The Legacy of Des Troyer
We were just a small clan when he first messaged me. I had no idea who this person was, nor can I say that I expected how much of an impact he would make on me. I can't say I knew much about the clan world during that time. His contact with me was simple enough, did we want to fight his clan New Blood? It was a soft exchange, but during it I conveyed we were more than willing. He seemed a bit taken aback I agreed so quickly, surprised, and curious. It wasn't long before the conversation shifted, he wanted to know more about Vanguard.
I guess to him it was a bit shocking to see a new clan doing what new clans never did. Progressing, warring, and enjoying it. He later told me he led the clan Gladz, founded The Rising, and New Blood was his new project. New Blood was his hope of bringing new players into the clanning community. And no, I don't mean cliché PvM and skilling clans: I mean clans that are capable of doing it all. He was surprised and grateful to have found us. We were a genuine example of New Blood (e.g new clanners).
For those who don't know, there are only about 10 old clans left that war. They are constantly recycling members with each other, meaning the community never expands. It's just the same people. The same fights. The same rivalries. The same friendships. These decade old clans are strict on who let in. For example, even if you are a 120, most on RS would be rejected. The staff of these clans didn't want to be bothered teaching the inexperienced warring. Even if the recruits had the levels, the staff didn't have the patience. While this elitism deemed effective temporarily, many clans have now closed trying to hold onto a strict experienced only community that is dwindling.
Des Troyer was one of the only leaders to want to change this mindset. He was an innovator, his junior clan New Blood progressed despite criticism, and many clans followed suit. We ended up defeating New Blood + 5 TR for our first match, which oddly made Des happy. He was so glad new clans like Vanguard were forming behind the scenes. Vanguard became as cherished to him as his beloved New Blood. It was the idea behind us that inspired him. A new generation was forming, warring was not dying. He pushed us hard to improve, and we seemed to push him to keep working on his New Blood project.
Des and I became pretty close, it was later revealed to me that he was ill. He couldn't give all he wanted to NB. It was very hard on him, but I understood having my own difficulties with health. Unfortunately he was eventually unable to play RS, and taken to the hospital. His New Blood project was taken over by The Rising, the clan he founded and stepped down from. The leadership of TR was piss poor. I can't even sugarcoat it. It sadly led to the closing of both New Blood and The Rising. But, I'm not here to write about that.
I want everyone to remember the legacy of Des Troyer, a man who created many successful clans. Someone who is an innovator, my friend who changed the game of Runescape itself. I don't know how you are right now Des, but I want you to know your vision lives on in us. If we fail for some reason, which I will do everything in my power to avoid, someone else will carry your vision. We love you Des, get well soon.
Cheers to the next generation of clanners,