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    Legacy Gaming Community and Guild Charter

    Gaming communities allow for large scale organization due to the size of the group of players working towards a collective effort, at a level of efficiency and productivity unmatched by smaller guilds and clans. Within a group of players, each has particular roles fulfilling and satisfying a variety of demands in the given game. This proves challenging for community organizers and developers alike, with regard to how to organize and manage the resources available in the game for a much larger audience. The solution to the developing problem of how to maximize the efficiency of rewards and abilities of players leads to the most basic organization possible, the foundation of communities like our own.

    This community has a strong vision to provide the best environment to discuss and implement strategies in large-scale MMOs and shooters. At the same time, the ideas and philosophies that form the basis of this community are fairly simple to understand and implement in practice.
     

    Community Mission Statement

    Legacy's focuses on providing the proper environment for philosophers and theorycrafters to have open, intelligent debates and discussions on game-mechanics, play styles and top-level strategies. Together, we apply that information to become the best at competitive content, wherever we choose to play. In light of such a unique philosophy, we designed a unique leadership structure, allowing all members a chance to voice their opinion on all major guild decisions. We strive to avoid the standard cliques and drama of most large guilds, and maintain a helpful, positive, open minded environment, where nobody feels they can not talk to another member based on “social status.” We feel that allowing everyone an equal voice is a great way to establish that environment.

    Here, new members have a chance to start fresh with everyone else, and essentially start the humble beginnings of our "legacy" alongside friends in each and every MMO we encounter. From day one as a new member, or for current and those who have been here quite some time, every voice will count. Any suggestions or concerns members have will be heard and they will receive feedback.
     

    Beta Testing Mission Statement

    Team Legacy has very thorough and planned out beta testing processes and procedures that utilize spreadsheets and feedback forms to provide a bigger picture to developers than any 'random' outfit could provide . We often receive notification of alpha and beta opportunities directly from developers, asking for groups of accounts to alpha and beta test new games. We take that responsibility very seriously and require that same professional aptitude from our own members. We seek to better the whole online gaming community through our testing efforts by not only finding bugs and balance issues but also by suggesting new features or better implementation of key features. Our goal is to help create the best online games possible for all online gamers by being clear, concise, and to the point. Developers know ahead of time that we are direct in our feedback without bias, and aptly sincere with negative and positive findings. We find this approach is more respectful to the developers and community at large, and best serves the developing genre.
     

    Core Rules and Standards of Conduct

    Legacy Gaming hosts a detailed 'SOP' (Standard Operating Procedures) document for members-only. For those inquiring into Legacy Gaming and our environment, the following are what we call our "Common Sense" principles and set the base for everything else in the entire community:

    • Have an open mind. While most know their boundaries and ability, they lack the ability to accept that someone might be able to offer something better in terms of ideas or strategy than they have. We are not asking to change anything from what you hear, but we are asking you at least give respect and listen. The best strategies and plans usually come from the most uncommon places and people.
      • Understand people on the community roster come from varied backgrounds.
      • Be able to accept criticism.
      • Understand that your point of view is not the only point of view on Earth.
      • Offer examples to help explain your position or point in a discussion.
    • Members of Legacy Gaming cannot be a member of any other guild that has a branch of their guild in any game we play. Membership in another guild, in games we do not play, is permitted with some circumstances assuming that you are still representing our values.
    • It is not permitted to relay any information outside the guild, for any reason, at any time. Legacy is a private gaming organization. We do not share information with the public except through official channels and officially sanctioned outlets. Therefore no member should share any information, no matter how minor they may think it is, outside the guild.
    • Actively participate in events and progressive content in the titles we participate in, and teach others to do the same. You may heard it before, "We were all noobs once.” This holds true for most new games we launch with. Members come from many types of games. Some have never played an MMO/Shooter in their life, but have the drive that will allow them to surpass most of their peers easily. If someone is honestly trying to learn, and is being respectful of your time, they deserve all the help they can get. You never know what kind of friends you'll be making down the road by giving just a few answers or tips. Here are some things you can do:
      • If you are not currently doing an important event, offer a hand to help.
      • Offer advice in a friendly manner when you see the chance.
    • Leadership roles in Legacy are decided based on demonstrated ability as well as the need for a leader in a particular spot. We also actively encourage volunteers to step up to prove worth. You can be assured that leadership is working hard to make the game more fun for you, while providing the resources and organization to excel. While the reason behind every decision may not always be apparent at the moment an order is issued, all orders from leadership need to be immediately followed. If errors are made, they should be reported through proper channels where they will be dealt with and, if needed, changes made to the leadership team.
    • We want to foster open and honest communication by our members. If at any time you feel that you could not speak up or felt uncomfortable due to interaction with another member we ask that you first talk to that member. If you have a general complaint, offer a solution. Simply complaining for the sake of complaining will do nothing but annoy if not anger those listening. If you don't have a solution that is fine, but be open to discussing the solution rather than complaining and signing off or ignoring the response. If you want to be taken seriously, give the respect of discussing the solution as they did listening to your problem.
    • We are a Team. Positive gameplay is not only expected, but required. No amount of raid wipes, ganking, or anything else can hurt the community more long term than negativity. Expressing concerns is fine (actually more than fine--it's appreciated), but keep a positive tone. Some things to remember that may help you keep positive:
      • Getting enraged is the biggest downfall of anyone's character. Avoid lashing out in frustration.
      • Do not immediately blame individuals for their alleged incompetence without proper review of the incidents at hand.
      • Generally, the idea is "don’t jump the gun". You just may have been the problem.
    • Members who cannot follow core rules and standards, are removed from the chapter that they are participating in, and the community as a whole.

     

    Legacy Member Rights

    We strongly feel the backbone of a strong community is acknowledging that every member down to a fresh recruit is a real person, and has a lot to bring to any table in Legacy. These are the core rights of Legacy members that Leadership continues to enforce:

    1. The right to be part of a community with mutual respect as its guiding principle.

    No one knows who could be sitting on the other end of a keyboard. Community members will be held accountable for holding their tongue and keeping a stern stance on being the most respected members on the server and in the public community. If you wish have an intelligent debate, by all means have it, but keep it from public venues, including and not limited to the community and guild/clan private discussion areas.

    Members are to address each other with respect, and never talk down to one another. Do not publicly display anger; keep it out of Teamspeak or the game. Community members will receive constructive criticism either on the forums or in the game.

    Intra-Game leadership (Chapter Leader, Staff, and Chapter Councils) and Website Staff will always be treated with respect with regard to their position.

    2. The right to be a part of a community free of drama.

    Legacy, via the forums, Teamspeak, live-streaming, and in-game has a no-drama policy. Community Officers and Website Staff have the final say on what is deemed appropriate or inappropriate to protect the image of Legacy.

    The follow are all examples of instigating or inciting drama and are not allowed on our community or private forums, in our Teamspeak or by our guild members in game:

    • Personal (ad hominem) attacks.
    • Discussions including religious or political topics.
    • Discussions and or words that could be construed as racist or sexist in nature, to include comments with regard to sexual orientation.
    • Trolling, flaming, baiting.
    • Blatantly lewd or pornographic links or language.
    • Making multiple accounts on the website.

    3. The right to a community where members have a voice without fear of reprisal.

    We wish to break away from the popular mold where elite members make all of the decisions. While there will always be circumstances sensitive enough to warrant discussion behind closed doors, there should also never be an instance where members feel they cannot speak up about something in fear of punishment or harsh rebuttal. Keep in mind there is a time and place for everything. Bringing up an idea or issue is not necessarily something that should be done in the middle of an event (e.g. during the intense parts of a keep siege), but within reason members should be free to say what they think.
     

    Legacy Gaming Focuses

    PvP

    Legacy is a competitive PvP community at heart. All members must accept and understand that PvP combat is the focus for the majority of the community, especially combat involving large numbers of players. A smaller more organized group, but by no means any less important, will be solely focused on eSports teams, which involves a different focus for players. There are also scenarios in certain games that will require "elite" teams of even more hardcore members.

    PvE

    PvE is a facet the community will also cover if applicable, as we feel strongly that the PvE environment is just as competitive in many venues. There will be events where everyone will attend PvE content. For example, these events may focus on instances and events that would otherwise be unattainable without guild member support. These events are to be treated like PvP events in the sense they are held to the same attendance standards if they are required.

    Our focus in the community is progression and ranking. Members will fully support PvE in efforts to complete and obtain PvP objectives when needed.


    Social Events/RP

    There will be instances in which players will be asked to attend a role-play-type event or social gathering. While most of these events will not be serious RP in nature, they are highly recommended. An example would be an event where the guild meets in a local tavern to cheer on one of our arena teams as they fight their matches. Expect social events like these, as they not only provide interaction with members of the guild you might not otherwise meet, but also shows guild presence on the server. We strongly believe a large function of a successful E-Sports team is a consistent and real backing from those bearing the name in the community. We are fans and supporters of our competitive teams through and through.

    While Legacy Leadership does not focus on Role-Playing events, nonetheless we have a excitingly large amount of players who live in the moment, and their gaming! You will often find opportunities to think beyond the keyboard and join in on these events. Admittedly, even some of our roughest PvPers have found themselves role-playing and better enjoying the game by doing so.

     

    Activity and Other Guidelines

    Teamspeak

    • All members are expected to be in Teamspeak when in game.
    • All members are expected to have voice communication available (hearing only acceptable) to them.
    • All members will follow the same rules of respect and decorum when on the Teamspeak server.
    • Push to talk is to be used in public and gaming areas of Teamspeak.

    In-Game Activity Summary

    Legacy is unique in that we offer varied tiers of dedication to the chapters involved in games we play. We understand and encourage to put real-life priorities first. Instead of forcing members to attend specific raids and events, we offer a scheduler/calender system for members to "RSVP" to the exact events they know they can attend without issue. We have found this hugely successful in not only member retention, but also respecting the busy lifestyles of our core membership base. These events and raids are private to the public. and are available on a schedule to members in Legacy

    External Activity Summary

    All Legacy member groups and ranks are required to stay "in the know" for dealings within the community. Members need to visit the website at least once per week to assure that they are not left out on important announcements and voting procedures. We do not require forum posting, although we are diligent in making sure that members are at the least checking their notifications on the website. This actively ensures a consistent and secure environment for Legacy members on a week to week basis as the tides of battle change in our Chapters. We utilize a "PM" system for major notifications, among many other tools.

    Any further policies and procedures are explained within the chapter private forums for each individual chapter, and covered in the Legacy SOP available to members.
     

    Maintaining our 'Drama-free' Environment

    Due to the broad range of topics that can and will be covered by these actions, this charter does not detail actions for specific situations. Instead, each situation will be evaluated separately, and actions will be made based on the circumstances.

    Members may or may not be made aware of a disciplinary action when it is taken at the time, but most will be advised of the disciplinary action at some point. Due to the extreme nature of disciplinary actions and the no-drama policy, action will often occur first before explanation.

    Community leadership have the leeway to use a broad range of disciplinary actions including but not limited to:

    • Moderation and deletion of forum posts.
    • Temporary (suspension) or permanent (banning) of community or guild members from the forums and/or Teamspeak server.
    • Suspension or removal of guild membership.

    Anything unmentioned is generally considered to be common sense. The above only deals with the most common issues and identifies the structure of the guild. While we have a strong history in involving our member base to resolve issues via vote, in all circumstances the community leadership has the final say on all issues.

     

    Closing Notes

    We work with developers and community leaders to stay abreast of new opportunities, and Legacy will continue to add new titles as the gaming market provides us with new opportunities. As a gaming community by definition, we are always playing the latest releases, and we continually look for competitive large-scale formats to test our organization against other respected, well-prepared guilds and communities. If the title is competitive, and involves pitting the skill of one guild against another, we are there.

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About TL

As a gaming community by definition, we are always playing the latest releases, and we continually look for competitive large-scale formats to test our organization against other respected, well-prepared guilds and communities. If the title is competitive, and involves pitting the skill of one guild against another, we are there..