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  1. Hey all! Guild report at the end of Week #3 Guild Wars 2: Where We Stand & What We Plan As you know we are planning to kickstart PvE raiding in future. It was planned to be soon, but we decided to do this in an organic fashion, instead of rushing it. We will be recruiting more to fill our ranks and once we reach 75-member marker, we will be checking the pulse of the guild towards these Projects. If necessary, we will be recruiting specifically towards them and get things rolling. But we won't be forcing ourselves towards the Raid Cores, as it might be dangerous for such a young guild as ours to do so, at this moment. It might end with implosion of the community, a collapse, before we even start things. So instead, we will be focusing on growing for now, and knowing each other better, in order to become a community in real sense of it. Our dear officers @Blackheart and @Slavic Varg are and will be organizing some nice events for us in coming weeks and months just to achieve this goal. I will be more involved in the guild from now on: I will be honest - after ESO fiasco, I was kind of burned with MMOs, feeling let down and frustrated. That's why I couldn't play any MMO for few weeks. But thanks to some nice members we have, I started to feel at home in GW2 again and hopefully, we will be seeing one another a lot from here on, in-game. So, please try to join our events in a regular basis and let's get this nice community into motion, into growth! Some Concerns Of course, as with every guild, we happen to have some problems as well. And I couldn't do otherwise but notice few of them: Chat Norms: I noticed some "below the belt" language on our Discord channels. Although we are 18+ guild, it doesn't mean we have to lower our norms to that level. I received some concerns regarding this - initially I was planning to let this first incident slide, but because many people objected to it, I have to ask everyone: please let's watch the level of civility on our chat rooms - voice or otherwise. We have certain level of quality we strive for and let's work together to achieve that. Black temporarily leaving the guild: We had small misunderstanding about the goals of the guild among the members of our higher echelon. Our esteemed friend @Blackheart thought I want to create hardcore PvE Raiding guild, completely disregarding our social side. He had to leave as he couldn't find me available to discuss things. This incident was totally on me, as I had to take small break from all MMOs and kind of had bad communication with my staff. After a small discussion, we solved our communication problems. I personally apologize for the situation and thankfully we averted big problems those might have caused. That's all good folk! See you in-game! -- Gelmir
  2. Before listing our Raid rules, please be advised that Lodge of Sorceresses is not casual raiding guild, but semi-hardcore one, with progression and discipline in mind, aiming towards the endgame success. Thus, our rules will be rather serious than relaxed when it comes to raiding. Following are our Raid Attendance Guidelines, and by joining our Raid Core - either as main core, or reserve -, a member is accepting these rules: Prior To Raids Sign-Ups: Raid Core members are bound to join minimum 3 (three) scheduled raids: they must use guild Calendar to signup for events (you can do so by using a mobile device as well). Sign-ups will be enabled 2 days before the event time. If member's real-life schedules change, they must notify guild leadership about that, so that we could try to adjust. In cases of absence due to a non-emergency real-life issues, the raider in question will get 1 (one) Warning point. We understand, REAL-LIFE IS ABOVE ALL! Sign-ups are not accepted past 7pm CET/CEST - such RSVPs will be considered invalid and the Raider will be considered as not signed up. At that point, its totally up to Raid Leader to whether take that RSVP into consideration or not (i.e. Raid Leader may decide sit that raider out and even count such signups as being too late OR he/she can consider it as valid and just move on). Days & Times: Guild will be doing 3 (three) days/week and 2 (two) hours/day raiding, which is mandatory for Raid Core team. This can extended by 30 minutes on discretion of Raid Leader. As we aim to recruit as many as required to accommodate 2 raid groups, there might be a rotation of the players who attend the raid (or a rotation of groups, will be decided when we are there). Raider is bound to remain for those 2-2.5 hours, which is our minimum daily raiding norm. Raids shouldn't last past 11pm CET/CEST, and if they do, raider is allowed to leave at his/her own discretion. Otherwise, raider cannot leave raid before time. Raids always start at 8:30pm CET/CEST. Boss pull commences at 8:45pm CET/CEST. As REAL-LIFE IS ABOVE ALL, a raider maybe excused if some emergency happens. If you think you can't attend certain event - regardless if it is due to emergency or otherwise - please try to post in comments of that raid event on Calendar, in advance, stating the situation. Overall, its allowed to miss up to 4 (four) raids in a monthly basis (with or without notification) and 1 (one) raid in a weekly basis (you can only miss 1 of 3 raids that happens during the week). Missing an additional raids that happens during a week, will result in 1 (one) Warning point for each of those raids missed. Example, missing a raid for the 2nd time in a week, will result in 1 Warning point. Don't Be Late! Raiders should be online, equipped and out of groups 15 minutes prior the raid time. Failing to be ready at this time may result in 1 (one) Warning point, at Raid Leader's discretion. In case of emergencies, raiders need to be online not later than 15 mins from raid time, which is 8:30pm CET/CEST - and the raider needs to notify the leadership about this situation prior the raid. Requirements: Raiders need to have all requirements met, including Discord installation and acceptance criteria (gear, stats etc). Raiders can take proper potions and food for their builds from Guild Bank for free (guild raids only) prior the raid. If none exists there, they should get them crafted (e.g. by asking in guild for crafting). Additionally, reading guides for progression bosses, prior to the raid hour is a strong recommendation (but not required!). Lacking the MUST-HAVE criteria, a player might be replaced immediately and 1 (one) Warning point *will* be issued to his account in this case. Be In Shape! Raiders can't join raids in heavily intoxicated (drunken, high or similar) state, as it damages team progression. If this becomes the case, raid leader reserves the right to remove such raider from raid. When this happens, 1 (one) Warning point will be issued to the person in question. Raid-Eligible Characters Only! Raid Core members can only bring their raid-eligible characters, which have been checked and accepted to the Raid Core! No other alts are allowed to progression raids. For them, separate farming raids might be organized. Additionally, you can join countless PUGs. In Raid Leaders: Raiders must listen to directives of Raid Leader (there always will be only one Raid Leader only, whereas guild overall may have more than one) and be constructive with their comments. Being overly offensive and intolerant will not be tolerated. Removal from raid due to this reason, by raid leader, will result in 1 (one) Warning point. Rage Quitting Strictly Forbidden! Raiders rage-quitting the raid, will be removed from our Raid Core immediately without further notification. Be Vigil! Raiders need to be attentive and alert during raid time: newbie behavior such as continuous ninja pulling (at all times), dying on mechanics by their own fault (farming raids), failing in special duties and/or causing raid wipes (again, during farming) are not the features we seek in potential raiders. In such cases, Raid Leader reserves the right either to re-assign the duty to someone else and/or in worst case scenario, to replace failing raiders. On Raid Leader's discretion 1 (one) Warning point might be issued as well. However if this situation continues for everyday in the same week, that Raider's Core membership will be monitored by guild leadership. Failing for second week, might result in removal from Raid Core - which at this point, only proves that the player in question is unable to perform in raids and thus, is ineligible to be a Raid Core member. During progression runs, this rule does not apply, since its all about wiping there, until we figure out how to down the boss. However, on 3rd (third) week of progression on the same boss, we will consider that boss as farm-effective, since by then, whole raid would know all tactics and mechanics for that boss. At that point, every rule above listed for farming, will be applicable on that certain "progression" boss. Voice-over-IP Etiquette: Raiders are not to dominate the voice server (Discord), especially giving orders around, and/or trying to change the flow of raid tactics. Raid Leader has sole and unquestionable privilege to do that - if need be, he/she can mute certain raiders to do his/her job. If raiders have some new insight regarding tactics, they are welcome to share this information with Raid Leader in private chat. But doing so openly in raid channel is strictly forbidden, and raider doing so will be issued 1 (one) Warning Point immediately. Whether to remove that raider from raid, or not, it'll be in sole discretion of Raid Leader. Additionally, bashing raiders for failures is strictly forbidden: that right relies with Raid Leader only. A Raider complaining about some other Raider's failures during raid, in VoIP, is subject to 1 (one) Warning point immediately, and possibly can be replaced with other Raider. Warning Points Warning points are issued via forums, for certain penalty-requiring Raider behaviour. They reset every week. Once a Raider reaches 3 (three) Warning Points for a given week, he will be put into Review-by-Raid-Leader status, as Raid Core member. If he gets 3 (three) Warning Points the next week, he will be removed from Raid Core and can't rejoin for 1 (one) full month. Review-by-Raid-Leader status is reset after 2 (two) weeks, if Raider manages to remain in Raid Core. The situations mentioned above will cause your account to be issued a Warning point(s). Important Note: Raiders who have joined the guild specifically for PvE Initiative/Project, once removed from Raid Core, will also be kicked from the guild. Except the members who join us for multiple projects or who are "social"-enough to be considered a part of our Social roster, of course. This decision will be in discretion of the Guild Leader.
  3. [ESO] Guild Housing Project

    I playing Dye Station (future Outfit Station), Thieves' Guild Fence Merchant and The Precursor to our Guild Housing. Enjoy!
  4. Hello all, Yet another issue of our Weekly Newsletter is here. Let's start... ESO: Hiatus & PvE Raid Core As you know, last week we put our ESO guild to hiatus mode, not recruiting any new members to it anymore. After doing so, we also created a topic on official forums in order to check the pulse of ESO community to see if there are anyone interested in vTrials, anyone at all. The goal is to see whether there are enough people who would be interested in vTrial raiding - if yes, we will consider reviving our ESO guild and resume our community there with PvE Raid Core project. So far we've received about 3 responses from the community at large: once we have minimum 15 interested voices echoing in our direction, we will start assembling the group. Meanwhile, our previous Core members who were of rank Dominus Liminis (purple raid core group on Discord): @Zeira, @MadeliriumDementia, @Cracklead, @JoshMercer, @mosh, @Cortair - if you guys are still interested in this PvE Core endeavor of ours, please let me know either via Discord, forums or by just replying to this email. I will consider your name in future Core as well and contact you when we reach the minimal viable number of raiders. GW2: Current Status & Future Plans We're doing much better in GW2. Guild got its Hall and leveled up to level-7 already. I would like to encourage our members to participate in our weekly Guild Activities (which will be listed on our forum Calendar). Additionally, if time allows, we will try to create some more guides for you folks explaining certain topics such as "How to upgrade Guild Hall?" or "Guide about raiding in GW2" etc. As we keep recruiting more Social members, we also have started planning towards our PvE Raid Core project. This week we are starting to recruit towards that and hopefully in coming weeks we will have more progress in that regard. Please stay tuned for more on this one... That's it for now! See you ingame folks! -- Gelmir
  5. Thanks to this guide we have The Precursor in our Guild House now (navigate to my Primary Residence) Enjoy!
  6. Upcoming MMO: ANTHEM

  7. Fashion WAR


    Outfits allowed?
  8. [Week 1] Weekly Guild Newsletter

    As I noted above, I am open to suggestions regarding taking our ESO guild in direction of nTrials based PvE. If anyone wants to run this project in ESO, please let me know. I can make necessary arrangements for you guys to start working on that.
  9. Closing to 50-marker Milestone in our GW2 Roster. Good job guys! Keep at it!

  10. Representing rule (Why?)

    Thanks @Blackheart for the explanation you provided here! To be honest, as the leader of this guild, I still can't understand why any serious member who joined our guild wouldn't like to represent us. Guild tag is there for a reason: to rep our community to outside world in activities we do, in personality we demonstrate. Guilds are things made possible by communities that create them - one man, a guild leader doesn't make a guild. And since day 1, we've been trying to create a gaming community of moderate sizes which would have fun together for long time to come. This guild originally was established in Rift, then in GW2 and ESO. Of course in most of these games the roster happened to be brand new and fresh... Well, mostly. But the idea, the legacy of it remains. We have officers here who spend countless hours and other resources (including real money) to make this guild happen. They are those who find the nice people like yourselves we need to join us, they are the ones keeping things running smoothly. They don't do this just because they are officers and they have to. No, they have zero obligation towards me or any member in this guild to do what they are doing. And since this is a guild, a joint venture of some sorts where many people come together to create something, then we all have to contribute. All-time representation is just the smallest way of contributing. Tomorrow we will have a PvE Raid Core ongoing in GW2, and people committing themselves to it will be contributing in many other ways. The day after it will be PvP day, the day after that will be RP one - all those people joining these projects will be joining us to "contribute", to commit themselves to these activities. And as a rule, when everything is settled in our guilds in all these games, we generally don't tend to recruit Social members just like that. Being Social in Lodge involves some kind of commitment as well, even if that is as easy as all-time representation. So my dear friends! Please know two things for sure: We are not planning for over-growing, over-populated guild - that doesn't create a family sense in a community, but only a herd of names who barely know each other; which we don't want to have here, Social members of Lodge are expected to be "social" as this adjective really entails. We don't need people just coming in and filling ranks and increasing numbers - numbers have never been our focus ever. We need people to have fun with, to have a history with, and if one day we part ways, to feel sad for such departure (like friends would feel, or even family). So if you feel like we do, please join us! Otherwise, trust me: Lodge isn't a place for you! We don't want to be just another guild you join!
  11. Schabernak's Introduction.

    Hello Flo! Welcome aboard! It's nice having you with us! In coming weeks we will be planning for our PvE Raid Core, and of course personally, I want to do fractals as well. We will catch up in-game and organize some in time. Again, thanks for joining us!
  12. Hey folks, Welcome to the yet another issue of our Weekly Guild Newsletter, this one being for the very first week of the year 2018. And with this, I also would like to wish you all Happy New Year of 2018! Be happy, be loved and have fun to your heart's content! Ok, now let's continue with our newsletter, shall we? Guild Wars 2: 40+ & Counting We reached our 40th marker in Lodge's GW2 Roster, and still recruiting towards our 50-members milestone. Once we reach 50-members marker, we will evaluate: Lodge will either continue recruiting towards 75-members marker or we will start recruiting towards our PvE Raid Core initiative. I would like to personally thank @Blackheart and @Slavic Varg for their all hard work and efforts since we started this journey. Black has done grand job of recruiting fresh souls to the Lodge and organizing regular guild events with Slavic, who has been doing very good guild work both assisting with guild activities and streaming those activities on our Youtube channel in a very high-quality manner. Thanks guys & please keep up the good work! ESO: Hiatus Mode Unfortunately, I decided to put our ESO guild to hiatus this week. It's extremely hard to run the guild without proper officers. Officers aside, it's even harder to find suitable people for our PvE project: those I find and invite leave after few days for various reasons. So instead of wasting more time and energy on a community which doesn't seem to yield any results for us, I decided to focus my efforts on GW2 instead, where we have viable success. Of course, this is not a guild disband in ESO: I still personally play the game and remaining handful of us still do the same. So guild will continue to exist without any official disband order. I will see you guys in-game! Additionally, if any of you would like to take the guild in ESO towards more casual direction (such as nTrials-based PvE, or RP), please let me know. I will make necessary arrangements to make the transition. We still have our Guild Housing already purchased, which is a gorgeous locale, so I'd rather see all that potential used by someone who is content with more casual touch in ESO. Personally, I am not such a player (which is the reason why I decided to stop supporting ESO in any serious manner). Last note for ESO guild is this: since we try to create a gaming community, those of you who would decide to leave the guild for this or that reason but would like to maintain contact until future AOC release and recruitment, please let me know on forums or Discord. I will keep your accounts on forums and notify you when such time comes. In the meantime, as I ask all our members across games: please use Discord to socialize with our members, across games. Potential MMO: Crowfall I have been checking Crowfall as of late, and it's distant possibility I could check it out once it gets released this year. If anything fruitful happens there, I will let you guys know. That's it for now! Thanks for reading and thanks for being with us! - Gelmir
  13. [Official Site] Dragon Bones and Update 17 Preview

    Let's see what ZOS has under their sleeves...
  14. Can't play any MMOs until I get my GPU cooler. Hopefully this week, I will receive it. Already ordered!

  15. [ESO] Guild Housing Project

    Guild Housing has been purchased! Check out @Glevissig's primary housing! Please donate everything to the Guild Bank, including gold and items! Enjoy folks and Happy Christmas!

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