The Guild Sphere: The Elder Knights

Even though the internet has gone mad with reviews of SWTOR ( Don’t worry we get you covered) we had the time to get to know the guild ” The Elder Knights”. The elder Knights is a guild for adult players join the republic site of the conflict when the game lunch. Check it out below:

Where did your guilds name come from?
The Elder Knights name came from the fact that we are a 21 and up guild for adults who enjoy gaming.

Can you give me a quick 2-3 sentance description of your guild? 
The Elder Knights were founded as a haven for adult gamers who enjoy mmos. We’re a friend group of 30 to 50 players who enjoy good times while enjoying our mutual hobby, Gaming.

How did your guild come about? 
During closed beta for Lord of the Rings Online, our founding members started a kinship to avoid the drama and issues brought on by gaming with kids. While we understand that gaming is meant for the younger generation, we tend to want and avoid the drama they they can cause and created our guild/kinship to limit our exposure to them.

What kind of play style do you focus on? PvE, PvP, RP?
We have a players that do it all. PVE, Achievements, PVP, RP and Raiding. We try to focus on being hardcore but casual about it. We strongly encourage our members to have fun, enjoy the journey while leveling, and be helpful, not just to the other knights, but other players in the game as well. Our name means something to our members and we take having a good reputation very seriously. As such, we expect our members to treat all that they come into contact with in any game with respect even if those players don’t return the respect we give them.

What is your guild set up? How do you run your guild?
As I stated above, we try to be casually hardcore. The Elder Knights do not push our players to level up for raiding or pvp, nor do we expect you to do dungeons or raids. We want our members to play their characters as they expect to play them for the play style they are accustomed to. While we want y’all to join us for raids, dungeons or PVP, we understand when there some nights when you just want to be left along
and play the game.

We do however expect you to help when you can, offer crafting mats if you have extra, that sort of thing. Pay it forward for good karma so to speak. Answering questions and helping with a quick quest if needed shouldn’t be a huge burden to anyone and if it is then don’t offer to help, but helping when possible is a good thing.

As for leadership, while I am the GM of the Elder Knights in SWTOR, we have several officers who discuss and vote on issues that might come up. The members of our Elder Knight Protectors(Officers), have gamed together for over 5 plus years. We know each other and our quirks so we know that we can be blunt with each other and get the point out. We love our guild/kinship and wear our guild name proudly. Our primary focus is to make sure the time that our members can play is enjoyable and away from the drama or hassle that other younger players can cause. We also want our members to enjoy their time online since most of our members have family’s and their time is limited between family, work and real life.

How serious do you play and/or run the guild?
I take our guild very seriously. The Elder Knights is a safe haven for over 50 players ranging in age from 22 to 90 years old(Yes I said 90 years old). We are adults who just enjoy gaming and as an officer and guild leader, they have put their trust in me to maintain that level of commitment to our core ideals that they signed up for.

Do you have ranks or a certain hierarchy in your guild? 
GM’s (Lord Knights) — Elder Knight Protectors(Core Officers) — Game officers(if needed) — Senior Elder Knights (Players that have been with us since LoTRO) — Elder Knights(Current Members) — Squires(New Recruits)

Why did you choose The Republic?
We choose Republic since many of our members played the republic side in SWG. While we plan to start with the republic, we plan to branch into the empire side as well to explore the content that Bioware is going to have.

Why do you run a guild?
I manage the SWTOR chapter of the Elder Knights so some of the founders that have carried our banner in LoTRO and Rift can get back to gaming for a while. All gamers burn out and guild officers and Guild Leaders tend to burn out faster. I want them to come into The Old Republic and enjoy this game for a while as they have let me enjoy my time in LoTRO and Rift.

How do you approach Raid Planning?
We maintain our website with a calendar and a ventrillo server. If we decide to raid we tend to start broadcasting it in guild chat, on the website, and on the calendar at least a week before we get ready to go. We do not do DKP but expect people to be adults about the loot. If you got a piece or the piece that drops isn’t much better than what you have then give it to the next guy that might need it. If no one needs it then the officers take it and sell it either on the AH or to a vendor with the money going to the Kinhouse or Guild Coffers for helping our members later. We’ve also set up alliances with 2 other Republic guilds so that we have plenty of players for multi-player content in the end game when we reach that.

Are you always open for new recruits or do you want to keep a certain guild size?
We are open for recruiting but we do review all applications and require 2 officers to sign off on each application. Each new recruit is given a two week trial to get to know the guild and so we can get to know them. When SWTOR launches, we will enforce this rule and hope to have a successful launch. If our current members start to feel overwhelmed then we will close recruiting for a while so that we can get to know everyone again. As for guild size, I don’t think we’ve set up a specific guild size idea but over 75 players would be too many. Between 35 and 50 players is a good number for groups, raids and the group content that we might encounter.

Age Requirement? 
21 and over. No exceptions.

Guild size? 
Currently about 50 active members in both Rift and LotRO. Our guild is at 36 members for SWTOR but several of our members in Rift and LoTRO haven’t signed up on the SWTOR site yet. I expect to see some of the them at launch asking for an invite, although some of them will also be staying in LoTRO and Rift.

What makes your guild stand out from everyone else?
Well, a few things… To start its the 21 and over rule. We adhere to this rule and its a core rule that will not be broken for any reason. New recruits can count on us to not recruit players under 21 and expect to play with other adults.

Our other reason is for our members to enjoy the journey. We do not want you to rush leveling a character unless you think you want to. We do want you to enjoy your time online and leveling. When you get to the level cap and are ready to do something else, we will hopefully be able to do that content with you. We also want you to be respectful and kind to people we encounter so that we maintain our name on the servers we play on.

The last reason would be that we expect real life to come before the game. Problems crop up, work sometimes gets in the way. family and spouses require you to spend time with them. Do not ever think that any game will come before your family or life and as such, our guild doesn’t expect it either. Take time off, get things under control. The Elder Knights will be here when things calm down and you can return to gaming again.

How do you spend your time until release?
Do you know each other in real life or do you spend a lot of time on forums? Some of our players know each other in real life. We also have players and officers in both LoTRO and Rift right now. With LoTRO being F2P, we encourage people who don’t want to pay for another game to join us there. Alternatively, they are also welcome to join us in Rift getting to know us there. We also maintain a Ventrillo server so that our members can stop in and visit while we wait for SWTOR to launch whether they are gaming with us or not. I would also strongly encourage any new members to visit our website regularly to keep up to date with things are going on with our guild till launch through our forums.

What Other Games are you currently playing as a guild?
Rift and LoTRO currently. Might branch into Guild Wars 2 if we have enough players.

If somebody is interested now how and where can they apply for membership?
Navigate a browser over to http://elderknights.guildlaunch.com/ or http://www.swtor.com/guilds/5269/elder-knights and fill out an application. They can also shoot me a PM on swtor.com using the name Magias or our guild site if they have any questions.

One last question, if there was one thing you could ask the Dev’s to include, what would it be?
 Are there going to be other playable species in SWTOR? Please? Just a hint? Wookies!?!