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FableUnity Ends 3 and 1/2 Year Run on January 2, 2009Follow

#1 Dec 24 2008 at 6:45 AM Rating: Good
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FableUnity, one of the largest and longest running social linkshells on Shiva, finally comes to an end on January 2, 2009. FableUnity (or "FU" as we lovingly called it) was created on June 10, 2005 during the Shiva migration to Midgarsormr. Hundreds of people left Shiva to try for a fresh start on a different server. FU was an experiment to show that you didn't need to leave home get a fresh start. Our goal was to help spread an underlying philosophy with a few simple principles at its core:

* You don't need to leave home to start anew
* Unless you learn to forgive yourself, you never really start over
* A linkshell is a choice, not a responsibility
* You get out of life what you put into it
* Life, like FableUnity, is what you make of it

FableUnity was home to players from levels 1-75, from multiple countries (NA, JP, and everything inbetween), from multiple HNMLS, all working together. We sponsored such well known events as the annual "Level 10 Dunes Alliance", "Best Death Contest", and other fun games that reminded us that we occasionally need to take a break from the grind and have fun. But the majority of our events were member-sponsored. As part of the "FU is what you make it" motto, we always encouraged members to set up and sponsor their own events to accomplish the goals they set for themselves.

We always promised that FableUnity probably wouldn't be like anything people experienced before. When new members were given a pearl, the sackholders gave out 1 gil and "the speech":

"We don't mind if you spend a lot of time here, or a little. We also don't care if you have multiple linkshells. Just promise to remember that we are not your other linkshells, nor will we ever be. Even if some of the people here are the same, we are not. We are simply FU."

What this meant was to keep past conceptions, problems, and issues FROM other linkshells IN those other linkshells. We asked that members leave their hatred for other people in those other linkshells; leave their hatred for other linkshells in those other linkshells. Only by coming in with an open mind and checking all that baggage at the door could people really get a fresh start here. As such, all we really ever asked was that our members refrain from advertising for or against other linkshells in our LS chat, and to keep personal arguments to /tell.

FableUnity wasn't for everyone; it took work to be successful here...but it was worth it. Success was never determined by rank or level; it was determined only by each player's will to succeed. Even though the FU shell was owned by Sophus, that didn't make him the leader; his role was closer to "head babysitter". In reality, it was the members of FableUnity who lead the shell and guided it. Our only limitation was the greatness of our members. By working hard, taking charge, and leading, FableUnity became exactly what its members wanted it to. Those who sat back and let things happen may have found FU to their distaste. But no matter how much they liked or disliked it, we were always simply FableUnity.

As a linkshell, FU allowed people to be who they were, and not be afraid to speak up. In fact, we actually encouraged people to be more active and to control their own destinies here. If they didn't like how something was, or if they didn't agree with something that was said, we urged them to give us their opinions. A big part of being in FableUnity was working to make us the type of linkshell that THEY wanted it to be.

Sure, it was frustrating when a sackholder didn't solve problems for members. In fact, it may have even seemed like they were being lazy...but they weren't. This linkshell was only what the members made of it, and so you couldn't expect others to fight your battles for you. Instead, the sackholders were there to help members reach their goals and solve their own problems, but we wouldn't do it FOR them. Everyone's success here was limited only by their willingness to succeed, and as such, everyone here was responsible for their own success--or failure.

In the end, FableUnity was never really a linkshell -- it was always an idea. All that we accomplished wasn't because we were FU; it was because we stood for something important. And you can never truly close the doors on something like that.

Edited, Jan 3rd 2009 9:29am by lawtechguy
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#2 Dec 24 2008 at 3:26 PM Rating: Decent
Nice speech and all, but in the end it was more of a useless LS with no sense of helping at all with lazy and noob officers. Sophus was the best leader possible as he took forever to get his only job to 75.

Like many Social LS FU cared about having huge numbers of lost ppl without caring about their members, just their numbers.

The 1 gil idea was brilliant. You get what you put into it, but those who joined were new and didn't have anything to offer. How many players (including myself) went there tried to do the best they could and when they tried to ask for help with something beyond their soloing capacities they had a awful silence? The 1 gil was perfect when you really understood that it meant "don't ask for help"

FU wasn't anything good. Maybe for you and 4-5 other ppl who never bothered about being a LS. Yea an idea. Like ppl join ideas of doing nothing with strangers they never saw, heard, etc.

FU sucked bad, thanks to you though i learned from the very beginning to research everything before asking for a bit of help. To not trust in anyone. To never expect anything good from anyone. It was my first LS in shiva.

Thank you FU, i am really glad that you are going to end forever. Maybe newbies from now on will have the chance to get into a decent social to help them learn the basics without some hypocrite ideals.

Take this gil back and Peace.
#3 Dec 24 2008 at 10:45 PM Rating: Good
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Wow, didn't expect to see this thread on here :)

Mclaren, I thank you for your kind words on my behalf. I do think you got the 1 gil philosophy skewed, though. I know...the doors will be closed soon, so why argue this one point? Because it wasn't a correct interpertation? Because I'm bored? Because I like to argue?

Perhaps all of the above? :D

Moot point now, I know, but the "1 gil philosophy," wasn't telling people "if you don't have anything to offer, don't bother asking." All it said was not to expect special treatment just because of what you did before you joined. It didn't matter how many level 75 jobs you had, or how many linkshells you'd run in the past. When you started in FU, you started at the same place as everyone else: with 1 gil. That evened the playing field, if you will, allowing level 1s to accomplish just as much as level 75s here. Your only limit here was your own will to succeed.

FableUnity's doors might be closing, but the values we tried to live will continue on. Even you said so yourself, "you didn't have anything to offer" when you joined. That wasn't completely true, but that's how you felt. And the only way you could overcome that was to find something to offer. Whether that meant helping someone or just talking to them, you eventually built up your worth with enough people to get your own tasks accomplished. That was the whole point of the 1 gil philosophy...

We all started off with "1 gil" in this game; not enough to buy anything big, but not "nothing" either. We still had something to invest. The more we helped others--even just by talking to them and making friends--the more we found we could accomplish. And the more we asked of others, the less-willing we found them to help the next time. The gil was ours to spend or invest. And where you are today...good or bad...is all a testiment to how well you did just that.

So Mclaren, I wish you the best. As do I wish everyone who joins this game afterwards. It's a blast if you'll let it be; lots of great people, lots of magnificent things to do. But whatever path you choose, remember that very little can be done in this game without help from others. Invest your gil wisely in them, and anything becomes possible.




And PS...I had more than one job to 75. It just so happens that I preferred RDM. What can I say--I hate dying! :)

Edited, Dec 25th 2008 1:59am by SophusTehNewb
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#4 Dec 24 2008 at 11:48 PM Rating: Good
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ooooksy soo heres what Im waiting to hear... Umm why;s FU dying? I doubt Sophus is quitting anytime soon
#5 Dec 25 2008 at 5:19 AM Rating: Good
Actually Dou, Sophus is quitting on Jan 2.

Thanks Bart. Ive been waiting for someone to post something about it on Alla.

Sophus, I really enjoyed my time in here and will never forgot about FU. I changed alot from joining.

Mcleran, I don't know what your problem is/was with FU. Not a day goes past where a higher lvl isn't helping some one out and that person giving help to a lower person. I think you had it wrong about our goal. It wasnt to be the biggest ls with the most members, it was to be a place where ppl could start over and rediscover themselves like most of us have.

The thing about the leaders being nub is a shock, seeing how in my eyes everyone was a leader and not just the ones with a pearl sack.

You must of just had a sour moment at one time or just a sour person in general, but everyone that I brought into FU loves it there.



#6 Dec 25 2008 at 9:13 AM Rating: Excellent
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ooooksy soo heres what Im waiting to hear... Umm why;s FU dying? I doubt Sophus is quitting anytime soon


As Shu said, Sophus is leaving FFXI on 1/2/09, which will be FU's last day.
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#7 Dec 26 2008 at 8:45 AM Rating: Excellent
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* You don't need to leave home to start anew
* Unless you learn to forgive yourself, you never really start over
* A linkshell is a choice, not a responsibility
* You get out of life what you put into it
* Life, like FableUnity, is what you make of it


This quote above, says about all one needs to know about "FU". Fable Unity, in reality, speaks for itself; needs no further explanation for those who know/knew and appreciate it.

Those who do not (like the above poster); they truly did not, could not, (or would not) gain what was intended - either in virtuality or reality; which can carry over into real life. Nuff said.


Funny part that most people don't get is that many and often times; people who devote enormous amounts of *energy*, time, commitment and blood, sweat and tears make it look easy to those who have no clue.

You all did that!

Thanks to all of you at Fable Unity for making more of this gaming experience than I could have asked for...and in more ways than just a place to "hang my Cleric's Cap".


I wish you nothing but the best in everything you do now and in the future!

/salute

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#8 Dec 26 2008 at 9:07 AM Rating: Good
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While not a member myself, I've known about FU for a very long time and often recommended the shell to others. Most of what I have heard have been from friends who revered the linkshell and the commitment Sophus put forth to help all its members. I'm sorry to see this post, however I know that change is the law of life and we are all destined to cross this bridge at some point. Good Luck in all you do, Sophus.

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#9 Dec 26 2008 at 1:08 PM Rating: Good
Fem are you going to get on for the last event?
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I wish I could say I would be there; probably spirit only since I will be out of the area all weekend.

However; it sounds like Sophus' *just reward* is at hand.....hehe

Have a blast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (literally) :P

Fem

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#11 Dec 27 2008 at 7:26 AM Rating: Good
I wont be on either. Super busy on sunday. kinda sucks seeing how I have missed every ls event known to man kind and I am going to miss the best one of them all.
#12 Dec 31 2008 at 6:50 AM Rating: Good
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MclarenTAGPorsche wrote:
Nice speech and all, but in the end it was more of a useless LS with no sense of helping at all with lazy and noob officers. Sophus was the best leader possible as he took forever to get his only job to 75.

Like many Social LS FU cared about having huge numbers of lost ppl without caring about their members, just their numbers.

The 1 gil idea was brilliant. You get what you put into it, but those who joined were new and didn't have anything to offer. How many players (including myself) went there tried to do the best they could and when they tried to ask for help with something beyond their soloing capacities they had a awful silence? The 1 gil was perfect when you really understood that it meant "don't ask for help"

FU wasn't anything good. Maybe for you and 4-5 other ppl who never bothered about being a LS. Yea an idea. Like ppl join ideas of doing nothing with strangers they never saw, heard, etc.

FU sucked bad, thanks to you though i learned from the very beginning to research everything before asking for a bit of help. To not trust in anyone. To never expect anything good from anyone. It was my first LS in shiva.

Thank you FU, i am really glad that you are going to end forever. Maybe newbies from now on will have the chance to get into a decent social to help them learn the basics without some hypocrite ideals.

Take this gil back and Peace.


I don't think FU was the problem, just saw your post in the endgame forums where you're conplaining about not being able to get help with anything.
I think the problem lies within you.
you can complain all you want but FU got me where I am now, if I want to do an event, all I have to do is ask the people I know and it happens.
it was your 1 gil, you wasted it, now you're broke.
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Nice speech and all, but in the end it was more of a useless LS with no sense of helping at all with lazy and noob officers. Sophus was the best leader possible as he took forever to get his only job to 75.

Like many Social LS FU cared about having huge numbers of lost ppl without caring about their members, just their numbers.

The 1 gil idea was brilliant. You get what you put into it, but those who joined were new and didn't have anything to offer. How many players (including myself) went there tried to do the best they could and when they tried to ask for help with something beyond their soloing capacities they had a awful silence? The 1 gil was perfect when you really understood that it meant "don't ask for help"

FU wasn't anything good. Maybe for you and 4-5 other ppl who never bothered about being a LS. Yea an idea. Like ppl join ideas of doing nothing with strangers they never saw, heard, etc.

FU sucked bad, thanks to you though i learned from the very beginning to research everything before asking for a bit of help. To not trust in anyone. To never expect anything good from anyone. It was my first LS in shiva.

Thank you FU, i am really glad that you are going to end forever. Maybe newbies from now on will have the chance to get into a decent social to help them learn the basics without some hypocrite ideals.

Take this gil back and Peace.


Hmmm, sorry you feel this way, FableUnity has help me get alot farther than any of the other shells I've been in. Ive asked for Help many times, but I also didnt just log onto the shell and ask, I planned ahead and used the Website to coordinate my help, Did you do that?. You where met with silence probably because members were doing other things or that someone else had asked for help, did you take into account that we all have something to do?

You also state FU cared about having large number...sorry you never heard us shout for member or just pass out pearls to random ppl...How did you get a shell? You probably asked? Did we come up to you and say hey join our shell? nope. The 1 gil idea was brilliant, Thank you! I was new and had nothing to offer..at first. FU wasnt looking for new members to immediately start contributing, FU wanted you to play the game that's it.

"FU sucked bad, thanks to you though i learned from the very beginning to research everything before asking for a bit of help. To not trust in anyone. To never expect anything good from anyone. It was my first LS in shiva."

I had to quote the above paragraph, you should research everthing, dont let people do things for you, it takes all the fun out of what your doing if you have someone holding your hand! just too bad you learned the wrong lessons everywhere else!

Sorry FU wasnt what you needed in a LS, sorry we didnt hold your hand and sorry we didnt do everything for you, the 1 gil Philopshy (not an Idea) was to invest that gil into yourself and into others around you. It take work to be successful. I read your post in the endgame section the other day and see you complain about everything, Sorry you short changed yourself.


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#14 Jan 01 2009 at 3:15 PM Rating: Good
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I'm honestly floored. I just returned, (again! my 360 died 2hrs after I tried to return. sucky.) and 2 nights ago the shell was pretty full. I was in FU the majority of my time in the game. I had no idea it was closing. Now wtf am I gonna do? lol.

Hopefully Soph reads this.

He was a great friend. And we had many talks about different things, I vented to him many times about real life situations and he gave me priceless advice. This is truly a blow. The Shiva server is losing a great player, and a great person.
#15 Jan 01 2009 at 8:29 PM Rating: Good
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It's not a loss, man. All I did was try to keep everyone laughing at themselves, and at the status quo.

You know, what shocks me the most? Well, besides the fact that I never got kicked off the server. Just that after all these years, I'm still the same guy I was when I started. The eternal newb. I got my start poking fun at the Shalah/Rokugen/Ochiudo's Kote fiasco. I ended it by running around in subligar as a level 1, talking like a taru, and watching as my dead body was both danced on--and tractored around Vana'diel.

It's been a great run, but it doesn't end here. FU's doors may close tonight, but the message lives on in you. Even if you didn't like it, you were still affected by it. From here on own, the path is yours. Whatever road you take, always be sure to make it your own.
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With the power gap left by FU closing and Sophus leaving, I nominate my fellow gruntys to rule.

So everyone, make sure yo pay your grunty fees on time. We've made a list and we'll be checking it twice.
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#17 Jan 02 2009 at 11:30 AM Rating: Good
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I nominate the Grunties to rule as well.

VIVA LA GRUNTY!
#18 Jan 02 2009 at 1:21 PM Rating: Good
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who is gonna give all the new players a home :(
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You didn't know? Everyone sending them to Xellith's [mog house]!! :)


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All Hail the Grunties!
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#21 Jan 02 2009 at 2:43 PM Rating: Good
For those that need a pearl or are new I open my ls Ichiban up to all of u
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**Pushes Beer, Pop, and Sunchips into Ichiban**
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#23 Jan 02 2009 at 4:40 PM Rating: Good
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*aims rocket launcher at players* join the Dark Side....um... i mean Ichiban. This is an order from the Grand Leader of the Grunty Army. Do as i say or pay.
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#24 Jan 02 2009 at 7:09 PM Rating: Good
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VIVA LA GRUNTY!

VIVA LA RESISTANCE!
#25 Jan 07 2009 at 3:02 AM Rating: Good
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Decent who is gonna give all the new players a home :(
You didn't know? Everyone sending them to Xellith's mog house!! :)


they would prolly be entertained for like 20 mins just looking at my Miniature Airship :P

Edited, Jan 7th 2009 6:03am by Xellith
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#26 Jan 07 2009 at 5:53 AM Rating: Good
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**fixated by the Miniature Airship for 20 minutes**

**finds something shiny**
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#27 Jan 07 2009 at 9:07 AM Rating: Good
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So does that mean your staying Shusio? and Sophus.. 1 last /slap k :P
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#28 Jan 07 2009 at 3:23 PM Rating: Good
Yes Ice I am staying :). Cant get rid of me :P
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Hi guys,

sad to see that FU is no more since i returned yesterday. I missed you guys a bunch and hope to rekindle old friendships again. See you online, my toons name is Myself, but i think my buddy shenobi might just let me have nuzor back lol

Miss yall, cya !


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