Policies

Apart from our code of conduct, we also have a number of policies in place. These polices serve to provide a basis for handling certain circumstances and situations. Members often ask about how we generally handle certain circumstances, so we provide them here as a reference.

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Account Sharing

We define account sharing as,

Allowing someone to access your account who has not submitted an application and been accepted as a member of the clan.

Since allowing access to your account is allowing people who have not been moderated by the leadership access to the guild, we have determined to establish some ground rules for those who wish to share their account.

Our policies for account sharing are as follows:

  1. The person must be approved by a leader prior to the Account Sharing.
  2. Players who plan on interacting with the guild at any level—even a question—must first read and accept our Code of Conduct (leaders must .
  3. A person who is accessing your account must identify themselves.
    1. They can not pretend to be you.
    2. A character they exclusively play which is clearly identified in guild chat or is common knowledge is acceptable.
  4. You will be held responsible for any and all actions taken by people who use your account.

Although Account Sharing of any type is often against the Terms of Service of many games; We feel that anything beyond these guidelines is outside our authority. It’s your account, not ours.

 

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Account Giving

Giving away an account is often considered a violation of the terms of service. However, we do not feel that such actions negatively impact the guild and we will not interfere with the free exchange of an account.

If you are giving away your account to a person who is not a member of our clan, you must remove all characters from the guild prior to giving the account away.

In all circumstances, make sure that the clan is aware your account is no longer under your control.

See also “Account Selling” and “Character Selling”.

Account Selling

Account selling is where a person sells their account to another person (whether for in-game or real-world currents or items.). This is often against the Terms of Service. Players who attempt to sell their accounts to guild members will be banned. Should you decide to sell your account, please remove all characters from the guild and make it aware to the guild—as a courtesy—that your account will no longer be under your control.

See also “Account Giving” and “Character Selling”.

Glitching

There are several definitions for this term. Glitching can refer to a program misbehaving (also sometimes referred to as a “bug” or “bugging”). For the purpose of this policy we are addressing a player who is performing the act of glitching. Definition from Wikipedia is as follows:

Glitching is an activity in which a person finds and exploits flaws or glitches in video games to achieve something that was not intended by the game designers. Gamers who engage in this practice are known as glitchers.

Generally, someone who is glitching is taking advantage of flaws and is not directly modifying or interfering with game files or servers.

Glitching in online games is almost certain a violation of their terms of service.

Please see “Terms of Service” for further information regarding our stance on this issue.

Gold Farming / Buying

It is important to point out that the term “gold farming” is used for several activities inside MMO’s. So, to clarify, we will use the definition from Wikipedia:

“Gold farming is playing a massively multiplayer online game to acquire in-game currency that other players purchase in exchange for real-world money”

In most games, this is frowned upon by the player community. There are a few exceptions, however. Games companies such as Guild Wars 2 and EVE Online offer items that can be purchased for real-world money through their official stores and sold for in-game currency. It should be noted that apart from these official in-game stores, gold farming and buying are against the terms of service.

Please see “Terms of Service” for further information regarding our stance on this issue.

Hacking

As there are several definitions for this term, we will use the definition provided by The Free Dictionary:

To gain access to (a computer file or network) illegally or without authorization.

To expand upon this definition and put it into context, hacking in the video game community involves modifying files or using computer knowledge or programs to gain access to parts of the game or their servers. This is almost universally frowned upon in online games, and is almost certainly an offense which will result in a very harsh ban.

Apart from that, hacking that involves accessing or interfering with a remote server (like a realm server for an MMO) may also be a Federal offense that could involve real-life jail time and significant fines.

Please see “Terms of Service” for further information regarding our stance on this issue.

Power Leveling

This is yet another term that is used for multiple activities within MMO’s. According to WoWWiki.com,

Power leveling is the term used to describe the process of leveling a character as rapidly as possible with the least amount of play time.

It may also refer to the following,

Also note that power leveling is sometimes used to refer to paying someone else to level your character to 80 as fast as possible (i.e. they power level for you)

Power leveling as is defined by the first definition is generally perfectly acceptable (as long as you’re not hacking or exploiting). However, the latter is usually against the terms of service and is very risky. A power leveling service often requires you exchanging your login information with a third-party (i.e., someone that’s not you). This opens your account to vandalism and misuse.

Please see “Terms of Service” and “Account Sharing“.

Terms of Service

We believe in very closely following the rules, terms of services, and other guidelines set forth in the games we play. Although the following verse is debatabely not about gaming companies, we feel that it sets a good model to follow.

11 Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and temporary residents to abstain from fleshly desires that war against you.12 Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that in a case where they speak against you as those who do what is evil, they will, by observing your good works, glorify God on the day of visitation.

13 Submit to every human authority because of the Lord, whether to the Emperor as the supreme authority 14 or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do what is evil and to praise those who do what is good. 15 For it is God’s will that you silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good.

1 Peter 2:11-15 (HCSB)

As such, we withhold the right to discipline members who violate the terms of service. As our reputation within the gaming community is important, any violation of the terms of service such as gold selling, hacking, etc. reflect poorly on our group as a whole.

The disciplinary action taken varies depending on severity and other factors. It should be noted that we have removed players in the past. Make things easy on all of us, don’t do it.

 

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