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KAAOS Through the Ages

KAAOS is, by online gaming standards... one of the great grand daddies of organized gaming. KAAOS has deep roots, originally taking shape back in 1992 in one of the first graphical massive multiplayer games called Neverwinter Nights (NWN) on AOL (no, not the more recent bioware game of the same name).

Since the guild formed in a classic role playing game, it was built around a few key concepts that fit that environment, including its classic “evil alignment” role playing, its core of gaming proficiency, and its rebellious attitude. KAAOS were the bad boys of that game and was the guild that everyone loved to hate but no one could beat. These were the days of gaming fired by imagination rather than graphics, and gameplay and combat engines that valued tactics and thinking over twitch and speed.

Many things in the online gaming world have changed over the years as the concepts of the internet itself and massive multiplayer gaming have spread from the narrow niche of 500 players per night in NWN to the large scale operations of today that are rivaling the movie industry itself for entertainment dollars. KAAOS has changed along with the times, adapting its style and attitude to the new players and games that have cropped up.

In the years since those early beginnings, we've moved through a lot of games including Ultima Online, Everquest, Asheron's Call, Shadowbane, Star Wars Galaxies, Planetside, World of Warcraft, City of Heros... and that's just the massive multiplayers. In each game we've left one helluva mark, roughly shaped like the heel of our boots.

What's never changed in all that time is the heart of KAAOS. When you strip away the role playing and “branding” of KAAOS and cut to the core you start seeing the recurrent themes.

  • Anti-drama attitudes
  • Focused and professional (but not neurotic) gaming
  • Intelligent players – in game and out
  • Leadership and self-reliance from every member
  • Long term membership, loyalty and pride
  • More than enough smart ass comments and shit talk to go around
  • Real friendships that underscore everything

The culture of KAAOS can be pretty unique at times. Around here if your skin is too thin, you may never quite get the joke and become a part of the maelstrom, but these are the values that drive the engine. We expect those we game with to roll with the punches and come up smiling.

And if you can't handle that? Well, if ya can't take a fuck, then joke ya. We've got some fun to have and no time to hold your hand. But if you're the right quality of gamer we're confident that you'll get the joke and that you'll understand the rarity of a group like KAAOS that remains cohesive and strong year after year and game after game.

What Running with KAAOS means.

KAAOS has started to gather quite a crowd and there are more people than ever interested in what we're about. I'm adding this to the FAQ section to make it clearer to the adoring yet incompetent throngs why they don't belong in this guild.

What does gaming with KAAOS mean? It means you will be held to a higher standard than you may be accustomed to. You see, here in KAAOS we believe in excellence. We believe in maturity. We believe in independence. We believe in working as a team.

Now, if you can’t hack it, if you can’t go the extra mile, if you can’t do that ten thousandth push-up, or if you’re simply a pussy whipped bitch- well, that’s cool. We understand. Just don’t bother hanging out with us. My advice? Go find a guild that accepts second-rate behavior. Because I’m here to tell you, KAAOS doesn’t.

To run with KAAOS, you had damn well better embody the following in vast quantities:
  • Value. You bring more to the table than you take. Not only do you kick ass on a personal level, you kick ass on an organizational level. Something needs done? You’re already working on it.
  • Thick Skin. You take the punch, you grin and then you realize you probably fucking deserved it.
  • Skill. You strive for excellence. On a fundamental level, you are constantly trying to improve. And not just on a personal level- you also work to help the guild improve.Loyalty. You’ve proved your worth. People trust you. You are loyal to your fellow guild mates and because you are loyal, they help you achieve your goals. Why? Because, you proved your worth by helping them achieve theirs.
  • Commitment. You’re committed to the cause. You believe in the goals and principles of KAAOS and you strive to both embody and further them.
  • Maturity. You’re mature. You interact and present yourself as both educated and smart as a fucking razor.
  • Funny & Cool. You’re pleasant to be around and people would rather game with you than without you. You are value added to anything you do.

Now, after reading this you might shrug, you might feel say to yourself “Yeah, whatever.” Well, that’ll be fine. That is until we catch you with your pants around your ankles as you fumble the ball. At that point, well, you better have brought some lube, I wouldn’t want the boot we’re gonna shove up your ass to hurt too much the next day.

If any of this is too much for you, that’s OK. Don’t let the door hit your backside on the way out.



Joining KAAOS is a long process. KAAOS is a guild commited to excellence, loyalty, and finesse. We expect the best and we expect it for life. In a guild that's roots stretch back over a decade, the way we do things is a little different.

However, while not every gamer is destined to become KAAOS, that doesn't mean they can't play with us. Far from it. KAAOS ranks are used to help gamers playing under the tag understand how they fit in to the larger scheme of things. There are six ranks within KAAOS; Neophyte, Acolyte, Disciple, The Red & Black, KGFS, and finally, KAAOS.

The lowest level of affliation with KAAOS. This is the rank of newcomers into the guild. KAAOS doesn't know you and you don't know KAAOS. We don't trust you. We probably don't even like you. But hey, we don't expect you to like or trust us either. Neophytes are the people who are getting their feet wet with KAAOS. They've been invited because they've shown interest in joining.

Advancing to Acolyte requires becoming not only known to KAAOS'ers, but forum and Teamspeak use, as well as constant, active participation with the guild for roughly a month. Board join dates are used to determine a neophyte's time with the guild.

Acolyte indicates you've been around awhile and you know the ropes. KAAOS'ers know who you are because they've seen you in game, on the boards, and in Teamspeak. It's starting to look like your interest in KAAOS is for real.

Disciple is the first rank towards becoming actual KAAOS. For many, this is the last rank they will achieve. The bulk of disciples are the friends of KAAOS'ers, the guys that through the years have been a part of the guild, but never shown the promise of true KAAOS material. Disciple's are welcomed in whatever game KAAOS plays and are treated with respect of long term friends. They've proven they can be trusted and that while they may not be exactly KAAOS material, they aren't half bad.

The Red & Black
Red & Black means you have caught the attention of KAAOS. You show promise that one day, you just might become KAAOS. Red & Black gamers have been with KAAOS for well over 6 months and often times have played with KAAOS in more than one game. These guys are the people who want to be KAAOS and have proven they've got what it takes. Red & Black players are acquiring the last skills(in game and on the forums), knowledge(of how KAAOS operates), persona, and allies from within KAAOS they need to get a yes vote in the Hell Hole.

When Red & Black players have figured it out, tuned their skills, and shown that they are in for the long haul, they step forward in the Hell Hole and tell the Gods of KAAOS why they should be considered for full membership. KAAOS then votes on the player. A no vote simply means that they are not ready to be considered for membership and will remain The Red & Black. A yes vote means the player has become a probationary member, a KAAOS Gay Fucking Squire.

Acquiring yes votes is a tricky proposition. Every KAAOS'er looks for something different in potential members. What is consistent however, is that KAAOS'ers look for members who they feel will defend the KAAOS tradition of excellence, loyalty and longevity.

Becoming full KAAOS takes years. Each KGFS' path to full KAAOS'er-dom is unique and specific to the individual. KAAOS'ers are proven, capable gamers with undying loyalty to fellow members of KAAOS and to the guild itself.

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