A word or two about Skulhamr, owner and founder of Skulshock:
I've played computer games since Donkey Kong on the Commodore 64, and when 3-D games started appearing in the early 1990's, I knew I would be a lifelong gamer. From Wolfenstein 3D (released in 1992) to DooM to Quake to Duke Nukem 3D, to Halo, to Half Life, I couldn't get enough. My first online gaming experience came with Soldier of Fortune where I played a character named Dieanna in first-person deathmatch. Dieanna rose to enjoy 3 weeks in 1998 as the top ranked player in the world. Of course the gaming world was much smaller then.
In 2005, I discovered an amazing first-person shooter called Half Life 2. I devoured the game content and by 2006 I was playing under the name Skul'Hamr in Half-Life 2 Deathmatch. I ran a server called Skul`Shock and started toying with a utility called Stripper that would let me alter maps and place weapons in the game. The idea caught on among other server admins so I shared my techniques and my maps with others who wanted those features. Eventually there were a dozen or more Skul`Shock servers all using Stripper techniques that made the game playing experience on our servers unique. I soon met Panman and Paralyzer and we bacame close friends, both in the game and outside of it. We watched each other's backs.
In January of 2008, through a buddy I met on Fatpipe, I got interested in World of Warcraft and started playing on the Trollbane realm. Paralyzer and Panman soon came with me and after the Skulshock Guild was founded, we became inseparable learning the game and building the guild together.
Tragically, in early 2009, Pan finally succumbed to Cystic Fibrosis after a long and heroic battle. We knew he was very sick but he seemed indestructible to us. He would take his laptop with him to the hospital so he could play during his frequent stays and he would regale us with his stories of pretty nurses and insane doctors. Occasionally we would have to stop playing and wait for him while he fiddled with his respirator or answered some questions for a nurse. Ultimately he reluctantly agreed to have a lung transplant although he was very scared and doubtful of the outcome. We did our best to cheer him and allay his fears but in the end he was convinced he wouldn't survive the operation. He was right. We held a wake for him on a hill overlooking Everlook in Winterspring. We will never forget him but we knew he would not be the last we would lose.
We've met many new friends since that January of 2008. The guild has grown to numbers we never dreamed of and is known as one of the friendliest guilds on the realm. We like it that way. The Skulshock guild is dedicated to helping people get where they want to go in the game. People play World of Warcraft for all sorts of reasons, none of them better than another. We think the most important question is - are you having fun? If the answer to that is yes, then have at it -- and count on us to cheer you on.
This is a good place to express my gratitude to DirtyDave, who runs the forums for all things Skul`Shock. Dave is a long time friend and one of the biggest proponents of the Skulshock way of doing things. When you click that map above, you are entering the realm of DirtyDave of Skul'Shock fame. He keeps the flame alive.
My Characters on the Trollbane Realm:
Skulhamr - Hunter (Blood Elf) Level 90 (Horde)
Magdelyn - Warlock (Blood Elf) Level 90 (Horde)
Skulshok - Rogue (Blood Elf) Level 90 (Horde)
Skulhammr - Death Knight (Blood Elf) Level 85 (Horde)
Skullhammr - Mage (Blood Elf) Level 86 (Horde)
Skullhammer - Druid (Tauren) Level 87 (Horde)
Lowlo - Hunter (Pandaren) Level 90 (Horde)
Skulmoon - Rogue (Worgen) Level 85 (Alliance)
Skulhammer - Paladin (Human) Level 85 (Alliance)