GUILD HISTORY YEAR 2
(Final Part of Year 2 in Review)
Before I continue, I need to make a correction and I apologize that this slipped my mind. I forgot to mention an important personnel change during the EC restructuring in the last era. FilteredRiddle unfortunately had to step down as 3IC due to health reasons. After a long process of deciding who would fill the spot, Knalei became our new Lord Commander, 3IC. The Master History in the guild forums now properly reflects this info. Now we can continue.
The “Reinvention” era actually started in stages before it truly began. The first stage was weeding out the inactive members. I issued an “Active” policy stating that as long as you showed “ONLINE” in game within a 4 month period, your spot was safe. I realize real life happens so if anyone wanted their spot saved, I would save it for them. As a perk for being a “Retired Officer”, they were exempt to the policy. Eventually I had to lower to a 3 month period because the inactive number was still too high and more new members wanted to join.
With that in place the next phase was getting members active. After many failed attempts, Punisher and the officers worked on creating an event schedule. Hosted by our officers; these daily events would cater to our casual core of members. The only exception at that time was Motif Mondays hosted by GrimNoirKnight, who wasn’t an officer. Already an established event; it was highly popular with our crafters in getting all the motifs available in the game. Also the Order of Obsidian Trials vet team was created, led by SavageFire. This team offered harder content for our more seasoned members looking to complete the vet trials. With two days set with events, all we needed were more casual guild events. Thanks to One Tamriel, grouping together from different alliances made this very easy. From Skyshard, Lore Book, overland World Boss hunting to Fishing, clearing Public Dungeons and Delves; there was an event for everyone.
With members now more active, the harder part of our “Reinvention” began. Punisher’s idea was sound; let’s rebrand the OG and make it even more appealing to both old and new members. Lemon spearheaded the design of our logo, Ryu spearheaded the design of the new tabard, Knalei reworded our recruitment post on the ESO forums; all with input from our officers. This all took a couple of hard weeks but the end result was amazing. The final touch was the renaming of the ranks with creative descriptions, courtesy of Lemon. The rebranding was complete, the “Reinvention” of the OG was over and it was time to move forward fresh and renewed. So early in February, the “Reinvention” era came to an end and we entered the “Current” era, again.
As I’ve stated before; we are always in the “Current” era. Until a pivotal moment comes along warranting me to break off a chunk of the history, rename it and add it to the Master History. That moment could be days, weeks, or months from now. Our “Current” era so far has been really good but it has had its moments.
Not long after the “Reinvention” era ended, an issue with GrimNoirKnight arose. Now I know there has been speculation and rumors surrounding this issue and I am not going into any of those details. What did happen was a very tumultuous and stressful week with him leaving the OG. This resulted with the guild having to sever ties with his guild; The Boss Hunters. This was a huge loss to the OG; that guild was the home to most of our dedicated crafters and fear of backlash and chaos weighed heavy on my mind. However, in a stunning move, Grim handed TBH over to Ariel and left the game. A few days later, Ariel graciously brought TBH back as a sister crafting guild to the OG. That had to be one of the most stressful weeks I’ve ever had with this guild.
Fortunately 2 new distractions were on the horizon that got everyone excited. First off, Homesteads. Finally you could own houses in ESO; as long as you either had the achievement and gold or the crowns to do it. This started the question; are we getting a guild house? Originally discussed by the HC; initially it was a no, not until more info had come out. As more information arose, the more it looked like a no. The main sticking point was the 24 member cap the high end houses had. Plus the 3 manors had major pros and cons that just didn’t seem viable for a guild house. It seemed like the dream was dead until an unexpected donation.
Wyt3rabbit; an original member and one of the cornerstones of the OG, sent me a donation to use towards a guild house. The dream was back alive; the EC were brought into the discussion and the real search for a house began. By this time Earthtear Cavern became available in Craglorn and it became the frontrunner. But the elusive Island was coming out for a limited time and we waited to see what that looked like. When the preview of Grand Topal began it became obvious this was the place. Thanks to Wyt3rabbit; the Island Guild House has become our home, furnished by many of our members. It has become the meeting place for most events. It also boasts training dummies and all the standard crafting stations.
The second was the return to Morrowind. The excitement of returning to Vvardenfell was overwhelming; for many this was our first taste of Elder Scrolls. All any of us could hope for was that ZOS wouldn’t screw this up. As the months went by; reading the info about the upcoming release was mixed. It wasn’t so much the Morrowind part that bothered members; it was the Update that was practically changing the entire game. Dread and hatred filled a few with the threat of leaving the game because of the future changes. I said this then and I say it now; change is good, especially with this kind of game. Otherwise it would get boring and we would all move on and as a Guild Master, I don’t want to lose anyone.
ESO also held a couple of events; Hew Banes anniversary with double the drops and the Jester Event with new recipes and housing items. There was a real life adventure in late April/early May when shotofespresso traveled to New Zealand and visited funnylady. In June Morrowind released along with the feared Update and for the most part, everything went fine. As the guild year was coming to an end, ESO prepared us for another event; Midyear Mayhem. But that’s for next year’s review.
We had a lot of new members join our ranks throughout the past year and I honestly don’t know which era they joined. So amongst the many that joined include; PlagueFGC, MRoz78, Liquescence, Spidah Handz406, Dite Hart, XxCaDoRxX, MuscledInk90, Artemis Hades, Ozirisno1, AzOutback, Paper Target, strained mind, JackieMeeking, phatklown1, FatherXombie, OleanderPoison, C3G Jester, Adhamhnon, Dasher68, Aggonee, Beautifuleyes69, Zenmaster Jeff, Pynchin, ClayborneMarten, James Almy, JDawgSmooth, and MugzyBaby.
So here we are, as current as this “Current” era can be. When will this era end, be named and filed away? One never knows. But this is a great guild and thanks to all of you, it continues to be great.
What does the future hold? Who knows? ZOS continues to push the envelope with this game; always trying to improve while hoping not to destroy it. There is multiple DLC coming and probably more events. After Morrowind I wonder which great area they’ll unlock next. Skyrim; with a huge Companions quest line? Elsweyr; with quests involving Razum-Dar? Maybe another return to Solstheim? We’ll just have to wait and see what next year brings.
Will the OG survive yet another year? With what we’ve done and with your help, we will. Remember; this is YOUR guild. You have a say, please voice it. Just reach out to me or any officers. Your opinion matters in helping our continued growth as a guild. I want to see as many of you as possible for our 3 year anniversary. Thanks again to all our members; you’re the best a guild could have. Stay strong OG; have fun, and good hunting.
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]
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]
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. 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
It may seem right now the events are geared more towards Morrowind. This is because it is the newest content and a demand for doing events there are higher. But for those who haven't gotten it yet or may never; don't worry, we will still be doing events in the rest of Tamriel.
Your High Council is:
Your Elder Council Members are:
- Randall Frost - Grand Master, 1IC
- l PUN1SHER l - Master & Commander, 2IC
- Knalei - Marshal, 3IC
- SavageFire124 - Lord Commander, 4IC
- Ariel35611 - Master of Coin
Your Ambassadors are:
- Ryu Levone
- FilteredRiddle & Knalei (Co-Captains)
- Ryu Levone
- SavageFire124 - Captain
First off; I want to thank all of you for making this one of the best guilds around. I have no idea what our rep is in the ESO community but I know we’ve got the best members around. We are all willing to help each other when we can in any aspect of the game. You are the reason why I created this guild and I am grateful you found your way here. So everyone; a big round of applause, you deserve it and I thank you.
To all our officers; thank you for all your hard work. You have dedicated many hours to this guild; running events, crafting items, helping anywhere you can. Without you this guild does not function and I appreciate all you've done. Thank you.
One more round of thanks go out to our unsung heroes; the founders and cornerstones to this guild. Today we enjoy the hard work they endured getting this guild moving in the right direction. I appreciate their hard work and thank them for helping create the guild we are today.
Thank you all.
Happy 2nd Anniversary! That’s correct; the OG has been around for 2 years this July. Unlike last year’s anniversary, we will not be doing all these events to celebrate. Primarily because we already do daily events that would effectively be the same type of events.
So instead; we’re doing a massive Lottery with 100,000 gold up for grabs. However, 3 lucky winners will get awarded 100k to each of them. That's right; 3 seperate winners, 100k each! Simply deposit 503 gold into the guild bank, as many times as you wishes to enter. Any combined amount will work also (1006, 1509, 2012...etc.).
Lottery will end July 31st at 11:00 PM EST. Good luck and thank you for sticking with us for 2 years.
MISC GUILD NEWS
WATERMELON: 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.
HOMESTEAD: You can now buy homes across Tamriel, including Morrowind. Make sure to check every type of container out there for the new decorating blueprints and every node for mats.
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 Levone 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.
The Grand Topal Hideaway Island is the location of our Guild House. Thanks to a donation by Wyt3Rabbit, we were able to purchase this location as our Guild Home. Everyone is welcome to visit the Guild House anytime; just select Randall Frost in the guild roster, select Visit Primary Residence, and you will transport 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 is a banker and merchant for your personal needs. On the beach we have multiple target dummies to practice on; a standard skeleton, a robust skeleton, and a robust trials centurion. 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 where I conduct Guild business. We also have a series of torture equipment to inflict upon those deserving and the toaded. 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? 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 but there is still plenty of room) 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 purchasing 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.
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
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.
Lord Commander - Fearless leader of Trials, troops, and wrangler of spreadsheets. Don't stand in front of him, but strive to follow in his footsteps.
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]