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  1. The History of the Disciples of Gaming � Disciples of Gaming, 2007 - 2019 In the Beginning� Since the dawn of servers and LANs, gaming groups have organized. As games grew complex, team-based play became more advanced, and gaming communities formalized. Some of these communities were casual while others grew competitive, forming the origins of what is now known as professional gaming. Disciples of Gaming (D.o.G.) is, in many ways, a third-generation of organized gaming. Its family tree dates back to the early days of Halo 2 on Xbox Live. Clans in Halo 2 were groups of up to 100 members who were eligible to compete together in matchmade games against teams from other clans. Competition was fierce; earning even a modest ranking was an accomplishment. Gradually, gamers with KSI at the beginning of their gamertags began to appear in clan-matches. As it turned out, Killing Services Incorporated (KSI) was the original sponsored clan. Its membership was divided into two groups: professional and recreational. KSI applied basic rules, organizational structure (rank structure) and acquired sponsors for its professional gamers. The Era of Xile As KSI developed, flaws in its structure became apparent to some of its leaders. High-ranking officers were ignored, as were rules forbidding cheating and disrespect. KSI had a single leader, meaning that decisions were unilateral. Soon some of the leadership, known as the Exiled Kings, broke off from KSI forming a gaming community known as Xiled Gaming Company (XGC) that was friendlier and more democratic in its organizational structure. Yet as time passed, the new organization saw its own problems. Members grew dissatisfied with the clumsy structure and bureaucracy. Communication between leadership ranks was poor and worsening. Some communities became plagued by melodrama and power struggles. Others fell into inactivity and disrepair. Yet due to the lack of communication, those responsible for the worsening clans were not held accountable for their management missteps, and standards fell throughout the organization. A Secret is Born To some, this was not acceptable. While individual clan leaders couldn't enforce standards in every clan, they could certainly do so within their own. An underground organization of these standards-based clans formed and dubbed itself D.o.G.: Disciples of Gaming. Using the premise that every clan is a self-sustaining community, a plan was devised. In the event of an institutional crisis, the clans needed to know what resources would be lost without the top leadership. Surprisingly, the answer was: almost nothing. Many of the policies were handed down from the top ranks, tying the hands of the clan leaders while offering little benefit in return. Loyalty tended to rest with the leaders responsible for directly overseeing the clans, rather than those with broader institutional power. The plan was simple: take the structure, institutions and policies that made these D.o.G. clans the best, and remove the leadership baggage. The clans would become more adaptable. Standards would be maintained, and members would know the real value of their membership. As time passed, leaders within the secret organization began conceiving of a better organized community that offered more to its membership: institutions to teach new gamers, event planning boards to encourage friendly tournaments and other community activities, and a reference handbook to help guide leaders and ensure quality in every D.o.G. community. Membership would have its privileges. Breach of Faith One commander in the developing organization was dissatisfied with her role. She didn't like the standards and felt her leadership exceeded her authority. She pleaded with her superior to grant her additional power in her clan, despite having yet to fulfill the standard required to earn that power. After weeks of begging for and being denied absolute control of her clan, weeks of hearing how she wasn't quite ready, she had had enough. Whisperings of D.o.G. had surfaced in the preceding weeks, but with the testimony and evidence provided by the disgruntled commander, the leaders of the parent organization decided they had had enough. The leader overseeing the clans of D.o.G. was brought in and interrogated through the night; he expressed the issues that had festered, but his concerns about poor oversight and counterproductive policies fell on deaf ears. With sunrise only a few hours away, he was removed from his position. The night was quiet, anarchy was on the horizon. The first of December The next morning was a flurry of action. Much to the surprise of the old leadership, nearly every clan that had pledged itself to the Disciples began to defect. Whole clans were disappearing from the parent organization and as the old leaders began their inquiries, they were met with impish pranks and hostility. On December 1, 2006, Disciples of Gaming had emerged from the shadows and planted its feet squarely on the ground. The magnitude of this defection was becoming apparent to the old leaders, and panic set in. In desperation, lower-ranking leaders were ordered to infiltrate as many of the defecting clans as possible under the pretense of helping members who wished to remain in the old organization. Once given the power, they were to remove every person from the clans. Two clans, 1st Strike and No Fear, were both hit, a move the old leaders quickly began to regret. Members that had questioned their loyalty became resolute. Here was evidence of the hypocrisy that they had heard of. The ranks of D.o.G. filled as communities reunited. Many new D.o.G. leaders would cite this day among their most satisfying gaming memories. Within one week, Disciples of Gaming had gained more than 500 members. The End, For Now The story of the Disciples of Gaming continues today. Membership is growing, and the vision formed in those long-ago meetings is quickly becoming a reality. We are dedicated to giving our members more, both in community and in leadership resources. This is only the beginning of what we will accomplish. The future promises both great struggle and great opportunity, and we will make the most of both. Gaming Today The gaming world continues to grow. Players and teams of all abilities compete in tournaments and online competition on a daily basis. Gaming is a red-hot, multi-million-dollar-a-year industry and a playground for people of all ages and demographics. There are no boundaries of race, religion, creed or sex when it comes to online gaming. As much as the Internet has opened the world to millions through a computer, online gaming has widened the horizons of gamers through their gaming system. Disciples of Gaming is an organization dedicated to the betterment of online gaming experiences. Through the wisdom and dedication of its leadership, D.o.G. works tirelessly to create and maintain a community that makes online gaming a truly worthwhile and enjoyable experience for everyone. Professionalism and respect are essential to our communities. The leadership of our members and their dedication to the D.o.G. community ensures that every member of the Disciples of Gaming has a fun, rewarding gaming experience. Kaizen is a Japanese word meaning constant and never-ending improvement. This is our mantra. We will be the best gaming community, and will always strive to improve.
  2. Welcome to the Disciples of Gaming. Currently, we are established on Xbox 1. Our branches play a crossover of many different games. If you are interested in any specific game just ask us if we have a branch that focuses primarily on that game. We will be glad to help you network with like minded gamers in our community. DoG is all about making online gaming fun and rewarding. If you are interested in joining DoG, please contact DoG Leadership on Xbox Live. Generals: DoG WARCHI3F HD DoG Ny Stone HD Head Colonel: DoG Hiccups SD LT Colonel: DoG Cryo SD Majors: DoG Hehner DL DoG Fenix DL Commanders: DoG Amadeus DoG EnderWiggin DoG Grump D I DoG J0K3R 13 DoG Lightning DoG LilPunk DoG Syahna DoG Vino
  3. Welcome to Disciples of Gaming! We are a mature minded community that is not only dedicated to the advancement of clan activity, but also the betterment of the online gaming experience for every gamer. Respect and professionalism is the foundation for every member in Disciples of Gaming and we hope this to be evident in how we interact with each other and people outside of the organization. A standard of excellence and distinct leadership among the abrasive behavior of an internet sub-culture is what we believe in. dis•ci•ple    [dih-sahy-puhl] noun, verb, dis•ci•pled, dis•ci•pling. noun 1.Religion (of gaming). One of the 2000+ philosophical followers of online gaming. The systematic pursuit of community themed entertainment Any other professed follower of Gaming in his/her lifetime. 2. A member of Disciples of Gaming. 3. A person who is a pupil or an adherent of the doctrines of another; follower: a disciple of DoG Leadership. Community? Although the distinction may seem subtle, Disciples of Gaming identifies itself as a gaming “community” rather than a clan. As a “community” we are less concerned with producing skilled players and maintaining impressive winning streaks, and more focused on cultivating relationships, activity, leadership, and excitement. Although we have a rather large member base, our community is not concerned with being big for the sake of being big (or boasting for that matter). Retention of our membership stems from the enjoyment of other active friendly people to game with, and little to no pressure to perform or produce for a spot in the community. This may seem strange to many outsiders, but we simply are dedicated to giving our members the best, lasting online experience possible. All this being said, Disciples of Gaming is not for everybody. There are many other great clans/communities to get involved with that may better cater to your personal goals or desires from that institution. There will be no discrimination made among potential membership in so far as the individual agrees to abide by the community guidelines. What to do in DoG? Disciples of Gaming breaks down into several sub-communities (which would then be called clans or branches) that function separately from each other. Each branch is lead by a commander that ensures the foundational principals of DoG are being upheld in the body of the community. Branches develop and organize game nights, practices, meetings, leadership classes, and many other events that are available for their members to interact with. Members are not confined to game only with their branch, but this system helps us to organize and place each person within a group to interact with. There are also various other programs to be involved with outside of one’s branch that still fall under the community umbrella. We have teams/groups for video production, graphic design, podcasting, active military members, female gamer, CoD Elite, minecraft forging, and Halo forging. We are always excited to see members express interest in furthering the community in all these areas and greatly appreciate the dedication of their talents. Currently, we have established on two main platforms; Xbox 360 and PC. But we our now soley focused on Xbox One. Our branches are organized in four different games; Halo: Reach(Xbox), Call of Duty Black Ops(Xbox), Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3(Xbox), and Blacklight: Retribution(PC). As new games are released that we are currently established in, our branches transfer over. When that new game releases, we continue to cater to members that may not have the newest game and keep a branch (or branches) in the older game. We are always looking to expand our boundaries across games and platforms, but only do so methodically to ensure success in the expansion. Obviously, members are not limited to one game or platform, we encourage playing other games and have dozens of groups in other games. If you are interested in joining or have any questions, please contact one of our members. You may also email us at membership@disciplesofgaming.com. Our Majors can also assist in potential branch placement. Head Disciple: DoG Ny Stone HD DoG WARCHIEF HD Head Colonel: DoG Hiccups SD Lieutenant Colonels: DoG Cryo SD Majors: DoG Hehner DL DoG FENIX DL Kaizen is a Japanese word meaning constant and never-ending improvement. This is our mantra. We strive to be the best online gaming community, and will always strive to improve. We are dedicated to giving our members, and gamers in general, the best online gaming experience! © Disciples of Gaming, 2007 - 2019 Warning: Any unauthorized copying and distribution of the Disciples of Gaming Code of Conduct constitutes copyright infringement under Section 106 of the U.S. Copyright Act and International Treaties. Legal and equitable remedies may be pursued by Disciples of Gaming as a result of such infringements.