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Karin-Perenolde
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FAQs on the Guild Relations program
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Saturday October 14th, 2006
7:13:30PM
As the news page details, the Sleeper Cartel has been invited to participate in Blizzard's Guild Relations program. I'm sure you all have lots of questions, so I'll do my best to answer them here :)

To start, here are some FAQs I'd anticipate:

What is the Guild Relations program?
This is a program developed by Blizzard to carefully select a handful of exemplary community-minded guilds to use as a future resource. It also serves as some recognition and validation for us, and takes us into a slightly higher profile.

What are the benefits of participating in the Guild Relations program?
We'll be linked to from the World of Warcraft website, with our name and a description about our guild. This will likely mean large numbers of people will visit us and see what we're up to, and possibly many applications to join our guild. As we are no longer actively recruiting, we will only be accepting the best of the best, meaning the friendliest, most helpful and community-minded players.

We may also be allowed the occasional live chat session with Blizzard game designers, although I think (based on bits of info here and there) that we come up with questions as a guild, and then I would be asking them myself, on behalf of all of us.

We're also eligible to participate in upcoming and current beta tests! Yes, this includes the Burning Crusade (look for additional FAQs lower down regarding this). This shouldn't be seen just as a reward, but also as an opportunity to be good beta testers, to build constructive feedbank and to help Blizzard make sure the Burning Crusade is as bug-free as possible.

They have also planned an Q&A for the guild relations forum that our feedback would be sought for.

There are other features and benefits planned as well, but they haven't been announced yet.

How many guilds are in the Guild Relations program?
There are 8 guilds in total in the Guild Relations program!

How long have you known about it?
I was contacted about a month ago seeing if we were interested. Sometime between then and now our website, policies and public areas were reviewed to see if they would be in-line with what Blizzard was looking for. This week I received final confirmation that we were accepted.

Is it official? Are we really in?
Yes, however Blizzard hasn't yet posted their related work. When it's ready, their guild relations page will be where to look. I've been told the program will be officially announced near the end of November.

When it's been posted on Blizzard's site, we'll make some general announcements to the Perenolde server (via the forums) and the SGA forums.

What do we have to do?
We must continue being positive and productive members of the World of Warcraft community, to uphold our reputation as a friendly guild. This also means strict adherence to the following Blizzard policies, which from now on are an official addition to our own guidelines:
This has a few implications, which I'll detail in subsequent posts over the next day or two.

Wait, did you say beta??
Yes! We've already sent in a list of guild members who should get keys. If you missed our initial call for sign-ups (and everyone is eligible), please contact Karin or an officer immediately.

Once you receive your key via email from Blizzard, your job will be to test the new expansion pack, find bugs, make suggestions, and report back to Blizzard using the tools they give us.

I should mention however, that there may be a limited number of beta keys assigned to us. They could be anywhere from 25 keys to 200 keys, at this point I really don't know.

When should we expect our beta test keys?
Blizzard is expecting to mail them out to people on the list I sent in during the week of November 20th.

I want to start downloading the beta...
You're welcome to download the almost two-gigabyte file here, but keep in mind that if we do not get enough keys for everyone, there's no guarantee that you didn't just download 2 gigs for nothing.
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Post any questions or points you want to discuss here :)

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Edited by an officer (Darias) on Mar 25 2008 at 8:59:23am.
Hellfox-Perenolde
Retired
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programSaturday October 14th, 2006
8:19:16PM
Karin i have to say congrats to you. im sure you started sleeper cartel as a small guild for fun and now look where youve taken it. i think blizz should send you a free copy of the crusade. i think the keys should go to those players who are online in the game, on the forums, and constantly helping others. i could name names but i dont feel right doing it because it could be any of us. i really wish i had a computer now so i couldve been there for the announcment.
But Congratz
Diomodies-Perenolde
Peeler of Grapes
Retired
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programSunday October 15th, 2006
10:57:03AM
Sry for being the total computer noob, but what is Beta testing? If i understand we test the new expansion by downloading those two gigs (if we're given the key to log on). But wouldnt that mean that we dont have to buy the expansion when it comes out?
Hyperjudge-Perenolde
Retired
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programSunday October 15th, 2006
11:05:50AM
Beta testing is to test the unfinal version of the game. It is the second phase of testing (Alpha testing being the prime one). You test the game, test many many things and if you find a bug, you report it. :)
Karin-Perenolde
Retired
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programSunday October 15th, 2006
11:07:59AM
The beta test keys expire at the end of the beta test, so you'd still need to buy a retail copy of the expansion pack when it comes out. Which means that you're buying not really just the software, but the license to use that software, in the form of a retail key, even if you already technically have a copy of it installed.
Diomodies-Perenolde
Peeler of Grapes
Retired
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programSunday October 15th, 2006
11:26:09AM
Oh ok i see now, thanks for clarifying that.

BTW *round of applause* for Karin and everyone who set the example to make this guild so outstanding.
Nycthora-Perenolde
Family
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programSunday October 15th, 2006
11:55:56AM
Grats Karin for gettin in the guild relation ship program. Now how does one go about and get the key. Is it sent in-game mail or email or what?
Also i have read all the rules for the first time. Pround of my self
Cicif-Perenolde
Family
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programSunday October 15th, 2006
12:56:45PM
Congrats from the desert! Wish I could be back home so I could log in and play with y'all.

Cicif
Xavior-Perenolde
Retired
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programSunday October 15th, 2006
3:00:15PM
wow karin :) congrats sir helping form this great guild back in the day i knew it would only be a matter of time :)

/salute


Jason
Charlimangy-Perenolde
Retired
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programMonday October 16th, 2006
5:16:29AM
Cicif! Good to hear from you, we'll keep the Crusades Burning 'til you get back...
Fili-Perenolde
Retired
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programMonday October 16th, 2006
10:22:40AM
This is quite an amazing achievement Karin. Awesome job. I'm still pushing that we change our guild name to "The Underpants Gnomes" but Sleeper Cartel has obviously done us well.


edit; wow I just saw this part about a beta test.

Can you say "blonde bombshell race across a new continent"? because I can....and just did
Foxtrot-Perenolde
Retired
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programMonday October 16th, 2006
12:32:03PM
I'm soooo excited about this. I've told 2 of the 3 people that play WoW here at work already :) I think its cool that we where picked to represent like this

Karin the link to the relations page is broken, it currently goes to:
http://www.spaceman.ca/sc/www.worldofwarcraft.com/community/guildrelations.html


I went ahead and downloaded the Beta files, only took about 4 hours. The install takes another 30 minutes or so.
Remorseless-Perenolde
Associate Mentor, Yeoman of the Revels, SCLockpick, Muckedy Muck Mascot
Lupara
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programMonday October 16th, 2006
1:26:13PM
That link isn't working for me.. it says page can't be displayed -_-
Karin-Perenolde
Retired
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programMonday October 16th, 2006
1:40:28PM
Heh, thanks for spotting that. It should now be fixed. The link to the official guild relations page is here.
Karin-Perenolde
Retired
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programTuesday October 24th, 2006
8:41:50PM
For the record, I haven't yet heard anything from Blizzard regarding beta test keys.

As I find out more I'll let everyone know here :)
Karin-Perenolde
Retired
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programThursday October 26th, 2006
6:37:17PM
Blizzard has asked that I send them a list as soon as possible with everyone's name on it whom I wish to see receive beta test keys.

If you would like to receive a beta testing key for the Burning Crusade, please post in this thread before Sunday, October 29th at 11:59pm (server time).

Post any questions here. Keep in mind that I will not be able to ask for more keys once I submit the list on Monday morning, and these keys are only for people who do not already have one. All guild members are entitled, and you can read the first post in this thread to find the download link for the beta (although you'll still need the key which will likely come mid-next-week). :)
Karin-Perenolde
Retired
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programWednesday November 1st, 2006
10:30:13PM
I've updated the FAQ with some answers and a new question based on an email I received from Blizzard today.

In summary, there are eight guilds in this entire program, including the Sleeper Cartel. They wanted to keep the number small so that they "could do more for each guild, rather than have some watered down program that benefited no one."

We have relatively direct lines of communication to Blizzard as a guild now, so if you have things you think we should address with them, please post your ideas and discuss! I'm sure they would love to hear from us, and I would love to present your thoughts, ideas and feedback.

Blizzard is hoping to email you your beta test keys during the week of November 20th. If you missed the initial chance to sign up, you may still be able to get in. Talk to me or an officer as soon as possible though!

The Guild Relations program should launch on Blizzard's website near the end of November.

(We're one of 8 selected guilds, that's amazing imo)
Corsina-Perenolde
Lupara
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programThursday November 2nd, 2006
5:41:43AM
November 20th!?!?!?!?!?

/spins around in a dramatic cartoonish death scene and collapses

ahhh well, at least it gives me time to fix my computer problems! lol
Remorseless-Perenolde
Associate Mentor, Yeoman of the Revels, SCLockpick, Muckedy Muck Mascot
Lupara
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programThursday November 2nd, 2006
12:22:16PM
Someone get the Jumpers! Call a priest! Yeshe! Kenndal! Calli!
Hyperjudge-Perenolde
Retired
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programThursday November 2nd, 2006
3:18:27PM
/target Corsina
/cast Redemption(Rank1)
/say Watch out next time, Corsina. I may not be here to save you next time.


November 20th is a good thing... better chance that I get my T2 legs...
Darias-Perenolde
Don
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programThursday November 2nd, 2006
5:12:57PM
I'm certainly glad I already have the whole week of Thanksgiving off now. :)
Corsina-Perenolde
Lupara
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programThursday November 2nd, 2006
5:16:54PM
LOL Thanks - that was a close one!

/wanders around in a daze
Caprizorion-Perenolde
Retired
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programThursday November 2nd, 2006
6:57:43PM
Zomg november 20th. /dies

Things are so lonely in beta without everyone... /wince

Oobla-Perenolde
Retired
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programThursday November 2nd, 2006
9:56:31PM
I have 6 days off over thanks giving.... :-)) O joy
Karin-Perenolde
Retired
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programTuesday November 21st, 2006
5:19:50PM
I got word today that everyone (including late entries) will be getting keys, and that they should be sent out mid-next-week.

Also, their web department will be meeting at the beginning of next week to talk about designing and completing the Guild Relations program pages.


:)
Gnoname-Perenolde
Retired
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programTuesday November 21st, 2006
5:25:29PM
nice, Thanks for the update Karin!
Darias-Perenolde
Don
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programTuesday November 21st, 2006
7:22:39PM
Seraphene-Perenolde
Guild Alchemist, Auction House Team
Retired
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programTuesday November 21st, 2006
9:46:59PM
and don't forget or lose your towel.
Darias-Perenolde
Don
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Re: FAQs on the Guild Relations programWednesday November 22nd, 2006
5:45:57AM
Wouldn't dream of it.
 
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