Guild Charter

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GUILD CHARTER

Realms: Kilrogg, Nagrand & Runetotem EU
Faction: Horde

What THUNDER is about

THUNDER is a late night social & raiding guild designed to accommodate the needs of a wide range of players. The most commonly shared attributes are friendly, mature* and helpful players who can only reliably play and raid later in the evenings. We usually start our main guild events, such as meetings and raids at 21:00 server time (8:00pm UK time).

*For mature, read generally 18+. The vast majority of our members are all older adults, but we do make the odd exception for those between 16 & 18. We never accept apps from anyone under 16 though.

Within this large group we can identify several sub groups, all of which are welcome:
  • Non-raiding players who wish for a supportive playing environment.
  • Social raiders who can raid once in a while but are not chasing end game content.
  • Progress raiders who wish to see end game content but the intensity/harshness/schedule/pressure of hardcore raiding guilds do not suit them.
This is a very large player base, and hence we have rules to protect the interests of the various groups and prevent them from colliding.


Joining THUNDER and status within the guild

All horde players can apply for THUNDER if they believe the guild environment may suit them. We especially encourage recruitment of real life and ingame friends. See the Join THUNDER section for details.

All applications without exception will go through a process of screening to verify the following:
Mature and dignified behaviour of the member, decent knowledge of english, match in play-times.

This will earn you the status of an Trial in THUNDER. You may advance from this status to a fully fledged member if the guild receives a positive impression - time alone is not the dominating factor.
Every Trial will earn a feedback thread on our forum visible to members only, where periodically his/her behaviour will be discussed. If you left a positive impression on at least two members and an officer, and no major grievances were brought up against you, you will be promoted to a member.

Should you leave the guild and wish to re-apply, you will be required to post a re-application on our forum.
Should you be successful in rejoining, you will once again have Trial status, as when joining the guild for the first time.

Raiding

Players that signed up for a ceartain raid, have a priority for raid spots based on the status below:
Raider > Social Raider > Raider Trial > Member > Trial.

If too few players sign-up or it's likely that we won't have enough strength to tackle the planned instance, the raid may be converted or canceled.

You can change your status, purely depending on your commitment, gear and skill. Promotions will be discussed by raid leaders and above based on recent performance.

A major plus to THUNDER is that you can change your approach to the game without needing to leave the social network you are familiar with.

The only requirements for the status of Member are being mature and friendly, with decent communication in English.
The basic requirements for the Raider will be listed for all classes/specs. The requirements and final status allocation is done by the officer team.

THUNDER will never demand of you to attend a certain amount of raids per week!
People will be promoted to Raider rank if they are raiding regularly in a given month. People will be demoted to Social Raider if they have been attending raids, but are not currently doing so. If a player with Social Raider status continues to not raid, they will be demoted to social Member as long as they are still active in-game on a regular basis. This is purely meant to enable us easier tracking of current raiding team we have and used for better planning.

THUNDER will not force players to spec a certain way, but you may be asked if you will be willing to switch spec on the night, and you will be expected to keep up with the requirements regardless of spec.

Meeting the requirements for the status you want:
Gear requirements are entry level to the raiding tier we're currently doing. Being well geared from one tier below should be enough to meet them. However gear is not the only factor. Skill, in-raid behaviour and preparation with food/pots etc. will also be looked at.

In effect it means several things:
  • Good gear does not guarantee you a progression raid spot.
  • It's likely you will need to start off on reset nights to give raid leaders and above a good chance to gauge your skill and personality.
  • We may be able to "boost" you through heroics & raids to speed up the process, but we are in no way obliged to do so, and you should be fully prepared to gear up without assistance.
Loot

THUNDER views raid loot as a guild resource and aims to benefit each of its members main character in order to empower both players and the guild.
That being said, global loot priority will always be Main (MS & OS) > Alt (MS & OS) > Trial > Disenchant.
Main specs will always have priority over offspecs.

For each raiding tier we usually choose between between Personal Loot and EPGP system. Currently, we prefer to use personal loot in raids.

Mains, Alts, Initiates, changing Spec

Members can have as many alts in the guild as they wish, Initiates may be restricted to less additional characters until they are promoted.

THUNDER recognizes the need of change from time to time both in spec or character. However when a change like this is made, the member capability in his new class/spec is reassessed by the officer team and the status assigned accordingly.

We frown upon changes made too frequently, and while we can not tell our members what to enjoy we may "lock out" a player of a certain raiding tier if changes are made too frequently. This however is a very rare act and will be decided upon only by the guild council.

Members are also expected to have no characters in any other guilds on the horde side of Kilrogg/Nagrand/Runetotem servers. Thunder is meant to be a big family, having alts in other horde guilds on these servers take away from this family atmosphere, and can also cause divided loyalty between different guilds. There is no problem having alts in alliance guilds on Kilrogg/Nagrand/Runetotem or horde and alliance guilds on other servers. That said, however, we are not an alt parking lot. If you are seeking membership within Thunder, we fully expect you to be applying with your main character. We don't look favourably upon people looking to join to have somewhere to park their Horde alts whilst raiding on an Alliance main 5 nights a week.

Guild Communications

Our main purpose is to have fun playing the game. Guild chat is an important way of socialising within the game - and is welcomed. It helps the team spirit and rapport building between players. Another, equally important part is participation on the guild forums.

However we do not wish to see abusive language, excessive swearing or explicit sexual content on guild chat or on the forums. Neither will any form of racism, sexism, ageism or religious bigotry directed against other players be tolerated in the guild.

We have our own Discord server and strongly encourage its use during any in-game activities, mainly because it makes everything more fun.
For raids, being able to listen to the raid leader's instructions in Discord is compulsory. You don't need to be able to speak, but it is encouraged when appropriate.

Relations with other players

As a member of THUNDER you represent our guild through behaviour and chat. We strive to keep up our good reputation as a friendly and mature guild. Maturity is not a question of age, but rather of behaviour - the key principle being to not cause offence through words or deeds.

We should all endeavour to:
  • Be helpful and supportive to other players to help them obtain greater skill and mastery of the game.
  • Convey a positive gaming culture.
  • Share resources as much as possible within the guild and have a Fun > Need > Greed attitude.
  • Have good relations with other players and guilds.

Guild Discipline

Overwhelmingly, the atmosphere in THUNDER is mature, relaxed and friendly. However, we have had to kick people from the guild before. Most /gkicks were due to people being disrespectful of other guild members - either verbally or by their actions.

Examples of unwelcome behaviours, whether they occur within the guild or are reported to us by other guilds, include (but are not limited to):
  • Loot ninja-ing
    Bad-mouthing
    Deliberate camp stealing
    Excessive corpse camping
    Deliberately training mobs towards others to grief them
    Spamming chat channels (including guild chat)
    Paid power levelling
In addition, activities that are against Blizzard's ToS (such as gold buying, buying/selling accounts, using hacks and botting) lead to immediate dismissal from the guild.

The guild does not want people to share accounts. While there are no defined sanctions and we do not actively control this, we still ask members to respect that.

Guild Structure

The guild is run by a council of up to 5 people.

Officers share responsibilities of the guild leadership and are in charge of the guild's daily business. They are highly involved in guild matters and often serve as an extended council for matters that require more opinion and discussion.

Roles to note within THUNDER:
  • Guild Leader
  • Recruiting Officer
  • Bank Officer
  • Social Event Officer
  • Raid approval, scheduling and rotations
  • Raid Leaders
  • Loot Masters - Handling loot distribution during raids and maintaining the EPGP list (when used).
We are the late shift... you can sleep when you're dead.