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Dark Wolves is an adult guild (18+), run by and for the adult players of World of Warcraft.  We are a Horde faction guild on the EU Lightbringer realm.

First rule of the guild ... be nice!! It is up to you how much you interact with other guild members. You can be a lone player, someone who likes to just pop in for a chat or a highly active member. We do ask, however, if you do join in the guild chat that you do so in a considerate manner. Persistent "offenders" risk being being kicked from the guild.  Be aware that what you type into guild chat CAN BE SEEN BY THOSE ON GUILD CHAT.  Be aware that intention or emotion doesn't always translate well into pure text.

We do not allow begging - being in the guild does not give you the right to demand money/goods or even time/services off other players (this includes begging for "boosts"). This includes begging via "whispers"!

We DO NOT condone abusive or offensive behaviour (although bear in mind that "offensive behaviour" can mean different things to different people), nor do we condone any action that may be frowned upon by Blizzard (basically, anything that tries to work-around the controls they have put in place, such as botting, conversing with the Alliance, account sharing, etc).

Please be considerate when playing and chatting with other guild members - if you wouldn't say something in real life to a stranger, face to face, then it isn't likely that it would be acceptable in the guild either ...

Alts (alternate characters) are welcome in the guild - please just let us know so that we can place a note in the Guild Roster.

Dark Wolves is a hybrid "casual raiding/social guild".  For us, this means that some of us raid, some of us don't.  When we do raid, we have fun just being there .. a boss kill is a bonus.  We do expect people to try their best - by our very nature we often "just scrape through" on fights, so we can't afford to carry people.  But if raiders put in the effort to try their best, that's all we ask.  Please do not expect us to faceroll encounters, breeze through new instances and new content with only a couple of wipes .. this will not happen.  We will die.  A lot.  We also laugh about it, tease each other, discuss tactics and alternative ways of doing things - usually fuelled by plenty of snacks and the occasional glass of something. 

We are an adult only (18+) guild, meaning we don't generally allow members under 18 years of age. 

Ranks and Promotions

The guild ranks are, in order from lowest to highest: Pup, Cub, Juvenile, Wolf Alt, Wolf, Werewolf, Beauwolf, Beta and Alpha.  There is also an additional rank (Missing in Action, or "MiA") for members who have been away from the game for some time, but we consider may be back.

Alpha is the Guild Leader and Beta is the "officer" rank. Beauwolf is a rank reserved for "alts" of the Beta members, and was created in memory of a well loved member of the guild, Beauvine, who sadly died after a tragic accident. 

Werewolf rank is limited to those members of the guild who have attained the "Wolf" rank, and are regular raiders with those specific characters.  More information regarding the Werewolf rank can be found in the raiding rules

The Wolf Alt rank is reserved for alts of members who have reached the Wolf rank, and bestows the same privileges.  

Other than the Wolf/Wolf alt and officer ranks, all ranks are awarded on a per character basis.  Inactive characters will either not progress up the ranks or progress slowly.  However, inactive characters of a member who has achieved Wolf rank with another character will automatically be placed in the Wolf Alt rank.  Inactive characters that are not attached to an active "main" run the risk of being removed.

When you are first invited into the guild, you will be placed in the Pup rank - a probationary trial ranking where you get to see if the guild is where you want to be. If you are happy to continue on in the guild after two weeks, there are no objections from more senior members of the guild, and you have been active for a reasonable time during that two weeks, then you will be eligible to be promoted to a Cub.

After that, any promotions will be earned through activities within the guild on a per character basis - helping other members, taking part in guild chat, etc.  Any promotion is purely at the discretion of the Guild Leader and Officers - asking for a promotion will not make a promotion occur any faster - indeed it may slow the process down!

The Guild Leader or an assigned officer will carry out promotions at a time they see fit - in theory they happen approximately once every two weeks or so, however, this is flexible depending on the recent member intake, any roster changes that are taking place, real life time constraints on the person carrying out the promotions and how many other things are being organised/dealt with at the same time. 

Please be aware that you may see your promotion as "someone just needs to click the button" - we see it as at least an hours uninterrupted work in between looking after the guild vault; guild auctions; organising, running and participating in guild events, instance runs and raids; maintaining, updating and administering the guild website and Facebook page and general guild troubleshooting - dealing with problems, whispers and messages "on the fly".  Bear in mind this person is like you - they want to play WoW occasionally, too!

The benefits to promotion are increasing access to items in the guild vault and repairs.

When you are first invited into the guild, you are expected to play that character at least a few times in the first two "trial" weeks ... should any character be invited into the guild but then not come online for 14 days or more, they run the risk of being removed from the guild unless they give prior notification (for example, if they are going on holiday, etc). Any guild member from a rank of Cub upwards have an increased inactivity period of one month - if after a month, without prior notice, a member has not been active, they can be removed from the guild roster without warning.

Officers who fail to come online for an extended period of time without prior notice risk demotion to Wolf rank after a period of two months. After that they are liable to the same removal rules as all other members of the guild.

Should you have problems getting into WoW for a long period of time for any reason, you can contact us through the website using either the forums or Private Message, where we can put a hold on your characters removal.

If you know you are going to be away from the game for some time, but intend to come back, please let us know so that we can place you in the rank designed specifically for that eventuality.  This will ensure you aren't removed from the guild accidentally prior to your return and also protect the guild should your account be hacked.

The MiA (Missing in Action) rank is a minimal access rank, to protect the guild against hacked accounts whilst members are away from the game.  A member's main character will be placed in this rank if either that member requests to be placed there (ie, if they know they're going to be away for a considerable length of time) or if they haven't been online for approximately 5 months, and we consider they may return at a later date.  All of their alts will be removed from the guild to reduce clutter caused by inactive characters, however, if the member returns they are welcome to bring their alts back in.  Members in the MiA rank who do return will be placed back in the Cub rank and then subject to the normal roster rules.

Please note: "Member" refers to the account holder and is usually linked to their "main" character name.  "Character" refers to individual characters and alts.

Returning Members

Any members who leave the guild (for whatever reason) and wish to return, must first contact an Alpha or Beta of the guild for permission to re-join. We reserve the right to refuse reinstatement into the guild without explanation (although usually it is fairly obvious!). Should a returning member join without the permission of an Alpha or Beta they risk the possibility of removal from the guild without warning.  Generally we expect returning members who no longer have any characters in the guild to reapply via the website application form, mentioning their previous membership and, if possible, the name of at least one (main) character that used to be a member of the guild.

If you have had a name change or wish to bring in an Alt, please let us know.

Any returning members will join at the Pup rank again and will be treated as any other new member in respect of promotions, access to banks, etc.

Recruiting New Members

We occasionally open up the in-game recruitment advert, asking potential candidates to apply via the website.  We do not generally recruit those who are asking in Trade or other channels for a guild. If you are approached with a request to join from a potential new member, please ask them to check out this website first, including this page, and to apply via our application form on this site.

Should you wish to invite a friend or family member to the guild, ask them to check out this site first, then an officer can invite them on the strength of your recommendation.

If a current member wishes an Alt character to join, we have no limit to Alt numbers. If you add an Alt to the guild, please ensure your "Main" character name is shown in the notes.

Should you be approached for an invitation from a potential new member, ensure they have applied via the website, and that their application has been accepted, prior to sending them an invite.  Should their application still be pending, or refused, please refer them to an officer or the Guild Leader. 

We do have an age restriction in place, therefore please explain that we are an adult guild and expect new members to act accordingly.

Requests for Help

Please be considerate in your requests for help. Members are encouraged to help each other, primarily by giving advice on the Guild Chat channel.

Please bear in mind that all quests other than dungeon and "group" quests should be doable by a lone character. If you find one too difficult, either ask for hints in Guild Chat, check one of the helpful websites or simply leave it for another day. Other members of the guild may volunteer to help, especially if they have a character of the same level/with the same quest, but please don't expect others to drop everything - bear in mind that, whilst you are questing, it is more than likely others are too.

If you need help with an instance or group quest, please just make a request in the open guild channel or use the Calendar to organise something for a future date. Please DO NOT whisper people individually begging for help - this makes people feel uncomfortable and less likely to want to help. Again, please don't expect others to drop everything - most people are not just stood around waiting for something to do but are busy with their own characters.

You are more likely to get help if you have previously helped others - either doing quests with others or simply giving advice on the Guild Chat channel.

The Guild Vault

We have all tabs in the Guild Vault, these being for various materials (split over two tabs); patterns/recipes; armour and weapons; potions and buff foods etc.  The final tab is dedictated to raiders and is ONLY available to those in the Werewolf rank (and above).  It is used for potions, flasks and various consumables to be used during guild raids.

Please note that Pups can donate to the banks, but cannot withdraw. All ranks after that have increasing access to the vault. Please don't request items from sections of the vault that you do not have access to.

The guild is happy to accept donations which can be deposited in the relevant slots in the Vault (or if you do not have access to the relevant slot, you can either mail to an officer rank with a request to place in the correct slot, or place in a tab you can access, for future movement). If you can access the relevant tabs, please deposit items in the correct place!

Please don't donate grey items, bandages, non-buff foods or items that can be easily purchased off most vendors - these will only reduce space in the vault for more useful items.

We are happy to accept items that you have made, but please only deposit one or two of any specific item to reduce clogging up of the bank slots.

Please note that there is a "system" in place that is monitored regularly - please feel free to add/remove items as necessary, but resist the temptation to rearrange items already there unless you are fully aware of the system. The bank vault takes a lot of time and effort to keep organised and we therefore take a dim view of anyone increasing that load!

Fair Use Policy: The guild bank vault is just that, a bank vault for the benefit of members of the guild. Please DO NOT remove items from the vault to benefit other characters not in the guild, or for resale. All items withdrawn by a member must be for the sole benefit of that member (or the guild), either something that member will wear or utilise in some way personally. If you are unsure, please ask prior to withdrawal.

CLARIFICATION: PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ALL DONATIONS TO THE GUILD VAULT ARE JUST THAT .. DONATIONS.  THEY ARE CLASSED AS GIFTS GIVEN TO THE GUILD TO BE USED FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE GUILD AS A WHOLE.  If you place something in the guild vault by accident, please contact an officer or the guild leader as soon as possible after the event in order to reclaim it.  By "as soon as possible", we mean a matter of hours .. perhaps a day or so .. however, please be aware that once an item is in the vault, anyone with the rank to remove that item, can do so if they wish (as long as they adhere to our fair use policy).  If it is a monetary addition to the guild vault that has been added by accident (for example you added too much), you need to notify an officer or the guild leader within the day ... if we cannot see the donation on the vault logs, we can't verify the amounts involved.

The Website

We recommend that all members of the guild fully sign up and visit the website and forums on a regular basis - any news, updates or useful information will be posted here, often on a daily basis. The more members who access and post on the website, the more useful it will become to all members. 

We also run a Facebook page which we encourage people to "Like" - major announcements will also be linked there, however, please note that normal forum activity and website changes/updates will NOT be reproduced on the Facebook site.  Conversely, some of the activity on Facebook will not be reflected on the website - interesting news items/videos, screenshots etc can often be found there.

"Drama"

Dark Wolves prides itself on not "doing" drama.  We therefore take a very dim view of anyone promoting "drama" in any way, shape or form.  This can consist of rumourmongering, swearing, taking over the guild chat channel for a personal conversation, attempting to "ninja" loot (taking loot you do not qualify for), creating "cliques" (a group of people who interact primarily within that group, excluding other guild members), begging for gold/items/help, harrassing other guild members, taking part in "Barrens" type Trade chat and generally poorly representing our guild and/or guild members to other guilds/players. 

Please bear in mind that you asked to join us, therefore suggesting that you wished to be part of our guild and our way of playing.  If you get involved in drama, despite our intention to avoid it, it suggests you no longer find our guild a good match for you, and we would suggest you find a guild who is a better fit.

We do understand that occasionally people make mistakes or say the wrong thing .. we're only human .. but we are also adults and we expect people to behave as such.  If there is a problem with another member of the guild (regardless of rank), with the policies of the guild, with something that has occurred that is affecting your time in the guild, please do not let it fester .. problems are much easier dealt with early.  Please speak to either the guild leader or one of the officers to try and resolve any potential problems as soon as possible.

We encourage honesty at all times when it comes to problem-solving.  Nothing encourages drama to proliferate more, than when people are dishonest (regardless of the reason).  Obviously the guild is full to the gills of rich playboys (and girls) who are astronauts in their spare time, but when we're serious about stuff, we ask that people are open and honest.  We really don't mind if you're NOT an astronaut.  ;-)

Please also note .. the guild leader and officers (and the guild members too, for that matter) cannot see into the future, nor can they read minds.  Don't assume we know about a problem - it's better for more than one person to bring something to our attention, than none at all.

Complaints

Should you have a grievance, please let one of the Officers or the Guild Leader know, either by whisper or via the in-game mail system. We understand that in guilds there will occasionally be misunderstandings or problems ... a lot of these can be resolved simply by checking this website for information or by letting us know - being an Alpha/Beta does NOT make us all knowing and we will occasionally miss things or make mistakes, so please don't take it to heart, we're friendly folk, honest!

On the other hand, should we get a lot of complaints about one particular individual, depending on the offence/perceived offence, we may just have a chat, or we may just simply remove the individual from the guild.

Removal from the Guild

There are various reasons for being removed from the guild, the usual one being that your character simply has not been active enough (see above). Generally characters will be allowed to stay in the guild for a number of months of inactivity prior to being removed, although strictly speaking a Pup who has not been online for over two weeks, or any other rank for over a month, risks removal.  The only exception to this is if those members elect to be placed (or we place them) in the rank put aside for long term absences when they plan to return.  Once members are removed due to inactivity, a notice will be made on this website, in the "News" section and, if they have registered with this website, they will receive a message to that effect.

Any other removals from the guild will usually be simply because of a member not adhering to our guidelines. Please read them carefully. They are not difficult, and there are not many of them, but claiming a lack of knowledge is not a good enough excuse. Most members will be given at least one warning, often more, prior to removal - either via guild chat, whisper or an in-game mail.

If you have been removed from the guild and are unsure why, please contact either the guild leader or an officer (Beta). It should, however, have been explained to you and be obvious why it has happened. If you have been removed from the guild, please note that it was NOT done lightly, there WILL have been a good reason for it, and if we receive complaints that you are annoying members of the guild because of it, you will be reported to Blizzard and run the risk of your account being banned.

Raiding

If you think you may wish to raid with us, you can view our full raiding rules and guidelines on our Raiding Rules page.

The basics are that we regularly organise current level raiding for guild members.  There is no restriction on who can attend based on rank or past experience, although there will usually be a restricton based on gear level and potential output.  This will vary depending on the particular event requirements.

Our standard raids are:

Wednesday & Friday: 9.30pm to midnight Server Time (GMT+1)

We have no required number of raids you should attend, but we do ask that you treat events with respect - raids take a lot of time to set up and organise, so turning up late, leaving early or not turning up at all without prior warning is not acceptable.

If you wish to join a particular event, they are marked on the calendar in-game (and on the Armories) - we ask that you sign up in plenty of time and watch for event updates on our forums.

We require that all raid members install and join voice chat (Teamspeak) during a raid.  There is no requirement to speak, but you will need to be able to hear and understand us.

For more in-depth information, including loot rules, please read the full raiding rules.

 

 

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