Guild Rules

Our Focus

Our main focus in this guild is on family-friendly, very casual, no stress, no pressure game-play. That means that the majority of events should correspond with that. While other events are more than welcome, the events that we focus on will take precedence, and in the event that someone consistently only schedules and attends events contrary to our focus we may start canceling those events or discussing the matter with the player in question.

Joining

New members who we do not know personally in real life (IRL) will be allowed to join on probationary membership for 3 months to ensure that we get to know them well before being promoted to a full guild member. Probationary periods are usually standard procedure to protect guild resources like the communal Guild Bank. During this probationary period it is the new member’s responsibility to demonstrate good behavior and contribute positively to the guild. At the end of the probationary period the officers will vote to decide if a probationary member will be promoted to a full member. Anyone who does not feel comfortable with the new person joining may express their opinion freely during the vote without retribution. The vote outcome is final and will either result in happy congratulations to welcome the new full member, or we will inform the applicant politely and say goodbye. In some cases the probationary period may be extended. We will not hold any grudges or carry any ill-feelings afterwards. Our expectation is that it is only in very unique or extraordinary circumstances that a probationary member will not be permitted to join the guild or that the probationary period would be extended. All applicants who have shown good faith participation and who have demonstrated a commitment to closely follow our guild rules should have not problem being promoted to full members at the end of their probationary periods.

Basic Behavior Rules

Here in the Frost Raven Coalition, our primary rule is that we want everyone to have fun and enjoy themselves while playing the game. Consequently, our cardinal rules govern our members’ in-game behavior. Violating these rules will prompt a discussion with an officer; repeated violations can lead to removal from the guild or early termination of the member’s probation period.

Patience

Please keep in mind that the point of this guild is to introduce younger players to Guild Wars 2 and have fun together. It is a big game with a vast world map and there is a lot to do. Experienced players often forget that younger players still have a lot to learn. I (Qairon) also sometimes find myself out of touch with certain aspects of the game if I have not played for some time. Story line advancements, new features, new items, new skills, item upgrades…it all creates a very dynamic, ever-changing world to enjoy and explore. So, if there is one pillar that all our rules are dependent on, it is patience. We spend time doing mundane things in the game often because that’s what our newer or inexperienced members need to do to learn. Map clearing or helping each other with personal story lines are good examples. If new members want to have a more consistent hard-core focus on game-play then this is perhaps not the best guild to join. We would rather encourage those members then to seek out a guild that is more suitably aligned with their needs and wants. We understand that we all have fun in our own ways, and while we often might play more seriously in FRaC, it will never be at the expense of a junior member’s fun and enjoyment to participate.

Guild Chat

All guild members are expected to be respectful and polite when dealing with other members of the community at all times. Griefing, interfering with other players, and otherwise being a jerk is not permitted.
Good, clean humor is always welcome! If someone is offended by a joke you made, apologize and move on. If you are offended by someone else’s joke, state that and then move on. There’s no need to dwell on the matter.
To proactively avoid conversations that can often devolve into arguments or offensive remarks the following topics are strictly off-limits in guild chat: religion, politics, sex (including sexual orientation and preferences), hacking, and violence (of any kind) towards people or animals. Talk about violence (of any kind) in real life is never acceptable in our guild, even in private chat.

This is important: if you see a discussion in guild chat (or private, one-on-one chat) that you just know will go to a bad place or that you think will create tension in the guild or generally disturb others, then it is your responsibility to speak up to change the topic of discussion. Examples of such topics might include spoilers for recent films/games/shows, major political issues, and whether the toilet paper roll should be under or over.

Language & Communication

We communicate strictly in ENGLISH or DUTCH. No other languages are allowed. Adult language; i.e. swearing, cussing, or rude language, in guild chat is strictly prohibited. This is a family-friendly guild with minor children present and we expect everyone to do their part to create a safe, friendly, and constructive environment for all our players, young and old. All players are expected to treat officers and other guild members with respect and politeness.

TeamSpeak3 Server

A TeamSpeak3 server is available to guild members to use for voice chat during game play. Details on how to connect to the server is available here.

All rules of the guild as they appear here on this page apply in full when using the TeamSpeak3 server.

Use of the TeamSpeak3 server is provided to our guild members at no cost. However, please note that it is a paid service that Qairon personally subsidizes for the benefit of the guild. Please do not abuse this benefit.

The configuration settings on the TeamSpeak3 Setup page are absolutely, categorically, and strictly confidential. They are not to be shared with anyone under any circumstances. Guild members are individually given access to this configuration page when they are added to the guild, so nobody ever needs to ask for this information from other members.

If anyone asks for the TeamSpeak3 connection details, then you should only direct them to the main guild page at https://frostraven.net and refer them to the TeamSpeak3 Setup menu at the top. If they cannot access the TeamSpeak3 Setup page with just this direction from you, then they need to connect with Qairon for further help (easiest is to use the Contact Us page here: https://frostraven.net/contact-us/ )

Again, please do not share our TeamSpeak3 server configuration information (or the password you to access the setup page) with a.n.y.o.n.e. Ever.

Situation-Specific Rules

These rules are the general rules; it is possible that situations may develop during game-play that require more specific rules. In the event that an officer makes a rule for a time that’s more restrictive than these rules here, please go by that rule until further notice. If we expect the rule to be in place for an extended period of time, we will add it in here.

Attendance

All players are expected to show up before guild events at least ten minutes before the designated start time. That does not mean you need to be in the right spot and waiting for ten minutes, but you should be online and have any and all prerequisite content completed beforehand.

In the event that you fail to complete prerequisite content before an event, the organizer and/or officers have the right to remove you from the event group and assign someone else in your place. Similarly, if you are more than ten minutes late to a guild event, the organizer and/or officers have the right to start the event without you and not permit you to join after the fact. Consistently signing up for events and showing up late or being unprepared is considered disrespectful and a violation of guild rules.

Non-members are allowed to attend guild events provided this has been discussed and approved by a guild officer.

We are aware that Guild Wars 2 is a game and that life takes priority. This is why we do not place rigorous attendance requirements on our members. However, members are expected to be online at least once every week for at least a brief period (10 minutes is sufficient) to check in-game messages for guild related updates and requests. If circumstances will require you to be offline for an extended period of time, notify an officer ahead of time if you can. Without notifications, dormant characters will be removed from the guild for inactivity.

Guild Representation

We do not have an exclusive guild representation requirement. However, we do expect each member to represent the Frost Raven Coalition when they participate in our guild events. Members are allowed to retain membership to other guilds and represent according to their wishes otherwise. We would of course appreciate it if our members would represent FRaC as much as possible (even when not participating in guild events), but we leave this up to each member to decide for themselves.

Officers

Currently this guild is managed and facilitated by Qairon (GW2 Display Name: Ravelstaff.2790) who started it.

More officers may be appointed in the future to help as the guild grows in size. Officers will be appointed based on the needs of the guild as well as candidates’ game knowledge/experience, ability, and trustworthiness over time. While officers have authority over other guild members, they are most definitely not “superior” to other members and should not be considered as such. Officers are volunteers who serve to help manage the guild smoothly so everyone can have good, clean fun. The officers are subject to the same rules as other members (if not more so to set a good example). Please take careful note of the paragraphs further down in the Punishments Section (last two paragraphs) on violations by officers.

Punishments

Violating the rules of the guild is something that we take seriously, as it can lead to hard feelings and damage overall group cohesion and morale. In the event that someone is violating the rules of the guild, we will investigate the matter as fairly as possible and take appropriate action, whether the player in question is an officer or not.

In the event that someone is behaving contrary to the rules, the first step is a private, good-faith discussion with the player in question. This serves to inform the member that there is a problem that needs to be resolved and that behavior possibly needs to change. No further action will be taken unless the member does not align with what was discussed and agreed during the conversation. If the problem or concern does not resurface within a month the entire thing will be forgotten.

A separate or continuing incident requires further steps. Someone who is consistently behaving contrary to the guild rules will be assigned a probationary rank with limited privileges for a two month period under scrutiny for any further behavior violations. Further behavior issues will result in removal from the guild with no further discussions.

If someone is removed from the guild due to inactivity, they may reapply and rejoin the guild with NO PENALTY whatsoever. If someone is removed from the guild due to repeated behavior violations, they will NOT BE PERMITTED TO REAPPLY to join again in the future.

It’s important to understand that players who screw up consistently enough to get removed don’t get to just walk back in after some time has passed and the heat of the moment is over. Gone will mean gone. As harsh as that sounds, it is intended to protect all the members of the guild, and to promote a friendly, respectful, and safe environment for everyone to enjoy.

If any member has a problem with any one of the officers, please report it to Qairon privately but promptly. This includes situations where an officer makes you feel unwelcome, uncomfortable, or appears to be violating the rules of the guild. We strive for transparency and accountability, but since we are also human we don’t always succeed; let us know if we make mistakes so we can correct them in the future.

Harassment or abuse of power by officers will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Let me say this again because it is very important: I will take a zero tolerance approach to officers who harass members or abuse their authority. This is one poison that kill guilds faster than any other in my opinion, and I will eradicate it within our community with extreme prejudice where necessary. Officers carry their titles as a privilege and duty to serve the community; serious violation of this trust will likely result in the permanent expulsion from the guild. Let it be known that this is one rule I will enforce regardless of who it affects.

In Closing

We all have lives in the real world outside Guild Wars 2. We are all voluntary members in this guild because we enjoy playing the game and enjoy each others’ company. The bottom line is that we have these basic ground rules because we need them, but we want it to be clear that they are there only to create a fun, safe place for everyone to enjoy. We do not want to be a strict “rules-around-every-corner” kind of community, but we ask each member to know the rules (ignorance of the rules is no excuse), follow them and join us for good fun!