Greetings Exiles! This will be the first of our monthly Guild Letters that I will be posting to let everyone know what's been happening and what you might've missed. Firstly I would like to wish you guys a Happy New Year!!!!! I hope 2015 brings you much fun on your Path of Exile experience but also real life :) Christmas also just passed so for those that celebrate it and even for those that don't, I hope you've all been well during this past festive season.
For those that use it, you may have noticed that our old Teamspeak server provided generously by one of our fellow guildies went down recently. With no way to resolve it, Kaoms and myself took it upon ourselves to get us our very own Teamspeak server for the guild. We hope that more and more of you come on and use it whilst playing as it's just a great place to socialise with fellow members cross-guild and also talk to people you haven't met before. If you would like to help us GroupPay for Teamspeak, a link can be found at the bottom right corner of your website.
For the coming year we also hope that everyone is more participative on our website. The forums are a way for us to communicate better and even form groups to reach certain goals. I certainly will be using them more to let others know what I'm currently playing in game and what goals I hope to achieve and if anyone wants to come along for the ride, the more the merrier! If you don't want to participate make sure you just log in once in a while to let us know you aren't gone away somewhere (leave us a message here also if possible) I certainly do my best to check the website daily and many of us already do also.
There might have been confusion over the management of the guild so I'd like to use this chance to clear some things up. We as Umbra started as a Standard Only guild. With this policy we grew and grew fast. In that time we had to reject many from the previous challenge leagues so we thought we'd revise this policy. An adjacent guild was born to house the challenge league members that will effectively increase the capacity of the guild and members aren't restricted or have to leave the guild if they play another league. This way Umbra will be a home to all that want to join us. Originally Kaoms had led this other guild but since I was playing torment exclusively it only made sense that we switch roles and he taking the reigns for the Standard guild. At the end of the league another purge will remove all in actives from our list and if the challenge members want to continue on Standard they will be moved to the respective guilds. This ensures we have an active and very engaged members list.
Finally I would like to address the recent changes to officers to the guild. I would also like to congratulate some new officers taking on the responsibility of growing the guild and thank those that have stepped down. I envisioned that at full capacity the guild will need roughly 1:10 ratio of Officers to Members. This will ensure there is always someone to help across all timezones since we are a Global guild. So if anyone wants to help us as we grow larger look at our ranking system that we've created on this site to know what you need to do to become an Officer for Umbra. I'd like to thank Mil, Exiled, Crypronge and Connor for their efforts as officers and will be happy to have them take up the responsibility again if they choose to. Congrats are also in order, to all of Officers that have been promoted this past month!
This will be it from me for now and I hope to speak to you all again next month. Thank you for reading.
Guild Newsletter #1
StDrakeX / Jan 01, 2015