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
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
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]
Your High Council is:
Your Elder Council Members are:
- Randall Frost - Grand Master, 1IC
- | PUN1SHER | - Master & Commander, 2IC
- Knalei - Marshal, 3IC
- Ariel35611 - Master of Coin
Your Ambassadors are:
- Ryu Levone
- FilteredRiddle & Knalei (Co-Captains)
- Dite Hart
- Ryu Levone
- SavageFire124 - Captain
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.[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]
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]
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]
MISC GUILD NEWS
LOTTERY: The next lottery starts April 1st! 50k gold for the lucky winner. Details will be posted on Discord and the website. Any question; msg | PUN1SHER |
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.
As for the rumor of possibly getting a Guild House; there has been talk of it. BUT; a wait and see approach on how Homestead operates will be done before proceeding. There are rumors ZOS will be releasing 'Guild Halls' in the future. If so, that will be the way we will probably go. The coming months will decide whether or not it happens. In the meantime; some of the officers have offered their homes as temporary Guild Houses. Be on the lookout for their announcements.
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 have a new guild tabard. It is located in the guild store; which is accesssible from any city banker. Anyone wishing to buy one will be reinbursed the cost of it if they wish. They aren't cheap at 2K gold; the guild gets no money from the purchase and it doesn't show in our history of the purchase. But as a loyal member, you shouldn't be burdened for this cost. For the reinbursment; a screenshot of your character wearing it needs to be sent to Randall Frost in a PM; either in Discord, the website, or xbox live. Again it needs to be a PM or it will get lost. Please buy one and represent your guild 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.[Edit Text]
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 - GM, 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