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Acolyte Leadership

Leadership of the Acolytes

Community Founder/Director - FatGoat Hieru

I will try and summarize my gaming history as well as I can. I will try not to ramble off onto to many tangents. My gaming history started with Everquest. I believe I was about 20 or 21 years old at the time. My friend introduced me to Everquest and said that I had to try it. I loved the game. I loved the social aspect and I of course loved the original troll shape. I mostly played a Troll Shadowknight by the name of Buzak on the Druzzil Ro server. It drew me in as I am sure many get drawn in with their first MMO staying up late and playing whenever you had free time. I also really liked how you could put your best gear onto a fresh level 1 character if you so desired. It was mainly just me and my friend that played the game and I never really got into any guilds.

After Everquest I started to play a new MMO at the time named Anarchy Online. It was the first Sci-Fi MMO of it's time and it promised a three faction (Clan, Omni, Neutral) world war with an ongoing story plot run by the company with in game events orchastrated by the company. I totally immersed myself into this game. It had an indepth skill system and it was the first game that created and used instancing. I created a clan Opifex Agent and his name was Redruum. I leveled up pretty slowly as I always have in my gaming life, but this time was a little different. I felt the urge that I should start a guild or organization as they were called in Anarchy Online. The name of my organization was the Clan Anarchist Syndicate or CAS for short. I seem to have a talent for recruiting members so it wasn't long before my organization was fairly large. I would organize "raids" in the enemy Omni zones and what was great is almost all of the enemy zones including their towns were PVP enabled. I had a "reporter" in my organization that would write up each of our "raids" and at the time you could submit them to Funcom's page and they would post them on their website. After a while it seems I became a Most Wanted man in Rubi Ka by Funcom's Omni Pol police ahead of some of their own NPC's that they would use on in game story events.

Henry Radiman was the leader of all the Clans and a Funcom NPC character used for in game story events. After a while a Funcom employee contacted me in game, in character of course, and told me that a group by the name of Red Freedom needed a good agent that could snipe a target when the time arised. I started getting involved in these in game scenario's run by Funcom and they would tell me what they needed me to do. The story went on and there was to be this huge public speech done by the leader of the Clans, Henry Radiman, an NPC character run by Funcom. Funcom makes a big deal about it and posts the event on their website to keep the storyline going. Before the day of this speech in front all these players my "contact" in Red Freedom told me that for the good of all the Clans I must assassinate Henry Radiman during his speech. I am sitting in my chair thinking HELL YEAH I will do it lol, but I played out my role in game and asked a few questions as to why. My contact said he was really working with the Omni and I will be a hero to the people. I get there that night on my perch and I shoot when they tell me to shoot. Radiman is dead. Mass chaos erupts in the zone. The next day Funcom posts on their website that Omni Pol was able to track some communications between myself and my contact, so they mention my name on their site and write some stuff I never said, but was pretty fun and cool. But anyways I could go on and on with that. You can see why I loved Anarchy Online. The GM's would have events in game and involve the players and spawn random things out of the sky and it was pretty fun. As time went on it seemed that Funcom had a hard on for me as their dev's created a suit of armor in the game named after my organization.

While all this was going on a woman by the name of Heather Chaplin contacted me in game. She said to me, "Hello Redruum I am writing a book and I was talking with Funcom and they thought it would be a good idea if I contact you and interview you about your play in Anarchy Online for this chapter on MMO's in my book." I of course said sure! We talked off and on for a while and I ended up being highlighted in the MMO chapter of her book named Smartbomb: The Quest for Art, Entertainment, and Big Bucks in the Videogame Revolution
. Unfortunately I can't seem to find the interview any longer, but there was a guild in AO named Gridstream Productions that would stream music that people could listen to while they played and they had an interview with myself, the author of the book and Gaute Godager.

After years of Anarchy Online I started to play EverQuest 2 when it came out. This is where the name Hieru originated. It was given to me by a random name generator within EQ2. I played a Paladin on the Crushbone server and made various other characters on the Crushbone server and did some raiding. I got bored after a while and started playing numerous other MMO's that were out at the time until the announcement of the release of a new MMO caught my eye. That new MMO was named Age of Conan. Before the game was even released I knew I was going to love the game due to it's mature content, boobs, decapitations, blood, etc. It had been a while since I actually ran a guild and I made the decision that I am going to make a guild for Age of Conan. Since the game was very lore heavy I knew I couldn't go in with a guild name like Clan Anarchist Synicate so after some heavy thought I decided on the name Acolytes. Skullcrusher was my very first member and is still with us to this day. Being pretty active with the beta and the AoC community I was some how able to get contacted by G4 who wanted to fly me out to their building in CA for a show they had called the MMO Report. At the time we had a member in Acolytes that worked for E!. I asked him if he could get me Morgan Webb's, Olivia Munn's and some other people's email addresses. He of course came through for me and I ended up emailing those people stating that I would be in their studio's on such and such date and I was wondering if I could sit in on their shows that day I was there. I never got a response from any of them, but the contact that initially contacted me at G4 was furious and wanted to know how I got those people's email addresses. I refused to say how of course, so he canceled my trip and interview at G4 and informed me that I am permanently banned from the G4 building. I never get tired of telling that story, but anyways I was able to recruit a large number of members for the launch of the game and as they say, the rest is history.

I can honestly say that I feel like the Acolytes are a second family to me. I have been through a lot of up's and down's through life and there has always been one constant here for me besides my children and that is this community. Life changes over the years that is for sure. Some good, some bad. I personally cannot play video games like I once was able to due to various reasons, but I don't think I will ever be able to truly give up this Acolyte community. At this point of the communities life it is much bigger then any one man or woman. It has taken on a life of it's own. It is an entity upon itself. People will come and people will go as the years roll on, but it seems so far that over all these years the Acolytes will continue on.

Community Director - Cach

I’ve been an Acolyte for a long time. I’ve been here for almost 10 years now, and I’ve some things…man…I’ve seen some things. I started out as just a regular member, coming from successful Guild Leadership runs in Dungeon and Dragons Online and World of Warcraft. It wasn’t long before I was putting myself out there to be a leader in the Acolytes. I started with just maintaining the website, and ended up in roles covering, PVP, PVE, Recruitment, etc. I’ve led our Chapters in Warhammer Online and Star Wars the Old Republic, but my heart was always with our Age of Conan Chapter.

As Community Director I oversee the development of our community both in web presence and in the games we play. I am here to help guide our Chapter Leaders and their Officers to the best plausible decision they can make in any situation as well as ensure that the Acolyte Standard is met within each Chapter. I also take care of the History of the Acolytes and the infamous “Archive of Acolytes”.

Outside of the Acolytes I am a father of three daughters: Olivia (8), Ashlyn (4) and Adale (2). You can more often than not hear them in the background when I am on Mumble arguing about something, or singing along to some random Disney movie. I am a self-made land baron, living in Northern Illinois (about 30 miles north of Hieru) and work from home primarily. I love fishing, camping and tooling around in the garage on my cars. I currently own a 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 Custom SRT Venom (500 hp/500 ft lb/501 cubic inches), 1966 Chevelle SS with a 383, 2013 Scion FR-S Boxer, 1975 Victory Motorcycle, 2012 Harley Davidson Softail Fatboy Midnight Special and the bones to a 1987 Jeep CJ-7. I live on 8 acres of land, soon to be 18 acres of land just outside of Belvidere, IL.

Nowadays I am playing DOTA2 and DayZ but I am looking forward to the next generation of Acolytes.

What is the Acolyte Community Council and who is in it?

One of our consistent goals over the years has been to provide a fun and entertaining atmosphere for Acolytes to enjoy the games they enjoy playing with fellow Acolytes. We also need to prepare and plan for the future as well to grow and mature as a community as new games come out. We also like to look outside the gaming world and do various things like making a difference with fundraisers, having an Acolyte apparel and accessories shop, and hopefully other things we haven't even thought of yet.

I would like to announce that we have created the "Acolyte Community Council". This is a community leadership core for any current or future Acolyte community decisions, suggestions, directions, ideas that need to be discussed. We feel this is a good mix of old and new blood within the community. I respect each and every one of their opinions and I think it is good that we have a diverse group to continue the growth of the Acolytes as a whole over time.

I want to make it clear, we want and still encourage everyone's opinion and suggestions on what they would like to see happen within the Acolyte community. Do not ever stop giving your suggestions on what you would like to see the Acolytes doing going forward. The Acolyte Community Council will have a different color in Discord and we encourage you all to contact any of them at any time on what you think would be a good idea, suggestion, or direction for the Acolyte Gaming community.

The 9 members of the Council are

Together, there is no ceiling on what our gaming community can achieve. We want to thank each and every one of you that log in each night to the game that you enjoy and help make the Acolytes Gaming community a fun and entertaining atmosphere to be in!

Ashes of Creation - Eragus and Kensidian

Ashes of Creation is a HIGHLY anticipated MMO and Eragus and Kensidian will lead the charge for the Acolytes in this game. Both have been part of the Acolyte community for years and with many Acolytes having large investments into the game it will surely be an active and strong Acolyte presence.

Black Desert Online Chapter Leader - Tinc

My gaming started as a child when the NES came out when I was in 4th grade. I haven't looked back since. I still own that NES and my original Gameboy. They both still function and are fun to play. It was in the early 2000's that I graduated to playing games on the PC. Mostly it was The Sims. My online gaming experience began with The Sims Online for about a month then I quickly graduated over to Star Wars Galaxies where I met Cootz in April of 2004. I moved on to World of Warcraft for a few years then jumped on Age of Conan when it launched. After the first server merges I joined the Acolytes in April of 2009. I couldn't imagine not being an Acolyte. I love this community. Being a military family we moved A LOT. No matter how many times we moved my Acolyte community was always there when we finally got settled into our new place. I pre-ordered Black Desert Online and started playing it at launch. I played it for several months until I was hit with the lockout bug and couldn't log in for 2 weeks. I ended up taking a year off from the game and played numerous crappy free games while hanging out in the Meth Lab channel of Discord with my guys. I came back to Black Desert in May and started playing again. I quickly jumped up the ranks within the in game guild and am now leading the chapter to the best of my abilities.

Camelot Unchained Chapter Leader - Icedern

A long time ago, in a basement far, far away....

A 20 year old man was playing video games when a friend of his told him to check out this new game called Everquest. It was a game you play with friends, online. When his friend told him it was like playing Dungeons and Dragons on the computer, his fate was sealed.

That day when I logged into Everquest for the first time, I was hooked on MMOs. I was literally obsessed with them. While I was having so much fun playing, my personal life struggled. In 2001, I had to quit, cold turkey, from Everquest. That break didn't last long. After a few months I was introduced to Dark Age of Camelot, which would be my MMO girlfriend I couldn't quit. Dark Age of Camelot was a game that included everything I loved and still do about MMOs. It had, to this day, the best multi-faction pvp, a large open world, lots of classes and races, but most importantly, it had a strong, tight knit community.

The golden age of MMOs came and I played them all. DAOC was always my goto in between releases. I helped start and lead a few guilds in DAOC, WAR, WOW, Rift, GW2. Some games I would happen to join guilds that looked good if I didn't have many friends playing. The Acolytes happened to be one guild that I joined for Rift, even though I didn't end up playing much with them as some friends decided to play and we started our own guild.

There have been many important people who have come into my life from MMOs. One happens to be my wife, Aija (pronounced Asia) on the forums. We met in a guild while playing Vanguard. At the time we were just friends but eventually our paths led us closer and we've been happily married for almost 6 years. Another guild I joined in WAR, I met my great friend Valdi. We have been playing games together ever since. There are many others that I've met 10 years or so ago that I still play with to this day and I consider them close friends. Friendships that can be forged, such as these, are one of my favorite things about MMOs.

ESO was coming out and after creeping around the Acolyte forums for many years, I felt it was time to get back involved with the community. It was a great decision because it's been a perfect fit for me. The leaders and community have been wonderful.

Now, with some interest in Camelot Unchained from the guild, I think it's a perfect fit for us to have a presence in the game. The main man behind Dark Age of Camelot, Mark Jacobs, is the man behind Camelot Unchained. He plans on making this game everything we loved about old school gaming, but better. Lots of people are calling this the spiritual successor to Dark Age of Camelot. Many of us love to pvp and what better platform to do it in than a game designed specifically for that. I'm looking forward to charging the battlefield with you and yelling our battle cry...because you all know what time it is... tell 'em Kanen!

Elder Scrolls Online Chapter Leader - DrChronic

I started playing Nintendo in the 80's along with gameboy. Upgraded to super Nintendo then Sony PlayStation after that, after Sony i got into x box and from there x box 360. I played vanilla wow at some point as well for a while and would switch back between Xbox and wow. I joined Acolytes while I was playing Rift. Calli was the leader of the Acolyte Rift Chapter at the time. I also played Tera for a couple months and Neverwinter. I played WoW off and on until couple months into cataclysm then left. After Rift i tried out MOBAs such as Smite and then came to Elder Scrolls Online during beta. I haven't left Elder Scrolls Online since and over time my activity and loyalty earned me the position of Chapter Leader for our Elder Scrolls Online Chapter.
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