GK FAQ

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¬†Questions you’ll find the answers to below:

  • Who is the guild run by?
  • How long has the guild been going?
  • How many members do you have?
  • Which games has GK been in?
  • Will you give me money?
  • Will you give me armour and items?
  • Do you run events?
  • What are the ages of your members?
  • Which regions do your members come from?
  • What classes do you need?
  • What spec should I be?
  • What happens if I break the guild rules?
  • How are officers chosen?
  • What is my chance of promotion?
  • Do you have crafters that can make things for me?
  • Is your focus PvE or PvP?
  • Do your members group together much?
  • Do your members help each other?
  • Are you casual or hardcore?
  • Is your guild chat family-safe?
  • Do you have cake?
  • How long is probation for?
  • What sort of player fits in well?
  • What sort of player would you avoid inviting?
  • Can I join with my friend/partner?
  • What are the guilds long term aims?
  • Do you have Teamspeak?
  • I have a lot of real life commitments, does that matter?
  • Do you use Facebook?

  • Who is the guild run by?

The guild is run by Greyshade, one of the original Guild Masters who helped to build and run the original guild in DAoC, and a team of trusted officers. The officers vary depending on the game. All members of the guild are encouraged to get involved and help us make the guild a great place to be.

  • How long has the guild been going?

The guild was started in early 2001 and has been going ever since.

  • How many members do you have?

This varies considerably from time to time and game to game. The original DAoC guild on Prydwen had over 200 active members. In Warhammer Online we had over 120. We currently have around 20 active on Uthgard.

Unless players are expelled for the guild for misconduct, then we consider ‘once a GK, always a GK’. Members are welcome to remain part of our community even if they move to different games, with us or without us, or stop playing games altogether, and many do. We have a forum and a Facebook site to keep in touch.

  • Which games has GK been in?

Dark Age of Camelot, Horizons, Warhammer Online, Rift, Aion, Lord of the Rings Online, World of Warcraft, Planetside, Star Wars Galaxies, Star Trek Online, Star Wars The Old Republic, Age of Conan, Everquest 2…

We’re looking forward to being a significant presence in Camelot Unchained!

  • Will you give me money?

GK members look out for each other and help each other. But that doesn’t mean a free ride. We take a dim view of members taking without giving anything back. So the answer to this question is: yes we might, but it depends what for and when.

If your first message in guild chat is ‘hello, who can give me 10 gold?’ I don’t think you will be with us for long.

  • Will you give me armour and items?

Probably yes, if we have them spare. In return, we expect you to do the same for other guild members. In some games, it’s unreasonable to expect members to share everything, as we all need money and other resources. But we like to foster an attitude of ‘share and share alike’ and ‘what goes around, comes around’. Share your spoils and wares with other members, and they will do the same for you.

See also the answer to the previous question.

  • Do you run events?

Yes we do.

It does depend on how many people are playing a particular game, but we like to run events such as competitions, treasure hunts, races, hide and seek etc.

The frequency and type of event also depends on who is available to run them. We like all members to get involved in organising events, as most of us have commitments outside the game and can’t always find time to run everything.

  • What are the ages of your members?

GK members tend to be between 20 and 40, but we’ve had members from age 8 to age 67 in the past (both of those are a lot older now!). We do not have an age restriction. Being able to get on with others and behave in a mature manner is more important than the number on your birth certificate. However, as guild chat can sometimes have adult content we would have to think carefully about inviting anyone under 13, without supervision.

  • Which regions do your members come from?

Our members come from all over the world but mostly from Europe. We do have some US members and we’d like to recruit more.

  • What classes do you need?

In GK we take the attitude that a game should be fun, and you should be able to play the class you enjoy playing without anyone telling you different. The class we need is whichever one you enjoy playing.

Of course, sometimes we do need certain classes to do certain things. In many games, you can’t do a dungeon run without some kind of tank or healer for example. So it’s good if we can all be flexible and pitch in. But ‘having fun’ is still the priority.

  • What spec should I be?

Play whichever spec you enjoy. We don’t go out of our way to encourage outlandish specs or unusual builds, but if you have fun playing them, that’s fine with us. We can’t promise there won’t be some teasing if you pick something really odd, but as long as your selections and playstyle don’t spoil the game for others, then who are we to argue :). No one needs to play the optimum spec or the flavour of the month build unless they actually want to.

  • What happens if I break the guild rules?

Minor rules – probably just a warning, especially if your conduct is usually fine. We all make mistakes sometimes. You shouldn’t spend your time with us worrying but having fun and playing!

On the other hand, our rules are short and simple and there for good reasons – to make the guild an enjoyable place to be and to keep our good reputation. Deliberate and serious breach of the rules will get you kicked.

  • How are officers chosen?

Officer are decided by looking at a number of factors, but most significantly who can be trusted to do a good job. There are several members who have been officers in several games with GK, and who have proven their loyalty over many years, and these people usually take the roles if no one else comes forward. It’s good for us to get ‘new blood’ into the ranks, so if you have something to contribute and demonstrate the right qualities, we’re always keen to share some of activities.

  • Do you have crafters that can make things for me?

Many of our members enjoy trade skills, gathering and crafting. Depending on the game, we may appoint ‘official’ guild crafters and support their efforts financially. This does not mean that this player is at your beck and call, just that they are trusted to make items for guild members on a reasonable basis.So, yes, usually we have crafters and yes, they are likely to make items for you. The usual ‘look out for each other’ and ‘share and share alike’ applies, the more you contribute by helping others, the more inclined they will be to help you.

  • Is your focus PvE or PvP?

Both! GK has always had some members who only PvE and some who are dedicated PvP players, but most are some way in between. In all the games we play, we expect to do lots of both.

Whatever your preference is, you won’t be expected to do anything that you don’t find fun. We might encourage you to join us in a PvE adventure, or ask you if you want a spot in our PvP / RvR group, but that’s only because we like your company and value your help – but if you don’t want to come along, that’s fine.

Whatever we do, having fun together comes first.

  • Do your members group together much?

All the time if we can!Guild groups are the best groups – we know all the jokes, we understand when a member’s baby starts to cry, we may take the mickey and make suggestions but the atmosphere is always relaxed. We’re here to enjoy ourselves, not sit worrying whether we do things precisely right or not.

  • Do your members help each other?

This is the heart of GK. Yes, we expect our members to help each other. But this doesn’t mean giving your time and belongings to others at the expense of your own enjoyment. We understand there is some give and take. You are entitled to log in and do your own thing, and spend time in game the way you want to spend it. We all have ‘off days’ when we don’t want to be sociable.But it makes a nicer game experience if we do help each other, so it’s strongly encouraged.

  • Are you casual or hardcore?

More casual than hardcore, but that does need some explanation. Our attitude is casual. Our priority is having fun, not being the best of the best of the best. We go back for fallen comrades. We allow for emergency dog walking. We understand if your boss calls mid way through a dungeon and expects you to take his wife to the airport. If you make a technical mistake, we may laugh at you but it will be with good humour. We know that real life comes first, and that some members can only play on a Sunday afternoon.But our ambition and results are more hardcore. We have been a very large guild in many games, and want to continue that tradition. We want to be seen. We want people to take notice. We want to feature highly on PvP leader boards and be known for our PvE achievements.

  • Is your guild chat family-safe?

Excessive profanity is against the rules in guild chat and in any chat channel where a member is representing GK. However, our members are adults and there is no rule against has adult themes. Drunken smuttiness is quite common… And we have been known to have the occasional naked cross-country run.

  • Do you have cake?

We have cake but it is mine. Okay, I relent. There is cake and everyone can have some. There is also pie, and plenty of beer.

There would have been chocolate and vodka, but there is definitely none left, and there is especially none left in my backpack.

  • How long is probation for?

Usually a week or so. It depends how often you play.

  • What sort of player fits in well?

Good sense of humour, likes to pitch in, willing to help others, likes to do their best and works to improve but as part of enjoying the game rather than being a goal in itself, considerate, tolerant of newcomers, enjoys being part of a community, team player but happy to fend for themselves, players who appreciate that they need to give as well as take.

  • What sort of player would you avoid inviting?

Drama queens, players who consider themselves elite and think everyone else is a noob, players who value gear items more than friendship, someone who wants everything handed to them on a plate, people who get kicks out of being abusive.

  • Can I join with my friend/partner?

Of course! Couples, families and friends are welcome, although everyone has to go through probation. Our guild includes a number of married couples, as well as brothers and sisters, parents and children.

  • What are the guilds long term aims?

To be a force to be reckoned with
To be large enough to do all the things our members want to do, on a regular basis
To be respected as a guild that has trustworthy and decent members
To stand out in our PvP and PvE achievements
To be well run so that all members feel valued and feel part of the ‘family’ no matter how often they play

  • Do you have Teamspeak?

Yes we do. You can get details when you join us.
Using it is optional most of the time. You may miss out on some of the banter if you don’t use it, but we have members who are unable to use it for various real life reasons, so we generally have other ways to communicate as well.Individual members are free to insist on it, if doing without it causes a problem. For example, our more ‘hardcore’ PvP players may require all their group members to be in voice chat. This is understandable, and accepted. If you can’t use voice chat, there will be plenty of opportunities to run with other guildies who don’t require it.

  • I have a lot of real life commitments, does that matter?

As long as you understand that it may not be possible to arrange all events when you can make it, you will be very welcome. Many of our members have babies, college or uni work, shift work, business trips etc. Real life has to come first.If you are away for a long time, for example more than two or three weeks, we’d like you to let us know, to save us wondering where you are and whether you are ok!

  • Do you use Facebook / Twitter / Other social media?

Yes, we have a Facebook Page, and a Facebook members group:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Griffon-Knight-Player-Guild/341114202678730

https://www.facebook.com/groups/griffonknight

We do not currently use any other social media as a guild but our forums are active, include a calendar for events and shoutbox for instant chat.

 

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