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Lodge of Sorceresses is Growing towards PvE Endgame!!!

We are recruiting active players, enthusiastic about PvE content in ESO, to grow towards the Endgame (veteran Trials, which we have started running) through what we call "Midgame" content (veteran DLC Dungeons & Dragonstar Arena). To achieve our goal, we organize events everyday at 8:30pm CET (German time). We do Midgame content in a daily basis, and want to achieve the same with Endgame.

Who can join?

  • We accept Level 50+ players, for long-term camaraderie, to grow and train, until they reach ready state to do Midgame content with us...
  • We need CP 300+ players, who can attend our events at least 3 times a week, 8:30pm CET (events last 2-2.5 hrs max)...
  • We only are looking forward to players who can play the game 4-5 evenings a week in general, with future Midgame/Endgame prospect in mind...

What We Provide?

  • Training & Help to farm starter-level gear from vDungeons once you hit CP-160...
  • Constant training and growth to help you become a killing machine (or a healing lifespring) as we progress together...
  • Additional events for "lower level" (CP 1-200) players as they level up...
  • Fun environment to do PvE...
  • Discord - where we socialize...
  • Premium Website - where we organize our events, socialize further... Featuring event reviews written by our members...
  • Custom Planner - where we plan to organize even better (coming very soon!)
  • Guild Housing - where you can find various Crafting Stations, Transmutation Station, Mundus Stones and ever growing cool decoration for your seeing pleasure...
  • Youtube Channel - where we stream almost all events we do as a guild...

Who Shouldn't Join?

  • Whoever isn't sure about their availability and playtime. We really don't want to chase after people and remind them to sign up for events. So if unsure, please don't waste our time!!!

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  1. Gelmir

    [Week 25] Guild Newsletter

    Hello esteemed members of Lodge! Welcome to yet another Guild Report We have a lot to cover, so let's start! New Officer Announcements As we are growing, our needs for managerial staff also grows. It's my pleasure to welcome two new PvE Trainer/Inspector Officers to the guild: @vsar for Magicka DD roles, @Bigevilpeter for Stamina DD roles. Welcome guys! It's nice having you with us, and thanks for considering to help out! Those who have joined us and are pending inspection: Stamina builds please contact @Bigevilpeter for inspection. Magicka builds please contact @Knight30 or @vsar. Healers and Tanks - @mooslacker is your guy! Unfortunately, due to real-life issues, @Nefaras had to step down from Officer position for the time being - so, please do not contact him for any inspections! Welcome to New Recruits And of course, since our last report, we've had large number of people joining our ranks. Our welcomes go to @MadAxemen, @Huleeya, @DemonLorD92, @shoot8me, @Jpages, @Dabalya, @Fedaykin, @vsar, @Feleran, @Helethen, @nemixia, @vandamonia, @Shaenaki, @Gomorha, @Coud, @CampbellLawson, @Flyntlocke, @Apraxia, @Pauley_Mccoy, @Galazon, @Hawie, @Furycane, @SeRuM, @Xarthisius, @AMtoPM, @Garretmia, @Livf, @OBCallum, @NFGBobbatta, @Stormcream, @VanIliriagon, @Redlight, @Verther, @Jaynoel, @AcidicAcid and @Cleaver! Thanks for joining guys! PvE Midgame Events As you know, few months ago we started our PvE project, with its initial phase of Midgame content (DLC Veteran Dungeons and vDSA). Our events running everyday, and with great completion rates. Our guys are getting hang of hard encounters, at the same time training and farming for gear. Thank you to everyone who have been participating in these events in a regular base! It means great lot to us, especially in these early stages of our PvE endeavors. Alas, although we've grown quite well, the number of parallel runs don't seem grow as well, mostly due to many of our members not participating in events as we agreed during recruitment. With passing Ramadan, during which we had little bit slow down, we expected attendances to grow as well - but this time around, football championship kicked in. Regardless all these real life setbacks, starting the end of this week, we will be evaluating our attendance statistics once again. To that end, until the end of this week, I'd like to ask those who haven't been so active during events to start signing up please! We also have had a good number of new recruits. Those who haven't had a chance to get inspected and cleared for events, please do so as soon as possible. It's imperative you get that sorted out very soon and start joining our events, so please don't delay! PvE Normal Trials Farming For past few weeks, we've been scheduling Normal Trial runs as well, for farming purposes. On frontpage of our forums, we have a poll, asking which nTrials you guys need to farm - so please don't forget voting there (please update your votes as you farm your gear!). Normal Trials happen at early hours - mostly before Midgame Content events, and last for 1.5 - 2 hrs in general. Attending them is not mandatory, but well recommended, if you need a piece of gear from them, for future Veteran Trials. Also please note that, attendance to nTrials does not count towards minimum weekly attendance requirements (because these events aren't organized well enough to be tracked, and they exist only to help you folks to farm some entry-level gear). PvE Veteran Trials This week, we also started planning the future of our PvE: veteran mode Trials. This week we will be making preparations and hopefully by the next week, we will be scheduling them on our calendar. We will be doing some checks to make sure guild is ready for them: some inspections here and there, some checking on members etc etc. More news on this regard will follow in coming days. Guild Hall (@Glevissig's Primary Housing) As I stated before in the dedicated Guild Hall topic, we have numerous coolness installed in our Guild Hall. Crafting Stations, Training Dummy, alongside with countless premium furniture all over the place. Of course the place isn't in it's final stages yet - I have many ideas about it, which I hope to realize in near future. In the meantime though, we need some mats to craft housing items - primarily simple Style Materials (such as Bone, Obsidian etc) and Daedra Hearts. Also every weekend, I am buying housing items from Luxury Items Vendor in Coldharbour, which really cost a fortune (every week 100k+ gold in average). That's why we are open to donations of mats and gold to the Guild Bank. With all these, I plan to make our Guild Hall an exotic place to enjoy, full with tools and stations we need. Hopefully, in future, if real Guild Halls get implemented into the game, I will move all these stuff to that place. Guess that's it for now! See you guys in yet another issue! -- Gelmir
  2. Gelmir

    [Week 18] Guild Newsletter

    Hello fellas! Welcome to yet another Guild Report (formerly known as a "newsletter", but unfortunately I don't have time to make these a weekly thing, so from now on, I will do them whenever there is enough to report)! We have a lot to cover, so let's start! Welcome to Fresh Blood! Since my last report weeks ago, a horde of players have joined us: some remained, some left. From those who have remained, it's my pleasure to welcome @Kevj331701, @DarkSideDany, @WeirdNoodle, @oranje-elf, @TheDjLexx, @Gavin, @Beacze, @Nitrius, @Niraito, @Adrianell, @Beefy, @TheConcept, @nmshadey, @saladin649, @Riis, @Znowman and @Bigevilpeter! We also had two recruits who joined us for future Ashes of Creation: @freezebe, @Ashira. Welcome guys! Furthermore, @Gavin has joined our officer team as a Social Officer responsible of our members below Champion Level 200. Together with him, we will be organizing events for these members to give them opportunity to level faster, to farm/craft necessary gear they might need and get ready for our events as soon as possible. These events will be organized on-fly, rarely being scheduled on Calendar. So, if you are below CP-200, please coordinate with Gavin to get these events planned. Thanks Gavin, for reaching out with this proposition to help and then doing so! And @Knight30 - our former Training PvE Officer has returned to the game full-time. Welcome back mate! He will be assisting @Gavin and @mooslacker with training of our "low-levels". PvE Midgame Phase-1: Regular Veteran DLC Dungeon and Dragonstar Arena Runs In short, it's working out greatly! We have had events going on in the guild for several weeks now (since we started all this), almost everyday, with great success! Most of these events also get streamed and reviewed by attendees, for the rest of the guild to enjoy! Please keep signing up for these events as much as possible! And my sincerest thanks to everyone who participated! Thank you guys! Special thanks goes to @mooslacker for joining our Officer team as a PvE Officer and helping to organize these events - You have been great help mate! Although we have been having great time with our events, some members are noticeably not joining them! So, since last week, I have been sending final warning/request messages to such members, asking them to join our events as required. If you happen to be one such member, please try to join our guild runs in more regular fashion: many people are working on making this guild flourish in ESO, specifically in PvE department - so any support from our members will mean a million to us! PvE Midgame Phase-2: Training During these events we also realized that some of our members are having difficulties with their roles. As you know, our goal is to gradually move towards the endgame, and for that we need to train. That's why from time to time, some of you maybe approached and offered training sessions with one of our experienced members/officers. In such cases, please take a time to train, learn some bits from them and improve upon those. It's important not to join our events, but also finish them successfully; and for that, we will need functioning teams. Let's work together to overcome these obstacles and grow steadily towards success. In our ESO Community News & Announcements forum, you can find tons of videos for all classes from AlcastHQ.com and Woeler.EU - the leading Meta build websites out there. Please check the ones for your classes and train as much as you can. Guild Hall (@Glevissig's primary housing) has necessary Training Dummy in it. Additionally, as we strive to run parallel groups for our events, we need more flexible Healers and Tanks to train and join our events as soon as possible. By "flexible" I mean players who at least have two roles: either Tank/Healer duo or Tank/DD, Healer/DD ones. That's because when raiding time approaches, we will need 1-2 tanks maximum, for each raid group, i.e. most of these new tanks will have to fill other roles as well. All this in mind, we decided to have some starting standards for you guys: Tanks joining our DLC Dungeons/vDSA runs should have ~35k HP with food, ~25k both Resistances with self buffs. Full set of Torug's Pact (or if you have been doing nTrials with PUGs, Roar of Alkosh) should be worn, with Infused weapon and Glyph of Crushing on main bar. Healers on the other hand, should have 17k HP with a consumable, with Lightning Staff (Charged enchant) in backbar. Around 30k Magicka with consumable, and of course full compliment of either Worm Cult or Spell Power Cure sets. Finally DDs need the same amount of HP as Healers (17k HP with consumable). 15k DPS on a Dummy Skeleton, sustained for at least 5 minutes. Without Elemental Drain or any other buffs normally used by other group members. Do not enchant Glyph of Crushing on anything. The tank will run it. To achieve these initial goals, we will be training - @Gavin and @Knight30 will be organizing training sessions, gear farming and what not to help you achieve this first milestone. Please cooperate with them to achieve greater results. Additional Tools for PvE Coming Soon! By @mooslacker's advice, I started working on a custom Planner we will be using soon, with all whistles and bells integrated into it (forum signin integrated, class/gear sets incorporated etc). Using this future tool, the goal is to have better organized events, with best role/class group composition. More news on this one will be released soon! Wish us good luck! Guild Hall (@Glevissig's Primary Housing) As I stated before in the dedicated Guild Hall topic, we have numerous coolness installed in our Guild Hall. Sturdy Training Dummy, Transmutation Station, Torug's Pact Smithing and Julianos' Clothier Stations, plus Enchanting and Provisioner Stations are few to name. Additionally, we need some mats to craft housing items - primarily simple Style Materials (such as Magnesium, Obsidian etc) and Daedra Hearts. Also every weekend, I am buying housing items from Luxury Items Vendor in Coldharbour, which really cost a fortune (every week 100k+ gold in average). That's why we are open to donations of mats and gold to the Guild Bank. With all these, I plan to make our Guild Hall an exotic place to enjoy, full with tools and stations we need. Hopefully, in future, if real Guild Halls get implemented into the game, I will move all these stuff to that place. Guess that's it for now! See you guys in yet another issue! -- Gelmir
  3. Gelmir

    [Week 13] Guild Newsletter

    Hello fellas! Welcome to yet another issue of our weekly newsletter! Let's start! Welcome to New Members! We've had several new players joining our ranks this past week. Please welcome @Nexi Ardat, @Krazuk, @Kayrash, @Heathen Bastard, @orcwithacub, @Yetified, @Doc.Ainz, @emzynai and @Mahir Cymru! Thanks for joining folks! We also had few members returning to the guild: @G50 and @Briuce - welcome back guys! PvE Midgame Phase-1: Regular Guild Events As you know, our new guild direction is going through small-scale tough content, at the end creating skilled, tightly knit group of players, who hopefully one day form a successful and self-sustaining veteran trials Raid Core. To that end, I've been scheduling events on our guild calendar in a regular basis. The week before, we started well; and this week, we had several successful "get-together"s. Tackled couple of DLC dungeons, had blast in Imperial Sewers and today we plan to go for vDSA. Please keep signing up for these events as much as possible! And my sincerest thanks to everyone who participated! Thank you guys! Although we had a good run this week, I couldn't help but notice that several members didn't sign up for any events this past week. Since the goal is full guild mobilization, please sign up to these events as described above! And of course, as always, I expect some people might leave the guild because of this "non-casual" activeness of the guild. And I will be scheduling events for almost every day. Of course few of them may not get enough interest, thus get cancelled: after all, not all days are suitable for our guys. So expect this as well please! PvE Midgame Phase-2: Training During these events we also realized that some of our members are having difficulties with their roles. As you know, our goal is to gradually move towards the endgame, and for that we need to train. That's why from time to time, some of you maybe approached and offered training sessions with one of our experienced members/officers. In such cases, please take a time to train, learn some bits from them and improve upon those. It's important not to join our events, but also finish them successfully; and for that, we will need functioning teams. Let's work together to overcome these obstacles and grow steadily towards success. Additionally, in our ESO Community News & Announcements forum, you can find tons of videos for all classes from AlcastHQ.com - one of the few leading Meta build websites out there. Please check the ones for your classes and train as much as you can. Guild Hall (@Glevissig's primary housing) has necessary Training Dummy in it. Guild Housing Additions I also added some useful items to our Guild Hall, such as Transmutation Station, Julianos Clothier Station, Provisioning Station, Atronach Mundus stone etc. More info can be found in the dedicated topic here. Miscellaneous Topics As I did last week, I recommend all members to have ESO-Database.com addon installed. We will have guild statistics streamed to the related website, which is nice to have. This addon is absolutely light-weight and will keep working in the background automatically. Additionally, we will need streamers for our Youtube and Twitch channels. You will be provided with XSplit license. Let me know if you are interested. Also, I invite all our members to wearing our Guild Tabard, which can be purchased from our Guild Store (using Banker NPCs). I designed it to have as less detail as possible, in order to fit as many outfits as possible. Just give it a try! Last but not least, as always, I would welcome new Social officers to help me with recruitment efforts. Someone who can interview candidates before joining and guide them along the way - from interview, to registration, to guild invitation, giving information to them about us whenever they need. Let me know if you are interested: there will be 30-day trial period in your current rank, if all goes well, you will be promoted to Officer position at the end of the period. That's all folks! Thanks for reading and see you ingame! -- Gelmir
  4. Greeting fellow guildies! It's nice meeting you guys in yet another issue of our weekly guild newsletter. Let's start... Welcome, New Members! This week we had nice recruitment streak, recruiting several new members. Most of these guys - namely, @Aionna, @DeadlyDag, @Macleress, @chuckles, @Jock_Lander, @Bloodhill and @Stammy9933 - have joined us. Welcome, guys! Handful few others who have registered at forums will soon join us as well. Additionally, one of our oldies - @neaNicu - has rejoined us, bringing couple of his friends with us: @Peaceruler , @Kwuiq and @Bl13. Welcome folks! Regular Guild Events As you know, our new guild direction is going through small-scale tough content, at the end creating skilled, tightly knit group of players, who hopefully one day form a successful and self-sustaining veteran trials Raid Core. To that end, I've been scheduling events on our guild calendar in a regular basis. In past week, we managed to tackle the first boss of Scallercaller DLC dungeon alongside with veteran Dragonstar Arena, not to mention the blast we had yesterday in Imperial City Sewers. Both were fun runs and we gained some experience in these content. As we grow in numbers and as our existing new players level up, I believe the attendance rate of these scheduled guild activities will also increase. For upcoming days, I will be scheduling events more effectively, as I found a source where daily pledges schedule can be learned, ahead of time. Please vote in the poll on forums (to determine what days are best for you) and sign up on events whenever you can. I will also be announcing these events on Discord through #announcements. Guild House Project In addition to these events, we also have our Guild Housing project ongoing. As you know, past December we purchased Earthtear Cavern as our guild hall and since then we've been striving to decorate it with useful tools and items. We still need more in this regard. Please check the link for more info! Miscellaneous Topics Furthermore, I recommend all members to use ESO-Database.com addon installed. We will have guild statistics streamed to the related website, which is nice to have. This addon is absolutely light-weight and will keep working in the background automatically. Additionally, we will need streamers for our Youtube and Twitch channels. You will be provided with XSplit license. Let me know if you are interested. Last but not least, as always, I would welcome new Social officers to help me with recruitment efforts. Someone who can interview candidates before joining and guide them along the way - from interview, to registration, to guild invitation, giving information to them about us whenever they need. Let me know if you are interested: there will be 30-day trial period in your current rank, if all goes well, you will be promoted to Officer position at the end of the period. That's all folks! Thanks for reading! -- Gelmir
  5. Hello Lodge! Here goes the next issue of our Weekly Newsletters, for the current Week #11. Enjoy! Welcome New Guys! First of all, let's welcome our new members to the Lodge: @Tigorner, @Ante, @Nerfmysorc, @Dukeofverron and @Crystallize115 have joined our ranks. Welcome guys! ESO: Small-Scale, Hard-Difficulty Events to be Scheduled As I already mentioned several times already through various means, our current plan is to grow as a Social guild who would focus on small-scale, yet relatively hard-difficulty group content. The goal is to create a community of players who have extensively played together doing challenging stuff, thus paving the way towards the ultimate thing: veteran trials. So overall, Lodge's presence in ESO will go down this path from this point on, meaning all our members - including our social roster - are expected to participate in these events (please do consider this as membership requirement). Our new members have been recruited with these goals and plans in mind, and I ask our few remaining regular oldies as well to support us in this goal. We won't be requiring people joining these events every day, or certain numbers of days in a week - but please make sure your participation, even if it's once a week, becomes noticable. To that end, starting this week, we will be creating such events on our Calendar. For starters, I created a poll which, in the end, would determine what days best suit the guild for these activities. Please vote in that poll (which also is available on forums homepage). So what these relatively hard-difficulty content are? Generally following are considered as such: Veteran Dragonstar Arena, Veteran Dungeons Achievement farming, Imperial City & Imperial Sewers farming (faction based), DLC Veteran Dungeons which are harder and take longer to conquer, Skyreach in Craglorn, Some hard Public Dungeon achievement runs which might be hard for some members (personally I cleared them all solo though) and similar. This list can be extended of course, but I am sure everyone gets the idea. By recruiting more members and together doing these stuff, I believe we will have more natural growth as a guild, towards the establishment of vTrials Raid Core. That's all! Thanks everyone and see you in-game!
  6. Hello Lodge! It's been quite a while since I dispatched our weekly newsletter - to be precise, 4 weeks now. Sorry for that, but we didn't really have anything to report, as things have been slow lately. So, here goes what Lodge leadership has to say for the current week Note: Bold style within the text generally outlines the main concepts and points of our current status, activities and goals. General Community News First of all, I'd like to welcome our newcomers: @TheSilverHawk, @Caruth, @mooslacker. Welcome folks! Secondly, thankfully as of late our Discord got chattier. And to make things even sweeter, I added two bots to Discord: one for ESO and one for GW2. Read here for more info on those. ESO: Recruiting Strong As some of you already noticed, we are trying to strengthen our ranks and try to grow in more natural way, rather than forcing our way through projects - primarily PvE Raid Core. The long-term goal is to populate the guild with sociable memberbase who would do activities together, specifically hard, non-trial related content. Good examples to these kinds of events are DLC Dungeon runs, General achievement runs in dungeons and otherwise, Imperial City and Imperial Sewers runs etc. These are stuff most players in general don't get chance to try. So I decided to grow our Social roster and strengthen this side of the guild before actually jumping to anything vastly serious. Of course, PvE Raid Core recruitment is also still on, albeit relatively slow. ESO: Current Status As of now, our de facto Guild Housing (my primary housing) - Earthtear Cavern - has Outfit station alongside with Sturdy Skeleton Dummy placed in it. In very near future I will be installing Attuned Crafting and Transmutation Stations there as well. Please feel free to donate housing stuff to our Guild Bank, more about that here. Currently we are around 15 regulars playing in a daily basis - I cleaned the roster from long-absent members, which downed its size to 30+ members. GW2: Things Are Slow Since I have to allocate most of my free time to ESO, I am afraid things at GW2 side became a lot slower than they already were. For that I apologize to our new recruits who joined our GW2 guild. For upcoming month, I regret to say I am not planning on working on GW2 side of things. Of course the guild isn't disbanded in GW2, but it's not active either. Hopefully after couple of months I will get chance to revisit it again. If some of our GW2 members decide to leave the guild, but would like to remain a part of our community, please drop me a line on forums or Discord - I will make necessary arrangements (i.e. won't delete your accounts, also making sure you don't get any unnecessary emails from us either - except news pertaining us launching new guilds in new MMOs). Eyes on Bless Online As you know we plan to be in Ashes of Creation when it launches, but that thing is years away from now. For this year, I plan to test upcoming Bless Online when it launches - if it proves to be rich with features, non P2W and aligning with our traditional guild goals and style, I might launch Lodge there as well. But this is something like not-so-short-term planning and it all depends on what BO will come to be. That's it I guess... Thanks for reading and see ya folks in-game! -- Gelmir
  7. Hello Lodge! Following is the weekly report for Week #4 of this year. Here we go: ESO: Attempt to Revive PvE Raid Core As you already know, we are attempting to revive our PvE project and the related Raid Core along with it. A week or two ago, I created a topic calling raiding enthusiasts to join us in this attempt, as previously, our such attempts didn't yield any fruit. Since then, we've managed to gather around 9 raiders and we are still recruiting. Once we hit 15-person marker, we will start actively inviting people to the guild (although many already joined it) and start inspections, training and organization of the whole thing. Additionally, we need a PvE Officer (per se Raid Leader) as well. So if you know someone with time and experience, please send them our way. GW2: Plans for Future As you know, a week or so ago, we had this terrible drama incident which happened between 3 members of ours, one of which was an officer. It resulted in many people getting hurt, at the end of which some decided to leave the guild. For those who are new: we had two officers onboard at the time and they were the ones who mostly ran the guild. After the incident, I decided to intervene and take things under control. And to that effect, our Guild Wars 2 plans are still ongoing and we will be recruiting to grow. Current overall goal is to create a strong social community. Following are my plans regarding our GW2 guild: Guild will continue to grow, initially as a Social guild for at least 6 more months to come. No special projects (such as PvE raiding, RP etc) will be initiated, as I want an organic growth for this guild, instead of a rushed one, with projects hastily started without proper member-base. Being relatively recently revived, Lodge in GW2 is very suitable for, and welcoming towards returning and new players. So don't hesitate to join us, even if you are new to the game. Since we will be recruiting only for Social purposes, only the social members who choose to participate on active Discord chat will be recruited. Voice chat will have strong place here, not just the text one. All-time guild representation will remain in force. Since open-world adventuring, especially, but not limited to HoT zone questing is a very popular in the game, people who are interested in these aspects of the game are especially welcome to join us. Dedicated Social officers will be recruited to organize weekly guild events, in order to level up the guild, to help with recruitment and in general, to help me to maintain the guild. On July 1st, the state of the guild will be reviewed once again, to assess whether we are ready for serious projects in the guild or not (such as PvE raiding etc). That's all for now! Thanks for your time and See you folks in-game! -- Gelmir
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Hello Lodge! This is weekly guild newsletter issue #42. Real-life Problems Unfortunately due to some real-life issues I've had these past 2 weeks - a family member's health issues -, I couldn't be online as much as I wanted. As a result I couldn't recruit as many as I would've otherwise. Real-life issues are still ongoing, but I believe I will be able to be online everyday regardless. So if you don't see me online some days, that'd be most definitely related to this. I apologize in advance, if this newsletter sounds a little bit "dry" I am a bit tired today! PvE Raid Core Yes, we still need 2-3 good DDs to join us, so that we could start our regular vTrials. It's very hard to find reliable people, but please rest assured: we are using all available channels to recruit. If you encounter good PvE DD's during your gaming, please don't hesitate to invite them to join our Raid Core. @Cortair will get them checked and sorted out for our Core in no time. As a reminder: we raid 3 days a week (Tue, Wed and Thu) at 20:30 CET/CEST. Let's keep an eye out for skilled DDs out there guys! The RP Initiative & Monthly Social-Roster Slots I also started to recruit towards our RP initiative as well. Initially I was thinking about recruiting RPers after we are done with PvE Core. But then, seeing how slow PvE recruitment is going, I decided to start recruiting towards RP and "quality Social-slots". And actually it seems to work: we are getting good PvE candidates alongside with some nice RP fans out there. If any of you guys would like to join our RP team, please feel free to join The RP Initiative Club on the forums. That way we will know how is up for some role-playing. Hopefully, soon enough we will have steady RPing group within our guild. As you already know, we revamped our ranking system couple of weeks back and changed our recruitment policy regarding Social players. So, every month, I will be opening about 10-slots in our Roster towards this goal. Each Social candidate will be hand picked after I interview them, making sure people who join us actually want to be an active social part of our community. Players who like doing guild activities, dungeons, pledges, questing etc with our guildies will be invited to those slots. People who like populating our Discord server, helping their guildies, continuously maintaining fun gaming environment within chat systems will be preferred. So if you know such players in-game who would like to join us, please feel free to redirect them to me for recruitment. The PvP Initiative Still looking for 1 or 2 good PvPers to join our community as PvP generals (raid leaders). We are recruiting from AD front. Once we get our generals, we will start actively recruiting our PvPers as well. The PvP project is lowest priority for us right now. Feel free to spread the word around - the sooner we get our PvP generals, the sooner our Cyrodiil raiding Core will be established. That's all guys! As always, thanks for reading, and thanks for being with us! - Gelmir
  12. This is issue #46 of our weekly newsletter. Recruitment This Week This week, @JoshMercer, @Caphalor, @Ardhenn, @Thylacinus, @coolgeo, @Cracklead, @Bionicjew, @Lag, @MadeliriumDementia and @noctaris have joined our ranks. Recruitment primarily was towards our PvE Initiative. Welcome guys, to the Lodge! Additionally, let's welcome @Knight30 as a new addition to our PvE Officer group, for the role of Trainer Raid Officer. Thanks mate for considering to help us! PvE Raid Core - Plans for the Upcoming Week This week's problems were a bit unique: we had extensive recruitment towards our Core, but due to the lack of a training officer, we couldn't clear these new additions for our actual Core. As a result, we had to have somewhat hectic raiding week, with relatively unproven group. We cleared vHRC the first day with few problems. But the next day didn't work out so well (only could come as close as 20% HP on The Mage), so instead of continuing like that, I decided not to waste our raiders' time. Raids for Thursday were cancelled. Thankfully, we are back on the track with Core inspection: @Knight30 joined our team to help with these inspections. He and @Nefaras will be inspecting 7-8 raiders we have in our backlog, one by one and make sure they have what it takes to get into our Raid Core. Hopefully by Tuesday, we will have all of them inspected properly for DPS, gear and classes/roles. So if you are one of those new, pending approval raiders, make sure you get cleared by our officers til Tuesday please! vTrials will be scheduled as usual for the coming week: we will start with vAA which we couldn't clear this week, possibly coupled with vHRC farming/half-progression. The rest of the week will be vSO progression. By the end of this month, we should be doing vMOL already. During these vTrials we will be ironing out our Core, to make sure we have performing, skilled raiders in it. So please be more serious and attentive during the raids. Being cleared for the Core doesn't guarantee long-term membership there: we need serious raiders who will commit themselves for long-term, non slacking raiding. So no running around like headless chicken please, no ignoring Raid Leader's directives, no ninja pulling during raids etc etc. Please sign up properly, be there in time, out of groups, out of PvP. We have 20+ (together with current candidates) members in our Core, and our goal is to have 16 reliable raiders with us, by mid December. So it's time to get a bit serious guys! Guild Housing I already mentioned my plans about Guild Housing, in my last newsletter. I am still serious about it and provided our Core starts functioning properly, I will get it when we finish Craglorn vTrials (vMOL included). It's Earthtear Cavern housing: large, spacious location with no doors, no tunnels, with good ambient sound and lighting. One of the most expensive Houses in the game. Additionally, towards our Guild Housing project, I am announcing a donation program, one of not in-game gold, but actual resources. We will need following valuable stuff for it: Master Crafting Writs - you can donate them to Guild Bank. We will do them and with the currency, get premium Housing items (such as Centurion training dummies, Transmute Station, Attunable Crafting stations etc etc). Premium Housing Items (from Master Writ vendor). So, instead of donating Master Writs, you can do them yourself and donate these items acquired from the Vendor. Premium Housing Item Recipes or Items created with such recipes etc To this end, I am also updating Guild Bank Rules, prohibiting the withdrawal of these items from there. That's it for now. If you have any suggestions, ideas regarding the Housing project, feel free to share them down below. Until then, stay safe, and have fun! Gelmir over and out!
  13. This is issue #45 of our weekly newsletter. Let's start... Recruitment This Week This past week, we focused on recruitment towards our PvE Raid Core, as our efforts to launch successful trial runs weren't that successful, mostly due to many of our Raiders not signing up at all ("Thank you guys!"). So we recruited about 7 new potential raiders to our Core, who hopefully will be more active and cooperative. @dragoriffique, @gollum, @MrKary, @ah_zimo, @Allie, @Petrosky, @Rihud, @Lyros and @FR_Knave have joined our ranks. Welcome guys! May your swords never rust, staves never rot! Additionally we have a new PvE Officer - @Varleni - joining our officer team. She will be helping us with Raid Core inspection/training and what not. Thanks for agreeing to help us with this very important task. PvE Raid Core - Plans for the Upcoming Week So, as I already mentioned above, last week, although we had 15 raiders in Core, it didn't really work out. Mostly because people didn't show up. So I decided to push further and recruit more, in order to get this Core sorted out. After all, we need reliable people who will be there when we need them. So this week, we will be scheduling vTrials on our usual days (Tue, Wed, Thu) and slowly get to our goal of having 15-16-person stable Raid Core. It is paramount for our raiders to show up in time (15 minutes before raid time - tough I don't know why I feel the need of reminding you guys of our Guidelines) and signup to all events. Signups will have higher preference for raids, and eventually I will tend to stick with those guys who regularly come to raids. Also please remember this important note: raids will be added to Calendar two days before the raid time. So don't expect all of them to pop up in Calendar for whole week at once. Check Calendar regularly for new event schedules. PvP, RP & Other Projects I didn't recruit to that end this week. I see no point in working on other projects when I haven't finished one of them, or am close to finishing it. Once this PvE Core topic is settled (hopefully this week), I will resume my recruitment efforts on other projects as well. Sorry guys, but one can't focus on multiple tasks and be successful. Gotta prioritize and do things one step at a time. Guild Housing So I bet you've been wondering what these images are. These are from Earthtear Cavern housing and I plan to get it for our guild. It's gorgeous locale. I spent good few hours last night checking out every single house we have in-game to select our guild house. Many factors played role in my decision-making, but primarily I focused on these: Ease of Access - House shouldn't have many doors and passways to get from one place to another. Noone does like that really. You need to be able to reach crafting stations, training dummies very quickly. Lore Perspective - our guild originates from Witcher game series, and in Witcher, Lodge of Sorceresses is a secret organization. What can be the place of operations for such an organize than a hidden cave? Design & Layout - We need large space for things to happen. Large and open space with stunning design. My other choice for a dimension was Observatory Priory, which comes with Clockwork City DLC, but I had to let go of it, because of the continuous loud ambient sound that exists there. You can't stay in such environment for long. Actually in Rift, we already made this mistake of getting a guild housing with gorgeous design where gigantic things are in motion, all the triumph etc etc, with an ambient noise never going away. Yes, I am talking about Tuldio Sun Orb. Got that noise I hated!!! So no, that ain't happening again! So question arises: When are we getting this House? And how? This house costs 16500 crowns (around 100 EUR value) and comes Furnished. And I am going to get it Furnished. I will get it when our PvE Raid Core is stable and have cleared all Craglorn vTrials and moved to tier-2 vTrials. So folks, stop messing around and get to work! Nuff said!!! Gelmir over and out!
  14. Hello people, Traditionally, in past I posted weekly "State of the Guild" posts in forums, giving our guys some idea about where things are, what we are doing and what is the progress. I think it's time I resumed this again, since I am fully back to the game now. Recruitment Efforts They are going reasonably well, us focusing mostly on Official Forums as a source for new recruits. Unfortunately right now, most of our members who decided to stick around, are rather focused on individual activities, or doing stuff with their other guildmates from other guilds - which is understandable at this point. But once we fill our ranks in coming weeks, I hope this will change (after all, all of you joined Lodge for a reason to do things as a guild, right?). I also updated our guild ad topic in Official Forums where I stated that we also need to fill our Raid Leader positions (PvE and PvP separately). Please read the details there. Due to the game design issues of ESO, unfortunately recruitment of raiders and officers is going quite slowly (in other MMOs you can literally reach these goals within mere few weeks really). Despite that, we have quite many members who decided to stick with us: I personally thank you guys! This means a lot to me! Changes in Forums After upgrading our forum software to the latest version, we got a new feature called Clubs through which I plan to organize our Raid Cores. I already moved our old Rift and ESO Raid Core forums into the new The RAID CORE club, and I will be continuing discussions related to raiding inside that club. This organization of things isn't yet final, I am still brainstorming on it, so some changes may happen. Meanwhile, please do not join this Club as we haven't started forming our Raid Cores. I also added Daily Pledges event to the Calendar, please sign up and try to do them as a guild, mostly because we should play more with each other to know our guild mates and to create a guild atmosphere. Otherwise, I can't imagine how funny and family-like our raids will become, when we start doing them. That's all for now and thank you all for taking time and reading all this! Gelmir
  15. Recruitment Efforts Literally handful of new people - @XeonChaos, @zeldrn, @Azaharys, @LordHydra and @covack - joined us this week. Welcome guys! Currently, as you already have seen from our General Forum announcement (red banner above), we are still looking for few skilled/flexible DDs to join our ranks. Very good Tanks and Healers won't be turned down either - but since we already have these roles filled in our Raid Core, newcomers should have great skills in their "art" And as usual, Socials are always welcome to join us! Raid Core - Where we stand? Answer to that question isn't really heart-warming. We had a good start and a terrible-at-best continuation to our Normal mode raids. Our goal was to go a little bit easy on people, not to enforce Raid Core rules on all as we do Normal modes. What we got was the following: some people not signing up for the events (whereas Raid Core dictates you have to attend 3 of them in a weekly basis and can only be absent in occasional cases where real-life happens, but this cannot become a regular thing); some even leaving the group and joining some other raid group God knows where (if it was up to me alone, I'd just kick such raiders from the Core - thankfully it isn't); some not joining our raids (at the same time being a Raid Core member) at all and raiding with others, and so on, so forth. I remember decreasing the number of weekly raiding days from 4 to 3 to make things easier for our guys. I remember decreasing the number of hours from mandatory 3 hours to 2, again to make raids to look more attractive. We even pulled raid times from 9pm CET to 8:30pm CET to make it smooth. But guys, I never told joining events as it pleases us or not giving rat's a**e about raid organization is the "discipline" we are looking forward to. Definitely not. So, that s**t ends this week: effective yesterday, we are enforcing Raid Core Guidelines fully and we will be recruiting serious raiders who actually will do what they sign up for. The RAID CORE club will be reset and only those who are committed will be accepted in. Anyone who can't commit himself/herself to a 3-day raiding idea can be a Reserve to the Core (I am sure some of you already stated their interests in that, due to real-life commitments etc), but they won't be actually invited to the aforementioned club (which technically means, once cleared by our Raid Leaders, anyone can join our raids as reserves whenever they can). We have about 7-8 people already committed to this project, so we will just remove those who aren't from the Core and move on. We have the hardest roles (Tanks and Healers) covered - with handful of new DDs this thing will get rolling in no time! To that end ... Rak'ashi Joins Officer Team ... to help with recruitment efforts. He comes from NA megaserver, with great amount of raiding and raid-leading experience under his belt. He will help me to recruit missing essentials to our Raid Core. Additionally, here and there, he might be assisting @Cortair in raid organization duties. Welcome mate! Still LF Broadcaster/Youtuber ... who would stream our events. We will start with PvE, and move forth to PvP Cyrodiil sieges being broadcast. Role also entitles access to our guild Youtube channel, where our Youtuber will be able to post video guides etc. Member Notes for Officer Eyes Only Last but not least, we will be using member notes for management purposes - mostly for our Raid Leaders to post notes regarding each member or such stuff. To that end, member ranks won't be able to read those notes anymore. That's it for now! I won't be adding any notes regarding other projects this time - PvE one right now isn't flourishing, so all our focus is on it right now. Thanks for reading! Thanks for being part of this! Really means a lot! See ya in-game!
  16. State of the Recruitment It's still ongoing. Nothing new - we had few new members ( @Amdis, @Vilachi, @Fu Ling U and @miotas - who hasn't still joined us in-game). Also apparently @PduJ is back to the game. Welcome guys! And @anakin90 left us! Farewell to him/her I guess! Farming Dungeons for Set Pieces Past weekend we started farming dungeons for set pieces in order to prepare ourselves for raids to come. And from this week on, I want to schedule regular such guild farming sessions. We started with Netched set pieces for Sorceresses. We also need to have sessions for Stamina DD's and Tanks. So I ask all our stamina-based DDs and Tanks to reply in this topic, helping me to determine which sets they require, so that we could schedule related sessions in our calendar and see how many are actually interested in doing them. If we get minimum 3-4 people for each farming session type, it will be a go for that group. So far, I have scheduled Sorceress farming sessions in our calendar - all magicka DDs who are interested in it, please signup - this will show us how many of you are interested in the event, so that we could schedule it effectively. We have many players who already raid in other guilds who don't need dungeon set pieces, so we need to prepare everyone else for raids to come. Discussions in Forums From time to time, we will have some ideas coming from people, which will need discussing. Last week, I proposed an idea regarding a possible Trading project in the guild, but only @neaNicu sent his feedback (thanks mate!). Guys, please try to participate in these discussions. I know some of you may not be interested in forums, but Lodge has always been forums-centric community where we discussed every topic. Thanks in advance! That's all. If you are still here, thanks for taking time reading this!
  17. Hello folks, This is Weekly Guild Newsletter for week #48. Sorry for the delay in this week's newsletter though! So here we go... Re-Introducing Lodge in Guild Wars 2 As you already know via Discord and in-game announcements I made, we revived our guild in Guild Wars 2 last week. This was decided mostly due to the fact that our time-consuming ESO PvE Raid Core recruitment efforts which lasted for several months didn't yield any results, and as a result of this, our ESO guild switched to our PvP project. @HawksHeart hopefully will be able to organize PvP recruitment events from this week on, and with that we will kick-start our PvP-related plans. Because of this, I personally got more time at hand, and since I plan to build successful community in 2 years' period - in order to prepare to Ashes of Creation (AOC) launch - I decided it's good time to revive GW2 side of things. Thankfully, we managed to get @Blackheart, our brand new GW2 guild officer, who is as enthusiastic and motivated as I am about building a thriving community. In a few days we managed to recruit about 15 new players and our numbers are swelling by the day. @Blackheart is doing tremendous job with GW2 recruitment, and he also is trying to organize some small-scale events as we grow. Please be advised that we are on Piken Square server of EU megaserver! Plans for ESO Guild So, before moving to our plans about our GW2 guild, please let me reformulate what I intend to do with our ESO guild. First of all, in no way my intention is to let the guild die out. As I mentioned above, under @HawksHeart 's leadership, our team will be working on PvP project we are running now. Additionally, I will be focusing on recruiting new members for Social slots and RP project this week, since GW2 side is gaining traction quite well. I will be switching my personal recruitment efforts back and forth depending on how things are going in these two games. Also, please be advised that our Guild Housing Project is still active and I am very much looking forward to getting it for our guild. So please let's keep working at it. Again, it is important to remember that the goal at hand is to build a successful gaming community in two games, and prepare to AOC launch. Even if AOC doesn't deliver, we still will have upper ground, having two successful guilds in two leading MMOs of time. Plans for GW2 Guild As our numbers grow in Guild Wars 2, primarily we aim to get our Guild Hall (a guild housing) by doing the mission required for it. And we want to do that with as many members as possible (technically it can be done with 3 guys, but that's not what we want), so that many people in the guild had this unique experience. That's why we will keep recruiting about 30-40 members altogether before we start Guild Hall acquisition mission. That "raid" will consist of 30 people (as 30+ is counter-effective, making the mission extremely challenging to finish). Once Guild Hall is acquired, we will be recruiting towards our PvP project and also will be filling our Social slots to upgrade our Guild Hall. Upgrading a Guild Hall is an arduous process in GW2, requiring a lot of resources - the reality which in general makes Social slots in a guild quite valuable. Guild Hall will need upgrading in various sections of it. As to PvP, we will recruit towards various PvP activities in the game, be it WvW, GvG, arenas etc. Of course, a dedicated PvP officer will be needed at that stage. Officer Vacancies So overall, we have following Officer positions available in our guilds: ESO Social recruitment officers - 2x of them, whose responsibility will be day-to-day management of the guild and continuous in-game recruitment of new socials. RP officer - for our upcoming RP project, which still is headless and disorganized. GW2 Social recruitment officers - 2x of them, whose responsibility will be continuous in-game recruitment of new socials, PvP officers - at least 2x of them for starters, to recruit good PvP candidates to the guild for our upcoming PvP project. These officers need to be players who regularly do PvP themselves. Ranking System Rename I also updated our ranking system by renaming some of the ranks. We have similar ranking system across both games now. Read more on ranking system here. Guild Wars 2 descriptions are vastly similar - I will be updating details regarding permissions on that topic soon. New Members of our Community Last, but not least, I'd like to welcome the following new members of our community who joined us this past week: @RicardasTheSwager, @Emirikol, @Derrythebomb, @Rheann, @Nyx, @Slavic Varg, @Upscion, @allkline, @Emhyr, @Liamr058, @Cadia and @Lauraoh! Thanks for joining us guys! That's all I guess. See you folks in-game! -- Gelmir
  18. Hi everyone, Following is the Issue #43 of our weekly newsletter. Sorry for the delay, as I usually send these newsletters every weekend. Fresh Meat In past two weeks (I didn't mention newcomers in last week's newsletter) we had the pleasure to welcome @r0binhood, @Kabala-User, @serpentaa, @KSmeat, @Alberaht, @Ikkito, @Doohrwind, @Totò and @HawksHeart to our guild. Welcome guys! PvE Raid Core Core is forming slowly and we need two, maybe three good DDs to fill it. Due to a couple of raiders leaving us in past 2 weeks, we had to fill the gap they created. I thank every single of our current raiders for sticking with us these days, when it's very hard to find reliable people. I will be online on Tuesday and Wednesday, so will be recruiting heavily to fill the remaining holes in our Core. As usual, if you know someone who is a good DD, please send them our way. Very skilled healers and tanks won't be turned down as well. Additionally, we want all raiders to apply to The PvE Raid Core club on the forums. That way everyone will be able to see how many of us are there. Last I checked, @Arcii and @Obczajacz still need to join there (they are cleared for Core). And everyone else who wants to join the Core should also apply there. Last but not least, all Core applicants should get inspected by @Rak'ashi (Tanks), @Cortair and @Nefaras (all classes). Please don't delay on this and listen to these guys for what they have to say - they are experienced raiders. They will guide you regarding the gear, the specs and roles, and the training. Please do not rush and farm for gear sets you possibly won't need; first consult with these PvE officers we have. If you can't catch them in-game, try doing so on Discord; whatever you do, please get reviewed by them. P.S.: If any of our Core members are good at Youtube/Twitch gameplay streaming, please let me know. RP Project + Social Slots So, as you all know we started recruiting towards RP as well and we've had some progress there: we have around 5 RPers in the guild now. Three of them: @Saerwen, @Alberaht, @HawksHeart have already joined our RP Initiative Club and we ask the remaining RP enthusiasts to do the same, so that it was easy for you guys to find each other. Our Social recruitment slots are also ongoing - I opened 10 slots last week and have recruited handful of people into them. If you know a good addition who would love to join us as Socials, please redirect them to me in-game for interviewing. PvP Project This project, the youngest of all, is still looking forward to two PvP veterans (AD) to join us as officers. Meanwhile, we've recruited few PvPers as well. It will take some time for this project to bear fruits. For initial stages, I plan to create a single squad (12 people) with Officer leading them to join Cyrodiil campaigns in a regular basis. That's it for now folks! Thanks for your time, and most of all, thanks for being with us! -- Gelmir
  19. New Additions to Our Ranks This week we had several new people joining our guild: @MichellexBlue, @Furitah, @Piccia, @Ishkira, @Obczajacz, @Perking, @Arcii, @Dextail and @MithrandirHD are those names. Welcome to the Lodge, folks! Status on PvE Raid Core We have been hard at work to recruit necessary DDs for our regular vTrials. 1 or 2 more DDs and we will be there. This weekend we will have few DPS parses with our existing, not yet confirmed DDs. At this rate, I believe we will resume our vTrials the coming week. @Cortair will update you guys in this regard. Please keep an eye on our forum Calendar for vTrial events - don't forget to signup when they appear. We will also announce things via #announcements on Discord. Guild Ranking System Overhaul We also revamped our ranking system, creating separate ranks for our Social members, ranking from Initiate to Intermediate; Adeptus class of ranks are dedicated to our PvE project now, Centurion to PvP one and Rector to RP. Our officers will use Magister Templi from now on. Additionally, Intermediate rank will be granted to our 6-months-old members, instead of 3-months, as it was previously. PvP & RP Projects I started my search for an experienced PvP player to lead our PvP initiative. We will be fighting from AD side in campaigns. I had a thinking to go easy and pick Lions (EP side) instead of "bananas" - but hey, everyone can do the easy part, right? Rather, we created a PvP team and turn tables in AD front, thus creating a legacy to our names. So I decided to stick to AD and recruit for that front. As to RP: I am still planning on how to approach this project. Probably, I will be contacting some RP guilds out there, to see how RP is in ESO. If there are RP enthusiasts amongst yourselves who would like to help me with our RP initiative, please let me know. That's it. Enjoy! -- Gelmir
  20. Hello folks! This is the weekly newsletter #47. PvE Raid Core Disbanded After recruiting for our PvE Core since June of this year, inspecting and training dozens of raiders, recruiting numerous PvE officers, I regret to inform you guys that we decided to disband our PvE Core and shelf the project for another 6 months. It's just not viable to raid in this game in a serious manner, where you seek disciplined progression in Veteran Trial content. Vast majority of the community is comprised of casual players who don't even understand what regular raiding is, what it requires and why progression is so important. Mostly it's due to the illusion of freedom people think they have - the possibility to join multiple guilds - which actually doesn't yield to anything substantial (except maybe trading, which in itself is just another reflection of failure from ZOS' part, not being able to create central Auction House). Another reason - this one is my personal opinion - is: it is relatively harder to master your roles in action-combat MMOs than in those with tab-targeting, and as a result of this, actually very few percentage of raiders do manage to learn their rotations well enough in order to do hard content. And as a result people just give up, especially when they don't have prior raiding experience. Anyway, I digress... So, those who have joined our Core for PvE! As our PvE project is cancelled, it's expected some of you will leave. Those of you wishing to be notified about our future revitalization of PvE project, please drop a farewell line on forums or Discord, before leaving. That way, we won't be deleting your forum accounts and removing your Discord privileges - I generally consider guild leaving without a word as an abandonment and generally never invite those people back again. Anyway, the existing "pve-raiders [eso]" user group will remain as it is, and the Club will be locked. Hopefully during summer time next year, when we revive this project, we will be notifying all Core members and invite them back. But if you are not interested in this at all, please feel free to leave and we will be deleting your accounts asap. Additionally, there are still some players joining us for training purposes: those who need time to get there until summer, are welcome to train with our officers in the meantime. As PvE Core is disbanded, we decided to work on our next project: ... PvP Project So right now, our Officer team is working to lay the groundwork necessary for this project. What our goals will be, what activities we will be focusing on and how to get there. Once these are sorted out, we will start actively recruiting via various means: by direct recruitment, by recruitment through events we might organize etc. We will keep you updated in this regard. One of many potential benefits of this project will be us having a large pool of players who will work on their roles, specs and gear continuously, which in long run might prove useful when we start pooling our resources towards PvE project. Guild Housing Project Since PvE Core is kaputt , Guild Housing will be a guild-effort. We will be purchasing the Housing together: so those of you who want to chip in with real money (remember, it costs give or take 100 EUR), please contact me in private. I will arrange some ways of transferring the funds (preferably good old Paypal). Those who wish to assist with in-game resources, please donate them to Guild Bank. Thank you guys for all the donations in advance! RP Project And it's never been better time for this project to get started. I will be looking for an RP officer to start this thing up and recruit for RPers afterwards. That's it folks. Thanks for reading and see you in the next issue! -- Gelmir
  21. Hey folks, Following is the Issue #44 of our weekly newsletter. New Recruits This Week @Totò, @Hikattaaka, @Alecsunder, @Inauvi, @Syndra Serpentes, @Snapzz, @carry me, @Kosomari, @juzzz, @MIRLO_V, @irrbloss and @Heimdall have joined our guild this week. Let's welcome them! PvE Raid Core - Finally Assembled Finally our long wait is over: we managed to recruit for our Raid Core and starting next week, we will be scheduling vTrials on our Calendar once again. Approved Core members, please re-acquaint yourselves with our Raid Core Guidelines one more time, and make sure you sign-up for all raid events scheduled next week. Please be advised that signups won't be enabled until 2 days to the event time, to avoid last minute dropouts. So check our forum Calendar regularly, in order not to miss them. As a reminder to all new members who joined us for PvE endgame purposes and haven't yet been inspected by our Raid Leaders: please get inspected by @Rak'ashi (tanks), @Cortair and @Nefaras (all classes) as soon as possible. They will clear your for the Core. Once cleared, make sure you check our Raid Core Requirements topic and follow the instructions at the end of that topic. Once in Core, please signup for all raid events on the Calendar in a timely manner. Also don't forget to join our Discord server as well. There is no raiding without it PvE Raid Core - Long-term Goals Our aim is to finish all vTrials ESO presents, in all difficulties, all the way to the Leaderboards. To that end, we aim to create stable Raid Core consisting of around 16 raiders. This way we want to make sure no raids will be cancelled due to the lack of raiders and constantly progress with the same set of tightly knit group of people. We managed to recruit veteran raiders mostly and we have 3+ expert raiders leading this project. For that reason, I will have to ask from all our Core members to make sure they don't have any plans to leave us and/or stop playing the game in near future, as it is essential for us to create stable, long-lasting Core. If any of you plan to leave us soon (like in a month or two), please let us know, so that we could get steady replacement for you. As I always mentioned in our guild recruitment ad, we need committed members for long-term projects. PvP Core - Current Situation Project is slowly getting on track, as we invited our fellow member @HawksHeart to join our Officer team as a PvP Project Leader. Unfortunately, it didn't work out with previously invited officer - Dill. He left the guild shortly after joining us. Anyway: in coming weeks, if not months, we will be laying ground work for this project and inviting skilled PvPers to the guild. @HawksHeart will be helping us to train interested members for PvP Core. If you are interested in being part of our PvP Core, please apply to the PvP Club on forums. Applications won't be accepted right away, but we will have some idea how many of you guys are interested in this project. More info will follow soon. RP - Current Situation Although we have half a dozen RPers in the guild, we still need a dedicated RP Officer to lead this project. Due to PvE Core, I had to pause recruiting for RP, but I will be resuming that in coming week. Meanwhile, I'd like to invite our RP enthusiasts to join our RP Club on the forums - that way you guys will be able to find each other and possibly have fun together, until we get this project rolling. Miscellaneous Events During weekends I will try organize groups for Skyreach, Dragonstar Arena and similar relatively high difficulty content. Generally for the purpose of farming some set pieces, and getting some achievements as well. If interested, please try to be online during weekends. No specific time for these organizations - they will happen on-fly, per demand and they can happen anytime depending on availability. That's it for this week! Thanks for your time and see you in-game! -- Gelmir
  22. State of Recruitment We've come a long way since late May, when we barely could see 1 or 2 members online. Today we have 6-8 online in "deadest" of times (yea, I made the word up ) This week we've had several new members joining our ranks, ranging from totally-new-to-the-game people, to very experienced, seasoned raiders. @Majicauni, @Aggro-is-mine, @SPRT, @Gaehr, @Rak'ashi, @Svetozar, @Sebastian, @Kalterran, @Zyma, @antiKILLER and @todd2446 joined us as new members. Remember 10 days ago I also was re-inviting old Lodge members back to the game? Well, third person - @10darkknight10 - joined us once again. Welcome to all of you! Status on Raid Core Past week our Raid Leader @Cortair has been at work of inspecting our future potential raiders. And to our surprise, we've received quite a positive feedback from him about you guys. We like what we are seeing! He will be continuing to do that, so please be compliant with him when he asks you to come for spec and gear inspection. This is a must, and no raider will be accepted to the Core without such inspection. Our Officer team was also very occupied with other Raid Core related topics, to such levels that, personally myself couldn't game properly. To be specific, we managed to finalize our Raid Core Application Requirements and Attendance Guidelines, which are very important two pieces of reading. We gathered a lot of info through polls about your play times, specs etc to have a good idea about our future raiding parties. So, our plan to form the Core is as following: the coming week (week-37) we will start scheduling Normal mode trials on our Calendar. Those of you cleared for Raid Core by @Cortair will be joining those events. We will see how we perform as a team, our dynamics, structure etc. And in the weeks after that, we will be forming the Official Raid Core through official channels - and this team will start our Veteran mode runs. In a fun twist of fate, these initial, Normal mode trials will be a trial for all of us, as a team. So for now, please do *not* perform application to Raid Core (through Raid Core club) and wait for it until we are done with Normal mode trials. One last, but important note about these Normal mode trials: although we haven't formed our Raid Core officially, the Attendance Guidelines and everything else will be in effect. So please read them carefully and make sure you understand them. Ask me questions if there is something you don't understand. Dungeon Farming Runs We have significant number of members now. Which means we can do (and actually we do) Pledges together, farm dungeons for set pieces together. So please sign up for farming events on Calendar, join Discord, group up and farm those buggers. Guild Representation One other topic is the representation of the guild. By purchasing a Guild Tabard from our Guild Store and wearing it (don't worry, it won't spoil your costumes), your character nameplate will receive our guild name. Please do that. Let everyone see which collective you belong to, possibly also contributing to our recruitment efforts. Remember last week I mentioned a nice sync tool from Alcast's ESO-Database.com? Please try to install it. It works seamlessly in the background, syncs your character data and builds overall guild score for Lodge, placing us in Leaderboards. It's not mandatory to have that tool, but it's highly recommended. The members supporting us through these two methods will receive their ranks much sooner than normal. Yesss, I just said that! So that's it. If you are still here, it means you actually have read it all. THANK YOU! And see you in-game! Gelmir
  23. Fresh Blood This week, @vodina, @mosh, @Kapow, @eurobeat, @Gingerfrow, @Lucacioc, @The_Spawn, @Kneighbors and @oxox joined our ranks. Welcome guys! And we still need 3-5 good DDs to join us! Raid Core & Trials This week's vTrials were scrubbed again, lacking enough numbers. So we are scheduled for next week again. We will be doing this every week, until we have dedicated and self-sustaining Core. As far as we are concerned about the upcoming week's trials: all Raid Core members please sign-up in the Calendar, check the vid and guides listed there to learn a little bit about mechanics. The sooner we get this done, the sooner we will be able to commit resources to other projects. That's all for the current week. See you folks next week!
  24. Following is the State of the Guild for Week #39. @Nuin and @Chsei: there is message in here, addressed to you!!! New Lodge Members This week @ISummon, @Reomer, @Knight30, @Airaud, @Freyja, @iamcemal, @Loupo and @Fangedpenny have joined our Community! Welcome guys! Special Message from @neaNicu !!! @Chsei and @Nuin! I hope you are reading these lines! Nic (and of course me as well) are missing you guys! Also, Nic wants you to come back, to organize your old RP'ing sessions, once again. We hope you guys come back soon! We have an active guild now. I promised I'll include this message in this week's newsletter, so here we go... PvE Raid Core & Trials Like every week, we tried Veteran mode Aetherian Archive trial to test our Raid Core's capabilities to do veteran mode. Unfortunately, from Damage Dealer standpoint we proved to be insufficient. So we cancelled all vTrial plans for the current week and started recruiting heavily again. We tested our current player-base as well and as of now, we only need 3 DDs with minimum 30k sustained ST DPS, self-buffed, for short-term. Additional 2-3 DDs also will be recruited to have enough backup spots for our actual Raid Core. As we are recruiting towards vTrials, we decided to fill our raiding days with Normal mode trials. Next week we will setup a vTrial, to test our forming Core once again. If successful, we will continue scheduling them. As vTrials become a regular thing to fill our raiding days, we plan to organize nTrials (normal-modes) on remaining days of the week, depending on demand. Important thing is: we won't be scheduling nTrials on Calendar ever, but instead announce in-game, on-fly, form a group and do them - the same way you'd do your daily pledges. The purpose in nTrials, besides being fun, is to train our potential raiders, to give them a taste of action and to test their performance there, in order to draft those who are interested, to our actual Core. Thus, to attend nTrials these few weeks, please make sure you are online, 15 mins prior the raid time (20:15 CET, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays). That will be the only window when we will announce for nTrials. One small note as well: In past (since our times in Rift) we had this situation, when people signed up for events several days before-hand and when we got nearer to the event in question, they started to drop one by one, totally messing up our plans. To that end, from this week on, we will either be scheduling trials on Calendar, starting 2-days before the event, or if scheduled earlier, do so with RSVP (signups) disabled - we will enable signups only we are 2-days away from the event. So there won't be any signups for trials from several days back. Future Projects: PvP & RP Initiatives I slowly started recruiting for our PvP Initiative as well. For starters, we need very experienced PvP Leader, who would act as an Overseer (project leader) for our PvP initiative. To that end, please spread the word. If you know someone who is very skilled in PvP, we'd like to meet them. Once PvE Raid Core is ready, I will start planning our RP initiative as well. That's all. Thanks for reading! See you folks in-game!
  25. State of Recruitment Recruitment is ongoing. This week we had some fresh blood joining the club: @Holybladee, @SkyGubbins, @YourBeast and @Sifres are our new members. Welcome guys! Additionally, I re-invited all our original members back to the guild, although I knew almost all of them would have left the game long time ago. After inviting dozens back, two of them - @Gorgori and @Aeriea rejoined us. Greeting to them again! We also have two Raid Leaders now: @Nefaras and @Cortair. Both of them have been hard in work, creating guides for our players, making polls, helping people out, organizing stuff for future Raid Core etc. Thanks guys for all the hard work! Future of Raids/Raid Core Firstly, we created a poll, asking people their regular playing hours in order to determine the best raiding times. 11 of you guys have responded, which is quite a good number - I encourage those of you who haven't done so yet, to do that, if you are interested in raiding with us in the future. @Cortair will be creating few more polls this week, asking what roles/classes will you be bringing to our raids. We will announce the links to these polls, so please keep an eye out for them and participate. Secondly, as you already might have noticed, we created few dungeon-farming events on calendar, for those who need their set pieces from dungeons. If interested, please sign-up. We generally will do those during evenings. Last but not least, we still are recruiting for our Raid Core and are in the search for good and/or aspiring Warden/DK Tanks and Templar/Warden Healers. If you have such friends who would like to join us, please redirect them to us. Miscellaneous Recently I discovered one of Alcast's online tools: ESO-Database.com. It's something like Magelo.com, syncs your character and guild data, creates fancy banner signatures for you. That's all folks! Stay all and see you in-game!
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