Wandering Souls

The Wandering Souls inhabit the realm of Scarlet Crusade on the world of Azeroth. This motley band of disparate characters strive to improve their lot in life, or the afterlife (depending on whether you are an undead or not), and that of their guildmates.

Friday, December 30, 2005

First Official Guild Meeting

We had a nice large turnout for the first official guild meeting of the Wandering Souls last night. The topics discussed, at least from the mental notes that I took, are as follows:

  • Charter
  • Web site
  • Chat Etiquette
  • Meeting Schedule

I will cover each topic along with a little background or comments of my own. Hopefully, I don’t stray too far from what was actually discussed and agreed on. Let me know with a comment if you think I’m off base.

Our original charter, mission statement, goal or whatever you want to call it was that we were a loose organization of sociable individuals that wanted to chat, help each other out with professions and quests and in general add to our enjoyment of the game. The overriding theme of guild organization, including officer responsibilities, was that "less" is "more". Personally, I really don't want running the guild to turn into a job for anybody. I can't see that this would be very fun! However, if anybody wants to develop a role for themselves, I don't see why they can't take the ball and run with it. Just don't get too frustrated if participation is not as high as you had hoped. When people were asked at the meeting, "What they would like from the guild?", the overwhelming response was more raid/party events. To aid in this endeavor, we will utilize the event scheduler on the website that is discussed below. Raid events, in particular is also something that Ikavi has lobbied hard for and she and one of the members from an affiliated guild (Ambrosius) is looking at setting up an inter-guild raid planning website. I'll let you know if anything comes of this.

Web Site
This blog site was originally used for our online presence, because A) it was something that I was comfortable with and would maintain and B) it was free. However, it does not have some of the features (at least with my limited web programming capabilities) that would be nice to have such as a calendar, roster, forums, etc... To remedy this, Jodmos has set up a “free” guildportal site that has these features. To find it, you must browse to http://www.guildportal.com/ and place “Scarlet Souls” in the search box at left. You should see the guild listed under World of Warcraft and Scarlet Crusade. Just apply for membership and within the day or two, you’ll be approved. I’ll try to cross-post some stuff to the blog, which I think in the future will focus almost entirely on RP style material which is what I have fun with. Incidently, send an email to atohne@gmail.com if you’d like to post material to the Blog. I’d encourage you to.

Chat Etiquette
People should remain courteous and respectful at all times. Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself. That’s why Eatem and I joined a guild in the first place. The “general” chat was horrible much of the time. I haven’t even had it turned on in six months. So, as we get more and more members, this becomes very important! In addition, many of our members have young children who might be able to read offensive language, especially if the profanity filter is turned off. So control those fingers, if you can! In addition, most of us don’t like the shorthand chat or acronyms except for a few such as LOL, ROFL, OMW and BRB. We might have a post on the website for what’s acceptable. Don’t be lazy people, type words out so we don’t have to decipher stuff. In addition, don’t yell in guild chat with all caps unless it’s something that is extremely important. Officers should also take some responsibility and remind people if things get out of control.

Meeting Schedule
The last item discussed was “Do we want to have guild meetings?” The consensus was yes, we want meetings. But let’s not have too much of a good thing! Once a month, is adequate. However, we decided on the first Thursday of the month at 9 PM server time and we will have a meeting next week to talk about the web site and a few other “hot” topics.

I really only have one complaint. Well several actually, but only one comes immediately to mind. I think Eatem did an especially lousy job of catering the food for the guild meeting. The snacks showed up looking far too festive and ill-prepared. They were wandering all over the meeting area and tended to scream or whine when stabbed with a fork. It wasn't until Dranlu processed the snacks with his infernal that we were able to spread them out on some crackers with a little Alterac cheese. Yummmy! However, I still think Gwur should be in charge of the snacks for the next meeting.



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