The Guild Sphere: Compendium

Posted by on Aug 11, 2011 in The Guild Sphere | 0 comments

It’s Thursday and therefor time to put a spotlight on the second guild this week.  This time Compendium – A republic guild focusing on both PVP and PVE took the time to answer our question. Enjoy the read:Where did your guild’s name come from?I love unique and uncommon words that sound really catchy. The word Compendium has several meanings, but the meaning I like to think of is “an inventory or gathering” – in this case a gathering of quality gamers that are share common interests and goals for The Old Republic. Can you give me a quick 2-3 sentence description of your guild?Compendium is a tight-knit, family style guild and we’re looking to have a small-medium sized group of core members during our existence in The Old Republic. We offer both PvE and PvP activities but do not support role-playing. We offer a great social environment through several different mediums such as our own guild website, Teamspeak 3 server, Facebook page, and Youtube channel. How did your guild come about?A small group of real life friends and WoW pals decided that it was time to move on from WoW to something new, something that would be able to hold our interest for many years to come. We all shared an interest in Star Wars and saw that Bioware was developing a Star Wars MMO. Bioware + Star Wars, how could we resist getting together and forming a solid group of friendly, quality players? What kind of play style do you focus on? PvE, PvP, RP:We want to split our time between PvE progression and participating in PvP combat. To us it’s important for our members to get to know each other and work as a team, so we’d like our members to level up in small groups and run Flashpoints with each other. We will be conducting weekend raiding on Friday and Saturday nights, with Sunday nights not being off the table if it’s needed for progression. For PvP we plan to organize guild-run warzones, and we will participate in open-world combat as much as possible since we’re going to be based on a PvP server. The only thing Compendium doesn’t offer is a role-playing environment. What is your guild set up? How do you run your guild?Compendium is run by its leader and a small group of officers that are here to help run essential guild operations, such as managing our guild website, Teamspeak 3 server, Facebook page, and Youtube channel, and to give advice to our members. We oversee day to day guild member and alliance interactions and make sure that everyone is satisfied being a part of Compendium. Our guild set-up is explained more in the ranking system. How serious do you play and/or run the guild?We’re a casual-moderate guild when it comes to playtime. We ask that our members put an average of 10-20 hours per week into the game, with more possibly being necessary for raiding. We completely understand that real life comes before anything else, and no one is going to get kicked simply for not being able to be on as much as they’d like to. Compendium leadership will put as much time as is needed into running the guild. We’re absolutely determined to make Compendium the best possible place for the casual-moderate gamer to call home. Do you have ranks or a certain hierarchy in your guild?We have a leadership rank structure built for our members. Leadership postions- which are non-officer positions that our members are able to apply for- will allow members who want to put extra time and effort into the guild to give back to fellow guild members by sharing their knowledge and expertise. These leadership positions include Class Leader, PvP Leader, Raid Leader, Crafting Leader, and Public Relations Leader. Each leadership position requires that the member specialize in a specific aspect of the game. Members can only hold one leadership position. Additional information about our leadership rank structure can be found on our website. Why did you choose the Republic?Democracy, albeit its flaws, has brought more freedom to any race or group of people than any other political system in the known universe. The Sith Empire wants to eradicate the Galactic Republic simply because of the ideals and beliefs that its people hold. We’re not going to let that happen. The amount of Republic PvP guilds is also staggeringly low when compared to the volume of Sith PvP guilds, so we’d like to even the odds. Why do you run a guild?My friends and I have been craving for a new MMO to play since WoW has really lost its flavor. When we found out about The Old Republic we knew we wanted to create a guild for people that share the same type of mindset and ideals that we do. Helping lead a gaming community is a blast. How do you approach Raid Planning?We ultimately decided that we wanted to be a weekend raiding guild. A couple of factors went into this. First off, we have members in different time zones across North America, and didn’t want members living in a non-Eastern time zone to be negatively affected by a time difference. The second reason is that all of our members are either currently in college or have jobs, so scheduling during the week could get really hectic. We’re going to have a sign-up roster for members interested in participating in specific Operations. We also have a few raid leader positions that members will be able to apply for when the time comes so they’ll be able to help out with leading raids. Are you always open for new recruits or do you want to keep a certain guild size?We plan on capping our member count at about 50 unique members, with friends and family being an exception to the member cap. The reason we’re implementing this hard cap is because we’re looking for quality players, not quantity. We want our members to feel like they’re unique...

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The Guild Sphere: Danes of Darkness

Posted by on Aug 8, 2011 in The Guild Sphere | 0 comments

M0fu from DanesOfDarkness.dk took some time to answer a few questions about his guild, for this week first guild column. M0fu is also a writer on swtor.dk and like me from Denmark. So it’s a great pleasure I can introduce, the Danes of Darkness:Where did your guilds name come from?– Well, when we first decided to create an all Danish Empire guild, we wanted a name that would suggest we where from Denmark, and at the same time where kinda evil (as we are a dark side guild) :). We let the members make suggestions, made a poll, and in the end Danes Of Darkness won. Can you give me a quick 2-3 sentance description of your guild?– Sure: “Danes Of Darkness is a Empire, PVP, 18+ guild. We are 100% danish, and therefor only Danes are accepted. We focus on the socializing, Flashpoints, Operations, end-game, and most important of them all, having fun! How did your guild come about?– Oh well. Back in early 2011, i though it was time to join a 100% danish, empire guild. I looked at the official forums, and on swtor.dk, but there where nothing to be found. So i posted a thread on the danish community, and soon we where a couple of guys, ready to start our own.. What kind of play style do you focus on? PvE, PvP, RP:– PVP & PVE. We are going to be on a PVP server, but obviously we are also gonna do PVE stuff. What is your guild set up? How do you run your guild?– Well, if you refer to how the “leadership” is working, we are pretty usual. One guild leader, and 4 officers. Soon after launch, there will be a class leader for every class. As we are a empire guild, the leader and officers have the last word, but we vote on pretty much everything, and make the members decide on stuff. How serious do you play and/or run the guild?– Actually, very seriously. I mean, we have casual members, as well as semi/hardcore members. Members of DOD, have the option to play very seriously, or just “jump around”.. Do you have ranks or a certain hierarchy in your guild?– Sure. We are an evil empire guild. Obviously we have leader, officers and class leaders. Then each class have a series of ranks, tied to the amount of time the members have spend in DOD. Why did you choose the Republic?– We didnt! Republic scum.. Why do you run a guild?– Well, becouse there where none, and i love it :).. I love giving something for free to the players, and running a guild gives me that opportunity. If no one did like me, we would’t have a single guild out there.. That would be horrible :o.. How do you approach Raid Planning?– Well, we are definitely gonna do raids (operations). Its still hard to say exactly how often we are gonna raid, but there will for sure be weekly events. Are you always open for new recruits or do you want to keep a certain guild size?– We aim for about 80-100 at launch. We don’t want to be an enormous guild, so we have a 100’ish limit. Age Requirement?– 18+. Guild size?– At this very moment, we are about 60+. What makes your guild stand out from everyone else? What makes your guild unique?– Well, first of all, we are the absolute biggest and most active independent danish empire guild. Thats kinda unique. And then we’re all super friendly 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 the members know each other IRL, but not all. We are all very active on the forums, and do plan IRL events sometime in the future. What Other Games are you currently playing as a guild?– None, as a guild. A lot of our members spend a lot of time in “World of Tanks”, “League of Legends” and “Black Prophecy” though. If somebody is interested now how and where can they apply for membership?– Simple. Go to “www.DanesOfDarkness.dk” at press the apply button at the top One last question, if there was one thing you could ask the Dev’s to include, what would it be?– A super advanced guild-system...

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The Guild Sphere: Council of the Exalted

Posted by on Aug 4, 2011 in The Guild Sphere | 0 comments

Thursday meens a new guild feature here on SWTORStrategies. This time the guild leader of Council of the Exalted took the time to answer our questions. Council of the Exalted is a PVE guild playing the republic side in the conflict.Where did your guilds name come from?Well me and my brother were just throwing out random guild names and then this one popped up and we thought it was awesome so we researched it and no one else had it so we created Council of the Exalted Can you give me a quick 2-3 sentance description of your guild?We are the Exalted, Council of the Exalted. We are the fragile line between victory and complete domination. We are in a word, “winners” Stay cool and keep your hood up. REPRESENT. We accept all classes and any race. How did your guild come about?Started as a family and friends guild that attracted members without recruiting and became what it is today, a successful growing guild. What kind of play style do you focus on? PvE, PvP, RP:We focus on more of a PvE style but that doesn’t mean that we will be excluding PvP opportunities. We will stick to our PvE base but are in no way excluding PvP, we will still play some PvP but not as much focused on that. As for RP I have no rules within the guild of being a roleplaying guild but I do not exclude roleplaying because this is Star wars and why wouldn’t i want to pretend I’m a jedi. What is your guild set up? How do you run your guild?Council of the Exalted has members and officer’s. I have active members that continue to post on the forums and threads to continue to keep our guild active and I have my officers which do a lot of inside job work for me in maintaining our website and keeping everyone happy. As for myself I try to think of the guild more as one unit. Whatever is decided on as a group is what happens and only on rare occasion will i veto my fellow members suggestions. I am very open and reasonable with everyone. How serious do you play and/or run the guild?I try to not ever be too demanding or in your face when I run my guild, I tend to try to aim for everyone’s agreement and that I’m making the experience better. So I would say that I do not run a serious guild at the moment but come game time I will kick everything up a notch. Do you have ranks or a certain hierarchy in your guild?Yes, we have a rank structure that has myriad ranks and multiple rank specializations you can become. Each class, Jedi, Trooper, Smuggler all have there own ranking structure that all correlate with one another so there is no confusion. Why did you choose the Republic?I choose the Republic because I have always wanted to be a Jedi and be able to fight back the sith and now i finally have my chance to do just that. Why do you run a guild?I run the guild because it gives me an opportunity to join people from different places together ll for the same reason. Also I am an agreeable person and a good leader, very suitable for this type of thing. How do you approach Raid Planning?At the moment I have no opinion on raid planning. I will decide when the time comes to do so. Are you always open for new recruits or do you want to keep a certain guild size?Council of the Exalted is always open for new recruits. We are recruiting and will continue on recruiting until we have reached the max number of members. I want this guild to become a very successful guild that lots of people are able to enjoy. Age Requirement?I do not have a specified age requirement for Council of the Exalted, but I do have a thing about player maturity. I do not mind what age players are but I would like the maturity level in the guild to be better than a 12 year old. Guild size?I hope to have a constant increasing guild size till at least 100 or 200 members. What makes your guild stand out from everyone else? What makes your guild unique?Council of the Exalted stands out from other guilds by not being either the serious PvP or the serious RP guilds that other guilds dedicate themselves as. We don’t require certain things to be in our guild or having lots of experience or having someone who can contribute. What I run is just a class A guild that anyone can be a part of and there is no need to be an elite player or play 24/7. Not saying that some of my members wont be like that but the guild is more of a mixing pot of everything. All my members are extremely helpful and abide to you every need. 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?Our time spent during release is spent mostly towards the forums but I don’t force anyone to be on the forums 24/7. Although our website does stay very active with lots of people on everyday just to chat. About a fourth of the guild lives in Washington which makes a lot of things easier, and a small portion of the members are friends who come together for an occasional lightsaber war or two. What Other Games are you currently playing as a guild?Currently as a guild we are not playing any other games together but some of us do play starcraft 2 together and others play Guild Wars or WoW. If somebody is interested now how and where can they apply for membership?They can go to the Coucil of the Exalted guild home page and apply there:http://www.swtor.com/guilds/121101/council-exalted or they...

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The Guild Sphere: Kings Destroyers

Posted by on Aug 1, 2011 in The Guild Sphere | 0 comments

Another week, another guild feature. This time “Kings Destroyers” took the time to answer a few question about there guild. Check it out below: Where did your guilds name come from?The name was conceived by a good friend of mine and myself in 2008 for the game Age of Conan. The idea behind Kings Destroyers is that we are the destroyers of Kings; Kings being a metaphor for tyranny and oppression. Can you give me a quick 2-3 sentence description of your guild?We are a laid-back guild whose focus is in creating a community of mature players. No member is limited based on class, skill, or gear choices; we strive to help each other grow. When running PvE instances or PvP groups, we focus on the task at hand while still retaining a comfortable and relaxed environment. How did your guild come about?To be honest, it was because of the tiring drama of small guilds that never had a chance to grow into an end-game community. Certain rules and regulations limited the guilds I was in, so I wanted to start anew. What kind of play style do you focus on? PvE, PvP, RP:We are mainly a PvE guild; however, we do partake in light RP and PvP. There are PvPers in the guild, including myself, who plan on running PvP groups and events. What is your guild set up? How do you run your guild?It is run by a guild leader(me) and a tightly knit council derived of close friends who elect officers to handle certain areas of the guild; be it member quarrels, events, guild issues, etc. All major guild issues are voted by the council and decisions affecting all members are voted by the community as a whole. How serious do you play and/or run the guild?We are very serious as long as there is enough content in the game. We are still very social, but remain focused when it comes to end-game content. Members are held to a higher standard with practical rules that keep it fair within the guild as well as with other players. Do you have ranks or a certain hierarchy in your guild?We like to keep it simple. The guild leader oversees everything and is also a member of the council. The council oversees officers who watch over the members. Guild Leader > Council > Officers > Members Why did you choose the Republic?It’s easy to kill and draw power from fear, real strength comes from protecting those around you and keeping the peace. There are always too many “dark side” guilds; true players are the ones who play the underdog. Why do you run a guild?I’ve been in quite a few guilds, and I’ve always felt like I was more of a leader than a follower. I enjoy spending my time making a relaxing environment for the people I play with inside the gaming community. How do you approach Raid Planning?We elect Raid Leaders who plan raid events. We normally have a set day that works with the majority of people; however, depending on how many members are interested we can set up multiple days a week. Are you always open for new recruits or do you want to keep a certain guild size?Even when we stop actively recruiting, we are always open to members who wish to join. Age Requirement?We keep the door open for all ages, the deciding factor is the maturity level of the player. Guild size?In the past we have had up to 600-700 members in the guild at one time. It varies but we intend to have a minimum member count of 200-300 in this game. We are not a Zerg guild and remain a tight community. What makes your guild stand out from everyone else? What makes your guild unique?We are a mature bunch of players who goes the extra mile to make sure everyone is enjoying the game. We have tons of resources that keep people occupied on the website as well as in game. 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?We spend a lot of time in the forums researching the new game, listening to podcasts, and working on our guild (logos, banners, advertising). Public relations is very important to us and we try to keep the website up to date. What Other Games are you currently playing as a guild?We are currently in RIFT, but the lack of content is causing our members to play other games (WoW, AoC, EQ1&2). We need SWTOR to get here he he. If somebody is interested now how and where can they apply for membership?Website: http://kd.guildlaunch.com/index.php?gid=215449 SWTOR guild page: http://www.swtor.com/guilds/91780/kings-destroyers One last question, if there was one thing you could ask the Dev’s to include, what would it be?Guild ships or guild...

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The Guild Sphere: The Rakatan

Posted by on Jul 25, 2011 in The Guild Sphere | 0 comments

The Rakatan Infinite Empire has chosen site. You guys are all fucked! But It seems like they are nice guys. Read on below. Where did your guilds name come from?The name ‘The Rakatan” comes from an exploration of Star Wars lore that pre-dates the age of KOTOR, SWTOR, and the classic Star Wars galaxy at large, yet the themes presented by the Rakatan legacy are inexorably intertwined with the fate of the galaxy as a whole. The Rakatan Infinite Empire, for those who aren’t particularly familiar with the lore, was the Galactic Empire that constructed the star forge that figures prominently in the first KOTOR game, is at the crux of the Jedi Civil War and is ever present in the Star Wars backstory. The Rakata themselves were a sort of “master race” that became affiliated with the dark side of the force, founded the first truly galactic empire, and existed as physical examples of the virulent potential of the Dark Side’s power. The Rakatan represents the first true synthesis of the dark side and thus correlated highly with our Sith Empire aligned guild. Our guild, however, is less affiliated with the RP elements of SWTOR, so in an attempt to incorporate some lore aspects we chose this name. It should also be noted that the Rakatan feature prominently in one of my favorite Star Wars novel series regarding the infamous Darth Bane!Can you give me a quick 2-3 sentence description of your guild?In short: The Rakatan is a family reunion of sorts, its members are made up of a scattered Worldof Warcraft guild and those scattered member’s friends. The guild was founded in an attempt to build a new legacy, in a new game with, with new members and an old base of players. We plan to start small and build ourselves up into a top tier raiding guild of experienced, intelligent and fun players as we had successfully done in World of Warcraft.How did your guild come about?The guild came about after a series of conversations regarding a mutual interest in SWTOR coupled with a mutual interest that had been steadily growing in reestablishing a long deceased World of Warcraft raiding guild. The guild was thus formed recently in preparation of a hopeful imminent release.What kind of play style do you focus on? PvE, PvP, RP:We will be focusing most intensely on PvE, but will of course be dabbling in PvP (we will be rolling on a PvP server) – we find that RP is generally a more personal thing and we are not particularly involved with it; however, it will not be discouraged! What is your guild set up? How do you run your guild?The guild setup is rather generic, that being said, however, there’s an emphasis on centrality and subsequent ease of communication. There is of course a guild master, myself (Hadrax), with three supporting officers (we’re actually presently recruiting our third officer as two officers represent old friends and we would like the third to be representative of new applicants). As the guild expands we will be developing a recruitment and “PR” officer as a fourth pseudo-officer position, but as of right now that is one of the many hats of the management team. In addition to the guild executive management there will be standard guild members and trial members in an effort to keep things simple. Standard members make up those who the management teamhave played with before and are proven “skilled” and mature players, trials will be composed of new recruits who must prove themselves prior to obtaining standard guild membership status. The ranking system and structure is of course subject to change as we learn how to effectively incorporate it into SWTOR, however, this simplified structure has served our group well in the past. How serious do you play and/or run the guild?There is no real answer to this question for The Rakatan. What I can say, however, is that the present plan is to approach the game casually, to learn it and enjoy it and then hopefully evolve that mindset into the more serious raiding mindset. It is the unwritten agreement among the guilds resent members that this is the inevitable course of events given our past experiences in MMOs! Do you have ranks or a certain hierarchy in your guild?(Keep in mind this is a very basic outline) Guild Master Officer A Officer B Officer C* Recruitment Officer** Standard Members Trial Members* Guild hierarchy, as previously mentioned, is rather linear with ease of communication at the centrality of The Rakatan’s philosophy. Guild management is very experienced in both in game and real world management situations, thus allowing for a well-oiled machine to exist without a complicated structure. More information of course will be revealed to those interested in applying. *Position(s) available to new recruits!** Recruitment Officer position currently not needed, and will be filled later. Why did you choose the Sith Empire?This was actually the subject of much debate, as a particular officer and I are rather decadent Star Wars nerds and wanted to find something in Star Wars lore that we could relate to, and translate into a correlation with a SWTOR faction. Our readings on the Rakatan civilization led us to an Imperial allegiance coupled with a more potent interest in the Empire’s classes’ background stories. Why do you run a guild?If you were to speak with anyone who is presently a member of the Rakatan they would not have thought I would ever run a guild, and would probably scoff at the notion (hopefully that doesn’t discourage anyone from joining haha)! But the reality is a group of experienced MMO players and close friends needed a new game to rally around with the hopes that it would provide a genuine excuse to interact with each other on both a competitive and purely fun basis. In short I hoped to provide an environment that would foster a similar sense of camaraderie that we all used to feel...

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