Any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct (name calling, taunting, cow slaying, etc…)
    Ninj: Pretty much you have to have an undying hatred for happiness. There has been a grand total of one person ever removed from our clan, and believe me, it took a lot. I might boot someone if their GT expires, but looking at our list… I guess I have never done that.

  • What gametypes do you prefer?

    Stee: Pink elite needlers-only oddball on Waterworks. No shooting or grabbing the oddball.
    Ninj: We call it pow-wow!

  • What is your poison/passion: matchmaking? customs? challenges? MLG?

    Sam (Soulfist7): Customs.
    Uber: Hiding?
    Ninj: Im really at a loss. I would say our passion is our poison, or the other way around. We love just letting everyone play regardless of skill level. That is no way to win clan matches though. We have never backed down from a clan challenge, and we know how to have fun when we are getting our butts handed to us!

  • What is the closest game your clan has had in a clan challenge?

    Uber: Not sure, but I need to share this story. We were playing assault on coagulation (we were defense) and I was at the opponents’ base on a truly splendid massacre when I hear the screams of my teammates over the headset. I quickly jack the opponents’ ghost and race across the map. As I approach our base, I see that they are arming the bomb in our base; I jump and hurl a wild frag grenade into the sky, towards our base. as I get to the base ramp, the grenade goes off…inside the base! it killed the opponent who was arming the bomb, then i hopped down inside and shotgunned the escort, and I saved the day. ta-da! Video of said awesome moment.
    Ninj: I would like to add, while all this was going on, I was somewhere, getting killed.
    Dan: To answer the question we’ve played like three. None were close.
    Ninj: I think we got a kill against the HBO Lekgolos

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    Thanks guys for the feedback. It was all very informative with just enough spice. Sort of like the perfect stew… ... Anyways. Thanks again. Readers if you want to find out more out these group of gamers or the rest of the HBO clans then stop by HBO and browse around.

    If you know a clan, or are in a clan that would like to be spotlighted in the Clan Profile then send me an email at tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com and tell me about it. Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s profile. Stop back next week for another great clan.

    Posted by Dweezle

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