The ESO UNBURDENED RAIDERS family credo About the family
While UBR is one of the oldest founded guilds in Elder Scrolls Online, created the second day after launch, UBR had its lowly beginnings approximately 10 years ago as Xmen-Xtreem in WoW. We subsequently merged with a larger guild and became forever known as the family of Unburdened Raiders. Since that time, the family has maintained an active presence in WoW, RIFT, TROVE, DEFIANC, and ESO, while our extended family members play a variety of other MMOs and assorted games. We are primarily an LGBTQ social guild that is also very much ALLY Friendly; however, we strive for excellence in both PVE and PVP challenges while fostering an atmosphere of friendship, camaraderie, family and combined purpose within our guild community. We are a family, a group of friends, like-minded gamers, and MMO enthusiasts. Collectively, we endeavor to act as ambassadors within the ESO community while conquering the game’s many challenges. We expect members of the Unburdened Raiders Family to uphold our core tenets and seek out opportunities to set a positive example throughout the ESO community. These responsibilities are rewarded through our Oath Keepers’ leadership, fair guild rules, respect and prestige within the ESO community and a laid back, inclusive, eclectic and diverse atmosphere of shared enthusiasm for gaming. Our singular purpose is the Elder Scrolls Online, and we seek exceptional members who share that focus.
Our tenets 1. Individual Excellence: Be prepared, knowledgeable and capable. Each family member should easily adapt to a variety of in-game scenarios. Our members should be working toward mastering not only their preferred roles but possessing the versatility to fill multiple positions within a group.
Optimize your character. It is the responsibility of every member to perfect their gear and build, seeking assistance if necessary, giving assistance if asked, and quickly adapting to new patch cycles and meta-trends.
Be reliable. At a minimum, our members are required to log in to their ESO account once every 30 days. Those in our raiding and officer positions are required to maintain a prominent level of attendance to scheduled guild events and arrive prepared with consumables, supplies and a variety of equipment sets. We recognize that real-life issues occur with little to no warning and we understand those situations completely. We will list phone numbers, text numbers and emails of our GMs at the end of our credo so that you may pop a message to either Patrick or Larry, so we are aware of the situation.
2. Social Involvement: Be socially active! UBR places a critical value on sustaining a tight-knit community; social engagement is of paramount importance. We hope that all our family is actively participating in TeamSpeak3/Discord, regardless the game they are playing. Voice Chat is crucial both for communication and because we believe that friendship is the backbone of a successful guild. We are very understanding of the personal circumstances that prevent such interaction but for those of you who can, DO!
Play with guildies. We want our members to actively seek opportunities for multi-player gaming, even if it is not ESO related. Play games, group up and get involved with our other family members whenever possible.
3. Community Contribution: Contribute to Unburdened Raiders. The central vision of Unburdened Raiders is to create an invaluable resource for our family members in theorycrafting strategies, mechanics discussions and active forum posting with ideas for all our family to benefit from on the website. We hope our family will share in a sense of collective ownership of Unburdened Raiders and be proud of our success both in-game and on the website. We encourage all our active members to be participants on the website forums, with further responsibilities required of our core raiders and officers.
Prioritize testing and feedback. We encourage active members of UBR to assist with the testing and release of future content on the Public Test Server (PTS). We may choose to schedule some events on the PTS and we hope the family will treat PTS events with a high degree of seriousness, so we can actively contribute to providing exceptional feedback to ZeniMax developers as they work to improve the game.
4. Positive Attitude: Act with maturity. We thrive on competition but, within the family of Unburdened Raiders, we maintain an atmosphere of mutual respect. We are an incredibly diverse group of folks in a guild setting that is mature only. As such, we avoid recruiting members under the age of 18. How we act within the game reflects our family, so we do not condone malicious trolling, baiting, trash talking in any public forum, including, but not limited to, in-game chat, TeamSpeak/Discord and our Guild website.
Abide by the decisions of Guild leadership. Our leaders and officers are veteran MMO gamers, and we are familiar with the issues that accompany leading a large high-powered guild. We understand the need to manage people, not just roster slots. We are open to feedback from our members but there is a time and place for such discussions. Whining, arguing or causing a scene in the middle of a scheduled guild event will not be tolerated.
Have fun. We are serious about our progression but for goodness sakes, we are a family…meet in guild chat or TeamSpeak3/Discord and let your hair down. Enjoy the company of others and share in the love we all have for Elder Scrolls Online. If you are not having fun, you’re doing it wrong.
5. Guild Structure: We wish to make as few ranks as possible to keep our members content in their promotion progress, yet still having enough specific ranks to manage a 500-person guild. It is very simple to achieve a position of leadership in the guild and we have designed our ranking system so that our members do not feel like there is an endless chain of command. Our GMs, Patrick and Larry, bring 20+ years of gaming experience to the family and they are always reachable in-game or outside to assist in solving any issue.
The Ranks are available on the Ranks page.
6. Our Family Philosophy: It is our express desire for all our family to find an inclusive experience at UBR. Patrick and Larry have been a couple for 15 years and have been married for 3 years. They strongly believe in giving everyone an environment of safety and comfort, especially for our LGBTQ family, where members may hang out without the fear of any hatred. This extends to every member of our guild, including giving our female players that same feeling of safety and giving everyone a place where they are free to be themselves without the traditional gaming mindset of being a dickhead. However, while UBR is a family-friendly guild, our chat and TeamSpeak conversations can be anything BUT family friendly. It often borders on a fine line between R rated and X rated. We NEVER censor our chats except for demanding that we respect one another’s boundaries. If you find yourself uncomfortable with a certain subject, then do the mature thing and put that family member on “ignore”and move on with your day. If you are being personally attacked, stalked or otherwise made to feel uncomfortable in an inappropriate manner IMMEDIATELY screenshot the chat and find an officer or reach out to Patrick or Larry for resolution. Please PLEASE screenshot the chat as we NEVER participate in he said/she said bullshit. We will NOT TOLERATE personal threatening kinds of behavior and it will result in an immediate kick from the guild and if necessary filing a complaint with ZeniMax or the local authorities if necessary. That type of behavior is unacceptable, and we will go to great lengths to protect our family from it.
7. Events and Attendance Policy: UBR believes elitism is the most reprehensible form of gameplay. That kind of behavior is unacceptable within our family and will not be tolerated. UBR rules are that NO CP level is to be required to participate in any guild run of a normal or non-DLC vet dungeon. It is a fundamental policy of ours that ESO is open to all level participation with the launch of One Tamriel and as such we believe that all members are to be included. If we find that members are not adhering to that requirement that behavior will be disciplined.
As with all rules, there are exceptions. Any DLC vet dungeons and trials do carry a suggested guild minimum of CP160 level. This is due to the mechanics of these dungeons as they require the highest level of gear and experience. UBR encourages access to all content so we will be offering training sessions for all levels of dungeons as well as Trials training. We will on occasion encourage non-CP 160 level Family Members to participate to once again foster a group dynamic critical to successfully finishing any event. Gear distribution can be a contentious point, so we have established very firm rules regarding this. Tanks and Healers are ALWAYS given first priority for the toon they are using for that run. CP 160 gear is distributed to all level appropriate toons after that. If there are no main toons present who desire the gear drops for IMMEDIATE USAGE, NOT BREAKDOWN, it is then given to any non-CP 160 members in the group to hold for the toon they are playing. There will be no deviation from this rule…we require inclusivity of all family members and should any disagreement arise the appropriate response is to follow this directive in its full spirit. Failure to adhere to this and/or inappropriate display of disagreement will result in benching until the matter is addressed directly with Patrick or Larry.
Discord will be required for all training sessions, for normal dungeon runs, VET runs and ALL Trials to give our players the ability to quickly respond to one another. Members are not required to speak if they chose not to, but they must use Discord to listen to the Event Leaders direction. The only exception to this rule is for our hearing-impaired Family Members.
We are in the process of putting together a PVP team and we will be posting to the website once we have completed that process.
We expect our family to keep their commitments for sponsored runs but as always, we understand that real life has a way of stepping in at the most inopportune moments. We ask that you contact one of us if you can’t keep your slot, so we can quickly fill it with someone else. A no show no call or logging during an event will result in you being benched off the roster until things get sorted. This is done out of respect to our other members who have kept their commitment to show for a scheduled training or run.
“Thank you for your amazing participation in Unburdened Raiders!! We are always seeking exceptional players who share our ideals, those who share our passion for Elder Scrolls Online and who are driven and capable of taking our family to the next level. We are always available for you whether in game or outside…our love for you does not end at a log out screen and both Patrick and Larry feel that the base ideal of Unburdened Raiders is to be a family unit whenever and wherever you may need us. You can reach us by phone/text through our google voice app: 804-286-0756, or by email:firstname.lastname@example.org@ripcon.netOur passion is for each of you to be extraordinary in-game and in life and if our paths cross we are ever grateful for the experience.
If you feel that Unburdened Raiders is a match for your goals and ideals for a progressive, socially interactive family experience in Elder Scrolls Online then we encourage you to apply for consideration. If you have any questions regarding our Family policies, please feel free to shoot me an in-game mail @riplar65 for further details.