The end has come, retiring from Guild Leading

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Katiechops, Aug 2, 2014.

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    Katiechops Guild Master

    After over 10 years of Guild Leading I have decided its time to take a step back and take life a bit easier.

    Why? A mix of reasons, 10 years guild leading and continually rebuilding a community over various games takes a good bit of effort and time. I no longer have the time and commitment to run a big successful guild in the future so will be looking to help them along rather than lead.

    The BOON Community and the thousands of BOONs have been awesome over the past 10 years. So many old friends and great times and I hope this community continues to hang out and find each other in new games the website and TS will stay up and it will always be a place to find each other as the years roll on.

    I'd like to thank everyone who has helped make BOON what it was, the support guys looking after forums and TS etc, range of officers over the years who put in loads of effort and time helping run the guild and raids over the years and ofc all the members who helped make BOON what it was, a homely, fun guild who knew how to play.

    I felt I needed to make this post so everyone knew where they stood new and old, the WoW guild is still running and I dare say will push on in WoD, but it is very unlikely there will be new BOON guilds for future games so when new games are coming out like Archeage etc you will need to look for a new home I am afraid as I will not be setting up a new BOON guild for the new games.

    I guess its not the news a lot of you wanted to hear it was one of the hardest decisions I have taken in my life tbh but its one I have thought about over the past year and now and it's almost a relief to have finally taken it.

    I am very easy to find so don't be strangers!

    Chops <3

    PS was going to link some great times, but hey the guild history says enough good times :) oh and my KC facebook page :p
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    Katiechops Guild Master

    Guild Creation and the First Golden Age of BOON

    BOON Control is an old mmo Guild / Community it was born back in 2005 when Katiechops merged his guild "Pest Control" with another friendly guild "The Fellowship of the BOON" to form a new bigger guild BOON Control in preparation for Molten Core and 40 man raiding.

    The guild became a successful and prominent raid guild with a lovely reputation for ganking! Katiechops along with many other fine BOON Officers and members took the guild through Vanilla and TBC. TBC was truly a golden age for the guild and its strong sense of community was firmly entrenched in 2007 we did 270 raids from Karazan through to Black Temple and defeating Illidan. My favourite movie of that time was not one of a single boss kill but a collection of screenshots that I had taken over the year as the guild progressed together towards its common goal.

    Favourite boss kill movie

    Next came Warhammer online, Katiechops still had misty eyes looking back to his past times in Lineage 2 and its sieges and couldn't resist the opportunity to take BOON Control into that environment, all went well we destroyed Destruction in the Warzones and Conquered the RvR areas. However rapid success went against us, the RvR was still broken and night after night at looking at us holding keeps etc and the zone capturing mechanic being totally broken started to get tiresome.

    With no fix in sight and the badly timed (yeah for EA/Mythic) release of Wrath of the Lich King 80% of the guild returned to WoW, what remained merged with an ally guild "Mystical Awakening" for the remainder of their time in Warhammer.

    Two BOONs and two paths, Katiechops stayed and played Warhammer with MA but also learned from that experience. From that point on we would make new BOON Control Guilds for every new game the guild was going to play to ensure the guild kept strong and was committed to that game.

    The Second Golden Age of BOON

    When Aion arrived a new BOON Control for Aion was set up and the two BOON Controls effectively parted their ways the old WoW BOON Control can still be found on Kazzak but to all intents and purposes is a completely separate guild now.

    Aion was exactly the game needed to make a kick ass siege guild and pre-release a 73 member BOON Guild all of whom had played alongside Katiechops in previous games was ready and raring to go.

    Aion truly became a second golden age for BOON Control the guild set out with one mission to dominate the siegefield and destroy the Asmodians. When the guild took to the siegefield the server noticed, such was the guild success the guild would have over ten thousand Abyss Medals and other spoils of war in the bank.

    The guilds success in sieging was immediately noticed by NCsoft and BOON Control was the first EU guild featured in the official Aion magazine for their siege success and sheer number of enemies killed. Article here.

    The guild went on to form the Elyos Alliance with some ally guilds which in turn dominated the Abyss eventually leading to BOON Control capturing Divine Fort and complete Abyss domination. This feat was repeated after the server mergers which brought us an influx of Asmodians from Caster who despite being a successful siege faction on Caster meet the same fate as their Telemachus brothers and BOON retook Divine fort with the aid of all the Elyos.

    Then server transfers came, the Asmos ran and the EZ Mode Elyos arrived and it was said...

    As a siege guild the game was over and a couple of months later we disbanded the guild, there are countless movies of Telemachus Elyos sieging many are in our media section so I'll link a mix and match of us doing stuff in Aion and one of our transformer team in action.

    The Wilderness Years

    After Aion, came the wilderness years we knew the next game we wanted to play, Guild Wars 2 but we also knew it was years away so the guild entertained itself doing all sorts of gaming crap picking up and droping games at random just for some light fun and to pass time and hang out with their mates.

    Several weak mmo's came and went, Rift, SWTOR, Tera, with no significant end game, none kept players past their subs and hence the hellish reputation the mmo market has these days, however there was always a light at the end of the tunnel, Guild Wars 2 was starting to shape up and from the far east news of new mmo Archage was filtering through to the west.

    BOON Control had some pretty significant highlights during the wait for GW2, the most obvious for anyone following the guild or GW2 was BOON Control being invited to Gamescom 2011 to help out at the Guild Wars 2 battleground stand for the week and help demonstrate the battlegrounds for the first time on the ESL stand against the Arenanet game designers we lost 3-0 but hey we were playing them at their own game! Fridays match, massacred after a bad start first match, almost got them second but just couldn't hold out.

    Another highlight for the guild was gaining access to Archage, XLGames gave us access to their beautiful new game, they watched us streaming a one week beta in the west and after seeing the sheer number of hits we managed to get on our stream and other Archeage materials, gave us press access to try and raise its profile in the west. hmm who did we meet at Gamescom and showed them GW2 that has a Youtube channel with almost 1 billion views? That's right the Yogscast crew. So we took them on whirlwind jaffacake fueled tour of the game that was a truly hysterical experience to say the least, they are nutters! Oh and the movies have past the 2 million views mark on Youtube, so job done imo.

    The rest of the Yogscast and BOON Control Archage movies here

    The Third Golden Age of BOON

    Guild Wars 2 finally arrived and after months of being courted by pretty much every server initiative, well in NA/EU, BOON opted to decline them all and pick a low population Tier 8 server, basically to avoid drama, politics and most importantly WvW ques.

    And this we did allowing us to raid as a guild every night and dominate the WvW maps we were on night after night, we had settled on Piken Square and were not alone many strong WvW guilds had thought the same and Piken soon grew a reputation of being the strongest prime time WvW server in the EU and it started to work it way through the Tiers, at times it would sit still but after a couple of weeks of getting destroyed all prime time bigger heavy populated servers would yield and let us pass up the Tiers until finally reaching Tier 2.

    BOON and Piken go separate ways, by Tier 2 the servers great reputation and low population ment it was the obvious choice for WvW migrators to go to and the community split, the majority wanted to deliberately lose to go back down a few Tiers to avoid ques and discourage the migrators.

    BOON and other guilds, Red Guard, ECL and sIN respected the choice of the majority and choose to migrate to Seafarer's rest another Tier 2 medium population server where we would help them push for Teir 1.

    Seafarers did indeed become a power house, and was promoted to Tier 1 the following week and went on to dominate Tier 1 winning the next 5 weeks in a row until the Doomsday arrived!

    A free transfer to any Medium / low population server was announced to the servers horror being a medium population server. Seaferers was the EU number one ranked server and a medium populated in the space 24 hours it was swamped by every WvW wannbie in the EU and over night became unviable for us as quing for hours to WvW was never an option for BOON and due to the massive ques BOON chose to leave Teir 1 undefeated to move to a quieter server, but to all intense and purposes we had seen it all and did it all having fought 23 of the 27 server in the EU servers across every Tier in the EU and the guild effectively retired from the game.

    BOON achieved the one thing it wanted from GW2 to fight hard and give servers a hard time during prime time and we did just that taking their upgraded Keeps and Towers off them during prime time while they are actively defending them be it in Teir 8 or Teir 1 they still fell to our determination.

    There plenty of movies in the media section to showing some monster WvW Keep takes, here are just a couple.

    Some Open WvW

    Epic 40 min Tier 1 three faction prime time Keep take

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    Maskerad Veteran BOON

    Best of luck, you earned your retirement. There's nothing else to say really, you ran stuff perfectly and I think everyone who played with or under you can recognize that - no words can describe it :)
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    Katiechops Guild Master

    Thanks, was really hard to do. Only 7 days until Gamscom! So see you very soon :p
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    Xelendar Veteran BOON

    Sad to see you go m8, but I totally understand. Best wishes and hope to see you all around in the future.
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    Allstar Just A "Member"

    Can I have your stuff?

    But yeah, as sad as this is it's the best decision for you and for the guild.

    Thanks for the memories, thanks for making Aion Telemachus one of the best gaming experiences of my life (even if I wasn't in the guild).

    See you next week :D
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    Alaisy Veteran BOON

    Sorry to see you retire KC, had a great time raiding/pvping with you!
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    Blackspear "The Random"


    When you have home like this one you don't look for a new one! You either stick with it or go homeless!
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    Deviltail Veteran BOON

    Hugging Chops
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    Katiechops Guild Master

    yeah save that for next week kk ;)
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    Xelendar Veteran BOON

    Crap now i feel bad not going to GC this year :'(
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    Rinel Veteran BOON

    u cant leave until u teach yr son how to lead us! that's what true scottish leaders should do =P
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    Ywvi Community Member

    -Any old grumpy Scotchman to take the lead from now on?
    -Frak it, lets take up sports!

    GG and take care!
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    Gurtholfin Veteran BOON

    A well deserved retirement mate. I hadn't realised you had hit 65 just yet, but thinking about it, it should be around now. I hope you enjoy the retirement, take it easy and spend some time with the grandkids.

    Great times in the guild.... still hanging around all these years later from fond memories (and funny videos!).

    Best guild leader eva!
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    Fizzee Veteran BOON

    Well.... Fuck..... Genuinely a bit at a loss right now. It's kinda like having your local pub close down! :'(
    All I can say to you Chops is a huge thank-you. Since joining boon I've only played whichever game is the boon game that month as this community is so awesome.

    Enjoy the "retirement", and I hope this means no more broken mice and headsets!!!
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    Sheebaa Veteran BOON

    Twas great raiding with you Chops and the guild ... thank you for that!
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    Katiechops Guild Master

    Nah I will still break stuff dude, I am still planning mmos and games still just not making the guild for them anymore.
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    Trixeh Veteran BOON

    Good times were had ^_^
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    Koja Veteran BOON

    i never thought it would end like that, and i still cant belive it i have enjoyed in BOON and i have met awesome ppl and players.....this is like something i would never thought off am speech less and i wont say a goodbye ill be waiting to see what is our next mmo will be with you KC
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    vagabound Veteran BOON

    KC thanx for all the leading and fun, since Aion BC was the best reason for me to play MMO, Ur leading will be missed, although half of the time u got mad i couldnt understand (but got the meaning :)
    Thanx for evrything an cya at GC

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