The Guardians Online Gaming Community began life in or around April of 2002. It was formed as a player association for the MMO Star Wars Galaxies. A small group of people that had gamed together in the past undertook the project of forming this community. In the days of Star Wars Galaxies the community was heavily involved in role playing their characters in the Star Wars universe. The Guardians were members of the Rebel Alliance. Their creed was Libertas, Ara, Amplus. Translated that means freedom, protection, honor. Their small group became part of a city called Vagabond's Rest. It did not stay there long. The Guardians soon grew large enough to occupy their own city. The forming and development of Libertas is still to this day considered one of the greatest achievements of The Guardian Community. Alas not all things were meant to last forever. Interest in the MMO Star Wars Galaxies dwindled within The Guardian Community.
The downsizing of the Star Wars Galaxies division and its ultimate closure in late 2004 was not the end for The Guardians. They found new life battling the Horde in World of Warcraft. Moving onto World of Warcraft was more then just a new game for The Guardians. It marked the beginning of having multiple active divisions within the community. It was around this time in 2004 that the Battlefield 2 division rose to popularity. It would go on to become the first person shooter division and would ultimately be closed as new criteria for maintaining an active division was developed. World of Warcraft is still an active division at the time of this writing, early 2011. Over the years it has had many ups and downs. At one point in time it boasted membership in three forty man raid teams as part of alliances with other guilds. At one point in time a World of Warcraft Horde division was as active as the original Alliance division. To date a new expansion has come out and the division is being reorganized once again to lead it to further successes.
In 2007 The Guardians began their next major venture in preparing for the new MMO Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. It boasted a high level of early recruiting in pre-beta and beta. Despite its recruiting success it is regarded by many as The Guardians single greatest failure in any game. The division flopped within days of release and reached a point within weeks that it could not be sustained. Fault by those involved in getting it off the ground is largely placed on the game itself. The Guardians did not stay in the game long enough to learn if those issues had been corrected.
A division that was largely a success formed almost at the same time as Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar garnered interest from many Guardian members who fondly remember reading J. R. R. Tolkien's series of books and from watching the movie trilogy. Members of the Guardian community played in both factions for many years. The division would run successfully for over two years until dwindling interest led to its closure in late 2009.
In early 2008 interest spiked regarding a new MMO on the horizon. Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures became a Guardian Division. Guardian success in this MMO was virtually immediate and sustained. The division barely survived a year. After a leadership void at the very beginning of 2009 The Guardian Council sought Division Leader applications. All candidates turned down the job. The lack of leadership ultimately led to the divisions closure.
The start of 2011 has brought The Guardians a new division. There is not much to report on Rift: Planes of Telara. The division is in its infancy but interest is high and recruitment is strong. The right leaders are in the right places to give it the best potential for future success.
In the coming months The Guardian Online Gaming Community will seem to have come full circle. Star Wars The Old Republic is on the horizon. The Guardians have it firmly in the line of site but are not forgetting their other parts. In an unprecedented move, community interest is so high in this game that both Republic and Sith divisions were created in September of 2010. At that time there was no release date even hinted at. We all have high hopes for this MMO.
Since The Guardians Online Gaming Community is flourishing we expect to add many more pages to this somewhat brief synopsis of our history, check back from time to time.