The Destiny Clan That Saved a Family

Think of the average bunch of guys in an online clan swapping stories and the word ‘heart-warming’ doesn’t usually spring to mind. But then most clans aren’t the Dads Of Destiny, a 30,000 strong group bound by two common themes: parenthood, and not being a dick..

The clue’s in the title, but while the name suggests children as a binding factor it’s not an entirely exclusive membership rule. True, the majority who join are parents, but the real bonding factor here is that these people are grown-up. And I don’t just mean ‘older’ - I mean it in the sense of being human beings in touch with their feelings and other people’s, in way that you just don’t expect when you think of the traditional ‘male gamer’ stereotype. I’ve been speaking to the Dads of Destiny’s founders and members and discovered a community that’s genuinely touching, brought together by games, life, and online lobby conversations that end in “Oh, hang on a second, I just got pooped on.”

One of the members I spoke to, Joshua McClain, had a story that really helps drive home how what started out as a gaming clan has become way more than that:

Dads of Destiny hasn’t been just a gaming community to play games with. For the past few months my family has been going through a very hard time. I lost my job back in November 2014 when my wife was 8 months pregnant. We quickly exhausted our financial savings, and were forced to relocate in January to another state to live with family. One nite while lying with my newborn son on the couch I broke down. Feeling like a horrible person, husband, and father I reached out to a few of my good friends in Dads of Destiny Eclipse. I started a GoFundMe account, and my “gaming friends” (who I feel are like my family) helped raise over $1,000 to help get my son diapers, formula, and other basic things.
Besides the blessing of funds they also sent “Care Packages” containing more diapers, baby wipes, and formula. To say I’m grateful would be a understatement. This community took care of my family, and kept our morale up. To say I reached a dark place is not easy to admit. Feeling like a failure is not something easy to get over. Dads of Destiny knew this as well. Many members or, better yet, friends reached out to me. They gave me their own personal experiences, and gave me the willpower to pick myself up, dust myself off, and get a job.

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How long till they create a clan for gaming grandfathers?


Last Call At The Mardu Buffet 

Tomorrow is a local PPTQ at out local shop and after a little playtest of my work in progress Silumgar Deck with James on Wednesday and getting rather soundly whooped by his Fate Clash Pack+ deck, and not having the time or brain for a massive sort out, I decided to give my Mardu Buffet one last overhaul and play in the hope it will finally do what I want it to do.

Here’s the latest list. Thanks to Liam and Adam for their help and suggestions.

3 Bloodsoaked Champion
2 Merciless Executioner
4 Master of the Feast
2 Brutal Hordechief
4 Butcher of the Horde
2 Zurgo, Helmsmasher

4 Temur Battle Rage
3 Gods Willing
3 Valoros Stance

4 Crackling Doom
2 Heroes Downfall

3 Read the Bones

2 Whip of Erebos

The whole thrust is stay alive until Butcher/ Master, then Temur Battle Rage & Gods Willing/ Valorous Stance to hit hard and stay alive. The Bloodsoaked Champions can get in early and sack for the Butchers, with the removal for before and after with Brutal Hordechiefs helping direct things later on and Zurgos for a later punch. Whips help the life and getting stuff back.

I just want to give it one last try now I have focused it a bit more and have had a but more luck playtesting against Sarah today, drawing 2/2.

It’s been a nice, chilled day of playtesting and intrigued to see how it goes. Wish us luck for tomorrow and best of luck to anyone playing tomorrow.


- Darth Sebious

I’ve always headcanoned Ashalle as this hard-as-nails badass warrior, infamous amongst the clans for her temper (she has Elgar’nan’s vallaslin after all). She’s all hard muscle, could break a qunari’s jaw and she can hold her drink better than most dwarves - but for Mahariel she’s all softness and worry, because she lost their mother and father, and it would kill her to lose them too.