|Purpose of the guild guidelines:|
To contribute and further the goals of VoTF. We are here to be the best PvP players that we can be and equally important, to be known as the best pvp players there are, and the best players in general. We are here to make a name for the guild, not ourselves. Yes it is correct: You are here for the guild, the guild is not here for you. The guidelines are not here to accommodate you or me, they are here to accommodate what is best for the guild. We are here to make the guild thrive, so that the people in it, can benefit from it. We have this common goal to aim for, because aiming for anything else would be silly. Nothing has ever been as satisfying as to have a guild that works: A community that thrives, entertainment without end and the feeling of accomplishing that, which most only hope for. This is why the guidelines are here, they were always here in one shape or another, but now they are here in black and white. They are not here to protect your $14.95 a month, they are here for to protect OUR combined $845.4 a month.
a.) Social Behaviour
b.) PvP/E Expectations
c.) Guild General
d.) Everything else
a) Social Behaviour
a.1) Realize you are on the internet.
Realize other people have separate opinions from your own. We are a big mix when it comes to culture, nationality, language, sexuality, gender, experiences and our outlook on life. Every time you talk or reply with somebody else read up the previous statement before answering. It is very hard to put how you feel into a forum post and is equally as difficult to read how something is intended to be taken. Take every post on the forum with a grain of salt and take it in a friendly or jovial manner.
a.2) The Tone.
The tone is tuned in for fun! Yes, there is no rule for how and what there is to be talked about, we are all here to just have fun. However having fun sometimes requires irony, sarcasm, name-calling, the nude picture here and there and all the other stuff. But do keep in mind that it requires two people to understand what you are saying, and that can be quite the challenge (see §1,1). If one part gets insulted, they must say so, and the insulting party will apologize accordingly – There is to be no one with to much pride to give an apology. If an apology of some sort can't be mastered after being told you insulted someone, then it will be considered a personal attack, and personal attacks are NOT tolerated. A direct assault on another member is instant kick/ban. Obviously you can do better than to assault a fellow member, but if you can't, don't expect to stay here.
a.3) Public Behaviour.
You know your guildies and the people you are playing with, and can talk to in many other ways than you can in the public forum. You are expected above all to behave with taste and decorum. You should treat one another, and everyone else, with respect and civility, in all situations. Members found to be insulting and poorly behaved will be admonished, and if necessary, removed from the guild. Everything you do affects the guild's reputation. Guild members should behave with kindness and consideration towards other people on the server. If you are publicly causing a problem in a general chat in any zone, a raid group, out-of-game forums, or any other situation, you are causing a problem for the guild, as well, and that will be dealt with. A little razzing and elitism we can handle, but if you are being deliberately insulting and harassing, rude or uncouth, that will not be tolerated.
a.4) Drama – the internet definition.
We do not tolerate any form of drama in guild. If you are instigating excessive drama within the guild by means of harassment, offensive remarks, starting fights with guild members or not abiding by rules/regulations, then it will result in immediate removal from the guild. We are saddened by the few bad apples we have had in the past, so expect the judgement to fall rapidly and harshly.
On the other hand, outside of the guild, drama can be quite a good thing and work in our favour. This does not mean you go start drama left and right, but if a opportunity for good drama crosses your path, we can discuss it and see if it can be beneficial to initiate. Let's be honest, it is always funny to spice things up.
a.5) Casual/Social Players.
There is no such thing in VoTF. Everybody bearing the VoTF tag represents it, represents the standards we have set and the rules and regulations we follow. Your sister’s boyfriend does not. We will have a sister-guild for alts and social players, hopefully named something like ”Voice of The Faithful” or something like that. People will know there is VoTF people in it, but won't expect the same, thus not branding our lovely guild-tag with your level 19 popori called pidobear.
a.6) Mumble & Forum.
When you join VoTF you accept the fact that you must be on Mumble if you are in-game and you will be an active member of the forums. Inactivity on either of these will result in a warning, if there are continual infractions they will result in a kick. Communication is very IMPORTANT!
b.1) PvP Requirements.
You are obviously expected to excel in pvp in every aspect. You are not expected to be in “top 5” in every battlegrounds you join, but you should consider rolling pve if you are always stuck in the bottom 5. Obviously it is about the guilds image. If every VoTF member is in the bottom of all statistics in every war-zone, they are either playing like shit or are shitty players. The reason why you joined VoTF was to escape the shittyness that random players on the internet has the ability to bring forth, hence you should be above the shitty players. It doesn't really take much and you know it, if you are able to prevent your character from running in circles the entire battleground you should be better than the average player. It might sound elitist but you know it is the truth.
It is obviously hard to explain in black and white how a good pvp player should play in different settings, but you should be contributing effectively in every battle you can, if not in numbers then in other game mechanics. No sneaking in afks or simply playing bad because the battleground doesn't actually require you to play good. It is all about image folks, not about numbers(though they help most of the time).
Depending on how the game plays out PVE may be required from time to time to progress our gear/guild as such everyone is expected to participate. While PVE is not our focus of any game it is a necessary evil and will be enforced provided its benefits outweigh the time spent. While PVE is not our core focus it is not something we will do half-hearted. When we do something as a guild we do it with everything we have. Under-performance will be noted.
b.3) PVE v PVP.
In every situation PvP will come before PvE. If a full scale CTA goes out then everyone is expected to drop what they are doing and attend. CTA's are only called for events that require full mobilisation, usually involving open world PvP or any other task deemed appropriate by leadership. As with any other game we have played anyone found to be ignoring this rule will be warned about it, future breaches will lead to a kick.
Drop what you are doing and head to where you are required to gather. CTA's are the most important call out in the guild and are only used under circumstances that warrant them. If you are halfway through a instance/battleground you leave. If you are picking those wonderful flowers or hugging those giant trees you leave. Everyone online at that time is expected to attend; anyone found to be going offline or avoiding CTA's will be noticed and dealt with.
b.5) In group/raid.
The leader of the guild raid (5+ people) you are in is in charge and is not to be debated when he issues orders or makes decisions, he is doing his best for the guild, and you do as well by not bringing up issues while in the heat of battle. There will be plenty of time to discuss later when the raid is over and we are all running around gathering flowers. When you are in a group which is not run by the guild, you are expected to follow the rules laid out by the group, and the directions of the party/raid leader. Offer advice politely and with confidence if you have a degree of authority on the matter at hand and it is requested, but do not hijack someone else's raid, if hell freezes over, you can always leave the raid. You should be able to group seamlessly. Teamwork is essential and you should be able to manage it without reminders. Likewise, if you are running a non-guild raid, do so with strength and confidence, but not blindly. Lead well, and handle disputes gracefully, with a fair and even hand. You are representing the guild from a position of authority, and your actions reflect on us all.
Main characters always get's priority in everything everywhere, only main characters are allowed into the VoTF guild. We will create an sister guild for our alts, where people can run around with their sillytoons and act like silly people. Everybody is required on Mumble playing on main or alt alike, and we will create a channel for people cross-guilds to group up. VoTF is mains only, because your popori stripper that specializes in lapdances doesn't represent our guild, you main on the other hand does.
First off, rerolling is very stupid. But! People are allowed to re-roll pretty much as they wish, how ever there are requirements. You don't re-roll to your green geared level 25 alt character, the absolute minimum requirement is obviously max level, but also take into consideration gear, class balance etc. class balance and gear is discussable, but you don't want to end up in a green-geared slayer only guild any less than we do. Re-rolling will be discussed amount leaders and officers if your case requires attention, but the general consensus is that it is okay to reroll. It doesn't mean you level 10 characters to level 50 in the first two months, but we do see and accept people’s needs to play something new.
There is a reason why it isn't called iBank, yes all the resources and materials inside the guild-vault is only to promote uses that benefits the guild. Only the officers have access to the guild-vault, and will handle requests to materials by judging upon several different factors: You, costs, upgrade amount and how beneficial for the guild it would be. People donating to the guild-vault, donates because they want to add to the guild, the officers will make sure the material or currency comes to good use. The materials are being managed this way, because having a stockpile is is prudent when updates/content/events/tournaments/call to action arrives in big chunks.
Obviously we don't store epic weapons or other endgame critical items, that could be put to good use at the present. But we will reserve currency and materials needed for transitions such as characters changes/nerfs and new content.
The officers that are in charge of the guild-bank will never spend any of the guild resources on themselves. Contributions are taken very seriously and therefore also handled very seriously, since it is entrusted to the guild by you.
When playing as a guild, you do NOT go afk without prior warning. Everybody is pissed off at the one person hanging around on the old world objective when we are all at the next one. You are wasting our time, and this will not be tolerated. Afk'ing without warning or reason is a big fuck you to the guildies and will be punished accordingly.
When Tera hits, you must be online every week unless given prior warning in the ”away forum”, if not active in game then at least on the forum. This is especially important in the first months of Tera since we want to quickly sort out the slackers there might be. If you fail at using a calendar, you will also fail being in this guild.
d.1) The rest.
The previous rules are there to shed light on topics you might have doubted. But obviously there are all the non-written rules we expect everybody to know, understand and follow. Scamming, ninja'ing, botting etc. Just because they aren't written here, it doesn't mean they don't exist, we just assume that you are well aware of them and follow them.