After last night, I felt as though we were overdue for a guild update.
First off, I would like to extend a welcome to all of our new members. From a guild merger from the folks working with Skyburn and Yrandel to the former members of Mortify, and lastly, our newest trio – death, echelon and rusty. It is a pleasure to have all of you with us and I was excited to see many of you participating with us last night and am very eager to see what lies in store for our future together.
Now, onto business: The first thing I would like to note is that we now have enough players to start farming our gear in a raid setting. Many of us have been working together in T1/T2/Expert Rifts and the gear obtained there has proved invaluable such far, but we have much larger adventures in store for us. Beginning Wednesday, June 29, I would like to start working on raid rifts. Naturally, the question that comes to mind of a typical 50 is "How do I get in?"
I will be created a raid group composed of 15-20 people. Of these 15 to 20 people, there will be a core group of 10 raid-ready 50s (this means having hit the requirements in their respective roles) divided between two tanks, two healers, a support and five DPS. The remaining players who have not reached the caps will be asked to play as a healer or support if they have either role; if not, they can DPS to the best of their ability. As we do run a loot council, players who are part of the original ten will have priority in gear, though as the other players reach their gear caps, the core ten can rotate so everyone has an equal chance at attaining gear.
The next thing I want to address is the officer/junior officer situation. At present, we have three officers and six junior officers. Our member count is 84, give-or-take some alts would leave us at about 60 members. Once our guild count registers about 120 members, I will want to look for a new officer and two new junior officers. So this is something to keep in mind as I am noting who has been actively recruiting and who has not. The officer, naturally, will be pooled from the junior officer selection and the junior officers will be pooled from our active members.
Lastly, I would like to announce a future guild project that I would like to begin working on around the end of July. Many of you utilize the resource, RIFT Zam. However, those of you who use this probably also notice the tons of missing data and incomplete pages on rift.zam.com as well as telarapedia. I would like to start a small initiative that takes a group of players who spend some time each week updating these websites as though to help the community. I will be creating a Paradigm Shift account for use on the website, so all data uploaded there will be under our account, which may intrigue members from other servers.
All-in-all, everyone's been doing a great job and I can't wait to see what else we have in store for us.
On a final note: THOSE WHO ARE NEW AND ARE INTERESTED IN HARDCORE, PROGRESSION RAIDING, PLEASE CONTACT DRIZ ASAP. YOU WILL BE GIVEN ACCESSS TO A FORUM DEDICATED FOR MY CORE RAIDING GROUP. WHILE BEING PART OF THE CORE RAIDING GROUP REQUIRES MORE RESPONSIBILITY, YOU WILL ALWAYS RECEIVE LOOT AND RAID PRIORITY ABOVE CASUAL MEMBERS.
Well, we've made a lot of progress the last couple of days. Our level 50 count has increased astronomically and our 50s have been gaining gear en masse. After last night's success of the expert rift runs, we will be making these a nightly occurrence. I would encourage players to include our nightly expert and raid rift runs as part of a recruitment macro. If it helps, please use the following to maintain consistency:
<Paradigm Shift> is now recruiting players to join in end-game content. Join us to participate in nightly expert rift and raid rift runs as well as daily Tier Groups and Weekly Raids. PST for more information. All levels 40+ are welcome to open-world end-game content.
I will be posting times for these nightly expert rifts on the calendar. If players would not mind just signing up on there so I can have a rough estimate on how many to expect, that would be great.
I have also downsized the amount of content on this site by removing the DKP section (as it is no longer valid) and the Bank section (as we will be getting a Guild Bank update on Wednesday). I'm tentative on removing the Mail section, but most players should have a Mail section beneath the main navigation panel. After I do some research, I'll make a call on that one. While the Library and Resources sections are not being used at present, I do plan on using them a bit more extensively in the future.
Lastly, I am discontinuing the "Ticket" system. Not because of its ineffectiveness, though; rather, it is due to the fact that so many in this guild did not seek compensation for their assistance to other guild members, which is an exceptionally admirable trait to see within this guild, and I expect to see us go far due to it.
CORE RAID MEMBERS:
All core raid members have an assignment to build a duplicate of their PvE specs on http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html and post them to the appropriate topic in the restricted Core Raiders forums. If a player has interest in joining our Core Raiding Group, please contact Driz or Monitor at your earliest convenience.
For those of you interested in raiding, yet do not wish to be a part of the more demanding Core Raiding Group, please feel free to play with us as casual raiders. Casual raiders are entitled to all open-world content and 20-man content. However, Casual Raiders do not obtain loot priority and only gain loot if a Core Raiding Member does not need a significant upgrade for that slot. If you would like to raid casually, please just sign-up on the dates on the calendar.