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“At its core Sanctum is an online community. While the term ‘guild’ or ’clan’ are popular designations for online player groups, they do not encapsulate the heart of what Sanctum was created to do.”

I pulled this from the About Us page and I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about Sanctum in it’s 16th year. I joined Sanctum when FFXIV: ARR launched, back in August 2013, and Sanctum was indeed different from what it is today.

Everyone was very involved, the chat was always active (I actually missed replies with how fast it was going), and anyone was willing to run an instance or help you out. And yes, we still had issues getting people for instances, mostly because not a soul wanted to tank. Everyone was so happy to see each other and I hated having to go to bed and miss my friends as I went to work. I was extremely nervous about joining Mumble and stayed away for as long as I could until my newfound friends finally convinced me.

Now two, closing in on three years later, the newness and broad content of Eorzea is dwindling as we eagerly await patches. Friends have left, vanished, and transferred servers. No longer is the TS channel brimming with laughter. The people have changed and so have attitudes. But we should change that.

 On April 25th, recruitment will begin and Sanctum will be added to the Novice Network FC database. We will also have at least one activity a week. It could be a movie night, running towers in swimwear, or doing minimum ilvl in content. The point is to be doing something fun with the free company or community. I encourage our friends who have transferred to join us too! Let’s hear laughter in TS and collapse from exhaustion/too many drinks at 3 am. 

Let’s revive Sanctum from the Heavensward slumber and remind everyone of who we are. A friendly and family safe environment, free of elitist attitudes who only judge you by your parse. A community of patience, teaching, learning, and happiness. Please help us to reach a new golden age.

Members of the community, go on and put up your own events for us to join as well. Reach out to a member who needs help. Become a mentor to someone. Help a member with content. Be a Sanctumite.

I’ll leave you with this, “Sanctum is so much more than a tag and a chat channel; it is more than statistics and items. Sanctum is home.”


 Please come spend the evening with us on April 22nd and sync your Netflix to Galaxy Quest. Will there be Cards Against Humanity? Maybe. Will there be drinking? Maybe. Will there be fun? Absolutely.

I must apologize, it appears that late in the evening on March 31st our site was hacked by an unknown assailant. While their true intentions remain a mystery we at least have this image left by them as a calling card to perhaps shed some light on the ordeal. Whoever they are, I dearly hope that this was an isolated incident and that no other people on the planet were subjected to that music ever before... or ever again.

For those of you that went to painstaking efforts in Skyrim to find and install all the best reality mods Bethesda has heard your pleas and done a lot of the work for you for Fallout 4. Today launched the beta version of Fallout 4 Survival Mode on Steam providing quite a few heavy changes to the original gameplay in hopes of making the world more like actually having to survive in a post nuclear wasteland. Four particular areas took focus from the developers during the design process.

  1. Strategy: Intensify decisions involving when to get into combat versus when to avoid it, and also make you think more about what gear to take into combat. Then back up those decisions with faster, more brutal fights.
  2. Exploration: Slow down the pace of the game and encourage players to explore the nooks and crannies of the world.
  3. Resource Management: Balance out items in the world that may be too easy to acquire or horde, giving players more to consider when planning their current loadout.
  4. Role Playing: Increase the realism of the world and the issues one might face there.

Looks like I may need to don my blue jumpsuit again and take Dogmeat for another walk. My only question is, can we craft stinkin ammo yet?!

Bethesda Release Notes

I will be honest, I had been looking at this title as the next real possibility for a dedicated Sanctum expansion down the road and this news does come as a shock and a disappointment. Read the interview over at MMORPG with Russel Shanks, President of Daybreak Games but I will share with you which aspect stood out as the glistening silver lining to an otherwise cloudy announcement.

RS: Right now, we are focused on launching Landmark...

Yes Corinth, there is a Santa Clause.

Full Interview

Recent times have seen an ever increasing number of MMOs either dipping their toe in, or jumping full force into the F2P and cash shop pay schemes. This move has been the catalyst for several years now of heated debate over the merits or downfall of the modern online game. My hope here is to perhaps shine a light on several sides of this argument as I believe it is not simply a two way war. In the end perhaps we as consumers will, and maybe in time developers as well, see that there can be positives on both ends and that victory may reside somewhere in the middle rather than at the extremes.

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