History

In August of 2018, Evolved was conceived to provide a drama-free, family-oriented, and people-focused environment for mature gamers who wished to play online without the antics often found in open games. We believe that the person behind the keyboard is more important than the pixels on the screen and that everyone should have the opportunity to play without fear of being harassed, heckled, or abused.

We possess a leadership structure, core values, organizational objectives and all of the various characteristics one would expect to find in a socially-developed organization that is primed for growth. While we will not organize your gameplay for you, we will offer you an environment in which you can pursue your own gaming style of your choice with others of similar gaming style and mentality.

“Accomplished Casual” will define us for years to come. Yet, as we grow, we’ve broadened our minds to accept that not all games in the modern MMO and gaming world lend themselves to totally casual gaming. Our community will survive because it evolves; it adapts to the ever-changing games around us. Our officers and members work extremely hard and devote long, personal hours to creating a home for the most casual of the casual and to those who are driven to accomplishment. Your gaming experience matters … and we are building this place for you.

This is our history…

Year 1

Finding a good gaming community can be hard to discover. What can be equally frustrating is feeling “stuck” in a gaming community whose ideals no longer reflect your gaming needs. The Architects that founded Evolved (Borders, Cataclysm, DJHaighted, Grimmie, Isilaura, Origin, Soulquake, Skye, Taevarth, and Wedgebert) had been gaming together for over six years through another organization. We all wanted to stick together and create an organization that would always “evolve” to meet the needs of the players and their unique games. 

We spent roughly 4 to 6 weeks of planning for our departure. We expected that we would be starting at ground zero, having to recruit hundreds of people from the get-go, with a very slow start to building the community. It was a tough decision, we knew that some people would be mad at us for leaving. It was a huge risk. Well, we were totally wrong. After announcing our departure from the previous organization, the outpouring of love, community, support, and hope was truly amazing! We felt so blessed and loved, that many people wanted to help create our community with us! We should have expected this because y’all are so amazing and loving. But sometimes when you’re taking such a big risk as these, people’s fears take over reality.

The first few months the initial focus was the continuation of a strong WoW-A community and the establishment of a WoW-H community. These were solid goals to accomplish, leadership teams were established to support organization and structure within these communities. 

Following this, a few members had grown tired of WoW but obviously wanted to stay within the organization; the ESO guild was born. Shortly after that, more members were inspired to create guilds under the organizational name: FFXIV and Atlas. We have since grown to offer more side games that involve Shooters, RTS and Moba’s.

As the community grew, Star joined ranks of the board to start bridging our numerous communities together. This was the beauty of the plan: to have a centralized community that no matter what you play, there is a family that you can connect to within Evolved.

This is what we have become: family. We love each other, support each other through dark periods, and celebrate through the happy ones Yes, sometimes we fight with each other too; but what good family doesn’t? That’s a symbol of passion for the love of the community and the love of the games we play.

Year 2

Evolved is happy to celebrate 2 years! Many of us have been gaming together much longer though, over 7 years! No matter what anniversary we are celebrating, its the intention that matter. We are celebrating US: family, friends, bros who all love gaming with each other!

The 2019 – 2020 year was tumultuous, even before the Covid-19 pandemic. Evolved, across the board, experienced tremendous growth. FFXIV, run by Trekkie, has grown to a sizable free company (guild) that has its own beautiful guildhall and fun members who have been enjoying the Shadowbringers expansion. WoW- A, led by Isilaura, continues to raid with 2 teams. WoW-H, led by Severinne, has seen much growth in membership since its establishment last year and also continues to raid late in the expansion. Both WoW guilds look forward to the Shadowlands expansion that is due to come out by the end of 2020. Growth is good, however, its does not always work as intended. We had a setback, or learning experience with ESO, in that with all the other growth we incurred it was too difficult to find solid leadership to support the unique needs within the ESO community. We do hope one day that we can develop more guilds within our community with other games like ESO, Guild Wars2, BDO, etc. So if anyone should be interested in that, please reach out to the board or tri!

Growth also continued with a lot of the ‘side games’ that we play too! This is awesome because one of the main goals of Evolved is to keep our members gaming together, no matter what the game is! Of course popularity fluctuates in tide with our interests but we continue to see people play Overwatch, CoD, Diablo, Minecraft, Valorant, Destiny 2, etc. Another fun thing that started this year was participating in Jack Box games hosted by DJ and Cards Against Humanity and Trivia hosted by Star. The events themselves are hilarious, but it’s truly amazing to see members across many different games get together to have fun.

The 2020 Get Together was planned for the end May in Orlando, unfortunately to be canceled due to the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. This was saddening for many, but we hope to revisit the idea of a Florida get together for 2021 if safe from Covid-19.

Grimmie interviewed members in Discord about some of their favorite memories from the past year, and here is what was shared:

My best has to be our first free company clear of E1-E8 in FFXIV. Lots of laughs from everyone involved. – Rillid (FFXIV)

I do like going into bird form so someone clicks on it and rides me. THEN fly to the ceiling and transform in and out. (apparently, guildie murder is good). – Raille (WoW-A)

While mount/mog farming, I accidentally trashed my weapon and offhand … was only able to recover the weapon. Thankfully guildies felt bad for me and ran through several mythic +s, no luck. A month later, many runs of many things later; I still can’t get an offhand to drop for me. So it was a bad thing that happened – but awesome people tried to help me! (but the game still cursed me). – Grimmie (WoW-H)

Killing so many people with troll portals!. But you should always use your friendly mage transportation service. There’s a 78% positive rating on yelp. – Glimmer (WoW-A)

I think my favorite Evolved moment was our first clear of the edens. Fairly sure that was the first time we actually had a lot of people get together and work together towards getting clears. Of course, it was full of tons of laughs and jokes, and I think really showed just how awesome Evolved is as a gaming community; being able to turn things that could normally be stressful into suuuuuch amazing fun. – Jin (FFXIV)

Consistently telling people to not interrupt Jaina and take it off your bars to be the one to interrupt her. – Raille (WoW-A)

My favorite would probably be when we did the Eden raids as well, first time seeing 8 members work together on something. – Markus (FFXIV)

Every time we get to the trash in front of carapace and people try to murder their friends… – Xenellia (WoW-A)

Watching drunken @Swim (WoW-A) (XO) chase a shaman around a pole for almost the entirety of a BG, just to leave the shaman alone then as soon as they ran by, he pitbulled right back to it. ‘Stay on target, stay on target!’ – Rummu (WoW-A)

We ran the LFR BoD but were doing everything wrong. All trash at once, skipping mechanics. Like we were all on a single boat for Leviathan, purposely trying to wipe ourselves, etc… Some people were less amused by our antics than others. It was almost a full guild group, except for a few. There was no containing the silliness. But yes, there was definitely drinking involved. And it wasn’t originally scheduled to be a “troll” run. Was really to get people Azerite. It just ran away with itself. – Isilaura (WoW-A)

Also becoming the FC’s (un)official photographer is so fun for me. – Jin (FFXIV)

Saturday Night Achievement runs. – Glimmer (WoW-A)

Mine has to be our Eden clears as a full 8-man group as well. Specifically, the first one, when somewhere around 10-15 other people showed up just to watch Red’s live stream of us doing it and hang out with everyone. So many laughs and lessons learned. Really great time overall.that was the first time I’ve been in a discord call with that many people and normally I get really nervous and things, but these guys did such an awesome job of making me feel included and like I was part of this group for a long time. – Rillid (FFXIV)

Making people think Steelheart was joining us in Wow. During our officer shake up. When Cata stepped back, Tae created a Steelheart character in wow for me to ginvite and troll the long time members; still fun to mess with everyone briefly. – Raille (WoW-A)

Thanks for the fun year all!

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