First, let me apologize for not keeping up with this blog. Being that gaming in general and IG in particular represent the two things I am most passionate about, it is odd to me that I find myself infrequently posting here. I will endeavor to do a better job.
Today is August 12th. The patch that brought God Form, raiding, invasions, etc., to Skyforge dropped yesterday. I was not home at the moment the servers came back up, but IG had a team of 10 hardy individuals ready and raring to go. We have spent the last several weeks focusing our attention on getting the server first on this raid. Ultimately we were not successful.
We did in fact beat the raid on the first run through. We were in fact the first group to do it with a team comprised entirely of preexisting guild members. But we were beaten out by a group comprised of members of various guilds, many of whom had played the game on the Russian servers prior to the NA launch and already had the mechanics down.
I am immensely proud of the 10 guys that took on this challenge and beat it on the first try. I am proud of the guildies who logged in to the stream to lend moral support. Most of all, I am proud of the way that we finished after we already knew we weren’t going to be first, and offered congratulations to the guild that was first.
It doesn’t take any character to bitch and complain. Anyone can lose and throw a fit. What takes character and integrity is what we did yesterday. Finish the race after the winner has already been announced, and then congratulate them on their win.
In sharp contrast, the group that did end up getting through the content decided that logging in to our stream and trolling our guys during the raid was the sportsmanlike thing to do. In the end, that’s what separates us. Both as individuals and as a collective. In the end, that’s what makes Infernal the best group of people I have ever had the privilege of playing with and leading.
There are many, many guilds out there. Some play professionally. Some have been around for a very long time. Most however, are formed within a game and rarely last beyond that game. Some do make it through two or three games before they fizzle out due to a variety of factors. But, much like a building is only as strong as the frame on which it is built, a guild is only as strong as its core.
Character is the under girding of the individual, and individuals with character form the core of a gaming guild. Rather, they must form the core if that guild is going to last.
It takes no character, and in fact displays a decided lack of it, to intrude upon your rival’s raid run with taunts and mockery. It takes no character to lord your successes over those that you have beaten. What takes character is to endure the taunts in silence, persevere, overcome the obstacles, point no fingers, make no excuses, and walk away content that you did the best you could.
Infernal Gamers has always gone in to everything we do with the intent of being the best, and we always will. We win with grace and lose with dignity. We take away whatever lessons may be gleaned from every situation we encounter, and we use honest assessment of our strengths and weaknesses to improve the team.
We are, at our core, a group of individuals bound together by a common goal and a common set of standards. At the end of the day, when the gloaters, griefers, and trolls are long forgotten we will still be here. Thus, I can say with no fear of contradiction, yesterday we lost a battle but we will win the war.
Pantheon Wars are coming, and we will be there. If you are reading this and you are not a member of Infernal in Skyforge, I hope you will consider looking us up. One way or the other, when the battle commences, whether you are on our side of the field or lined up against us,
We’ll See You In Game…