Q: What brought you to our website?
A: I'm looking for a Guild in GW2 that helps me to play the game with others, make friends and all the usual things guilds are supposed to do.
Q: This recruitment process requires that we get to know you a little bit. Please tell us a little about yourself.
A: I'm an ancient Englishman living permanently in the USA. I work as a computer programmer, currently part time, and plan to retire fully sometime next year. I enjoy all kinds of escapist activity, gaming, TV and reading (mostly sf).
Q: If possible, it would be helpful if you could tell us what Account Name you are using in-game, as many members on our site here have a different user name compared to their account name. This will allow us to know it is you.
Q: All members are expected to uphold respectful conduct when communicating with other players and guildmates. This applies to in-game situations, our website and on guild/GW2 related websites and message boards. Intolerance for others based upon religion / sexuality / gender / ethnicity / etc. is not welcome. We are a guild of HONOR and INTEGRITY, and we reflect that in all public forums. The general rule of thumb is to treat people how you would like to be treated in return. How do you feel about this?
A: I wouldn't join if it was otherwise.
Q: In-Game Guild Status - Guild Wars 2 will allow characters to switch between multiple guilds as they wish while playing the game. The OSD Division Leadership Council within the Guild Wars 2 game expect that you will focus your time and energy towards this guild alone and will keep your characters as members of the OSD. Therefore it is an expectation that you will be 'representing' the Order of the Silver Dragons at all times while playing in-game as a member of this community. With that said, there might be a feasible reason why an Ďaltí character or an RP character should be in another guild. Special cases and requests will be handled on an individual basis. What are your thoughts on this?
A: I am a member of a guild that has not really worked out too well for me, despite their being nice people. I am prepared to abide by the above while I determine whether this is the place for me. If it is I will continue to obey this rule. If not I will leave OSD. That's about as honest as I can be, hopefully that is acceptable.
Q: Ventrilo is a communications tool that allows our membership to experience the full effect of being in a community-based gaming guild. If you feel alone in game and you don't feel that much is going on, or felt the scheduled event experience was lacking or not working as intended... it might just be because you aren't using the communications tools available to you.
VENTRILO use will be 'Strongly Encouraged' for all players to actively use while performing normal game activities whenever you are playing in GW2. Even though it is not a requirement, it should be strongly considered for usage as a communications tool that allows our membership to experience the full effect of being in a community-based gaming guild.You don't have to speak if you don't want to, so long as you are on to listen to other members that might need help or guidance. With that said, we have several dedicated Vent rooms that allow you to sit quietly in peace if you so wish. All public discussion areas such as public vent channels are PG-13. Are you okay with our Ventrilo policies?
VENTRILO use can, and no doubt will be 'Mandatory' during organized guild events, such as Dynamic Content runs and meta-events/dungeons, WvW, sPvP, group or team meetings, as well as other types of scheduled events if the event coordinator advises of such.
A: I am familiar with Ventrilo and already have the client on my PC. I am fine with your policies.
Q: If you are accepted as a member of our guild, you will automatically be placed at our 'New Member' position within the game. Please be mindful that this is not a single-player RPG game, but a multi-wing online gaming community. You will be expected to communicate, interact and support your fellow guildies, as well as ensure that you follow our Charter of Excellence at all times. In order to show your allegiance or loyalty to our community, we will ask that you perform certain 'Community Quests' that give you the opportunity to communicate, interact and generally become a member of our community (don't worry, they are enjoyable tasks that allows you to get involved with our player-base). Once these 'Guild Quests' are resolved, you will be raised one rank level in-game which allows you to access all the benefits of our guild. Are you okay with this?
A: Interesting. I look forward to this.
Q: We have found that guild members have a better gaming experience if they use the forums and the events calender. This allows you to get game information and join guildies in events as your real life time permits. Do you intend on being active on our website forums and events calendar?
Q: Once you learn how, we would like you to create events or RSVP for other scheduled events as your real life schedule permits. What are your thoughts on this?
A: It's really early to commit to something like this, but I'll try.
Q: Have you been playing MMO's for a while, or are you just getting started?
A: A couple of years, but I'm still playing solo most of the time (not counting GW2 informal grouping). I've played Xbox games for many more years, but got into WoW when they offered an unlimited free trial. I got fed up with idiots constantly challenging me to duels (and refusing to take "no thank you" for an answer), other idiots dancing around in their underwear, and the constant grinding required to advance in the game. So I tried GW1 for a while and enjoyed it, though I still played solo all the time. I got caught up in the hype for TSW and even bought a new PC to support it. Once again I tended to play solo, but frankly, and not as a criticism, the game is too hard to get far without playing with others, so I joined a guild (cabal). Unfortunately that didn't work out too well, in that I didn't seem to get into the "grouping" aspect much. Long story. Likely my fault.
So, I next tried GW2, loved it, and haven't played TSW since.
I think the best answer to the question is that I'm familiar with the mechanics of MMOs, but I'm still trying to get going with the "social" aspects. Maybe this is the guild that will finally help me to do so.
Q: We expect all members to submit and update their characters in our Guild Wars 2 sub-forum 'Character Roster' (character name, class, level, possibly build, etc.). Are you okay with this? After reading the above content, why do you think it might be important?
A: Yes. So you will know who I am in the game?
Q: What kind of character do you typically play? Tell us about your main character you envision, and please list any alts that you know you will be bringing into the guild as well.
A: I've tried all kinds, from warrior to magician. I always play male characters. My main character is called Aspenfire. He is a level 54 Sylvari elementalist. Next in line is Willowplane, level 28, also Sylvari but a ranger. I think I'm beginning to prefer him thanks to my RL love of animals. The Syvari are my out and out favorite race; I want to be one! I also have a Charr warrior, a Human engineer and Norn guardian that I've been experimenting with.
Q: What type of playstyle do you enjoy the most?
A: Probably PvE, but I've done the others so little I'm really not sure. RP attracts me; again I've never done it.
Q: If you violate any rules defined within the gaming EULA, you will face disciplinary action up to and including removal from this community. Do you understand, and agree with this rule?
Q: What time of day do you typically play? How often?
A: It varies. On my days off (Monday and Friday) mostly during the day. Other weekdays not much. Weekends, anytime depending on family commitments. Sorry to be so vague.
Q: Are you affiliated with any other guilds?
A: Yes, see above. I will not represent that guild once my membership here is confirmed.
Q: How do you think you can best help this community? How can this community best help you?
A: Reversing the questions, I want this community to draw me into the social aspects of gaming. In return I will give back as much as I can, I have quite a lot of spare time, and anticipate having more soon.
Q: OSD is generally a "casual, do it all" guild, meaning we welcome players from all playstyles and don't limit our focus to one playstyle in particular. We welcome PvPers, PvEers, Roleplayers, Crafters, etc. For example, while we may offer weekly raids, we are not a hardcore raiding guild that requires you to raid 5 or 6 nights a week. We also do not consider any one playstyle to be more important than another, all members of OSD are equal. For example, a hardcore PvPer will never be considered "more valuable" to the guild than a casual Roleplayer would be. Are you okay with this? Any additional thoughts on this topic?
A: Yes, totally. No, that sums up how I would have it.
Q: With the previous question in mind...We will never force you to participate in any activity or event that falls outside your playstyle of choice. However, from time to time you may be asked to help the guild out if we are short a particular class, or just need to fill up an empty group spot. Are you okay with this? Any additional thoughts on this topic?
A: Yes. I would welcome being asked.
Q: We do ask that you stay active on the guild website as much as possible. We don't expect anybody to become a forum junkie by any means. But we do expect our members to cast their votes on any polls we put up, give input in any posts we make asking for opinions, as well as chime in with your thoughts when other members open discussions. What are your thoughts on this?
A: No problem. That's what I tend to do, in fact you may regret saying this ("will this guy never shut up?"). :-)
Q: What previous experience, if any, do you have with the original Guild Wars?
A: Played it for a few months.
Let the community chime in at this point. There might be a few questions. Here's a good opportunity to get to know us. We have some folks that post an intro and are never to be heard from again. This is a good indication to us that this player is not very forum active...not what we want!! So, we encourage you to keep tabs on your intro post in case a member has a question or comment for you. Or if you have any questions for us, feel free to post them up, and we will answer them as best we can.