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Local gatherings for we Ashes wanna-be players

I have been thinking of this, and wondering if this is even doable. And as I type this, I also recognize that I, myself, am intensely private; what I post is one thing, but meeting folk? Yet another.

However. I've wondered if there's a way of asking devs for a forum category for people within locales, so that we could, perchance, get together prior to launch, build relationships, so on and so forth.

Does anyone know if anything like this currently exists, or even how we'd go about doing it, other than just saying "Hey, I'm here, anyone else here wanna hang out?"

And yeesh, doesn't that sound just a tad creepy?

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    ArchivedUserArchivedUser Guest
    edited June 2017
    I am a partner in a coffee businesses throughout Austin. I totally intend to do meetups at some point. :)

    We're expanding one of the spaces now, and I'm going to do late night gaming too. I'm excited!

    also, I live in Lincoln, NE for about 60 more days if anyone is up here!
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    ArchivedUserArchivedUser Guest
    edited June 2017
    That's an interesting idea, but as the devs have said that private info should not be given out, I find it unlikely that the devs would make this. If players would like to meet up, I would say it's up to them to make it happen. As for myself talking on the forums is fine as I like to keep my real life and gaming as far from each other as possible unless I feel like they are real friends.
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    Fair point, @nagash. Now, I just have to figure out how far I wanna explore this idea.
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    I am thinking Pax West is a good place to meet people who can make it. :)
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    ArchivedUserArchivedUser Guest
    edited June 2017
    @nagash I met my best friends online first. 

    I hope RL friends are made here too. I've met someone on Discord, and we're road tripping to Vegas for the launch party. I'm excited for that too!  I hope I am going to meet plenty more along the way. 


    https://pics.me.me/1998-dont-get-in-strangers-cars-dont-meet-ppl-from-20408736.png

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    Isende said:
    Fair point, @nagash. Now, I just have to figure out how far I wanna explore this idea.
    It really does depend on a person by person basis if they want to share that info then thats up to them, bit from what I have seen I don't think there will be many problems as most people here has said were they lived
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    tugowar said:
    @nagash I met my best friends online first. 

    I hope RL friends are made here too. I've met someone on Discord, and we're road tripping to Vegas for the launch party. I'm excited for that too!  I hope I am going to meet plenty more along the way. 


    https://pics.me.me/1998-dont-get-in-strangers-cars-dont-meet-ppl-from-20408736.png

    As have I. That does not change the point that the dev said no personal information. I'm just informing you and nothing else
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    There is already some people here that I wouldn't mind meeting in person but I live close to the middle of nowhere in what is considered to be a desert
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    The Star Citizen community has something called "Bar Citizen" meetups, where people organize meetups at local bars. 

    The AoC community could do something similar, I imagine. 
    Though, I too live in what is considered "no where" and have the great combination of being busy and socially reclusive...  so probably not in my future.  :/
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    ArchivedUserArchivedUser Guest
    edited June 2017
    tugowar said:
    I am a partner in a coffee businesses throughout Austin. I totally intend to do meetups at some point. :)

    We're expanding one of the spaces now, and I'm going to do late night gaming too. I'm excited!

    also, I live in Lincoln, NE for about 60 more days if anyone is up here!
    Austin is about 5 hours from me. I live east of Dallas. It wouldn't be the furthest I drove to meet up with guildy/gamer friends. 
    Of course, I usually do not make the trip for just anyone. Normally, it's for guildies that I have come to grow pretty good friends with over time. The last one I went to, was a guild mates wedding. They actually met on WoW and got married in Dallas. 3/4 (around 50 people) of our guild was there.
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    I'd come to Pax and meet you all if i could but living in the UK. Too expensive :( unless an event closer to the release date occurs and I could book a holiday in advance xD Maybe can organise going to a pre-launch party in the U.K. down the line xD would be awesome to celebrate with fellow Ashlings :3
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    tugowar said:
    I am a partner in a coffee businesses throughout Austin. I totally intend to do meetups at some point. :)

    We're expanding one of the spaces now, and I'm going to do late night gaming too. I'm excited!

    also, I live in Lincoln, NE for about 60 more days if anyone is up here!
    Austin is about 5 hours from me. I live east of Dallas. It wouldn't be the furthest I drove to meet up with guildy/gamer friends. 
    Of course, I usually do not make the trip for just anyone. Normally, it's for guildies that I have come to grow pretty good friends with over time. The last one I went to, was a guild mates wedding. They actually met on WoW and got married in Dallas. 3/4 (around 50 people) of our guild was there.
    @Isende and I met in WoW.  It actually worked out quite well.  Through gaming together and getting to know one another over time, it helped build the basis of our relationship.  It's far more effective than hanging out a bar trying to meet someone.  :)
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    I would love to be able to meet more OCE players.  There seems to be a serious lack of participation from us on the forum. 
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    Meet ups would be nice, but most of the time they are always too far away.  My guild does them, but like I said, too far away.
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    ArchivedUserArchivedUser Guest
    edited June 2017
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    tugowar said:
    I am a partner in a coffee businesses throughout Austin. I totally intend to do meetups at some point. :)

    We're expanding one of the spaces now, and I'm going to do late night gaming too. I'm excited!

    also, I live in Lincoln, NE for about 60 more days if anyone is up here!
    Austin is about 5 hours from me. I live east of Dallas. It wouldn't be the furthest I drove to meet up with guildy/gamer friends. 
    Of course, I usually do not make the trip for just anyone. Normally, it's for guildies that I have come to grow pretty good friends with over time. The last one I went to, was a guild mates wedding. They actually met on WoW and got married in Dallas. 3/4 (around 50 people) of our guild was there.
    @Isende and I met in WoW.  It actually worked out quite well.  Through gaming together and getting to know one another over time, it helped build the basis of our relationship.  It's far more effective than hanging out a bar trying to meet someone.  :)
    That's awesome. Congratulations. I agree it's more effective. I was never one to hang out at bars anyway. Only ever go on special occasions with a few friends.
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    You guys know meeting me could be dangerous, you might fall in love..

    But seriously, I'm in the Pacific Northwest and would totally be up for a meet up with my fellow game enthusiasts.
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    Doesn't seem creepy at all. I think conventions would be the best route. DragonCon, GenCon, pretty much any gaming convention would be a perfect place to meet up.

    GenCon is in August too :)
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    Geek'dCon is going on in Shreveport La in August as well, for anyone interested. It's not gaming, it's comic books creators, tv and film personalities...such as Lou Ferrigno and Sam J. Jones etc being there.
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    Having a forum for this type of thing wouldn't mean that personal information would need to be given. If someone from, say, Chicago wanted to organize a meet up, anyone in the world could look at that and decide whether or not they wanted to attend, not just people in the Chicago area or even the same country. There's no reason anyone would even need to say where they're coming from or where they plan to stay. All you need to do is plan a place and time, and anyone could turn up. As long as it's during the day and in a public place, it's pretty much as safe as walking around in public any day.

    As someone who has been meeting friends I made online since I was 15 (I'm 28), I think it's a great thing. And I've never been to any kind of convention, so while I agree that they could be useful events to center a meeting around, it's certainly possible to just say 'hey, let's meet up at this coffee shop/restaurant to hang out for a few hours', and leave it at that.

    While I personally prefer to typically keep such meetings to closer online friends (guildies, discord friends, etc), it's still a great way to befriend people outside of your clique who are interested in the same things.
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    ArchivedUserArchivedUser Guest
    edited June 2017
    So I feel compelled to tell this story here.

    I was once in a pretty good sized guild in WoW during Cataclysm. I'd stopped running my own guild and was just having fun being a member for a while. I found out there was a couple of people in the new guild I joined who were having a meet up 10miles from where I lived a the time.

    I invite myself and show up at this pizza place we were all meeting and it apparently was some kid's birthday. A kid in the guild who was 13 had invited a bunch of people who were in their 20s and 30s to his birthday. I was 23 and felt super awkward. There were 4 of us who showed up, not even knowing it was a kid whose invited us. I had to keep lying to people who asked how I knew this kid because saying "I met him online" sounded really bad.

    But I ended up meeting this really awesome guildmate who still talks to me to this day, although I've never met up with her since that awkward birthday party.

    Edit: no I did not know this kid was 13. I had seen people showing up to a meet up near me and just grabbed the address and time and showed up. This is one of the reasons I prefer an 18+ only guild
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    Karthos said:
    So I feel compelled to tell this story here.

    I was once in a pretty good sized guild in WoW during Cataclysm. I'd stopped running my own guild and was just having fun being a member for a while. I found out there was a couple of people in the near guild I joined who were having a meet up 10miles from where I lived a the time.

    I invite myself and show up at this pizza place we were all meeting and it apparently was some kid's birthday. A kid in the guild who was 13 had invited a bunch of people who were in their 20s and 30s to his birthday. I was 23 and felt super awkward. There were 4 of us who showed up, not even knowing it was a kid whose invited us. I had to keep lying to people who asked how I knew this kid because saying "I met him online" sounded really bad.

    But I ended up meeting this really awesome guildmate who still talks to me to this day, although I've never met up with her since that awkward birthday party.

    Edit: no I did not know this kid was 13. I had seen people showing up to a meet up near me and just grabbed the address and time and showed up. This is one of the reasons I prefer an 18+ only guild
    I don't even know what to say to this lmao xD No dis respect to younger players  but you know you shouldn't meet people you speak to online unless 18+ and are aware of the risks that come with it.
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    @Diura agree! 

    Actual thing that happened to me. I'm pretty militant about knowing someone's' age now. 

    If you are under 18, never give any personal info to anyone you meet online and don't invite them to your 13th birthday!
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    @KarthosThat is *hilarious*! I mean, I'm sure it was terrible at the time but it's an awesome story.

    The best awkward story I have is when I was around 16 and I was planning to meet up with some people from a Lord of the Rings forum I frequented. I was making the plans with this guy (it was a group, but he was giving me the details) through email, and my dad found out and sent him this scathing message back telling him off. :D I was so embarrassed. If I'm thinking of the right person, I believe I actually ended up meeting him a few years later anyway once I was at university with a different group of people, from the same forums.
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    I'd love to meet IRL... but somebody would have to drag me away from the forums first ;)
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    lexmax said:
    I'd love to meet IRL... but somebody would have to drag me away from the forums first ;)
    Someone has to drag me out of my parent's basement where I've been living all my life.


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    Hmmm, stealing someones loot in RL prior to launch to make things more interesting later on... sounds promising to me.  B)
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    lexmax said:
    I'd love to meet IRL... but somebody would have to drag me away from the forums first ;)
    We're in the same boat, my friend.  lol
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    ArchivedUserArchivedUser Guest
    edited June 2017
    @Karthos That story desires more than just a LOL reaction!  That's hilarious!

    Also, you just made the top of the "Best of" list :)

    https://forums.ashesofcreation.com/bestof/everything
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    Possum said:
    lexmax said:
    I'd love to meet IRL... but somebody would have to drag me away from the forums first ;)
    We're in the same boat, my friend.  lol

    Just use a mobile device for the forums, when you meet up
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