Baruk Khazad (known simply as Baruk in some games) is a casual guild, comprised of mature, thick-skinned adults with overdeveloped senses of humor that share a common goal of having fun, at any cost. We're here for the fun of it, and don't run the guild like a business. We're pretty laid back, many members have families, jobs, school, other responsibilities in the real world that keep us from playing 24/7. As such, we are best described as casual.
Our current focus is on PVP, and we're actively recruiting people who live for the thrill of combat. If you like to dominate the battlefield, make mom jokes, have fun and play hard, look us up.
Participation is voluntary. As a casual guild, you are not expected to participate at any time. Peer pressure will not be tolerated, please respect the wishes of members that do not want to participate at all times. Any member shall be permitted to leave a raid or group in progress for any reason whatsoever without consequence, however due respect should be given to the raid leader by letting them know in advance that you need to leave.
Raiding participants are expected to bring their best efforts to the group. If your playstyle is affected, distracted, or suffers from external influences, you should not participate in the raid. In the event your playstyle is affected by external influences to the detriment of the group, you may be asked to leave the raid at the discretion of the leader.
These rules may be changed at any time, for any reason, at the sole discretion of the leader.
Besides this awesome website, we also have a gmail-powered mail server and listserv. You are encouraged to join the listserv by sending email to email@example.com, and our members are all welcome to have an @baruk.org email address as well. Sure, we all have too many emails, but as this is powered by gmail, you can forward it to any other address - who doesn't need a safe, throwaway email from time to time?
Well, it's pretty hard to get booted, but there are a few things to avoid, nonetheless. Try to be a decent, mature person while playing the game. You represent a group with a great reputation as a fun, helpful, and capable group of people - please do your best to uphold that image.
A guild isn't all fun, apparently - sometimes it gets personal, and as much as I and many of you would prefer to never have anything but fun in here, sometimes that's not the case. Why am I addressing this now? Well, someone has to - and as the leader, and an all around good guy, I'm as qualified as anyone.
We need to adopt some sort of common rule of etiquette with the game, and how we interact socially with each other. We don't want to have bylaws and regulations, nor do we want a bunch of silly rules or policies, great bloody hell. What we need here is some general things to keep in mind when we're working with each other.
One thing I have always appreciated is our willingness to sidetrack our ambition, and selflessly help our fellows catch up. But we can't always be selfless like this, sometimes we need to do other things, finish a tight grind, or we've already made plans with other friends. This is the way things work out, sometimes. As long as everyone is able to have open communication and remains willing to help at a future point in time, there need be no reason for frustration.
We all need money, to repair, to buy epic gear, to level up crafing or buy mats. We are all trying to balance the social economics of the group against our natural desire for more, more MORE!
But we all need to be rational. Our friendships here are definitely at stake if we mistreat each other here financially, it's just the nature of the beast. Some of us, myself included, may not have MMO backgrounds, and don't know "the rules" yet, and may act or say things differently than is "normal". Please don't hold that against anyone, just help them understand:
If you offer someone something and they don't need it, sell it. If you offer something, don't ask for money for it. If you must sell to the kin, sell for actual cost of mats with no markup. Roll need only on things you need - and ask about hides and ores - you may not be the only one in need! Be polite, and accepting of others faults, when they blow it. We're all good people here.
Despite our best efforts, we're still human, and we piss each other off in some legendary, spectacular way. So what next? We all individually have our own ways of dealing with conflict, Some throw their hands in the air and flee, others might talk to everyone except the person that needs it, and some might just turtle up, selfishly keeping their frustration to themselves, banking it away until they day they can go postal and decimate those around them.
I can't tell you how to deal with conflict and frustration, nor is it my place to do so - you're all mature adults and have your own methods (or lack thereof) for dealing with the frustrations of the world.
That being said, it's worth mentioning this word: Communication. Openly communicating your concern in an immediate manner with the person that frustrated you is the best thing you can do to resolve conflict. Don't tell someone else, or save it up, or run away - just tell the person that needs to hear it.
Welcome to Baruk Khazad!