GWO Alliance of Friends Charter
The purpose of this document is to provide a common reference for the GWO Alliance to use to guide us through working together. It is a living document that will be updated as changes are needed to bring improvement to the Alliance. All changes that are made to the Charter shall be made public, with the reasons for the change published to each Guild. Each Guild will be asked to agree to the changes to ensure that we all have the same information.
Rules of Conduct
I. ArenaNet’s Legal Agreements
The EULA as provided to the community by ArenaNet and NCSoft is to be honored at all times. Any person found to be in violation of the EULA will be subject to discipline as decided by the respective Guild they are in and agreed by the rest of the Alliance. A violation of this nature is not acceptable as it damages the reputation of all Guilds in the Alliance.
II. Alliance Meetings
The Leadership of all Alliance Guilds will set aside one day each month to meet and address any issues that need to be covered. This is may include events that are scheduled and need planning as well as any other actions that need attention.
All players in the game should be treated with respect, both in and out of the Alliance. As such, the use of foul language and racial slurs is prohibited. Alliance chat is expected to remain at a PG-13 level as some Guilds may have young members and we desire to provide a safe and friendly place to game. Each Guild has their own acceptable language policy that is under their control for Guild Chat.
IV. Guild Sovereignty
Each Guild Leadership in the Alliance is expected to police the members of their Guild. Each Guild is a sovereign entity with their own rules and guidelines. Should any event occur that is a violation of the Alliance charter, the information shall be delivered in full to the Leadership of the parent Guild for the member. They will be given a period of 14 days to fact find and render a ruling on the action to be taken. It is requested that they share this information to the Alliance Leadership in the next scheduled meeting.
V. In-Game Names (IGNs)
It is expected that all the members of the Alliance will maintain a standard on naming the characters they play that is commensurate with the EULA. With respect to the EULA you may be subject to being reported to ArenaNet and or to your Guild Leadership. Please keep the names respectable. In the event of a questionable name the Leadership of the parent Guild of the member will make the ruling on the name. We agree to accept the ruling of the Guild Leadership.
VI. Unacceptable Actions & Behavior
A violation of the following will generate a request to your Guild Leadership to fact find, and if found to be true, lead to your removal from the Alliance. The guild will be given a period of five days to address the incident.
No player in the Alliance:
a. Shall run bots of any description.VII. Rights for Appeal
b. Shall use exploits or hacks of any description.
c. Shall buy or sell services in game for real world money.
d. Shall run a scam or cheat in the game.
Should you feel that you have been unjustly accused of an event, you have the right to go to your Guild Leadership and request they review the event. Should the event involve more than one Guild, the Leadership of the Guilds involved will address this issue. It is recommended that all issues be handled at Guild level. The Alliance will assist if asked but the request must come from the Guild's Leadership.
VIII. Alliance Chat - Rules of Conduct
a. Alliance chat with respect to trade is limited to the following:i. If you have an item you wish to give away feel free to offer it on the Alliance chat.
ii. If you are offering an item for sale at a reduced Alliance price, it is acceptable to offer in Alliance chat, but do not spam.b. It is acceptable to request help in alliance chat but, if you have made the same request several times and no one is responding, do not keep asking. Asking ten or more times will not improve the results and may cause others to turn off Alliance chat due to spam.IX. Rules Regarding Smurfing
a. What is a Smurf?X. Procedure for Joining the Alliance
Smurfing, in the context of online gaming, refers to the practice of a well-known or highly-skilled player creating an unknown name, character or login, then using it to play against, defeat, and often humiliate low-skilled players. The unknown character/login is necessary to fool the low-skilled players into entering the game, particularly if the high-skilled player is known to have done this before. Often, the player utilizing this "smurfing" technique will intentionally lower their "rank" or "record" by intentionally losing many matches, to further enhance the appearance of his apparent ineptitude to the game in which he/she is playing. The oblivious opponent, seeing their low ranking, will see the match as an "easy win", which often leads to their further humiliation by being beaten by this apparent novice.
b. Why is this bad for the Alliance?
First we don’t wish to be affiliated with anything that can be seen as cheating. Additionally we don’t want to damage the joy of new players in the game. PvP is very competitive and it is challenging enough to learn with out being abused.
c. Therefore we have established the rule that we shall not allow Guilds in the Alliance to participate in the running of a smurf Guild. A period of 10 to 14 days will be given to fact find and an Alliance meeting will be held with all Officers to review the issue and make a ruling.
a. Please provide to the Alliance leaders the following documents:i. Guild Rules and/or Code of Conduct.
ii. IGN for all Officers.
iii. If you have a web site, we ask that you provide a link to that site.
iv. Please add a letter with your experience in other alliances and why you think you may be a good fit for this alliance. Also allow an existing Officer of the Alliance to join your guild temporarily in order to document your roster’s numbers and activity level.b. Upon receipt of the information requested above the Officers of the Alliance will review the application.XI. Method for Revising the Charter
c. Should the review process show that you are a potential good fit you will be given a 30 day trial in the alliance. In this period of time you will be welcomed into the Alliance and be invited to participate in any Alliance events that are occurring. Your participation within the Alliance will directly affect how you are viewed by the Alliance Leadership.
d. After 15 days in the Alliance, each member Guild will run a poll for 14 days in their Guild forums for members to vote on whether the new Guild will stay or be asked to leave the Alliance. The results of the poll are to be presented by each Guild at the next Alliance Leaders meeting. A 2/3 vote will establish if the Guild is to be admitted into the Alliance. Should the Guild not be voted into the Alliance a formal letter will be sent with any related information that was used in making that ruling.
a. Each Guild shall pick 2 Officers to represent them for voting on any change.b. The change proposal shall be written with explanation of the reason for the change and if available examples or clear reasons for the need to make the proposed change.c. The change will be discussed in the regularly scheduled Alliance meeting.d. At the end of the open debate on the issue the 2 voting members from each Guild will have a vote with the results provided in the meeting.Thank you for following the simple rules listed above. If you have any questions about the rules ask your Guild's Officers. You may speak to any Officer at any time if you have concerns that need to be addressed in game and your Guild's Officers are not online. Please remember that we are all playing a game and you may not get an instant answer as they may be busy in game. Please be patient.i.A tie is not a no vote the item may be addressed at a later meeting after more time has been given to review the need and/or additional information is made available.
ii. A no vote closes the proposed change. The change may be reviewed and resubmitted but not at the same meeting.
iii. A yes vote will place the article of change in the Alliance charter. And then each Guild will post the change to the members of the Guild they are representing. The method of this shall be at the discretion of the Guild Leadership.
We are currently allied with the following Guilds:
- Blade And Rose [BaR] - [BaR] Guild Rules
- Blood of the Martyr [Hope]
- Embers Of The Flame [PHX] - [PHX] Guild Rules
- In Pace Requiescat [RIP] - [RIP] Guild rules
- GWOnline Community Guild [GWO] - [GWO] Guild Rules
- The Order of DII [Dii] - [Dii] Rules
- United Legit Gaming Guilds of Guild Wars [ULGG]
- Veritas Invictus [TRUE] - [TRUE] Rules