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  1. Fera

    Oh Hai

    Hi Xella! Welcome! I, personally, am overjoyed to have you on board. Your mom & I have been pals for years now (and yeah, she's awesome!), so I know you'll fit right in. In the short time I've known you, I can say that you definitely inherited her "hoot" gene (lol, b/c of the funny ^^), and I look forward to grouping w/ you again. I'll change your forum status to Recruit for now, and barring anything weird, Member promotion will occur in a couple weeks. Make sure you peruse and either sign or comment here in this thread the Code of Conduct. It's generally a no-brainer for most peeps ^^ Also, I know you have your own Discord, but let's make sure you get set up on SoH discord this week if your mom hasn't done that already.
  2. Fera

    LFG Games! Discord channel

    I love this idea, thank you Grieve. \o/
  3. Fera

    Intro thingy

    Hi War, welcome! I don't play Dest2 but I hope you'll engage all of us on Discord -- maybe we'll play a different title together someday ^^
  4. Founded in 2005, SoH was established as a gaming community for mature players to enjoy exploring MMOs together. Since then we've branched out to include other types of games as well as different platforms. The stability and longevity of our community is due in large part to our vetting process, which is a two-way street. We ask all prospective members to vet us while we, in turn, vet them. In so doing you will discover that the SoH community is very-much a friend-first group of gamers. Essentially, we choose each other with which to play. And while we believe that real life comes first, gaming is the best hobby there is! In SoH, we play lots of different games and are comprised of people from all walks of life. We're proud of that fact, and we guard it, and them with great fervor. If you're new to our community we ask that you get involved so that you can get to know us, and we can get to know you. For like-minded gamers, this will be a piece of cake (and this cake is not a lie!) Step 1: Read our Code of Conduct. While we take this document seriously, it's generally a no-brainer for like-minded gamers. There's no need to sign this, but we ask that you comment on it in your Introduction. Step 2: Go to the Public Access section of our forums and write an Introduction. Tell us about yourself and please include something regarding the CoC, i.e., do you think you're a good fit based on what you have read? That's it! Easy! Now all you have to do is grab a Discord invite and join in the fun \o/ Active groups (Cohorts) you're welcome to join: Destiny 2 2 weekly raid(s) and 2 other optional group events each week, currently welcoming new players. Lead: Grieve Fallout 76 2 group events per week, currently welcoming new players. Lead: Practical GW2 PvX, 2 group nights per week including dungeons, WvW and Fractals, currently welcoming new players. Lead: Simone WoW End-game content weekly events scheduled based on activity/interest Lead: Elend Elder Scrolls Online - PvX, 1 group night per week, minimal activity at present. Lead: Gul
  5. We strive to select membership that naturally contribute to our community, and thus we have few rules. We do, however, have certain core values with regard to behavior. They are as follows: No drama. Games are a leisure activity and our Members prefer theirs without anger, petulance or ugliness. If you're not able to resolve a disagreement with another member, speak to a Game Officer. Ongoing improvement. We are not a hardcore guild and have no playtime requirement. We do, however, play to win. As such, Members are expected to improve their individual game play and teamwork, and be open to (as well as provide) feedback to their peers. Sportsmanship. In PvP titles, we are tenacious, but civilized. We do not harass or "grief" our opponents; we thank them for a good fight. Remember that your actions, even when you are alone, reflect on the entire guild. If you choose to behave poorly, you have made that choice for all of us. Fair play. We believe in abiding by each title's EULA; the use of 3rd party software not permitted by said EULA to hack, cheat or bot is strictly prohibited. Likewise, abuse of most bugs and exploits is grounds for dismissal. If you are unsure as to what constitutes an exploit in the context of the game you're playing, please see a Game Officer. Friendship. Everyone is expected to treat each Member of SoH as a friend, including being social in-game and in Discord. Minor things like greetings or query responses go a long way toward creating the type of atmosphere this guild is about. Always put guild-mates first when planning your game activities. Community. By holding these core values, we create and contribute to a community that transcends individual titles. We strive to be inclusive of any and all peoples and eschew those who demean others on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, politics or religion.
  6. Fera

    Greeting .,,,(^_^),,,.

    Hi Codex, welcome! We have a small contingent in lotro and are very casual with group nights (usually 2x a week). The Nomads (our group name) will remain in that title for at least another month, possibly 2 or even more, but at some point we'll meet to offer up new game options on which to vote. If you want to stick with us -- terrific! You are entirely welcome to suggest a new title and then offer a brief pitch (here on forums) for it. I'll alter your forum rank momentarily so you can poke around a bit and get to know us better. You'll find we play lots of different games (and sometimes on other platforms). Our gaming community leans to the larger side but we consider ourselves to be a tight-knit community, and too, not everyone participates in all titles (or it would be a madhouse! mwahahahaha) Anyway, Simone will hook you up w/ Discord and Mumble info at some point. He's at work so probably won't be able to do that till this evening. I look forward to chatting w/ you! p.s. I forgot to mention that SoH has been a thing for nearly 14 yrs now (esp. in MMOs) with Chapters in practically any one you can name. Many of our players stick around year, after year, after year -- b/c we foster an actual community environment, one that is inclusive, generous and friendly. SoH is a safe haven for gamers from all walks of life and we'd be honored if you chose to become a resident Member as well. \o/
  7. Fera

    A Little Bit About Myself.

    Hi Jerome, pleasure to meet ya -- and welcome! Your forum rank has been altered so you can poke around a bit and get to know us better. Once Elend has you hooked up w/ Discord, feel free to join the ongoing conversation in #social -- everyone is welcome (and several people yap throughout their work day lol). Please take a moment to familiarize yourself w/ our Code of Conduct and 5 Dirty Words if you haven't already; you'll find them in Public Access. Pretty easy stuff really, but if you find yourself saying, "ruh-roh, Scooby" just give Elend a head's up ^^ Have you any pets? If so, feel free to post pics! South-East aye? I'm from New Orleans myself, but moved to Minnesota a couple of years ago. I'm still acclimatizing to the winters but have generally found it to be a positive change ^^ Have fun gaming!!
  8. Founder This is an honorary title bestowed upon past and present members of the Leadership Council who have demonstrated the highest commitment to the guild through ongoing leadership and participation, with particular emphasis placed on the ability to organize Chapters or large Cohorts over a long period of time (generally, one year plus) with sustained and successful recruitment efforts. Only a Founder may nominate and promote an individual to this rank. Key Responsibilities: see Leadership Council (below) Tenure: Founders are considered lifetime appointments. Leadership Council The Council is the primary governing body of the guild, and is responsible for providing strategic leadership, managing guild infrastructure & tools, and developing the next generation of guild leaders through support and mentorship. Attaining a seat in The Council requires Veteran status for a minimum of 1 yr and is awarded to an individual who has actively engaged w/ the community on multiple levels, including but not limited to leadership, and has demonstrated deep understanding of, and commitment to, the guild's values, principles and ideals. Chapter Leads are ex officio members of the Council during their tenure. The Leadership Council has sole discretion over promotion or demotion of Veterans. Key Responsibilities: managing guild infrastructure & tools, cultivating the Veteran corps, providing strategic leadership, and developing the next generation of guild leaders. Tenure: LC members are considered lifetime appointments, at the discretion of the Council member. In-Game Leadership Any Veteran has the ability to step up and request in-game leadership responsibilities to help ensure that SoH provides an enjoyable, engaging and high-quality gaming experience for our members. The most common in-game leadership title is Game Officer. Further Details can be found in Official Chapter/Cohort. Veteran Veterans are established and reliable members of the guild who are trusted to act as ambassadors and collectively take responsibility for guild membership. In order to be considered for promotion, an individual must be an actively engaged Member in good standing for at least 6 months, such that s/he is easily known and recognized among the existing Veteran corps. Any Veteran may suggest a Member for promotion to the Council. Promotion requires an official nomination by a member of the Council and must then be seconded by another Council member. Key Responsibilities: cultivating guild membership by direct recruitment, assisting with leadership of Cohorts or Chapters, onboarding new Recruits (participation in intro posts, answering questions, etc.), providing feedback on Recruits, and nominate / 2nd promotion of Recruits to Member. Tenure: Vets are encouraged to actively game with us, but there is no requirement to do so. Veteran rank may be suspended or removed by the Council if there is no communication or activity after 2 years, or if the Veteran's conduct suggests that he or she can no longer be trusted to serve as an ambassador for the guild. Member Our lifeblood - this is everyone! We exist both for and because of our amazing Members. The role of Members is to play games, have fun, and get involved in the community as much as possible. Our communications tools, such as Forums, Discord and Mumble, are available to enhance your gaming enjoyment -- please use them! In an effort to continually foster a close-knit community, we strongly encourage Members to remain involved in the gaming community, whether or not they are actively engaged in current Chapters or Cohorts. Members are welcomed to participate in multiple Cohorts. In that case it becomes the Member's additional responsibility to ensure that there is no discernible negative impact on any one group or Cohort. Membership in multiple guilds is also generally permitted (note: In-Game Leadership may choose not to allow this, for example in highly competitive titles). However, the decision to play a game where there is already a guild presence without also joining that guild presence is typically viewed as a decision to leave our gaming community and will result in dismissal. Key Responsibilities: making the magic happen by playing games with the guild! Members are always responsible for their own behavior and are expected to carry themselves in a way that is consistent with guild values, principles and ideals. Your guild is your extended friends & family and you should always interact with fellow members in a way that honors that relationship. Tenure: Members are lifetime appointments provided the individual continues to interact w/ the guild through gaming, forums &/or Discord. Members are expected to join Cohorts &/or Chapters and play as regularly as life allows. Inactivity (which includes the absence of communication) will result in the Member being purged after one year. Recruit New players who are in the process of being vetted (and are vetting us!) with an eye on promotion to Member via our revised 2-Veteran voting system. Please see our Recruit to Member Overview post for details on this process.
  9. Fera

    Hello

    Hi Gary -- welcome! I like your intro post, thanks for sharing That lil darlin' must be the light in your life! From Texas, huh? I spent 50 yrs in New Orleans and moved to Minnesota 2 yrs ago ... haven't missed the heat (or humidity) even a little. Do miss the food, though. And the people. Music too come to think of it, lol. I'm not an FPS gamer (vertigo), but I love me some MMOs (although not WoW). What other MMOs might you have played? I hope you find SoH to be a home-haven for your gaming needs. We like it and have tended it well for 14 yrs now. Great group of people from all walks of life -- some new, some old (haha, me!) and at least one gamer 10 yrs my senior ^^ I'm going to alter your forum rank so you can poke around and see who we are. Make sure to check out our Code of Conduct and 5 Dirty Words (in Public Access). Grieve will be along any moment and get you set up on Discord and/or Mumble. Happy gaming!
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    Greetings

    Hi there Jon, nice to meet you. Welcome! Nomads are SUPER casual so no worries about the 2 on/ 2 off thing. I'll go ahead and alter your forum rank so you can poke around boards a bit and get to know us better. Simone, our lovely Nomadic leader, will set you up w/ mumble (which we prefer for voice-over) and discord (which we prefer to use for more immediate chat needs). I'll also jump online and toss you a kinship invite from one of my non-Fera named toons lol. Quick question: favorite snack food? Have you any pets and would you be willing to share pics? Cya in game!!
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    Hi there

    Wow, Xena is BIG! lol love it My mother-in-law recently adopted her 2nd Irish Wolfhound. His name is Kodiak, or Kodi for short (and has the face of a lil bear, so cute!) Shadow, her first, passed a couple of months ago. He was sweet and calm. The puppy, Kodi, is adorably sweet... and a lot less calm lol <3 First pic is Shadow, age 5, 150 lbs -- the 2nd is the puppy, Kodi ^^
  12. Fera

    Hi there

    Hi Cluboris -- welcome I've altered your forum rank so you can poke around some. Do that and try to get a feel for who we are ^^ While, as a large gaming community, we are very diverse when it comes to people, places, and "all the things," we are generally of a single mind when it comes to attitude. We have a Code of Conduct and abide by the precepts found in 5 Dirty Words. As an adult, I doubt you'll find either problematic. If you do, please advise. The Nomads group is super casual so no worries. We have no hard and fast rules regarding anything, esp. playtime. RL always comes first in SoH, regardless of what game is being played. On to the fun stuffzzzzz...... pupper you say? Name plz! And posted pics are greatly appreciated! What area of the country are you currently in? Are the leaves changing? Will you get snow eventually? (I live in Minnesota, so yeah -- snow will eventually fall, and continue to do so for some months :|) What's your favorite pizza topping? Football or baseball? I look forward to grouping w/ you in lotro! Cya soon
  13. Fera

    Greetings

    Hi Rojdan, welcome! I've altered your forum rank so you're able to poke around a bit more. Do that and make sure to vet us in the same way you might with any group of online strangers (^^) With 14 yrs as a gaming community, we're finding peeps continue to like the way we do things. Many of our members have been with us from the start, and pretty much everyone struggles w/ the same time-crunch you describe. So, take your shoes off and relax! You won't get any stern looks from us, lol. Grats on the Piled higher and Deeper (well, almost ^^). That's a ton of work and deserves a hefty dose of approbation. So does raising children while getting an education, lol. We use these forums, and likely always will, as a means of scheduling, storing game data resources, and as a means of recording the history of both the guild and its members. We are a very open minded bunch of noodle-heads and I'm delighted to learn you've read through our bits and agree with our basic ideology. Again, welcome! We use Discord as a means of instant communication (many do so from work, lol), and as VoIP for those who prefer it. Mumble, however, is the VoIP preference for the Nomads. It's fiddly, to be sure, but once you've done the Audio Wizard and one of us has registered you, it's basically hands-off / stress free. I look forward to gaming with you!
  14. Fera

    Hello

    Well hello Fern! Glad to meet you Our "Nomad" group does sound like a good fit for you (and many of us, hehe). Tell me, if you don't mind divulging personal bits on the internet, how do you make your gold in RL? Have you any kids or pets? (mega pet lovers here in SoH lol) What other hobbies, besides gaming ofc, do you enjoy? I'm Fera! I'm currently not using any of my education and working a seasonal job at a gallery/boutique and having a ball, lol. My hubs n I have 3 cats: Chaos, Loki and Luna(tic). All bad. xD All loved <3 SoH has been an active gaming community for going on 14 yrs now. We're a large and very varied group of people with a deep respect for community, and for the people in it. Whatever it is you bring to table, with the exception of ass-hattery, we'll embrace it, and you, so no worries. I'm sure a couple others, including Simone, will be along to pester you. Join in on the fun! Ask us what you will and vet us, too ^^ Cya 'round!
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    This is Me!

    Hi Foss. Welcome! Delighted you found your way here. I don't play Dest.2 but I know a few of the folks who do and you're in good company there and with the larger community. We've been a gaming community nigh 14 yrs now and are proud to call ourselves "home" to a wide variety of gamers. If you feel comfy with our CoC, you can count yourself among them! I'm sorry to hear about your accident; that totes sucks. What have you a mind to study if/when that presents itself as an option again? And what's your favorite pizza topping? Are you a thin-crust or deep dish kind of guy? What about the FPS fusion gaming genre excites you the most? Feel free to post pics of Toby in your thread! We love us some pets in SoH! <3
  16. The SoH LC is delighted to announce that Grieve has been inducted into the Leadership Council and is the first official inductee since re-imagining our structure earlier this year. The SoH LC now includes: Ashin, Fera, Midri, Huntyre, Darlantan, Tyrlis, Rohj and Grieve. Grieve came to us as a Recruit in 2013 when I recruited him into the Guild Wars 2 Chapter, and he's continued to be a loyal, active presence in SoH ever since. In addition to his tireless efforts in leading Destiny 2 over the past 8 months, Grieve has exhibited notable loyalty and commitment regarding the larger SoH gaming community. He's done this by organizing Game Nights and by doing something no one else has (at least not with such gusto or consistency) -- and that is organizing community meet-ups. It's also worth mentioning that SoH had not really considered FPS-fusion, or any type of non-PC games as serious contenders for our "official" roster prior to our re-imagining of guild structure, but the Cohort experiment regarding Destiny 2, which has now been converted to a full Chapter, has permanently changed that. On our horizon there are numerous titles, many on console, that now comfortably fit within the purview of "official" status for our gaming community. Congratulations Grieve! You've earned it ^^
  17. It is with great joy that I am able to announce the conversion of the Destiny 2 Cohort to a full Chapter. Given that SoH has previously only considered MMOs for "official" chapter status, Grieve's commitment, care and hard work in making a success out of this Cohort is laudable. The Leadership Council unanimously agreed that their 8-month tenure, stability and visible growth, makes it retroactively eligible for this status update. In making this decision, we also considered the active roster, the weekly raids for 2 full groups, and the imminent content release which will continue to allow for this level of activity into the new year. Congratulations Destiny 2! And congratulations to Grieve, Chapter Lead, on a job well-done ^^
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    Leadership Council Members

    Grieve has been promoted to the LC -- the full list of Council members now includes: Ashin, Fera, Midri, Darlantan, Huntyre, Tyrlis, Rohj and Grieve
  19. March 2018 Ashin, Fera, Midri, Darlantan, Huntyre, Tyrlis and the inimitable Rohj Last week I quietly placed this list here but as Ashin has said, a bit of fanfare is needed! And he's right. For SoH, creating and installing the Leadership Council is a wide departure in governance, and it is an auspicious change, indeed. Earlier this year, we recognized that the guild was at a crucial turning point: the landscape of gaming had changed drastically, fewer "big title" MMOs were in the offing, and for the first time in many years we were facing the possibility of not having an active Chapter in a massive multi-player RPG. This drove Ashin and I to assemble a group of our most trusted advisers, including past and present Chapter Leads, to help us re-imagine our gaming community. As a result of our conversation on the future of SoH and its need for growth across gaming platforms, the Cohort (a smaller, more casual group of players) was born. In light of this flexibility and on the growing time constraints on leadership, we realized we needed to establish a formal steering committee and that we had the perfect group right in front of us! Thus, the Leadership Council was founded as a way to govern more effectively, to promote leaders, and to ensure continuity for future generations of SoH gamers.
  20. Fera

    Hello and Intro

    O.M.G. -- you 2 are practical an act all by yourselves! lol Gobsmacked, I damn near peed myself laughing. Hi Loda ^^ I'm glad you finally relented xD Our new Nomad group sounds like it'd be a good fit for you, too. I'm gonna later your forum rank so you can putz around a bit more -- just remember to follow boards that interest you and check back periodically. I'll also get you a Disco invite :P I look forward to some non-first-person gaming with you soon! lol
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    Salutations!

    Hey there bud! Soooooooo glad you finally made it to our warm and welcoming shores! lol As I told you, we've re-imagined community structure and such, but are ever faithful to our attitudes: real life first and good gamesmanship. You, my friend, have always fit imho and I'm delighted to embrace you for realz! Well, for gaming realz anyway xD We have a new Cohort (guild group) hotting up -- Nomads. Here's a post you can read more fully, but essentially we'll be game-jumping every 3 months (give or take, depending on title) rather than committing to a 9-month minimum. Go on and make a suggestion if one comes to mind! Simone will be our Cohort lead; he's awesome. You two will get along quite well I imagine ^^ Chances are some of our other members will happen along and pose questions in a get-to-know-you fashion. Some will be insane, others less so, lol. Answer to the degree of your personal comfort ^^ I know you well enough not to feel the need, hehe. Once you've responded to this thread (haha -- test to you see if you're paying attention!) I'll alter your forum rank so you can have greater access. When you're ready, I'll shoot you a Discord invite as well (we use that quite a bit now). IIRC, you still have our mumble address, right? If not, LMK and I"ll hook you up. Hug yo face!
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    Intro, Destiny 2 player, PC enthusiast

    OMG, she's such a cutie!! <3 <3 <3
  23. Fera

    Intro, Destiny 2 player, PC enthusiast

    Hi Xotic -- welcome! Speaking as a retired English teacher, your grammar def. does not suck. Other than adding a couple commas here n there for clarity, your prose style is quite easy to read -- a pleasure even! That said, no one here will judge you on such things, myself included. We genuinely enjoy finding kindred spirits to people our storied halls (and after almost 14 yrs as a gaming community, we've got oodles of stories xD) Love the small menagerie you've got going, lol, turtle named Mikey. Cute. And you have to post a pic of that pit-lab mix! Post here in your thread or on Discord (lobby or social) once you've got that set up. I once rescued a beleaguered Afghan hound named Plato. He had demodectic mange and was missing most of the hair on his hind torso and tail. The creature looked a wreck and absolutely nothing like an Afghan lol. He was also mostly blind. And entirely stupid. Walked straight into a pool. Twice. I had to jump in, fully clothed, and fish him out (he'd sunk right to the bottom). Never a dull moment with Plato! Sweetest, happiest dog you'd ever meet, but damn was he dumb, lol. I'm mostly a pc MMO-er as well and am currently playing Elder Scrolls Online with a very casual SoH group. Sadly, fatigue is setting in a touch so I thought I'd take a bit of a breather and futz around w/ some RPGs or something for a bit. If you play ESO at all, give @Simone a shout for an invite. We'd love to have you whenever you're on (lol, why did cannibalism just pop into my head?) I've never played Ark but I know there's a few around here who do. Mention your server on Disco (gaming) and see if anyone bites, hehe. It's a game that has piqued my interest, but I've not actually pursued it. Yet ^^ After your first response to your thread here, I will alter your forum rank so that you can poke around more freely. Although we use Discord quite a bit, we still love our forums (esp. members of the old vanguard like myself lol) -- make yourself at home! Vet us as we vet you and hopefully you will come to think of us as your first stop when venturing into a new (or old) game and you look for game data or for peeps with whom to play. Each of us plays multiple titles from a variety of genres (many of which go unmentioned! lol) Anyway, sorry for the verbosity ^^ I look forward to chatting (or playing) w/ you at some point \o/
  24. Fera

    Singularity80, An Introduction, Undefined

    We're totes gonna hafta come up w/ a shorter nickname for you ^^ --- @Singularity80 invited
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    Singularity80, An Introduction, Undefined

    When trying to add @Armahael -- message was "account not found" -- check it? Or send @Feramoan a friend request. I used to be on daily, then started a part-time job so I'm very sporadic of late. Plus, CP460 in under 6mos so yeah, bit o fatigue if I'm honest. @GorbCorb is Simone (leader) and @gulrenor (Gul) is a game officer. I'll give them a head's up so when/if you pst them, they're in the know ^^
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