Christmas 2021

Before the chaos of the next few days ensues and everyone re-emerges from a cheese-and-gravy coma in the New Year, I just wanted to wish each of you a Merry Christmas and amazing New Year, and of course, say a great big thank-you for supporting GGHQ in 2021!

I’m so happy we were able to catch up with some of you at LAN and others during online community events throughout the year.

Knowing that friends are just a couple of clicks away during the most isolating moments of the year has been an absolute life raft for me, and I hope it may have helped some of you too!

Here’s to all the clutches, stomps, smoothbrain plays, and one in a million shots that 2022 will bring us! Be safe and take care of your friends and family during the Christmas break!

Eugene

Get Well Gamers Charity Tea Towel

Today we need your help, everyone!

We’re super excited to announce a GGHQ fundraiser for Get Well Gamers https://getwellgamers.org.uk/

GWG are a registered charity that take donated video games or consoles, and sends them to hospitals, hospices and other healthcare settings where young people can benefit from the positive distractions that video games provide.

We’re proposing a community creation in the form of a yearbook tea towel, made up of a compilation of your self portrait “artwork“, much in the vain of primary school tea towels you might have contributed to (or forced your parents to buy) as a child yourself.

We suggest using Paint for that added authentic primary school artwork feel

Once your individual pieces of “artwork” have been submitted, tea towels will be designed and later be made available for pre-order , and all profits from these sales will be donated directly to GWG.

Requirements for your self-portraits:

  • Please only draw in black, with a white background. 600px by 600px in size.
  • Don’t forget to scrawl your handle underneath your creation.
  • Post them into the tea-towel-art channel on Discord (only images can be posted in this channel to prevent spam).

Anything vulgar will not be accepted into the final design (this is for a children’s charity, you monster!)

Please don’t worry if you don’t think you’re artistic – The incentive is to raise money for a good cause via the collaboration in the final product!

DECEMBER UPDATE

Happy December everyone! Quick update:

1 – GGHQ WAN Event from 6pm on Sat Dec 18th – Features a mix of games as voted by you (link in the Discord)

2 – Majikel will be hosting a Fighting Fantasy evening on Discord on Sunday from 7pm which I am SUPER looking forward to!

3 – We’re working on a charity fundraiser that we’d like as many of you guys to take part in as possible. We’ll have more details on that, hopefully in the coming weeks. That’s all for now!

GGX21

Well, it finally happened! This last weekend, we held a LAN for the first time in over 3 years!

GGX21 was an amazing day to catch up with old faces after what feels like forever, and to see some new ones too!

We’ll fire out a survey to attendees while the event is still relatively fresh in your minds to get some ever-valuable feedback from you all.

For those that couldn’t make it – We tested a new schedule and new equipment at the event, and both tests went well. The main takeaway from these is that we should be able to comfortably expand available tickets (should there be demand) for similar events in future.

Huge thanks to @LBU and @RunawayRipple who helped enormously with the venue booking and setup, and without whom there would have been no LAN, and to @MateyBoi for his valuable advice and help in the run-up to the event.

And thanks as well of course to every person that bought a ticket – I know not all of you were able to make it on the day due to illness or other commitments, but your support for these events makes them feel worth all of the setup.


Congratulations to the winners of the LAN too:

@Sneater – GWYF
@JayBear – Wreckfest
@Darrigaz – PUBG
@Granted – UT2K4
and
@Darrigaz, @Sneater, @Glazbee and @Nugget2468 for their narrow L4D2 win 😛


Hopefully see you at GGX22, but for now, I’m gonna chill with some Dota 😀

Let’s. Talk. LAN!

What a wild 18months or so it’s been! We’re now in a position to organise a LAN event to finally catch up with all of you IRL.

We’d love to know if you guys would be interested in attending a LAN later this year, as we’ve had a venue booked for nearly 6 months now, unsure whether or not an event could even go ahead.

Head over to the #announcements channel in Discord for more details, and let us know if you’d be interested in grabbing a ticket…

Eugene

September Community Events

Ahoy everyone !

Happy to announce that we’ve got some online community events scheduled in for September, kindly being run by Fletch!

It’s been a while since we dived into Golf With Your Friends and Wreckfest

Check the image for details

Introducing G.I. – A Dota 2 In-House

Holy moly

Looks like there are enough people (and some extra 😲) for us to host the inhouse!

Date set as:

Thursday 17th June at 20:30

There will be two teams of 5 players

Each team will have a coach in either myself or Sam

We’ll aim to drop all players a message over the coming days with a couple of questions about playtime for Dota 2/MOBA experience etc. to help us balance the teams as best we can, and then post the drafts before the evening.

We’re aiming to have the evening’s matches casted, and published as a full video at a later time.

To say I’m excited for this is an understatement!

GLHF!

Quiz and Karting

Can you believe we’re almost halfway through the year!

Revealing the next hosted events, we’ve got two very special community evenings to look forward to!

Fletch will be hosting a General Knowledge quiz this Sunday from 8pm (be sure to start swotting up ready for the clown round!)

Then, later in the month MateyHype will be hosting a MarioKart8 evening on Switch for all your Nintendo nerds on June 13th.

Don’t forget that Glazbee is also hosting an ongoing series of F1 2019 Time Trials over in #racing-chat – Last week’s lap times saw three people separated by just 0.200! Head over to https://gghq.io/f1 to see the leaderboards.

All of you are welcome to join community nights – As always, just hop into Discord before the events start in order to take part!

Next Community Events

Quick update following last week’s poll – It seems that F1 2019, Wreckfest and the New Among Us map took your fancy, so I’m excited to post that our next community event will in F1 2019 this Sunday from a slightly later time of 20:30.


The event will follow a Practice > Flying Qualifying Lap > Race format, and all abilities are welcome!
If there’s sustained interest we will consider a longer form championship series, though this race would not count towards it.

PLEASE NOTE, THIS WILL BE THE F1 2019 STEAM VERSION. I DO NOT BELIEVE THIS IS COMPATIBLE WITH THE XBOX GAME PASS VERSION OF THE GAME.

Copies of the game are available from here, for £3.49

GGHQ One Year On…

Holy smokes! I can’t quite believe it, it’s our first birthday!

GGHQ’s first year has been host to dozens of events and activities, including tournaments, in-houses, scrims and community-hosted quiz nights!

We’ve seen the content creators among you jointly create and share thousands of hours of video and music from your own Twitch, Soundcloud and YouTube channels.

Discord has been our most active platform, with over 71,491 messages posted on the General channel alone.

Thanks to every single one of you all who has in any way supported our platforms, or taken part in any of the hosted events. After an especially tricky year for all of us, you’ve mutually breathed life into a wonderful online community.

Prior to announcing GGHQ in 2020, we had set a number of targets for our first year, most of which we met; though there are some that we’d still like to accomplish over the next 12months, so here’s a glimpse at some things we’re aspiring for in 2021-2022:

  • Continuation of regular community game nights
  • Online GGHQ charity fundraiser event
  • Social meet ups (Dependant on Covid restrictions, obviously)
  • Website update
  • Mugs
  • Merch update
  • Time trial/Challenge events
  • PUBG Encore Event
  • CSGO Tiebreak In-house
  • Left4Dead2 Tiebreak Scrim
  • Halloween Stream
  • Exploring ways that we can better promote/spotlight community created content

And, though it’s impossible to know for certain when it can happen, we’ve started preparations for our first GGHQ LAN Event!

As always our ears are open to what you guys want to see from GGHQ, so drop us a DM if you have any ideas of events you’d like over the next year!