The Black Thorn is a small close knit and active Roleplaying guild.
From an Out of Character perspective, the Black Thorn have three tiers of membership: the Guild Leader, the Officers and the Crew in order of out of character authority.
The crew are however split into three ranks: Veteran, Crew and Recruits.
All the crew ranks share the same level of expectations and responsibilities, though there are some minor IC and OOC differences between each rank which will be explained later.
Being a small guild, the Black Thorn do not have a requirement to have a large number of officers, however we do need a officer to champion one of three primary areas: Story, Recruitment and PVE. On top of their chosen champion role, the officers will also be have general officer responsibilities.
The overall structure of the guild can therefore be respresented something like this (I will work on a better representation later):
There are three ranks amongst the crew, these are "Recruit", "Crew" and "Veteran". "Recruit" and "Veteran" should be considered as extensions of the "Crew" rank.
This is the standard rank for the majority of guild members, and it also held as a base line for the guild, Everyone must adhere to the following responsibilities.
Logging in regularly (at least once a week, preferably during our RP event on Sundays).
Must maintain good IC and OOC relationships with fellow members of the guild.
All members of the Crew and Guild gain the following privileges:
The Ability to draw items from the guild bank (The allowance for recruits will be a reduced volumn).
The Ability to add events to the Calendar on the Forum (Abusing this will lead to rights beign revoked).
The Ability to submit Events for "Open Plot Night" (Recruits are advised to wait until they progress to the Crew rank in order to get to now the guild).
May get to meet recruits in general roleplay before they are accepted into the guild.
As part of joining the guild, recruits are expected to show that they are willing to get involved with the guild. Recruits must adhere to all "Crew" responsibilities as well as the following:
Must make an effort to get build IC and OOC relationships with the rest of the guild.
Must log in regularly and show commitment to the guild.
Must attend 3 out of 4 guild Main Plot nights in a four week probation period.
Joining the Crew/Guild
To join the guild, a new member must perform the following steps, after which they will be granted the Recruit rank:
Must complete the Recruitment form on the forums with an appropriate amount of detail for a character biography. (Single sentence applications may be dismissed).
Must partake in an In Character interview with one or more officers, one of which would Ideally be the Recruitment Champion.
Must partake in at least one social gathering of the crew or event night.
Loosing Crew Status (Leaving the Guild)
Unfortunately there are times when people will leave the guild.
Occassionally people leave guilds because they are unhappy, it is the hope of the officers that if you are unhappy, that you will at least talk to the officers and get help first.
Unfortunately there are also times when people must be asked to move on, in the following circumstances, you may be removed from the guild.
Any member of the Black Thorn guild may become a guild member providing they fullfill the following requirements:
Must have held the rank of "Crew" or "Veteran" for a combined minimum of two months. This is to ensure that those who become officers understand what the guild is about and have had chance to get to know the other members.
Must choose an unoccupied or abandoned "Champion" role to fill.
Must show that they have a plan for their champion role and include it in an application to the Guild Leader. E.g. for the Story Champion this would include a synposis for a plotline that fits the guild.
Must have two people who support the member's application for officerhood.
Loosing Officer Status
Unfortunately, no-one is perfect and often people make mistakes or get stressed out from responsibilities in their free time that they unintentionally act out of character or they just are not officer material. Officers can therefore loose officer status under the following circumstances:
If an officer behaves inconsistently long enough such that they become unreliable, then they will be demoted to the "Crew" rank.
If an officer breaks the Code of Conduct, they may be given a warning, be demoted or even disbanded from the guild depending on the severity and circumstances surrounding the violation of the Code of Conduct.
If an officer is noticably stressed out and they need time to cool down, then they will have their officer status temporarily revoked.
If an officer is absent without notifying the Guild Leader for a period greater than four weeks. They will be demoted to the "Crew" rank.
If the officer acts in a fashion that throws bad light on the guild, they may be given a warning, be demoted or even disbanded from the guild depending on the severity and circumstances.
If an officer abuses their power such as hindering a person's progress in the guild or by kicking someone they do not personnally get on with, then they will be demoted to the "Crew" rank.
Gaining Help From an Officer
There may be times in which you need assistance from an officer, the following are suggestions under which you should or can speak to an officer. (This list is not exhaustive):
If you have a dispute with another member that you need help resolving
If you have a dispute with someone outside of the guild that you need help resolving
If you have become unhappy as a member of the Guild
If you have a complaint to make
If you have a good idea for the guild you'd like to bounce ideas off of an officer before submitting an Event Proposal or an idea in the Feedback section of the forum.
If you are just looking for help to do in game content, then really you should direct your request to the guild. Guild members can of course say no to this as this is their own perogative, especially where they may be roleplaying.
Also bear in mind that Officers are volunteers and are almost certainly paying to play the game and have fun. There is a point where officers can end up feeling that the game has become a second job. An officer is perfectly at their rights to direct you to another officer or ask you to wait if they have Real Life matters to attend to or they have been spending an inordinate amount of time sacrificing their own time on officer duties.
The Guild Leader
Highest rank obtainable within the Black Thorns. This position has traditionally passed from one leader of the Black Thorns to the next via hand-picked selection. This individual sets the tone and tenor for the guild and is our undisputed leader. The guild leader has all the responsibilities and privelidges of the lower ranks as well as the following:
Must ensure the smooth running of the guild from both IC and OOC aspects.
Must be able to perform with the rest of the officers team to uphold the good morale and reputation of the Black Thorns.
Oversees the direction of the guild and provides a first point of contact with other guild leaders for the Conclave
Has the final say in appointing officers or any other rank within the guild.
The authority to determine when privileges are abused and act within the network of leadership to uphold the peace within the guild as required.
Guild members can provide feedback and suggest enhancements to the Guild Structure (OOC) by making suggestions in the feedback thread found Here
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