With 2020 limping to a close, I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and at the same time say an enormous thank you to everyone who has supported GGHQ over the last 9 months or so!
Given how peculiar circumstances have been this year, it’s been so amazing to have stayed in close contact with such a fantastic group of friends during a time that, for many, could feel totally isolating.
Your involvement in the community events has been incredible, and knowing that conversation, or support, is only a few clicks away at any time has been comforting.
As always, please take care of yourselves, as well as your nearest and dearest over the next few days, and we can’t wait to catch up with you again soon in 2021.
As 2020 draws to a close, we continue the momentum of our hosted events in December. Check out our schedule for the rest of the month – kicking off with another community quiz night, kindly hosted by Turbo_Phil!
As England readies itself for a second lockdown, starting tomorrow, we firstly want to remind everyone that the #covid-support Discord channel is available for any issues/updates/support that you guys may wish to post over the next four weeks and beyond.
It’s an anxious time for many, especially for those struggling with mental health issues or loneliness, and we hope you feel that our platforms are a safe place to connect with others and escape from some of the pressures of the world right now.
With that in mind, we are hoping to maintain and expand our ongoing community activities throughout the lockdown period, the first of which CalamitySam has kindly offered to create and host.
Introducing: GGHQ Lockdown Quiz!
Sam’s given us some dates starting from Wednesday next week – Head over to Discord or Facebook to share your availability if you’d like to join.
Following on from our experience with the previous lockdown, we’ve also added a new #General Chat voice channel to Discord for users to jump into while they’re working to help give some feeling of familiarity during the working day.
If you have any suggestions of features you’d like to see, or ways that GGHQ can help you during the lockdown, feel free to post them on Discord or contact one of the admins directly.
As voted for at the start of the month, we’ll be hosting another Left 4 Dead 2 event this Sunday! Aiming to run through some more Versus and Campaign playthroughs – Let’s see what teams of four might be able to beat Futz, Arty_Ziff, Darrigaz and Kruthal for the title of Best Survivors!
Today also marks 2 years (!!!) since the last LAN event we held. While it was our original intention to organise and host another LAN event in the Autumn half term of this year, the global pandemic has obviously prevented us from going ahead with those plans. Many LAN organisers that I’ve spoken with are expecting their events to be on hiatus at least until the second half of 2021, though of course it’s anyone’s guess at this point. It’s still our intention to organise a LAN, but only once it’s absolutely safe to do so.
In the absence of any IRL event this year, hopefully the online community events have allowed you to continue to meet new ‘faces’, and keep in touch with people. Since March we’ve hosted 23 community events, and will be continuing them for the foreseeable future.
We’ve still got a list of things that we’d like to do outside of a LAN, but time and real-world commitments might impact whether those come to fruition this year, or if they’ll end up waiting until 2021.
As always, feel free to shout at us with any feedback or ideas! Last time we asked, we got some fantastic points raised which have all had a really positive impact!
This evening marks the release of the Last Stand community update for Left 4 Dead 2 (18:00 BST), the first major update for L4D2 in years! Versus mode has been confirmed (apparently with some ‘special features’) and we’ll be hosting some Versus lobbies this Sunday in case anyone wants to take a trip down nostalgia lane! Join us from 8pm, maximum zombie thrashing!