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Recruiting Shellslingers ~ The Mario Kart 8 Group for Adults!

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  1. McMurphy

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    INTRODUCTION

    Are you interested in socializing with Mario Kart 8 gamers your age but haven't been able to "weed out" all the adolescent players? Have you been unable to join traditional, time-consuming clans because, being responsible adult, you have had to juggle your free time with going to college, taking care of children, or being employed in a full time job? In short, are you interested in an online experience akin to "shooting the bull" with a group of drinking buddies? If so, then Mario Kart 8 Shellslingers is the right place for you!



    MEMBERSHIP

    Our Nintendo Network ID Master Lists are growing by the day.

    The Shellslingers clan has explored various titles on different consoles throughout the years, but we are utterly pumped to return our focus back to the Mario Kart franchise!

    Here is our MK8 Roster (last updated: 4/19/2014):

    If you would like to join the club, you need only to fulfill two things:
    That's it! We don't ask for resumes, time trials, probation periods, VR stats, or any other sort of silliness. You just want to have fun, right? So do we! If you would like to learn more about membership with the Shellslingers, feel free to visit our "How To Join" page at our website.



    GUIDELINES

    We like to ascribe the Shellslinger experience akin to having drinks with some buds after work or partying with them on the weekends. Nothing stops the music faster than a few knuckleheads, so we do have a few guidelines we expect people to follow during their stay:



    CLAN FEATURES

    The Shellslingers experience is as simple and non intrusive as joining up with other adults your own age and playing some Mario Kart 8 at your convenience. For those of you who like to take part in activities, events, and communications beyond that simple formula, we offer several popular, optional features as well:


    Thank you for taking the time to view our clan's topic! I wish you the best in your Mario Kart 8 endeavors! :happy:

    The Mario Kart 8 Group for Adults.
    The Mario Kart 8 Group for Parents.
    The Mario Kart 8 Group for Older Gamers.
    The Mario Kart 8 Group for Mature, Casual Gamers.



     
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  2. McMurphy

    McMurphy Founder of the Shellslingers

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    *reserve*
     
  3. Stevens94

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    Nice to see Shellslingers here. :ninja:
     
  4. McMurphy

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    Thank you, @Stevens94 It is great to be here, and you should start seeing more of our clan registering here soon. The site updates are great!

    Shellslingers Newsletter
    Week of 4/23/2014

    Sometimes, clans get a bad rap, but only when they aren't operated correctly. When done right, clans can be so much more than merely entering the same in-game match with a handful of other people who just so happen sport the same tags as you. It should be about actually forming friendships and making a session of gaming a much more fun experience, particularly after a hard day's work. The following updates within our group reflect how the Shellslingers is an experience rather than simply a namesake.

    Retro Top Ten Event! Have you noticed that so-called "authorities" to gaming such as IGN, Gamespot, and Youtube personalities love to tell the rest of us what were the top ten games of a specific time period? If you are like the rest of us, you often click away thinking, "That guy sounds like he is just out of high school. What could HE possibly know about the Original Nintendo or Atari?" It is about time that the largest clan exclusively for older gamers set the record (maybe even vinyl) straight! Read more information about the event and cast your ballot here: http://www.gunslingergaming.com/php...ergaming.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=18236

    Gunslinger Gaming Podcast! When we aren't in-game, we like to talk about gaming. Sometimes, just sometimes, we have a recorder on while we share in some laughs. Last week, Episode 11 of the Gunslinger Gaming Podcast was published, featuring GS* members Freddy, Sosyc, Scars, Fed Architect, thejanman, and McMurphy. Take a listen. It is truly a group project, so any and all Gunslinger members are welcome to participate in podcasting!



    Missie and Azul Marry! Recently, two long term GS* members tied the knot. Who would have thought? Missie is from Denmark and Azul hails from North Carolina. Oceans mean nothing to a global clan like us, and we all wish the two a very happy life together!

    If you are an older gamer looking for a clan that keeps your downtime stress free and akin to the very celebration of a weekend with friends, you are welcome to join us!

    The Mario Kart 8 Clan for Adults.
    The Mario Kart 8 Clan for Parents.
    The Mario Kart 8 Clan for Older Gamers.
    The Mario Kart 8 Clan for Mature, Casual Gamers.


    Shellslingers - Born in an analog world and raising the bar in the digital one.
    http://www.gunslingergaming.com
     
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  5. TripleF

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    Hey Gunslingers. Good to see we have joined another MK website. Good job Lee. :).

    Anyone looking to join a clan of adults that just wanna have fun and game on the latest incarnation of MK, you really couldn't find a better home from home.

    I have been a member for 6 years since MKWii came out, and have friends that I have been gaming with for that whole time on a whole raft of games on different consoles.

    Come join us, drama free guaranteed ;).
     
  6. Korchie

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    28 days!!!!!!!

    I totally agree with everything TripleF said! I became a Shellslinger back at the end of 2008...and these are a great bunch of guys!!

    I really can't wait to chase you all with my Piranha Plant in my Pegasus kart with Pink Gold Princess Peach!! :cool::D
     
  7. McMurphy

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    A typical clan experience can feel a bit too formal, can't it? Clans (even "casual" ones, for some reason) often make you fill out questionnaires, sit through probation periods, or prove your skill level via try-outs. This is all before you are given a chance to see if the clan is right for YOU, or able to game with folks who may or may not share the same gaming interests.

    The reason I bring this up is because the Shellslingers clan takes a different approach. We focus on making your clan experience about having fun playing your favorite game with other people. Sometimes, we have funny byproducts of our unique clan experience. Take, for example, GS*Beagles response to our topic, "How did you hear of the Gunslingers?":

    How's that for a testimonial?

    The Mario Kart 8 Clan for Adults.
    The Mario Kart 8 Clan for Parents.
    The Mario Kart 8 Clan for Older Gamers.
    The Mario Kart 8 Clan for Mature, Casual Gamers.


    Shellslingers - Blazing Trails for Parent and Hard Working Adult Gamers Since 2007.
    http://www.gunslingergaming.com
     
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    Last week, we did a special Gunslinger Gaming Podcast episode all about the pending release of Mario Kart 8. Because we went very long, we are releasing it as a Shellslingers Trilogy! Here is Part I of the Shellslingers Podcast:

    Episode 12, Part I ~ Nintendo Gives Free Game with Mario Kart 8
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    *Some language contained is explicit and may not be suitable in all work environments.


    The first part of twelfth episode of the Gunslinger Gaming podcast features bigfreddy, Merky Water, Korchie, Dunkaroo69, gmaCher, MikeyFromSantee, and McMurphy.

    In this first part of a special Shellslingers trilogy episode, we discuss Nintendo's decision to give away free retail games with the purchase of Mario Kart 8,the competitive pricing of the Mario Kart 8 Wii U Bundle, and the newly announced physics of the anti gravity sections of races.

    The intro and outro music was written and performed by GS*Dick Lazer and his band. Used with expressed permission.
     
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    Ooo, this group sounds so cool and accepting.I work and go to college full time so it's great to find other gamers who understand that I will definitely be submitting an application once I get my mario kart wii u bundle. Woo!
     
  10. Korchie

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    Great races on MKW tonight guys!! I'm soo rusty! But it's been a blast! :p

    Awesome!! Sounds great!
     
  11. McMurphy

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    The countdown to the release of Mario Kart 8 is finally just around the corner, and the Shellslingers group---the longest running Mario Kart clan exclusively for parent and hard working adult gamers---is already keeping busy with providing several features specifically geared towards the Wii U even before the game hits the retail shelves! Take a look at the following updates that all members are privy to regardless if you sign up down the road or have been with us for some time.

    Mario Kart Wii Goodbye Event - We have been playing Mario Kart Wii since it launch way back in 2008, and we tipped our hat to all the fond memories of playing together on the very last Friday that the Nintendo Wii will have online servers by holding a World War Wii Event. The Shellslinger members that ended up on the podium at the end of the event were GS*Cher, GS*Freddy, and GS*Miiagi. Cher, as the first place winner, will receive an extra special custom forum rank, yet all members who participated are receiving custom ranks as well.

    GS*Nester provided a live stream of the entire event, and you watch a recording of this stream at the following URL: http://www.twitch.tv/n_squared/b/529440089 . Snapshots by me and videos of a few of the "after party" world wide races by GS*Balki can be viewed in our forum's topic about the event: http://www.gunslingergaming.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=18532 . Thank you for the great memories. Mario Kart Wii is dead; Long live Mario Kart 8!

    Mario Kart 8 Stats Calculator / Combination Builder - We set a milestone by publishing the first dynamic feature that allows Mario Kart 8 players to create different Character/Kart/Tire/Glider combinations and compare it against other combos. Our members are already using it quite often, and you are welcome to try it out for yourself: http://www.gunslingergaming.com/html/MK8Stats.php

    Koopalings Animated Smilies and Custom MK8 BBCode - We know we are going to talk about Mario Kart 8 in our clan's forum. A lot. That is why we are already having a little fun with installing some new ways to enhance our discussions. First, all seven of the Koopalings can be have an animated presence in your posts simply by typing ":[the Koopaling name]:." Second, you can readily call up MK8 images by using our new "[mk8][/mk8]" tags. Just type the character's or cup's name between the tags, and it will appear!

    Examples:



    Keep checking back because these additions are merely building blocks on grander forum features we have planned!

    Get your Mii Face On! - We proudly offer our members a feature that no other clan (yet) offers. Each Shellslinger member can receive their one forum plug-in that shows off a dynamic version of the the Mii attached to their NNID. We give you your own BBCode (i.e.: [yourname][/yourname]) to use in your posts and signatures. Type the expression you want to use between your tags (for example: happy), and that is the expression your Mii will show. Since the information is being pulled directly from Nintendo, your Mii will instantly change on our forums if you change it on your Wii U. See examples of what I mean and request your own Mii plug-in here: http://www.gunslingergaming.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=14726

    Thank you for reading some of the member perks we have rolled out even before Mario Kart 8 is released. If you are looking for a group of older gamers who also value your wish to make your MK8 experience about getting together with friends, sharing some laughs, and burning some mushroom rubber, than you are invited to join the Shellslingers! Visit us. Register in our clan's forum. Let the good times roll.

    Shellslingers - The Mario Kart 8 Clan for Adults.
    www.shellslingers.com
     
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    Great races last night! Bring on Mario Kart 8!
     
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    Good games Nester :) ..and shoot gg's to everyone that raced Friday night! Blast from the past for sure!
     
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    Great to see this group going strong. :)
     
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    There is a lot going on within the Shellslingers clan, but I wish to bring the following two updates to your attention.

    First, the gaming couple that has been button mashing with us since 2012, GS*Crof2003 and GS*FutaChan, have tied the martial knot a few weeks ago. Congratulations! We wish them a happy life together. You can take part in the sending of good wishes and even check out a photo of their gaming-themed wedding cake here: http://www.gunslingergaming.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=249&t=18486

    Second, the very talented GS*Excess-Evil has been kind enough to add his self composed music to the Shellslingers Jukebox. The jukebox is our local playlist featuring music written and performed by our clan members. The playlist is over fifty songs long, and we are stoked to have so many musicians within our ranks. Listen for yourself by clicking the jukebox image near the bottom of all our clan's Text Chat pages. A list of the songs and associated GS*members can be found here: http://www.gunslingergaming.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=68&t=18621

    So, what does the above updates have to do with the game? What these items should tell you is that, by joining the Shellslingers, you will be gaming with real, functional people. We have lives, family, jobs, and probably a lot of the same life experiences as you. Why not game with folks who get your need to balance free time with obligations?

    The Mario Kart 8 Clan for Adults.
    The Mario Kart 8 Clan for Parents.
    The Mario Kart 8 Clan for Older Gamers.
    The Mario Kart 8 Clan for Mature, Casual Gamers.


    Shellslingers - Blazing Trails for Parent and Hard Working Adult Gamers Since 2007.
    http://www.shellslingers.com
     
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    Its nice to see McMurphy and his band of bandits err I mean Shellslingers in the Mario Kart scene
     
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    Thanks Slong!! :cool: It's cool to see so many old faces from the MKW crowd again!

    Thank you!
     
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    It seems one of your members has especially good taste in screen names.
     
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    LOL. Yeah, GS*DANGER is a bit of a legend in the Wii's GoldenEye 007. For the first few years of the game's release, he was in the top 10 of the game's worldwide rankings. He's beast!
     
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    Thank you for your comments guys. Yep we are still going strong and organising more Frosty Pints madness for the launch of MK8.

    If you want a clan of adults to play with check us out http://www.gunslingergaming.com/
     
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    The wait is finally over. At midnight this Friday (Thursday evening), Nintendo Wii U's blockbuster release of Mario Kart 8 will launch. Join the Shellslingers as we tear up the Mario Kart 8 tracks during our launch party!

    Here is what you need to know:
    • Although the game is released everywhere at midnight, time zones make the difference. Expect to see our launch party start in some fashion as early as 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern/Midnight GMT on Thursday, May 29th 2014.
    • Add yourself to our Mario Kart 8 Master List. Keep checking it! You will see a lot of people adding themselves to it, so send out those invites.
    • We will be meeting our Nintendo Text Chat found in the drop-down menu on our Game Specific Chat page.
    • We will be sharing in laughs in our Mario Kart 8 Voice Chat.

    I will be roaming all Shellslinger communication tools to aid new arrivals and answer any questions posted.

    Bring it, Nintendo!
     
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    After all the good times we have on just the FIRST day of Mario Kart 8's release, we must have an ol' fashioned "Good Races!" topic so we can thank each other for some awesome times had on the online server. :D

    I got the opportunity to play with a lot of Shellslingers today, so a tip of the hat must be given to the following Shellslinger members for making launch day so darn fun: Bigfreddy, AndyK, Sosyc, Kostya, Twisted, Ahenao16, Azul, Lamporella, FriekNL, Rippert, Rubberducky, Dunkaroo, Sophiebean, Jobinobi, Korchie, Topcat, ZeroxGT, ZeusciferX, Merky Water, Balki, Cher, Stui, Nester, and thejanman!

    Great games, everyone, and this all points to some amazing memories to be had!

    The Mario Kart 8 Clan for Adults.
    The Mario Kart 8 Clan for Parents.
    The Mario Kart 8 Clan for Older Gamers.
    The Mario Kart 8 Clan for Mature, Casual Gamers.


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    The above theme song of the Western classic, The Magnificent Seven, is quite appropriate for us in June 2014. You see, as of right now, the Shellslingers clan is officially celebrating its SEVEN year anniversary!

    As Vizzini says in the Princess Bride, "Inconceivable!" And, yes, I do know what that word means. I can honestly say that, in no way, did I plan or expect the Shellslingers to still be around seven years later and accumulate over 9,000 (cue Vegeta meme) members along the way. We started as a strictly in-game clan for the PS2 title, Jak X, and the idea of putting a website together for our operations seemed quite beyond our ability.

    But here we are all those years later. Our continued success is a collective undertaking. When you think about it, our formula is not rocket science. We keep it friendly. Casual. Inviting. Why don't more clans default on that? The secret ingredient is all of you. Your welcomes to new members, your tradition of inviting people into your parties, and your tendency to treat everyone like, well, fellow humans are why the Gunslingers are still riding into new games rather than into the sunset. You did this. Be proud of it.

    That is why this month-long anniversary is starting with a raffle for a chance to win an actual Gunslingers Frosty Pints mug. Here is a sample image of the prize:



    Reply to this topic for a chance to win. That's it. It can be one word. Preferably, it will be your thoughts or favorite memories as a Shellslingers member. Your choice. Either way, your name will be added to the hat (Seriously, a hat. We are old school, remember?). A name will be randomly pulled as the winner at the end of June. Please keep in mind that you will need to privately provide your mailing address to collect the prize.

    Before wrapping this up and letting you all get back to playing those games, let's tip our hat also to the past and present Shellslinger Leaders. You may not see it (and that is sort of the point), but they donate an incredible amount of time to the group so we can run smoothly, and I don't go insane trying to keep up. Thank you, Dunkaroo, Merky Water, Ironsides, Toezer, Balki, Chilly Husky, Fed Architect, Shwan58, Mikelaird, Sosyc, Wikilectual, Lamporello, LawnGnomer, and Scope, for keeping us going. We also wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for the efforts of past GS* Leaders like Dick Lazer, 4th Mason, Scars, Misfit, LilBev, Korchie, Thorny, Enemyonwheels, Filoofo, Tick, Bobafett, OilBaron, FishinNick, leiflvr, loper42, forming, goppfather, conbrio, BlastingSlick, BJS, Captain Scarlet, Teufel, Slammer, gmaCher, VykkDraygo, Aki, Osi, and Missie. Man, I sure hope I haven't forgot someone. If so, my apologizes. Thank you for your help building this group.

    Where will we go from here? Who knows, and, really, isn't that what it is supposed to be? What I do know is that, regardless of where our travels take us, we will do so while continuing to set the bar of how a mature, casual clan should behave and treats each other. Let the rest of the internet driven gaming groups have their platform wars, their elitism, and their alienation of others. We will have the parents. The hardworking men and women. The average casual gamer. The shared laughs. The memories. The anniversaries. The years.

    The magnificent seven.

    The Mario Kart 8 Clan for Adults.
    The Mario Kart 8 Clan for Parents.
    The Mario Kart 8 Clan for Older Gamers.
    The Mario Kart 8 Clan for Mature, Casual Gamers.


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    great race is this week guys, I need to work on my cart combination! :)
     
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    Can't wait til Father's Day so I can sling some shells with you guys.
     
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