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Post by Angel on Wed Sep 02, 2015 3:50 pm

Hello, this is story of GDA, so sit down on chair and listen Smile

Everything started in may 2014.
Me and Pimp (ex co-owner) left shitty academy called the duel academy which died now thanks god, that academy was still in socialism. That's where I met lux (yugideckfan). Although it was academy with one of the worst ownership I met really great people there, aahil98, lux, pimp... So me, aahil98 and Pimp left academy in may 2014. When 3 of us left we started revolution in that place lol. Anyway, aahil left acadamies, but I suggested to pimp to make our own academy. He agreed. Both of us agreed I will be one who will make place. So I went on forumotion.com and few minutes later academy was alive. That happened on 11th of may 2014. Tomorrow pimp joined. But we had only basic of acadamey. We had no chatbox, banners, forums, topics, users anything... Both of us had no idea how admin panel works. First problem. We put groups, dorms and first forums. Forums named games, roleplay (this will probably be removed) and betting. We made few other things, topics for exemple, rules, testing rubric, gda main shop, etc. It was all quite messed up. We still had to choose our theam, and there were problems about it. We were accused by mr-edge 777 that we stole their theme (different dimension academy I think), but it was one of default themes on admin panel. Mr-edge sued us on forumotion but that failed ofc. In meanwhile yugideckfan (lux) joined. Ty for all recruiting and helping in bringing academy alive. Ty for spamming. And ty rofastrofurious for giving first suggestions, few of them were applied.
Pimp was one who suggested academy to be named after gladiator beast archetype.
Academy was called at first only gladiator academy (GA), but later we changed it to gladiator duel academy (GDA)
We also had problem with banners, we didnt have banners for almost month after making academy. We also didnt have main banner.
First main banner: http://i.imgur.com/5laQuRU.png   fail
Second main banner: http://i.imgur.com/kERF7HP.png
Third main banner: http://i57.servimg.com/u/f57/18/57/94/74/ga_ban11.png
Forth main banner: http://i.imgur.com/x66YVMH.png
We had 2 more, but dont have saved their links.
Current one is 7th main banner.
And although we changed forum banners 3 time already, and we're currently doing 4th banners, it wasnt so easy to get first banners. I can say thank you to (slyveraine) minx, now c.c for banners, you almsot destroyed academy in march 2015 but you certainly  helped a lot in making new banners. It was such pain, no banners for almost month
First banners: http://i57.servimg.com/u/f57/18/85/94/66/sugges10.png
http://gladiatoracademy.forumcroatian.com/t55-ga-banners-sylveraine?highlight=sylveraine
I don't have 2nd banners, one u r looking atm are 3rd, and we're doing 4th one atm.
Also i have to say ty for azarath (reasoning octave) for helping with coding, and academy design at the very beggining. We had no idea about admin panel and u made forum looked good. U were quitting and coming back a lot, just like me lol but u helped a lot with academy. One of our the most professional admins. Tbh I have no idea how did we get so active, but i can certainly say thx to all recruiters and spammers.
Sorry if i forget something.
June came, and I had to quit during summer because i had no comp and then academy fell into deep innactivity, i cant really tell what was happening then, but we almost died now. IN meanwhile, we had our first war against ceIestial duel academy. I came back in august, and we had like 5 really loyal members, i can think of me, lux and jackk_of_blades.  But I said no, lets make academy active again, and we started reviving academy.
In spetember we had more wars, some were win, some lost, I will write here agaisnt which acadamies we had wars so far:
CDA (multiple times), NA (multiple times), VDA, TW, GPA, TSSA, MADA, SDA, AKA
Everything is in war section.
September was awesome month, most registed users in that month, 132, ty for all ones who recruited, that was start of revival. Soon, we made our biggest event so far: the gda grand oppening tournament: also known as duelist kingdom tourney
http://gladiatoracademy.forumcroatian.com/t549-the-gda-grand-oppening-tournament-duel-results
It lasted for over 2 months, and i really enjoyed playing it, great idea
rofastrofurious was the first one who gave idea about it, in may 2014, and pep (although he didnt see rofast's post) 6 months later, decided to organize duelist kingdom event, ty pep
In top cut, injustice batman, nexate, evil wolf and me (dark angel) ended up. At the end i won hehe. In january, 500th user registed - techonmancer supreme http://gladiatoracademy.forumcroatian.com/u500
Also known as techonmancer jericho
Soon, we were writing history, more and more users, many new posts, new topics, new tournies, huge activity, it was awesome. I remember, since beginings, we were happy to be on first page of active acadamies, then top 20, then top 10, and soon, we were number 3 best academy
http://gladiatoracademy.forumcroatian.com/t802-gda-is-number-3-acadamey?highlight=number
That was december, 2014. In meanwhile, in very end of 2014, me and anzo (admin on DA) agreed to make huge event, called inter-acadamies tournament. It was a lot of work. At first it was planned to have 4 acadamies into that, but i said no and tried to bring more acadamies in. It resulted with 8 acadamies. 2 acadamies dropped out of event before start, so we had 6. I'm happy i was part, and, well, co-organizer of one of the biggest events connencting multiply acadamies. That was something like ycs, betweem acadamies that happened earlier, but failed. This one successed. Plans started at the end of 2014 and event itself, started at the beggining of february http://gladiatoracademy.forumcroatian.com/t975-inter-academies-tour-round-1
Winter break started and I was off for a week or two. Activity fell again. Basically, always when I go off, acadamey goes innactive. But this wasnt my regular innactivity (i was doing that quite often through year). I quit ygo and acadamies for 5 months. I had huge problems, gf problems, school problems, knee problems, my friend also died.... I realized i couldnt be active anymore. So i did it, i quit at the middle of january, and came back in may. But while was off huge things happened. You will hear about it soon. We recovered again, and got awesome members again, recruiters and I meet awesome friends then. Phonoki, ty for being part of academy, I still hope u will be back one day. Anyway, that was awesome period as well, and ended up with the best ranking GDA ever had, number 2 position rated by forumotion
http://gladiatoracademy.forumcroatian.com/t1011-gda-is-number-2-academy?highlight=number
I felt really great, that was end of january. I already quit, but I came back to duel for inter-acadamies tourny http://challonge.com/IAT
I lost quite soon, in 2nd round, 2-1 against inuziro, because of bad missplay, but eh, those things always happenes. I was playing tellars, and inuziro qlips. I moved on, Our 3 other members, chosen with gda qualifers for inter-acadamey tourney, reessiel, injustice batman (ishaan) and ygo beast did good. Reessiel lost in semi-finals against topdeck jd (adam), adam ws playing spellbooks and rees tallars, ygo beast lost, just as me, in 2nd round, and ishaan didnt manage to win in round 1. Anyway, tourney worked this way: each acadamey had qualifers, semi-finalists would be represent that acadamey in tourney. That was great event. And when it finished i left acadamey. I never really came back, just wanted to play my duels. And now, tough period comes. I gave reessiel ownership while I was gone. That was beggining of chaos, anarchy, drama and comedy. Sounds harsh but it was like that. I wasnt there so i wont be able to tell details, but i believe i will say good nuf what was going on.
So at first everything was looking fine. During february and march we had the biggest activity since acadamey was made. I thought everything is fine. Only yugi moto was doing problems, he was an admin, recruited a lot and everything, but got cocky, wanted some kind of credits for his work, he wanted people to respect him, which they did, but he wanted to be some kind of king what was too much. He ended up banner because he was able to do serious damage to academy.  But soon, reessiel was calling me through fb to come on gda and demote planet goddess. He said she went mad. I had no idea who she was but I said ok, i demoted her. Everything is messed up, and idk where to start story from but I will try. Planet goddess (PG) became an admin again.  Soon pimp came back and I was asked to came back again. As u know, he was co-owner of acadamey, but he had to quit. He came back in february. He wanted admin position back. That was fair enough. Reessiel agreed, but when he asked for owner position reessiel didnt agree. Then PG, minx (our gx-er, sylveraine) and few others wanted pimp to get demoted because he jsut came back. Reessiel agreed, idk why, reessiel can say the best what was going on and pimp got demoted. Lux was against that, so was I. But i knew reessiel will decide because i gave him ownership and it wouldnt be fair if I decided then. There was one staff meeting, and tbh i felt like my opinion didnt really metter, minx was deciding about everything. I didnt really want to involve into that but eh. I had no idea what was going on and i was super confused. Soon, february 28th, pimp left acadamey. They made him left. I was kinda mad, but i couldn't do anything.  I logged off again. Only good thing that was going on then were gda's wars. Ty adam for being good war manager. We were winning a lot of wars. After that log off I wasnt coming back till may. 25th of april actually http://gladiatoracademy.forumcroatian.com/t1491-i-m-back
In meanwhile hige things were happening. Reessiel couldnt say no to PG and minx was doing terror. There were and other members like them, but i cant really remember names. Their politic was to make super serious community, minx was saying staff positions were corrupted (srsly? wtf? on online ygo acadamy staff positons were corrupted?....) A lot of users was leaving, they couldnt take all drama anymore. If you only look at introductiona dn farewall section during march and april you will see how many farewells there were. At the end of march, or begging of april PG got banned, and minx left. That was awesome, finnaly, acadamey got rid of them. But what left of once big acadamey? Nothing but ash and dust. It was slowly dieing, and academy didnt have right leadership. Later, we had activity boost, may or august for exemple, but we never really recovered. Those 2 months ruined a lot of work. We never managed to get old users back for real, and get such activity again, we were falling on forumotion ranking as well. In may, we had our 1st anniversary http://gladiatoracademy.forumcroatian.com/t1498-gda-1-year-anniversary?highlight=anniversary  
It was great feeling. Academy was still innactive but we were doing our best to make it good again. I felt ownered to own site 1 year old.
Soon, at start of june we had pretty big activity again but it didnt last for long because I went on vacations. In june we had our gda #10, regular gda tourney. Nice number. Summer started and I didnt have computer during july. We got 1000th registed user in july (: awesome feeling I felt really sad when I saw acadamey cant work without me. In august we started doing everything all over. Athough situation wasnt so bad as it was in august 2014 there was a lot of work. And i had one of the best admins around: pepchoninga, lux, reessiel, awesome guy for panel, bote. Thx bote for helping with coding, and adding profile songs http://gladiatoracademy.forumcroatian.com/t1707-profile-songs
Only if clocky was here. Pimp also came to visit how is acadamey doing. Reasoning octave also said goodbye to academy. I changed name from dark angel to angel, idk why, but everybody were calling me angel anyway, DA sometimes. Now, we started total reconstruction of academy. That was something that has to be done. We finished almost everything, now we're waiting for zent to finish new banners. We're thinking about new dorms, gladiator beast themed dorms, and we cant do it without new banners. We sent mail to all users who registed and we could saw it worked. We had pretty nice activity during middle of august. Especially during war against na. We did have a bit different design. And personally I think we are academy that changed its layout the most times lol. And now, here we are, start of september 2015, doesnt look as september 2014 at all, eh. We will do our best to make academy good again. We were holding 3rd place by forumotion ranking for quite long, but we are number 5 academy now, and not quite far away from being number 6. Honestly idk how much more times will we be able to revive this place, but i hope it will be alive until 2016, or 11th of may, 2nd gda anniversary. Our academy has ups and downs but we all have to agree it is awesome place to be with good atmosphere, i hope we will keep this community alive. And thx social for helping around, u are great member.
It's january 2016 now. We decided to shot this place down. Let me explain why.
It was september 2015, we were really enthusiastic about reviving and we were doing big changes, as u can see. Bote helped us a lot. He did a lot of coding. Admins should have had staff metting on chat but since we couldnt get on at same time we made a topic for that purpose, it had over 20 pages. We were talking about things we have to change. We were discussing about new testing system, new rules, staff applications, re-designing forum (removing banners and editing forums a bit)  etc. In meanwhile we have had few tournaments and wars. Against sda and black luster academy. We won against sda ( I sweeped them hehe) and lost against black luster (it was really close tho, they had 2 hearts left, but it wasnt allowed to use meta so i guess that was the couse of our lost. They are used to play non-meta decks, we werent)So we started doing changes one by one and in november, everything was ready. But there was something lacking. Recruiting. We did recruit, but not nuf, we didnt manage to revive this place although we prepaired everything. It's nobody fault I just suppose all of us were kinda tired of running academy for so long. We all have our problems in real life and cant always give our 100% for academy. At least i couldnt do it anymore, and its custom to academy die without me. I did come back in november but i felt like stranger in my own academy. I was just visiting it, posting sometimes, passion for academy died. Around middle decembre lux and bote decided to stop work on academy and I agreed. Only thing i wanted to do is to keep academy alive till 2016. And we did it. Its january 2016 and we decided to end it.  Lux did recruit like 10 members tried something but meh. Ofcourse we wont be deleting this place and who knows, when passion comes back we try to revive this place but till then we are just taking break from this. I will update this a bit on our 2nd anniversary, 11th of may. I will come to this place a bit. It has been a great journey gladiators.


Go gladiators!
Long live gda!

Ty for ur time, i know its long text but i hope u will read at least some parts of story because its good to know history of this academy.
I will update whenever something important happens, or every few months, for exemple start of 2016, and 2nd anniversary.
Hope u enjoyed, and sorry for my grammar or if it isnt easy to read story because text is messed up.
And if i forgot something feel free to post it.
~angel~

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Last edited by Angel on Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:05 am; edited 10 times in total





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Post by Lux on Wed Sep 02, 2015 3:54 pm

Haha I like this topic! Feel free to ask me if you wanna know something more :3








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Re: Story of GDA

Post by Pepchoninga on Fri Sep 04, 2015 7:46 am

Well, well i love it xD I hope i see my lovely self in here sometime soon as well Razz


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Re: Story of GDA

Post by Angel on Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:28 am

Story updated, it's really long lol
And added fact that acadademy at its very begging was called gladiator academy, not gladiator duel academy
Hope u like it and if i forgot anything feel free to post it





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Post by Pepchoninga on Tue Sep 08, 2015 10:54 am

My god that was an awesome story...i didnt even saw if your grammer was good in here Angel Sad Tho lol i woud like some credit for the biggest event of GDA Wink You know what i mean Razz


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Post by Lux on Tue Sep 08, 2015 12:45 pm

Yo if ya wanna know what happened in July 2014 and February, March and April 2015 ask me Wink

I was glad to demote PG, lol.








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Post by Angel on Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:19 pm

@Pepchoninga wrote:My god that was an awesome story...i didnt even saw if your grammer was good in here Angel Sad Tho lol i woud like some credit for the biggest event of GDA Wink You know what i mean Razz
ahahaha pep xD
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Post by Pepchoninga on Tue Sep 08, 2015 8:31 pm

Lol well that tournament was my baby xD


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Post by Lux on Tue Sep 08, 2015 8:48 pm

But you dissapeared in middle of it XD








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Post by Pepchoninga on Wed Sep 09, 2015 7:34 am

I still made it work Razz You know even tho Angel liked the idea from the start his lazy self made me waiting like 2 weeks till i can start it xD I had personal problems at the time and that why i almost quit YuGiOh then. Never knew if you actualy had good time with the tourney, neither i knew it woud be the biggest event in the academy xD


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Post by Angel on Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:49 am

ok, pep, wrote that u organized tourney Smile
it was nice thing to do





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Post by Pepchoninga on Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:09 pm

Woops Angel gave to much information xD Anyways now i can die happy and also didnt know about that rufis guy xD


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Post by Angel on Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:31 am

updated





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Post by Socialgames NR.2 on Thu Jan 14, 2016 10:56 pm

AND OFC I GET NO MENTION BECAUSE I WORKED MY SHIT FOR THIS ACADEMY GETTING BANNED FROM MY THREE ACCOUNTS ON DN A GOOD PERIOD OF TIME AND TRYING TO FIND AFFLIATONS.BUT WHATEVER.I GOT SYLVERAINE FOR THE BANNERS BUT SHITHEAD SG DID NOTHING.
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Post by jason1637 on Fri Jan 15, 2016 2:43 am

I remember when i made this
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Good times.
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Post by Angel on Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:04 am

jeezus social what the hell?
i said if i fogot to post something feel free to correct me, no need for rage, i will add ya to post...

and yeah jason xD i still remember that banner





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Post by Socialgames NR.2 on Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:36 am

@Angel wrote:jeezus social what the hell?
i said if i fogot to post something feel free to correct me, no need for rage, i will add ya to post...

and yeah jason xD i still remember that banner
i was joking angel lol.I can never be mad at my friends.
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Post by Angel on Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:19 am

oh lol...





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Post by Omega Ophion on Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:14 pm

I cant believe it is over I had a great time here and wish the people I met here well in life and all they do


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Post by Lux on Mon Jan 18, 2016 9:04 am

I know right :/








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Post by Naruto Uzumaki on Mon Jan 18, 2016 10:29 pm

How could you forget your dad, hazmah Sad Also will be sad seeing this place close, although I can't say I was active here at all, I still feel sad seeing this closing.





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Post by phonoki on Sat Feb 06, 2016 8:46 am

thankyou for putting me in me post! I wish this academy could go on forever it is such a nice place and community


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