The guilds of Obernewtyn.net are to recreate the community featured in the Obernewtyn Chronicles. Guilds are a way of getting to know a few people if you are new or are intimidated by the number and diversity of people in the club as a whole.
Having guilds makes entering competitions and events more worth while because you are doing it not just for yourself, but for the guild you are a member of, as you will earn them points. Guilds also break down the administration of the site slightly, taking the workload off the webmistresses, by managing who is inactive and who is not and by organising events or new features for the site. They can provide a support network for our members, you can ask any questions about the site to the Guildmaster/Guildmistresses or suggest ideas to them and they will pass them on (possibly claiming them as their own brilliant epiphanies).
How do I join a guild?
See this thread for details.
How to Earn Points for Your Guild
Read This Post for information on points you can earn in any of the website sections, or in our recurring competitions.
Ask your guild members if you are unsure of upcoming events, and make sure you keep your eyes on the Members Message Board, which is updated frequently with new events. Having an idea for a new competition or section to the site that is used will also earn you points, and for other things not specifically mentioned. It is at the discretion of the Webmistresses to award points.
What is expected of me as a guild member?
This can vary slightly from Guild to Guild, but mostly all that is asked is a general and maintained interest in the site. You don't have to be mad about posting messages on the boards or entering all the competitions, but you do need to respond to Guildmistress/Guildmaster's emails and requests on the message board, and from time to time to re-register with the guild (NOT the club) so they know you are still an active member. Inactive members are dubbed 'Taken by Slavers!'. You can always return to your guild after a period of inactivity by emailing the Guildmistress/Guildmaster.
Why aren't your guilds named after the Obernewtyn Chronicles guilds?
We decided not to name them after the actual guilds in the books for a few reasons:
1) We didn't have enough members back then to fill more than 4.
2) If you were put in the Teknoguild, for example, but your favourite Talent was farseeking, you might get peeved that you weren't in the Farseeker's guild instead. So we split into four guilds and asked them to come up with their own names. The result was the Wanderer's, Dreamweaver's, Ashling's and Mystic's guilds.
How do I become a guild leader?
All guilds hold elections to fill the positions of Guildmistress/master, Guilden and Ward. Multiple people can hold the Guilden and Ward positions. When guild elections are held nominations will be asked for, so you can put yourself forward for any of these places and you and the rest of the active guild members will vote in the candidate they want most for that place. This process is independent of the main site so any queries should go to the Guildmistresses/Guildmasters.
I've been away and I'm not on the guild list anymore / appearing as "Taken by Slavers!".. what should I do?
When you are inactive for a certain period of time (generally 6 months) and have not responded to posts by the Guildmistress/Guildmaster on the message boards or in emails, you are dubbed 'taken by slavers'. To be declared an active member again, and to have you name put back on the guild list, you need to email the Guildmistress/Guildmaster and tell her who you are and that you want to be a full member again.
If you have any more questions regarding the guilds please contact your Guild leaders for details