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    An Interview For An Age To Come - Diplo & TOG

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    Hello there everyone! Today, we have an interview between the big heads of two awesome communities today, with Phalanx, representing Diplomunion, and Bolvar, representing The Old Guard, in a bid to prepare for the release of Warcraft III Reforged in the months to come. Interviewing the two is me, The_13th_Legend, a guy in both communities with ambitions to eventually bring everyone together to just enjoy a classic game. Below are five important questions; insight into the two communities, what they bring to the table, and more about the future partnership that will bring a joyous event for everyone to appreciate. As always, happy gaming and thanks for being a Diplo'er or an Old Guard. Hell, Bors will like the title of being a "Diplomunion Old Guard."
    1. What is a community to you? In extension, what would you think the term "Diplomunion"/"The Old Guard" means in general?
    Phalanx: Bolvar:
    Community, especially when we're talking about gaming communities, is the happy confluence of friends who share a common place and common games. This place, whether it be a forum, subreddit, discord, or teamspeak server, becomes a mecca of camaraderie and fun thanks to the build up of shared experiences. Diplomunion is such a place. Through the efforts of Abdel, Bors, and myself, we've kept the Diplomunion community going for over 12 years. That longevity defines us. We've evolved from a community of gamers to a community of friends. Thus, Diplomunion means friends, games, and a good time. Community is a gathering of people with shared goals under common principles and beliefs. In our case, we are a gathering of Warcraft III players that seek to have fun playing with people who enjoy the same maps we do in a casual atmosphere. As for the meaning of Old Guard, I find it quite self-explanatory and the question below also addresses it, I would say.
    2. With the above in mind, what does it mean to be a(n) Diplo'er/Old Guard?
    Phalanx: Bolvar:
    A Diplo'er is anyone who comes to Diplomunion looking to have fun, play games, and have an all around good time. The key to being a Diplo'er is making your presence felt within the Diplomunion community through constant interaction, whether it be in the discord, the forums, or in the games we play. Anyone can be a Diplo'er, they just need to participate. Old Guard was created and stands for one reason and one reason only: Warcraft III RTS. It is the game that started everything, the game we all love. Most communities got bored of Warcraft, outgrew Warcraft, left Warcraft. To be Old Guard means to be faithful to the old ways, which may sound somewhat preposterous coming from a community that is barely two years old. Yet, we gather all of those who remain playing and all of those who pay heed to that ever-present urge to come home that exists within every true Warcraft player. To put it simply, to be Old Guard is to be passionate about Warcraft. It is the game that marked our teenage years, which brought us great friends and unforgettable memories. It is the past, indeed, but a past worthy of being kept alive.
    3. With the release of this article in particular, it's good to say that our partnership is now official. It's weird of me to say that, since I'm active in both communities. Anyhow, what things are you expecting in the short term, and what would you strive for in the long term of the partnership?
    Phalanx: Bolvar:
    Diplomunion was born from wc3Diplo.net, which is the community Abdel originally founded. We changed our name to Diplomunion when Abdel stepped down allowing Bors to take charge. Wc3Diplo was exactly what it says on the tin -- it was a meeting ground for all of the Warcraft 3 Diplomacy-style map clans from 12 years ago. The move to Diplomunion as the name of the community represented two fundamental changes within the community; that we had grown past our differences as different clans and that we had moved on beyond Warcraft 3. We were a Diplomatic Union of thousands of different members comprised of dozens of Warcraft 3 clans -- a Diplomunion. Many of us back in 2010 thought that Starcraft 2 was going to kill Warcraft 3. It's been years since then, and Warcraft 3 hasn't died. Instead, against all odds, Warcraft 3 has been going strong. It's thanks to communities like The Old Guard, especially when it comes to the RTS map scene, that have kept Warcraft 3 strong. As such, my main hope is that we further strengthen the Warcraft 3 community through this partnership with The Old Guard. Short term, we're hoping that by working together we can better plan and coordinate, to make it easier for Diplo'ers and Old Guards to play and talk about Warcraft 3. Long term, we want to work together to grow the WC3 RTS/Diplomacy map community by being the central hub for Warcraft 3 RTS maps during this upcoming Warcraft 3 revival. We want new and old players alike to come to Diplo and ToG to learn, play, and grow. Well, our short-term expectations are very objective. Diplomunion will serve as our web platform for our Warcraft III content and events; we will aid Diplomunion in its quest to return to the lands of WC3 and prepare for Reforged. Our long-term expectations are focused in Reforged, which will be the end of all we know but also the dawn of a new age. As Felo'melorn, Warcraft will be shattered and remade and, as the Quel'dorei say, swords grow stronger when reforged. The shattering will rather chaotic, I'm sure, so this partnership with Diplomunion will be essential for both parties to properly harness the great surge of people and opportunities that Reforged will bring.Many old people will come back and I am certain that Diplomunion will be paramount in the quest to gather these together; many new players will flood to us all and Old Guard will make sure to act as a strong in-game influence to direct these new arrivals. In the end, all we build and all we do has the ultimate aim of living the WC3 experience to its fullest.
    4. With the meaning of what it is to be a community or a member of Diplomunion/The Old Guard respectively answered, what would you say the other community would bring to the table? Additionally, what would your community give and help out with the other community?
    Phalanx: Bolvar:
    I don't want to get into the nitty-gritty of what each side brings to the table. That's not the point of this partnership.Both communities have thrived independently, but together we can design and organize large scale events not seen in Warcraft III custom gaming before. Instead, this is about Diplomunion and The Old Guard coming together because we know that we're greater than the sum of our parts. The Old Guard Discord is the home of all the current happenings in the WC3 RTS map community, which Diplomunion was historically a part of. One of these benefits is that Old Guard has an amazing repository of WC3 information, but it doesn't have a great way of disseminating this information out to its members. Diplo has large and versatile forum backend that can be used to store and share that repository in such a way that would allow for Diplo'ers and Old Guards to access, update, and talk about. And that's just a start to what we're here to do -- there's no limit to what we can possibly cooperate on. Well, to put it objectively, Diplomunion has a solid website, brand awareness, an efficient staff, and deep rooted foundations. "Old Guard has a large and dynamic community encompassing players from many different backgrounds being fundamentally molded around playing Warcraft." This partnership will join Old Guard's strong in-game presence and far ranging connections with Diplomunion's stable, reliable, and reputable web-platform and brand. I believe that, as we move forward with this initiative, each party will naturally complement each other and play its roles with excellence, allowing us to go farther together than we would alone.
    5. Finally, what are your personal thoughts and opinions about the union of Diplomunion and The Old Guard as a whole? What do you believe the future will be, when Warcraft III Reforged is released and afterwards?
    Phalanx: Bolvar:
    Warcraft was an integral part of my childhood. The first computer game I ever played was Warcraft 2 at the age of six on a Dell Pentium 1 machine back in 1996. Warcraft 3 was my favorite game and in my respect the only game I played between 2004 and 2012 and a game I still play. This union with The Old Guard is for many people in Diplomunion is a chance to reconnect with our roots. More importantly, both Diplo and Old Guard want to be there when thousands of Warcraft veterans return to WC3 for Warcraft 3 Reforged, for all those veterans who will also be looking for this chance to reconnect with their Warcraft roots. And I hope that Old Guard and Diplo stands together ready to help each other help these old veterans return to the real Warcraft. I have never been part of Diplomunion, but, ever since my teenage years, I have always cultivated a great esteem for what Diplomunion stood for. My perspective of it as an outsider is somewhat idealized, but I have always viewed it as the great metropolis of Warcraft where people from all places, communities, and backgrounds would go to talk about Warcraft. It has always held in it a sense of universality, of permanence, and of neutrality. Many tried, but Diplo truly excelled in building something everlasting. As Abdel wrote, "We should build a community for all times, not just for the time we currently find ourselves living in."Old Guard shares these same values and principles and that is why I believe that, during the turbulent days of early Reforged, we will stand as the unassailable bastion from which the Warcraft Community can spring anew.




    With the interview above being concluded, it can be said that the future of both communities is a promising one. With Warcraft III Reforged only a few months away, I am excited to see faces that I haven't seen from Diplomunion or ToG come back to Battle.net to join us all. In the meantime, however, I am hoping that the transition goes on successfully and that an event such as a "Twelve Nights of Gaming"or a Warcraft III Tournament can take place to commemorate the partnership.




    Edited by Abdel

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