So many times have I played different games where I haven't a clue who the GM is or why he is even a GM to begin with so i figured i would write a little something about my background.
My first taste of anything that has a multi-player feel would probably be Diablo 2. I played that for about 4-5 years while mostly playing on closed battle.net. Open.net just felt like one of those "who has the better hacked character". LOD came out and it was almost a brand new game to an extent. I had 2 full accounts with each character being 99, and having felt like i had seen and done everything in the game to the point where i knew every single aspect of the characters i enjoyed playing. The game is still great even to this day but it was just about time for me to move on.
Era of Anarchy Online
From Diablo2 LOD, I moved on to Anarchy online; my first official MMO. Anarchy online??? WTF is that game??? Yea, I know. I got that from a lot of people. I was in the navy at the time and vaguely heard about this game a year prior to leaving Diablo2. From what I heard, the scenery was beautiful and it was unlike anything they had ever experienced before so I figured that I would try it out. With this being my very first MMO, I really didn't know what to expect but looking at what each class had, I picked an agent since my love for snipers just felt like that was the best suited class for me to play. Not knowing what i was getting into, I soon realized that this was quite possibly the most complex classes in the game with the ability to swap my profession to any class in the game and use their abilities as my own. Well between the easiest class to get buffs for gear (since i could false profession into what ever i was looking for and buff myself) and being able to shrink myself down to the size of a thumb tack - was absolutely great when PVP'ing, I was completely and utterly hooked to the game.
With being in an MMO, enter the world of "guilds". I was a level 15 at the time (max level being 160 i think... its been a while since I’ve played) and was mostly teaming with another player agent which happened to be a part of a guild. At the time, the requirement level was 25 so I was unable to join just yet. They wanted to make sure you were going to have some sort of dedication to the game and not quit before the first 25 levels. Easy enough. Time came and I hit level 25 and in came the application process of joining the guild. Applying to a guild seemed like i was actually going to be apart of something that was established and felt honestly, pretty good.
After a year of playing, I max level at the time and met up with another newer agent named Mutek. Being rather new to the game at level 50, i helped him out in the ways of the agent and hooked him up with a couple weapons that many agents sought after. After time, me and Mutek (matt in RL) became pretty good gaming friends I guess you could say. I got him into the guild and time went on. Expansions came out after a year or so more of playing, I became one of the officers of the guild giving me more responsibility in the guild but with that responsibility comes rewards. I stayed with the same guild year after year (4 or so years total) until the guild pretty much died out due to members leaving for different games (wow being one of them) and big name raiding guilds so I decided to move on from the guild into another active casual guild named family of friends. The guild was run by a husband/wife duo and truly had the family atmosphere which i absolutely loved about a guild. Toward the end of my days of Anarchy online, I ended up making 3 different alts, 1 of which i maxed out to level 220 with the alien invasion expansion, and transferred my doctor into one of the bigger raiding guilds Hells Heroes.
Era of World of Warcraft
After playing Anarchy Online for nearly 6 years, I wanted to move on to bigger better things with MMO gaming. Matt at the time was one of the players that left the game for WOW and popped in every once in a while trying to get me to leave AO for WOW. What actually got me to quit AO officially was when I went on a detachment with VFA-143 (my F-18 squadron). I was in one of the internet cafe's where i was playing AO and another couple individuals was playing WOW next to me. We had discussions about each game and after about a week of watching WOW, I figured that I would give it a shot.
I joined WOW towards the end of BC and the game itself was defiantly worth the $15 a month and made myself a hunter. Talking with Matt, he told me that with my ability of healing and PVP, I should try out making a shadow priest. I personally think he wanted his own pocket healer but with me having created a new priest at level 1, what exactly kind of healing would he get at level 60? This time he was able to get me into the guild he was on and leveled fast enough to have a max level just to start raiding with them until Cata released.
I played WOW for close to 7 years and in that time, I had 3 level 85 characters. I had officially left WOW before the latest expansion mists of pandaria. Stupid panda bears... Anyways, I had joined a couple raiding guilds because i really like raiding. The latest raiding guild i was in for close to 5 years so they knew what type of work schedule I had and know what to expect of me. Unfortunately with my schedule, I was only able to be on during the day and very minimal during the night. Was also never able to get on during the weekends. You see, I left the navy and joined a company called WesternGeco where I have a 5 week on 5 week off schedule where your on a boat in the middle of the ocean with your 5 week on rotation.
The start of SWTOR
So here we are present day with the game. I purchased TOR and started playing on the 17th of January, 2 days after I got home from the boat and after doing some homework, decided to start up a Jedi Knight (Sentinel AC) even though from what I read in the forums with it apparently being the most challenging of all the classes. At the ripe level of 6, I received a ninja invite from someone from "The company". I decided to ask him a couple regarding the guild which included how many people were in the guild, do any of them play during the day, how helpfull is the guild, do members of the guild team regularly and all the answers i received were positive. So I decided to join. What a mistake that was. All of the information I recieved went out the window after having leveled all the way to 40 without a single response from anybody when I asked a question, Nobody was on for the times I had played and when someone did pop on and I said hi, no response... No guild teaming, No guild chat, No nothing. When I did ask questions, I felt like I was being ignored and it just did not feel like the atmosphere i wanted. I joined a guild to be part of a guild and team with guildies for questing and leveling. What I ended up doing was Leveling Solo (except for the various heroic 2+ / 4+ / flashpoints) which makes for a VERY boring time. Screw that... So I ended up leaving and to no suprise, not a single person sent a tell asking why I left... whatever. I hit 50 on Feb 23rd. No, i don't have all the experience in the world but I do have some experience. Started up the Ilum Dailys and started up an ALT (Windigo) Jedi Sage which I plan on taking the shadow AC.
Reasons for the development of Mosaic
With the enjoyment I have with grouping with others, chatting with friends, raiding, and with the years I spent playing AO and WOW, dealing with the pug raiding groups and hardly seeing anybody logged on in the guild I was in just seemed tiresome. If i wanted to play a single player game, i would go back to something where I don’t need a internet connection and only play against computer opponents.
Mosaic was one of my old guilds i absolutely loved in AO and wanted to keep that guild name alive and what that guild stood for. I spent the last 3 years in WOW trying to find a daytime guild in WOW and the same with AO. Finding 0 in AO and only a single daytime guild in WOW, it was a bit out of my reach. The day time raiding guild in WOW had a requirement that each member had to have a 95% attendance rate for the raids and have pretty high Ilvl gear. Unless your are raiding constantly, you couldn't really obtain the gear level that they were requesting.
So I figured that the only true way of guaranteeing that i would not only find a day time guild but a day time guild on the server that i was currently playing was well... to create one from scratch. Enter the guild Mosaic! Just like a different alien species from humanity, as far as I know, its the only one in existence for the game. However, with as many servers there are for TOR, I would be selfish to think that Mosaic would be the only daytime guild however, it is the only one that i know of period.
Now you know a little about my background and the thought behind Mosaic. I hope that you enjoy it here and wish everyone all the best.
See you ingame!
by vertigo3467 on 2012-02-29 04:21:58