Seelund Trading has just two overarching rules in its Code of Conduct:
1) Respect each other. 2) Have fun.
That's it. That's the sole principle. But what does that mean in functional terms?
1) Respect Each Other:
Behind every character is a player; a real life, flesh and blood person. That person is logged into any game to enjoy a fun, exciting, and relaxing piece of entertainment. You are being disrespectful when you act in a manner that deprives your fellow players of that purpose.
There is a zero tolerance policy for harassment of players on the basis of race, gender, social status, religious (or non-religious) belief, political philosophy, or sexual orientation.
To help guarantee a friendly environment within the game, please keep discussions of the various subjects listed above out of guild chat and vent.
Excessive use of vulgar or obscene language will not be tolerated in guild chat or vent. Also, discussion of ‘mature’ subjects should be avoided due to the presence of underage players. Basicly, use common sense. Be aware of who you're talking to and who can hear you.
Respect the right of other players to determine what constitutes ‘fun’ for themselves.
Respect each player’s limited playtime and desire for RP immersion by keeping ‘Out of Character’ requests, questions, and conversations to a minimum, particularly in guild chat. Casual, non-RP conversation is more appropriately carried out in vent, provided it is not directly interfering with an ongoing event (PvP battle, PvE raid, etc.). As a courtesy to others, please put all out of character conversation in double parentheses ((like this)).
"Respect each other" extends to people out of the guild as well. They're all here to have fun too, and we won't tolerate our members trying to interfere with other people's enjoyment through disrespect or griefing. Camping is only ok when it's an equal-kind retribution against a camper.
Follow whatever rules are set up by the organizers of any event you are participating in. While we don't have any formal rules about things like spitting, most of our allied guilds do, and every group has its own house rules (such as vent etiquette during a pvp event or loot rules in a pve raid).
When someone is being disrespectful, it is the responsibility of all members to bring it to the attention of the leadership so that it can be dealt with immediately.
2) Have fun.
We're all here to have fun in the game and in game-related contexts (like the forum), and to make the game more fun for each other. The entire purpose of playing a game is to have fun; not to do work, not to deal with drama, not to adhere to someone else’s schedule or interests. We play it to entertain ourselves, to relax, and to have fun. It’s not just a game; the things we do around this game absorb a great deal of our real life time and effort, and so occurrences in-game can have profound effects on us in real life, but it is important to remember why you log in. If you aren’t here to play a game, why are you here?
It is both your right and your responsibility to have fun. It is not your responsibility to entertain others, nor is it their responsibility to entertain you.
If you are not having fun, take a break. If you are angry, don’t post in the forums or in guild chat.
Everyone defines what is ‘entertaining’ differently; these games are designed to offer a variety of fun activities, each as valuable as the other. Each player must set their own priorities; it will not be the guild’s policy to endorse any single activity over another.
The guild exists to facilitate activities, not to create them. Creating fun activities is the responsibility of each individual player.
Guilds exist so that the members can work together for mutual entertainment. That is the driving consideration in all leadership decisions – what is best (most entertaining) for the guild as a whole?
All members of Seelund Trading Company are expected to abide by this code of conduct while logged in to the game or engaged in out-of-game-but-related activities (such as posting to this forum or the official forums or on other guilds' forums).
To end this Code of Conduct, I want to leave you with a quote from one of the Captains:
It seems to me that there are two types of players in this game; those who log in to have fun, to spend a few hours with friends, to laugh, and to challenge themselves in the adventures Blizzard has set up for us, be they a complicated dungeon or a friendly PvP competition.
The other type is the one that logs on to 'win'; the ones that take the challenges in this game and turn it into a major competition. They don't try to run the dungeons, they try to 'beat them'. They don't PvP to challenge themselves - they do it to 'beat' the other guy. Everything is about 'winning' an essentially un-winnable game.
Personally, I'm in the first group, though I've been known to get my feet wet in the second from time to time. I like friendly PvP competitions, but sometimes those 'neighborhood rivalries' can take on a fierce aspect. What I've always noticed is that, when I'm just hanging out, having fun, and challenging myself, I always have a good time. I never regret logging into the game when I am in that mood.
But when I encounter players of the second type, or stray that way myself, I rarely come away happy. Something about turning all your energy towards winning poisons the experience. Sure, it feels great when you win, but inevitably, there is always someone better than you out there. You are going to get beat, and when you do, you begin to hate this game. You find yourself regretting having logged in at all. That frustration builds as the defeats build.
Anyways, think about why you log in, why you spend time in a game, and what you do with your guildies. Remember to always have fun. That's what this guild is for me - a place to have fun. Beware those who want to turn everything into a competition; the results are almost never what you want. You can challenge yourself without making it a war against others. Given a lot of recent events, its something I earnestly think we should all take to heart.
I _just_ stepped in the door. I may be slightly late for rp night b/c I have to figure out dinner still first. If I'm not on at 10, go ahead and start preparing for the truck switch and figuring out the distraction. I'll be on as quickly as I can.
For the Thursday RP night, if I'm not there, go ahead and get together either to RP or to do some runs to make credits toward the Tatooine stronghold. I start a new position today and I'm not sure yet what time I'll be home in the evenings.