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GIO FragFest: Camaraderie through digital bloodshed
There are a few interesting things regarding how I'm going to handle Fragfest. First item of business is it's weekly. With the infrequent events older Fragfests did and the build-up to them lasting weeks, it hurt a lot when you didn't have the game, system, or opportunity to be there. With this new version of Fragfest, events will be scheduled far more often to give more people chances to be at these. We'll also be shuffling through a wide variety of games as well as systems (360, PS3, PC, and ocassionally 3DS).
Another important thing to note is the absence of the point system Eyros set up. I have neither the time nor financials to manage the system, plus there's the added sticking point of it being a exhaustively complex system. Therefore, that won't be integrated into any of the Fragfests I set up. The beauty of these events is that it's an opportunity to just pick up a controller with your fellow GIOers and shoot each other on the virtual battlefield all in the name of fun and friendship. It should be a simple process with no more logistics involved than necessary, and under my managerial direction it is.
Finally, the main point you need to notice. I'm not going to be host of events. I'm the manager, I'm not the host. And that's going to be the main focal point of the new Fragfest. If someone doesn't have the game or system I have in mind, I'll pass responsibility for hosting the week's responsibility to someone who will be available and has the proper software and hardware to satisfy the week. Thus Fragfest doesn't rely on any one person's collection, as many people can do it based on necessity.
Oh snap I forgot FragFests still existed. Is it going strong or are FragFest numbers dropping?
Well Eyros and Warbuff retired because Fragfest 2.0 completely and utterly bombed, so that should give you some idea.
I'll try and be there for as many Fragfests as I can.
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Warbuff retired? NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Yeah, I'd kind of forgot about fragfest for the past 8 months...
Rootin' for you here Stranger, or for the whole community really. It was pretty rad when the desire to get together for multiplayer was strong last autumn, perhaps we'll see a resurgence again when October/November roll in (pen me in for hosting a Warfighter launch event). Oh, Borderlands 2 as well in Sept... that will probably be a perfect game to help promote the group again.
I still try to make it to as many events as possible. But it's been pretty hard lately with my schedule.
Ugh...I really should keep my mouth shut, but I just cannot do it.
First of all, I think it is wonderful that FragFest has found itself in a position to move ahead. I really do. I certainly think that this event can be successful, and that it can be very much a part of this great community.
I also feel that this could not have happened without the strong foundation left by the people who started it all, namely Eyros and Warbuff, I believe FeverRay(RavenK), was also instrumental at one point in making this event a success.
That is what is kind of bothering me...this event has been successful, yet some of the comments I see here and in some blogs lead me to feel that the hard work Eyros and crew have done isn't as understood perhaps as well as it could be. It is very much possible to reboot something by focusing on the potential positive future, it is not necessary to comment on the perceived failed past. Even when vaguely asked why, especially when vaguely asked why.
FragFest could not be under new "management" without having former Leadership. Events like this are extremely challenging to uphold over time, people have different schedules, different games, different systems, etc. People have responsibilities, such as work, kids, and wives/spouses. If something that was once very successful has "completely and utterly bombed", then there is likely a very good reason, and I feel that those type of comments should not be made without being put into some kind of context.
I absolutely applaud Stranger, Blaze and anybody else who is trying to bring the entire community together, you know that I will do whatever I can to help. It will take a lot of work, and a lot of luck to work out long term. Of course, success to me could be as few as 2 gioers getting together and having fun.
I don't know what I hope to accomplish here, I suppose it is to defend Eyros as I feel he is kind of getting a bad rap. It is my understanding that yesterday's event went very well, I think that is awesome, I hope to see that continue. I am not the smartest person here by any stretch, so I could be completely wrong with my assessment.
"You know nothing Jon Snow"
You're a sweetheart mojo, but there's really no need to try and paint me or my failed schemes in a different light.
The highlight reels and promo videos, recap blogs and half-baked ideas were labors of love, and that all ran it's intended course. The decline of group could be linked to a number of things like you mention, but as far as I'm concerned my own self-induced burnout tinged the whole thing.
FragFest has always been about the community as a whole, and the group can be just as much anyone elses as it ever was 'mine' if they have the drive to promote events and the follow through to get things running.
@Mojo I don't think anyone would argue the importance Eyros, Warbuff, and Raven had on Fragfest. Hell, they MADE the group. If anyone had been thinking that Eyros's foundation was unimportant, then why pray tell would I have went out of my way to resurrect Fragfest instead of creating a new group? Eyros managed to create something fantastic that carries weight around the community. I took place in one back in March, and it was one of my favorite things I've did on the site. Fragfest had a special event for Team GIO, it has brought the community together for event after event after event. It even made it to the homepage at one point. Long story short, it has become one of the most identifiable community events thanks to the efforts of Eyros and the former group managers.
But, it bombed. I'm not going to skirt around the issue. By the end, when Eyros posted Fragfest 2.0, interest in the events had seemed to wane to almost nothing. There had apparently been events with a whopping total of zero people coming. The fragfest group was going for weeks without a single post. For whatever reason, people hadn't been coming. The managerial position came to light for me after noticing both that Warbuff had stepped down and Eyros adding "the death of Fragfest" as one of his dislikes on his profile. Call it what you want, paint it under a different light if you have to, but for whatever reason Fragfest DID bomb.
And thusly I've been working to resurrect it. It still carries a lofty weight amongst the community, the first post I did was proof of that. People are interested. I'm trying different things, sure, but they're to see if maybe this new era in Fragfest's history will prosper where the last era finally failed after many successes.If I fail, I fail, if I succeed for one week or ten, I'll be happy knowing that at least I tried. So I'm not going to mince words. I profusely thank Eyros for making this group what it was, but to deny Fragfest ended up failing is a fallacy of logic.
I've always still had interest in fragfest. But I'm usually busy and miss quite a few of the events. Also, only one event I ever took part in had a turnout greater than 3. But even so, I always enjoy playing with anybody who is willing to take part in an online match and I will continue to support this group,
Good stuff Stranger. Last I was in a FragFest was last summer and wondered where Eyros went and what exactly was FragFest 2.0 I'm just glad you're keeping it simple!
One thing I think would be good to add (if it already hasn't been) is for normal Frag Fest members to host their own events at any time.. I'm always looking for people to play certain games (old and new) with and always thought Frag Fest would be a great place to go looking for anyone interested.
What you're asking about is the main purpose of FragFest as a whole, Opfer der Seele. If you, or anyone else, has the gumption to play party leader for a play session - feel free to use the forum here as a beacon. Just make a new thread with all the details: Game, platform, date and time. Get together, do work, have fun.