Starting December 1st; I am implementing a Four Month Cap on activity. This means as long as you appear “ONLINE” in game once within four months, your spot will be saved. Anyone that has not been in game five months or longer will be removed. To keep this guild fresh and active; it is important to rotate those less active out to bring new active members in.
Randall Frost – Lord Marshal
Thoughts on Constructive Criticism
Almost everyone who plays or has played a sport has received constructive criticism. A batter who was struggling to make solid contact is told by the coach to keep her elbow high. By hearing that suggestion and trying to carry it out the hitter’s swing is leveled out. This allows her to hit the ball more squarely and transfer more energy to the ball while maintaining a flatter trajectory resulting in an extra base hit.
Especially in our adult lives. When we leave the field of play we lose a vital perspective on our interactions with others. People who offer us criticisms are generally trying to be on our team. They are trying to help. When we take away the coach’s hat constructive criticism is often misconstrued as an attack or an insult.
When someone gives you constructive criticism it’s generally our first instinct to become embarrassed or even defensive. It’s essential before you react, or overreact to understand that this is not an attack on you as a person or even as a player. Take a deep breath and have an open mind. Constructive criticism is not an insult; it’s an attempt to help you find a different (hopefully easier / more effective) path to your objectives.
Don’t take it personally. If someone approaches you with constructive criticism they are indicating that they believe you have the potential to hear what they are suggesting and that you are capable of putting their observations to work for your benefit. Try and remember that there is a difference between a reprimand and constructive criticism. Generally speaking a reprimand comes when the person speaking believes that you had an opportunity to know in advance what was expected of you and reprimands are typically accompanied by consequences.
If you can remove defensiveness from the situation, you have the opportunity to truly listen to what is being asked of you and why. Listen attentively don’t jump to conclusions and don’t start preparing any counterpoints, instead pay attention and learn from what is being offered. If you don’t understand exactly what is being asked or how to carry the advice forward ask specific questions. If possible show that you were listening by reiterating the concepts you did understand.
If you are dedicated to improving having an outsider’s perspective can be an invaluable tool. When someone takes an interest in helping you to grow as a player you can show them that you appreciate their help by first taking their advice and then following up to share how you implemented change and what impact that change has had. You might say, “I started animation cancelling my Bombard with a bar swap and now I have enough time to weave in a heavy attack while I still have my major brutality buff. I notice that I’m doing more damage and now my ultimate seems to be ready more frequently.” Since the person providing advice was trying to help you, your acknowledgement that their advice worked is just the reward for which they were looking. It’s also a good idea to say thank you.
Ultimately, receiving constructive criticism is not about acquiescing to someone else’s way of doing something. Instead it should be a way that two people can work together to find their new way of doing something.
Your High Council is:
. Lord Marshal, 1IC .
. Lord Hand, 2IC .
. Master of Coin .
Your Elder Council Members are:
FilteredRiddle ~ Gyp5yTear5 ~ Katfeine
Your Ambassadors are:
FilteredRiddle ~ Knalei
. Co-Captains .
lvl 80 Dragon ~ miraluz
TyDog76 ~ ValkyrieOndreya
Recent conversations by several members of the guild and some of the officers about a commonly held desire to attempt more serious content has led to the genesis of a new trials team called The Order of Obsidian. The Order is a dedicated group of Obsidian Guard members committed to working together to complete the four trials: Atherian Archives; Sanctum Ophidia; Hel Ra Citadel, and Maw of Lorkhaj on veteran and hard-mode. The Order meets in the evening once or twice a week. Each week we will spend one night working on new content and another night (schedule permitting) farming content that we have already mastered. Membership in the Order is by invitation only and members are required to participate in 75% of all Order events in addition to at least one social trial each month. The focus of the group is collaborative effort in a positive and friendly atmosphere. We are currently working through the normal mode of each dungeon in an attempt to learn mechanics, come together as a team, complete item sets, and optimize our skills and rotations. We will be attempting to complete the no death and speed run achievements of each dungeon before beginning to attack Veteran Modes. The Order of Obsidian is still recruiting members and I’d encourage everyone who has more than 160 champion points to apply. Check here for a more in-depth look at the Order and ESO End-game Content. If you’d like to apply for consideration visit the Application forum. If still have questions feel free to reach any of the Order Officers in game.
SavageFire124- Trial Commander, Gyp5yTear5, TyDog76
MISC GUILD NEWS
NEW OFFICER POSTINGS: Please welcome FilteredRiddle back and SavageFire124 to the Elder Council! Riddle will also resume her role as co-captain of the Ambassadors and maintaining the website. Savage will continue planning and leading the Order of Obsidian.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! Hope everyone in the states have a safe upcoming holiday.
CONGRATULATIONS: DrDoNuffins is the big winner of the October lottery.
OG EVENTS: Our OG Events team is back; led by GrimNoirKnight, Katfeine, and ValkyrieOndreya. Weekly events are being planned; a schedule will be finalized and posted soon.
LANGUAGE: Language has been brought up to the EC recently. Please refer to the chat guidlines below. While this is a mature game with mature players; I understand the language used and use it myself. However, we need to remember that we are not alone in chat. While many won't mind the talk, others might. Please, be courteous to others.
GUILD CHAT GUIDELINE
We will NOT tolerate any malicious and degrading conduct from our guild members toward any gender, culture, belief system, lifestyle, etc.. Please be informed of our rules and check out the Voice Chat Guidelines under the Guild Guidelines in the NEW PLAYERS website forum.
As a member of this guild, remember that you have the right to speak up and remind someone that they might be in breach of Guild rules. As always, if there’s something/someone that’s bothering you, please let one of the ambassadors (or Elder Council) know before it escalates and thank you!
RECRUITING & RANKS
For now, all members who want to become “active” with bank privileges, will continue to be on probation for one week, be required to register on the guild’s website, add an introduction post on the forum and are subject to review by the Elder Council. No exceptions.
A big thanks to FilteredRiddle for setting up Obsidian Guard on the Tamriel Foundry website as one of their guilds. If you have an account and would like to proudly represent OG, the main guild page is here:
ELDER SCROLLS LORE
A Recurring Column Written by Ranger_STL
Ranger STL has been extremely busy in Real Life. But he will return soon and resume with more Elder Scrolls Lore. Stay tuned.
This OG Newsletter is published every 2nd & 4th weekend of the month. If anyone has anything they wish to publish in the newsletter, please PM the copy to Randall Frost; either here or on Discord.
Obsidian Guard Newsletter