GUILD HISTORY YEAR 2
Happy 2nd Year Anniversary!!!! Yes we did it again! So again, like before, pat yourself on the back because you deserve it. We survived another year as a guild. And when I say survive, it is survival. So many guilds have come and gone within the 2 years ESO has been on the console. Even some guilds that started on the PC and migrated over are gone. It’s hard work keeping a guild running and more important, moving forward. As you will see, our past year was not without some issues. But we’ve got a great group of individuals; they believe in this guild and would not see it fail. To everyone, I thank you for making this one of the best social guilds in the game. Without you this guild doesn’t exist; your hard work, dedication, obsession towards this game, all of it; much appreciated. I bring you now; the Year in Review, part 1.
We begin mid-way through the era I’ve come to call “Complacent”. What? That can’t be right. How dare I use that word? At this time last year it was simply known as the “Current” era because it was current. But looking back, it definitely has a name. Like with the “Wild West” era (see guild history); the “Complacent” era just seemed to quietly appear. It wasn’t as pronounced and easily identifiable. In fact it could only be seen in hindsight, roughly appearing sometime in the spring of 2016. The “Complacent” era was the pinnacle of the Guild’s success. In reality we had made it; a successful guild within ESO with active recruitment, members interacting and having fun. But it was lacking something. We needed to go to the next level or the guild would grow stagnate and fail. Looking back it saddens me a bit that this era exists but it helped to evolve us into the guild we are today. There were some struggles and one might say the “Complacent” era could have 2 parts. You’ll see when we get there. Keep in mind (again, Lol!); I’m now pushing 46 and my memory gets a little fuzzy on events. But for the most part, below is a pretty decent recollection of the 2nd year.
The 2nd year started with our 1 Year Anniversary events. Hosted by funnylady; a month long celebration of our 1 year anniversary went off pretty smoothly. Lots of hosted events and prizes were given out. I did the Year in Review on the history of the Guild in the newsletter. You can now find the complete history on the website. All on the surface seemed to be going good but I could feel a bit of staleness taking hold. Here we were celebrating 1 Year as a successful guild in ESO; a feat not many original guilds can claim. But where do we go from here? How do we get the guild renewed and moving forward again? If something doesn’t happen were going to spiral to collapse.
With an all new High Council in place; it was time to start looking to the next phase. But to get there required something that was always lackluster; speed. The guilds’ governing body, the Elder Council, liked to move at the speed of slow. Now I’m sure to ruffle a few feathers with that comment. In fact I’m sure a few would say, “at least we showed up Randall.” And I’ll take that, I deserve that. I have my faults and I’m always working on them. But the EC has responsibilities that at the time were not being met. The same could be said about the Ambassadors as well. So some restructuring happened. Punisher took the rules that were in place by Blly; revised and enforced them. Along the way a few EC and Ambassadors retired and familiar members took their place.
However; even that process took time. I did not like the fact that everything was moving so slowly that I unfortunately jumped the gun. I made the mistake of expediting a couple of EC member’s retirement without fully consulting everyone. Then and now I regret the way I handled it. The couple I am speaking of understood the decision and held no hard feelings. But I do apologize and learned that some things can’t be rushed. And so the slow crawl of moving forward continued. Once new personnel were in place; the process of where to go from there began. Of course that’s easier said than done.
This is where one might say there were 2 parts to the “Complacent” era. Hindsight being 20/20; even after all the moves, the staleness wasn’t going anywhere soon. In fact it would stick around until January 2017. Part 1 being the New Direction “Complacent” came to a close and Part 2 being the Busy “Complacent” began. How is that possible you ask? Unfortunately everyone was busy with the game and “Complacent” with the Guild, me included. The reason happened to do with the biggest change to the game at that time; One Tamriel.
ZOS kicked the game on its side by unlocking the alliance boundaries. No more were we separated and for the first time, we could group together to do content with no restrictions. This latest Update saw the end of the Vet ranking system and the ability to go anywhere and game however you wanted to. It had its complications, its haters and lovers. But for the overall success and survivability of the guild, this was a win. We’re a casual guild with members across all 3 alliances; having no border gave us unlimited possibilities. Over the next few months ideas would be thrown out there; improve guild participation with events, possibly revamping the guild and rebranding its image. But things still ran slow and ZOS wasn’t done.
A Halloween Event with new recipes, Motifs, and rare costumes had everyone looking for Plundered Skulls on World Bosses. Along with double XP, the grind was on to get it all. When that was over; ZOS celebrated the 1 year anniversary of Orsinium. I unfortunately missed that event do to burning out on Plundering Skulls. I would take a few weeks off gaming before returning in December. I would be on for promoting, purging, and researching. With the holidays rapidly approaching, everyone started to relax and ride the year out. I figured we would work on pulling ourselves out of this “Complacent” era after New Year’s.
With the arrival of 2017 came the New Life Festival; with more recipes, new Motifs, rare costumes and double XP. Unlike before; you were tasked to go all over Tamriel to complete various New Life events. So the grind was on again but that would not deter Punisher and his plan. Entirely bold and exactly what the Guild needed; a redesigned, rebranded look. And unlike before, slow wasn’t an option. We needed to turn it around quickly or alienate and lose members we had. So with the help of the entire officer’s corps; the “Complacent” era abruptly ended. The “Reinvention” era had begun.
In the next newsletter; the “Reinvention” and “Current” eras.
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
- strained mind
- SavageFire124 - Captain
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
ANNOUCEMENTS: We have a couple of promotions to announce. Please welcome SavageFire to the High Council and MugzyBaby to the Elder Council. I know both will do an excellent job at their new position.
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]