Sunday, October 1, 2006

Join Us

PvE Guild on EU server: Sunstrider


Founded: Oct 2006

Raid setup:

          We raid as a 25 man guild. We expect our raiders to play a class and not a spec.

Raiding hours:

          Wed, Thu, Sun 1900-2300 CET

Loot system: EPGP
We are using EPGP as our loot system. We do require a common sense in looting so that the loot is being distributed where it is most needed. We take a great pride of the fact that we developed EPGP which has reached over 2 million downloads.
          Priority in looting:

          Need heroic weapons and trinkets (members) > need > side spec > priority off spec > off spec

          Trials have same base priority on loot than members. The only exception is that on heroic trinkets and
          weapons members have a priority over trials.

Quality over quantity
is the underlying premise of this guild. The vast majority of members are in the 20-35 year range with jobs, families, demanding educations etc. We 'only' raid 3 times a week, but we make sure those times are spent well, because each and every raider comes prepared for the bosses in question and helps out in minimizing any waste of time.

This way of raiding has met with considerable success and while the schedule requires a measure of discipline on the part of the raiders, we also keep a friendly and informal atmosphere between us, leaders and grunts alike, in G-chat, guild-mail and on mumble, where the day-to-day interaction between guildies takes place with its mix of joking, serious discussions and all that stuff in between.

Aphorism is an entity comprised of different people with different playstyles, each contributing to the whole in our own way, but with some things in common – as raiders, we understand that the goal is to enhance the performance of the raid. We strive towards being the best players, but never at the cost of overall raid efficiency.

And we never lose sight of that ultimate boss of the game.
We want you
to join our guild because you can fill a spot in our raid composition in a manner that will contribute to the progression through the PvE content of WoW.

That means you have something to offer in return for what this guild will offer you. You are 'a good player' - whatever that means - and the purpose of your application is to show in what way. Obviously, you should also be able to function in the teamwork that raiding is. That means you can communicate in writing as well as on mumble. You can interact with other classes, and the people playing them. You know what's going on, when a raid goes to work on a fight.

With your main character you are able, as well as willing, to play different specs of your class. Like most players, you may have a favourite spec, and that will be accommodated. However, some situations or certain bosses may dictate alternative raid compositions, calling for a few respecs before we can get going. You don't have to own sidespec gear to apply, but as a member of Aphorism, you are expected to gear up for at least one secondary role, whenever it is possible. This kind of flexibility is a prerequisite for our ability to overcome many of the challenges we face.

…and you always come prepared, because you understand that not doing so means wasted time, less raid performance and fewer tries on the bosses. The game itself may be a virtual phenomenon, but the time we spend on it is very real.

The application
is important. Put some effort into it, if you wish to be taken seriously. It is the applications that determines who joins, not any personal contacts on the inside, although every member get a say in the matter if they wish. Nor will stats alone cut it – the good application gives an impression about the kind of player in question.

Also address the most if not all of the following:
  • A link to your armory profile and any information you want to share that is not obvious from it (current spec is not your raiding spec, gear is not the stuff you would equip in raids, armory is not up-to-date - name, server, race etc.)
  • A screenshot of your raiding UI - highly recommended
  • A link to a recent combat report
  • Give an overview of your past endgame raiding experience
  • List any serious alts you have, and the experience you have with them
  • Explain why you want to leave your current guild and join this one
Send an email to aphorism-guild-application@googlegroups.com or post directly to our Application Google Group.

Keep in mind

that the effort you put into the application will be regarded as a reflection of the effort you put into raiding.

That these guidelines are only general pointers. Write it your own way. If you feel something is relevant, even though it is not mentioned on this page, write it! Everything in your application will matter and be studied with genuine interest.

That Aphorism is not a gearing up guild and due to our raiding schedule, it is close to impossible for us to gear up people, if their gearlevel is too low to function in the current instances.

That being accepted means you enter a trial period of a few weeks, in which you will be evaluated for membership.

That as a member, your performance will still be evaluated, and you should be able to receive, as well as give, constructive criticism in the spirit of all members becoming even better players.

That the position as a top-guild on the server means a top flaming-spot also, but you will be above that and uphold dignity without wasting time on petty squabble. You represent Aphorism.

That even though it is our business to kill PvE bosses, we still remember that allies are lowly scum, which ought to be exterminated on sight!
Now get to work on that application, we are looking forward to read it.