We have a Guild House! Thanks to a donation by Wyt3Rabbit, the guild was able to purchase The Island as our guild house. Everyone is welcome to visit their Guild House anytime; just select Randall Frost in the guild roster, select Visit Primary Residence, and you will be transported there.
The Guild House is equipped with the following stations; provisioning, enchanting, alchemy, dye, clothing, woodworking, and blacksmith. The blacksmith is also attuned with the Master Armor trait. You can find these stations in or near the gazebo as you head up the walk towards the main buildings.
There are also a banker and merchant for your personal needs. On the beach we have one target skeleton for you to practice on. The first building is the Guild's Club House where you can mingle, drink, etc. The main building is the Officer's Hall where the EC, HC, and Ambassadors will have their meetings. Around the corner, across the bridge, you will find Randall Frost's office. There I will conduct Guild business. Below that location is Punisher's poop shack where he will conduct his business. Lol!
And we're not done. This is your Guild House and we need your input and help. What do you want on the Island? More attuned stations? Which ones? More target skeletons? Absolutely! Our future plans are to do just that BUT your input is greatly desired. Just reach out to any of our officers with suggestions and we'll talk it over to make it happen if possible.
If you wish to help furnish the Island; please contact Lemon405 or Ariel35611. They are the Island decorators and the ones to run furnishing ideas by. (Space is limited, sorry I don't have Plus) If you wish to help with furnishing more attuned stations; we need master writ donations. Knalei is in charge of that; please send to her any master writs you wish to donate and we'll save up the vouchers for the next attuned station. Most master writs require yellow improvements; any donations of those mats are greatly appreciated. Please send those to Knalei as well. If you wish to donate gold, that is also appreciated. Guild gold is helping to offset the cost of those high end mats needed to craft master writs.
Thank you for being a member of the Obsidian Guard. We all hope you enjoy your Guild Island. Please feel free to visit anytime.
The officers of the guild have been hard at work behind the scenes coming up with a new guild event schedule. We are striving to create more meaningful content within the guild events that anyone and everyone is welcome to join in. These are all CASUAL events! Each officer in the guild will be hosting their own event, once every 2 weeks.
The schedule will be set in 2 week blocks. Social PvP and Trial runs will have a set rotating schedule. Check #og-eso-trials for social Trial signups. Sundays are reserved for the Trials team (Order of Obsidian). Check #og-guild-events for a daily post for the day’s event.
There is a forum on the website, ‘Recent Guild Events’ where officers will post a quick recap of each event and who attended. The message of the day, in game, will also have the day’s event posted daily. Below is the link to the calendar of events. It is set for the next 2 weeks. In the future, the calendar will automatically update as events are sign uped for, so check back often. All times are EST. http://tinyurl.com/OGEventsCalendar
The word 'watermelon' is our clear comms code word. If someone says 'watermelon' please stop talking, and allow the person to ask their question or say what they need to say. Likewise! If you have an important question or announcement, simply shout 'watermelon!' and comms should quiet down.[Edit Text]
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.
SavageFire124 - Trials Commander
Your High Council is:
Your Elder Council Members are:
- Randall Frost - Grand Master, 1IC
- l PUN1SHER l - Master & Commander, 2IC
- Knalei - Marshal, 3IC
- Ariel35611 - Master of Coin
Your Ambassadors are:
- Ryu Levone
- FilteredRiddle & Knalei (Co-Captains)
- Ryu Levone
- strained mind
- SavageFire124 - Captain
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 [Edit Text]
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. [Edit Text]
A 3 Month Cap on activity is in effect. This means as long as you appear “ONLINE” in game once within a 3 month time span, your spot will be saved. Anyone that has not been in game 4 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. However; I know Real Life happens. For anyone who will be away from the game for more than 3 months and wish their spot saved, just message me and I will hold it for you. In case you are removed and wish to rejoin, no worries. Again just message and an invite will be sent. If you are a retired officer or have contacted me already; no worries, your spot has already been saved. Thank you for your cooperation and being a member of the OG. Randall Frost – Grand Master[Edit Text]
Most of us have read the patch notes on the upcoming updates with Morrowind. If you haven't, head to ESO Forums for the latest info. There is a lot of mixed reaction towards the game as ZOS tweaks the hell out of it. Many have compared it to what happened to WoW. I know this is a game many of us have poured our souls into and to see it adjusted so much is discouraging. Some may even leave because of this. But please remember this; we are all going through it together. No matter what ZOS does; we'll adjust and as a guild, have fun doing it.
Think of it this way: it's their way of keeping the game fresh. Yes; it's frustrating, we have all grinded and farmed the hell out of zones for the best gear. But it can get boring when you know this X character with this X gear and X stats can own anything and anyone in a fight, dungeon, trial, etc. The bottom line is change; most hate it and don't want to do it. Unfortunately it's coming and I welcome it. Learning the new curve will be challenging and rewarding once I get the new mechanics down. Keep an open mind and we'll all get through this together. [Edit Text]
MISC GUILD NEWS
OFFICER ANNOUNCMENTS: Please welcome our newest Ambassadors; MugzyBaby, SpaceMermaiid, and strained mind. I know they will do an excellent job in that position. We also have one retiree; Megaen356. She did an excellent job as an Ambassador and will be missed at that level.
UPDATES: As we get closer to the Morrowind release; updates to ESO will be paving the way for it. Always restart your console after the patch to ensure it completes the update.
LOTTERY: Congrats to Liquid Lefric for winning April's lottery of 50k! Next Lottery will be in July.
HOMESTEAD: IT IS HERE! You can now buy homes across Tamriel. Make sure to check every type of container out there for the new decorating blueprints and mats.
MORROWIND: It is happening! If you're living under a rock and didn't hear; ESO is returning us to Vvardenfell. For those of us who played TES Morrowind, this is pure nostalgia. For those who didn't get the chance, you are in for a real good time. (Hopefully, Lol!) The game designers have said the whole island is available to explore; with PvP zones, a new Trial, the new Warden class and available housing to purchase. It will be exciting to see what the island looked like in the 2nd Era; 700 years before the events of TES Morrowind. More info is soon to follow; available June 6th.
GUILD TABARD: We do have a guild tabard. It is located in our guild store; which is accesssible from any city banker. It was recently updated by Ryu and is far superior than the original. Please buy one and represent the Obsidian Guard in Tamriel.
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.
Guild Chat includes both in-game voice chat and on discord. 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 or someone that’s bothering you, please let one of the ambassadors (or Elder Council) know before it escalates and thank you!<!--EndFragment-->[Edit Text]
Grand Master - Guildmaster, the buck stops here.
Master and Commander - The second in command. Trusted adviser to the Grand Master and overseer of all that pertains to the guild.
Marshal - The third in command. Hand to the second, chairman of the Elder Council, and Co-Captain of the Ambassadors.
Master of Coin - The keeper of coffers, sorter of goods, and accountant to the keep.
Elder Council - The Grand Master's most trusted. They vote on matters of most importance and decide the fate of many things.
Ambassadors - A noble order of the finest wizards in all the lands. There to greet you when you arrive, and just as quickly somewhere else to resolve an issue. They are there to assist you when you don't know where to turn.
Honored Guard - The highest accolade that can be bestowed for those that go far above and beyond the call. Few will attain such glory, but all are encouraged to try.
Retired Officers - Lords and Ladies, who have served their guild. Without their contributions, we would not be here.
Champion - You have proven yourself as Knight, fought bravely, and your name is known far and wide. For your noble deeds, you have earned a place of distinction. Knights are voted in by officers 6 weeks after introduction post.
Knight - Your noble deeds allow you bank access. You have proven yourself as a Squire with an introduction post, as well as making a name for yourself in chat, and are entrusted to uphold the principles of the guild as a full-fledged member.
Squire - For those just starting on their noble journey to Knighthood.
Toad - The great void. Nobody can hear you ribbit. Please speak to an officer asap for the remedy
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. [Edit Text]