Jun 6, 2012 2:21 PM
Hello gamers everywhere! I've come here today to deliver a message of great importance - the Impact Gaming Community is now expanding!
Impact Gaming Community (IGC) is a MMO gaming community that has had 2 great years of success, and we are looking to improve upon that success and extend our reach passed our MMO base by incorporating the FPS and RTS genres of gaming as well.
We are doing this for a couple of reasons:
1) Our members love all genres of gaming and frequently visit our old haunts between raids.
2) There has been a large inter-community interest in group play for some of these titles as of late (such as Diablo, League of Legends, Call of Duty, Battlefield, etc.) and it is about time we do something about it.
This is a quite a large step for us as a community to take, and the expectations are high; but we are confident we can double our membership over the coming months and make non-MMO game nights a frequent occurrence. To usher in this new era for IGC, we are looking for dedicated gamers with a profound interest and desires to not only actively participate, but to also take the reins of leadership into their hands. The steady influx of natural leaders over the past 2 years has been the backbone of our successful expansions into new titles. Even if you do not wish to take a leadership role, paying a visit to our website cannot hurt, and who knows, you might just find something you like.
And for those readers who are still unsure if this is the place for them... here is a brief lesson in the history and philosophy of IGC that will paint a clearer picture of how we do things:
IGC kicked off as a small group of friends in July 2010 who formed Neutral Impact. Two years later, the Final Fantasy XIV chapter is still going strong, with a sizeable active playerbase (between 15 and 20), and is the embodiment of what IGC is at its core. Later that year when Trion's RIFT: Planes of Telara was making some buzz on the MMO front lines, we found several of our members that were interested in giving the new-kid-on-the-block a chance, and thus gave birth to Violent Impact and the Impact Gaming Community was officially founded.
Since then we have added many a guilds from various MMOs such as Star Wars: The Old Republic (Radiant Impact and Dark Impact), Star Trek Online (Tactical Impact), and World of Warcraft. At this point, we find no challenge to immense and we are looking to prove it by our expansion into new realms outside of MMORPGs.
The question "So what are you (IGC) all about?" is often asked, and here is the short and sweet answer. IGC is about having fun. We are mature adults that are 100% business when it comes to in-game progression, but we are not so littered with free time in that we raid/progress every night of the week. We take 10-15 hours a week out of our lives and put that towards our respective game's progression and that is it. Why? Because real life comes first.
It takes a lot of hard work and cooperation to keep even one guild running smoothly in this age of coming and going MMOs (and games in general); now multiply that a factor of five and put it all under a single banner. You now know the workload of our community. To put it bluntly, we are extremely organized, and in order to keep up with the workload, there are several procedures that we partake in to maintain not only each guild, but the community as a whole.
The community manager (myself) and all the guild leaders hold monthly meetings where we update each other on the status of each individual guild and brainstorm together on what can be done to give our players a better experience and keep the guild alive (if anything need be done at all). Despite each guild being its own entity and managed solely by the guild master and his cabinet of officers, we are a community and treat it as such; no soldier is left behind, be it managerial or regular member. We truly take the word "community" to heart, and we are here not for ourselves, but for each other.
The guild structure is nothing special, but therein lies the beauty of it. In descending order you have your Guild Master, Officers, Full Member, Trial Member, and Friends & Family ranks. This simple yet elegant system is reflected on both our forums and TeamSpeak via permissions, and leaves no confusion as to the role each rank plays in the guild.
Believe it or not, adding new chapters is also an integral part that keeps us alive and kicking. With new games comes the prospect of not just active and retired players coming out to play, but also integrating new players, and their talents, into IGC. Once enough interest has been accumulated (half a dozen or more players), we make it official and start staffing the managerial positions (be it fully in-house or not). At this point website and forum space is dedicated, the guild master and officers are assigned personal e-mail accounts for professional communication, and recruitment posts highlighting goals, philosophy, and strengths are up for all of the internet to see.
As mentioned earlier, we wish to expand our community to give our current members an even larger and more diverse playerbase to enjoy gaming with. Expansion into the FPS and RTS genres houses an importance so close to our desire that it is near unfathomable. With that in mind, we wish to bring various FPS and RTS "Gamer Groups" to IGC. Each group will decide their unique name and play a part in their specially designed artwork for the chapter that will be featured on both the guild website and videos alike.
IGC has a lot to offer both new and seasoned gamers alike, especially if you are looking for a home without all of the rotating doors of smaller establishments. A list for your viewing pleasure:
1) An absolutely gorgeous and intuitive Website and high user-limit TeamSpeak server (both paid for until the end of time) - Due to our size, having these things was simply a must. If we are to bring the best experience to our members, we cannot be burdened with un-navigable websites or VoIP servers that are constantly full, it would simply be unforgiveable if we did not provide our players with the best possible tools with which to enjoy their gaming with.
2) Quality Leadership & Organization from the ground up - All of the leaders and officers are personally interviewed and the right candidate for the job is the one holding the title, there is no half-assing of anything at IGC. From system e-mails that ping everyone in the community, to frequent guild status and development meetings, we have it all, and it is all of the highest quality we can provide. Transparency is at the heart of this system, and never will someone be left "out of the loop."
3) Community in the truest sense of the word - We are all one big family. We might all have our own personal interests and opinions, but at the end of the day, we are here to enjoy each other's company and have a good time while doing so. Whether you want to immerse yourself in just your favorite game, or take several bites of the proverbial gaming pie, IGC has what you’re looking for.
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With that said, we are looking for gamers of all types right now, particularly those looking to build FPS and RTS clans. If you’re interested, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your inquiry and let’s chat on TS!
Thank you for your time and interest in IGC, and we all hope to hear from you soon!
IGC Community Manager