In honor of the 15th anniversary of the original Everquest, SOE released a video showing what the game has meant to its fans and player base since its initial release in March of 1999.
To commemorate the occasion, the mmo guild report will be taking a look at active Everquest progression guilds, a lot of which are recruiting to this day.
We begin with Valorguard, the oldest guild on the former Nameless server. According to their website, they are a mature group of individuals who enjoy raiding current expansion content, but understand that their members have a life outside of EQ. Because of that, they raid 3 nights/week(currently Fri, Sun, Tues from 7pm until ~11pm eastern time) and have no minimum participation requirements.
Their recruiting policy below:
Thank you for your interest in Valorguard.
We are always looking for skilled players who fit in well with our fun & friendly guild culture. We never close recruiting completely; instead, we control the size of our raid force without needing to limit our overall membership. We also welcome players who are less interested in raiding but still want to join a helpful, active guild to help progress through the other areas of the game.
Valorguard is not a “hard-core raiding guild” since we typically raid only 3 nights per week, however, we do make constant progress through the game due to the dedication and discipline of our members and leaders on raid nights. We seek people who like to play on a regular basis, however, Valorguard is a totally volunteer organization with no mandatory attendance requirements. We understand that our members also have real lives that take priority over gaming. Specific classes are either opened or closed periodically, as needed.
Valorguard is a collection of players who genuinely want to help each other advance through the game and have fun doing it. This is most evident during non-raid times where members are free to form groups to accomplish their single group goals. Members are generally willing to help their guildmates in whatever way they can. Applicants should have a good attitude and be supportive and willing to help other guildmates.
Valorguard is one of the oldest and most respected guilds on the former Nameless Server and VG members are very proud to be part of the family. Some of what our members have said that VG means to them:
• One word: “Heart”
• To me VG is simply amazing… Its camaraderie, its resilience, innovation, and desire greatly surpass that of most “uber” Guilds.
• What defines VG the most I would have to say is its compassion.
• I feel our commitment to respecting other players has earned us a large number of friends and allies.
• Heart and soul of the guild has remained the people in it.
• We are seen by many others as a HIGHLY honorable and respectable guild.
• Commitment, honor, respect, maturity, unselfishness to name a few.
• The most important thing I look for in a recruit is what I call “VG material”. This is basically: heart, selflessness, maturity, loyalty to our little institution, a sense of belonging, of home.
• Most members firmly think that the journey is more important than the goal.
• We have found joy in each step VG has conquered to becoming a more powerful guild.
• All I can say is we are a family.
If this is what you are looking for in a guild, then Valorguard is for you!
STEPS TO BECOMING A MEMBER:
1. You first need to get to know members of Valorguard and get them to know you. The best way to do this is by grouping and/or raiding with VG members:
– When you log in, /join vgapp:honor to join our applicant chat channel (where you can find out what’s currently going on in the guild, or perhaps get invited to a guild group).
– You can join VG raids as a “guest” if there is room by sending a /tell to any officer during raid times for a raid invite and a temporary guild tag (for the duration of the raid).
2. As you get to know more VG members, you will need one of them to sponsor you and to post your application to our recruiting board where you will be evaluated by VG members (these comments are viewable only by full members). At this point you are a “posted applicant”.
– Your sponsor will be your coach and mentor as you move through the VG application process.
– Some hopeful applicants find sponsors right away, some take longer. Always feel free to ask VG members you have a connection with to sponsor you.
3. Once you are a posted applicant, you are allowed to keep the Valorguard guildtag to facilitate interaction and help you get to know VG and it’s members. You need to be a consistent player because participation and good gameplay is crucial in order to get positive member feedback posted to your application. After 10 members vote “yes to probation” and approval by a majority vote of the officers, you are a “probation member.”
4. Once you are a probation member, continue to be a consistent player because you will still receive member feedback. After one month fixed duration from the probation date, VG officers vote on your application (based on your member feedback). If you receive a 2/3 majority YES vote from the officers, you are a VG “full member”.
Types of Valorguard Membership
When you apply to Valorguard, you will apply as a Raiding Member or Social Member. This will determine which of the 3 membership types you will apply under. All VG full members have the same rights & privledges, so there is no distinction between the types of membership outside of raid priority.
1. Raid-Tagged Member (a player applying to an OPEN class as Raiding Member)
We actively recruit available players in classes that are open because we need more players of that class join our raids. Because of that, these players are given a “Raid Tag” once they complete the application process, which means their spot in a VG raid is reserved, and they are able to stay in the raid even if the raid fills up.
2. Raid-Qualified Member (a player applying to a CLOSED class as Raiding Member)
If your class is currently closed, that means that VG is currently well staffed in your class and there is not a need to recruit an additional player of that class. However, we realize that there are exceptional players out there and we understand the benefit to the guild by not turning them away. We also realize that the only limits imposed by the game are on raid size being capped at 54 players. Therefore, we allow a player to apply and become a full member in a closed class.
A Raid-Qualified Member is exactly the same as any other full member, except for one. They do not have a guaranteed spot in a VG raid. What this means is that Raid-Qualified Members are able to join VG raids when there is room in the raid, however, if the raid fills up and there are other Raid-Tagged Members waiting to join, Raid-Qualified Members may be asked to drop the raid after the current event is finished. These players will be re-invited back to the raid as space and priority allow, they will continue to get raid attendance credit, and can still bid on any raid loot that drops. We track players waiting to join the raid in a special chat channel (/join VGoverflow:over).
There is also a process where a Raid-Qualified Member can be converted to a Raid-Tagged Member based on exceptional skill, attitude & attendance during raids. Another way is if there is a need to open a class that already has Raid-Qualified Members or applicants in it; one or more of them may be converted to a Raid-Tagged Member. Typically, Raid Tags are reviewed and awarded during the regular recruiting update process that occurs quarterly.
3. Social Member (a player applying as a non-Raiding Member)
A player who is skilled and fits in well with our guild culture is welcome to apply, even if they do not plan to join VG raids. Typically, these are newer, returning players, or players who cannot login during our normal raid time. Outside of raids, these Social Members are treated equally along with all other Valorguard full members.
Social Members do not have any raid loot priority, but may be awarded some items (like runes) by special request or raid leader discretion. Members who meet VG guesting requirements can join raids with the same priority as guests. Social Members can also convert to Raid-Tagged or Raid-Qualified Member (depending on class) by posting an application and going through the application process.
Minimum requirements for Raid-Tagged or Raid-Qualified applicants:
-Maximum level + 4000 AAs
-Current group content equipment or better, including augs
-Create and maintain an updated Magelo throughout application process
-Attend the majority of raids during application process
-Use GINA or in-game audio triggers for all our current raid targets
-Maximum resists (including MPG Trials and DoN progression)
-All expansions owned
Minimum requirements for Social Member applicants:
-Level 96 + 2000 AAs
-Current group content equipment, including augs
-Create and maintain an updated Magelo throughout application process
Notes on the application process:
a) Each class is listed at the bottom of this page as being either open or closed. Applicants to a closed class are still allowed to apply to Valorguard, and go through the same recruiting process as applicants to an open class. See below for more details on applying to open/closed classes.
b) Officers can vote “yes”, “no”, or “more time”. More time is usually granted to applicants who haven’t received much feedback, or conflicting feedback, during their probation period.
c) Any sponsor or member who “leaks” another member’s feedback to an applicant will jeopardize the application process because the applicant is unlikely to receive the necessary YES vote from the officers if this is discovered.
d) Evaluating a applicant’s personality & skills while playing is the primary goal of the application process. Because of this, we respectfully require that you do not allow anyone else to play your character during your application period.
e) Just be yourself, relax and have fun. Do not put on an act or be somebody you’re not because we find that usually doesn’t work given our fairly rigorous recruiting process.
Notes on Guesting with VG:
a) Guests must be max level and have 1200 AA before being allowed to attend a VG raid.
b) Only characters interested in pursuing VG membership are allowed to guest on raids. Characters on silver or bronze accounts are not allowed to join VG raids.
c) Guests are not allowed to bid on raid loot, but may loot an item if it goes FFA.
d) If you are currently in a guild that raids similar content as VG, you will need to deguild before joining a VG raid.
e) Guests who are given a temporary guild tag during the raid are expected to deguild from Valorguard after the raid is over.
f) As a guild, we refrain from bad language, arguments or flaming in public chat channels. Appropriate conduct is required at all times.
g) Players will be permitted to guest with VG for up to 4 weeks. If an application is not posted in that time, future raid invites will be suspended until an application posted.
Member Sweeps and Returning Ex-members:
These are guidelines for our standard Member Sweeps and how we handle returning ex-members who left the guild in good standing and did not join another guild. VG officers may shorten or change any part of the process, depending on the specific circumstances of the player involved.
A member is converted to a Social Member if they haven’t logged into EQ in over 90 days (without any prior communication).
– If the player returns to the game within 30 days, they will convert back to their former member status.
– If they come back after 30 days and still meet minimum requirements, they will be given Social Member status and could potentially switch back to RQ-Member or RT-Member (depending on their class) by submitting an application and going through the application process.
As usual, if you know you need to take an extended leave from the game but plan to return, just let the officers know and we will accommodate you. Communication is key here.
Applicants who perform a bannable-type offense will be discharged from the Valorguard recruiting process immediately after a majority vote by the officers. In the rare case where an applicant receives overwhelmingly negative feedback (10+ member “no” votes), the officers may vote to terminate the application early (before the applicant finishes the standard voting period). This provision exists simply to provide a quick resolution for both VG and the applicant, if warranted.
If a sponsor decides to end their sponsorship of an applicant for any reason, the applicant has 2 weeks to find a replacement sponsor in order to continue the application process. If a sponsor can not be found in that time, the application will be terminated. An applicant can terminate their own application for any reason by simply notifying their sponsor or an officer.
SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION
All applications must address all 7 questions below and should be emailed to your sponsor for posting. If there is insufficient information in your application, it may be returned to you to improve, which will delay the process. Please include as many details as possible.
1. Explain why you want to be part of VG. What have you heard about VG or seen yourself that makes you want to join our guild? If you are a former VG member, also include why you left and what you have been doing since leaving.
2. List your usual play time/days (including timezone) ie. “I play from 7pm to 11pm EST every day except Monday”.
3. List any progression bits, keys and flags that you have or are missing that may be relevant based on our current raid zones.
4. List how many AAs you have at the time of your application.
5. List your guild history and approximate time you spent in each guild.
6. Tell us what city you live in and something about yourself, like where you work or go to school, how you got involved with EQ/gaming, other people you know in-game, what you do in your spare time (when not playing EQ), etc.
7. You should include your *updated* Magelo number.
8. Specify whether you are applying as a Raiding Member or a Social Member.
EVALUATION OF APPLICANTS
We request that our members evaluate all applicants using specific criteria. They often include examples of things that they have personally observed during their interactions, so all applicants should strive to do their best in the following areas:
– Activity (playtime) during and outside of raids
– Performance in group activity
– Performance in raid activity
– Overall attitude
– Willingness to take measures to improve weak spots in gear and augments (character pride and investment)
– Willingness to help others, selflessness, and other traits that define “VG material”
If you have any questions about our recruiting process, feel free to send a tell in game to any VG officer or VG member. They are more than happy to answer any question you might have about our recruiting process.
And thank you for your interest in Valorguard!