June 26, 2012.
This date is memorable, not only to me but to our Guild Head Rell as well, since this was the day when OtakuHouse Guild within the world of the online game we have known as Grand Chase was born. We started out small, inviting and recruiting strangers and otakus to make our little group grow. We didn’t aim to become the best in GC. We’ve always believed that every otaku should deserve a community where they wouldn’t experiences any indifference from other people, make them mingle with their fellow otaku, level-up with the aid of their kind guild mates and officers — all of them happened inside Grand Chase.
Grand Chase isn’t the first online I’ve played but to be very honest, this is the first game I have spend LOTS just for my characters’ fashion. I mean, I didn’t care if my Sniper colored so weirdly in RO – changing colors in Ragnarok is cashless and through zeny – or if my boylet in Audition looked so boring. But when it comes to Jin, oh boy, I couldn’t imagine anymore. This is also the first game wherein I found a guild that became not just an ordinary in-game guild but also became so attached to me, I really feel that OHG is a community I can be proud of — I am its co-founder anyway!
In Grand Chase, I fell in love with its characters. At once. To the point that I have played with them all. I must admit, I haven’t tried becoming a merchant in RO – I feel that it’s a troublesome job so I haven’t created a character out of it. But in Grand Chase, I even enjoyed playing with Lass, especially his first (Thief) job, when I hated his character at first. I have all of the characters (excluding Lime, Azin and Edel) changed jobs until the fourth; I maintained balance playing with them so no character could be left out [except that I was SO OBSESSED with Jin, Sieghart and Luxus that they leveled up first before anyone else -_-]; I even planned on spending ALL of my TIME and some bucks this coming Holiday season just to compensate the absences I had in the past year I haven’t played with them.
And then Level-Up Games Philippines had to crush my hopes with an announcement that Grand Chase PH will be no more. This is probably the most damaging news I have received this year. Or maybe I am just disappointed. I have heard rumors months ago that GCPH would definitely be closing but I just kept my hopes up and believed in LU that they wouldn’t do it. In the end, here I am, ranting about this darn thing while everyone else has merged accounts with NAGC.
Now that the game I have loved so much for years is about to bid farewell, it really hurts my heart. Unlike the console games I have finished, I believe that I haven’t accomplished anything inside GC. But like the famous quote says: LIFE MUST GO ON. I might miss my Jin, Sieghart and Luxus, and the other characters I have unlocked and purchased but maybe someday I might be able to play with them again. In another space and time, I guess. In times like this, we really have to be optimistic or we’ll end up insane won’t we?
And besides, it’s only “bye bye Grand Chase” — the other factions that OtakuHouse built outside GC are still alive so yeah, the show must go on!
So far, since Rell is leading the faction in Aura Kingdom we’ll evacuate there, making it our newest main faction while the other factions are running active and alive as well. I’m lingering more in Dragon Nest, though (I haven’t become a member of our faction there yet so I cannot provide any information from it as of now) and probably I’ll come back fully in-game this coming December so please watch out for more OHG updates and news from this blog.
It has been a wonderful two years with you Grand Chase. Our guild we’ll never grow up like this without you. We have participated in games and events, gained respect and allies, met and lost people, loved our craft more.
Thank you, for you have become our battlefields, our meeting place, our second home.
See you again next time, Chasers ~
Thumbs up for the ones who edited these wonderful images. And thank you, C2, for keeping me alive tonight.