Here's a little about us:
Who: The Crescent Order. We think of ourselves as a casual-friendly kinship that also participates in raids and other large-scale events. Real life comes before gaming in all situations, and we understand that not everyone can be online all the time.
The majority of TCOers are in their mid-20s or older, but applications are judged based on the maturity of the applicant more so than their age. We also have several members who are relatives of one another or are significant others so there is a strong sense of family to be found in our kinship.
What: We are a multi-game guild which has been around for over a decade, so you can rest assured we not only know how to play MMOs and enjoy them, but we also know how to retain a happy, active membership. We were originally formed for Star Wars Galaxies (SWG), playing on the Chilastra server and, over the years, have branched out into other games including, most recently, SWtOR. In LotRO, meanwhile, we are one of the few Firefoot kinships that was created during open beta which are still going today and currently sit at Rank 10. We have longevity in LotRO and as a guild overall.
When: Most of our members playing LotRO are based in the US and, of that number, a slight majority are east coasters. We do have quite a few west coasters, however, and several overseas members, not to mention shift-workers and some students. As a result, there always tends to be a body of TCO people logged onto the server.
Where: All over Middle Earth! Although the sweet-spot for members tends to be level 50-75 these days, we have many members who enjoy playing alts so, at any given time, it's possible to see TCO from the newbie areas right through to Moria, Mirkwood and Isengard. Never been there? Let us take you there. We have a Kinhall in the Falathlorn homesteads, with member homes in that neighborhood as well as elsewhere.
Why: Our philosophy is to have fun in-game, whilst maintaining a mature disposition, befitting a group of people who are mostly aged in their mid 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. Although we have some members with an interest in raiding and PvMP, they are balanced by just as many members who are solely interested in the PvE content of LotRO, or even just socialising with a "nice" bunch of like-minded people who aren't going to hold a grudge if they can't log in every day, or if someone gets lucky with a loot role during questing. That key word again: maturity. We probably cannot be easily categorized in many respects but if someone was to refer to us as a "casual" kinship, we certainly wouldn't object to that. We aren't a group for hardcore LotRO raiders, although we do have enviable numbers and do raid with our friends and allied kins.
How: Assuming you don't have a character name that will break other members' immersion in Middle Earth (like Beerman or DonutChugger or HarriPotta), here's the process:
- Register at www.thecrescentorder.com by clicking the "Apply to Guild" link. (If you don't have a GuildLaunch account, you'll need to create one -- you can do this after clicking "Apply.")
- Send a PM to Theofrid, letting me know you've applied. I'll get you set up with posting access, and will arrange an in-game kin invite.
- Once you have posting access, introduce yourself at our forums!
- When it's time to move from "recruit" status to full member, you'll receive our application as a PM at our forums. In most cases, promotion occurs when you've been with us 30 days and have sent in the application. (See the "fine print" below.)
The Fine Print: During this first month that you are with us, you are regarded as "on probation" with the kinship and while you are treated like a member in-game, you won't have full access to our online forums, which is where the soul of the kinship resides and where all planning and voting occurs. At the end of that month, our officer group will determine whether you're a fit for us and we're a fit for you. If we think everything's OK, we will send you an application form to join us as a full member, which opens up our private forums to you.
Why the probationary period? At the end of the day, it means that anyone wearing the tag "TCO Member" on our forums has proven themselves as a mature and capable person, able to interact socially with the kin. We have used this recruitment style in numerous MMOs over the past ten years and, time and time again, it has ensured one of the most stable guild experiences in all of online gaming. Just look around and ask yourself how many kinships you can see that have existed for even a year or two, let alone ten.
We look forward to meeting you either in-game, in this thread or over at our own forums. See you in Middle-earth soon!